Yuba City’s First Punjabi-American Mayor

Kash Gill, who grew up as a farm worker, will be sworn in today as Yuba City’s first Punjabi-American mayor. As many of you know, Yuba City (often referred to as the pindh of California), has a large Punjabi Sikh population. Just last weekend, 75,000 people gathered in Yuba City for the annual Nagar Kirtan. It is perhaps not surprising, therefore, that finally a Punjabi-American will be taking the seat of mayor. The event does, however, signify a signficiant step for a community that makes up about 12 percent of the population in Yuba City. The story also embodies the dream,which many immigrant communitiescarry with them – that by working hard and perservering, anything is possible.

“You’d never think you’d be picking peaches one day and the next day you’re the mayor of Yuba City,” he said. “That’s why we call it the land of opportunity.” After moving to the United States when he was 3 years old, Gill’s parents stressed that education was the path to leaving the life of farm laboring. [link]

Gill said his priority will be to improve flood protection for the community, reduce gang activity and offer opportunities for young residents. It should be added, that in Yuba City the mayor is chosen on a rotation system and while many of the comments (in the linked article) do discuss his Punjabi-American background, many more are focused on discussing his priorities and how they will benefit the people of Yuba City – as they should be.

Note: The Appeal-Democrat is hosting a live streaming video tonight of City Councilman Kash Gill being sworn in as mayor of Yuba City at www.appealdemocrat.com.


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6 Responses to “Yuba City’s First Punjabi-American Mayor”

  1. Ravinder Singh says:

    Great to see he's done well…. however the confusing part of the article for me is, does Punjabi mean Sikh? Or just Punjabi?

  2. Ravinder Singh says:

    Great to see he's done well…. however the confusing part of the article for me is, does Punjabi mean Sikh? Or just Punjabi?

  3. Tajinder says:

    He is from a Punjabi Sikh family.

  4. Tajinder says:

    He is from a Punjabi Sikh family.

  5. Harinder says:

    Congratulation sir for your achievement .

  6. Harinder says:

    Congratulation sir for your achievement .