Home 2020 Election Antioch Mayoral Candidate Gabe Makinano Presents his 2020 Vision

Antioch Mayoral Candidate Gabe Makinano Presents his 2020 Vision

by ECT

Antioch, CA — Gabe Makinano, in fulfilling the slogan “Vision With Action” for his campaign for Mayor of Antioch, presents his Vision 2020 for Antioch to show what our city can have and become in the very near future, and what he will take action on during the next four years following his election.

“It’s a leader’s job to provide the vision for the people to know the direction we are all heading, together and to take action to make it a reality,” said Makinano. “These are the items – many I find very exciting – that I will work to make happen, some of which build on plans that have already been in place for several years.”

“The problem is the two incumbents have been talking about doing things to make Antioch better, but they haven’t taken the necessary action,” he continued. “That’s what I offer, action. We must stop the foot dragging, playing political games and get things done that our people need, want, and will benefit them.”

“It will produce an upward spiral, not downwards as we’ve been on for the past four years,” Makinano added. “I’m releasing this vision on 10/8 because we must be ‘ten-ate-ious’ when getting things and not give up until they are. If you want action, not just talk, then I need your vote.”

Makinano’s vision includes a variety of items under the five areas he is focusing on during his campaign and will work on once elected: Increased Public Safety; Local, Quality Jobs; Education; Housing; and a Revitalized Rivertown – Antioch’s Historic Downtown.

Makinano will take his leadership skills, community connections and what he’s already been working on, along with the rest of the city council and staff to make the items in his vision a reality.

Vote Makinano for Mayor, the only candidate with a vision for a brighter future for the Antioch and a plan to make it happen.

Here is Makinano’s 2020 Plan per his document

  1. Increased Public Safety Work
    with community leaders, law enforcement agencies, and all residents of our community to create a safe environment for all citizens in Antioch.

    • Hire More Police using Measure W funds as the people voted for to get to 1.2 Officers per 1,000 Population.
    • Require Diversity Training for each officer before being hired.
    • Bring back Community Policing with Officers on the Beat on foot or on bicycles in Highest Crime Areas of Sycamore and Cavallo. Include it in the field training of new officers to get to know the people they’re working to serve and protect.
    • Body Cameras for Every Officer.
    • Strengthen Role of the Antioch Police Crime Prevention Commission.


  1. Local, Quality Jobs
    Work with Antioch Economic Development Commission, Economic Development Director, Antioch Chamber of Commerce Economic Development & Government Affairs Committee, and the private sector to follow and implement Antioch’s Downtown Specific Plan and County’s Northern Waterfront Economic Development Initiative Strategic Action Plan.

    • Antioch Tech CenterCreate master plan to attract businesses for the 200-acre site set aside in 1998 near the Laurel Road/Highway 4 interchange between Slatten Ranch Shopping Center and the Antioch BART Station, for employment, including commercial office and high-tech businesses creating a Green Technology Cluster including Advanced Transportation Technologies. – Get our residents out of the commute to spend more time with their families and in our community.
    • Convention Center, Art Gallery and Visitors & Convention Bureau – work with private sector to build a hotel and convention center and establish a visitors and convention bureau to host business and art events and conferences in Antioch. Build a rotating restaurant on the top of the hotel with views of the river, hills and Mt. Diablo for a unique feature in our city.
    • Bring Back Manufacturing to Antioch for more, quality, high-paying jobs. Clean industry, using the reclaimed water from the Desalination Plant and the excess electricity generated by the solar-powered transit system extension to BART. Establish an Advanced Materials & Diversified Manufacturing Cluster, a Food & Beverage Processing Cluster, and a Biomedical/Biotechnology/Life Sciences Cluster.
    • Antioch Gateway Port deep water facility – take advantage of the Stockton Deep Water Channel and the BNSF railroad line, along the Wilbur Avenue corridor for shipping goods in and out of Antioch to and from all over the world, creating wellpaying dock and shipping jobs. Truly making Antioch the Gateway to the Delta and World!
    • Job Center at 18th & A Streets using the fiber optic cable network hub located there.
    • No More Cannabis Businesses – four is too many. No expansion citywide. It’s bad for other business and the city’s reputation to attract major employers and causes more police impacts.
    • Complete the BART Extension to Oakley, Brentwood, Discovery Bay, Byron, Byron Airport, Mountain House and Tracy, connecting Antioch to Livermore and Pleasanton and the California High Speed Rail system. Using a smaller, quieter, solar-powered electric system that can move commuters during the day and evening and move goods in and out of Antioch at night
    • Complete the widening of Highway 4 (bypass/extension) to four lanes from Balfour Road to Marsh Creek Road for greater safety for commuters and trucks.
    • Build Route 239 – the long-planned 4-lane highway from the end of Highway 4 (bypass) and Vasco Road to Interstate 5 in Tracy, connecting Antioch to the rest of the Bay Area and Golden State, and for trucking products in and out of East County creating more local jobs and completing the beltway around Mt. Diablo. It’s been on the books for over 60 years. It’s time to work with our state and federal representatives to secure the funding and get it built. I will work to get Antioch a seat on the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, again.
    • Expand Byron Airport – for more commercial and freight flights, getting products manufactured in Antioch to the statewide, national and global marketplace quicker
  1. Housing
    • Homeless – Identify and implement long-term solutions to combat homelessness in Antioch, to get them off the streets, out of the encampments, out of the cold and wet of winter and heat of the summer. Work with the Community Outreach Center on E. 18th Street and other churches and non-profit organizations. Use all of the $500,000 the Council set aside last year. And no more hiring consultants!
    • Increased Home Ownership – Partner with both the private and public sectors to create a clear and achievable path for greater home ownership in Antioch.
    • Sustainable Development – Take decisive action to create sustainable housing and community development. Transit Villages surrounding and near the BART Stations, preserve hillsides, and protect habitat and the Sand Creek corridor.
    • Complete Mix of Housing Types – Ensure Antioch has a complete mix of housing types so our residents can remain living in our city throughout their lives.


  1. Education
    My first-hand experience working with local school campuses has given me unique insight to the issues facing our students and teachers on a daily basis. My plan is to establish regular meetings between city council, school board, and parents to collaborate on safe and academically-enriched opportunities for all students. Identify new resources to generate education-related programs, such as civic engagement activities including intern/extern/apprenticeship programs for eligible students. An improved education helps students, improves our economy and home values.

    • 4-Year Private College in Antioch – raise the education level in our community, improving the educational opportunities for our youth in a multi-disciplinary, 4- year, private, liberal arts college, while improving the culture as well as property values.
    • Job Training – work with local businesses and Los Medanos College for job training and retraining for Antioch workers.
    • Antioch YES – Youth Employment Services – for after school and summertime jobs, internships and apprenticeships with local businesses and at City Hall. Work with Antioch Chamber of Commerce and Central Labor Council to establish a website and database for local businesses and students to use to offer or apply for and fill the positions.
    • Teach Antioch History in our schools. Work with the Historical Society Museum.
    • After School Education Programs – like Math Intensive Program and mentoring programs for students.


  1. Revitalized Rivertown – Antioch’s Historic Downtown
    Find creative ways to procure long-term investment and revenue to enhance the development of the waterfront. Seven ferry boats, historical artifacts and vessels, family attractions, and beautification programs. These changes aid to the creation of an infrastructure that attracts business.

    • Remove the Dilapidated House on the Water at the end of A Street. It’s Rivertown not Shantytown!
    • Sell the 9 City-Owned Parcels that are part of the exclusive negotiations with one developer for the past 5 years, including the old lumber company lot. Get it done!
    • High-End High-Rise Condos with river views on the former Cannery Site next to A Street on the east end.
    • Rezone Property on West 2nd Street between I and L Streets for high-rise condos and apartments with river views
    • Obtain Ownership of the Hard House from the State – for a non-profit to revitalize the home of Antioch’s first mayor on First Street.
    • Implement Antioch Downtown Specific Plan – expanded park at Waldie Plaza, and allow new buildings facing the river, etc.
    • Antioch Sesquicentennial Celebration – 150th Anniversary of Cityhood 1872- 2022. Re-establish the City Council subcommittee recently dissolved for events and activities celebrating our city’s rich history in Rivertown and citywide, all year long.
    • Bring Back July 4th Fireworks to Rivertown – shoot them from a barge on the river like used to happen. Work with Celebrate Antioch Foundation
    • Rename Streets to Rivertown – as in the 1996 Antioch Economic Plan to promote Rivertown on Highway 4 with such names as Rivertown Drive, Smith’s Landing Way, Marina Parkway, or Veterans Blvd. in time for July 4, 2022.
    • Arched Entranceway Signs – 3 signs at A & W. 6th Streets, L & W. 10th Streets, and 4th and Auto Center Drive.
    • Smith’s Landing Pier-39 type attraction over the water from H to F Streets, with an outdoor amphitheater, Ferris wheel, carousel, shops and food vendors.
    • New East Antioch Marina at Roger’s Point and the former Tommy’s Harbor with big boat berths.
    • Historic Boats for rides throughout the Delta and to and from San Francisco and other stops in the Bay Area.
    • Ferry Stop next to Riverview Lodge and Amtrak Station – part of the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transport Authority (WETA) for commuter line to Martinez, Richmond and San Francisco. – From the WETA 2016 Strategic Plan: “changes in technology and the limited ability to build out other modes may warrant reconsideration of ferry service in the future in communities such as Martinez, Benicia, Rio Vista, Antioch or Discovery Bay. Demand for these services is steadily increasing, and WETA is prepared to work with regional stakeholders to identify and develop cost-effective options for serving travelers in these corridors.”

For more information on Gabe Makinano, visit him at  www.votegmakinano.com

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Me Oct 9, 2020 - 7:30 am

I liked most of what he said except the high rise apartments on the water front. The city is already over populated and I’m afraid the buildings would be an eyesore. There’s also no reason to stop more dispensaries. Local business is local business. I haven’t seen any harm done but the current cannabis businesses in town. People need to get over their old misconceptions that have been proven to be untrue. Other than those two things I like what he’s saying. Actually getting things done in this town seems to be the biggest problem and the current mayor has done nothing so I won’t be voting for any of the incumbents.

slowdown Oct 10, 2020 - 12:23 pm

I agree. Havent seen no problems with the canna business except those who oppose it on principle. I work bu the waterfeont would love to see it renvoated but too many ppl living down there already. I wanna see growth slowed until there are high quality local jobs. The Ebart was full on its opening day,, commute is a nightmare of scumbags and douchebags fighting over seats while letting elderly and pregnant women stand all the way to the city.

Mark Mason Oct 9, 2020 - 1:01 pm

I was going to vote for him but then found out he’s in league with that Shagoofa creature, so I have no intention to vote for him unless he comes out PUBLICLY and declares he’s moving away from anything she puts out. Hear that, Gabe?

Gabriel Makinano Oct 9, 2020 - 3:49 pm

Hi Mark Mason, I do not know shagoofa personally. I did however get word that community members threatening their lives while protesting at the police station. While I don’t necessarily agree with the reason for the protest I will always be supporting the rights of protesters as long as they remain peaceful. In this instance these protesters were kids. I would have done the same thing if those were your kids or any other kids in our community.

Natasha Oct 11, 2020 - 1:47 am

Gabe! Respectfully, these people had no idea what in hell they were protesting against. They simply had no clue! They are damned lucky they are living in this country and enjoy the protection they get from our police! I’ve lived in many countries and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. Maybe they should be transported to Thailand or China or Cuba or even Russia .. where,as an American citizen, I lived there for 10 years They would be singing a different tune. Most would be rounded up and never heard from again! That’s the problem! These people have it too good in this country.

Grace Wilson Oct 11, 2020 - 1:54 am

Hey Gabriel, kids don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground! It’s very obvious that someone had coached them to do that. I just entered into my early 20’s and even I know that. If you don’t understand that, then you have some major problems to resolve! Get real!

Lola Saavedra Oct 11, 2020 - 2:51 am

You will need to address the situation with that METHADONE CLINIC in this city. That has to go! This is a big source of this city’s problems.

Ben barnard Oct 11, 2020 - 4:24 am

Those “kids” were a hate group that harassed a deacon from my church, calling him a racist and hitting his truck..

Monica Meyer Oct 11, 2020 - 1:16 pm

Honestly, Mr. Makinano! Antioch’s population right now is over 112,000, so 24 people protesting or having a 12 people sit-in by the Antioch Police Station claiming to mount a hunger strike and then climbing inside their cars and scarfing up food, is laughable! What a “hunger strike!”

The reason for their “hunger strike” also shows that they have no idea what was going on regarding the fine officer they were objecting to.

Twenty-four out of 112,000 is less than a spit-in-the-bucket! These kids represent no one!

Jason Bright Oct 10, 2020 - 12:43 am

Me too! I was going to vote for him but now I’m not so sure! If he’s siding with her, then he’s off my list!

Save Antioch from incompetents Oct 11, 2020 - 1:40 pm

That Thorpe guy is also off my list! He looks like a vampire! Check out those teeth! I have a black cape with red lining I’d like to give him.

Jean Lemieux Oct 9, 2020 - 3:05 pm

Not one word about getting rid of that methadone clinic! That place should never have been put here in the first place! It attract some sketchy characters we can do without.

Roxanne Fox Oct 10, 2020 - 9:39 pm

Way too much bible thumping from this guy!

Shagoofa Oct 10, 2020 - 10:34 pm

I smell freemason.

Martin Oct 11, 2020 - 1:20 pm

Hey there, Goofy! How’s it going? Where’ve ya been?

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