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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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City of VallejoCandidate for City Council

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Hermie R. Sunga

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12,824 votes (13.17%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Build a more disciplined and accountable budget process to ensure that we can meet community needs even when times are tough
  • Expand local job opportunities
  • ncrease up-front community engagement, before divisiveness becomes toxic to forward progress, and our City is spending precious resources on litigation, instead of quality of life.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Realtor
City Councilmember, City of Vallejo, California — Elected position (2005–2013)
Vice Mayor, City of Vallejo, California — Elected position (2008–2013)
Planning Commissioner, City of Vallejo — Appointed position (2004–2006)
Supply Corps Officer, United States Navy (1980–2004)

Biography

Herminio (Hermie) Sunga was the Vice Mayor of the City of Vallejo, California and the only member of the Vallejo City Council of Filipino American heritage. Hermie joined the Vallejo City Council race in 2005. With his core group of supporters, Hermie was not initially given a chance to win the election.

Hermie was recruited as a Seaman, United States Navy at Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines. He rose through the ranks in record time. With outstanding accomplishments as an enlisted Petty Officer, he was accepted in the Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island and Navy Supply Corps Officer School in Athens, Georgia. He eventually  retired as Commander, Supply Corps, United States Naval Reserve.

He is married to Milagros Yabut with four children, Irene, Clare, Richie and Junior and has grand children, Nico, Dominique, Paige, Sophia, Jaxon, Samantha, and Nadia.

HERMIE HAS BEEN A CONSISTENT and EFFECTIVE CHAMPION
FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:

President, Vallejo Education and Business Alliance

Vice Chair of Solano County Bond Oversight Committee ($500M Measure Q funds)

Chair, Vallejo Business Alliance (Vallejo, Black, Hispanic,
and Filipino American Solano County Chambers of Commerce) (former)

Vallejo Disaster Preparedness Program (former)

Vice-Chair, Joint Power Authority (former)

Vice-Chair, Vallejo Sanitation and Flood Control District Board (former)

Travis Air Force Base Regional Services Committee (former)

Vallejo Inter-Agency Committee (former)

Founder, Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Solano County

Founding Boardmember, California Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (7)

  • Sheet Metal Workers, 104
  • Solano County Carpenters, 180
  • Operating Engineers, 3
  • IBEW, 180
  • California Association of Realtors
  • African American Alliance (AAA)
  • California Apartment Association

Elected Officials (6)

  • Michael Wilson, Vice-Mayor, City of Vallejo (Fmr.)
  • Pippin Dew-Costa, Councilmember, City of Vallejo
  • Jess Malgapo, Councilmember, City of Vallejo
  • Ray Martin, Councilmember, City of Vallejo (Fmr.)
  • Burky Worel, Trustee, Vallejo Unified School District
  • Peggy Ann Cohen-Thompson, Trustee, Solano County Office of Education

Individuals (8)

  • Michael D. Rhoads, Chapter President, California School Employees Association
  • Gregoria Torres, Commissioner, City of Vallejo
  • Peggy Ann Cohen-Thompson, Trustee, Solano County Office of Education
  • Gregoria Torres, Commissioner, City of Vallejo
  • Roberto Cortez, Commissioner, City of Vallejo
  • Marc Tonnesen, Assessor-Recorder, Solano County
  • Abraham “Abe” Bautista, Trustee, Fairfield-Suisun School Board (Fmr.)
  • Alvaro P. DaSilva, Director, Vallejo Economic Development (Fmr.)

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters (5)

Crime

How do you propose to reduce crime in Vallejo?

No answer provided.
How will you go about bringing more businesses and jobs to Vallejo?
Answer from Hermie R. Sunga:

It seems the Council moves in a direction before our community has been fully engaged. So we spend time in disagreement and lose opportunities. We need to fix that process.

 

Vallejo needs basics, so we spend those resources locally. And, I’d like to work to attract environmental technology and businesses that cultivate and promote Vallejo’s College Town designation.

Do you support a citizen review board of police conduct and procedures?
Answer from Hermie R. Sunga:

I actually think that the law enforcement community, working hand-in-hand with community and neighborhood leaders, has shown real dedication to incorporating  methods that reduce the possibility of such tragedies. Officers are regularly engaged and active in our neighborhoods… at events, on the streets, and at public presentations. There is a cultural shift you can feel, and the fact that we haven’t had a death I think speaks to the collective commitment within our entire community. I feel the rest of the country could learn a lot from how the Vallejo Police Department and our community leaders have worked to find better ways of interacting in order to reduce the need for all violent interaction, have ongoing dialogue, and so that officers have a much better understanding of the community they serve. 

That said, I think there are two things to prioritize:

1) Just as the community’s need to be supported by law enforcement, we need to be supporting them with adequate resources and proper training. Tragedy happens when an officer is underprepared and/or feels threatened. I believe their is a clear link between our budget cuts and the violence.

One of my most important reasons for running for City Council again is to implement changes to budgeting processes, that I believe will help make that we can remain fiscally strong and able to support all of our first responders adequately. We will have rough patches again, but if we have good preparation and strong systems we will be able to withstand them.

2) Many people know that we are very diverse, but for such a blended community we have relatively little hostility. In fact we are a model for the country in that way. But it wasn’t always like that. It took a couple of people, with real dedication and focus, to bring the communities together and work through a lot of uncomfortable things. The divides in our community were not addressed with policy, but with individual determination, that came from many corners of the community, all working together.

 

I believe the cultural shift we see in law enforcement will hold, if we all support it and give it real priority. The Council needs to support, sustain, and be commitment to the ongoing relationship between neighborhoods and first responders. 

Gun

What is your position on gun regulation?

No answer provided.
Mare island is a superfund site. How will you work toward getting it cleaned up in order to attract more business?
Answer from Hermie R. Sunga:

 

Creating accessible destinations for the community and tourists, in both downtown and waterfront areas, is crucial for Vallejo’s Economic Development. I will work on issues that affect the development of both areas, mindful of the fact that open space have to be made available to the community.

Political Beliefs

Vallejo survived dark times, and emerged stronger, wiser, more resilient, and with lots of reason for optimism. But there’s more to do to be genuinely prepared for any future challenges.

You first offered me your trust and support to serve on the City Council in 2005. Throughout this legally-mandated break from Council, I’ve remained actively engaged. Now, allowed to re-join the Council, I’m excited to help our city continue rebuilding.

My three priorities: 1) Build a more disciplined and accountable budget process to ensure that we can meet community needs even when times are tough; 2) Expand local job opportunities; 3) Increase up-front community engagement, before divisiveness becomes toxic to forward progress, and our City is spending precious resources on litigation, instead of quality of life.

As a US Navy Supply Corps Commander, I had to adequately supply troops, within a discipline budget. I’ve helped build successful partnerships to benefit our entire community. I’ll bring those skills, effectiveness, and commitment to our Council.

With better budget-process discipline, improved job growth, and greater community engagement, we’ll be better able to withstand the next challenge that comes our way.

I humbly ask for your your partnership and vote.

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