Friday, January 27, 2006

Biography

Born in Pacoima, California, and raised in Reseda, Clark Baker joined the US Marine Corps in 1975 and served more than three years in the Far East and diplomatic missions in India and Central America. He received an honorable discharge in 1981.

After completing his training as an airplane pilot and helicopter flight instructor, Clark entered the Los Angeles Police Academy in 1980 and served as Class DI (leader).

During the next twenty years, Clark served LA residents from San Pedro to Pacoima and Oakwood to Downtown in assignments that included patrol, vice, narcotics, motors, and air support. He trained police officers and walked beats through stressed neighborhoods and low-income projects where he earned more than eighty commendations and awards from the LAPD, residents as well as local, state, and federal officials.

Since retiring in 2000, Clark has worked as a private investigator, writer, film producer, and even as a scuba divemaster in the Andaman Sea. He sings tenor and has performed with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. He also serves as a board member for the Laurel Canyon Association and Bel Air – Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council. He actively supports the efforts of the Liberty Film Festival, reformed LA gang members, and community activist
Ted Hayes’ work at LA’s Dome Village with the homeless.
Although I have enjoyed my retirement with friends and family, I’m troubled by politicians that order union leaders to shake down their struggling workers for dues and votes. I want to empower families so they can decide how to vote and where to spend their income. I want to give vouchers to parents so they can choose the public or private school of their choice. My plan to cut health care costs will provide better care to more families. With your help, I will continue my lifelong commitment to public service and civil rights.
It’s time that a veteran street cop challenges pot-hole politicians and trial lawyers who enrich themselves by abusing our courts, wasting tax revenues, extorting businesses, degrading medical care, and failing our school children. With your vote, LA residents finally have the power to stop the pot-hole politicians.

Clark resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Carol. His daughter Vanessa (23) teaches high school math in New York City while completing her fellowship at Pace University. Clark’s son, Cliff (18), left college to join the Marine Corps and currently serves at Naval Air Station, Pensacola.

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