Results of Berkeley City Council and Auditor Endorsement Meeting

collage jpg onlineMore than 80 members of Berkeley Citizens Action and Berkeley Progressive Alliance met today the North Berkeley Senior Center Sunday afternoon to hear from candidates for City Auditor and City Council hopefuls for District 1, 4 and 8. Several candidates were not well known so it was a great opportunity to hear their statements and ask questions about their positions.

A big thank you to all who came out to hear the candidates and who volunteered to make the event happen: planners, candidates, supporters, MCs, ballot counters, photographer, the timekeeper and candidate greeter, and the crew who helped set up and take down the event. This event could not happen without you!

Endorsement results are listed below. Our organizations require 60% to endorse a candidate. Look for ideas in the coming weeks on how to support these candidates. Click on the links to see the candidates answers to our questionnaires.

City Auditor:
Candidates were Steve Levine and Jennifer Li Wong.
Ballot Results: No endorsement. Both Candidates had strong support, so no neither candidate could achieve the 60% threshold for endorsement.

City Council District 1: 
Candidates were Mary Behm-SteinbergRashi KesarwaniMargo Schueler and Igor Tregub.
Ballot Results: Igor Tregub Endorsed.

City Council District 4: 
Kate Harrison was the only candidate who requested our endorsement.
Ballot Results: Kate Harrison Endorsed.

City Council District 7:
No candidates requested endorsement at this time. Rigel Robinson, Cassandra King and Kriss Worthington decided to wait until the fall to ask for our endorsement. We expect to hold a meeting after Labor Day to discuss measures, propositions and unresolved candidate races.

City Council District 8: 
Candidates were Mary Kay LaceyAlfred Twu and Russ Tilleman
Ballot Results: Mary Kay Lacey Endorsed.

Photos above by Christine Schwartz


Join Berkeley Citizens Action & Berkeley Progressive Alliance for a Candidate Endorsement Meeting for City Council Districts 1, 4, 7 and 8, and City Auditor

Date and Time: Sunday April 29, 2-5 pm (Registration begins at 1:30 pm)

Location: North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue

Help us choose our slate of progressive candidates for 2018. Candidates who have submitted their questionnaires and will be on the ballot are listed below. Click on their link to read their questionnaire.

City Auditor: Pamela BoyleSteve LevineJennifer Wong

City Council District 1: Rashi KesarwaniMargo SchuelerIgor Tregub & Mary Behm-Steinberg

City Council District 4: Kate Harrison

City Council District 7: Cassandra King

City Council District 8: Mary Kay LaceyAlfred TwuRuss Tilleman

This event is open to all. Members of BCA or BPA will be able to vote for endorsements. Past members may pay current dues (by check or cash) in advance or at the door. Please renew membership in advance to avoid lines during registration. No one turned away for lack of funds.

BCA: Membership is $35 yearly, $10 low income. To renew membership online:

BPA: Membership is $25 a year, or $10 for low income and students, $50 for sustainers. To renew membership online:

Questions? E-mail: or

8 Candidates plan to attend the joint BCA-BPA Endorsement Meeting

What: Join BCA and BPA members to meet city candidates for council and auditor

When: Sunday, April 29, 2 to 5:30 p.m., Registration begins at 1:30 p.m.

Where: North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst St (at Martin Luther King Jr. Way)

The following candidates have accepted our invitation to seek our endorsement:

City Auditor: Pamela Boyle, Steve Levine

City Council District 1: Cecily Brewster, Rashi Kersawani, Margo Schueler, Igor Tregub

City Council District 4: Kate Harrison

City Council District 7: Rigel Robinson

City Council District 8: Mary Kay Lacey, Alfred Twu

Candidates who return our questionnaires by April 19 will be listed on our endorsement ballots. Questionnaires will be posted on the BCA and BPA Web sites shortly after April 19.

Who can vote: You must be a member in good standing of either BCA or BPA to receive a ballot and vote at the April 29th meeting. If you have ever been a member of BCA, you may renew your membership before or at the April 29th meeting and will be able to vote. Annual dues are $35; $10 for low income and students. You can renew your membership online: ( We encourage members to renew before the meeting, if possible, to speed up the registration process on April 29th.

E-mail:, Web site:

Elect Jovanka Beckles, Progressive Candidate for Assembly – Get Yard & Window Signs now!

jovanka at ad 15 forumLet’s make Jovanka’s campaign more visible.  To get a sign: email with your address & phone number. Tell us whether you want a yard or a window sign and any special instructions for delivering it.

Jovanka is Vice Mayor of Richmond and active with the Richmond Progressive Alliance. She’s worked to pass a new Rent Control ordinance there and secured strong environmental protections against major polluter Chevron, while the company spent $3 million to defeat her.  The Berkeley Progressive Alliance, Berkeley Citizens Action and Berkeley Tenants Union have joined other East Bay progressives in endorsing this strong advocate.

Other Ways You Can Help

Donate to her campaign
Volunteer to Walk, Make Phone Calls, Host a House Party
Help Get Signs Out in Berkeley:
Learn More about Jovanka

Endorsement Meeting Results

About 115 members of Berkeley Citizens Action, Berkeley Tenants Union and Berkeley progressive Alliance along with candidate supporters came to hear Candidates for District Attorney and Assembly District 15.

About 115 members of Berkeley Citizens Action, Berkeley Tenants Union and Berkeley progressive Alliance along with candidate supporters came to hear Candidates for District Attorney and Assembly District 15.

Alameda County District Attorney: Pamela Price won the endorsement for District Attorney

Total valid votes: 65
Pamela Price: 52 votes 80%
Nancy O’Malley: 8 votes 12%
No endorsement: 5 votes 7%
(Doesn’t total to 100% because of rounding)

California Assembly District 15: Jovanka Beckles won the endorsement for Assembly District 15, in the 2nd round of ranked choice voting

Total valid votes: 74

Results for first choice count:

Jovanka Beckles: 44 votes 59%
Ben Bartlett: 9 votes 12%
Dan Kalb: 7 votes 9%
Andy Katz: 5 votes 7%
Judy Appel: 4 votes 5%
Rochelle Pardue-O 3 votes 4%
Owen Poindexter 2 votes 3%
Buffy Wicks no votes (Her child was taken to the hospital so she was not able to attend)
Cheryl Sudduth no votes
No endorsement: no votes
(Doesn’t total to 100% because of rounding)

When the second choice votes of Owen Poindexter’s 2 first choice voters were counted, Jovanka Beckles picked up the additional vote that she needed to reach 60%. Counting of votes stopped at that point. Poindexter was dropped first and his second choice votes were counted first because he had the lowest number of votes. Beckles certainly had additional second choice votes that she didn’t need.

Head counts suggest that about 115 people attended including candidates and those of their supporters who were not members of any of the sponsoring groups.


Candidate Endorsement Meeting for Assembly District 15 and District Attorney, Feb 11, 1:40-5:30pm

Sponsored by Berkeley Citizens Action, Berkeley Progressive Alliance & Berkeley Tenants Union at the South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis St, Berkeley.

All nine AD15 candidates returned our questionnaires, as did the incumbent and challenger for district attorney, as they all seek our endorsements in their campaigns to represent Berkeley in the California State Assembly. Our questionnaire asked their positions on affordable housing,  Costa-Hawkins, single payer health care, affordable education, fracking, high speed rail and other issues. Click here to read the candidates’ responses to our questionnaire.

Meet all nine AD-15 candidates and District Attorney candidates Pamela Price and Nancy O’Malley. Hear their responses to your questions and decide which to endorse. The nine AD 15 candidates are: Judy Appel, Ben Bartlett, Jovanka Beckles, Dan Kalb, Andy Katz, Rochelle Pardue Okimoto, Owen Poindexter, Cheryl Sudduth, and Buffy Wicks. 

Please renew your membership so you can vote to endorse candidates. Anyone who has ever been a member of BCA may vote if they renew their membership by paying current dues. Dues are $35 or $10 low income or student. You may renew at the meeting but we strongly suggest that you renew in advance to speed up the sign-in process at the event. Click here to renew online.

Background: In the June 5 Primary, voters may vote for only one of these nine AD15 candidates.The top two vote getters in the Primary will face each other in the November 6 General Election. The victor will represent us in the California Assembly, holding the seat currently held by Tony Thurmond, who is running for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.


Update on Assembly District 15 and District Attorney Endorsement Forum; Read Candidate Questionnaires

These Ten Candidates have submitted questionnaires about their candidacy and will speak at the February 11th Endorsement Meeting. Join us on Sunday, February 11th at the South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street. Registration for the event begins at 1:40 pm, presentations start at 2 pm.

To vote in the endorsement meeting you must be a member of Berkeley Citizens Action, Berkeley Progressive Alliance,  or Berkeley Tenants Union. Each group will have membership lists at the registration tables at the event. Members can bring dues current there. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

All candidates who are registered with the State or requested consideration were sent our questionnaire. Do Candidates support our Progressive Agenda? Below you may click on candidates’ names to access their full responses, in pdf format. Pamela Price’s responses were replaced with an updated version at 2:30 pm on 1/28/18 at her office’s request. Nancy O’Malley has responded and will attend. Her questionnaire is posted below as well.

AD 15:  Andy Katz    Ben Bartlett     Owen Poindexter    Judy Appel   Buffy Wicks   Cheryl Sudduth   Dan Kalb   Jovanka Beckles   Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto

District Attorney:  Pamela Price   Nancy O’Malley

Join Tenants Together to work for real rent control in Berkeley

Thursday, January 11 at 8 AM – 12 PM at the California State Capitol, 1315 10th Street in Sacramento

Victory! A first vote on the bill to to repeal the state restriction on rent control – the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act – AB1506 – is scheduled! This was hard fought. Housing justice groups across the state have been pressuring Housing committee chair Assemblymember Chiu, lead author Assemblymember Bloom, and Assembly Speaker Rendon to bring this to a vote. Huge props to Bay Area based groups San Francisco Anti-Displacement Coalition, Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, Tenants Together, San Francisco Tenants Union and others for bringing our demand to the doorstep of Assembly member Chiu.

Meet us in Sacramento at the state capitol on Wednesday January 11th at 8:30am in State Capitol, Room 4202 at the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee meeting. It’s important to get their before early so we can get seats in the hearing room. Stay tuned for lobby days prior to the vote!

#RepealCostaHawkins for real #RentControlNow!

Go to their Facebook page to sign up.
What: Public Hearing on AB1506 Costa Hawkins Repeal Bill
When: Thurs Jan 11, 9am-12pm (GET THERE EARLY 8am!)
Where: State Capitol, Thursday, Room 4202 Sacramento, CA

Save the Date – Endorsement Meeting for Assembly Dist. 15 & District Attorney

Endorsement Meeting for Assembly District 15 and County District Attorney
South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street, at Ashby.
Sunday February 11, 2018, 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Berkeley Citizens Action, Berkeley Progressive Alliance and the Berkeley Tenants Union are co-sponsoring a meeting on Sunday February 11 to endorse candidates for Assembly District 15 for the June 2018 Primary.

Endorsement Meeting for candidates for California Assembly District 15. This district includes all of Berkeley, and is currently represented by Tony Thurmond, who is not seeking re-election. We will also be considering endorsement of a candidate for Alameda County District Attorney. We have a questionnaire for candidates and we will post their responses online prior to February’s meeting.

Who Can Vote: To vote on the endorsement of candidates, you must be a member in good standing of at least one of the sponsoring organizations.

BCA members must pay current dues to receive ballots. Dues are $35 regular membership, $10 low income/seniors. Anyone who is already a member may renew their membership at any time prior to the meeting and may pay their 2018 dues when they sign in.

How To Join BCA: You may sign up here. After entering your information you will be directed to the page to make online payment, Checks may also be sent to our mailing address. Questions, please contact us at

Candidates for AD-15:
Judy Appel,
Ben Bartlett,
Jovanka Beckles
Dan Kalb,
Andy Katz,
Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto,
Owen Poindexter,
Cheryl Sudduth,
Buffy Wicks,

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Act Locally, Week of Sept 24 to Oct 1

Notes: Indivisible Berkeley Take Action page lists actions you can do from home,

September 25 is last day to comment on the DEIR (Draft Environmental Impact Report) for 2190 Shattuck Avenue – the 18 story, 194 ft mixed use building at Shattuck Ave and Allston. Building right in the view from Campanile Way.

As of Friday, September 22, 6:43 pm it is unknown if media personalities will appear and if “Free Speech Week” at UC Berkeley is on or off. Berkeley Patriot event organizers have not responded to UCB requests for a list of confirmed speakers. Whether Yiannopoulos will appear on Wednesday to speak at UCB is unknown.

City Council meeting for September 26 is canceled. The agenda for Oct 3 is posted here. All the agenda items from what was the September 26 th meeting are now listed as a special meeting starting at 4:00 pm and then the regular Oct 3 session starting at 6:00 pm. Porta Potties are on the 6:00 pm agenda.

Plan ahead, two day national conference, Take Back the Vote, October 7 and 8, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm at South Berkeley Senior Center

This meeting list is also posted on the Sustainable Berkeley Coalition website.

Monday, September 25, 2017
Berkeley Rally Against White Supremacy, 12 pm – 2 pm at Crescent Lawn, UCB Crescent, Oxford and Addison

Tax the Rich rally, 5 pm – 6 pm, top of Solano in front of closed Oaks Theater

Children, Youth and Recreation Commission, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, 2800 Park St, Frances Albrier Community Center at San Pablo Park

Youth Commission, 6:30 pm, 1730 Oregon St, Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Services Center

Zero Waste Commission, 7 – 9 pm, 1901 Hearst Ave, North Berkeley Senior Center

Public Banking Funds Sustainable Energy – panel discussion at Oakland City Hall, 6 – 9 pm, Oakland City Hall, Frank H Ogawa Plaza

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Stand Up for Oakland Tenants, 12 – 3:00 pm, Oakland City Hall
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Policy Teachout: Solving the Housing Crisis, 11 am-12 pm, Crescent Lawnm at UCB – Hosted by Berkeley Tenants Union and UC Berkeley Progressive Student Association  in partnership with the ACLU of UC Berkeley – Cal ACLU

How the Farm Bill Affects Hunger – And What You Can Do About It, 5:30 – 7 pm, 7900 Edgewater Drive, Oakland, Alameda Co. Food Bank

Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure Committee of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board, 5:30 pm, 2001 Center St. Law Library 2nd Floor

Civic Arts Commission, 6:30 pm – 9 pm, 1901 Hearst Ave, North Berkeley Senior Center

Commission on the Status of Women, 6:30 – 9 pm, 1901 Hearst Ave, North Berkeley Senior Center

Disaster and Fire Safety Commission, 7 – 9 pm, 997 Cedar St, Fire Department Training Center

Energy Commission, Wednesday, Sept 27, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, 1901 Hearst Ave, North Berkeley
Senior Center

Peace and Justice Commission – Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Subcommittee, 12:30 – 2 pm, 2180 Milvia St, Cottonwood Conf. Room, Civic Center, 1 st Floor

Police Review Commission7 – 9:30 pm, 2939 Ellis St, South Berkeley Senior Center, agenda includes CPE report, new policy recording of law enforcement, urban shield, urgency ordinance, pepper spray ordinance and crowd control

Thursday, September 28, 2017
3×3 Committee, 5:30 – 7 pm, 1901 Hearst Ave, North Berkeley Senior Center, 2nd Floor, 3×3 Committee consists of 3 City Council members and 3 members of Berkeley Housing Authority, This meeting is incorrectly posted on the webpage as occurring on Friday, September 29, the downloaded agenda shows September 28

Community Health Commission,  6:30 – 8:30 pm, 2939 Ellis St. South Berkeley
Senior Center, (no meeting in August or December, November meeting is 3rd Thursday

Mental Health Commission, 7 – 9:00 pm, 1901 Hearst Ave, North Berkeley Senior Center, agenda includes possible action on ZAB appeal of 2527 San Pablo and bylaws

Zoning Adjustments Board,  7 – 11:30 pm, 2134 MLK Jr. Way, City Council Chambers

  • 2811-2815 Channing Way – merge 2 lots, renovate 8-unit apt building, convert single family home and duplex into triplexes for total 14 dwelling units – staff recommend approve
  • 2510 Channing – demolish a two story commercial building and construct 7 story mixed use with 36 dwelling units and 2500 sq ft ground level commercial space. – staff recommend approve
  • 1155-1173 Hearst Ave – merge 2 lots, substantially rehabilitate 7 existing dwelling units and construct 11 new dwelling units. 6 rent controlled dwellings are currently at this site. Multiple objections to this project plus a terraphase engineering technical memorandum on conditions of soil, flooding and report presented by developer, staff recommend approve
Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club, Thursday, Sept 28, potluck 6:00 pm, meeting 6:45 pm
– 9:00 pm, 390 27 th Street, Humanist Hall, agenda “What It Takes to Defeat the Right: the Politics of
Friday, September 29, 2017
Nothing eventful yet – as of Friday, Sept 22,

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Nothing eventful yet – as of Friday, Sept 22,

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Indivisible Berkeley Elections Team Meeting, Sunday, October 1, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, 1606
Bonita Ave, BFUU