Michael P. Guingona, Esq.
Michael P. Guingona was born in San Francisco and raised in the City of Daly City. As a senior at Westmoor High School he was elected class president, a foreshadowing of his future role as a respected community activist and leader.
After graduating from Skyline College in San Bruno, Mike attended the University of California Los Angeles, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Art in History. Following UCLA, he graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Soon after USF he was hired as a Deputy Public Defender in San Francisco.
In the years following law school, Mike’s interest in local government grew. He witnessed a demographic shift and a rapid growth in Daly City’s population. The number of people living within the city limits swelled from 40,000 to over 104,000. By the year 2000, Filipino-Americans accounted for nearly a third of the City’s population.
In 1993, Mike was the first Filipino-American elected to the City Council. In 1995, his colleagues on the City Council elected Mike to serve as Mayor of Daly City. At age 33, Mike was the youngest Mayor in the history of the city. During his first term as Mayor, Mike continued to work as a full-time Deputy Public Defender in the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. He established his own law practice in 1999, the Law Offices of Michael P. Guingona on Mission Street in Daly City.
Elected Mayor of Daly City - 1995-96; 1997-98; 2001-02; 2005-06; 2009-10
Re-elected to Daly City Council 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010
Mike served on the Sam Trans Board of Directors from 1997-2007, which he chaired in 2003. He also served on the San Mateo County Transportation Authority from 1998-2006 which he chaired in 2002. Mike represents Daly City’s interests as an appointed member of the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA). He currently serves as Board Chair for North County Fire Authority and also serves on the Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical Services Board of Directors. His professional affiliations include the State Bar of California, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California. One of his favorite passions is Wrestling. Mike is the Vice President of the Bay Area Wrestling Association and actively coach’s youth in Wrestling and Judo.
In 2012, Mike supported a resolution adopting a city-wide wellness policy and initiated legislation to fight second-hand smoke, resulting in the adopting Ordinance number 1363. In 2013, Mike has pledged to ride his bike on every street in Daly City to raise awareness for health and safe bike routes through his BikewithMike.org program. Currently, Mike is active in a wide variety of civic and non- profit organizations county wide.
Mike is married to Jackie Castillejo. They live in Daly City with Mike’s son Kai, their 2 dogs and 1 cat. Kai attends Archbishop Riordan High School where Mike is an Assistant Wrestling Coach.
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Experience 1999 - presentLaw Offices of Michael P. Guingona, San Francisco, CA
Attorney at Law
Established and manage a San Francisco-based law firm emphasizing, but not limited to, criminal defense.
Practice civil, criminal and family law, representing a variety of clients. Evaluate and assign case load, research
and develop trial strategy, draft and argue motions of behalf of clients. Draft an assortment of contracts,
including, articles of incorporation, dissolution of marriage, and child custody arrangements. Negotiate
settlement conferences and terms of pre-trial settlements.
1993 - present City Daly City Daly City, CA
Mayor/City Council member
Served as the City’s first Filipino-American council member and was selected Mayor in 1995, becoming the
youngest Mayor in the City’s history. Duties as a council member include: Determine policy direction on
matters related to the day-to-day operations of the municipal government, including, budget, capital
improvement projects, public safety, parks, recreation and youth programs, and other quality of life issues. As
a council member, review all major development proposals and determine appropriate land use within the city
limits. Represent the interests of the citizens of the community and provide regional leadership through the
San Mateo County Council of Cities and the San Mateo City/County Association of Governments
(C/CAG). Also serve as a member of the Daly City Redevelopment Agency and North San Mateo County
Sanitation District Board of Directors.
1996 – present San Mateo County Transit District San Mateo Co., CA
Member, SamTrans Board of Directors
Provide public policy direction for programs and activities of independent transportation district and 1,300
employees, encompassing all of San Mateo County, with operations extending from Palo Alto through
downtown San Francisco. Oversee annual operating budget of $73.8 million, and capital assets (maintenance
bases, vehicles, headquarters, etc.) of $501.4 million. Policy decisions set guidance for district programs
including Motor Bus Operations, ADA service, Multimodal programs, Caltrain operations, BART/SFO
Extension. District programs produce approximately 30 million annual riders.
1996 – present San Mateo County Transportation Authority
Member, Board of Directors
Responsible for expenditures in a wide-ranging transportation program funded by 20-year half-cent sales tax
approved by San Mateo County voters in 1988. Measure A is expected to generate slightly more than $1.0
billion through the life of the program. Implement transit programs within the letter of the law, develop and
approve expenditure plans, program local funds to leverage grant moneys available from State and Federal
sources. Oversee a series of projects, including: Caltrain improvements, street and highway projects, and
Experience (cont’d) 1990-99 Office of the Public Defender, City and County of San Francisco
Deputy Public Defender
As a staff attorney in the Office of the Public Defender for the City and County of San Francisco, represented
indigent defendants in all phases of criminal proceedings, from arraignment through trial. Interviewed
clients, investigated crime scenes and evidence, and developed trial strategy. Tried more than 35 cases in
Municipal and Superior Court.
Education University of San Francisco School of Law
Juris D., 1989
Member: Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and International Law Society
Street Law Instructor and Community Legal Education Program participant.
University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., History, 1985
Member: Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and Beta Theta Pi Fraternity
Professional State Bar of California
Affiliations Bar Association of San Francisco
Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (Board member)
California Trial Lawyers Association
California Public Defenders Association
Daly City/Colma Democratic Club
Asian American Recovery Services of San Francisco (Board Chair, 1992-94)
Personal Married to Teresa Guingona, father of Kai Michael Guingona
Interests Outrigger canoeing, softball, Philippine martial arts, swimming,
running, and international commerce.