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Results of Berkeley City Council and Auditor Endorsement Meeting

collage jpg onlineMore than 80 members of Berkeley Citizens Action and Berkeley Progressive Alliance met today the North Berkeley Senior Center Sunday afternoon to hear from candidates for City Auditor and City Council hopefuls for District 1, 4 and 8. Several candidates were not well known so it was a great opportunity to hear their statements and ask questions about their positions.

A big thank you to all who came out to hear the candidates and who volunteered to make the event happen: planners, candidates, supporters, MCs, ballot counters, photographer, the timekeeper and candidate greeter, and the crew who helped set up and take down the event. This event could not happen without you!

Endorsement results are listed below. Our organizations require 60% to endorse a candidate. Look for ideas in the coming weeks on how to support these candidates. Click on the links to see the candidates answers to our questionnaires.

City Auditor:
Candidates were Steve Levine and Jennifer Li Wong.
Ballot Results: No endorsement. Both Candidates had strong support, so no neither candidate could achieve the 60% threshold for endorsement.

City Council District 1: 
Candidates were Mary Behm-SteinbergRashi KesarwaniMargo Schueler and Igor Tregub.
Ballot Results: Igor Tregub Endorsed.

City Council District 4: 
Kate Harrison was the only candidate who requested our endorsement.
Ballot Results: Kate Harrison Endorsed.

City Council District 7:
No candidates requested endorsement at this time. Rigel Robinson, Cassandra King and Kriss Worthington decided to wait until the fall to ask for our endorsement. We expect to hold a meeting after Labor Day to discuss measures, propositions and unresolved candidate races.

City Council District 8: 
Candidates were Mary Kay LaceyAlfred Twu and Russ Tilleman
Ballot Results: Mary Kay Lacey Endorsed.

Photos above by Christine Schwartz

 

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

Endorsement Meeting Results

About 115 members of Berkeley Citizens Action, Berkeley Tenants Union and Berkeley progressive Alliance along with candidate supporters came to hear Candidates for District Attorney and Assembly District 15.

About 115 members of Berkeley Citizens Action, Berkeley Tenants Union and Berkeley progressive Alliance along with candidate supporters came to hear Candidates for District Attorney and Assembly District 15.

Alameda County District Attorney: Pamela Price won the endorsement for District Attorney

Total valid votes: 65
Pamela Price: 52 votes 80%
Nancy O’Malley: 8 votes 12%
No endorsement: 5 votes 7%
(Doesn’t total to 100% because of rounding)

California Assembly District 15: Jovanka Beckles won the endorsement for Assembly District 15, in the 2nd round of ranked choice voting

Total valid votes: 74

Results for first choice count:

Jovanka Beckles: 44 votes 59%
Ben Bartlett: 9 votes 12%
Dan Kalb: 7 votes 9%
Andy Katz: 5 votes 7%
Judy Appel: 4 votes 5%
Rochelle Pardue-O 3 votes 4%
Owen Poindexter 2 votes 3%
Buffy Wicks no votes (Her child was taken to the hospital so she was not able to attend)
Cheryl Sudduth no votes
No endorsement: no votes
(Doesn’t total to 100% because of rounding)

When the second choice votes of Owen Poindexter’s 2 first choice voters were counted, Jovanka Beckles picked up the additional vote that she needed to reach 60%. Counting of votes stopped at that point. Poindexter was dropped first and his second choice votes were counted first because he had the lowest number of votes. Beckles certainly had additional second choice votes that she didn’t need.

Head counts suggest that about 115 people attended including candidates and those of their supporters who were not members of any of the sponsoring groups.

 

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

ELECT A PROGRESSIVE MAJORITY THIS NOVEMBER

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 VOTERSCLICK THE LINKS ON CANDIDATES NAMES, BELOW, TO GET REACH THEIR WEBSITES. 

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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.

 

NanciCITY 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.

 

BenCITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 3: Ben Bartlettsays his “campaign is about responsive governmentinclusion, 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.”

 

sophieCITY 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.”

FREDCITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 6: Fred Dodswortha 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 BoardChristina Murphy, Leah Simon-Weisberg, Alejandro Soto-Vigil, Igor Tregub. Check back here for links to websites. CALI

Results of Endorsement Meeting held by BPA- BCA-BTU on Saturday April 30th

Endorsement Results:

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%

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

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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

Public Forum on Fair Elections in Berkeley

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Common Cause forum on Fair Elections in Berkeley

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: UC Berkeley (Valley Life Science Building, Room 2040)
                 Harmon Way
                 Berkeley, CA 94720
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.

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!

Support the Berkeley Fair Elections Act (Common Cause)

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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!

https://secure2.convio.net/comcau/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=3DCE4B5FC57E35C83379D4BAE7D4AE53.app267a?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=976 

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.