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City Council —City of Union CityNovember 8, 2016 —California General Election

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November 8, 2016 —California General Election

City of Union CityCity Council

Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (39/39).

About this office

Members of the city council draft and vote on city laws and appoint certain municipal officers and employees.
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Who’s Running?

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Small Business Owner
10,068 votes (45.9%)Winning
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  • Making our streets safe
  • Helping small businesses solve problems
  • Finding jobs for Union City residents
Profession:Small business owner

 

I moved here almost 30 years ago to achieve the American Dream. With a lot of hard work I started my own business, Bay Star Auto, and my wife and I couldn’t be happier to raise our kids in Union City.

 

Because of what this city has given my family, I feel strongly about serving. I was on the Planning Commission for 8 years, and have helped numerous organizations and businesses work better with City Hall.

 

 

 

 

As a small business owner I know that to be successful you start with open and direct communication. A city is no different. It needs to be transparent and listen to the community while making decisions about how to help Union City businesses, where to build parks, and how to improve public safety.

 

 

I can make a difference because of my ability to mediate and communicate.

 

 

 

This is why over 1,000 community members and leaders such as Councilmembers Pat Gacoscos, Lorrin Ellis, and former Mayor Mark Green support me.

 

 

Human Relations Commissioner
9,097 votes (41.47%)
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  • Safe Neighborhoods
  • Ease Our Traffic Problems
  • Attract Good Jobs to Union City
Profession:Chairman, Union City Human Relations Commission
Financial Analyst, Kaiser Permanente (2016–current)
Chairman, Union City Human Relations Commission — Appointed position (2012–current)
Board of Directors / Treasurer / Finance Chair, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center (TVHC) — Appointed position (2014–current)
UC Berkeley, Financial Analyst (2010–2016)
Accounting Assistant, Sundberg, Martinelli, Novy & Ward CPA (2008–2010)
Network Manager, Blue Shield of California (2004–2008)
CSU East Bay Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Business (2010)
CSU East Bay Bachelor of Arts , Political Science (2000)
Member, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Union City (2013–current)
Member, Union City Police Strategic Plan Committee (2015–current)
Member, Youth Violence Prevention and Intervention Advisory Committee (2014–current)
Member, Itliong/Vera Cruz Renaming Ceremony Committee (2015–2015)

I am a single father to my daughter, Monica. I was born in Hayward and raised in Union City’s Decoto District by my grandparents who taught me the values learned during the Depression and WWII. Values they learned laboring in the fields, canneries and manufacturing plants in this area and up and down the state.

I graduated from James Logan High School in 1989 and was on the inaugural Forensics team led by Tommie Lindsey.  I am a product of our state college system. I attended Chabot College, receiving Associate Degrees in Administration of Justice and Business Administration. I then went to CSU Hayward and received my BA in Political Science. After working in the Private Sector for companies such as Delta Dental and Blue Shield of California, I went back to school and received my MBA from CSU East Bay.

I serve as the Chairperson of the Union City Human Relations Commission and a member of the Board of Directors for Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center. I am currently the Treasurer and Finance Chair there. We have a $31 Million budget and about 235 Full Time Employees working there. I believe we should help those less fortunate, and give them the skills and resources needed to help themselves.

I have also sit on the General Plan Advisory Committee. We helped design the General Plan that was approved by the City Council through 2040. I am also part of the Youth Violence Prevention and Intervention Advisory Committee. I also sat on the Itliong/Vera Cruz Renaming Ceremony Committee and on the UCPD Strategic Plan Committee.

If elected, I will work to make our schools better and safer, reduce crime, ease our traffic problems and bring good, quality jobs to our city.

I will work with residents, businesses, the School District, non-profits and other City Departments to make this happen. Thank you for your time and I hope I have earned your vote.



 

  • Ben Elias, Former Union City Councilman
  • Bob Garfinkle, Former Union City Councilman
  • California School Employees Association - CSEA
  • Jonas Dino, New Haven Unified School District Board Trustee
  • Michelle Parnala, New Haven Unified School District Board Trustee
  • Councilman Lorrin Ellis, Union City
  • Anjali Lathi, Union Sanitary District Board Member
  • Gwen Estes, Former New Haven Unified School District Board Trustee
  • Coucilwoman Sara Lamnin, Hayward
  • Mayor Jose Esteves, Milpitas
  • Bay Area News Group (BANG)
  • New Haven Teachers Association
  • Tommie Lindsey, Forensics Coach - James Logan High School
1.
Affordable Housing

What are your plans for providing more affordable housing?

Answer from Jaime Patiño:

We need to increase demand and build affordable housing units where it is reasonable and cost effective. Condensed housing should be built close to transit centers.

2.
Unfunded Liabilities

What is your plan to deal with unfunded liabilities such as pensions and deferred maintenance on roads?

Answer from Jaime Patiño:

We need to make some tough decisions. We must honor the commitments that we have already made, but also make sure that, in the future, the commitments we make are sustainable. Increasing the retirement age for Fire Fighters and Police Officers is just not a viable option. Their bodies are worn out by the time they hit their 40's and working until their 60's just is not physically possible. We ALL need to work together to find a common sense solution to this issue before it becomes a crisis and starts eating away at the general services the city provides.

3.
Education & Schools

What do you believe is the responsibility of city council members when it comes to education and schools?

Answer from Jaime Patiño:

We need to work with the School District to make sure the total educational experience is positive for the students and parents. We need to promote and support programs such a Kids Zone. Students, parents and staff need to feel safe while heading to and from school and while there. We also need to get our School Resource Officers back. We need to work with the District to find ways to make it easier for teachers to live in the District they serve. Long commutes from areas such as the Valley can make teachers tired and not able to concentrate on teaching our kids. 

1.
Trafic Congestion

What are your ideas for reducing traffic congestion on main roads?

Answer from Jaime Patiño:

We need easier access to mass transit. We need to build the Dumbarton Rail. Building more roads is just not going to do it. We should also try a bike share program for short distance travel like those programs in San Francisco or Berkeley.

We should also build more condensed housing close to transit centers such as BART.

I believe in helping our fellow man by giving them the tools they need to be self sufficient. I believe that those of us that are blessed with the American Dream have an obligation to help others so that they can reach their dreams, whatever they may be.

People deserve to be able to reach their potential without fear or intimidation due to National Origin, Religion, Ethnicity, Disability, Sexual Preference or Orientation. I have fought my whole life for these beliefs and I will continue to do so as your Councilman.

With my business background, I know the key to long term fiscal stability, we need a robust tax base. One that is rooted in good, stable businesses calling Union City home. A tax base that provides good paying jobs to Union City residents so that they can live and work here.

Business Executive
2,679 votes (12.21%)
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  • Publc Safety - Work with Police & Fire to make sure response times improve and crime remains low. Support ongoing work of the Youth Violence Prevention Committee.
  • Responsible Budgeting - Help to make the budget simple and clear so everyone can be sure that funds are properly applied and used in the most effective way.
  • Improving Infrastructure - Traffic and transportation are big issues. Support traffic calming effforts in Union City to reduce "pass through" traffic. Work to get East-West Connector completed. Push for Dumbarton Rail.
Profession:Businessman - National Sales Manager for an Electronics Component Manufacturer
National Sales Manager, Ole Wolff Electronics Inc. (2011–current)
Owner, Royal Orchid Imports (1995–current)
Board Member, Sister Cities International — Appointed position (2016–current)
Planning Commissioner, Union City Planning Commission — Appointed position (2011–current)
Board Member, Union City Friends of Sister Cities — Appointed position (2005–current)
Co-Chair, Union City Economic Develpment Advisory Team — Appointed position (2013–current)
Director of Sales, Wong's International (2006–2011)
Human Relations Commissioner, Union City Human Relations Commission — Elected position (2007–2011)
Account Manager, Fusion Technical Sales (1999–2006)
University of Southern California Master of Business Administration , Marketing (1978)
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona CA Batchelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Digital Logic & Design (1973)
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona CA Batchelor of Science - Mathematics, Statistics (1973)
Vice President, Wat Buddhanusorn - Thai Buddhist Temple (1996–current)
  • Jeanelle Singh, Planning Commisioner Alternate, Union City
  • Bill Hinkle, President, Sister Cities Northern California Chapter
  • Gary Chu, Board Member, Union City CERT
  • Wanlop Kachinthorn, President, Thai Association of Northern California
  • Dave Sweilem, Planning Commissioner, Union City
1.
Affordable Housing

What are your plans for providing more affordable housing?

Answer from Lee Guio:

Union City already has an inclusionary law that requires builders to either include some affordable housing or pay for some affrodable housing when they construct a new development. In addition we have established a rent and tenant task force to study the best ways to approach this problem I plan to continue these efforts and to work with consultants and arbitrators in specific rent issues.

2.
Unfunded Liabilities

What is your plan to deal with unfunded liabilities such as pensions and deferred maintenance on roads?

Answer from Lee Guio:

The city is already dealing with the unfunded liabilites, primarily caused by the lack of investment income from PERS. Work with the finance group of the city staff to make sure we continue to pay down this liability over the next 15 years as planned. 

3.
Education & Schools

What do you believe is the responsibility of city council members when it comes to education and schools?

Answer from Lee Guio:

Work closely with the school board and suport them in their efforts to improve schools. Also, I plan to look at ways to get bussing back for our school children. This will reduce traffic and insure safe travels fo and from school. Lastly, work with the Planning Commission to insure that there are safe wolking and biking routes to and from school.

1.
Trafic Congestion

What are your ideas for reducing traffic congestion on main roads?

Answer from Lee Guio:

Bussing of school children. Working with companies to increase ride sharing through the use of incentives. Utilize traffic calming techniqes to force "pass through" traffic back onto the freeways and not through our city. Push for use of alternative transportation when possible. Push to get the East West Connector completed as soon as possible and work to see if we cannot get the Dumbarton Rail back on track.

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