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Recommendations for the June Ballot

BCA Steering Committee members met with other progressives and talked up the June Ballot  for Berkeley voters.  Here are their recommendations, along with links to Allies suggestions and other election information. Remember that Election Day is today, polls close at 8 pm.

Office                                                               Candidate Recommended
Governor                                                         Delaine Eastin
Lieutenant Governor                                        Gayle McLaughlin
Secretary of State                                            Ruben Major or Erik Ryberg
Controller                                                        Betty Yee
Treasurer                                                        Kevin Akin
Insurance Commissioner                                  Nathalie Hrizi
Attorney General                                             Dave Jones
State Board of Equalization                               No endorsement
Senator                                                            Kevin De Leon
Congresswoman                                               Barbara Lee
Assembly District 15                                       Jovanka Beckles  *

Superior Court Judge                                       Tara Flanagan
State Superintendant of Instruction                 Tony Thurmond
Board of Education                                           Joaquin Rivera
County Assessor                                              Phong La
County Auditor Controller                                Irella Blackwood
County District Attorney                                 Pamela Price     *

Sheriff/Coroner                                               write in “No Confidence”
      *Endorsed by BCA membership at February meeting   
State Propositions            

YES       Prop 68: $4B Bond for Parks, Drought Protection, Climate Adaption            

YES       Prop 69: Require Diesel Tax to Be Spent on Transportation

NO         Prop 70: Don’t Give Republicans & Corporate Dems Power on Cap’n’Trade $$       

YES       Prop 71: Delay Effective Date of Ballot Measures Until All Ballots Are Counted      

YES       Prop 72: Rainwater Systems Won’t Trigger Property Tax Assessments                      


Regional Measures             

YES   Regional Measure 3: Raise Bridge Tolls $3 Over 7 Years to Fund Transportation 
Kriss Worthington says: “RM3 has the highest percentage for transit of any omnibus transportation

funding in California EVER in history. Getting 16 percent for transit operations and billions for Transit is phenomenal! Supported by the AC Labor Council, Bike East Bay, Save the Bay, the League of Conservation Voters and all AC Transit Board members,” along with the SF League of Pissed-off Voters. Greens and the Guild of Space Cat Voters say “you decide.” We were convinced by Kriss.
Local Measures

YES       Measure A: Alameda County Child Care and Early Education Tax

Ballot Recommendations from Allies, use links below:

Guild of Oakland Space Cat Voters: BCA members Colin and Asa Dodsworth helped develop this guide. https://www.facebook.com/spacecatvoters/posts/2219817814965574

 

Green Voter Guide: BCA steering committee member Phoebe Anne Sorgen helped develop this guide: https://acgreens.wordpress.com/voter-guides/

 

San Francisco League Of Pissed Off Voters: http://www.theleaguesf.org/voter_guides#top

Find Your Polling Place: Log on to My Voter Profile at https://www.acvote.org/app/voterprofile.

 

Ballot Drop Box: It takes 2 stamps to mail your ballot. You can drop your ballot at Berkeley’s 24 hour ballot box. Sign the back of your envelope! Open until 8 p.m. on tonight at City Hall, 2180 Milvia Street.

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: http://berkeleycitizensaction.org/?page_id=2.

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

Questions? E-mail: BPA2016@aol.com or berkeleycitizensaction@gmail.com

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: (http://berkeleycitizensaction.org/?page_id=2). We encourage members to renew before the meeting, if possible, to speed up the registration process on April 29th.

E-mail: berkeleycitizensaction@gmail.com, Web site: https://berkeleycitizensaction.org

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 maldonadosharon@att.net 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: maldonadosharon@att.net
Learn More about Jovanka

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 berkeleycitizensaction@gmail.com.

Candidates for AD-15:
Judy Appel, https://www.judyappel.com
Ben Bartlett, https://www.benbartlettca.com
Jovanka Beckles http://www.jovanka.org
Dan Kalb, https://www.dankalb.net
Andy Katz, http://www.andykatz.com
Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto, http://www.rochellead15.com
Owen Poindexter, https://www.owenpoindexter.com/about/
Cheryl Sudduth, https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/338340/cheryl-sudduth
Buffy Wicks, https://buffywicks.com/home/

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Act Locally, Week of Sept 24 to Oct 1

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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
Unity
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

Act Locally, Week of Sept 17 to 24

Respect Berkeley with KateThis listing of weekly city commissions, council meetings and community events is created by Kelly Hammargren at Sustainable Berkeley Coalition. You may click on the highlighted link to reach the agenda for the meeting. to get Google directions, click on the address link. This meeting list is also posted on the Sustainable Berkeley Coalition website.
Notes: 
Indivisible Berkeley has upgraded their website with a take action page with a list of actions you can do from home, https://www.indivisibleberkeley.org/actions
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.
The Police Accountability reform item from last week’s city council meeting was sent to the Agenda Committee for future scheduling (it wasn’t voted down). Those of you interested should come to the Agenda Committee on Monday morning and ask that it be calendared ASAP.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Indivisible East Bay All Member Meeting2 – 4 pm125 14th Street, Oakland (between Madison and Oak) Oakland Public Library in the Auditorium
The Cap and Trade Scam6:30 pm – 9:30 pm155 Grand Ave, Oakland, National Nurses United, co-sponsored by Sunflower Alliance and 350 Bay Area.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Agenda Committee, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm (special time this meeting only), 2180 Milvia, 6th Floor, Planning for Oct 3 City Council Meeting, taxis and porta potties
Tax the Rich rally, 5 – 6 pm, top of Solano in front of closed Oaks Theater,
Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board7 – 11pm2134 MLK Jr. Way, City Council Chambers
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Commission on the Status of Women – Paid Leave Subcommittee, 7 pm2000 University Ave, Au Coquelet
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Animal Care Commission7 – 9 pm1 Bolivar Drive, Berkeley Animal Shelter, agenda includes maximum number of dogs that can be walked at one time, budget and financials
Commission on Aging1 –3 pm1901 Hearst Ave, North Berkeley Senior Center agenda includes Senior Housing Development by the Pacific School of Religion – George Porter
Commission on Labor7 – 9 pm1901 Hearst Ave, North Berkeley Senior Center, agenda includes presentation on single payer by CA Nurses
Human Welfare & Community Action Commission, 7 – 9 pm2939 Ellis St, South Berkeley Senior Center, agenda includes block grant standards, strategic planning training, closure Alta Bates, Homeless Policy, anti-displacement,
Planning Commission, cancelled
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Fair Campaign Practices Commission7 pm1901 Hearst Ave, North Berkeley Senior Center, agenda includes BERA violations and possible actions related to Nate Wollman, Judy Hunt, Ben Bartlett
Open Government Commission8 pm1901 Hearst Ave, North BerkeleySenior Center, agenda includes report from lobbyist and revolving door subcommittee and possible action
Design Review Committee7 – 11:30 pm1901 Hearst Ave, North BerkeleySenior Center
· 2100 San Pablo Ave: F/U to ZAB preview, 4-story mixed use, 92 dwelling units, advisory comments
· 1717 University Ave: 5-story mixed use, 28 dwelling units, 4 BMR, recommendations
· 739 Channing Way: 2 new detached 3-story buildings with 10 dwellings, 4-live/work, 1-office, recommendations
· 2609 Shattuck Ave: renovate existing building – create restaurant, bar and outside seating
· 2112-2116 Channing Way: retain a previously entitled bed and breakfast and add 19 dwelling units, recommendations
Friday, September 22, 2017
Movies in the Park – Lego Batman4 – 7 pm2730 Hillegass Ave @ Russell, Willard Park
Saturday, September 23, 2017
California Renter Power – CA Renter Power Statewide Assembly 2017Sep 23 at 8 am to Sep 24 at 5 pm. Alameda High School, 2201 Encinal Ave, Alameda. Statewide assembly of renters and tenant’s rights organizers fighting for housing justice. Free admission.
“Breaking The Silence” Town Hall on Girls & Women of Color 201711am-5pm, Impact Hub Oakland – 2323 Broadway, Oakland. sliding Scale from free to $2

No Hate in the Bay: March Against White Supremacy
12-6 pm63rd St. & Adeline. (The day
before Free Speech Week at UCB), “Come together on a day of our choosing and show unity and solidarity in the struggles against all forms of oppression.”
We Are The Majority! We Must Defend Ourselves! 7-9 pm, South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis St.  Far right fascist groups have been growing amidst an increase in attacks on Muslims, mosques and immigrants. We can stop these fascists by organizing in the tens of thousands to say “NO” to their messages of bigotry. Join us for a presentation and discussion.  Hosted by Revolutionary Workers Group
Sunday, September 24, 2017
California Renter Power – CA Renter Power Statewide Assembly 2017Sep 23 at 8 am to Sep 24 at 5 pm. Alameda High School, 2201 Encinal Ave, Alameda. Statewide assembly of renters and tenant’s rights organizers fighting for housing justice. Free admission.
Sunflower Alliance Meeting, 1 – 3 pm, Bobby Bowens Progressive Center – 2540 Macdonald, Richmond