Abel Guillén, MPP

Abel Guillén, MPP Oakland City Council Member (Retired) - Public Policy & Public Finance Professional. Former Oakland City Council Member, and former Peralta Community College Board President Abel Guillen brings years of experience championing affordable housing, fiscal accountability and results.

The first in his family to graduate from college, Guillen earned his B.A. and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. Currently the Senior Executive Vice President at a prominent California municipal finance firm, Guillen has facilitated more than 100 California public financings, securing nearly $3 Billion for classroom and school safety upgrades, repairs,

The first in his family to graduate from college, Guillen earned his B.A. and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. Currently the Senior Executive Vice President at a prominent California municipal finance firm, Guillen has facilitated more than 100 California public financings, securing nearly $3 Billion for classroom and school safety upgrades, repairs,

07/07/2021

When I attended SF public schools, we never qualified for free or reduced lunch- mostly because both my parents worked several jobs.

When they were underemployed from time to time, it didn't coincide with the enrollment period and I couldn't eat the hot meals prepared in our schools cafeteria.

The Education Trailer Bill by Nancy Skinner State Senator Nancy Skinner provides free meals to all CA public school students. Period.

No means test. No crazy applications. No looking for tax returns. Feeding schoolkids should not be that complicated but for many like my family it was not so straightforward.

This new law provides breakfast and lunches to all public school students free of charge and will make a world of difference as 20% of CA kids live in poverty.

The California Universal School Meal Program will remove lengthy bureaucratic application processes and eligibility determinations. This is something we should all applaud! Please help me and thank our Senator Nancy Skinner for her leadership.

Post-Covid CA state budget makes historic investments for TK/K-14 and UC/CSU - includes a record $21,000 per student fun...
06/29/2021
Post-Covid California state budget with record spending on education heads to Gov. Newsom

Post-Covid CA state budget makes historic investments for TK/K-14 and UC/CSU - includes a record $21,000 per student funding (all in); $10 million to assist Oakland Unified School District
with operating deficit. Lots of good investments for education to cheer in this budget! Thank you Budget Chairs Phil Ting State Senator Nancy Skinner and Governor Gavin Newsom. https://edsource.org/2021/post-covid-california-state-budget-with-record-spending-on-education-heads-to-gov-newsom/657090

College savings accounts, universal transitional kindergarten, new community schools, teacher recruitment incentives are a signature away.

04/21/2021

Next time you think about opting out or skipping jury service, don't. Justice may literally be in your hands. #derekchauvinisguilty

Universal Basic Income Pilot Program Comes to Oakland - Six hundred Oakland families will get $500 a month for 1 1/2 yea...
03/24/2021
Oakland Resilient Families

Universal Basic Income Pilot Program Comes to Oakland - Six hundred Oakland families will get $500 a month for 1 1/2 years — no strings attached — through a pilot program that aims to spawn a nationwide model of guaranteed cash assistance to low-income families. Oakland Resilient Families es una iniciativa histórica que proporcionará a 600 familias negras, indígenas y de color (BIPOC, por sus siglas en inglés) de Oakland con bajos ingresos un
ingreso garantizado de USD 500 al mes durante al menos 18 meses a partir de esta primavera.
For more information/para más información: www.oaklandresilientfamilies.org.

Oakland’s Guaranteed Income PilotLaunching one of the largest guaranteed income pilots in the country rooted in eliminating racial wealth inequalities. Guiding Principles  Invest in JusticeAdvance strategies to eliminate racial disparities in economic stability, mobility, and assets through a gua...

"For the United States to achieve a meaningful economic recovery that lifts up all families, Congress must raise the fed...
02/27/2021
Small Businesses Get a Boost From a $15 Minimum Wage - Center for American Progress

"For the United States to achieve a meaningful economic recovery that lifts up all families, Congress must raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, including for tipped workers and workers with disabilities. Raising the minimum wage would benefit small businesses and the economy at large. While critics of a fair wage argue that a $15 minimum wage would put a heavy burden on small businesses, economic literature demonstrates that these concerns are not borne out by the facts." #RaiseTheWage

https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/economy/reports/2021/02/25/496355/small-businesses-get-boost-15-minimum-wage/

Raising the minimum wage is a win for workers and small businesses.

01/21/2021

Amanda Gorman’s POEM on this historic inauguration day!

THE HILL WE CLIMB

"Mr. President, Dr. Biden, Madam Vice President, Mr. Emhoff, Americans and the world:

When day comes, we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
The loss we carry, a sea we must wade. We've braved the belly of the beast. We've learned that quiet isn't always peace, and the norms and notions of what just is isn't always justice.
And yet the dawn is ours before we knew it. Somehow, we do it, somehow, we've weathered and witnessed a nation that isn't broken, but simply unfinished.
We, the successors of a country and the time where a skinny black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president only to find herself reciting for one.
And yes, we are far from polished far from pristine, but that doesn't mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect.
We are striving to forge our union with purpose to compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, and conditions of man.
And so we lift our gaze not to what stands between us, but what stands before us. We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside.
We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another. We seek harm to none and harmony for all.
Let the globe, if nothing else say, this is true. That even as we grieved, we grew. That even as we hurt, we hoped. That even as we tired, we tried. That we'll forever be tied together victorious. Not because we will never, again, no defeat, but because we will never, again, sow division.
Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree and no one shall make them afraid.
If we're to live up to her own time, then victory won't lie in the blade, but in all the bridges we've made, that is the promise to Glade, the hill we climb, if only we dare, it's because being American is more than a pride we inherit, it's the past we step into and how we repair it.
We've seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it, would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy, and this effort very nearly succeeded. But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated.
In this truth, in this faith, we trust. For while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us.
This is the era of just redemption. We feared in its inception, we did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour, but within it we found the power to author a new chapter to offer hope and laughter to ourselves.
So while once we asked, 'How could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?' Now we assert: 'How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?
We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be: a country that is bruised, but whole, benevolent, but bold, fierce, and free.
We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation.
Our blunders become their burdens, but one thing is certain: If we merge mercy with might and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children's birthright.
So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left, with every breath my bronze-pounded chest. We will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one.
We will rise through the golden hills of the West. We will rise from the windswept Northeast, where our forefathers first realized revolution. We will rise from the lake-run cities of the Midwestern states. Will rise from the sun-baked South. We will rebuild, reconcile, and recover.
In every known nook of our nation, in every corner called our country, our people, diverse and beautiful, will emerge, battered and beautiful.
When day comes we step out of the shade of flame and unafraid. The new dawn blooms as we free it, for there was always light if only we're brave enough to see it, if only we're brave enough to be it."

COVID is killing Latinos at a disproportionate rate. Nearly 48% of all #COVID-19 deaths are Latinos and we make up only ...
12/30/2020

COVID is killing Latinos at a disproportionate rate. Nearly 48% of all #COVID-19 deaths are Latinos and we make up only 39% of California's population. This New Year's Eve #QudateEnCasa. Save your loved ones. #CovidIsKillingLatinos Data as of 12/28. #stayhome #shttps://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Race-Ethnicity.aspx

COVID is killing Latinos at a disproportionate rate. Nearly 48% of all #COVID-19 deaths are Latinos and we make up only 39% of California's population. This New Year's Eve #QudateEnCasa. Save your loved ones. #CovidIsKillingLatinos Data as of 12/28. #stayhome #shttps://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Race-Ethnicity.aspx

https://www.sfchronicle.com/local-politics/article/Latino-voters-overwhelmingly-supported-Biden-in-15705786.php"The data...
11/09/2020
Latino voters overwhelmingly supported Biden in the election. Here's why

https://www.sfchronicle.com/local-politics/article/Latino-voters-overwhelmingly-supported-Biden-in-15705786.php

"The data paint the picture of a voter bloc that is deeply complex and often misunderstood. The nation’s 61 million Latinos come from more than 20 nations, each with vastly different cultures. While some immigrated to the U.S. in recent years, others have been here for generations and carry differing viewpoints on key issues like immigration and racism. The same applies to different age groups, with younger, second-generation Latinos largely leaning left on issues like abortion. A 60-year-old Honduran immigrant in California won’t necessarily vote the same as a 25-year-old, fifth-generation Latino born in North Carolina." #latinovote #latinovoters #americanpolitics

The support that Trump got from Latino voters in Florida had many people buzzing on Twitter. But an election poll shows Latinos nationwide overwhelmingly voted for Biden and helped flip a key state blue.

Still time to get your tickets for tonight's Stay at Home Soiree in celebration of Dia de Los Mu***os featuring Lalo Alc...
10/30/2020

Still time to get your tickets for tonight's Stay at Home Soiree in celebration of Dia de Los Mu***os featuring Lalo Alcaraz. Tickets $25 per household. Details here!

Tonight is the night! We can't wait to see you all tonight at Luna Mexicana, our Stay at Home Soiree, as we celebrate this incredible event and the amazing artists who will be performing. We're also grateful to partner with @agaveuptown for a delicious menu and can't wait to hear from @laloalcaraz1 who will be our guest speaker. Don't have your tickets yet? It's not too late! Get yours now https://bit.ly/2Hnv2Bh

#oaklandballet #oaklandstrong #oaklandballetcompany #balletevent #celebratediversity #covidevents #oaklanddance #dancewithus #virtualevent #danceevent #diversityindance #quarentineevents #bayareaevent #oaklandevents #lastchancetojoin

09/04/2020
covid-19.acgov.org

Updates on Alameda County's SIP Order. Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

I may be late to the party, but just watched Oakland Unified's & @HBO doc,"We Are the Dream: The Kids of the #Oakland ML...
08/21/2020
We Are the Dream

I may be late to the party, but just watched Oakland Unified's & @HBO doc,"We Are the Dream: The Kids of the #Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest"- & was blown away. I was in tears! It was the antidote to the cynicism and toxicity of the politics of the day. Do yourself a favor, check it out! It gave me a much needed spiritual lift!🙏 Thank you Awele Makeba. https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/we-are-the-dream

Learn more about the HBO documentary We Are the Dream.

A friend reminded me that I would use my Starbucks name "Bob" while on the road sometimes because they would always botc...
08/15/2020
What's in a mispronunciation of a name? Ask Kamala Harris

A friend reminded me that I would use my Starbucks name "Bob" while on the road sometimes because they would always botch my name, mostly innocently.

But when you repeatedly mispronounce someone's name and refuse to pronounce it properly, like in the case US Senator Kamala Harris, folks are "othering" her intentionally making her less than American. Do people mispronounce your name?

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/What-s-in-a-mispronunciation-of-a-name-Ask-15485790.php?utm_campaign=CMS+Sharing+Tools+%28Premium%29&utm_source=UTMSOURCE&utm_medium=UTMMEDIUM#_=_

Within a day of Joe Biden choosing his running mate, it almost became a campaign slogan: “It’s comma-la.” Newspapers swiped the headline. Political commentators tittered. But for people who have long suffered mangled pronunciations of their names, Kamala Harris’ efforts to educate the public...

“I wanted to try it out and see how long it takes,” said one transit rider named Abel Guillen. “It took me 11 minutes to...
08/10/2020
AC Transit 'Tempo' Rapid Bus System Opens to Riders

“I wanted to try it out and see how long it takes,” said one transit rider named Abel Guillen. “It took me 11 minutes to get from downtown to Fruitvale. That’s super-quick so I’m excited about that and I think I’m going to be coming down here more often.”

The promise of community colleges is unique to the Americas. So great to see our local JUCO, Laney College highlighted s...
07/29/2020

The promise of community colleges is unique to the Americas. So great to see our local JUCO, Laney College highlighted shining a spotlight on grit, hustle and determination. It's the Oakland way! Congrats to Coach Beam and the entire team.

Highly suggest you take a look at Last Chance U on Netflix.

"Working at Walmart. Minimum wage. I was just checking receipts at the door...big old dude checking receipts.That's when I was like, "Man, I don't wanna keep doing this." That's when I came to #Laney. Just showed up one day. So it begins!" #LaneyBuilt #Oakland Peralta Colleges #bestcollegeu

As a former Trustee, this is disturbing on so many levels.  In recent months, three presidents have resigned or are movi...
07/18/2020
Peralta colleges chancellor resigns after 9 months on the job, blasts board in scathing resignation letter

As a former Trustee, this is disturbing on so many levels. In recent months, three presidents have resigned or are moving on, and now the Chancellor is out. Again.

“This is not an exhaustive list detailing my experience/perspective … but it certainly is a start in detailing the issues that I believe undermine the district’s ability to attract and retain leadership at the executive level.” The resignation is effective Aug. 15. #peraltacolleges #Peralta #Laney #Merritt #BerkeleyCity #CollegeofAlameda

The move comes after months of contention between the chancellor and the board, according to multiple sources within the college district.

"DACA recipients have gotten advanced degrees; they have started businesses; they have bought houses, had children who a...
06/18/2020
Supreme Court Rules Against Trump Administration In DACA Case

"DACA recipients have gotten advanced degrees; they have started businesses; they have bought houses, had children who are U.S. citizens; and 90% have jobs. Indeed, 29,000 are health care professionals, working on the front lines of the COVID-19 response." With this SCOTUS decision, Congress must now act to provide a permanent path to citizenship for Dreamers! https://www.npr.org/2020/06/18/829858289/supreme-court-upholds-daca-in-blow-to-trump-administration?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&fbclid=IwAR1dvMWvC4UTBBFwHlVCWWWd4Sbv4aRlmoBBtjGBGdTcznrS-rDKNMtsUC0

The decision is a dramatic victory for immigration advocates and gives a new lease on life for the so-called DREAMers, immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Today, Monday, June 1, 2020, the Alameda County Sheriff has issued a Curfew Order for the entire County, including Oakla...
06/01/2020
Alameda County Sheriff's Office

Today, Monday, June 1, 2020, the Alameda County Sheriff has issued a Curfew Order for the entire County, including Oakland, beginning tonight at 8:00 p.m. The curfew order requires all non-exempted persons in the County to remain indoors between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Please go to https://www.alamedacountysheriff.org/ for more information on the order.

Here are some fun things about Cinco de Mayo - as American as pie de manzana!  #ReClaimCinco
05/05/2020

Here are some fun things about Cinco de Mayo - as American as pie de manzana! #ReClaimCinco

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Viva Mexico!
¡Viva Lincoln!

Cinco de Mayo as American as Apple Pie?

I’ve been reading this book by UCLA's Dr. David Hayes Bautista on the uniquely American Cinco de Mayo tradition. It's a great quick read and answers many questions about why we celebrate Cinco here in the U.S. but why it's not really observed in Mexico.

When news of the victory in Puebla got back to San Francisco, three weeks after the battle, the pan-Latino diaspora began celebrating the
resistance and victory of democracy and freedom over slavery and elitism represented by the French invaders marching toward Mexico City. Spanish-language newspapers, like San Francisco's La Cronica, ran headlines proclaiming, "¡Viva Mexico! ¡Viva General Zaragoza!" proclaiming the victory over the French.

The first documented Cinco celebration was held in the gold-mining town of Columbia, California (Tuolumne County) on May 22, 1862.

The French were very cozy with the Confederate army, and this victory
was especially important to Californios and Latinos as the Confederacy made its way west all the way to Arizona and had their eyes set to
invade the Port of San Pedro in Los Angeles. This made Californios uneasy. Would the Confederacy try to take rights away from Latinos if they invaded California?

Given the then-recent Dred Scott decision (March 6, 1857), the celebrations commemorating Cinco de Mayo served as a rallying cry and organizing opportunity to support Mexico President Benito Juarez and
General Ignacio Zaragoza as well as generating popular support for President Lincoln and support for the Union army against slavery.

There were more than 150 Juntas Patrias Mexicana clubs that formed throughout California, Nevada and the Western states. They raised money to support the war effort in Mexico and Lincoln's Union forces back east.

So when you celebrate, remember that Cinco de Mayo is a unique American Latino response to the battle of Puebla for democracy and
against slavery. Today, Cinco is celebrated throughout the U.S., but also in Canada, Jamaica and elsewhere.

If you enjoy California or U.S. history, you'll enjoy this book. So celebrate the day, but know that the roots of Cinco support democracy
and opposed slavery, and the celebration represents one of the first opportunities for Latinos to organize around a shared identity.

#ReclaimCincodeMayo #ReclaimCinco
#ReclaimCinco

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Happy Birthday!! I hope that you have a great birthday weekend.
Tomorrow's speaker is Taylor Jay - a fashionista and small business owner here in Oakland. If you'd like to join us for the conversation, please DM so I can share the info for our virtual breakfast meeting.
Why does your page still say "council member"?
I hope you'll support protected bike lanes on Telegraph
As one of your constituents, I thank you for your past service and continued commitment to Oakland. I'll be happy to support any efforts you can continue in an effort to successfully redress homelessness in our city.
The Warriors game is tonight!
You're doing a Fantastic Job for the city of Oakland bro! Keep it up! #reelectAbelforD2
We are bringing back the Cultural Arts Commission. Things take time to get done. But we get them done! Thank you for your support of the Arts in Oakland!
It is after 7:00 pm and after dusk on Brooklyn and Lakeshore and yet drummers are still drumming obnoxiously with sound reverberating off windows of people’s homes. You would not tolerate this at your residence yet week after week existing ordinances are not enforced. We need a Mayor and a City Council that can perform rudimentary governmental duties, particularly protecting the quiet enjoyment of people’s homes....
When you have to call police week after week because bongo drummers insist on senseless drumming Hour after hour, reverberating off your windows on Lakeshore, you don’t just have a bongo problem... you have a policing problem and incompetent City Government leaders...
This is Lakeshore AFTER trash pick up...
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