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City of San GabrielCandidate for City Council

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Jason Pu

Councilmember/Business Attorney
1,804 votes (19.01%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Streets - 4 years ago, our streets were still getting worse. Since then, we have invested more and gotten large portions of Las Tunas and Del Mar done and many residential streets. We have made a lot of progress but we still have a long way to go.
  • Businesses - In the last 4 years, we have worked hard to bring in more mainstream businesses and reduce the number of massage parlors. I believe both of these efforts will come to fruition within the next few years.
  • Community - People of all backgrounds from all parts of the city want the same things - safe neighborhoods, nice streets, businesses that serve us, good schools, nice parks. Our common goals that unite us far outweigh our differences that divide us.



Profession:Business Attorney and Councilmember
Business Attorney and Outside General Counsel, Jason J. Pu, Esq. (2008–current)
Member of the City Council, City of San Gabriel — Elected position (2013–current)
Owner and Manager, jd8 Records, LLC (2004–2008)
Business Attorney, Kehr, Schiff & Crane, LLP (2003–2004)
Business Attorney, Cooley LLP (1999–2003)


UCLA School of Law Juris Doctor, Law (1999)
Stanford University Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (1995)


Jason Pu was elected to the San Gabriel City Council in March of 2013 and served a term as Mayor from March of 2015 to March of 2016.  He is a business attorney with his own practice and graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and the UCLA School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree.

His parents immigrated to the U.S. as a young couple and worked hard to give their children the best educational opportunities possible.  He was born at Arcadia Methodist Hospital and grew up in Orange County where he became Class Salutatorian, Captain of the Varsity Football Team and a four-year member of Key Club in high school.

As an undergraduate at Stanford, Jason helped to bring an Asian American Studies program to the university as a founding member of the Concerned Students for Asian American Studies and helped to organize students, faculty and staff as a founding member of Students Together Opposing Proposition 187.  He also worked with the Haas Center for Public Service, the Support Network for Battered Women and the East Palo Alto Community Law Project.  While at the UCLA School of Law, Jason worked at Public Counsel as a NAPIL/VISTA*AmeriCorps Summer Legal Fellow and was the Co-Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association and a founding board member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County.

Jason began his professional career as a business attorney at Cooley LLP in Silicon Valley representing technology companies, banks and venture capital firms.  He also served as the firm’s Pro Bono Coordinator for FirstStop, a program of the San Mateo County Legal Aid Society providing free business and legal counseling to low-income micro-enterprises.  He then worked for a small firm in Santa Monica representing private companies and high net worth individuals.  Jason now has his own practice as a business attorney in the areas of corporate, real estate and finance.  He also devotes time to supporting numerous nonprofit organizations including Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, Asian Youth Center, La Casa de San Gabriel, OCA – Greater Los Angeles and the Chinese American Citizens Alliance.  In addition, he helped an underage girl who was smuggled to the U.S. from China escape the clutches of her smugglers as a pro bono attorney with Kids in Need of Defense.

Jason has also served as the Chair of the McKinley Elementary School Site Council for the past 6 years and is proud of the progress McKinley Elementary has made in providing a 1-to-1 student-to-computer ratio, a STEM Lab with a 3-D printer, a Spanish language dual immersion program, intervention for its struggling students and community liaisons for parents who are not able to speak English.  His wife, Kathay, is the Executive Director of California Common Cause whose motto is “Holding Power Accountable.”  She was previously President of the McKinley's Parents as Educational Partners and their daughter is looking forward to graduating from McKinley to attend Jefferson Middle School next year.

Jason’s top priorities for the City of San Gabriel are to fix its public infrastructure including its streets and sewers, promote local economic development to attract mainstream businesses and create jobs, engage the community to bring our diverse groups together and maintain high standards of public safety.

Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (10)

  • Judy Chu, U.S. Congresswoman, California 27th Congressional District
  • John Chiang, California State Treasurer
  • Kevin De Leon, California Senate Pro Tempore and State Senator, 24th Senate District
  • Anthony Rendon, California Speaker of the Assembly and State Assemblyman, 63rd Assembly District
  • Dr. Ed Hernandez, California State Senator, 22nd Senate District
  • Ed Chau, California State Assemblyman, 49th Assembly District
  • Mike Eng, Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees
  • Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County Supervisor, 1st District
  • Kathryn Barger, Los Angeles County Supervisor, 5th District
  • Eric Garcetti, Mayor of the City of Los Angeles

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