Jessica Baca: Strong passion for the community
Deputy City Clerk Jessica Baca was born in Apple Valley and raised in Barstow.
She attended Henderson Elementary School, Barstow Middle School and graduated from Barstow High School in 2005.
She is currently a student at Barstow Community College studying Business and works for the City of Barstow, where she is an administrative assistant/deputy city clerk in the City Clerk’s Office. She also serves as the advisor of the Barstow Youth Advisory Council.
Q: Describe a special memory you have in Barstow.
A: I have numerous special memories in Barstow. One that stands out is from December 2009 when I took the youth council members Christmas caroling at Desert Manna, Barstow Retirement Plaza, Comfort Care Center and Rimrock Convalescent Home. It was a touching experience to be able to bring some holiday cheer to the needy and elderly of our community by unexpectedly showing up with smiles and songbooks on a cold winter night.
Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: Some of my hobbies include: Drawing, painting, writing poetry, skateboarding, singing, dancing and spending time with loved ones.
Q: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
A: More love and less hate.
Q: If you could change one thing about Barstow, what would it be?
A: I would like to see more businesses come here and stay here long term. It would create more opportunities like jobs and activities for its residents, and I think it would make people more productive and positive about the future of Barstow and raising their families here.
Q: What person, living or from history, would you most like to have dinner with and why?
A: I’d like to have dinner with Stevie Nicks. She’s an amazingly talented singer-songwriter, but I also just find her fascinating as a person. I’d ask her all about her life and what inspires her, but also commend her for her philanthropic endeavors. She’s the Queen of Rock and Roll in my opinion!
Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?
A: My grandparents have influenced my life immensely. Without their love, support, guidance, discipline and generosity, my life would be completely different. They mean the world to me and I feel tremendously fortunate to have them in my life.
Q: What talent do you most wish you had?
A: I wish I was musically talented. If I could play an instrument or sing well that would be nice.
Q: What is your favorite quotation?
A: “If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams, and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl
Q: What words of advice do you have for the next generation?
A: You are the future so value your health and your life. Be a leader and not a follower!
Q: Tell us about the charities or causes that are close to your heart and why.
A: The Barstow Youth Advisory Council is definitely close to my heart. I became the advisor of the BYAC in 2009 and working with them to promote youth involvement in the community over the last few years has truly been rewarding. It feels nice to be able to give back to the community in the ways in which we have. The best thing about being involved with the BYAC is getting to know the local young people who strive to better themselves all around and have an eagerness to learn and grow as leaders. It’s pretty inspiring.
Another cause that is dear to me is the “Who I Am Makes a Difference” International Organization. It is a non-profit organization that hosts Blue Ribbon Ceremonies, which enable people to express their appreciation, respect and love for their children, parents, teachers, friends, neighbors … pretty much everyone. Over the years, the ceremonies have impacted over 35 million people worldwide and have been translated into 11 languages — saving lives, eradicating bullying, and helping dreams come true in the home, school and workplace. To know more go to www.acknowledgmentmovie.com.
Q: What is something you are particularly proud of?
A: I am proud to be my sister Jen’s twin. She’s a beautiful, strong, and overall amazing person! She’s undoubtedly my best friend. We have a special kind of relationship and I feel blessed to be her double.
Q: What’s your favorite movie and why?
A: “Jawbreaker.” It reminds me of fun times with one of my good friends. It’s a dark, yet comical movie with a lesson about karma.
Q: Tell us about your favorite thing about living in Barstow?
A: That it’s a pretty tight knit community where most people know and support each other.
Q: What is the best thing about your job?
A: The best thing about my job is that I learn something new every day, whether it’s about the history of the city or what’s currently happening. I also have the privilege of working with some really great people who have a strong passion for the community and work hard at their jobs to make Barstow a better place.
Q: What book had a significant impact on you?
A: “The White Horse” by Cynthia Grant.
Q: Of all the places you’ve been, what’s your favorite and why?
A: Epcot at Disney World, because it’s a place where creativity is encouraged, imagination is celebrated and countries are united.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: I’d like to travel to Hawaii because of the beautiful beaches and year-round ideal weather. Not to mention everyone who I’ve talked to that’s been there has nothing but great things to say about the experience.
Q: Tell us about one thing you want to accomplish in life.
A: I’d like to be a mother some day.
Q: What’s your favorite place to eat in Barstow?
A: That would be Del Taco of course! It never gets old.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: Married with my own family.
Q: What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
A: Candy (and beer)
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say?
A: I hope I didn’t bore anyone too much with all this random information about myself.