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|Alameda, Contra Costa County, CA||November 7, 2006 Election|
Councilman for Social Justice
By Tony DaysogCandidate for Director; Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District; Ward 3
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Introduction : Tony Daysog, 40, grew up in the City of Alameda, in the working class section of town called the "West End," in a neighborhood right next to the now closed military base. He attends bible study classes at the same Catholic Church where he received his First Holy Communion in the mid 1970s. Daysog attended West End schools, having even served as Senior Class and School President of Encinal High School. His Filipino father is from the town of Ormuc in the Visayan Province, his Japanese mother is from a hamlet called Kawa-hira in the southern island of Kyushu. Daysog was born in Castle Memorial Naval Hospital in Hawaii in 1966.
Long-time AC Transit Bus Rider: Daysog rides the bus regularly, taking the bus to BART during the work week. He has depended on AC Transit since his youth during the 1980s, when he would take the bus from his West End home to attend youth orchestra in Berkeley. Even in the 1970s, he took the bus regularly to his music lessons in Central Alameda. This early acquaintanceship with AC Transit played a major part in his decision to continue to depend on mass transit.
City Council: Urged to run for office at the age of 28 by members from Alameda's Filipino-American community, Daysog became the first American of Filipino or Japanese descent to serve on Alameda's City Council, and he has served with honor and distinction since 1996 - for almost ten years. Twice he has been elected to serve as Vice Mayor (1998-2000 and 2002-2004). Among the many projects that Daysog implemented, the Councilmember is most proud of his work on behalf of children and youth. Daysog created the "Traffic Calming Guidelines", which provides a framework for improving traffic safety around local schools through signage and other measures. Daysog also resurrected the joint School Board - City Council committee meeting after years of dormancy. He also created a mechanism by which residents can donate funds via their electric bills to a technology program of the local school district. This mechanism was a simple matter of allowing rate payers to "round up" their electric bill payment, with the difference going to our local schools: this year, over $7,400 was collected via the "round up", also known as "Power Up for Learning." Daysog also created the "small capital improvements project (CIP)" after determining that the bulk of CIP dollars went primarily to large public works projects, not local parks whose ball fields and play equipment needed repair.
Social Justice: During his tenure on City Council, Daysog has been a tireless advocate on behalf of social justice causes. He passed legislation exempting from the real estate transfer tax domestic partnerships, many of which comprise of gay, lesbian and transgender couples. He has been recognized for his leadership on behalf of environmental causes, including his effort to reform a much-penalized incinerator in the Fruitvale District in Oakland. Daysog has fought for racial justice, particularly with respect to housing in Alameda.
Mass and Other Forms of Alternative Transit: The following are Daysog's City Council successes in the area of mass and alternative forms of transit:
Professional Background: Councilmember Daysog is an urban planner by profession and education, a full-time Senior Associate for an economic development consulting company on numerous projects largely in the Central Valley region. He has been in the field of urban planning for almost seventeenyears. Daysog earned his Master's degree from UC Berkeley's Department of City and Regional Planning, having been recognized as the "hardest working student" by his peers. He also earned his Bachelor of Art's degree from UC Berkeley, majoring in American History.
For more information on Daysog, go to http://www.daysog.info
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