Forum on Fair Elections

BCA Forum on Fair Berkeley Elections    – Saturday, September 19, 12:15 to 2:30 pm, West Branch Library (Meeting Room), 1125 University Avenue

Berkeley Needs to Take Action to Make Elections Fairerstamp money out of politics

Recent Berkeley elections have given little voice to minority views in city council. The elections have been marred by illegal campaign contributions, and massive contributions from developers an d corporations. In addition, the 2014 gerrymandered student district resulted in an abysmal voter turnout of just 21% for their city council seat, (compared with 43-59% in the other city council contests.)

We must do better! Join us to make plans to get out the progressive vote in the important 2016 elections, and increase representation of minority voices in Berkeley elections. Speakers/Topics include:

  • 12:00-12:15 pm: Registration, meet and greet
  • 12:20 pm: Call to order (MC)
  • 12:25 pm: Introductions
  • 12: 30 pm: Why and how Berkeley should switch to proportional representation. Jim Lindsay, a founder of Californians for Electoral Reform (CfER), will explain how to strengthen minority voices in Berkeley City Council elections. CfER was involved in the successful 2004 Berkeley ballot measure enabling Instant Runoff Voting, which was first used in 2010.
  • 12:55 pm: Berkeley’s proposal for Public Campaign Financing. Speakers include Daniel Newman, a founder and current President of Maplight & Dean Metzger,   vice-chair of the Berkeley Fair Campaign Practices Commission. They will speak about the Berkeley Fair Elections Act, a proposed measure for the 2016 Berkeley ballot which would make it possible for good candidates to run for office and win, without access to wealthy donors. If approved by voters, this measure would provide matching funds for qualified candidates for mayor, city council, auditor, school board, and rent board.
  • 1:25 pm: Update from Move to Amend, by Bernard (Ben) Simmons and Phoebe Anne Sorgen, on efforts to build the massive movement it will take to legalize US democracy and get a constitutional amendment to end corporate personhood and money being equated with speech.
  • 1:50 pm: Discussion: What actions do Berkeley progressives need to take to prepare for the 2016 election season. How can we work to improve voter registration and turnout by students and residents of South and West Berkeley.
  • 2:30 pm: Adjourn. space reservation ends at 3 pm


Teach-in and discussion on Berkeley development & affordable housing

BCA April 2015 Newsletter-final

Join BCA on Saturday, April 18, 2-4 pm, at the Berkeley Arts Festival space at 2133 University Avenue (above Shattuck Avenue near Ace Hardware)

Join Berkeley Citizens Action, Berkeley Neighborhoods Council, and the forming Sustainable Berkeley Coalition

What do we want for our future? How do we maintain a diverse city? What role can we play?

  • Hear what’s in the pipeline & our city’s need for affordable housing
  • Discuss opportunities for coalition-building
  • Ÿ Explore preparations for the 2016 elections

Keynote speakers: Joseph Smooke and Dyan Ruiz, journalists covering the San Francisco housing crisis. Plus Steve Finacom, Rob Wrenn, Tom Hunt, Jesse Arreguin & Sophie Hahn.


BCA News, February 2015

BCA Newsletter Feb 2015

BlackLivesMatter Forum 

Take Action to End Racial Profiling and Injustice in Berkeley Saturday, February 21,

1:30-4:30 pm
South Berkeley Senior Center
2939 Ellis St. (@ Ashby, west of MLK)
Come to a solution-oriented forum presented by Berkeley Citizens Action with Berkeley NAACP and the Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission. Continue reading

November Election Endorsement Newsletter

BCA Endorsements 2014 color for web

BCA Endorsements 2014 for print (1)

The endorsements listed in this newsletter were selected by BCA membership at the Election Forum held on September 21st. The Rent Board slate that is selected at the Summer Berkeley Tenants Union Convention is automatically endorsed by BCA. Continue reading

Candidate’s Responses to Questions from BCA and BTU

Before our Forum, BCA and BTU wrote some probing questions for our candidates. The candidates put good faith effort into the responses, which are very informative. Click the links below (on the Berkeley Tenant Union Website) to download and read:

BCA Endorsement Results

BCA Endorsements 2014

November 2014 Election Endorsements: These Endorsements were made at the Election Forum held September 21st by the BCA membership. Thank you to all who came out to discuss the issues and make the decision on candidates, measures and propositions which best met our values as Berkeley progressives. Please support these candidates and measures. Continue reading

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, 3:30-6:00pm, 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. Continue reading

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.

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