John R. Harrington

John Harrington was elected to the San Gabriel City Council in March of 2011. He holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School and has his own law practice specializing in consulting for construction companies. Prior to opening his legal practice John spent several years working for large general contractors. In addition to being admitted to the California State Bar, he holds a real estate broker’s license as well as a general contractor’s license.

John graduated from Saint Francis High School in La Canada-Flintridge and maintains a strong bond with his Alma Mater. In 1993 he graduated from California State University - Northridge with a degree in Speech Communications.

John is married to his wonderful wife Sonia and has two daughters who currently attend San Gabriel Unified Schools. They moved to San Gabriel because of the strong school system and great family venues he found in our city. Since moving here John has been actively involved in many community organizations. He has coached his daughters in PONY baseball, AYSO soccer and in the San Gabriel Girls Fast Pitch Softball league.

John is committed to maintaining the important family venues and businesses that first brought him to San Gabriel. His top priority is to enable the community aggressively pursue additional family oriented businesses and increase quality venues.

In 2005 along with Eloy Zarate, Senya Lubisich and Eric Kirchhoff, John helped found the Friends of La Laguna. This non-profit organization was necessary to prevent the City from demolishing the (now) historic La Laguna playground in Vincent Lugo Park. This marked the beginning of John’s political involvement in San Gabriel.

John is also the former Vice Chair of the San Gabriel Unified School District Facilities Oversight Committee. The School Board appointed John to this Committee because of his expertise in school construction and development. He accepted this nomination because he believes that our schools are vital to the success of our community.

John has been actively involved in many issues that directly affect both the City of San Gabriel and the San Gabriel Unified School District. He understands the economic value that development can bring to a community while respecting the past, and believes that all development must be responsible and respectful to the established community. He has actively organized the community and helped them voiced their opinion to the elected bodies.