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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of OaklandCandidate for City Council, District 5

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Noel Gallo

Councilmember District 5
7,838 votes (56.4%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public Safety: Increase numbers of police officers and firefighters; Establish an Independent Citizens’ Police Commission; Improve Pedestrian/Biking Transportation Safety Services
  • Economic Development: Attract investment for new job creation and assist existing businesses; Re-invest in our neighborhoods and community shopping corridors .
  • Housing: Increase the range of housing options, including affordable, workforce, live-work units; Support programs for the Homeless.



Profession:Incumbent Oakland City Councilmember, District 5
Oakland City Councilmember - District 5, City of Oakland (2013–current)
School Board Director, District 5, Oakland Unified School District — Elected position (1992–2012)


University of California, Berkeley Bachelor of Science, Business Administration (1977)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • California Nurses Association

Organizations (14)

  • Green Party of Alameda County
  • Latino Taskforce
  • Block By Block Organizing Network
  • SEIU Local 1021
  • Transport Oakland
  • IFPTE Local 21
  • Wellstone Democratic Club
  • John George Democratic Club
  • Sierra Club
  • Oakland Builders Alliance
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) - Northern CA District Council
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers Union (NUHW)
  • Alameda County Building and Construction Trades Council

Elected Officials (6)

  • Hon. Nate Miley, Alameda County Supervisor
  • Hon. James Harris, Oakland Board of Education
  • Hon. Robert Raburn, BART Director
  • Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan
  • Oakland City Councilmember Dan Kalb
  • Hon. Shanthi Gonzales, Oakland Board of Education

Individuals (30)

  • Hayward Blake
  • Jean Quan, Former Oakland Mayor
  • Chris Iglesias, CEO, The Unity Council
  • Alan Brill, Chairperson, Glenview Neighborhood Association
  • Cynthia Elliot, Jingletown Arts & Business Community
  • Bill Phua
  • Hugh Morrison
  • Raul Maya
  • Carl Chan, Chinatown Chamber of Commerce
  • Marin Waukazoo, Executive Director, Native American Health Center
  • Marianne Dreisbach, Dreisbach Enterprises
  • Kathy Chao, Executive Director, Lao Family Community Development
  • Andy Nelsen, Deputy Director, East Bay Asian Youth Center
  • Betty Gray, Park Blvd. Median Project
  • Rev. Michael Moore, Shiloh Church
  • Pastor Robert Holt, First Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church
  • Pastor Dan Schmitz, New Hope Covenant Church
  • Pastor Toby Montgomery, Patten Christian Cathedral
  • Monsignor Antonio Valdivia
  • Jenna Stauffer, CEO, Lighthouse Charter Schools
  • Jorge Lopez, CEO, Amethod Public Schools
  • Hae-Sin Kim Thomas, CEO, Education for Change Public Schools
  • Aubrey Lane, Principal, Edna Brewer Middle School
  • Chelsea Toller, Principal, Glenview Elementary School
  • Orsolya Nadasdi, PTA President, Glenview Elementary School
  • Christy Getz, PTA President, Edna Brewer Middle School
  • Preston Turner, Chairperson, Melrose High Hopes NCPC
  • Andreas Cluver, Port of Oakland Board of Commissioners
  • Ces Butner, Port of Oakland Commissioners
  • Alan Yee, Port of Oakland Board of Commissioners

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of Oakland (3)

Describe three major issues facing District 5, and touch briefly on how you would try to deal with them
Answer from Noel Gallo:

Three key issues facing District 5 are Public Safety, Need for a range of housing options and Economic Development. These issues are not unique only to District 5. Therefore, is the responsiblity of Oakland's elected leadership to ensure that appropriate and needed resources are available. I consider Public Safety which includes the erdication of graffiti, illegal dumping, prostitution and human trafficking as a critical issue. I have co-authored Measure LL - establishment of a Independent Citizens Police Commission - our community is concerned; this Commission can help build trust and change with the Department. At the same time, I am an advocate for increasing budgets to hire more public safety personnel - Police Officers and Firefighters - our community is asking for additional protection services. I have sponsored and will continue to champion both state and city legislation to increase enforcement actions against individuals, businesses that are conducting illegal dumping in Oakland. Additionally I will continue to work on ways to eradicate prosttitution and human trafficking through stronger enforcement and housing and support services to young women who are victims of these crimes. The City of Oakland must encourage and support a range of housing development options - we lake Affordable Housing options - for low,moderate and Oakland's workforce. It is not only a District 5 issue, it is a Citywide and regional issue. I do support several Voter measures that offer affordable housing options - Oakland Infrastructure Bond Measure KK; County of Alameda County Affordable Housing Bond - A1 and Measure JJ - Renter Protection Act.  In additon, I plan to work on increasing home ownership opportunities and work to ensure that the City is taking advantage of all financing opportunities to increase the supply of affordable and workforce housing development. Economic Development is important.  The City should ensure that existing businesses have access to technical assistance, financing and support by the City. Oakland is a city of small businesses. Most of Oakland's jobs are from small businesses. The City should ensure that we have a business friendly environment, ensure that our policies are fair and that staff is available to support start ups and existing businesses to grow so that we can preserve and create new job opportunities. Job training is critical t ensure that we can offer businesses trained employees.    




Describe three major ways in which life is better in District 5 than it was 4 years ago
Answer from Noel Gallo:

District 5 is one of Oakland's most diverse, vibrant areas. It offers several commercial corridors, strong residential neighborhoods, and opportunities for full and infill residential (mixed use/mixed income) and commercial development. Four years ago, the District 5 issues were major crime, illegal dumping, rampant graffiti, major corridor vacancies and limited investment and development throughout the District.

Today, through the efforts of Council Member Gallo, District 5 is making major strides - related transportation improvements are underway: development of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project which will infuse close to $180m in major transportation improvements, coupled with the City's new streetscape improvements, this major transportation project can help revitalize commercial corridors in Districts , 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 and increase use of public transportation. The BRT project will help spark new mixed use/mixed income housing, commercial and retail business opportunities. The City and AC Transit must ensure that existing businesses receive appropriate technical assistance to also benefit. Other transportation improvements include I-880 Caltran Freeway modernization and the incorporation of additional bike and walking improvements. District 5 is also experiencing a range of new housing development (mixed income/mixed use)- Fruitvale Transit Village TOD II and the major renovation of several older industrial facilities that will be adapted to not only housing but job creation opportunities. A major upcoming opportunity in District 5 is the full redevelopment of the former Owens Illinois site - 28-acres of waterfront property. Another way District 5 is improving is that residents, schools and businesses are becoming engaged in their communities. Through weekly events sponsored by Councilmember Gallo's Office, numerous residents and volunteers have worked on neighborhood beautification and safety efforts in all neighborhoods within District 5. Overall over 5,000 volunteers have participated in these activities. 

Which of these local Oakland ballot measures do you think is the most critical one; why do you choose that one?  a) Tax on distribution of sugar-sweetened beverages, b) Just Cause Ordinance amendment, c) Infrastructure bond/affordable housing, d) Citizen police commission
Answer from Noel Gallo:

I support all Oakland Ballot Measures for consideration by Oakland voters.  Each of these Ballot Measures is important in its own way because they address concerns that the public has identified. I cannot say one ballot measure is more important than other. These ballot measures should be evaluted by each voter. 


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— October 3, 2016 ReElect Noel Gallo for City Council - District 5

Noel Gallo is a dedicated leader; he is the current Oakland District 5 City Council Member. Previously, he served for 20 years on the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education. He is a lifelong resident of Oakland; he grew up in the Fruitvale/San Antonio District neighborhoods. The record will show that as a member of the Council for the last four years, Noel has worked hard to reduce neighborhood crime, to increase affordable housing, to attract and retain businesses and advocated and supported efforts to improve the quality of our schools.

Noel is running for reelection because he want to continue to work with residents to achieve our dynamic vision for our City, so that all of Oakland will become an exciting place to live, work, do business and raise our children.   Noel is dedicated to public service. He strongly believes that  - It is not about what we say, but what we do.

ReElect Noel Gallo for Oakland City Council – November 8, 2016.


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