Olga Diaz

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Olga Diaz is a U.S. politician. As of 2010, Diaz is a member of the city council of Escondido, California.

Escondido, California highlighted in red


"... I may lose an election, but I will not lose my humanity.” referring to her stand on allowing a conditional-use permit for a federally funded shelter for migrant children 10/16/14 Sand Diego Union Tribute [1]

“I’ve got two years left on my term. I’m not sure that I have any political value anymore. I lost pretty badly, right?” 11/25/14 N.C. Times


Although she has been a California resident her whole life, she is notable as the first Latina and a liberal Democrat elected to the generally conservative council.[2]

Recall Effort[edit]

Recall effort reported 1/28/14 by San Diego Union. Residents are upset and are heading up a recall of Olga Diaz. The recall failed when those behind the effort didn’t get enough signatures to put the measure on the November ballot.[3]


Diaz graduated from Santa Clara University where she successfully got a Bachelor of Science and Commerce degree in public accounting. Following her graduation, she was wanted by a global accounting firm called PriceWaterhouseCoopers. She continued to serve her alma mater by doing Institutional Research for it.[4]

Personal Information[edit]

She is married to an Escondido police officer and the mother of four children.

Diaz is a founding member of the Route 78 Rotary Club and a former member of the Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club. She owns two coffee shops in Escondido.[5] She no longer owns The Blue Mug.

Political background[edit]

Diaz had unsuccessfully run in the 2006 city council election.[6] She won in November 2008 with support not only from urban areas with a liberal voting pattern, but also from affluent areas that normally vote for conservatives.[7]

Diaz's election to the council changed the majority position of the council on immigration issues. The Escondido City Council had become known as the "city without pity" for illegal immigrants.[8] But as a result of Diaz' election, discussions about implementing controversial immigration laws ended.[9]

In 2014 Diaz unsuccessfully ran against GOP incumbent mayor, Sam Abed, in Escondido's mayoral election.[10]


San Diego Union RECALL story 1/29/2014

External links[edit]

  • Olga Diaz at OlgaDiaz.com (official councilmember website)