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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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.

http://www.actransit.org/maps/schedule_results.php?ms_view_type=1&version_id=21&maps_category=2&maps_line=49&map_submit=Get+Schedule&current_schedule=ALL

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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
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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
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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.

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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

 

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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

 

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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.

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What is Needed to Save KPFA and Pacifica

You are invited to a discussion at the North Berkeley Senior Center

Sunday, March 27th, 4:00-6:00 PM

Martin Luther King Jr. Way at Hearst

people gathered around a radioCome learn how you can help preserve our local listener sponsored radio!

For information, call 510-549-0816

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BCA Endorsements: September 2010

 

Berkeley Citizens Action Endorsements
September 26, 2010

City Offices
Auditor
Ann Marie Hogan
City Council District 1
No Endorsement
City Council District 4
Jesse Arreguin
School Board
Karen Hemphill
Julie Holcomb
Leah Wilson
City Council District 7
Kriss Worthington
City Council District 8
Stewart Jones
Rent Stabilization Board
Dave Blake, Asa Dodsworth, Katherine Harr, Lisa Stephens, Jesse Townley, Pam Webster
City and County Measures
YES on Measure H – School Facilities Safety and Maintenance (Parcel Tax)
YES on Measure I – School Facilities Safety and Maintenance (Bonds)
NO on Measure R – Downtown Plan
YES on Measure S – Cannabis Tax
YES on Measure T -Cannabis Collectives
YES on Alameda County Measure F – Local Vehicle License Fee
Federal, State and Regional Offices
Governoror
Jerry Brown
Lt. Governor
Gavin Newsom
Secretary of State
Debra Bowen
Controller
John Chiang
Treasurer
Bill Lockyer
Attorney General
Kamala Harris
Insurance Commissioner
Dave Jones
Board of Equalization, District 1
Betty Yee
East Bay MUD, Ward 4
Andy Katz
U.S. Senator
Barbara Boxer
U.S. Representative, District 9
Barbara Lee
State Assembly, District 14
No Endorsement
Supt. of Public Instruction
No Endorsement
Sup. Court Judge, Seat 9
Victoria Kolakowski
State Propositions
YES on Prop 19 – Changes California Law to Legalize Marijuana and Allow It to Be Regulated and Taxed
NO on Prop 20 – Redistricting of Congressional Districts
YES on Prop 21 – Establishes $18 Annual Vehicle License Surcharge to Help Fund State Parks
YES on Prop 22 – Prohibits the State from Taking Funds Used for Transportation or Local Government Projects and Services (Constitutional Amendment)
NO on Prop 23 – Suspends Air Pollution Control Laws Until Unemployment Drops Below Specified Level
YES on Prop 24 – Repeals Recent Legislation That Would Allow Businesses to Carry Back Losses, Share Tax Credits, and Use a Sales-Based Income Calculation to Lower Taxable Income
YES on Prop 25 – Changes Legislative Vote Requirement to Pass a Budget from Two-Thirds to a Simple Majority. Retains Two-Thirds Vote Requirement for Taxes (Constitutional Amendment)
NO on Prop 26 – Increases Legislative Vote Requirement to Two-Thirds for State Levies and Charges. (Constitutional Amendment)
YES on Prop 27 – Eliminates State Commission on Redistricting (Constitutional Amendment)

Send us email at berkeleycitizensaction@gmail.com

 

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