Octaviano Rios, Jr. was born and raised in Los Angeles. Octaviano earned his undergraduate degree from UCSD with an emphasis in political science and economics, an MPA from Baruch College and studied as a Fellow in the National Urban Fellows program in New York City. Octaviano is proud of his family roots in Guanajuato and Jalisco, Mexico. He is grateful for the rich diversity Los Angeles has to offer and enjoys living in the Harbor Area with his wife Carmen and his son Maximiliano.
Read on to learn more about Octaviano. You can submit a question about the Harbor Area here.
1. What's your favorite spot in Los Angeles?
I have a few spots I visit regularly, but I particularly enjoy relaxing at local parks like the Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park, which has a lake, picnic areas, and playgrounds. Wilmington’s Waterfront Park is also a pretty impressive family park due to its acreage, modern amenities, and walking paths. I also enjoy watching the vessels pass by at Ports O’ Call Village, and munching at the different eateries all over. I’m always open for great recommendations.
2. What is your top priority for the area?
Mayor Eric Garcetti has made it a point to focus on ensuring that Angelenos are heard. The Harbor Area is unique and a great place to live, raise a family, dine, and work. I’ll make it my priority to listen to Harbor residents to really understand what is going on so we can build on these strengths for all area residents.
3. What's one fun fact that you would like your constituents to know about you?
I enjoy nature a lot. One of my favorite past times is gardening, walking around at local nurseries, and visiting botanical gardens.