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.


Resume of michael guingona

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

                                          bicycle programs.

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.