2003 Inductee - Steven Gutierrez

2003 Inductee - Steven Gutierrez


Steven Gutierrez seems to be everywhere, doing everything. On May 31st he was a master of ceremonies at SUSD’s 150th birthday celebration at Weber Point and he also delivered an eloquent and humorous speech at Gracie Madrid’s retirement dinner. In the past year he’s been involved with Boggs Tract, the airport, Charter Way beautification, the county’s computer programming, and many other projects.

Gutierrez has been a San Joaquin County Supervisor since January 1997. He learned the job as the Senior Legislative Assistant to Supervisor William Sousa from 1991 to his retirement in 1996. As Sousa’s aide he started Neighborhood Watch programs in the country club area, northeast and south Stockton neighborhoods. His efforts at community revitalization can be seen in the Kennedy, Gianone and Taft neighborhoods. His responsibilities have included assisting the Targeted Opportunities to Prevent Pollution in San Joaquin County (TOPPS), Kennedy Swimming Pool Booster Club, City of Stockton Truancy Task Force, Stockton Beautiful and City of Stockton Graffiti Abatement Task Force.

“As a legislative assistant to Bill Sousa, Gutierrez worked tirelessly with a small group of citizens to form the Kennedy Pool Booster Club to save a neighborhood swimming pool. Now as a Supervisor, he has promoted summer swim programs for neighborhood children at the same pool, as well as summer jobs and recreation programs bringing sheriff deputies and high-risk youth together, breaking many barriers between neighborhood youth and officers. Gutierrez has advocated for small businesses undergoing the process of Eminent Domain. His efforts have facilitated the successful relocation of several local small business owners in downtown Stockton” says one of his supporters.

His entry into youth programs was in 1981 when he participated in the Summer Youth Employment and Training Program. Later he was an Administrative Analyst and Coordinator of the Summer Youth Employment and Training Program’s Theater Arts Project with the Private Industry Council (1985-1991). The theater group was recognized for its fine work when it was given the Presidential Award of Excellence. Gutierrez’s responsibilities on the board include being past chairman of the county’s Children and Families First Commission and a member of the board’s water committee.

“Supervisor Gutierrez has worked hard to bring services to his district. Under his leadership, monthly neighborhood evening meetings are held throughout District One, bringing county departments to address concerns from residents. Because of these efforts, neighborhoods have experienced a decline in crime and neighborhood nuisances,” proclaims his website. He has served on at least 11 committees and commissions. He is a founding member of San Joaquin County’s First Spanish Speaking Business group, Comerciantes Unidos. It has a membership roster of 65 businesses. He is also a co-founder of the South East Asian American Coalition. Gutierrez has been president of Hispanics for Political Action and the Coalition of Mexican American Organizations. He is a supporter of LULAC, the NAACP and other organizations. He is Co-Founder of San Joaquin County’s Teresita’s (Little Teresa’s after Mother Teresa), a Spanish speaking group of volunteers who console and assist the sick at San Joaquin General Hospital. The Supervisor worked very closely with the late Community Activist Susan Casillas on the development of this project.

What would Cinco de Mayo parades be without his extortions of “Viva Mexico!”

He has won several awards for his good work, such as the African American Chamber of Commerce Community Activist of the Year award. He also has earned the South East Asian American Special Recognition for Outstanding Support. He has been inducted into the Edison High School Hall of Fame as well as the Mexican American Hall of Fame. The California Human Development Corporation honored him with their Outstanding Individual Award for his community involvement.