Monthly Archives: May 2016

Come to tonight’s Berkeley Council meeting on Housing, Tonight Tuesday May 17

Talking Points for speaking out or an email
Subject: Affordable Housing, May 17 meeting
Dear Mayor Bates and Members of the Berkeley City Council,
     The City of Berkeley is facing a housing affordability crisis. To address this crisis, the City Council must adopt an affordable housing funding plan. An achievable and effective plan could add at least $10 million each year to the Housing Trust Fund. The City should commit to measures that will help fund at least 100 more units of affordable housing every year. In addition to housing impact fees, please support the following measures:
1. A ballot measure to increase the business license tax on landlords with five or more units in Berkeley, with an increase sufficient to generate at least $4 million a year in new revenue for the Housing Trust Fund. Please don’t support watered down alternatives such as what is being proposed by landlord lobbyists.
2.Taxing short-term rentals like AirBnB and making sure the revenue is committed to the Housing Trust Fund
3. Using 25% of any Property Transfer Tax revenues over $10.5 million for affordable housing by placing the money in the Housing Trust Fund.
4. A countywide affordable housing bond on the November 2016 ballot
These measures would begin to produce adequate funding for the housing we need for families, students and working people.  We urge you as our City Council representatives to adopt these measures to both increase the resources in the Housing Trust Fund and to guarantee additional affordable housing in the future.

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%