Jesse Arreguin

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Jesse Arreguin

Jesse Arreguin is mayor of Berkeley California.

Jesse Arreguin has spent his entire life fighting for justice. He was elected mayor on November 8, 2016, becoming the first Latino and youngest person elected to the office in a century.
The son and grandson of farmworkers, Jesse was born in Fresno and raised in San Francisco. He grew up in a working-class household, where his parents instilled the values of hard work, public service, and giving back to others. When Jesse was young, his family was pushed out of their home as San Francisco housing market skyrocketed due to owner-move-in evictions and rent increases. Jesse knows how disruptive and harmful evictions are to working families, and how essential housing security is for the success of families and children.
As a youth, Jesse was inspired by the life and leadership of Cesar Chavez, who taught him that one person, despite all odds, can stand up and make a difference.
Chavez became a hero for Jesse, and at the age of 9, Jesse helped lead efforts to establish Cesar Chavez Street in San Francisco.
A young Jesse Arreguin with Dolores Huerta while campaigning to establish Cesar Chavez Street in San Francisco


The budding activist was also motivated by the social movements of the era: the battles against apartheid in South Africa, for democracy in China, and for farmworkers’ rights in California and across the nation. Experiencing these movements at a very early age shaped Jesse’s lifelong commitment to fighting for social justice.

On his first visit to UC Berkeley as a high school student, Jesse fell in love with the city and knew this was where he was meant to be. At Cal, Jesse led efforts to increase student housing and fought for the interests of students in City Hall as the ASUC City Affairs Director. In 2007, Jesse became the first in his family to graduate college.

Following graduation, Jesse served on Berkeley’s Housing Advisory Commission, where he helped secure funding for hundreds of new affordable units, crafted the Condominium Conversion Ordinance, strengthened inclusionary housing policies, and fought for City funding for student cooperative housing. In 2004, he was elected citywide to serve on the Rent Stabilization Board. As Chair of the Rent Board, he strengthened renter protections to help keep families in their homes.
Jesse was elected District 4 Councilmember in 2008, and worked to expand affordable housing, helped raise the city’s minimum wage and co-wrote the Downtown Plan to revitalize the heart of the city. While a councilmember, Jesse authored more than 300 pieces of successful legislation.[1]

"A Townhall Conversation on Race"

Vanessa Moses April 27 at 4:11 PM:

This afternoon, I had the great honor of representing Causa Justa/Just Cause on the panel for "A Townhall Conversation on Race," hosted by Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Congressman Mark DeSaulnier at the Black Repertory Group Theater.

Among many gems, some of my favorite moments were:

  • Congresswoman Lee (rep for CA 13th District) name the link between the inequities and disparities we see today to the history of chattel slavery and the need for #Reparations.
  • Chinyere Oparah, Dean of the Faculty, Mills College remind us that we're not only on the land that "used to be" Ohlone, but that the fights by Ohlone people continue today (e.g. in defense of sacred land).
  • Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (rep for CA 11th District) talking about the importance of taking the lead from impacted communities and the costs when decision makers fail to do so.

According to Barbara Lee:

There was incredible turn out at yesterday’s town hall in Berkeley on race in America. Thank you to everyone who came out to this crucial discussion. A special thank you also to our amazing panelists – Professor John A. Powell, Dr. Chinyere Oparah, and Vanessa Moses – to Rep. Mark DeSaulnier for co-sponsoring the event, and to Berkeley mayor Jesse Arreguin for joining us as well.
Yesterday we tackled important questions about issues like gentrification, mass incarceration, and immigration. Even in a community as progressive as the East Bay, we recognize that we’ve still got work to do to achieve racial equity and fairness for everyone. I left yesterday’s town hall even more committed to continuing the fight for racial justice in the East Bay and around the country. [2]

Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, moderated the discussion.

Arreguin allies

Our Revolution - The Progressive Student Association/UC Berkeley 4 Bernie November 7, 2016 ·


Thank you Jesse Arreguin for Berkeley Mayor, Fred Dodsworth for City Council District Six 2016, and Christina, Alejandro, Leah and Igor: Vote CALI Slate for Rent Board 2016 for your commitment to empowering student voices and for talking directly to students throughout your campaigns! — with Rhea Misra, Igor Tregub, Fred Dodsworth, Jesse Arreguin, Soli Alpert, Christina Renee Murphy, Leah Simon-Weisberg and Alejandro Soto-Vigil.

Bay Area New Priorities Campaign

In 2011 Jesse ArreguinBerkeley City Council endorsed the Bay Area New Priorities Campaign.

Democracy for America

In 2016 Democracy for America endorsed Jesse Arreguin, for Mayor of Berkeley, California.

Our Revolution

In 2016 Our Revolution endorsed Jesse Arreguin, for Mayor of Berkeley, California.

East Bay DSA General Meeting


East Bay DSA General Meeting Hosted by East Bay Democratic Socialists of America.

Sunday, April 23 at 1 PM - 5 PM PDT

Oakland Peace Center, 111 Fairmount Ave, Oakland, California 94611

Among those expressing interest on Facebook on attending included Jesse Arreguin.



In 2017 Jesse Arreguin was a member of the BAMN public Facebook group.