Event Flyer

BCA Fall Forum Flyer 2 up

Please share our event flyer, which prints 2 up on a page. back side shows the recommendations of the BCA steering committee for selected candidates and measures.

Time has been extended a bit for the forum. Candidates and folks speaking about measures will be speaking from 3:30 to 6 and then BCA and BTU members will stay to vote on their respective candidates. We’ll have the final hour til 7 to clean up and count the vote.

2014 November Election Forum

Sunday, Sept. 21, 3:30-5:30pm, at the Fellowship Hall of Berkeley Unitarian Universalists, at 1924 Cedar St.


Presented by Berkeley Citizens ActionBerkeley Tenants Union, and the Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists.

Meet your candidates in the November 2014 Election. Supporters and opponents of local measures will discuss their positions. Hear their ideas! Ask Questions! Demand Answers! All are welcome to attend.

Note: After the speeches and discussion, registered, current BCA and BTU members will remain to vote on their respective endorsements for progressive candidates and measures.

Please share with your email contacts of progressive voters in Berkeley. Click the link at the end of this sentence to download and share the flyer for the event. 2014 November Election Forum Flyer 2 



BCA August Newsletter

Final BCA Newsletter August 2014

Please download and read our latest newsletter

Save the Date of our Fall Election Forum: Sunday September 21, 3:30-5:30 at the Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar Street at Bonita

Review the list of candidates who have been invited to participate in the forum

Check out the measures and propositions on the November Ballot



June 2014 Election Newsletter

June 2014 Election Newsletter

In this issue
  • Candidate Forum Thursday May 22 and Election Info
  • Green Downtown and Public commons Initiative
  • Redistricting Update
  • Housing Advisory Commission Update
  • Membership renewal time: please update your membership, send in your dues to fund the November election campaign.

Help us get away from print newsletters. Please share with your friends and family by email and have them subscribe to the email edition by sending a request to berkeleycitizenaction@gmail.com

BCA Spring Forum on Fair Elections

Berkeley is in the process of redistricting city council seats. In 2014, two progressive councilmembers, Kriss Worthington and Jesse Arreguin, will be up for election and will be running in newly defined districts.

Proposals for new district lines, which would create districts of equal size, were accepted through March 15th and made public Thursday, April 25, through City Clerk’s office and website. On Monday, April 29 at 6 pm, the community can hear about the proposals at the North Berkeley Senior Center. The matter then goes to council for public hearings, on May 7 and July 2.

We ask you to also join BCA members to discuss redistricting and another option… proportional representation.

Join BCA for a Forum to discuss Fair Representation for City Council Elections
Sunday May 19, 1-3 pm at Redwood Gardens Community Room, 2951 Derby Street

Redwood Gardens is located on the Clark Kerr Campus at Derby and Claremont. It’s pretty easy to get to there by public transportation on the 49A and 49B bus schedules………… depending on the direction you travel. Ask the driver to let you off at Derby and Claremont. There’s a green awning with steps. Go up the steps and to your right. Doors to the Community Room will be open.

People needing disabled accessibility……ask the driver to let you off a few yards up the street from the green awning [he/she is supposed to honor that request]. Go through the gate. Left on sidewalk path to end of the building. Turn right. Doors to the Community Room will be open.


BCA Measures and Propositions Endorsement Results

Measure result
Berkeley Measures
Measure M – Repair Streets and Watershed YES
Measure N – Rebuild Willard and Warm Pools YES
Measure O – Maintain and Operate New Pools YES
Measure P – Continue to fund Parks, Libraries & Emerg. Svcs YES
Measure Q – Utility Users Tax YES
Measure R – Redistricting NO
Measure S – Sit/Lie NO
Measure T – West Berkeley Plan NO
Measure U – Sunshine Ordinance NO
Measure V – FACTS Initiative YES
Alameda County Measures
Measure A1 – Oakland Zoo NO ENDORSEMENT
Measure B1 – Transportation Sales Tax YES
State Propositions 
Proposition 30 –  Jerry Brown’s Tax Increase YES
Proposition 31 –  Austerity Budget NO
Proposition 32 –  Censors Unions & Workers NO
Proposition 33 –  Auto Insurance Scam NO
Proposition 34 –  End the Death Penalty YES
Proposition 35 –  Attempts to Control Human Trafficking & Sex Slavery NO ENDORSEMENT
Proposition 36 –  Revises “Three Strikes” Law YES
Proposition 37 –  Mandatory Label (GMO) Genetically Engineered Foods YES
Proposition 38 –  Molly Munger’s State Income Tax NO
Proposition 39 –  Income Tax Increase for Multistate Businesses YES
Proposition 40 –  Referendum on State Senate Redistricting Plan YES

Announcement for BCA Measures and Endorsement Meeting

BCA Measures and Propositions Meeting
Sunday, September 30, 1:30, voting by 4 pm.
North Berkeley Senior Center
1901 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley, California 94709
View Map • Get Directions

Berkeley Citizens Action has played a unique and essential role in progressive politics for the past 45+ years. There are many important items on the ballot. This is your opportunity to find out more about the implications and impacts of the proposed legislation.

Join us to discuss the measures and propositions on the ballot and vote for the legislation that BCA will endorse.

All are welcome to attend. Must be a paid 2012 member to vote, membership payment accepted at the door, $35, $10 low income.

BCA Candidate Endorsement Results, Sept 16, 2012

The following candidates have received the endorsement of Berkeley Citizens Action for the November 2012 election, selected Sunday September 16 at our candidate endorsement meeting. Candidates who were endorsed got at least 60% of the vote. If that threshold was not met, BCA makes no endorsement.

  • President – Barack Obama
  • US Senate – No Endorsement
  • US Congress – Barbara Lee
  • California State Senate District 9 – No Endorsement
  • State Assembly – No Endorsement
  • Mayor – Kriss Worthington. (The BCA Steering Committee also recommends that you select the 2nd and 3rd vote getters as your 2nd and 3rd choices in this ranked choice race. They are Jacquelyn McCormick and Khalil Jacobs-Fantauzzi.)
  • City Council District 2 – Denisha Delane (BCA Steering committee also recommends Adolfo Cabral as your 2nd choice in this ranked choice race.)
  • City Council District 3 – Max Anderson
  • City Council District 5 – Sophie Hahn
  • City Council District 6 – Phoebe Anne Sorgen (as a write-in candidate)
  • Rent Board – Alejandro Soto-Vigil, Asa Dodsworth, Judy Shelton, Igor Tregub (Tenant Convention selected slate)
  • BerkeleyUnifiedSchool District- 2 endorsements – Judy Appel and Beatriz Levya Cutler
  • AC Transit at Large – Chris Peeples
  • AC Transit Ward 1 – Yelda Bartlett
  • BARTDistrict3 – Rebecca Saltzman
  • BARTDistrict7 – Maria Alegria


BCA Endorsement Meetings for November 2012 General Election

In order to have sufficient time to cover the entire election, this year’s endorsement process will have two meetings. Everyone is invited, but you must pay 2012 BCA dues to vote on endorsements. More information will be posted soon, but below are the dates and races/measures being addressed at each meeting.

Candidates: Sunday, September 16, 1:30-5:00 PM

South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis St. @ Ashby

  • National and state offices
  • Mayor
  • City Council Districts 2, 3, 5 and 6
  • School Board Directors (two seats)
  • Rent Stabilization Board (four seats)
  • Transit Boards

Measures and Propositions: Sunday, September 30,1:30-5:00

North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst St @ ML King Jr. Way, Classrooms A&B

Alameda County Measures

  • A1 – Oakland Zoo
  • B1 – Transportation

Berkeley Measures

  • M – Streets and Watershed
  • N – Pools
  • O – Pools Maintenance & Operations
  • P – Renewal for Parks, Libraries & Emergency Services
  • Q – Disaster Equipment
  • R – Redistricting
  • S – Sit/Lie
  • T – West Berkeley Plan
  • U – Sunshine Ordinance
  • V – FACTS Initiative

State Propositions

  • 30 – Jerry Brown’s Tax
  • 31 – Austerity Budget
  • 32 – Censor Unions & Workers
  • 33 – Auto Insurance Scam
  • 34 – End the Death Penalty
  • 35 – Prohibit Human Trafficking & Sex Slavery
  • 36 – Repeal “Three Strikes”
  • 37 – Mandatory Label (GMO) Genetically Engineered Foods.
  • 36 – Molly Munger’s State Income Tax
  • 39 – Income Tax Increase for Multistate Businesses
  • 40 – Referendum on the State Senate Redistricting Plan


Dear BCA Supporters

We are seeking your continuing support for Berkeley Citizens Action. BCA has played a unique and essential role in progressive politics for the past 45 years. We stand in solidarity with the new surge for democracy in the Middle East and North Africa as well as the militancy evidenced by public sector workers in Wisconsin. We need your support to carry on efforts like these in Berkeley!

As we informed you last July, BCA has set the following goal: to build a coalition broad enough to recruit, select, and support progressive candidates for local office by the year 2012.

Continue reading