Dick Lopez was raised in Anaheim, where he has lived for 43 years. He earned a postsecondary degree in biology and chemistry before attaining his master’s degree in management. Lopez has worked at restaurants, an air quality research laboratory, the Orange County Probation Department, and most recently as a water systems operator for the City of Anaheim. In this position, which he has worked since 2003, Lopez helps to maintain the cleanliness of Anaheim’s public drinking water [1, 2, 3].
opez supports the reconsideration of a proposal that would allow voters to decide whether to add a 2% tax to the ticket price of large public events and venues, such as Disneyland Park [1, 5]. This proposal was initially rejected by the majority of the council in July 2022 .
Lopez advocates for better staffing of city government positions and has noted that he wants to mitigate the “brain drain” of Anaheim’s civil administration. He argues that city employees are often trained locally, before they are drawn to other public agencies that offer more attractive compensation rates or benefit packages.