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, and improvements for K-12 and community college districts throughout the State, providing quality education for thousands of students and children. Abel advocates for quality education, job creation, and responsible, transparent fiscal management of tax dollars. He enjoys traveling, fishing, hiking and all things Oakland.

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, and improvements for K-12 and community college districts throughout the State, providing quality education for thousands of students and children. Abel advocates for quality education, job creation, and responsible, transparent fiscal management of tax dollars. He enjoys traveling, fishing, hiking and all things Oakland.

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 Muertos 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 Muertos 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

04/01/2020

April 1st in Census Day- no fooling!

You can respond while sheltering-in-place online here: my2020census.gov

By phone: 844-330-2020

Or by mail, using the form sent to your home.
#HagaseContar #Census2020

04/01/2020
www.acphd.org

The Bay Area Stay at Home Order has been extended through May 3rd. I am thankful that diligent public health officials are doing everything they can to keep us, the public safe. I am grateful that we have forward thinking Public Health Officials here in the Bay Area that sounded the alarm before many other parts of the country.

While this extension is not good news, we know that our individual actions are helping save lives by slowing the spread. That means following the order of our Public Health Officials and staying home.

I know healthcare workers are making a sacrifice being away from their loved ones. We should all be thankful and owe them our gratitude. I am also thankful that those of us in good health are able to go to the store to pick up groceries, medications, banking because of the workers keeping these places going. These essential workers are worth more than what they are probably being compensated. One $1,200 check is not enough for putting your bodies on the line for the rest of us. Thank you for holding it down at your place of employment to ensure the rest of us can sustain ourselves for the remainder.

We will get through this.

My hope is that when all this is over, that we will have more appreciation for science, compassion and we will all see our common humanity across divides that separate us . This is temporary. We can do this. Stay safe.

http://acphd.org/2019-ncov/shelter-in-place.aspx

03/20/2020

California Governor issues stay at home order statewide. Impacts 40 million Californians and essentially closes the CA economy- the 5th largest economy in the world- to protect the public health from the CoVID-19. Gov says modeling shows 56% of Californians could get virus in next 8 weeks. Stay safe and remember, take care of one another and especially the most vulnerable amongst us. #PreperationNotPanic

Do not be misled!. Voting Yes on the 2020 version of Prop 13 will not increase your personal property taxes and has noth...
03/02/2020
’13’ could be unlucky number for school construction measure on California’s March ballot

Do not be misled!. Voting Yes on the 2020 version of Prop 13 will not increase your personal property taxes and has nothing to do with the 1978 version of Prop 13.

The bonds used to modernize local school facilities are repaid from the State general fund and not your property taxes! Many CA school and college buildings need to be seismically retrofitted and modernized. And our children should not be going to school in 1950s classrooms in the 21st century! Don't let our children fall behind! Vote Yes on Prop 13!

https://edsource.org/2020/thirteen-could-be-unlucky-number-for-school-construction-bond-measure-on-californias-march-ballot/624493

Prop. 13 on the March 2020 ballot will create confusion among some voters. And confusion is likely to add to the "no" vote total.

In California, today is the last day to "traditionally" register to vote. If you have moved or want to change parties, y...
02/18/2020
Online Voter Registration | California Secretary of State

In California, today is the last day to "traditionally" register to vote. If you have moved or want to change parties, you can do so today online. You can also register to vote on Election Day at the County Voter of Reg office. But why wait? Your democracy depends on your participation. https://registertovote.ca.gov/

And while I'm at it, if you live in the 18th Assembly District, San Leandro, Alameda or parts of Oakland, I ask for your vote to serve on the Democratic Central Committee for Alameda County. Thank you!

California Online Voter Registration website. Register to vote online, save a stamp!

01/31/2020

Our local educational institutions are on life support and it's our students that will be hurt the hardest at the end of the day.

At its last meeting, the Accrediting Commission of Junior & Community Colleges placed Laney College, Merritt College, Berkeley City College and College of Alameda on probation.

This is one step removed from just cause where accreditation of the colleges is revoked. The Commission, made up of members of peer colleges, has determined that the colleges that make up the Peralta Community College District does not to meet one or more accrediting standards, and there is a serious concern on the part of the Commission regarding the level and/or scope of the noncompliance issues.

Peralta has had fiscal and structural issues that need sustained and focused attention. When I was on the Board, we went through this issue and I believe they can overcome this challenge once again if they work together.

At the time we had to make some tough decisions and had to pull together as a Board and a District to make really tough decisions to get back to full accreditation to meet the accrediting standards. The District needs competent financial management & stable leadership from the top down. It is unfortunately too top heavy with administration at the District and lacks financial controls. Our college district needs reform, refocus and needs to be reorganized to ensure the promise of education four our neediest students.

Peralta continues to be important for me as I dedicated eight years on the Board. I hope they again will raise to this challenge under the leadership of their new Chancellor and focus of the Board, faculty and staff.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/education/article/Accreditors-place-troubled-Peralta-Community-15018537.php?utm_campaign=CMS%20Sharing%20Tools%20(Premium)&utm_source=shar

I couldn't agree more!  "A well-educated workforce is essential to California’s future economy — and bringing the state’...
01/27/2020
Editorial: Yes on California Prop. 13

I couldn't agree more!

"A well-educated workforce is essential to California’s future economy — and bringing the state’s many substandard school facilities is critical to creating a learning environment. This is a big investment, but it is a wise investment.

We recommend a yes vote on Proposition 13."

https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Editorial-Yes-on-California-Prop-13-15003221.php

Disparities in the quality and safety of learning environments are among the issues that this measure, put on the ballot by the California Legislature, aims to address.

Some really bad drugs out on the streets in Oakland. Stay safe. My condolences to the friends and families of these youn...
12/29/2019
Suspected fentanyl OD turns night of partying into tragedy for popular Oakland men

Some really bad drugs out on the streets in Oakland. Stay safe. My condolences to the friends and families of these young men who probably did not know what they were putting into their bodies. Cocaine kills in this case. https://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/Suspected-fentanyl-OD-turns-night-of-partying-14935302.php?utm_campaign=CMS&fbclid=IwAR2feyCBndxk-8pEa1UbaIJZ_4rO0HnTny0-JUjeiq9zgo693R7wvpBiGLM

What they didn’t know is the line of powder they snorted likely contained fentanyl, a powerful narcotic that’s 40 times stronger than heroin and is the culprit in a skyrocketing number of recent deaths around the Bay Area and country.

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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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Is pothole abatement happening before the rains? Rand Ave is always bad (was famous on YouTube at one point!) and it's pretty rough right now.