Joseph Yee has been a Sacramentan his entire life. As an involved member of the community, business owner and parent, Joe has made a commitment to help shape District 4 and the City as demonstrated by his 18 years of public service to the place he has called home for 61 years.
Joe attended Washington and Newton Booth Elementary Schools, Sutter Junior High School and graduated from McClatchy High School. After graduating from Cal Poly, Pomona in 1974, Joe started his professional career as an architect in Sacramento. He has run a successful architecture firm located in the Central City for over 20 years.
As an architect, Joe has studied and understands the elements of great cities and great communities. He recognizes the importance of planning for Sacramento’s future which includes a vision crafted from diverse input and a well-conceived plan to achieve that vision. Sacramento’s success depends on having leaders that can contribute their extensive knowledge, experience and creativity. On the City Council, Joe will focus on “forward thinking” planning that will help businesses grow and communities flourish.
Joe started his career in public service with his appointment to the Police Community Relations Advisory Committee in 1993 where he gained an appreciation of the importance of public safety and the challenges faced by our public safety personnel. On the Council Joe will fight to ensure that our police and firefighters have the resources to keep our streets, homes and businesses safe.
He was appointed to the City Planning Commission by Mayor Serna in 1994 and served for six years. After the death of Mayor Joe Serna in 2000, then-Councilmember Jimmie Yee was appointed to serve as Mayor and creating a vacancy on the City Council. Joe was appointed by the City Council to fill that vacancy and served as the Councilmember representing District 4.
Joe’s service on the City Council left him with a lasting impression and a dedication to a process of thoughtful discussion and decisions based on merit and the best interest of the City. Joe believes that much has been accomplished and much can be accomplished when the Mayor and Council focus on the issues and work towards the best interest of the City.
During his time on the City Council, Joe’s work included hosting a community forum on the future of the Zoo, improvements to15th and 16th Street under Highway 80, planning for the Broadway business area, the design and construction of the Southside Park Community Center, the installation of traffic calming measures on Vallejo Way, the installation of landscape median on Freeport Boulevard, the fencing surrounding the Old Cemetery, Regional Transit bus service for Pocket/Greenhaven students to Sutter Middle School and many other District constituent concerns.
Joe collaborated effectively with colleagues on the City Council on matters impacting the city-at-large including the passage of the Affordable Housing Ordinance, the public financing of City elections and the approval of the second CalPERS Building and its associated parking under Highway 80 on Front Street.
Once he finished his term on the City Council, Joe was again appointed to the City Planning Commission as well as the City General Plan Advisory Committee. As a member of the Planning Commission (on which he served three terms as its Chair), Joe had a leadership role in resolving community and development concerns for the MARS Building at 20th and J Streets, the new location of the Cornerstone Restaurant, infill housing at 24th and T streets, the relocation of American Poultry, development along Garden Highway,theNew Helvetia Brewing Company on Broadway and the expansion of Sutter Hospital. Joe also helped to establish the single-family and multi-family residential guidelines that are still in use today.
Joe also represented the Planning Commission before the City Council P&PE Committee providing testimony on the consolidation of the Planning and Design Commissions. Joe continues to work with City staff on the implementation of the City’s Green Development Code.
As an “At Large” member of the General Plan Advisory Committee (appointed by the Mayor and City Council), Joe was selected by the Committee to serve as its Chair, a position he held for the four-year life of the Committee. Under Joe’s leadership the Committee produced a plan that was ultimately adopted by the Mayor and Council that establishes the vision for the growth of the City of Sacramento through 2030.
With Joe’s collaborative guidance, the 25-member Committee worked to identify the Vision and Guiding Principles and the emphasis on infill development that became the framework for the 2030 General Plan. The Committee also was
Joe has used his experience as an architect to ensure that projects being developed move our city forward, create jobs, and enrich our neighborhoods.
Joe and Daphne (his wife of 36 years) have lived in the same Land Park home since 1976. They have two grown children who attended neighborhood schools and still live in District 4. In addition to attending soccer games and gymnastics classes, Joe also coached his son’s Land Park Pacific baseball teams for 5 years.