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Rick’s passion for public service is rooted in his upbringing. He was born in Mexico and raised in Southern California in a working-class family. 2007 was a pivotal time in his life. Rick had a transformative experience, which launched him on a new journey and ignited the dedication of his life to help the advancement of others. Rick’s been a resident of Cathedral City for more than 30 years and is committed to giving back to his community.
"I am so excited to run for Cathedral City Council. If elected, it would be a great honor to serve my constituents.”
Rick loves people and has established strong relationships within the community. During the COVID pandemic, these connections served as a source of hope and a powerful force for the residents of Cathedral City. Rick, with the help of local businesses and individual partnerships, fed hundreds of people and took food to migrant workers, the elderly, and those who had no means of transportation. Rick worked in partnership with others to encourage and celebrate essential workers, doctors, nurses, teachers, and law enforcement. They went into cities to clean and beautify areas of need. They also assisted with financial relief for families, gas cards, and provided support to fill out unemployment forms and rental assistance applications. Rick further mentors men coming home from prison. He has established an anti-recidivism program to provide opportunities for jobs, housing, and resources upon release of incarceration. Rick's community involvement has earned him the Community Service Hero award from the Cathedral City Rotary Club and Essential Worker of the Week from Honda/Toyota of the Desert in Cathedral City.
Rick has been the Outreach Pastor for Destiny Church for 13 years. He and his wife, Christina, are raising three sons. Their two sons Alan and Adrian are currently serving in the United States Air Force. Aaron, the youngest, attends Landau Elementary. Between school and sports, the Saldivar family is busy. However, they have taught their children the importance of volunteerism and are proud to have their sons serve in the community. Rick does not simply preach his core values; he lives them out. He dedicates his time to several public interest organizations, including the Alan M. Crogan Youth Treatment and Education Center and the Riverside County Juvenile Probation Department. Rick is also part of the Cathedral City Mobile Home Fair Practices Commission and serves on the Riverside County Sheriff's Community Advisory Committee. Additionally, Rick is earning his bachelor’s degree in Government with an emphasis in legal studies from Grand Canyon University. Rick is committed to excellence; he has earned the distinction of President’s List (3.6 - 4.0 GPA) and is scheduled to graduate June 2024. Rick is an exemplary representation of the people who make up the community, from working class families, to youth at risk and under-represented groups. Moreover, he has demonstrated successful leadership in school, organizations, church, and family.
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