Born and raised in Southern California, Al Salehi represents a new generation of liberally-minded, fiscally conservative non-partisan leaders. Locally-grounded but internationally connected -- a capitalist with a social conscience -- Al is challenging his party to live up to its ideals of transparency and respect for individual freedom.
Al’s parents became citizens in America after moving from Tehran in 1975 in order to pursue their graduate education and embark upon achieving the American dream as entrepreneurs. A first generation American, fluent in English, Farsi and French, Al has traveled extensively worldwide and knows that America’s best foreign policy is one of political and economic engagement -- not costly military intervention.
While at Laguna Beach High School, Al was commended by President Bill Clinton for advising him as the elected student chairman of the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America. Al subsequently took classes at UCI, where he spent his free time teaching autistic children to play chess in a program sponsored by the “Chess Masters.” He still remains active in UCI’s Anteater alumni activities. Al graduated with honors from UCLA with a degree in Psychology and pursued his advanced education at USC. He has served as a guest lecturer at UCLA and Assistant Coach of UCLA’s award-winning debate team. Al helped finance his college career through profits from his technology company, Glancing Interactive Solutions, which specializes in the innovation of interactive technologies. As CEO of Glancing, Al was awarded multiple U.S. patents in cellular communications similar to those used by Cisco, Microsoft and Apple.
In 2013, Al was selected as Ambassador to the WOCCOC, helping serve the economic needs of his district and county. He currently serves as a Trustee to the Buena Park Library District, where he helps address the educational needs of thousands of constituents. Through this role, he has helped balance a multi-million dollar budget for his District. Al also serves as a member of Renew West Anaheim, where he has coordinated public safety efforts with Mayor Tom Tate based on his experience and business ties to the local community. Previously, Al served as an advisor on state library policy to Assemblyman Chris Norby (R-CA). As an official who holds a publicly-elected office, Al provides his political perspective frequently on the airwaves. He has served as a Fox News Contributor, appearing on various programs such as “Happening Now.” Furthermore, Al has hosted a weekly “emerging technology” show on international satellite radio’s KRSI, in addition to co-hosting a TV show on Tapesh called “The Doctor and the Devil’s Advocate.”
Looking ahead, Al is devoted to serving the residents of Buena Park and ensuring that his community’s voice is heard. As a fiscal-conservative who grew up in left-leaning Laguna Beach, Al has a keen ability to work in a diverse political environment while holding fast to the ideals of limited government and unlimited opportunity for all.
A local hometown boy with a global perspective, Al Salehi brings practical experience from the business, education and media worlds to represent the people of Buena Park. He looks forward to serving his community and empowering his constituents for a better tomorrow!
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
FOR a better buena Park!
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer."
John F. Kennedy
2) Beach Boulevard can become the glittering gateway to all Buena Park has to offer, especially between Knott’s Berry Farm and The Source. Regional co-operation can re-brand Beach as part of a “Historic Highway 39,” stretching from the mountains to the sea. Sign codes should stress creativity, not uniformity. The City-owned vacant lots along Beach are costly eyesore that should be sold for creative reuse. Local hospitality industry operators should be treated as partners, not pariahs.
3) More creative solutions are needed to address congestion and cut-through traffic in residential streets. The proposed Stanton Ave. extension would cost $70-100,000,000, condemn over 40 homes by eminent domain, while diverting more traffic onto North Buena Park neighborhoods. Traffic signals need to be more responsive to changing conditions. Our city needs to take control of Beach Blvd. from Caltrans and return it to local control. Implementation of smarter technologies can help in a big way.
Al Salehi: Trustee, Buena Park Library District
-Helped to Balance Our Budget!
-Fought to keep the bookstore open!
-Expanded advertisements for our passport services
-Expanded technology protocols and availability