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
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
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
These candidates have been endorsed by Berkeley Citizens Action, Berkeley Progressive Alliance and the Berkeley Tenants Union, during two endorsement events in April 2016; details of the ballot count for mayor and council candidates for April 30th can be found here. They were recently endorsed by the Wellstone Democratic Club.
Our Progressive candidates have raised significant amount of funds, but this election year is very competitive, as there is an opportunity to elect a progressive majority. Your contributions of money and time are very important. We urge you to DONATE to their campaigns, WALK IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS & CALL VOTERS. CLICK THE LINKS ON CANDIDATES NAMES, BELOW, TO GET REACH THEIR WEBSITES.
MAYOR: Jesse Arreguín. As mayor, “Jesse will bring our city together and get results, so Berkeley moves forward and carries on our tradition of progressive leadership.” A current Councilmember, Jesse has progressive vision and a record to back it up. As Mayor, he will work to tackle the affordability crisis by protecting and expanding affordable housing and preventing displacement, so Berkeley remains a diverse and vibrant place to live.
CITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 2: Nanci Armstrong-Temple, is committed to two things: Berkeley and Justice. She plans to fight for these as Berkeley City Council representative for District 2.” Nanci understands the unique landscape that makes up our small town, which is both diverse and complex. She believes that every resident of Berkeley has the right to experience a safe and equitable Berkeley, as well as responsive and ethical leadership.
CITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 3: Ben Bartlett, says his “campaign is about responsive government, inclusion, and environmental sustainability… Berkeley, like most places, has a growing gap between Opportunity and Affordability, and a deepening conflict between Prosperity and Sustainability. These are the issues of our times.”
CITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 5: Sophie Hahn, active in Berkeley since High School, Sophie’s “commitment to this community, and to causes that exemplify core Berkeley values, has been expressed through continuous leadership, advocacy and service.” As a member of the Zoning Adjustment Board, Sophie has been “the leading advocate for affordable housing and sensitivity to neighborhood concerns.”
CITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 6: Fred Dodsworth, a Berkeley resident since the mid-seventies, a journalist, teacher and former business owner with a lifelong commitment to the environment and social justice issues, Fred’s an independent candidate who will speak truth to power. Fred supports a living wage and affordable housing, will work to save Alta Bates and Herrick Hospitals, create real solutions to the homeless and mental health in our community and develop responsible transparent budgets.
THE PRO-RENT CONTROL RENT BOARD CANDIDATES
On Sunday, April 26th, the 2016 Berkeley Tenants Convention endorsed the following candidates for a Pro-Tenant Slate for Rent Board: Christina Murphy, Leah Simon-Weisberg, Alejandro Soto-Vigil, Igor Tregub. Check back here for links to websites.
Mayor: Jesse Arreguin District 2: Nanci Armstrong-Temple
District 3: Ben Bartlett District 5: Sophie Hahn
District 6: Fred Dodsworth
Mayor: 109 valid ballots counted, one invalid. Jesse Arreguin achieved 60% threshhold on first round of rank choice counting
Jesse Arreguin 65% Kriss Worthington 24%
Mike Lee: 4% Ben Gould: 3%
Write ins: 2 for Kate Harrison, 1 for Moni Law No endorsement: 2%
Total votes for Jesse Arreguin for 1st, 2nd or 3rd choice: 97. Total votes for Kriss Worthington for 1st, 2nd or 3rd choice: 74
District 2 City Council – 98 valid ballots. Nanci Armstrong-Temple achieved 61% after ranked choices were counted
Nanci Armstrong-Temple: 61% Cheryl Davila: 26% No Endorsement 13%
District 3 City Council – 103 valid ballots (3 invalid ballots): Endorsement goes to Ben Bartlett, who achieved 87% on first round of rank choice counting
Ben Bartlett: 87% Mark Coplan: 12% Deborah Matthews: 1% No endorsement 0
District 5 City Council – 85 Valid ballots: Sophie Hahn achieved 78.9% on first round of rank choice counting
Sophie Hahn 78 91% Stephen Murphy: 6% No endorsement: 2%
District 6 City Council – 94 valid ballots, 2 invalid: Endorsement goes to Fred Dodsworth achieved 78.9% on first round of rank choice counting
Fred Dodsworth: 78% Isabelle Gaston: 9% Susan Wengraf: 5% No Endorsement: 9%
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 email@example.com, or BCA at firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Common Cause forum on Fair Elections in Berkeley
Join Common Cause for an open forum to discuss the Berkeley Fair Elections Act, a small donor matching funds proposal. Hear first hand from supporters of the measure and ask questions about how the system would work.
Hope to see you there!
Campaign spending is out of control. In Berkeley, 7 of the last 8 City Council races went to the candidate who raised the most money, as did the last mayor’s race. We need a system where candidates can successfully run for office even if they don’t have connections to wealth.
Take action today by signing our petition below!
Together, we can amplify local voices and empower candidates to run small donor campaigns. Sign onto our petition, and join us for a public forum on October 28 and for the council hearing on November 10.
PETITION: Amplify Local Voices.
Support the Berkeley Fair Elections Act.
Dear Berkeley City Council,
California Common Cause, its members and allies urge the Berkeley City Council to place the Fair Elections Act on the ballot, which would magnify the role of average voters and empower candidates to run small donor campaigns.
When candidates have to spend most of their time fundraising, it can distract them from talking to voters and working on policy solutions that prioritize the public’s priorities. The high costs of campaigns are threatening to price out candidates without personal wealth or connections to wealth. The Fair Elections Act works to remedy the problem by allowing candidates to spend more time talking to voters and less time dialing for dollars.
The goals of the program are to:
1. Encourage more Berkeley residents to get involved in local elections.
2. Diversify the donor pool by increasing the number of small contributions.
3. Drive candidates to spend more time listening to voters.
4. Prevent candidates from appearing or becoming beholden to large donors.
The City of Berkeley needs a campaign system that prioritizes the public interest and reduces the amount of time candidates spend dialing for dollars. Vote to put the Fair Elections Act on the 2016 ballot and give Berkeley voters the opportunity to create a more equitable political system.
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 Fairer
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
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
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: