Mayor of Berkeley, California
Councilmember Jesse Arreguin has spent his entire life fighting for progressive values. A lifelong advocate for social change, he got his start at the age of 9 leading efforts to name a street in San Francisco after his hero Cesar Chavez. For the past 20 years, Jesse has fought for many progressive causes: worker’s rights, raising the minimum wage, children and youth, protecting the environment, immigrant rights, tenant protections and creating affordable housing.
Over the last 8 years at City Hall, while others have tried to stand in the way of progress, Jesse has fought for real Berkeley values, and delivered results. In his two terms on the City Council, Jesse Arreguin has authored and passed over 300 pieces of legislation. He’s done it by listening, by bringing people together, and building consensus, and he’s made a real difference on the issues that matter to his community.
Jesse loves Berkeley and is excited about its future. As Mayor, he’ll continue to lead on economic and social justice, promote equity in Berkeley’s schools and community, improve City services and infrastructure, and advance Berkeley’s environmental leadership. The son of farmworkers and a lifelong community advocate, Jesse has served Berkeley for over 14 years and brings experience, vision, and a deep dedication to his city. He is determined to keep Berkeley diverse and affordable; address the homeless crisis; raise the minimum wage; increase City revenues and promote fiscal sustainability; improve public safety; keep Alta Bates Hospital open; and combat climate change. Jesse represents the people and neighborhoods of Berkeley, not special interests and developers, and as Mayor he will continue Berkeley’s great tradition of progressive leadership.