Dr. Manuel Lopez

Dr. Manuel M. Lopez was elected to the Port of Hueneme Board of Commissioners in 2008. His lengthy record of service to the community is exemplified in the many roles he has served. He is also a Dr. of Optometry and first established his business in Oxnard in 1962.

He was elected to the Oxnard City Council in 1978 and re-elected in 1982, 1986 and 1990. In 1992 he was elected Mayor of Oxnard and re-elected in 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2002.

He has served as City Representative on a wide range of regional agencies including: Oxnard/Port Hueneme Wastewater Treatment Authority; VCAG Transportation Policy Planning Committee; Agricultural Lands Preservation Committee; Association of Water Agencies; County Economic Development Collaborative; County Air Pollution Control District and Riverpark Reclamation and Recharge Joint Powers Agreement.

Other appointments include Community Relations Commission (1965-1968; Redevelopment Agency (1968-73); Planning Commission (1973-78); Mayor Pro Tem 1980-82 and 1984-86.
Dr. Lopez’s civic involvement includes: The Chamber of Commerce; Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Oxnard Ocotlan Sister City Founding Member; Boys and Girls Club Board; Oxnard College Foundation; Women’s Legacy and Ventura County Community Foundations.

He has earned many awards and recognition in his profession and community: Tri County Optometric Society Optometrist of the Year (1975); Oxnard Distinguished Citizen of the Year (1991); Patrick Henry Medallion for Patriotic Community Achievements (1992); Interface service to needy children (2003); Tri County Optometric Society Lifetime Achievement Award (2004); Father of the Year Victory Way Pre-School 1984-85), his most treasured.

Dr. Lopez is a graduate of Ventura College, the University of California – Berkeley and the University of California Berkeley School of Optometry. He is married and has two daughters, one granddaughter and one grandson.