Category Archives: Elections

Forum on Fair Elections

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 Fairerstamp money out of politics

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

 

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

Candidate’s Responses to Questions from BCA and BTU

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:

BCA Endorsement Results

BCA Endorsements 2014

November 2014 Election Endorsements: These Endorsements were made at the Election Forum held September 21st by the BCA membership. Thank you to all who came out to discuss the issues and make the decision on candidates, measures and propositions which best met our values as Berkeley progressives. Please support these candidates and measures. Continue reading

2014 November Election Forum

Sunday, Sept. 21, 3:30-6:00pm, at the Fellowship Hall of Berkeley Unitarian Universalists, at 1924 Cedar St.

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Presented by Berkeley Citizens ActionBerkeley Tenants Union, and the Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists.

Meet your candidates in the November 2014 Election. Supporters and opponents of local measures will discuss their positions. Hear their ideas! Ask Questions! Demand Answers! All are welcome to attend. Continue reading

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.

Help us get away from print newsletters. Please share with your friends and family by email and have them subscribe to the email edition by sending a request to berkeleycitizenaction@gmail.com

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

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