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HIGHLIGHT HEALTH EMPOWER ARCADIANS ATTAIN BALANCED BUDGET

MICHAEL CAO, M.D.

MICHAEL CAO?

Michael has a long-standing commitment to public service where he has honorably served his country for 10 years as an active duty Major in the United States Air Force. While deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, he was the team leader of the Critical Care Airlift Team which was instrumental in treating and saving the lives of countless servicemen and servicewomen. Upon returning to civilian life, Michael paid it forward to future generations of physicians as a full-time, faculty assistant professor of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Subsequently, he has built a successful private medical practice in which he maintains a compassionate commitment to his patients. “

WHO IS MICHAEL CAO?

  • Major, United States Air Force, Active Duty (1996-2006)

  • Veteran in Iraq & Afghanistan

  • Commissioner, City of Arcadia Senior Citizens Commission

  • Director, Arcadia Police Foundation

  • Cardiologist, Arcadia Methodist Hospital

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine at USC Keck School of Medicine (2006-2013)

  • State Commissioner, Speaker on the State Bar of California

Endorsement List:

• State Assembly member Philip Chen

•State Assembly member Janet Nguyen

• Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva

• Los Angeles County Tax Assessor Jeffrey Prang

• Arcadia Former Mayor Bob Harbricht

• Alhambra City Councilmember Sasha Perez

• Duarte City Councilmember Sam Kang

• Monterey Park Councilmember Peter Chan

• Rosemead City Councilmember:  Mayor Polly Low

• San Gabriel Valley Water Board President Thomas Wong

• South Pasadena Councilmember: Mayor Michael Cacciotti

•Temple City Councilmember William Man

IF ELECTED, I Will:

• Establish a Health Commission

• Expand Senior Citizen Services

• Increase Veteran Services

• Uphold Arcadia’s General Plan

• Promote Family-Friendly Activities

• Reduce Mail Box Theft

•Improve City’s Financial Transparency

 

"HIGHLIGHT HEALTH, EMPOWER ARCADIANS, ATTAIN BALANCED BUDGET."

HEALTH – The pandemic has changed our lives and our families. If elected, Cao wants to establish an ad hoc health committee, to promote health fairs, and to strengthen the commitment to Arcadia Methodist Hospital.

EMPOWERMENT – Empowerment means that people are equal citizens and that they have a voice. It is a key concept in promoting civic engagement. Cao encourages Arcadians to get involved with the community.FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY – Appropriations should not exceed the resources available to cover expenditures. The pandemic has caused budget challenges. If elected, Cao will work diligently with the City Council and staff to maintain a balanced budget.

MAILBOX THEFT – This is a growing problem in Arcadia. As a director of the Arcadia Police Foundation, Cao works closely with the Police Department to increase surveillance, promote citizen participation, and invest in public safety.

HOMELESS CRISIS – Arcadia has a homeless issue. Cao advocates working closely with Los Angeles County and other cities to understand the root causes in order to alleviate the crisis.

VETERANS AND SENIOR CITIZEN
S – Cao wants to honor the veterans and senior citizens who live in Arcadia. He will fight to maintain and expand recreational, health, and other services.

Personal Statement of Michael K. Cao, MD

I am running for the Arcadia City Council because I believe that I have a distinctive background in which I can provide a positive contribution and diversity to the City Council.  As an Iraq and Afghanistan combat war veteran, I was awarded the United States Air Force Aerial Achievements, Commendation, and Meritorious Medal, promoted to rank of Major, and team leader of a Critical Care Airlift Team in service to our country. Afterwards, I was appointed as a full time, academic assistant professor of medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) to educate future generations of healthcare professionals. Subsequently, I established a private medical practice to provide healthcare to an ethnically diverse and underprivileged population to serve the local community.  On a statewide level, I am a Speaker of the Assembly appointee, public member on the State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners and additionally appointed chairman of the examinations subcommittee and member of the educational standards subcommittee.

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For the last twenty-five years, I am a practicing and licensed Doctor of Medicine in the State of California. The legal and medical fields are similar because they are both highly regulated professions which call for a regulatory process to ensure competency for public protection.  Appointed an expert reviewer by the Medical Board of California, I provide expert reviews and opinions for medical board cases, conduct professional competency exams, and support the investigation and enforcement function to uphold physician competency. The State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners selected me as a working group member where we reviewed and finalized a new set of rules for accredited law schools designed to update the rules by incorporating best practices and focusing the State Bar’s regulation.

Most proudly, I am a City of Arcadia citizen where I relish serving our residents. Appointed as a Senior Citizen Commissioner by the City Council is a true honor by providing leadership for the coordination of matters relating to senior citizen activities. Actively participating in the numerous senior citizen events allows the opportunity for our city to show respect to the foundation of our city. As a veteran, I was able to bring in Operation Gratitude into Arcadia to express appreciation for the service members who served to protect our nation. The Arcadia Police Foundation is an organization I support as a Director where the foundation functions as a non-profit organization that provides financial support and promotes community and police partnership.

I always have had a long standing commitment to the community and public service. The theme of service to others courses through my diverse professional and life experiences. It is my sense of duty to serve which motives me to seek this appointment.  I believe in:  upholding the City of Arcadia’s distinguished, professional standards; promoting community success while respecting our history; and advocating for public protection and safety. For these reasons, I believe that I am uniquely qualified to serve on the City of Arcadia City Council.

OUR MISSION:

H IGHLIGHT HEALTH

E MPOWER ARCADIANS

A TTAIN BALANCED BUDGET

L OWER CRIME

T ACKLE HOMELESS ISSUES

H ONOR VETERANS & SENIOR CITIZENS

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Release Date:

Jan. 12, 2022

Michael Cao Announces Candidacy for Arcadia City Council District 5

ARCADIA, CA (January 12, 2022) – Michael Cao, a cardiologist from Arcadia Methodist Hospital and an Iraq/Afghanistan veteran in the U.S. Air Force, has announced that he will run for former Mayor Roger Chandler’s seat.

Cao was a major in the U.S. Air Force. He considers serving our country an honor of a lifetime since we live in the greatest nation in the world.

He was also an educator. “Teaching future generations of healthcare professionals at USC Keck School of Medicine is truly special because education is the key to the future,” Cao stated.

In 2020, Cao was appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly to be a commissioner on the State Bar of California. He currently serves on the Senior Citizen Commission and on the board of the Arcadia Police Foundation.

Cao identifies several issues that he wants to focus on:

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HEALTH – The pandemic has changed our lives and our families. If elected, Cao wants to establish an ad hoc health committee, to promote health fairs, and to strengthen the commitment to Arcadia Methodist Hospital.

EMPOWERMENT – Empowerment means that people are equal citizens and that they have a voice. It is a key concept in promoting civic engagement. Cao encourages Arcadians to get involved with the community.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY – Appropriations should not exceed the resources available to cover expenditures. The pandemic has caused budget challenges. If elected, Cao will work diligently with the City Council and staff to maintain a balanced budget.

MAILBOX THEFT – This is a growing problem in Arcadia. As a director of the Arcadia Police Foundation, Cao works closely with the Police Department to increase surveillance, promote citizen participation, and invest in public safety.

HOMELESS CRISIS – Arcadia has a homeless issue. Cao advocates working closely with Los Angeles County and other cities to understand the root causes in order to alleviate the crisis.

VETERANS AND SENIOR CITIZENS – Cao wants to honor the veterans and senior citizens who live in Arcadia. He will fight to maintain and expand recreational, health, and other services.

“Every city has different people. A city council should be equally diverse. I am a medical doctor. During this Covid-19 pandemic, I have been on the frontline saving lives. My unique healthcare perspectives would help round out 4 wonderful council members,” said Cao.

Cao was also an assistant professor at USC. He has lived in Arcadia for a decade with his wife and their three children. An avid sports fan, Cao enjoys basketball, football, and baseball. He looks forward to serving the needs of the residents in District 5.

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