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Special District

Southgate Recreation and Park DistrictCandidate for Director, Division 1

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Ralph Merletti

Substitute Teachers Assistant
1,408 votes (48.7%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Suggest and implement new innovative ideas to make this special district even more special
  • Locate a park or other open space with a relatively unobstructed eastern horizon, and provide an area and/or facility for public enjoyment of a view of the High Sierra on days with good horizontal visibility
  • Find ways to increase public attendance at board of directors meetings



Profession:(Substitute) Teachers Assistant
(Substitute) Teachers Assistant, K-8, California Montessori Project, Sacramento area, CA (2016–2018)
Substitute Teacher, K-12, Gateway Community Charters, McClellan/Sacramento area, CA (2013–2015)
Adjunct Instructor, Physical/Cultural Geography, Riverside Community College District, CA (1990–1993)
Cartographic Aide/Technician, U.S. Forest Service, Lakewood, CO (1974–1982)
Wire Maintenance Helper, U.S. Air Force (1963–1964)


University of California, Riverside (extension) Certificate in GIS, Geographic Information Systems (1999)
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Master of Arts (M.A.), Geography (1984)
California State University, Northridge Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) 1970, Geography (major), Political Science (minor), Education (teacher training) (1971)
Los Angeles Valley College, Van Nuys CA Associate in Arts (A.A.), General Subjects + Geography (1968)


Ralph Merletti has lived in the Fruitridge area of Sacramento County for almost 18 years.  He currently works part-time as a (substitute) teachers assistant for the California Montessori Project--a network of public K-8 charter schools in the Sacramento area.  Ralph was born in Buffalo NY in 1946.  In 1955 his family moved west to California.  Ralph is a 1963 graduate of Sylmar High School, Sylmar CA (northernmost community of the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles), where he received a varsity letter in cross country, and a certficate of merit for school spirit and loyalty.

Ralph has long been involved in community activities.  While in high school, he was a member of the Sylmar Civic Association 1961-62.  In December 1962, he was named "First Honorary Historian" of the Sylmar Chamber of Commerce for his efforts at popularizing the community in the context of California geography, history, agriculture, climate, and geology.  Most notable, Ralph asked (and convinced) two major road map companies to "please put Sylmar on the map."  In 1971, Ralph moved to Colorado and became active in the local community, there:  Choir member of Denver's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1973-76), Historic Denver, Inc. (1975-1982), and the Colorado Mountain Club, Denver Group (1982, 1985-88).  Returning to California, Ralph was trophy chairman for the Brawley (Imperial County) Cattle Call parade in the fall of 1988.  At the 50-year reunion (April 2013) of the Sylmar HS class of 1963, the principal presented Ralph with the game ball from the previous fall's 50th Anniversary homecoming football game in appreciation of his high school nickname - "Mr. Sylmar."

Socially, Ralph has been active in several singles' clubs over the years.  In 1981, Ralph was president of the CAC (Catholic Alumni Club [single, religious, social, professional]) of Colorado, and in the second half of 2003 was president of the CAC of Sacramento.  Ralph is a member of St. Rose parish in South Sacramento and has served as a lector for over 17 years.  St. Rose is one of the busiest churches in the 20-county Diocese of Sacramento.  Ralph has also been active over the years in pro-life activities, such as parish contact for "40 Days For Life" campaigns, and the annual "Walk For Life" in San Francisco.

At his Fruitridge residence, Ralph has a nearly complete record of 17+ years of daily and monthly rainfall measurements.  He has had past membership in the Association of American Geographers, and is a member of the Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society.  An amateur astronomer since childhood, Ralph's favorite events are solar and lunar eclipses and related phenomena, having observed 28 solar eclipses of various types, beginning with his first in 1954 in the Buffalo NY area.  Since then, Ralph's solar eclipse observations have included four annulars (ring-like -- moon appearing smaller than the sun), and five totals -- including last year's (2017) spectacularly beautiful event in Idaho.

Ralph has traveled in all 58 counties in California, 45 states (including Hawaii-1980 and Alaska-2008), and to five foreign countries (Canada, Mexico; Aruba and Venezuela- 1998, Switzerland and Romania- 1999) on three continents.  His other avocations include mountain climbing (Colorado 14ers in the 1980's including that state's highest - Mt. Elbert - 1982; Lassen Peak CA in 2005, Mt. Rose NV [Lake Tahoe] and Mt. Scott [Crater Lake NP] OR in 2007), photography (two of his best photos include Pope [now Saint] John-Paul II passing in front of the Alamo in San Antonio TX in 1987, and the first pitch of major league baseball [Colorado Rockies] in Denver [Mile High Stadium] in 1993), sports fan, and of course, politics!  Ralph has several presentations/publications; some of these (or their listing) can be seen online.

In November 2002, Ralph was was among the 8,300+ Californians to submit a design for the state quarter, attending the public's part of the coin release celebration at the end of January 2005.  He has attended numerous other local and state events in the Sacramento area including: the public grand opening of the new Sacramento City Hall in August 2005, the WNBA championship of the Sacramento Monarchs in September 2005, the rededication of the renovated Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in November 2005, the inauguration ceremony of the Governor of California in Memorial Auditorium in January 2007, the grand reopening of the Crocker Art Museum in October 2010, the grand opening of the new Terminal B at Sacramento International Airport in October 2011, the massive civic rally in Cesar Chavez Park celebrating our NBA Sacramento Kings and the arena deal in May 2013, the celebration parade and rally at the State Capitol for our USL champion pro-soccer Sacramento Republic FC in October 2014, the Hometown Heroes parade and rally at the State Capitol in September 2015, and the public Open House and FanFest celebrating the opening of our new "state of the art" downtown Golden 1 Arena in October 2016--Go, Kings! 

Politically, Ralph was an alternate/regular delegate at the Colorado State Republican Convention in 1988.  In 2010, he was an applicant for the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.  Later that year, he was a pollworker for the Sacramento County Office of Elections at one local site each, in Sacramento, on the June and November election days.  In the fall of 2012 and 2014, Ralph was a candidate for Trustee, Area 7, of the Sacramento City Unified School District.  In the spring of 2014, he was a regular candidate for the CA Assembly, District 7, and in the spring of 2016, Ralph was a write-in candidate for the same office.  In the fall of 2016, Ralph was a candidate for Trustee, Area 5, Los Rios Community College District.  Now, in the fall of 2018, Ralph Merletti is a candidate for Director, Division 1 (Fruitridge area) of the Southgate Recreation and Park District.

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