Recreation & Community Services Commission

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The Recreation and Community Services Commission studies issues related to Lakewood’s recreational programs and social services.

The commission meets on the second Wednesday of the month in the City Council Chambers. Meetings are open to the public. To confirm the time of the meeting, contact the Commission Secretary at 562-866-9771, extension 2401.

This is one of three commissions on which Lakewood residents serve. Each commission is composed of five members appointed by the city council to a two-year term.

Photo: Top row, from left: Ted Spaseff (chair) and Stacy Valdez (vice chair). Bottom row, from left: Dave Allen, Veronica Lucio and Anitza Valles.

Compensation for each commission member is $50 per meeting. No person shall serve on more than one commission at the same time. A member of a commission may not hold any other city office or position for which compensation is paid.

Commission Members

  • Ted Spaseff is the commission's current chair, and has lived in Lakewood for 41 years. Ted began his career in landscaping in the private sector and then came to work at the City of Lakewood as a park maintenance worker. He worked his way up the ranks in the parks and public works field to become Director of Municipal and Utility Services for the City of Santa Fe Springs. Ted and his wife moved to Lakewood because of the parks and everything the city had to offer for a family. He still loves those qualities. “My hat’s off to our recreation staff. During a normal year, they organize a tremendous number of programs. Then COVID comes, and they immediately begin creating all new programs, with virtual activities. I love being a commissioner and being a connection between our community and all the happenings in the Recreation and Community Services Department.”
  • Stacy Valdez is the commission's current vice chair, and has lived in Lakewood for 31 years. She is the Associate Executive Director of the Lakewood Family YMCA where she has worked for 20 years in various roles including coordinating childcare and summer camp. “Growing up in Lakewood, I have fond memories of participating in Lakewood Youth Sports and am happy to be a part of ensuring today's youth grow up with those same experiences and memories. I love being a recreation commissioner so I can have a hand in the support we offer our community.”
  • Dave Allen has lived in Lakewood off and on for over 50 years and was a member of the Recreation and Community Service Department staff for 30 years. “Lakewood is a great environment to bring up your kids and grandkids. As a commissioner, I love interacting with Lakewood residents who participate in our plethora of activities and services…and getting their feedback. And I'm proud of what I hear.” Dave is a Navy veteran of Vietnam and an active volunteer and board member of Lakewood Meals on Wheels.
  • Veronica Lucio has lived in Lakewood for 16 years. She’s a music teacher at Gompers Elementary and Middle School in Lakewood. She received a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in educational administration from California State University, Long Beach. “My husband and I really enjoy taking our young daughter to play at Bloomfield Park near our home. I know how valuable Lakewood’s parks are to so many residents, and I know how important our recreation and senior programs are to many residents also. I look forward to doing all that I can to support, protect and enhance those services and facilities for Lakewood residents of all ages.”
  • Anitza Valles has lived in Lakewood for over 10 years. She’s the senior manager for web and social media at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach where she has worked for almost 20 years. She’s also been an active member of the executive board of the Parent Teachers Association at her children’s school and a communications volunteer for the Lakewood Little League. “I believe in the power of community and connection,” says Anitza, “and I do my best to connect with my communities, be they in my neighborhood, school, work or someplace else. I think that Lakewood offers an extraordinary amount of recreation programming for all interests and ages, and I am excited for the future as Lakewood continues to diversify and explore new possibilities.”

Minutes Archive

2021

2021-11-10 RCS Commission Minutes of November 10, 2021(PDF, 295KB)

2021-10-13-RCS-Commission-Minutes-of-October-13-2021(PDF, 373KB)

2021-09-08-RCS-Commission-Minutes-of-September-8-2021(PDF, 370KB)

2021-08-11 RCS Commission Minutes of August 11, 2021(PDF, 351KB)

2021-07-14 RCS Commission Minutes of July 14, 2021(PDF, 448KB)

2021-06-09 RCS Commission Minutes of June 9, 2021(PDF, 389KB)

2021-05-12 RCS Commission Minutes of May 12, 2021(PDF, 417KB)

2021-04-14 RCS Commission Minutes of April 14, 2021(PDF, 374KB)

2021-03-10 RCS Commission Minutes of March 10, 2021(PDF, 419KB)

2021-02-10 RCS Commission Minutes of February 10, 2021(PDF, 391KB)

2021-01-13 RCS Commission Minutes of January 13, 2021(PDF, 459KB)

2020

2020-12-09 RCS Commission Minutes of Decmber 9, 2020(PDF, 671KB)

2020-11-18 RCS Commission Minutes of November 18, 2020(PDF, 378KB)

2020-10-14 RCS Commission Minutes of October 14, 2020(PDF, 454KB)

2020-09-09 RCS Commission Minutes of September 9, 2020(PDF, 447KB)

2020-08-12 RCS Commission Minutes of August 12, 2020(PDF, 379KB)

2020-07-08 RCS Commission Minutes of July 8, 2020(PDF, 379KB)

2020-06-10 RCS Commission Minutes of June 10, 2020(PDF, 379KB)

2020-01-08 RCS Commission Minutes of January 8, 2020(PDF, 461KB)

2020-02-12 RCS Commission Minutes of February 12, 2020(PDF, 507KB)

2020-03-18 RCS Commission Minutes of March 18, 2020(PDF, 426KB)

2019

2019-12-11 RCS Commission Minutes of December 11, 2019(PDF, 372KB)

2019-11-13 RCS Commission Minutes of November 13, 2019(PDF, 439KB)

2019-10-09 RCS Commission Minutes of October 9, 2019(PDF, 391KB)

2019-09-11 RCS Commission Minutes of September 11, 2019(PDF, 436KB)

2019-08-14 RCS Commission Minutes of August 14, 2019(PDF, 432KB)

2019-07-10 RCS Commission Minutes of July 10, 2019(PDF, 452KB)

2019-06-12 RCS Commission Minutes of June 12, 2019(PDF, 453KB)

2019-05-08 RCS Commission Minutes of May 8, 2019(PDF, 372KB)

2019-04-10 RCS Commission Minutes of April 10, 2019(PDF, 469KB)

2019-03-13 RCS Commission Minutes of March 13, 2019(PDF, 467KB)

2019-02-13 RCS Commission Minutes of February 13, 2019(PDF, 377KB)

2019-01-09 RCS Commission Minutes of January 9, 2019(PDF, 383KB)

2018

2018-12-12 RCS Commission Meeting Minutes of December 12, 2018(PDF, 380KB)

2018-11-14 RCS Commission Meeting Minutes of November 14, 2018(PDF, 322KB)

2018-10-10 RCS Commission Meeting Minutes of October 10, 2018(PDF, 159KB)

2018-09-12 RCS Commission Meeting Minutes of September 12, 2018(PDF, 126KB)

2018-08-22 RCS Commission Meeting Minutes of August 22, 2018(PDF, 173KB)

2018-07-11 RCS Commission Meeting Minutes of July 11, 2018(PDF, 157KB)

2018-05-09 RCS Commission Meeting Minutes of May 9, 2018(PDF, 159KB)

2018-06-13 RCS Commission Meeting Minutes of June 13, 2018(PDF, 111KB)

2018-04-11 RCS Commission Meeting Minutes of April 11, 2018(PDF, 108KB)

2018-03-09 RCS Commission Meeting Minutes of March 9, 2018(PDF, 107KB)

2018-02-14 RCS Commission Minutes of 02-14-2018(PDF, 107KB)

2018-01-10 RCS Commission Meeting Minutes(PDF, 109KB)

2017

2017-11-08 Recreation and Community Services Commission Meeting Minutes of Nov. 8, 2017(PDF, 101KB)

2017-12-13 Recreation and Community Services Commission Meeting Minutes of December 13, 2017(PDF, 5KB)

2017-10-11 Recreation and Community Services Commission Meeting Minutes of October 11, 2017(PDF, 110KB)

2017-09-13 RCS Commission Meeting Minutes of September 13, 2017(PDF, 102KB)

2017-08-09 RCS Commission Minutes of August 9, 2017(PDF, 176KB)

2017-04-12 RCS Commission Meeting Minutes of April 12, 2017(PDF, 104KB)

2017-05-10 RCS Commission Meeting Minutes of May 10, 2017(PDF, 136KB)

2017-06-14 RCS Commission Meeting Minutes of June 14, 2017(PDF, 92KB)

2017-07-12 RCS Commission Minutes of July 12, 2017(PDF, 5KB)

2017-03-08 RCS Commission Meeting Minutes of March 8, 2017(PDF, 86KB)

2017-02-08 RCS Commission Minutes of February 8, 2017(PDF, 89KB)

2017-01-11 RCS Commission Minutes of January 11, 2017(PDF, 85KB)

2016

2016-11-09 RCS Commission Minutes of November 9, 2016(PDF, 82KB)

2016-12-14 RCS Commission Minutes of December 14, 2016(PDF, 5KB)

2016-09-14 RCS Commission Minutes of September 14, 2016(PDF, 91KB)

2016-10-12 RCS Commission Minutes of October 12, 2016(PDF, 102KB)

2016-08-10 RCS Commission Minutes of August 10, 2016(PDF, 92KB)

2016-07-13 RCS Commission Minutes of July 13, 2016(PDF, 143KB)

2016-06-08 RCS Commission Minutes of June 8, 2016(PDF, 184KB)

2016-01-13 RCS Commission Minutes of January 13, 2016(PDF, 95KB)

2016-02-10 RCS Commission Minutes of February 10, 2016(PDF, 94KB)

2016-03-16 RCS Commission Minutes of March 16, 2016(PDF, 92KB)

2016-04-13 RCS Commission Minutes of April 13, 2016(PDF, 93KB)

2016-05-11 RCS Commission Minutes of May 11, 2016(PDF, 152KB)