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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City Council, Council District 5City of FresnoNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

City of FresnoCity Council, Council District 5

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Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (35/35).
  • 13,902 ballots counted.

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Members of the city council draft and vote on city laws and appoint certain municipal officers and employees.
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Councilmember Assistant
8,079 votes (58.11%)Winning
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  • Jobs/Economy
  • Public Safety
  • Neighborhood Maintenence
Profession:City Council Chief of Staff/ Fresno Unified School Board President
Trustee, Fresno Unified School Board — Elected position (2012current)
California State University, Fresno Master's , Public Administration (2008)
California State University, Fresno Bachelor's, Business Administration (2002)

Luis grew up in southeast Fresno and has lived in the same neighborhood in the Roosevelt area for 22 years.

He is a graduate of Roosevelt high, received an A.A from Fresno City College, B.A. and a Master’s in Public administration from California State University of Fresno.

Luis has a proven track record of working in the community with private corporations, schools, colleges, non-profits and government agencies.

His experience includes working for community based organizations that help people on welfare get off of public assistance and into full time jobs. Prior to his current role as Chief of staff for Councilmember Sal Quintero, Luis worked on policy development for Supervisor Susan Anderson at Fresno County.

In addition, he has worked as a teacher at Fresno City College and was director for the Central valley health network (helping rural communities/ farmworkers get access to medical services).

  • Fresno Police Officers Association
  • Sal Quintero/Fresno City Councilmember
  • International Association of Fire Fighters 753 Local 753

✓ Worked with the police department to shut down drug houses near our schools and keep our children safe.

✓  Led the effort to support putting a police officer in every high school and middle school in Fresno Unified.

✓ Co-wrote a city law (gang injunction) that prohibits gang members from being around schools, parks and community centers with the intent of recruiting children into gangs, engaging in drug sales, gang activity or intimidating children and families.

✓ Co-hosted a senior citizen town hall meeting, with Councilmember Quintero and the Fresno Police department to prevent seniors from being scammed, abused and taken advantage of.

✓ Worked with the police department to install cameras and gunshot detecting technology at schools, parks and city streets (to combat gang crimes).

✓ Worked with the city of Fresno to widen Peach avenue, repave Orange Avenue, repave Heaton Avenue and install safe accessible sidewalks to schools (safe routes to school program).

✓ Worked with Councilmember Quintero to help JD foods Processing expand their existing business and create 144 new good paying jobs.

✓ Currently working with business owner to develop the Fancher Creek project on Clovis/Tulare that when completed will bring 1000 new good paying jobs to the area, along with movie theatres, large retail stores and restaurants.

✓ Helped the new southeast supermarket (SF Market) expand into southeast Fresno and create 100 plus new jobs.

✓ Serves as a director (governing board) for the California state assistance for enterprise, business and industrial development Corporation (an organization that helps small businesses, farms and energy companies secure monies to start or expand their businesses).

 ✓ Led the efforts to open up Fresno unified schools as parks/green space for children after school and on the weekends.

✓ Led the effort to open up Fresno unified school pools for children/families during the hot summer months.

✓ Worked with the City of Fresno to save the senior hot meal programs from cutbacks and ensure our senior citizens have a hot meal to eat.

✓ Worked with the City of Fresno to partner with non-profits and faith based organizations to bring computer literacy classes for adults and children to the Mosqueda Community Center.

✓ Increased high school graduation rates to 84% in Fresno and voted to support investing in vocational training programs (welding, plumbing, carpentry, auto mechanic shop classes).

Business Development Counselor
3,395 votes (24.42%)
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  • IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY Residents in District 5 continue to state that high-crime and improving public safety is an important concern, including issues with the homeless and speeding cars in neighborhoods.
  • ECONOMIC PROSPERITY There is a need for more job training and employment opportunities in District 5. Fresno continues to be one of the cities with highest concentration of poverty in the State and Nation. Fresno needs to be more business friendly.
  • BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE. According to the Trust for Public Land Park Survey, Fresno ranks at the bottom of National Park Surveys as compared to 94 cities in our nation. South Fresno and District 5 need more parks and soccer fields.
Profession:Chief Executive Officer of the Southeast Fresno Regional Park and Soccer Complex Authority
Chief Execuive Office, Southeast Fresno Regional Park and Soccer Complex Authority (2016current)
Chief Executive Officer, Southeast Fresno Community Economic Development Association (20002016)
Director of Economic Development, Fresno County Administrative Office — Appointed position (20032009)
Principal Administrative Analyst, Fresno County Administrative Office — Appointed position (19742002)
California State University, Fresno Master of Public Administration, Public Administration (1978)
California Sate University, Fresno Bachelor of Science, Business Administration (1974)
Fresno City College Associate of Science, General Business (1968)
ViceChair , Fresno City District 5 Implementation Committee (20122016)
Member, Southeast Fresno Police Advisory Committee (20152016)
Chairman, Fresno County Blue Ribbon Business Committee (20092010)
Chairman, Fresno County Enterprise Zone Board (20082009)
Foreman , Federal Grand Jury (20012002)
  • Robert Vieira
  • Valerie Davis, Fresno Unified School District Board
  • John Leal, President State Center Community College District
  • Roosevelt Youth Soccer League
  • Emerson Estrada
  • Charlie Vang
  • Doctor Katherine Florez
  • Michael Chico

IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY

Summary

Residents in District 5 continue to state that high-crime and  improving public safety is an important concern, including  issues with the homeless and speeding cars in neighborhoods.

My proposed actions:

I have been participating on  the Southeast Fresno Police Advisory Committee and have reviewed crime data with the Police Commander for this area.  I believe that in all cases we need to encourage more community-based policing and greater communication between the Police Department and the Community. Our organization, the Southeast Fresno Economic Community Economic Development Association (SEFCEDA) where I was the CEO for six years, has worked with the Police Department in providing workshops to merchants during the holiday season to reduce crime.  We also need to increase the use of technology like security cameras around businesses and in neighborhoods  with previous authorization by business owners and residents.  For example, neighbors complain about high speed vehicles running through their communities. Portable cameras can be temporarily set until the problem is addressed. The Police already does a good job in working with families that are victims of crimes. We need to do more crime prevention discussions with residents.  More afterschool programs and parks are need  for our youth, to engage them in constructive activities. 

ECONOMIC PROSPERITY

Summary

There is a need for more job training and employment opportunities in District 5. Fresno continues to be one of the cities with highest of poverty in the State and the Nation. Fresno needs to be more business friendly.

I will continue to work with educational institutions to improve the availability of training and educational resources to its residents to improve their earning power. I will interact with nonprofit organizations in our community to get their assistance and participation in this process.

The Fresno Unified School District needs to do a better job of preparing students for the job market and college. The level of skills and knowledge of graduating students needs to improve. In Fresno we have jobs that go unfilled because Fresno residents do not have the skills necessary to fill those jobs, that is the reason we created SEFCEDA to connect residents with training and employment opportunities available and to prepare them for those available jobs. The City of Fresno should advocate for the expansion of those programs. I received recognition awards from the City of Clovis and Selma, the 15 cities in Fresno County, including the City and County of Fresno, the Economic Development Corporation Serving Fresno County and the State Assembly for my work as Fresno County Director of Economic development and for creating thousands of jobs and forming a Countywide Enterprise Zone that gave tax incentives to small businesses.

During the last six years, as the CEO of SEFCEDA, we have provided services to small businesses and residents as follows: Technical assistance for small businesses and providing information on job training and employment opportunities to resident.

As a Council Member for District 5, I intend to continue to apply my economic development experience in the attraction, retention and expansion of businesses in our City. I will continue to help improve the local economy and bring more resources to City government and increase the revenues of the General Fund to address our needs for improving our public safety and making more parks and soccer fields available in District 5.

I also intend to implement several community-initiated recommendations to increase commerce and pedestrian safety along the Ventura/Kings Canyon Corridor, ignored by the District 5 Council Member and his staff when it was delivered to them last year. These recommendations were prepared by PlaceWorks, an urban planning consultant, with the participation of SEFCEDA, Centro La Familia, Center for New Americans, and the Ventura/Kings Canyon Merchant Association, supervised by the Fresno Council of Governments and Fresno City staff and funded by Caltrans.

BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE.

Summary

According to the Trust for Public Land Park Survey, Fresno ranks at the bottom of National Park Surveys as compared to 94 cities in our nation. Within Fresno, the majority of parks are concentrated in North Fresno. South Fresno and District 5 need more parks and soccer fields.

Ten years ago the City of Fresno received 49 acres of land on Peach Avenue donated by the US National Park Service. As part of the City's application to receive this land, the City promised to build a park and recreational facilities on that site. Despite the fact that South Fresno has an acute need for more parks and this land has been available, the current council member for District 5 and his staff have shown no leadership in starting a park project on that site and have not planted a single tree on that park site, while other parks continue to be built in North Fresno. Even when funding has been available the City has done nothing to fund this project. The City received $1.3 million from an insurance claim when a building burned on that site. According to the Memorandum of Understanding with the National Park Service all revenues generated by that site are supposed to be used for improvements of that site. Those funds were used to fund other City projects.

As a Council Member I intend to make the funding of a regional park and soccer fields on this site a high priority. I will continue my work in seeking funds from state and federal sources, corporate sponsors, volunteers from community partners and soccer leagues to make this project a reality.

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Antonio "Tony" Gastelum

Businessman/ Business Executive
2,380 votes (17.12%)
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