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UC Berkeley Alumnus Joins City Council 
DailyCalDecember 2, 2008 - The Daily Californian

Jesse Arreguin was still in elementary school when the late Councilmember Dona Spring was sworn in as the representative of District 4 in the Berkeley City Council in 1992.

But Wednesday evening, Arreguin was sworn in to fill Spring's seat after winning an election battle with several candidates almost twice his age. Arreguin is the first Hispanic elected to the council, and, at age 24, its youngest member in recent memory. Continue reading... 


City Council Passes Compromise on Fast Food Ban
February 25, 2009 - The Daily Californian

DailyCal2By a narrow vote, the Berkeley City Council reached a compromise Tuesday night to lift a ban on carryout and quick-service restaurants on upper University Avenue.

Arreguin said he was happy the council's decision addressed his main concerns about limiting fast-food chain restaurants, which typically fall under the carryout category.

"I think it was a very good compromise and I'm very happy the council voted to support the compromise," he said. Continue Reading... 


A Seat at the Table
February 13, 2009 - YO! Youth Outlook Media

YOMediaIn his office on the top floor of Berkeley’s City Hall, Jesse Arreguin adjusts his glasses before sliding into his seat in front of his computer. Like many politically minded young people, Arreguin is a strong supporter of social justice and working for change in the community.

But in a year of rampant political change, Arreguin, 24, didn’t want to wait on the sidelines.

On Nov. 4, Arreguin became the first Latino and the youngest member to be elected to the Berkeley City Council, He said he is determined to channel the power of the youth voter movement into local government. Continue Reading... 


Building Heights Trigger Commission Questions 
January 21, 2009 - The Berkeley Daily Planet

Council: UC Prof Should Be Charged With War Crimes 
December 10, 2008 - The Berkeley Daily Planet
Arreguin Sworn in as Councilmember 
Thursday December 04, 2008 - The Berkeley Daily Planet

Berkeley's first Latino council member ready to serve 
November 13, 2008 - The Oakland Tribune

Even before Arreguin was 20, he was sitting on Berkeley's government-appointed boards and commissions that deal with tenants' rights, affordable housing and development issues.

logo_OaklandTribune.jpg"He always got so involved in injustices," his mother said. "It didn't matter if it happened 200 years ago. He just took it all to heart. He was definitely a challenge, but he showed me what to do."

When Arreguin, 24, was elected to the Berkeley City Council earlier this month by an 11 percent margin, he became the first Latino and the youngest person elected to that board, city officials said. He beat out former school board member Terry Doran and two other candidates for the seat. Continue Reading...