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 (born 1984) is the 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] He was sworn in as mayor on December 1, 2016.[3] At age 32, Arreguin became the youngest elected mayor in Berkeley's history.[4]

From 2008 to 2016, Arreguin had served as a Berkeley City Council member. He drafted and passed over 300 pieces of legislation, including expanded affordable housing throughout Berkeley, establishing a higher minimum wage, environmental protections, and saving the historic Main Post Office.[5]

Arreguin was elected to the Rent Stabilization Board in 2004, and served as chair through 2008. He also served on other boards and commissions, including the Downtown Area Plan Advisory Committee. He was also a Boardmember of the local Sierra Club.[5]

Arreguin has participated in Black Lives Matter protests and the Occupy Movement.[6] On March 28, 2017, he officially called for the impeachment of President Trump.[7] In April 2017, conservative news outlets expressed concern that Arreguin's Facebook profile indicated he was friends with BAMN organizer Yvette Felarca, and that Arreguin himself was a member of BAMN's Facebook group. Arreguin removed himself from the group and responded the information was taken out of context, saying following BAMN on social media was not an indication he supported their tactics.[8][9]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Berkeley swears in Arreguin, city's first Latino mayor". East Bay Times. December 1, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  4. ^ Swan, Rachel (9 November 2016). "Jesse Arreguin elected Berkeley's youngest mayor ever". SFGate. Retrieved 25 April 2017. 
  5. ^ a b The Mayor's Biography
  6. ^ Stein, Perry (21 April 2017). "How Berkeley has become the far left and far right's battleground". The Washington Post. Retrieved 25 April 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. ^ Dinkelspiel, Frances (24 April 2017). "Berkeley College Republicans file lawsuit to force Cal to let Ann Coulter speak". Berkeleyside. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  9. ^ Wallace, Christopher (25 April 2017). "UC Berkeley riots: Violence looms as mayor questioned over ties to extremist group". Fox News. Retrieved 26 April 2017.