Alive! presents one of our most popular annual features – Club Valentines. Enjoy… and happy Valentine’s Day!



“Thank you for 24 wonderful years of marriage! I love you today and forever.”

– Candice Arnold, Civil/Human Rights and Equity

 

 



“Happy Valentine’s Day, my Queen, my better half. I love you and appreciate everything you do for our family. I remember it was like when I got here.”

– Carlos Rubio, Rec and Parks

 


 

“Happy Valentine’s Day for a loving 58 years of wedded bliss.”

– Ted Augerbright, Retired, Public Works/Sanitationg

 

 

 

“My life and my best friend!”

– Officer II Anselm Yu, LAPD

 

 


 

“Happy Valentine’s Day to my beautiful wife for 31 years.”

– Jay Ward, General Services

 

 


 

“To my family (Amethyst, Jian and Tyson): Happy Valentine’s Day.
I would not have made it through 2020 without your love.
Love, Mom and Grandee.”

– Denise Jefferson, Retired, DWP

 

 

 

“You are the best husband, father and grandfather ever! I’m looking forward to making more memories with ‘el Jefe.’ Love you, babe!”

– Angie Melendez, Planning

 

 


 

“Happy Valentine’s Day, my love! You are my everything, and I’m so grateful we are on this journey together. Love you!”

– Jeremy Aldridge, Rec and Parks

 

 


 

“Love doesn’t need to be perfect. It just needs to be true.”

– Joe Binatena, Public Works

 

 


 

“We are like puzzle pieces – we fit perfectly together. I love the way you make me feel even when you’re not near me. I love you more each day. Te amo.”

– Officer Jorge Gonzalez, LAPD

 

 


 

“Happy Valentine’s Day to the most awesome wife! This day and every day you make my world go round.”

– Jeff Steinbock, DWP

 

 



“There’s no better person to be locked down with. Happy Valentine’s Day!”

Alive! editor John Burnes,
at the last fully attended sports game (Anaheim Ducks) before the lockdown
 

 

 


 

“Happy 47th Valentine’s Day to my beautiful wife and high school sweetheart, Cindy. Love you forever.”

– John Garner, LAPD

 

 



“COVID-19 might keep us apart, but our love is strong, can’t break our heart. Happy pre-post Valentine’s Day.”

Rodney Bernaldo, Public Works/Sanitation

 

 


 

“To my husband and best friend. Our life has been a wild ride, and I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone but you. Love you to the moon and back.”

– Elena Sousa for John Sousa, Airport Police

 

 



“Happy Valentine’s Day to my friend, lover, but mostly my beautiful wife. Love you forever.”

– Byron Pocon, General Services

 

 

 


 

“Missing our group outings. Looking forward to them again soon!
Until then, stay safe. Happy Valentine’s Day!”

– Capt. John Gonzalez, LAFD

 

 

 


 

“Happy Valentine’s Day to the main who still gives me the butterflies.”

– Chermaine Fontenette, Public Works/Sanitation

 

 



“To my wife, best friend, and companion Donna: Thank you for these last twenty-six years of marriage, and looking forward to more new adventures together!

– John Otoshi, Retired

 

 



“Happy Valentine’s Day to my beautiful wife, Arlene
– 34 years of love.”

– Jose Gaxiola, General Services

 

 


 

“Just to remind you how much I need you, how much I appreciate you and how very much I love you.”

– Veronica Cavanaugh, Personnel

 

 


 

“I love you guys. Let’s make another year full of great, silly memories.”

– Julie Briones, City Attorney’s Office

 

 


 

“Ma chére Kelley, rester à la maison ou voyager vers
des destinations lointaines, la vie est toujours une
aventure avec tu!
Joyeuse Saint Valentin!”

– John Hawkins, Club CEO

 

 


 

“Since the day I first met you, I loved you.
Each day I love you more than the day before.”

– Lorenzo Sandoval, LA County/Probation

 

 



“Happy Valentine’s Day, Boo! 25 years later, you still give me butterflies. I love you with all my heart. Your wife, Vanessa.”

– Vanessa Alcaraz, Public Works/Sanitation
 

 

 



“I love my beautiful wife and our amazing little girl.
Happy Valentine’s.”

– Rodney Gilbert, General Services
 

 

 



“Happy Valentine’s Day, baby!
Let’s continue on this amazing journey together.”

– Officer Tesfa McKinley, Airport Police
 

 

 


 

“Mona is my true soulmate. She is the most amazing, caring and loving woman in the world. I am the luckiest man to be able to call her mine. I love you.”

– William Morgan, Building and Safety

 

 



“Another wonderful Valentine’s Day with amazing, beautiful and talented wife! She has made my life so much better for being part of it.”

– Thomas Wyatt, Public Works/Sanitation

 

 


 

“To Mom, my first Valentine:
Thank you for teaching me what matters and how to live!”

– John Hawkins, Club CEO

 

 


 

“Happy Valentine’s Day to my beautiful wife, Vanessa. My heart is and always will be yours.”

Capt. II Chris Bustamante, LAPD

 

 


 

“Happy Valentine’s Day to the fire in my life! Love you … me.”

– Capt. John Gonzalez, LAFD
 

 


 

“Happy tenth Valentine to my sweetheart, Rodney Bernaldo. Love and kisses to a very special man who brings me laughter and fun adventures!”

– Constance Chang, Public Works/Sanitation

 

 


 

“Happy Valentine’s Day, husband. No words are amazing enough to describe how fantastic you are.”

Alysea Thompson, Public Works

 

 


 

“Here’s to more love and adventures in 2021! Happy Valentine’s Day, Lenguyens!”

– Firefighter Ly Leng, LAFD

 

 


 

“Married Angel in 1945. He was a Commander of Pemex Merchant Marines. Hired by City Hall at 19. Married 69 years. Passed away in 2011 at 98. I’m 97.”

Grace Gonzalez, Retired, Public Works

 

 


 

“Happy Valentine’s Day, my love. I love you always with all my heart.”

– Carlos Fregoso, Public Works/Street Services

 

 


 

“Happy Valentine’s Day to my soulmate! Our first Valentine’s Day as husband and wife. Love you to the moon and back!”

– Mikiesha Barton, DWP

 

 


 

“To the love of my life. I love you with all my heart! Happy Valentine’s Day to the woman of my dreams! I love you.”

 – Frank Sugiyama, DWP

 

 


 

“Happy Valentine’s Day to my sweetheart! Looking forward to this new chapter in our lives called retirement! Can’t wait to return to Disneyland!”

– Jean Sarfaty, LAPD/Communications

 

 


 

“To my dear wife and best friend: I love you so much! I wouldn’t be where I am in life without your love, support and our beautiful daughters. – Feo.”

– Henry Durand, Public Works/Sanitation

 

 


 

“Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to acknowledge those who have brought love into our lives. Thank you for your support and love. Happy Valentines’ Day.”

Candace Montgomery, DWP

 

 


 

“Fourteen years, loving you stronger.”

Pablo Serrano, Public Works/Sanitation

 

 


 

“Happy Valentine’s Day to my wife as we live our ‘happily ever after’.”

– Carl Holmes, Rec and Parks

 

 


 

“I loved you oh so long ago, and today I love you still. If you will be my Valentine, it would be my greatest thrill. Fifty-five years of wedded bliss.”

– Gary Bigelow, Public Works/Contract Administration

 

 


 

“I don’t need the 14th to show how much you mean to me. The one thing that helps me keep my sanity. You bring so much joy.”

– Reggie Foster, DWP

 

 


 

“You have been my Valentine for the last 20 years. Ready for 20 more. Happy Valentine’s Day and happy anniversary.”

Apparatus Op. Kuniyuki Kasahara, LAFD

 

 


 

“Happy Valentine’s Day to our parentals Commander in Chief and the First Lady Don and Gloria Martinez. Luv U Mom and Dad. Thank you 4 all U do 4 us kids.”

– Lupe Salazar, Airports
 

 


 

“Every day with you is Valentine’s Day.
I love you, Angel.”

– Lupe Salazar, Airports

 

 


 

“Happy 2021 Valentine’s Day to my granddaughter, Leilani Angel Logo. ‘You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.’ Love U always – Grandma.”

– Lupe Salazar, Airports

 

 


 

“To the love of my life.”

Officer Valentine Umana, LAPD

 

 


 

“Still after 37 years, my wife Michele is the only Valentine for me.”

– Keith Smith, Retired, Airports

 

 


 

“Happy Valentine’s Day to my heart!”

– Darren Davidson, Harbor

 

 


 

“Happy Valentine’s Day to my husband, Mike, as we share another day of retirement together. You are my love, my friend and travel partner to unseen places.”

– Roberta Rocha-Ayala, Retired, General Services

 

 


 

“Love my family! Love you guys a lot!”

– Elmer Melendez, Public Works/Sanitation

 

 


 

“Happy Valentine’s Day to the love of my life. Thirty-five great years.”

– Orlando Corral, Housing

 

 


 

“Happy Valentine’s Day, Patty. Thank you for everything you do for me. Thanks for always being there for me. I love you always and forever.”

Richard Gallegos, LA County/Street Services

 

 


 

“Happy 30th anniversary to my wife, Sheril. Both parents were married on Valentine’s Day also. And both retired from the DWP.”

Vahn Bozoian, Retired, DWP

 

 


 

“This is the love of my life and me. My one and only child, my son, Matthew. Happy Valentine’s Day, Papa. I love you forever!”

– Sophia Ponce de Leon (Sanchez), LAPD

 

 


 

“Cesar, I love you. Grateful for your love and also for continuing our adventures. (Photo is pre-COVID.)”

Claudia De Leon, Library

 

 


 

“Happy Valentine’s Day to my fiancé, Officer Houser. I love you!”

Jessica Lee, Public Works/Sanitation

 

 


 

“My two loves. Mis dos amores.”

Lourdes Coronado, LAPD

 

 


 

“Wishing my three loves a very Happy Valentine’s Day! You guys make my heart smile every day. I love you guys so very much!”

– Robert Ruiz, DWP

 

 


 

“Happy Valentine’s Day to the love of my life, Nikki Kemp. This has been the best 11 years of my life with you, and looking forward to the next 11.”

– Brandon Kemp, LAPD