Araiza attended elementary school in Santa Paula and went to high school at St. Bonaventure. He then attended Pomona College in Claremont, California as well as the University of Santa Barbara. Araiza then attended law school in Fullerton, California.
Araiza started his law practice in 1982 and joined the Fire Department in 1986 where he served until retiring as Fire Chief in 2018. Araiza currently practices law in Santa Paula and continues to be involved in the family business, La Cabana Restaurant, which his family started in 1974.
Arazia was born and raised in Santa Paula where the Araiza family has lived since the early 1900’s. He has been married to Laura Mendoza since 1982 and has raised four children here in Santa Paula. All continue to reside in Ventura county.