San Gabriel resident, and former City Council member, Jason Pu, was recently appointed as the new HUD Regional Director for Region 9. It is the largest region in the United States covering California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Guam, the Mariana Islands and American Samoa.
By Cheryl Cabot
“I am excited to be joining the Biden-Harris Administration, HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge and the dedicated HUD team to help execute and deliver on HUD’s mission of creating strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all,” Pu stated.
Jason Pu served as Chair of the Transportation Committee of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments and President of the API Caucus of the League of California Cities while serving on the San Gabriel City Council. He was also a two-term Mayor.
On the City Council, Pu addressed regional housing and homelessness issues, fixing the city’s infrastructure, and stimulating local economic development efforts. His efforts have led to a fully-vaccinated rate of over 90% among those eligible in the city, the initiation of the city’s first and only affordable housing project, an improvement in pavement condition index from 48 to 82, and the construction of new playgrounds and parks. During his tenure, the city accessed state and federal resources in the region to complete major logistics, transportation, and housing projects, and the construction of several major economic development projects that will include hundreds of new housing units and over 250,000 square feet of new commercial space for new jobs and businesses.
“It has been an honor and pleasure to serve on the San Gabriel City Council for the past nine years,” Pu said to ColoradoBoulevard.net. “I am proud of the progress and accomplishments that we have made as a city and as a community. We have done so much to keep our community safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, fix our streets and sewers, improve our business community, build new parks and playgrounds, stimulate local economic development and advance the goals of diversity, equity and inclusion.
“I am also proud of the City of San Gabriel team and the many talented and dedicated public servants whom I have had the pleasure of working with. I want to thank all of them for their hard work and commitment to making the San Gabriel community a better place.
“The City of San Gabriel is in good hands and well-positioned for the future, and I look forward to its continued progress and accomplishments. I will continue to be a member of the San Gabriel community, and a piece of my heart will always remain here,” Pu continued.
Resignation effective immediately
Pu’s new position with HUD began on January 1, with his first orientation on January 3. His resignation from his City Council seat was announced on January 7, and is effective immediately.
His resignation leaves a vacancy on the San Gabriel City Council which will vote whether to hold a special election for his replacement or appoint a new member for that position. The seat will then be on the slate at the November 2022 general election.
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