#106: A Chat With Gabriel Makinano, Antioch Mayoral Candidate

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On this episode, I chat with Antioch Mayoral Candidate Gabriel V. Makinano Sr. We talk about his background, his work with Operation Ceasefire and other community efforts, along with where he stands on Antioch Police, the homeless and economic development.

 

Episode Overview

  • 00:52 – Gabriel provides a quick bio and his background.
  • 02:50 – We get into Operation Ceasefire and the impact it has had within the community.
  • 04:55 – We get into the passion Gabriel has for helping people, but also talks about the need for more pride in the community and in the City of Antioch. He calls the City Council disconnected from the community.
  • 10:15 – We get into homeless and housing – which includes possibility of shelters. Makinano says the mayor and city council has a “good talk” but no action on the homeless issue. He also gets into shame and guilt with many just embarrassed.
  • 17:24 – Makinano explains how he bounced back from shame and guilt of a hard time in his life before finding his path on becoming who he wants to be. He explains how he moved forward and the importance of programs.  He wants to bring more services to Antioch to assist those in need.
  • 20:47 – We get into Youth Services and the Antioch Unified School District. We get into the Boys and Girls Club rejecting coming to the City of Antioch. We get into needing more Marcus Malu’s (Malu Fitness) of the world and bringing them to Antioch.
  • 25:00 – We get into the Antioch Police Department. Makinano calls for more training while going back into the community and “break the ice” and more officers from Antioch.
  • 29:30 – We get into how the Antioch Police Department and community could begin to have a conversation given the national rhetoric and the protesters.
  • 33:05 – Makinano talks about his work with Deer Valley High School and then Dallas Ranch Middle School and working with the kids.
  • 35:10 – He questions the actions of Mayor Sean Wright and councilmember Lamar Thorpe. We jump into economic development.
  • 36:58 – As Makinano is not the “typical” candidate, how does someone like him win?
  • 40:10 – We talk about the COVID-19 response, Makinano talks about food scarcity.
  • 42:50 – Makinano highlights why voters should consider voting for him as Mayor of the City of Antioch.  I declare Makinano as “Mr. Passion” given his motivation towards helping people.
  • 47:39 – How to get in touch with Makinano.

Campaign Website: www.votegmakinano.com

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12 COMMENTS

  1. What’s with the necklace? He should ditch that and come across as more PROFESSIONAL! Jeeeeeeez!

    • Maybe you should educate yourself prior to speaking. The necklace he is wearing is a traditional lei kukui which is part of Polynesian culture.

        • I agree! People leave their crappy countries and come here and instead of leaving it all behind and becoming AMERICANS with a new beginning, they drag all that with them and try to make THIS a crappy country like the one they came from.

          Coming here from Russia 20 years ago, I left it all behind and even changed my name to one matching our DOMINANT culture.. . . it’s also easier for my fellow Americans to pronounce.

      • We are not living in the Polynesian culture here. If people want to live in America they should leave their cultures in their old countries! We do have a dominant AMERICAN culture which was established by our FOUNDING FATHERS! This is now becoming a Tower of Babel and we know what happened to that one!

    • I saw that necklace and it looks like it was made from some sea “bean” or sea nuts I picked up in Tahiti. Is this some sort of fashion statement? Strange!

    • Out of all things you focus on what’s around someone’s neck. Who gives a crap how someone is dressed, anyone can dress the part they want to be. That’s a no-brainer. Pretty sad you have to bring negitivity about a necklace and how he should be dressed more professional. take a look around the mayor in our council right now. Don’t they all look sew together in their professional clothes yet they are a bunch of clueless twits. Who on the outside look like the perfect pictures of Mayor and council. All because they dress professional. I hope you don’t vote based on outer appearance that would be truly even more of a sorry situation.

      • Among other things, professional dress says a lot about a person. I look at everything!

        Now, my point what will he do to get that METHADONE clinic out of our city? Why are we burdened with it and it attracts some rather sketchy characters we can do without! How did this monstrosity even get into this city in the first place?

        • I totally agree! Has he addressed that methadone clinic yet? That nest of hornets has to go. It’s a total nuisance. How did it even get into this city? Whose bright idea was to put it here? It has to go. Gabe MUST address this!

  2. I like what Gabe has to offer, he’s on the streets, meeting with the community, listening to our community. We need leaders that get to know the city they want to represent. Sounds like he’s going to build bridges.

    • He sure has not said a word about that horrid eyesore, the methadone clinic. That place has to go! It should never have even been put there.

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