Act Locally, Week of Sept 24 to Oct 1

Notes: Indivisible Berkeley Take Action page lists actions you can do from home,

September 25 is last day to comment on the DEIR (Draft Environmental Impact Report) for 2190 Shattuck Avenue – the 18 story, 194 ft mixed use building at Shattuck Ave and Allston. Building right in the view from Campanile Way.

As of Friday, September 22, 6:43 pm it is unknown if media personalities will appear and if “Free Speech Week” at UC Berkeley is on or off. Berkeley Patriot event organizers have not responded to UCB requests for a list of confirmed speakers. Whether Yiannopoulos will appear on Wednesday to speak at UCB is unknown.

City Council meeting for September 26 is canceled. The agenda for Oct 3 is posted here. All the agenda items from what was the September 26 th meeting are now listed as a special meeting starting at 4:00 pm and then the regular Oct 3 session starting at 6:00 pm. Porta Potties are on the 6:00 pm agenda.

Plan ahead, two day national conference, Take Back the Vote, October 7 and 8, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm at South Berkeley Senior Center

This meeting list is also posted on the Sustainable Berkeley Coalition website.

Monday, September 25, 2017
Berkeley Rally Against White Supremacy, 12 pm – 2 pm at Crescent Lawn, UCB Crescent, Oxford and Addison

Tax the Rich rally, 5 pm – 6 pm, top of Solano in front of closed Oaks Theater

Children, Youth and Recreation Commission, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, 2800 Park St, Frances Albrier Community Center at San Pablo Park

Youth Commission, 6:30 pm, 1730 Oregon St, Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Services Center

Zero Waste Commission, 7 – 9 pm, 1901 Hearst Ave, North Berkeley Senior Center

Public Banking Funds Sustainable Energy – panel discussion at Oakland City Hall, 6 – 9 pm, Oakland City Hall, Frank H Ogawa Plaza

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Stand Up for Oakland Tenants, 12 – 3:00 pm, Oakland City Hall
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Policy Teachout: Solving the Housing Crisis, 11 am-12 pm, Crescent Lawnm at UCB – Hosted by Berkeley Tenants Union and UC Berkeley Progressive Student Association  in partnership with the ACLU of UC Berkeley – Cal ACLU

How the Farm Bill Affects Hunger – And What You Can Do About It, 5:30 – 7 pm, 7900 Edgewater Drive, Oakland, Alameda Co. Food Bank

Eviction/Section 8/Foreclosure Committee of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board, 5:30 pm, 2001 Center St. Law Library 2nd Floor

Civic Arts Commission, 6:30 pm – 9 pm, 1901 Hearst Ave, North Berkeley Senior Center

Commission on the Status of Women, 6:30 – 9 pm, 1901 Hearst Ave, North Berkeley Senior Center

Disaster and Fire Safety Commission, 7 – 9 pm, 997 Cedar St, Fire Department Training Center

Energy Commission, Wednesday, Sept 27, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, 1901 Hearst Ave, North Berkeley
Senior Center

Peace and Justice Commission – Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Subcommittee, 12:30 – 2 pm, 2180 Milvia St, Cottonwood Conf. Room, Civic Center, 1 st Floor

Police Review Commission7 – 9:30 pm, 2939 Ellis St, South Berkeley Senior Center, agenda includes CPE report, new policy recording of law enforcement, urban shield, urgency ordinance, pepper spray ordinance and crowd control

Thursday, September 28, 2017
3×3 Committee, 5:30 – 7 pm, 1901 Hearst Ave, North Berkeley Senior Center, 2nd Floor, 3×3 Committee consists of 3 City Council members and 3 members of Berkeley Housing Authority, This meeting is incorrectly posted on the webpage as occurring on Friday, September 29, the downloaded agenda shows September 28

Community Health Commission,  6:30 – 8:30 pm, 2939 Ellis St. South Berkeley
Senior Center, (no meeting in August or December, November meeting is 3rd Thursday

Mental Health Commission, 7 – 9:00 pm, 1901 Hearst Ave, North Berkeley Senior Center, agenda includes possible action on ZAB appeal of 2527 San Pablo and bylaws

Zoning Adjustments Board,  7 – 11:30 pm, 2134 MLK Jr. Way, City Council Chambers

  • 2811-2815 Channing Way – merge 2 lots, renovate 8-unit apt building, convert single family home and duplex into triplexes for total 14 dwelling units – staff recommend approve
  • 2510 Channing – demolish a two story commercial building and construct 7 story mixed use with 36 dwelling units and 2500 sq ft ground level commercial space. – staff recommend approve
  • 1155-1173 Hearst Ave – merge 2 lots, substantially rehabilitate 7 existing dwelling units and construct 11 new dwelling units. 6 rent controlled dwellings are currently at this site. Multiple objections to this project plus a terraphase engineering technical memorandum on conditions of soil, flooding and report presented by developer, staff recommend approve
Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club, Thursday, Sept 28, potluck 6:00 pm, meeting 6:45 pm
– 9:00 pm, 390 27 th Street, Humanist Hall, agenda “What It Takes to Defeat the Right: the Politics of
Friday, September 29, 2017
Nothing eventful yet – as of Friday, Sept 22,

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Nothing eventful yet – as of Friday, Sept 22,

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Indivisible Berkeley Elections Team Meeting, Sunday, October 1, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, 1606
Bonita Ave, BFUU

Act Locally, Week of Sept 17 to 24

Respect Berkeley with KateThis listing of weekly city commissions, council meetings and community events is created by Kelly Hammargren at Sustainable Berkeley Coalition. You may click on the highlighted link to reach the agenda for the meeting. to get Google directions, click on the address link. This meeting list is also posted on the Sustainable Berkeley Coalition website.
Indivisible Berkeley has upgraded their website with a take action page with a list of actions you can do from home,
September 25 is last day to comment on the DEIR (Draft Environmental Impact Report) for 2190 Shattuck Avenue – the 18 story, 194 ft mixed use building at Shattuck Ave and Allston. Building right in the view from Campanile Way.
The Police Accountability reform item from last week’s city council meeting was sent to the Agenda Committee for future scheduling (it wasn’t voted down). Those of you interested should come to the Agenda Committee on Monday morning and ask that it be calendared ASAP.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Indivisible East Bay All Member Meeting2 – 4 pm125 14th Street, Oakland (between Madison and Oak) Oakland Public Library in the Auditorium
The Cap and Trade Scam6:30 pm – 9:30 pm155 Grand Ave, Oakland, National Nurses United, co-sponsored by Sunflower Alliance and 350 Bay Area.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Agenda Committee, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm (special time this meeting only), 2180 Milvia, 6th Floor, Planning for Oct 3 City Council Meeting, taxis and porta potties
Tax the Rich rally, 5 – 6 pm, top of Solano in front of closed Oaks Theater,
Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board7 – 11pm2134 MLK Jr. Way, City Council Chambers
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Commission on the Status of Women – Paid Leave Subcommittee, 7 pm2000 University Ave, Au Coquelet
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Animal Care Commission7 – 9 pm1 Bolivar Drive, Berkeley Animal Shelter, agenda includes maximum number of dogs that can be walked at one time, budget and financials
Commission on Aging1 –3 pm1901 Hearst Ave, North Berkeley Senior Center agenda includes Senior Housing Development by the Pacific School of Religion – George Porter
Commission on Labor7 – 9 pm1901 Hearst Ave, North Berkeley Senior Center, agenda includes presentation on single payer by CA Nurses
Human Welfare & Community Action Commission, 7 – 9 pm2939 Ellis St, South Berkeley Senior Center, agenda includes block grant standards, strategic planning training, closure Alta Bates, Homeless Policy, anti-displacement,
Planning Commission, cancelled
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Fair Campaign Practices Commission7 pm1901 Hearst Ave, North Berkeley Senior Center, agenda includes BERA violations and possible actions related to Nate Wollman, Judy Hunt, Ben Bartlett
Open Government Commission8 pm1901 Hearst Ave, North BerkeleySenior Center, agenda includes report from lobbyist and revolving door subcommittee and possible action
Design Review Committee7 – 11:30 pm1901 Hearst Ave, North BerkeleySenior Center
· 2100 San Pablo Ave: F/U to ZAB preview, 4-story mixed use, 92 dwelling units, advisory comments
· 1717 University Ave: 5-story mixed use, 28 dwelling units, 4 BMR, recommendations
· 739 Channing Way: 2 new detached 3-story buildings with 10 dwellings, 4-live/work, 1-office, recommendations
· 2609 Shattuck Ave: renovate existing building – create restaurant, bar and outside seating
· 2112-2116 Channing Way: retain a previously entitled bed and breakfast and add 19 dwelling units, recommendations
Friday, September 22, 2017
Movies in the Park – Lego Batman4 – 7 pm2730 Hillegass Ave @ Russell, Willard Park
Saturday, September 23, 2017
California Renter Power – CA Renter Power Statewide Assembly 2017Sep 23 at 8 am to Sep 24 at 5 pm. Alameda High School, 2201 Encinal Ave, Alameda. Statewide assembly of renters and tenant’s rights organizers fighting for housing justice. Free admission.
“Breaking The Silence” Town Hall on Girls & Women of Color 201711am-5pm, Impact Hub Oakland – 2323 Broadway, Oakland. sliding Scale from free to $2

No Hate in the Bay: March Against White Supremacy
12-6 pm63rd St. & Adeline. (The day
before Free Speech Week at UCB), “Come together on a day of our choosing and show unity and solidarity in the struggles against all forms of oppression.”
We Are The Majority! We Must Defend Ourselves! 7-9 pm, South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis St.  Far right fascist groups have been growing amidst an increase in attacks on Muslims, mosques and immigrants. We can stop these fascists by organizing in the tens of thousands to say “NO” to their messages of bigotry. Join us for a presentation and discussion.  Hosted by Revolutionary Workers Group
Sunday, September 24, 2017
California Renter Power – CA Renter Power Statewide Assembly 2017Sep 23 at 8 am to Sep 24 at 5 pm. Alameda High School, 2201 Encinal Ave, Alameda. Statewide assembly of renters and tenant’s rights organizers fighting for housing justice. Free admission.
Sunflower Alliance Meeting, 1 – 3 pm, Bobby Bowens Progressive Center – 2540 Macdonald, Richmond


BCA Forum is this Sunday, July 16 at 3-5 pm, South Berkeley Senior Center

council horizontalJoin BCA members at a Progressive Town Meeting
Sunday July 16, 3-5pm
South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street

Please forward to your email lists, invite friends. Flyer Here: BCA Forum Jul 17 flyertwo
Last November, for the 1st time in 3 decades, Berkeleyans elected a truly progressive majority to the City Council and a progressive mayor! Most of the folk pictured here were endorsed in November’s election by BCA, and other progressive groups.

Come celebrate their/our victories with Berkeley Citizens Action and hear from them, ask questions, suggest ideas for specific actions, discuss plans. Berkeley can lead the nation!

Here are some progressive priorities for Berkeley…
• Build permanently affordable housing, prevent displacement
• End homelessness
• Assure fair, impartial and demilitarized police department, eliminate racial profiling, create an independent police commission.
• Achieve racial & social justice; end disparities in education, health & jobs
• Develop a citizen budget commission with teeth
• Support small businesses
• Make Berkeley the greenest, most sustainable city
• Feed and House low income UC students, make education affordable
• Structure a progressive UC long range development plan
• Build more resident voice in how the city is run

How will progressive values be implemented?
What are your priorities?

Kate Harrison endorsed – let’s help elect her!


Jesse Arreguin and Gus Newport congratulate progressive candidate Kate Harrison at the January 8th Election Forum. Photo by Christina Schwartz

At the joint endorsement meeting on Sunday, January 8, members of Berkeley Citizens Action, the Berkeley Progressive Alliance and the Berkeley Tenants Union voted overwhelmingly to endorse Kate Harrison for the District 4 City Council seat that became vacant when Jesse Arreguin was elected mayor.

A special vote by mail election is set for Tuesday March 7. Voting begins on Monday, February 6. If you live in District 4 and don’t receive a ballot in the mail by Friday, February 10, let us know, and let the City Clerk know. Ballots may be returned to the drop-off box in front of City Hall or mailed in the postage paid envelope that comes with the ballot. Ballots must be postmarked no later than March 7.
How you can help Kate:
Volunteer your time:  Kate needs volunteers to knock on doors, especially on weekends, and for phone banking. You can sign up online to help on specific days. It’s essential to contact every voter. A grassroots campaign is essential for victory.
Give whatever you can afford. You can contribute up to $250 total. We expect Kate’s opponent to have a well financed campaign and Kate needs to raise enough money to get her message out effectively to voters in District 4.
Put up a window or yard sign
If you live in District 4, please put up a sign in your yard or window.
Add your name to the growing list of endorsers, which includes the Sierra Club, labor and progressive student groups in addition to BCA, BPA and BTU, not to mention progressive elected officials.

Reminder: Progressive Endorsement Forum for District 4 Council Race: Sunday, January 8th

The event will be held at the East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street, in downtown Berkeley at 2 p.m.

Qualified Candidates

From a field of 6 interested citizens, two people, Kate Harrison and Ben Gould have qualified for the ballot, per the city’s website. Read their responses to our progressive questionnaire below:

Kate Harrison’s Response     Ben Gould’s Response

Review the Finalized Ballot and Voting Rules, by clicking the links below:

Ballot for January Endorsement meeting                    Voting Rules

Election Results – Progressives Wins in Berkeley

jesse-speaking-with-candidatesArreguín Elected Mayor; Bartlett, Hahn, CALI Slate Win

While thousands of vote by mail ballots remain to be counted, it is clear that Jesse Arreguín has been elected mayor of Berkeley by large margin. His convincing 47% to 34% margin over District 5 council member Laurie Capitelli is too large to be affected by counting of additional ballots.

Similarly, Sophie Hahn has a commanding lead over Capitelli-endorsed Stephen Murphy for the District 5 Council seat and Ben Bartlett has a very solid lead in District 3 over Mark Coplan and Deborah Mathews who are running neck and neck for second place.

This is the biggest progressive electoral victory in many years. There will be a special election for Jesse Arreguín’s District 4 Council seat. If a progressive wins, Jesse will have four allies on the Council and may have a fifth depending on the outcome in District 2. It’s too bad that this comes with a disastrous presidential election result.

District 2: It ain’t over – still a tight race: In District 2, the initial ranked choice count gives Cheryl Davila a narrow 42 vote lead over incumbent council member Darryl Moore. It’s 1838 to 1796, or 50.6% to 49.4%. Darryl had 40% of the first choice votes. Nanci Armstrong-Temple is finishing third so far with 1116 votes, only 82 votes behind Cheryl Davila. When Nanci’s votes were apportioned, 640 went to Davila and 245 to Moore (231 did not make a second choice). As counting continues, Moore could regain the lead; it’s also possible that Armstrong-Temple could overtake Davila for second place, in which case Davila’s second choice votes would be apportioned.

CALI slate sweeps Rent Board: The gap between Igor Tregub, now in fourth place and Judy Hunt, the landlord-backed incumbent, who was the only elected official in Berkeley to opposed affordable housing measure U1, is over 2,500 votes, large enough to ensure victory for Tregub even with thousands of vote by mail and provisional ballots to be counted.

Measure U1, aka the Landlord Tax, has won easily despite the BPOA’s $800,000+ campaign against it. It currently has 74.1% of the vote.

See below for more details on the Candidate results and local measures. All counts are as of 1:40 a.m. November 9. The next update will be Friday at 4:30pm. The County will continue updating over the next week or so until all ballots are counted. Check here for more:


Candidate Results Details

Mayor    Winner with ballots counted so far: JESSE ARREGUIN
Jesse Arreguín 15,885 votes (47.44%   51.84% with ranked choice
Laurie Capitelli 11,262 votes (33.64%)
Kriss Worthington    2,816 votes (8.41%)
Bernt Wahl       952 votes (2.84%)
Ben Gould   937 votes(2.80%)
Zachary Runningwolf    881 votes (2.63%)
Mike Lee       508 votes (1.52%)
Naomi Pete       225 votes (0.67%)
Ranked choice result: Jesse at 51.84%, after second choice votes of others were counted; Kriss second choice votes were not needed. These results will update as remaining ballots are counted, but there is no likelihood that Jesse won’t win.
District 2 City Council   Winner with ballots counted so far: CHERYL DAVILA  50.58% with ranked choice
Darryl Moore   1,545 (40.0%)
Cheryl Davila 1,194 (30.9%)
Nanci Armstrong Temple    1,115 (28.9.%)
Ranked choice result:  Cheryl Davila with 50.58% when Nanci’s second choice ballots were counted; this is close; could change when additional ballots are counted.
District 3 City Council
Ben Bartlett 2260   56.9%
Deborah Matthews  81320.5%
Mark Coplan   812 20.5%
Al Murray      81    2.0%
District 5 City Council
Sophie Hahn 3451 61.9%
Stephen Murphy 2122 38.1%
District 6 City Council
Susan Wengraf 2683 60.7%
Fred Dodsworth 1186 26.8%
Isabelle Gaston   553 12.5%
Rent Board  Winners: all members of CALI slate; no chance that further results will change this.
Leah Simon Weisberg 17,275 votes
Alejandro Soto-Vigil 17,201 votes
Christina Murphy 16,853 votes
Igor Tegub   14,691 votes
Judy Hunt 12,111 votes
Nate Wollman   8,158 votes


9th State Senate District: Nancy Skinner is way ahead of Sandre Swanson in the Alameda County portion of the district, 60.6% to 39.4%; it’s 63-37 in the district as a whole.

Berkeley School Board: the two incumbents, Judy Appel (22,967 votes) and Beatriz Leyva-Cutler (17,336) were easily re-elected over challenger Abdur Sikder (4552 votes).

Local Measures Results

E-1, BSEP, parcel tax for schools, YES 30,204 votes, 88.3%

U1, tax on big landlords for affordable housing YES  24,394 votes,  74.1%  (not so different from 76.2% for the soda tax in 2014)

DD, phony landlord sponsored alternative to U1, NO  22,810 votes, 70.8% (that’s the NOs)

T1, Bond measure for infrastructure, parks, senior centers YES 28,865,  86,5%

X1, Public Financing of Elections for Mayor and Council YES  19,356 votes, 64.2%

Y1, 16-17 year olds vote for School Board YES, 21,518, 68.5%

AA, regulating owner move in evictions, YES 22,309 votes, 72.3%

BB, minimum wage $15 in 2019, NO 20,789 votes, 66.0%

CC, minimum wage $15 in 2017, NO 20,573 votes, 65.9%

A1, County Bond for affordable housing, YES  264,499, countywide votes, 72.3%

CI, AC Transit parcel tax, YES, 190,019 votes in the district, 81.9%

RR, BART bond, YES, 253,175 votes, 70.9%

–by Rob Wrenn

Other Election Results:

In other local election news, measures initiated by citizens to establish rent control programs appeared headed for victory in Richmond and Mountain View but were losing in Alameda, San Mateo and Burlingame. Similarly, soda tax measures were headed to victory in Bay Area cities, with all precincts reporting. The measures, on the ballot in San Francisco, Oakland and the East Bay suburb of Albany, place a penny-per-ounce tax on sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages.

Richmond’s Measure M, a new property progressive transfer tax, did not pass. Seventy percent of voters said ‘No’ to the little-discussed ballot measure.

Berkeley City Councilmember Voting Score Card


Links for reference:


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

Measures and Propositions Endorsement Forum – Saturday, Sept 10 from 1 to 3 pm at the South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis St., at Ashby

Join members of Berkeley Citizens Action and Berkeley Tenants Union to discuss the measures and propositions on the November Ballot and make endorsements. The following are the recommendations by BCA Steering Committee members:

Berkeley City Measures

T1 – Infrastructure & Facilities Bond  – YES, with reservations: Permits $100 million in bonds to fix sidewalks, storm drains, streets, parks, Senior & Rec Centers, etc. For a property assessed at $600,000, increases taxes by $128/yr. Two commissions, Public Works & Parks & Waterfront will obtain community input. Some Steering Committee members want more specificity and accountability about how funds spent. No argument filed against. Needs 66.667% to Pass.

U1 – Rental Unit Business License Tax – City Sponsored: YES, YES, YES – Real Affordable Housing Rental Tax. Funds affordable housing, protects tenants from homelessness. Written with community & housing advocate input, has broad support, as real estate investors earned more than $100 million per year in windfall profits. Increases rental property tax about $30 per unit per month. Housing Advisory Commission to oversee how $$ is spent. Provides many exemptions: landlords with only 4 or less units, affordable-housing nonprofits, subsidized low-income units, units with long term tenants, new units for 12 years (to encourage new construction), landlord hardship. Increases cannot be passed to tenants. Conflicts with Measure DD; if both pass, the one with more votes prevails. No argument filed against. Needs 50%+ 1 to pass.

V1 – GANN Appropriations Limit – YES: City must get voter approval to spend interest earned from investing previously passed taxes, for next 4 years. No Brainer to approve this. No argument filed against. Needs 50%+ 1 to pass.

W1 – Citizens Redistricting Commission – YES: Creates independent body to determine district boundaries, randomly selected from volunteers; won’t be appointed by politicians. No argument filed against. Needs 50%+ 1 to pass.

X1 – Public Campaign Financing – YES: Provides candidates for mayor and city council with 6X matching for funds from donors, if they accept new donations limits (maximum $50). Candidates get up to $120,000 for mayor & $40,000 for council runs. Maplight proposal, heard at BCA forum. No argument filed against. Needs 50%+ 1 to pass.

Y1 – Youth Voting – YES: Lets 16 & 17 year olds vote for school board candidates, if no city $$ is spent & city elections can still be consolidated with county ballots. No argument filed against. Needs 50%+ 1 to pass.

Z1 – Low Income Housing Authorization – YES: Constitution says cities must get periodic voter approval to develop, construct, or buy up to 500 units of housing for low-income tenants. No argument filed against. Needs 50%+ 1 to pass.

AA – Rent Board Ordinance – YES: Increases tenant protections: delays “no fault” owner-move-in (OMI) evictions (OMIs) of families with school-age children until end of school year. Voters have required landlords in OMIs to provide relocation help of $4,500 to low-income tenants, but not other tenants, since 2000. Measure AA would update this amount to $15,000, and require that it be paid to all tenant households, plus an additional $5,000 for low-income, disabled, age 60 or older, or long-term (since 1998) tenants. No argument filed in opposition. Needs Simple Majority to Pass.

Minimum Wage Compromise Update: The following 2 measures have been superseded by a late compromise approved by City Council Wednesday, August 31.  This new agreement gets to $15 per hour by October 1, 2018, with yearly inflation increases; allows up to 72 hours of paid sick leave; ensures employees receive service charges and provides for a flexible youth-job-training wage for non-profits. Advocates of Measures BB and CC then went to court – the ballot arguments & rebuttals for both BB & CC are to be pulled. The arguments against both measures will now ask you “to support the City Council’s progressive minimum wage ordinance BY VOTING NO ON BOTH MEASURES BB & CC, thus enabling the Council ordinance to be the governing law.”

BB – Minimum Wage – Council and Business sponsored – NO: Raises minimum wage to $15 by October 2019, with annual cost-of-living (COLA) increases; excludes youth & job-training agencies; credits to $1.50 of employer-paid employee medical benefits toward minimum wage. Provides 1 hour paid sick leave per 30 hours worked for all employers, allows service fees to be pooled. Hinders future changes, by requiring a 2/3 council vote to modify. Competes with Measure CC; if both pass, the one with more votes prevails, but if Measure BB passes with less votes than CC, then any items in BB that are not directly in conflict with CC will still be implemented. Needs 50%+ 1 to pass.

CC – Minimum Wage – Initiative – NO: Labor-supported citizen initiative, raises minimum wage to $15 in 2017, annual COLA plus 3% from 2019 until reaching a living wage, with COLAs thereafter, with gradual increases for nonprofit youth employment & training agencies. Includes 1 hr of paid sick leave for every 30 hrs worked for small businesses; requires service fees go to the employee providing service. Competes with Measure BB (see above BB). Needs 50%+ 1 to pass.

DD – Rental Unit Business License Tax Initiative – NO, NO, NO: Bankrolled by Big Landlords to get themselves off the hook and confuse voters. Proponents spent $65,000 collecting signatures to get this on the ballot. Competes with Measure U1, but raises much less money. Creates new citizens panel to advise council how to increase affordable housing and protect tenants from homelessness. Taxes more landlords, with fewer exemptions, so Big Landlords pay less, includes hardship exemption. Increases cannot be passed to tenants. If both U1 and DD pass, the one with more votes prevails. Needs 50%+ 1 to pass.

Alameda County

A1 – Affordable Housing Bond – YES: Creates & protects affordable housing options for those who need it most: homeless, seniors, vets, disabled, & workers who cannot find affordable housing near their work in Alameda County. Raises up to $580 million, must be used in our county only, helps both renters and homeowners. Needs Supermajority (66.667%) to Pass.

Special Districts

E1 – Berkeley Schools: Educational Excellence Act of 2016 – YES: Renews parcel tax for 8 years. Known as BSEP, first passed in 1986, this tax now provides 20% of school budget. Funds smaller class sizes, enrichment programs, counseling and academic support, and teacher training. Tax is 37 cents per square foot of residential property, with annual cost-of-living increases. Exempts property occupied by very-low-income seniors. Needs Supermajority (66.667%) to Pass.

C1 – AC Transit – YES: Extends existing $8/month parcel tax at current level for 20 years — no increase in tax rate, raises approximately $30 million annually. Needs Supermajority (66.667%) to Pass.

RR – BART – YES: Would authorize BART to issue $3.5 billion bonds for repair and upgrade of aging tracks, tunnels, train control systems and other infrastructure. Needs Supermajority (66.667%) to Pass.

State Propositions

51 – School Bonds – leaning YES with reservations: $9 Billion price tag for school construction. Allows some funds to be used for charter schools. Broad support, polling well. Local bond measures are a better way to raise money for this purpose. Jerry Brown opposes. Needs Supermajority (66.667%) to Pass.

52 – State Fees on Hospitals –  YES with reservations: Protects use of Medi-Cal fees guaranteed to health services, draws matching federal dollars, so legislature can’t redirect to other purposes without 2/3 vote. Hospitals support. SEIU-UHW opposes.

53 – Revenue Bonds – NO: Stymies passage of big public work projects by forcing state to go to voters to borrow $2 billion or more. Bankrolled by wealthy central California farmer.

54 – Legislature – NO: Requires bills be available for public and legislative review at least 72 hours before voted on; written and funded by billionaire Charles Munger, but has the support of Common Cause, League of Women Voters and others proponents of good governance. Opposed by California Democratic Party, environmental and labor groups.

55 – Tax Extension to Fund Education & Healthcare – YES: Extends personal income tax for wealthier folk, to support community college, Cal State and Kindergarten through 12th grade funding.

56 – Cigarette Tax – YES: Increases cigarette tax to $2 per pack, equivalent increases on other tobacco products, e-cigs. First increase since tax was created. Funds health care, treatment and quit smoking programs. Broad support for this tax. Berkeley Community Health Commission recommended support. Opposed by Big Tobacco.

57 – Juvenile Criminal Sentences – YES: Increases parole and good behavior opportunities for those convicted of nonviolent crimes; allows judges, not prosecutors, to decide whether to try certain juveniles as adults.

58 – Bilingual Education – YES: Makes it easier for schools to establish bilingual programs for both English learners and native English speakers seeking to gain fluency in a foreign language.

59 – Overturn Citizens United – YES, YES, YES: Money out, Voters in. Instructs California’s elected officials at state and national level to act NOW to pass a 28th Amendment to US Constitution, end corrupt Super-PACS, end corporate constitutional rights and stop secret money in our elections.

60 – Adult Films – NO, with reservations: Modeled on L.A’s Measure B, this sounded good at 1st reading. Requires condoms in sex films, producers to register with state, pay for STD testing. Allows anyone to sue studios, distributors if condoms not used. Condoms already required for performers, but industry may ignore. Opponents (CA Democratic, Republican & Libertarian parties, performers group, SF AIDS Foundation) say performers and crew could be sued, might drive industry further underground; sets up proponent Michael Weinstein as “state’s porn czar, apparently for life”, per SJ Mercury.

61 – State Prescription Drug Purchases – YES: Prohibits state agencies from paying more for medications than US Veterans Affairs pays. Supported by Bernie’s Our Revolution. Opposed by Big Pharma.

62 – Death Penalty – YES, YES, YES! Repeals death penalty, replaces with life without parole, convicts must work in prison, more of their pay will be taken for restitution.

63 – Firearms – YES: Gavin Newsome’s gun control – Would prohibit possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines.

64 – Legalizes Marijuana – YES: Legalizes marijuana and hemp cultivation; enacts a 15 percent sales tax plus cultivation tax of $9.25/ounce for flowers and $2.75/ounce for leaves, with exceptions for medical marijuana. Prevents licenses for corporate or large-scale marijuana businesses for 5 years.

65 – Carry-Out Bags – NO:  The Fake Bag Ban. If Proposition 67 is approved, bag fees go to a special fund handled by state Wildlife Conservation Board, not retailers. Opponents say four out-of-state plastic bag companies who keep interfering with California’s efforts to reduce plastic pollution put this on the ballot.

66 – Death Penalty – NO, NO, NO: Opponents say this would make it harder to appeal death penalty. Opposition includes Ella Baker Center, labor groups, Exec board of Calif. Democratic Party, ACLU; sheriffs, police and district attorneys support.

67 – Veto Referendum to Overturn Bag Ban – YES, YES, YES: California Plastic Bag Ban Veto Referendum. Reaffirm the bag ban. A “YES” vote is a vote in favor of upholding the contested legislation banning plastic bags enacted by the Legislature under the SB270. Say NO to Big Plastic bag manufacturers, who oppose this.