It’s Time to select the 5 progressives who will run for Rent Board in the November Election

Voting has been extended. You may request a ballot until 11:59 pm on Friday July 17. Ballots must be submitted by 11:59pm Saturday, July 18th.

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All Berkeley residents may vote
To request an electronic ballot, type in this link:

To get a paper ballot delivered to you, leave a message at (510) 982-6696 with your name, phone number and address. Please speak clearly. You will be given instructions on how and where to return your ballot

The BCA Steering Committee recommends  you vote for these two BCA Steering Committee members:Negeene Mosaed is a fierce, compassionate and collaborative organizer in our community. She’s dedicated to fighting gentrification, and is active in Berkeley Citizens Action, Friends of Adeline and community protests, while she tirelessly serves the physical therapy needs of the unhoused and disabled as well as the rest of us. As a homeowner and a businesswoman she brings a diversity of experience and communities together. As a refugee of American Imperialism in the Middle East she’s seen first hand how our military adventurism has negatively impacted the world. She’s generous beyond her means and a role model for all of us.

Stefan Elgstrand has been an aide to Jesse Arreguin for five years and is deeply knowledgable about housing policy and rent board function and procedures. He’s on the Berkeley Citizen’s Action Steering Committee, been on the Tenant Union Steering Committee, and has been closely involved in writing housing policy and housing funding efforts. A person of unquestionable integrity, he affords the board access to the mayor’s office, even when he and the mayor disagree.

The BCA Steering Committee also recommends you consider these 5 excellent candidates, listed here in reverse alphabetical order:

Xavier Johnson is young and engaged legal fellow at Centro Legal. His work with tenants and the disempowered gives him insight and legal experience that will benefit our rent board. A former aide to Congress member Barbara Lee, he is young, bright, black, gay, and will be a rising star representing those whose voices have be silenced. The board needs him and we, as a community, need to ensure that he helps us build the next generation of leaders.

Mari Mendonca, appointed incumbent, has a deep passion for asserting justice for tenants, and a deep history in our local renter community. Her understanding of the processes of the board, her ability to work well with others, and her understanding of the needs of the community have served Berkeley well. She’s multi-ethnic, a lifelong Berkeley resident who raised four children here, passionate and supported by Friends of Adeline as well as other local progressive organizations. She’s an asset on the board and we need her for another term. 

Leah Simon-Weisberg, incumbent, has decades of legal experience representing tenants and organizing local and state wide actions to benefit tenants. She was the lawyer for Tenants Together in SF as well as tenant organizations in Los Angeles. She is the lawyer for Causa Justa in Oakland and was the attorney for the Moms4Housing Committee, which negotiated a settlement that drove a predatory Wall Street investment fund out of Oakland. If reelected, this would be her final term. We need her experience and leadership on the rent board. 

Dominique Walker is a proven leader who helped organize a large community effort which resulted in a negotiated  settlement that allows local organizations to purchase homes at fair prices for permanent  homes for the unhoused. Additionally, as a recently homeless African American mother, she brings real world experience to the board, which is critical to addressing the needs of our unhoused residents. She has the support of several activist organizations to get out the vote and to get out the news to all of Berkeley’s tenants. Her experience, drive and commitment would be a great asset to our board. 

Andy Kelley is a sophisticated and experienced local politician who could bring collaborative realpolitik results to our community. By working well with others on the board I believe his values will benefit tenants and that he would contribute to making the board even more effective.

Here is how to watch the recorded convention, get more a ballot and more info
Watch the Recorded Convention  If you missed the convention, you can still watch the recorded Tenant Convention on the Berkeley Tenants Union Facebook. Click on the link above or type this link into your browser:

Request an ELECTRONIC Ballot You must make your request by 11:59pm on July 17th. Electronic ballots will be emailed using OpaVote. You must submit your vote by 11:59 Saturday July 18.

PAPER Ballot:
To request a paper ballot that will be delivered to you, call and leave a message at (510) 982-6696 by 11:59pm on July 17th. Speak clearly leaving your name, address and phone number.

Paper ballots should be turned in to the ballot box located at Grassroots House (2022 Blake Street, Berkeley, CA 94709) before midnight on Saturday, July 18.  DO NOT MAIL your ballot.  
If needed, you may ask someone else turn in your ballot for you. 

Any questions call BTU at (510) 982-6696, or BCA at (510) 982-6528.

Click here to read the candidates questionnaires: View the candidate questionnaires

See more links at the Berkeley Tenants Convention Website

2020 Sponsors of the Tenant Convention are: Berkeley Tenants Union, Berkeley Citizens Action, Berkeley Democrats, Cal Berkeley Democrats, East Bay Democratic Socialists of America, EB Young Democrats, Friends of Adeline, Gray Panthers-Berkeley EB, Green Party, NAACP–Berkeley Chapter, Our Revolution EB, SEIU 1021, UAW 2865, UC Berkeley Young DSA, and Young Democrats for Justice in Palestine-EB ***

*** Make Your vote In the Memory of Margy Wilkinson, Mary Ann Brewin and Gene Bernardi ***

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