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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of Union CityCandidate for City Council

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Lee Guio

Business Executive
2,679 votes (12.21%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Publc Safety - Work with Police & Fire to make sure response times improve and crime remains low. Support ongoing work of the Youth Violence Prevention Committee.
  • Responsible Budgeting - Help to make the budget simple and clear so everyone can be sure that funds are properly applied and used in the most effective way.
  • Improving Infrastructure - Traffic and transportation are big issues. Support traffic calming effforts in Union City to reduce "pass through" traffic. Work to get East-West Connector completed. Push for Dumbarton Rail.



Profession:Businessman - National Sales Manager for an Electronics Component Manufacturer
National Sales Manager, Ole Wolff Electronics Inc. (2011–current)
Owner, Royal Orchid Imports (1995–current)
Board Member, Sister Cities International — Appointed position (2016–current)
Planning Commissioner, Union City Planning Commission — Appointed position (2011–current)
Board Member, Union City Friends of Sister Cities — Appointed position (2005–current)
Co-Chair, Union City Economic Develpment Advisory Team — Appointed position (2013–current)
Director of Sales, Wong's International (2006–2011)
Human Relations Commissioner, Union City Human Relations Commission — Elected position (2007–2011)
Account Manager, Fusion Technical Sales (1999–2006)


University of Southern California Master of Business Administration , Marketing (1978)
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona CA Batchelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Digital Logic & Design (1973)
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona CA Batchelor of Science - Mathematics, Statistics (1973)

Community Activities

Vice President, Wat Buddhanusorn - Thai Buddhist Temple (1996–current)

Who supports this candidate?

Individuals (5)

  • Jeanelle Singh, Planning Commisioner Alternate, Union City
  • Bill Hinkle, President, Sister Cities Northern California Chapter
  • Gary Chu, Board Member, Union City CERT
  • Wanlop Kachinthorn, President, Thai Association of Northern California
  • Dave Sweilem, Planning Commissioner, Union City

Questions & Answers

Questions from LWV Fremont Newark Union City (3)

What are your plans for providing more affordable housing?
Answer from Lee Guio:

Union City already has an inclusionary law that requires builders to either include some affordable housing or pay for some affrodable housing when they construct a new development. In addition we have established a rent and tenant task force to study the best ways to approach this problem I plan to continue these efforts and to work with consultants and arbitrators in specific rent issues.

What is your plan to deal with unfunded liabilities such as pensions and deferred maintenance on roads?
Answer from Lee Guio:

The city is already dealing with the unfunded liabilites, primarily caused by the lack of investment income from PERS. Work with the finance group of the city staff to make sure we continue to pay down this liability over the next 15 years as planned. 

What do you believe is the responsibility of city council members when it comes to education and schools?
Answer from Lee Guio:

Work closely with the school board and suport them in their efforts to improve schools. Also, I plan to look at ways to get bussing back for our school children. This will reduce traffic and insure safe travels fo and from school. Lastly, work with the Planning Commission to insure that there are safe wolking and biking routes to and from school.

Questions from LWV Fremon Newark Union City (1)

What are your ideas for reducing traffic congestion on main roads?
Answer from Lee Guio:

Bussing of school children. Working with companies to increase ride sharing through the use of incentives. Utilize traffic calming techniqes to force "pass through" traffic back onto the freeways and not through our city. Push for use of alternative transportation when possible. Push to get the East West Connector completed as soon as possible and work to see if we cannot get the Dumbarton Rail back on track.

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