A Message From Councilman Dr. Stewart Go Chen

I am really excited about the upcoming election in November.

First of all, I would like to thank you for all the help and support you have given during our campaign in 2012. With your efforts, I was fortunate enough to be elected to your City Council and together, we were able to make some significant achievements during my tenure.

Some of these achievements include:

  • earning an AA+ credit rating for the first time in our city's history - this can potentially save our city millions in current and future bond fees;
  • successfully renegotiating employee pension contributions and post employment benefits with our labor unions and maintaining labor peace;
  • successfully completing the Navy Base zero re-conveyance and approving the Final Environmental Impact Report, as well as the associated planning and zoning amendments;
  • successfully collaborating with AUSD in maintaining City services for our students and the general public, including the access to public swimming pools;
  • successfully acquiring our first grant for the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park;
  • opening Jack Capon Villa to provide affordable housing for people with disability;
  • graduating and hiring several new fire fighters and police officers;
  • creating hundreds of jobs for our residents, including College of Alameda students, with the opening of Target and we anticipate more jobs will be created with the completion of Alameda Landing; and
  • personally introducing three resolutions, including a resolution that designates an Open Space/Nature Reserve at Alameda Point - all three resolutions were passed unanimously by the City Council.

However, I know that we can do more and there are still so many things that I would like to do for our city. So today, I am announcing my candidacy for re-election and I am, once again, counting on your support.

My priorities have been, and always will be, improving the quality of life for the citizens of Alameda and providing equal access to all. I will continue to work towards having better schools, safer streets, more jobs with diversity in employment, economic vibrancy, strong safety net services, and transparency in leadership.

Help me continue to serve you and let us strengthen Alameda together!

Together, we can continue to make a difference!

Stewart




"Chen Takes Third Seat in City Council Contest" (The Alamedan)




The 2012 Election Results Are In!

Congratulations to Dr. Stewart Chen for getting elected to the Alameda City Council!

Thank you to everyone who supported Dr. Chen in his campaign!




A Message From Dr. Stewart Chen

I would like to thank my family, friends, and supporters for helping make this victory possible. This win is not just for me, but for every one of you who believed in me. Thank you for believing in me and my goals. It has been a long and arduous campaign, but we did it. We won against formidable odds. I would like to thank my mom for her unrelenting support; my wife for her love and understanding; my extended family for their dedication; my friends, including Karen Fong, Jeff Cambra, Max Baylosis, Monica Valerio, Carole Chan, Rob Bonta, Marie Gilmore, Lena Tam, Mike McMahon, Frank Matarresse, Hadi Monsef, Karin Lucas, Sue Chong, Tom Hurtubise, Carl Chan, Lil Arnerich, Nancy Chang, Ling Chong, Bill Withrow, Irene Dieter, and many others, for the wisdom and advice that they shared; the business communities on Park street, Lincoln Avenue, Central Avenue, Santa Clara Avenue, and Webster Street for their strong show of support; and last, but not least, my faithful group of volunteers and supporters for their trust and confidence in me.

I am deeply honored to have friends and supporters like you and I will do my best to live up to your expectations.

I would also like to tip my hat to all the other City Council candidates who ran a tough but clean campaign. Each and every one of them would have been qualified to serve our City.

We all know that winning a seat in the City Council is only the beginning. Our City faces many challenges and I am ready to serve as your humble public servant. I am committed to improving the quality of life here in Alameda while preserving those traits that made this city one of the best in the Bay Area. I understand the problems facing our City and I will do my best to find the best solution to each one. I will help ensure that our City maintains a balanced budget; I will work with our public employees to reach a mutually-beneficial and feasible solution to our pension issue; and I will start the long-overdue process of developing Alameda Point while preserving our natural history and wildlife habitats.

As an Asian-American of Chinese and Filipino descent, I know the importance of recognizing diversity. I will continue to encourage diversity in housing, employment, and in leadership. I promise to represent all the citizens of Alameda and be their voice. I truly consider this victory as a victory for all of us and a step towards a better Alameda. Let us build on this momentum and make great strides to maximize our potential. The possibilities are boundless.

Thank you again for all your help and support. I could not have done this without you.

Stewart

 

Dear Friend:

My goal in running for City Council is to preserve and improve the quality of life here in Alameda. My wife and I raised both of our children here and we are proud to call Alameda our home. Our children attended Alameda public schools and grew up with the benefit of our parks, libraries, and hospital. I believe such facilities are important and I pledge to do my best to keep them accessible to all Alamedans.

My goals, if elected, include:

  Developing Alameda Point
It is important that the City develops Alameda Point and explore opportunities for the Point like Science Labs, University Extensions, and Ferry Services while preserving Wildlife Habitat and open space.

  Balancing our Budget
In these difficult times, we must work to balance our budget while maintaining our parks, keeping our libraries open, and adequately staffing our Police and Fire departments.

  Improving our Schools
We need to ensure that our Schools remain fully funded and a top priority for our community.

  Giving Voice to the People
I support a Public Vote for any sale or transfer of public parks in Alameda. We should achieve improvements in our community by collaboration, not by competition.
  Promoting Government Accessibility and Accountability
To be effective, public officials should be sensitive to the changing needs of their community. I believe our City Hall should be more accessible to our citizens and city officials should be accountable for their actions.

Together, with hard work and dedication, I believe we can achieve these goals and I would be honored to have your support. I am proud to be endorsed by the Alameda Teachers Association, Alameda Fire Fighters, Alameda Police Officers, Central Labor Council of Alameda County, and the Sierra Club.

As a Chiropractor by profession for the past 24 years, I know what it means to work diligently and ethically. It has been a pleasure serving you for the past 12 years on the Social Service and Human Relations Board, the County's Human Relations Commission, and, most recently, the City of Alameda Health Care District Board when I was elected by Alameda voters in November 2010.

As a member of the hospital board, I helped balance our 2013 fiscal budget and we were able to come up with a projected surplus of over $600,000. I also helped initiate several programs like the Kate Creedon Center for Advanced Wound Care, Orthopedic Spinal Surgery Department, and the takeover of the Waters Edge Skilled Nursing facility.

I hope that my fellow Alamedans would see my dedication to public service and allow me to represent them and let me be their voice.


Dr. Stewart Chen
City of Alameda Health Care District Director


The Sierra Club Alameda Education Association Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County Alameda Police Officers' Association Alameda Firefighters' Association, IAFF Local 689

Please vote for Dr. Stewart Chen for Alameda City Council and help fulfill his vision of improving the quality of life in Alameda.

To learn more about Dr. Chen's views, as well as the views of other candidates running for Alameda City Council, please refer to these articles written by Michele Ellson of The Alamedan: