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38300 Sierra Hwy., Suite A
Palmdale, CA 93550

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City Council Members
  • Steven D. Hofbauer, Mayor
  • Austin Bishop, Mayor Pro Tem/Councilmember District 1
  • Richard J. Loa Councilmember District 2
  • Laura Bettencourt, Councilmember District 3
  • Juan Carrillo, Councilmember District 4

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For more election information, contact the City Clerk's office at 661/267-5151.

City Manager

Steven D. Hofbauer : Mayor

Steven D. Hofbauer was elected to his first term as Mayor on November 6, 2018. He previously served for four terms on the City Council, and served as Mayor Pro Tem from December 2008 to December 2009, January 2012 to January 2013, and from January 2016 to February 2018.

Prior to being elected, Hofbauer served on the City of Palmdale Planning Commission since May 1992. He also served as a director of the Palmdale Community Association and was a co-coordinator of the City of Palmdale Earthquake Preparedness Fair. He currently serves as a delegate for the Antelope Valley Transit Authority.

Hofbauer retired from the Los Angeles Fire Department, having worked there since 1980. He served as a senior fire inspector II assigned to the construction services unit, inspecting highly technical new construction, high-rise and special occupancies. He received training and certifications through the International Code Council and California State Fire Marshall Inspector III.

Hofbauer was a licensed EMT and paramedic for nearly 35 years. Prior to becoming an inspector, Steve staffed a variety of challenging field rescue assignments, including duty as a flight medic. His unit was one of the first rescue teams on the scene of the catastrophic Northridge Meadows building collapse, where their successful earthquake rescue efforts were prime time news. His legacy continues through the dozens of rookie paramedics he mentored as a paramedic preceptor training officer.

Steve served multiple tours of duty as a medical team leader with the LA County Disaster Medical Assistance Team. He received highly specialized training as a member of the elite National Medical Response Team, a unit of the US Public Health Service, trained to treat victims of industrial, nuclear or chemical accidents, or terrorist acts involving weapons of mass destruction.

Hofbauer has earned numerous commendations, including Paramedic of the Year, and the highly prestigious Los Angeles County Community Protector of the Year. The Boy Scouts of America have recognized him with the District Award of Merit, and the Council's Silver Beaver Award for Outstanding Service to Youth.

Hofbauer attended Pierce and Los Angeles Valley College, UCLA Extension, California State University, Los Angeles, Rancho Santiago and Santa Ana colleges to further his specialized education.

Hofbauer represents the City Council as a delegate to the National and State League of Cities and their Desert Mountain Division the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Community, and Economic and Human Development Committee North Region, representing Palmdale, Lancaster and Santa Clarita. He serves on the Public Safety Policy Committee, the Regional Trauma Center Committee, and chairs the Gang and Graffiti Sub-committee. He is the delegate to the United States/Mexico Sister Cities Association, California Contract Cities Association, where he serves on the Legislative and City/County Contracts Committees and the Orangeline High Speed Mag-Lev Development Authority. He is a delegate on the High Desert Corridor Joint Powers Authority and North County Transportation Coalition, and second delegate for Los Angeles County Sanitation District Numbers 14 and 20, an alternate on the Palmdale Recycled Water Authority, and serves as a board member for the Antelope Valley Transportation Authority and Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District.

In his spare time, Hofbauer enjoys sailing and is an accomplished woodwind player. He is a member of the Palmdale Sheriff's Boosters, the United Firefighters of Los Angeles and California Professional Firefighters. He has served on the Boy Scouts District Training and Camporee staffs, as Merit Badge Counselor, an Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 39, and is the Skipper of Sea Scout Ship 11. Hofbauer has volunteered with the Little League and Youth Orchestra Boosters and has been a coordinator for the Firefighters' Toys for Needy Children Program.

Hofbauer, his wife of over 30 years, Barbara, and their two grown children, Kimberly and Eagle Scout Christopher have lived in Palmdale since 1981.


Position Mayor
Name Steven D. Hofbauer
Email shofbauer@cityofpalmdale.org
Term of Office 2 Year Term
November 2020


Austin Bishop : Mayor Pro Tem/Councilmember District 1
Richard J. Loa - Councilmember District 2
Richard J Loa was appointed to the Palmdale City Council on December 11, 2018. Councilmember Loa’s appointment filled the District 2 vacancy created by Mayor Hofbauer’s election. Mr. Loa was first elected to the Palmdale City Council in 2001, where he served his full four-year term.

Aside from serving the western district of Palmdale, Mr. Loa serves as a delegate on the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA), member of the Palmdale Investment Oversight Committee, second alternate for the League of California Cities Desert Mountain Division, second delegate on the Los Angeles County Sanitation District, representative at large for the LA County Sanitation District, representative at large for the North LA County Transportation Coalition and alternate to the California State Prison Citizens Advisory Committee.

Loa practices criminal, civil and family law locally, having earned a Juris Doctor Law Degree from UCLA in 1976. He began working as an attorney in 1977 and engaged in private practice for about 10 years prior to joining the County of Los Angeles in Lancaster, where he worked from 1989 to 2004.

Loa headed to Sacramento in 2005, where he served as Governor Schwarzenegger’s appointee to the Board of Prison Terms. He was then appointed by the Governor to serve as assistant director to the Housing and Community Development Department. While in Sacramento, Loa also served as staff counsel for the Department of Consumer Affairs and as counsel for the Barbering and Cosmetology Board and the Fiduciaries Bureau.

Loa returned home to Palmdale in 2010, where he founded a local law firm that same year. He has also held a California real estate broker’s license since 1974 and has used it to help many families realize the dream of home-ownership in our local community.

Loa has a passion for community service. He is a founding officer of the Antelope Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where he currently serves as director. He is also the current vice president of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Boosters, member of the Knights of Columbus for St. Mary’s Church, director of Amigos De La Feria and member of the Friends of the Fair. He is also the parliamentarian for NAHREP, a real estate professional organization.

He has previously served as the Palmdale City Council delegate for the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District, Antelope Valley Emergency Management Council, Antelope Valley Regional Anti-Crime Committee and U.S./Mexico Sister Cities Association.

Amidst all of his titles and accomplishments, his most cherished are that of husband and father. He and Vera, his wife of 43 years, have been blessed with four children and six grandchildren.

Position Councilmember District 2
Name  Richard J. Loa
Email rloa@cityofpalmdale.org
Term of Office 2 Year Term
November 2020
Laura Bettencourt : Councilmember District 3

Laura Bettencourt has been an Antelope Valley resident since 1985. She was elected to her first term for City Council on May 19, 2009 and re-elected on November 3, 2009, November 8, 2016 and again on November 6, 2018.

Bettencourt currently works as a crime analyst for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and has done so for 20 years. She previously worked for Northrop Grumman at Site 4 on the B2 Bomber project. For the past 17 years, Bettencourt has also worked as an adjunct instructor at Antelope Valley College teaching courses in criminal justice.

Bettencourt holds a bachelor’s degree in social ecology, specializing in criminology, law & society, from the University of California, Irvine, a master’s degree in criminal justice from California State University, San Bernardino, and an associate’s degree from Antelope Valley College. While attending UC Irvine, she worked at the Irvine Police Department. Bettencourt is also certified by the California Department of Justice in Crime and Intelligence Analysis and has attended both the basic and advanced DEA federal law enforcement academies for intelligence analysis in Quantico, Virginia.

Ms. Bettencourt previously served for 6 years on the board of directors for the Palmdale Aerospace Academy, is a member of the Palmdale City Audit Committee, member of the Palmdale Airport Authority, a director on the Palmdale Financing Authority, director on the Palmdale Civic Authority, director on the Industrial Development Authority, director with the Successor Agency, a commissioner with the Palmdale Housing Authority, and is a delegate for the California State Prison – Los Angeles County, Citizens Advisory Committee. She is also an alternate delegate for the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority, and the California Contract Cities Association. She currently sits on the AUMA commission.

Bettencourt holds memberships with Alpha Phi Sigma the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, the International Association of Crime Analysts, the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts, PPOA 621, AVCFT Local 4683A (CFT, AFT, AFL-CIO), and holds a lifetime membership with Girl Scouts of America.

Ms. Bettencourt is single and resides in east Palmdale with her daughter Bailey.

Position Councilmember District 3
Name  Laura Bettencourt
Email lbettencourt@cityofpalmdale.org
Term of Office 4 Year Term
November 2022
Juan Carrillo : Councilmember District 4
Martinez photographCouncilmember Juan Carrillo was elected for his second term on the Palmdale City Council on November 6, 2018. He served as Mayor Pro Tem from February 2018 to January 2019.

Born and raised in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico and migrated to the United States at the age of 15, Juan lived in East Los Angeles and attended the ESL program at Garfield High School. He obtained his GED certificate and High School Diploma through adult school programs at Abraham Lincoln High School in Boyle Heights.

Working full time and raising a family, he obtained his Associate in Science Degree in Architecture from College of the Desert in 2001. He attended California State Polytechnic University Pomona and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Urban and Regional Planning in 2007. On December of 2012, he earned a Master Degree in Public Administration with an option in Urban Studies and Planning from California State University Northridge.

He currently serves as an alternate on the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District, Antelope Valley Transit Authority, Audit Committee and North County Transportation Coalition, and is a member of the Investment Oversight Committee, Palmdale Recycled Water Authority board, United States/Mexico Sister Cities Association and Southern California Association of Governments policy committee.

He is an active member of the American Planning Association (APA) and is Planning Ambassador for APA. He has over 15 years of city planning experience, ten years of which he gained working for the City of Palmdale as an Assistant Planner from 2005 to 2015. He has lived in the east side of the City of Palmdale since 2006. His wife Vanessa holds a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, his daughter Nathalie is on her second year at Cal Poly Pomona, his son Giovanni attends Shadow Hills, and his two year old twin boys, Wyatt and Sage, love dinosaurs and enjoy watching Handy Manny.

Position Mayor Pro Tem/Councilmember District 4
Name  Juan Carrillo
Email jcarrillo@cityofpalmdale.org
Term of Office 4 Year Term
November 2022
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