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BCA Endorsements for Measures & Propositions

Below see a list of the local Measures and statewide Propositions on the Ballot in November, as endorsed by the membership of Berkeley Citizens Action. Click HERE for a PDF listing of all the measures and descriptions.

Endorsed on Sept 10, 2016

City Measures

Measure                                                               Position                              comment

T1 (infrastructure)                                              YES                                    94.4% discussion

U1 City Rental Unit Business License Tax       YES                                    By Consent

V1 Gann Appropriations Limit                          YES                                    By Consent

W1 Redistricting Commission                           YES                                    By Consent

Y1 Youth Voting                                                   YES                                    By Consent

X1 Public Financing of Campaigns                     YES                                    By Consent

Z1 Low Income Housing Authorization             YES                                    By Consent

AA Rent Board Ordinance                                    YES                                    By Consent

BB Business Backed Min.Wage Ordinance        NO                                      94.4 %

CC Citizens Choice Min Wage Ordinance           NO                                      64.7%

DD Big Landlords Bad Rental License                 NO                                      By Consent

E1 Berkeley Schools Funding                               YES                                    By Consent

 

Other Local Measures

A1 Alameda County Affordable Housing bond       YES                                    By Consent

C1 AC Transit                                                                 YES                                    By Consent

RR (BART Bond                                                               YES                                    By Consent

 

Statewide Propositions
51 School Bonds                                                             YES                                    66.7%

52 State Fees on Hospitals                                            YES                                    66.7%

53 Revenue Bonds                                                          NO                                      By Consent

54 Legislature 72 hour hold                                           NO                                      66.7% a

55 Tax Extension for Education and Healthcare          YES                                    By Consent

56 Cigarettes                                                                      YES                                    By Consent

57 Juvenile Criminal Sentences                                       YES                                    By Consent

58 Bilingual Education                                                      YES                                    By Consent

59 Overturn Citizens United                                            YES                                    By Consent

60 Adult Films                                                                  NO ENDORSEMENT            62.5%

61 Prescription Drugs                                                      YES                                    By Consent

62 Death Penalty Repeal                                                  YES                                    By Consent

63 Automatic Weapons Ammunition                            YES                                    72.2%

64 Marijuana                                                                    YES                                       By Consent

65 Plastic Bag Fees                                                           NO                                      By Consent

66 Reform Death Penalty                                                  NO                                      By Consent

67 Reaffirm Plastic Bag Ban                                              YES                                    By Consent

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June 9, 2016

 

 

Berkeley Citizens Action – June Newsletter

Competing Minimum Wage proposals, Police Review Commission with teeth and more.  Location: Council Chambers, 2135 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Competing Minimum Wage measures on the November Ballot?
After years of intense debate on minimum wage, we face a chance of having two competing minimum wage ballot measures this November. After a resident initiated measure, the Council majority placed a competing measure that will likely cause serious voter confusion and lead to the failure of increasing to an equitable minimum wage.

Kriss Worthington writes that he has proposed for the June 14th Council meeting that Council adopt its own minimum wage proposal as an ordinance rather than create voter confusion in November. 

Mike Donaldson from SEIU and the Central Labor Council has asked for support from BCA member for their minimum wage initiative, which would lift the minimum wage to $15 on October 1st, 2017. He explains that their measure means minimum  of more than $3,000 a year in income for a full-time worker, more sick leave, fewer restrictions, better wage theft protections, more income for youth, less confusion, and does not allow the City Council to arbitrarily change provisions. Attached please find links to the minimum wage flyer for June 14th council meeting and their community minimum wage initiative.

Other items of interest on the June 14 docket:
33.  Petition President Barack Obama to Grant Clemency to Leonard Peltier
35.  Honor the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant for its 3000th Asylum Grant
50.  Ballot Measure to Lower the Voting Age of School Board Elections to Sixteen
   …and many more!

Please attend June 14, but don’t wait until then to contact the mayor and council about items you support or oppose on the council agenda: Here is the link to the city council agenda for next Tuesday, and the emails for council and city clerk: council@cityofberkeley.infoclerk@cityofberkeley.info

Game-changer for police accountability in Berkeley?

Submitted by George Lippman
Item 52, from Kriss Worthington is a proposal for a November ballot initiative to establish a true Police Commission with teeth. Unlike the current Police Review Commission, the new body would have full oversight powers over the BPD. Location:  2134 MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley. Click here to see the proposal

Item 52 would refer the current Oakland community proposal for a similar Police Commission to the city manager to draft a charter amendment to be considered by the voters. There is not yet Berkeley-specific language, and the floor is open for your ideas.

Please review the item in the agenda packet including the Oakland language and come out June 14 to voice your support, giving input into how the Commission should function.

You might consider these questions:
* How is the current role of the PRC insufficient to provide oversight and transparency for Berkeley police?
* Would the Oakland model provide sufficient independence for the commission?
* Is the Selection Panel described in the model ordinance the appropriate way to select some of the commissioners?
* Are the scope and procedures of investigations appropriate?

Beyond the June 14 meeting, if the referral does pass, I believe there will have to be a second vote (July?) to review the City Manager’s language and decide whether to put it on the November ballot.  There will be a need for community mobilization at that point, and for a strong campaign through the fall to win the vote.

Other upcoming accountability initiatives:
*  Racial profiling:  new statistics from this year have been released by the BPD which shows that the biased patterns revealed last year continue into 2016.  The PRC has established a subcommittee to look into this issue, and community people are invited to participate.
*  Body cameras:  new policy draft will be finalized at the June 8 PRC meeting, 7pm, South Berkeley Senior Center.
*  Crowd control:  ongoing PRC subcommittee meetings on use of force, mutual aid, etc.
*  Privacy/surveillance ordinance, using the ACLU template as modified for Berkeley (as in Oakland, Richmond, Santa Clara County etc.)

 

Endorse Progressive Candidates for Mayor and Council on Saturday April 30, 1:30-5pm

YAP entrance

Berkeley Citizens Action (BCA), Berkeley Progressive Alliance (BPA) and Berkeley Tenants Union are holding a joint meeting to endorse candidates for Mayor and for Council Districts 2 (Southwest Berkeley), 3 (South Berkeley), 5 (North Berkeley) and 6 (Northeast Berkeley hills).

Meeting Location: The Young Adult Project (YAP) Recreation Center’s gymnasium, 1730 Oregon Street. YAP is located below MLK on Oregon, next to baseball diamond, near the Tarea Hall Pittman (South Branch) Library.

Time: Saturday, April 30, Registration: 1:30pm. Event: 2-5.

This year’s local election will take place on November 8, 2016, the same day as the federal and state elections. This is an important election. We hope to elect a progressive majority to Berkeley’s City Council.

At the meeting you’ll hear from candidates for Berkeley City Council and Mayor; vote to select the best of these candidates for endorsement; discuss measures which maybe on the November ballot; and plan election campaigning. Endorsed candidates will receive support from BCA and BPA in their campaigns.
To vote at our endorsement meeting, you must be a member of either BCA or BPA by April 24. You may not join either organization on the day of the meeting if you wish to vote. Everyone gets one vote, even if you are a member of both organizations. Find instructions for joining at end of this announcement.

Candidates: If you are running for City Council or Mayor, or are seriously thinking about running, and would like our endorsement, contact us by e-mail at berkeleyprogressivealliance@gmail.com,  or BCA at info@berkeleycitizensaction.org.  Candidates will be asked to complete a questionnaire. Completed questionnaires will be made available to members or BPA and BCA in advance of the meeting and will also be available at the meeting.

BCA Membership: Past BCA members can pay at the door or online. Membership is $35 yearly, $10 low income. If you wish to join BCA, click here to join online or send us your name, e-mail address, street address, phone and payment to: Berkeley Citizens Action, PO Box 0032, Berkeley, CA  94709 by April 24th. For more information about BCA, visit: http://berkeleycitizensaction.org.

BPA Membership: BPA is a new organization. To join, send your name, e-mail address, street address and phone (optional), and your City Council district if you know it, and your first year’s dues, $10 to:  Berkeley Progressive Alliance, PO Box 2961, Berkeley, CA 94702. If you are a member by April 24, but have yet not paid dues, you may pay at the meeting (by check  or cash).
Membership in the Berkeley Progressive Alliance is open to any resident of Berkeley who is supportive of our mission statement and in general agreement with our agenda, which is a work in progress. Affordable housing is one of the key issues we are working on. Take a look at our Affordable Housing Platform on our website.
For more information about BPA, visit: http://berkeleyprogressivealliance.org

If you have questions, e-mail us at berkeleyprogressivealliance@gmail.com or info@berkeleycitizensaction.org

November Newsletter on Housing Forum

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BCA Newsletter Nov 2015 for web_print

Read our housing forum newsletter.

In this issue: Speakers Bios and talking points, Calendar of events for housing issues, Call from Berkeley Tenants Union to protest ZAB decision to allow a formerly rent controlled building to be demolished, Call for Photos of Unsafe Housing Conditions and a poem for Tenants Together by Fred Dodsworth

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

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.

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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