Jesse Arreguin

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Jesse Arreguin
22nd Mayor of Berkeley
Assumed office
December 1, 2016
Preceded by Tom Bates
Berkeley City Council member
In office
December 2008 – December 1, 2016
Preceded by Dona Spring
Succeeded by Kate Harrison
Personal details
Born Fresno, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of California Berkeley
Website Official website

Jesse Arreguin is the 22nd mayor of Berkeley, California. He was elected in the general election of November 8, 2016, to a four-year term.[1] Arreguin described himself as an "unapologetic progressive",[2] at age 32, Arreguin became the youngest mayor in a century and the first Latino elected as Berkeley's Mayor .[3]

Mayor Arreguin represents the cities of Alameda County on the Executive Board of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), he also represents Berkeley on the Board for the East Bay Community Energy Joint Powers Authority, Alameda County Waste Management Authority, the JPA for the East Bay Regional Sports Fields, and chairs the Council's Agenda Committee, 2x2 Joint City/School Board Committee, 3x3 Joint Housing Authority/Council Committee; and 4x4 Joint Committee on Housing. 

Political career[edit]

Arreguin attended UC Berkeley, where received a degree in Political Science in 2007, at UC Berkeley, Jesse led efforts to increase student housing and invest in sustainable transportation, and he fought for the interests of students in City Hall as the ASUC City Affairs Director.

Prior to his election to the City Council, Arreguin served on a number of city boards and commissions. Arreguin was elected to the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board in 2004, and served as chair through 2008, he also served on the Housing Advisory Commission, Zoning Adjustments Board and Downtown Area Plan Advisory Committee. He was also a Boardmember of the local Sierra Club.[4]

From 2008 to 2016, Arreguin had served as a Berkeley City Council member representing City Council District 4, he drafted and passed over 300 pieces of legislation, including the city's Affordable Housing Mitigation Fee, establishing a higher minimum wage, environmental protections, police reforms in response to the 2014 Black Lives Matter demonstrations, and saving the historic Main Post Office.[4] Arreguin has participated in Black Lives Matter protests and the Occupy Movement.[5]

Arreguin announced his candidacy for Berkeley Mayor in October 2015, he ran a grassroots campaign supported by many progressive activists, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Party and Sierra Club, he faced seven other candidates for the open Mayor's seat. He went on to win the election, by 51% of the vote, after ranked-choice tabulation.

Arreguin was sworn in as Mayor on December 1, 2016, during his inaugural address he declared “In light of the national election, Berkeley, now more than ever, needs to lead.".

After the November 2016 election, Mayor-elect Arreguin reaffirmed Berkeley's status as a Sanctuary City, despite threatened cuts in federal funding.[6]

On March 28, 2017, he officially called for the impeachment of President Trump,[7] on April 21, 2017, Breitbart and The Daily Caller alleged that he was a member of the Facebook group, BAMN (By Any Means Necessary).[8][9] He thereupon removed himself from the group and condemned BAMN's "violent actions", saying, "On social media, following or liking pages does not mean you support what that group is doing".[9][10]


  1. ^ "Jesse Arreguin wins as Berkeley’s 1st Latino mayor". The Daily Californian. November 9, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ Lin, Da (11 November 2016). "Berkeley’s First Latino Mayor-Elect Is Also Its Youngest Ever". CBS SFBayArea. Retrieved 25 April 2017. 
  3. ^ Yoon-Hendricks, Alexandra (9 November 2016). "Jesse Arreguin wins as Berkeley's first Latino Mayor". The Daily Californian. Daily Cal. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  4. ^ a b The Mayor's Biography
  5. ^ Stein, Perry (21 April 2017). "How Berkeley has become the far left and far right’s battleground". The Washington Post. Retrieved 25 April 2017. 
  6. ^ Taylor, Tracey (November 22, 2016). "Berkeley Mayor-elect, council members reaffirm city’s sanctuary status". Berkeleyside. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  7. ^ Lynn, Jessica (April 3, 2017). "Berkeley City Council Calls for Investigation into Impeachment of President Donald Trump". The Daily Californian. ‘Every day there’s a new ethical problem that warrants impeachment,’ said Mayor Jesse Arreguín. 
  8. ^ Ciccotta, Tom (April 21, 2017). "Berkeley Mayor Is Member of Antifa Facebook Group that Organized Riots". Breitbart News. Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin is a member of the anti-fascist Facebook group, By Any Means Necessary, which orchestrated the riots that occurred ahead of a scheduled lecture by Milo Yiannopoulos. 
  9. ^ a b Wallace, Christopher (25 April 2017). "UC Berkeley riots: Violence looms as mayor questioned over ties to extremist group". Fox News. Retrieved 26 April 2017. Arreguin has been accused of supporting left-wing violence because he is a member of the Facebook group of By Any Means Necessary, or BAMN, a far left group that has incited violent protests across the country. 
  10. ^ Dinkelspiel, Frances (24 April 2017). "Berkeley College Republicans file lawsuit to force Cal to let Ann Coulter speak". Berkeleyside. Retrieved 26 April 2017. Arreguín said late Monday ... ‘I did “unmember” myself. I forgot that I had liked the page, honestly.’