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City of HaywardCandidate for City Council

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Nestor Castillo

University Lecturer
13,295 votes (7.38%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • A just recovery to the covid-19 pandemic and ensuring healthy communities
  • Strengthening our local economy through community wealth building and community collaboration
  • Fostering community ownership and preservation of affordable housing and strengthening tenant protections

Experience

Biography

I am a lifelong resident of the East Bay having lived in the unincorporated area nearly my entire life. I am now a proud resident of Hayward and love Hayward's diversity and working class character. Like many immigrant families, my parents left war-torn El Salvador in search of a better life. Through their hard work and sacrifice, I was able to grow up in the East Bay, attend San Francisco State University, and graduate with a Master’s in Public Health from UC Berkeley. After college, I had the privilege of honoring my parents' struggle by working directly with anti-mining activists in El Salvador as the Bay Area chapter coordinator for the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES). Inspired by the social movements in El Salvador, I began working in the San Francisco Labor Movement as an organizer for IFPTE Local 21 and SEIU Local 87. Since 2014, I have been teaching courses that focus on the Latinx community at San Francisco State University and most recently at Cal State East Bay.  I am a member of our union, the California Faculty Association, and served on the executive board for San Francisco State University.

Since 2017, I have served as the vice-chair of the Alameda County Public Health Commission. The Public Health Commission represents Alameda County's 1.7 million residents with the goal of promoting health equity and improving population health. I served on the committee that formed the Eden Area Municipal Advisory Council, which brought local representation to parts of Unincorporated Hayward. In 2019, I began organizing the Eden Community Land Trust in an effort to preserve housing affordability and to bring public land under community control. The Eden Community Land Trust serves the city of Hayward and the unincorporated communities of Cherryland and Hayward Acres.

My experiences as a child of immigrants, a public health practitioner, an educator, and a community advocate has led me to serve my community in a new capacity. I am running for Hayward City Council because we need to confront the issues that are putting our future in danger and to bring forward a bold new vision for the good of all Hayward residents.

 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am a proud Democratic Socialist. As such, I believe in a strong democracy and a commitment to a more equitable distribution of wealth and resources, meaningful work and recreation, a healthy environment, sustainability, and gender and racial equality. I reject the current accumulation of wealth by a handful of billionaires, the current market system leading to the destruction of our planet, and the proliferation of violence and brutality our current system engenders. I plan to enact my vision for a more just, democratic, and humane system through the following platform.

As your councilmember I commit to Economic Justice for all:  

1. A Public Bank for Hayward

2. Wi-Fi as a Public Utility

3. Protect Union Jobs

4. The Right to High Quality, Free Child Care

5. Tax the Wealthy

6. Support Micro, Small, and Worker-Owned Cooperative Businesses

7. Universal Basic Income

 

As your councilmember I commit to Public Safety and Justice for all:

1. Community-Based Public Safety Values 

2. Real Police Accountability  

3. Victim Support 

4. Restorative Justice and Reducing Mass Incarceration 

 

As your councilmember I commit to Covid-19 recovery and Public Health for all: 

1. Health in all Policies Approach

2. Maximize Worker Protections: Paid Sick Leave & Minimum Wage Increase

3. Guarantee Primary Care and Mental Health Services

4. Tackle Food Insecurity 

5. Bolster City Institutions and the Social Safety Net

6. Establish Public Health Emergency Preparedness Unit

 

As your councilmember I commit to Housing for all: 

1. Protecting working families from losing their homes

2. Strengthening and expanding tenant rights and protections

3. Creating a Permanent Housing Stability Program

4. Fostering community ownership and preservation

5. Housing our Unhoused Neighbors

 

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