Berkeley Progressive Alliance

How the $15 Minimum Wage Was Won in Berkeley – the Details & Back Story

Faced with a citizen ballot measure on November’s ballot, on August 31, the Berkeley City Council unanimously voted for to increase the minimum wage in Berkeley to $15 an hour on October 1, 2018.

Progressive Councilmember and mayoral candidate Jesse Arreguin has been a leader in the effort to raise the minimum wage. In 2013, he was one of the sponsors of the Council item referring an increased minimum wage to the Labor Commission.

Jesse’s opponent for mayor, Laurie Capitelli, delayed action to achieve the $15 wage. In May 2014, he reneged on promises made to community members who have worked tirelessly for a higher minimum wage.  In September, 2015 he again voted against a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 in 2018, while Jesse Arreguin and Council progressives voted for it. This year, he supported an alternative ballot measure that would have delayed the increase to $15 and added loopholes and exceptions. Finally, when it was too late to take the competing measures off the ballot, he and his council allies decided to join progressives on the council and action was finally taken to bring the minimum wage to $15.  Only with extensive citizen pressure and lobbying did he (and his Council allies) do so.

Berkeley is now one of four Bay Area cities that will achieve the $15 minimum wage for all employees, regardless of the size of the business, in 2018.

City When $15 takes effect
Mountain View January 1, 2018
San Francisco and Emeryville July 1, 2018
Berkeley October 1, 2018
El Cerrito January 1, 2019

Berkeley’s minimum wage will be $12.53 effective October 1 this year, rise to $13.75 on in October, 2017 and then to $15 in October, 2018. The ordinance mandates sick leave, with a cap of 48 hours for employers of fewer than 25 workers and 72 hours from larger employers, starting right away.

As a result of this compromise, the Berkeley Progressive Alliance has withdrawn its support for Measure CC, the citizen measure.

 

San Francisco Leads the Way

In 2003, San Francisco voters approved Proposition L, establishing an indexed minimum wage beginning at $8.50 an hour.  By 2014, San Francisco’s minimum wage was $10.74 an hour, the highest in the United States. In 2014, faced with a ballot initiative backed by unions and activists to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2017, a compromise initiative was placed on the ballot to raise it to $15 in 2018, with future inflation increases. The measure passed with 77% of the vote.

 

Berkeley: First Steps 

Councilmember Worthington first referred a Berkeley minimum wage to the Labor Commission in 2004. The Commission created a Minimum Wage and Living Wage subcommittee, but no proposal emerged and the Council took no further action.

Efforts to enact a minimum wage were revived in 2013 by advocates, including Nicky Gonzalez Yuen, Wendy Bloom and Ellen Widess. In April, 2013 Mayor Bates and progressive council members Arreguin and Worthington asked city staff and the Labor Commission to draft an ordinance similar to San Francisco’s.[1]

 

The Labor Commission proposal

In April, 2014, the Labor Commission proposed, effective June, 2014, a $10.74/hour minimum wage for most employers and $13.34/hour for large employers,[2]  essentially adopting San Francisco’s minimum wage . Annual increases based on the Consumer Price Index[3]  would continue until the minimum wage equaled the living wage. Beginning June, 2015, a health care requirement would have been in place.

The proposal would have established the highest minimum wage in the country.

At a May 1, 2014 Council meeting, Councilmember Capitelli proposed slowing the Labor Commission proposal; only in 2020, would the minimum wage equal Berkeley’s living wage, estimated at a bit higher than $15.00 an hour.

 

Capitelli Reneges

At a May 6 Council meeting, Capitelli outraged minimum wage supporters by reneging on his proposal. The Council instead passed the first reading of an ordinance increasing the minimum wage to $10 in January, 2015 and $10.75 in January, 2016. A Council task force would be formed to consider what should happen after that. Effectively, had this been adopted, Berkeley would have been two years behind San Francisco and Oakland.

Capitelli’s broken promise and the Council’s vote on May 6 provoked a firestorm of protest from citizens. Berkeley Citizens for a Fair Minimum Wage announced their intention to place a $15 minimum wage on the ballot. Former city councilmembers Carla Woodworth and Ying Lee and activists Margot Smith, Marty Schiffenbauer and David Fielder signed a letter to the City Clerk indicating their support.

 

Efforts by Councilmembers Anderson, Arreguin, Moore and Worthington to increase the minimum wage further after 2016 were rejected by Councilmember Capitelli and a majority of his colleagues. Instead, the Council decided to raise the minimum wage to $12.53 an hour by October 2016 with a one-year exemption for non-profits and a permanent exemption for youth in job training.

 

Stalling and Delays Continue – Activists Keep Pushing

In June 2014, the Council discussed but dropped the idea of having a Minimum Wage Task Force. In September 2014, the Council directed the Labor Commission to come back with additional minimum wage and sick leave recommendations.

After a year spent drafting a new ordinance with business, labor, community and Council member input, on September 15, 2015, the Labor Commission presented a new proposal to the Council. It included bringing the minimum wage to a living wage; cost of living increases; paid sick leave; service charge rules, and clarification/ removal of exemptions.

Progressive Councilmembers Worthington and Anderson made a series of motions, all of which failed, to increase the minimum wage. One would have raised the minimum wage to $15 on October 1, 2018, the same amount that the Council ultimately agreed to. It was supported by Councilmembers Anderson, Arreguin, Moore and Worthington, but opposed by Mayor Bates, Councilmembers Capitelli, Droste, Maio and Wengraf.

The Council majority then voted to delay any action until a special meeting on November 10, 2015.  There, instead of discussing the Commission’s proposal, Capitelli presented a totally new, much weaker proposal after public comment was closed. This proposal would have delayed the $15 minimum wage for all employees in Berkeley until 2020.  The Labor Commission proposal was abandoned and Capitelli’s proposal later just faded away as well.

During that year activists were not sitting on their hands.  They had seen how delays had effectively led to missing the deadline for taking an initiative to the voters.

A community-labor coalition, the core of Berkeley for Working Families, had early-on formed to work in parallel to craft a citizen’s initiative.  Encouraged by the powerful national fight for $15 and the support from local low wage workers, Berkeley activists persisted in crafting a ballot measure.  Wendy Bloom, Mike Donaldson, David Fielder, Steve Gilbert, Matt Lewis, Ned Pearlstein, Judy Shattuck and others, with funding and legal support from SEIU 1021, drafted the measure and tried to negotiate with each of the City Council majority members.   In November 2015, when the Council refused even to discuss the Commission’s proposal, they were ready.  The coalition filed an initiative and gathered 4,400 signatures to qualify what is now officially named measure CC.

Dueling Ballot Initiatives

Measure CC would have raised the minimum wage to $15 in 2017 and, through modest annual increases, gradually caught up with the city’s official Living Wage ($16.81 in today’s dollars). It would also improve sick leave requirements, enhance enforcement, and phase out any exemptions – so all workers would be protected

The Council majority placed its own initiative on the ballot, delaying the increase to $15 to October 2019, well behind San Francisco, Emeryville, Mountain View and El Cerrito. Their measure, Measure BB, would also allow employers who provide health benefits to pay only $13.50 an hour, mandate less sick leave than what other cities require, and allow private employers to pay a sub-minimum “training” wage to those under 22. And BB contained a poison pill: it required a two thirds super majority of the Council to enact further increases or make other improvements.

Despite this negative response, Berkeley for Working Families exhausted all efforts to secure a better deal for working families.  After weeks of frustrating negotiations, they thought an acceptable solution was at hand. Capitelli agreed to call a special meeting of the City Council on August 11 but at the very last minute again reneged, issued a statement through the Downtown Business Association and did not show up to his own meeting.

That would have been the end of it but other elected officials, notably EBMUD director Andy Katz and former Assembly member Nancy Skinner, made a final effort resulting in an agreement not very different from the one rejected several weeks earlier, including a $15 minimum wage in 2018.

After Council passed the ordinance, Berkeley for Working Families issued the following statements. The proponents of both initiatives have agreed to call for a “No” vote on both as it is too late to remove them from the ballot:

As the coalition that drafted Measure CC and gathered 4,400 signatures to get it on the Ballot, we are pleased with the agreement passed by Council today … We would not have gotten to this point without the powerful national fight by fast food and other low wage workers for $15 an hour … [and] the years of effort from community activists, Labor and of course Council members Jesse Arreguin, Max Anderson and Kriss Worthington, who have been consistent champions for working families in Berkeley… the ordinance passed today … will help thousands of low wage workers immediately [and] be one of the most progressive minimum wage laws in the nation …  This November we will be asking voters to support this legislation by voting No on Measures BB and CC. [4]

Prepared by Rob Wrenn & Kate Harrison

Berkeley Progressive Alliance  –  PO Box 2961, Berkeley, CA 94702  – http://berkeleyprogressivealliance.org

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More on the Minimum Wage

For research related to impacts of raising the minimum wage in San Francisco and Oakland, check out:

 Impact of Minimum Wage on Three Cities

San Francisco Proposed City Minimum Wage Law – A Prospective Impact Study

The Impact of Oakland’s Proposed Minimum Wage Law- A Prospective Study

[1] http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/Clerk/City_Council/2013/04Apr/City_Council__04-30-2013_-__Regular_Meeting_Annotated_Agenda.aspx

[2] Larger businesses employing 50 or more employees or franchises would pay the city’s living wage.

[3] With increases of 55 cents an hour for small business on top of the CPI-based inflation adjustments.

[4] The language opposing BB and CC is signed by the Labor Council, the Chamber of Commerce, Berkeley for Working Families, and mayoral candidates Jesse Arreguin and Laurie Capitelli. See:

http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/Clerk/Elections/Election__2016_Ballot_Measures_Page.aspx.

 

 

 

 

Quick Links to our Progressive Candidates Websites

Our progressive Candidates need your donations and support. Click the links below to go to candidates websites and support their campaigns

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. 

MAYOR: Jesse Arreguín

CITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 2: Nanci Armstrong-Temple

CITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 3: Ben Bartlett

CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 5: Sophie Hahn

CITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 6: Fred Dodsworth 

THE PRO-RENT CONTROL RENT BOARD CANDIDATES, Christina Murphy, Leah Simon-Weisberg, Alejandro Soto-Vigil, Igor Tregub

ICYMI: Bernie Sanders has endorsed Jesse Arreguin for Mayor

Bernie has also endorsed the entire CALI Rent Board slate! Sanders is only endorsing in 100 local races around the country. Jesse has been a leader on the Council for the $15 minimum wage, one of Bernie’s major campaign issues and he and the Rent Board candidates support housing policies that address growing economic inequality and that preserve and increase the supply of safe, affordable housing in Berkeley.

VOTE for the CALI slate

Christina Murphy
Alejandro Soto-Vigil
Leah Simon-Weisberg
Igor Tregub
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Left to Right: Alejandro Soto-Vigil, Leah Simon-Weisberg, Jesse Arreguin, Christina Murphy and Igor Tregub

Submitted by Rob Wrenn

Berkeley Progressive Alliance  –  PO Box 2961, Berkeley, CA 94702  – http://berkeleyprogressivealliance.org

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How Berkeley’s Minimum Wage Increase was Won – Progressives and Community Activists Lead the Way

Faced with a citizen ballot measure on November’s ballot, on August 31, the Berkeley City Council unanimously voted for a compromise proposal to increase the minimum wage in Berkeley to $15 an hour on October 1, 2018.

Progressive Councilmember and mayoral candidate Jesse Arreguin has been  a leader in the effort to raise the minimum wage. In 2013, he was one of the sponsors of the Council item that referred increasing the minimum wage to the Labor Commission.

Jesse’s opponent for mayor, Laurie Capitelli, delayed action to achieve the $15 wage. In May 2014, he reneged on promises made to community activists who have worked tirelessly for a higher minimum wage.  In September, 2015 he again voted against a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 in 2018, while Jesse Arreguin and progressives on the Council voted for it. This year, he supported an alternative ballot measure that would have delayed the increase to $15 and added loopholes and exceptions. Finally, when it was too late to take the competing measures off the ballot, he and his council allies decided to join progressives on the council and action was finally taken to bring the minimum wage to $15.

Berkeley is now one of four Bay Area cities that will achieve the $15 minimum wage for all employees, regardless of the size of the business, in 2018 (others are Mountain View, San Francisco and Emeryville) with El Cerrito right behind in January, 2019.  The ordinance mandates sick leave, with a cap of 48 hours for employers of fewer than 25 workers and 72 hours from larger employers, starting right away.

As a result, BPA has withdrawn its support for Measure CC, the citizen measure. We urge a NO vote on both BB and CC.

For a more detailed account of the fight for the $15 minimum wage, click here.

Prepared by Rob Wrenn & Kate Harrison

Berkeley Progressive Alliance  –  PO Box 2961, Berkeley, CA 94702  – http://berkeleyprogressivealliance.org

Please click HERE to become a member of Berkeley Progressive Alliance

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Help Elect a progressive majority to the Berkeley City Council

These candidates have been endorsed by Berkeley Progressive Alliance, Berkeley Citizens Action and Berkeley Tenants Union, during two endorsement events in April 2016;Details of the voter count for Mayor and council candidates for April 30th can be found here. They were all also 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

How Berkeley Voted: 2016 June Primary Election

June 24, 2016                                                                         by Rob Wrenn

Bernie won Berkeley!

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Bernie Sanders won Berkeley in the Democratic presidential primary with 54.4% of the vote to 45.2% for Hillary Clinton, not a huge margin. Clinton did best in the City’s wealthiest areas, the northeast Berkeley hills in District 6, in the hills above Claremont Ave. in District 8, and in the windy street precincts in the northern part of District 5. These areas have historically favored “moderate” candidates in local Berkeley election.

Sanders swept the flatlands, except for two precincts in District 1, winning South Berkeley, West Berkeley and the central part of the city and sweeping the areas near the UC campus, Southside, Northside and Downtown by large margins. He did well in the areas where progressive candidates usually fare well in local elections.

Results by city and precinct:

Screen Shot 2016-06-24 at 7.42.36 PM.pngNote: Student precincts consists of precincts in the area south of campus between Dwight Way and campus and 1 consolidated precinct on the near Northside, that includes the Foothill dorm. Berkeley results include write-ins; Oakland, Albany and Emeryville and county results are based only on vote for candidates on the ballot.

Turnout

Turnout Turnout in Berkeley was up this year compared to the uncontested 2012 California Democratic presidential primary, but was down compared to 2008 when Clinton ran against Obama for the nomination. In that hotly contested 2008 Democratic Presidential primary, which took place in February that year, turnout was 64.5% in Berkeley, with Obama defeating Clinton by a huge margin: 27,352 to 11,505. This year turnout was 58.0%.

Student turnout was very low, which is not surprising given that the primary took place after most undergraduates had left town for the summer. No doubt some students opted to register and vote in the hometowns they returned to when the semester ended.

This year, 833,803 people were registered to vote in Alameda County, and 49.3%, turned out to vote countywide. Of 480,475 registered Democrats in the county 59% voted. In addition, a little over table 140,000 Decline to State (DTS) voters cast Democratic ballots.

In Berkeley, 45,933 ballots were cast. In the 2014 November gubernatorial election, 40,301 votes were cast by Berkeley voters. 47,303 voted in the presidential primary election in 2008. A record 66,703 votes were cast in the 2008 November presidential election.

Turnout may have been dampened by media reports before the election that declared that Clinton had enough delegates, with super delegates included, to secure the nomination.

Turnout in Berkeley, Selected Elections, 2008-2016

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Trump gets less than 1% in Berkeley

The vast majority of the Berkeley voters’ ballots cast, 42,476, were cast in the Democratic primary. Donald Trump received 454 votes in the Republican primary; Kasich got 306. So Trump was supported by slightly less than 1% of the voters who cast ballots in Berkeley.

9th State Senate District

Former Assemblymember and District 1 councilmember Nancy Skinner easily beat Sandré Swanson in Berkeley, crushing him with 24,130 votes (62.6%) to Swanson’s 9596 votes(24.9% ). Other candidates got 4799 votes. Skinner swept every district in Berkeley. In the Oakland portion of the 9th District, Skinner beat Swanson by a much narrower margin of 44,012 to 40,650. Skinner and Swanson will face each other again in November.

Contra Costa County had not finished counting ballots as of June 22, but the 9th district result to date, including votes reported so far in Contra Costa County portions of the district is 48.0% for Skinner and 30.6% for Swanson.

New BPA flyer available

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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 91%                                   Stephen Murphy: 6%                    No endorsement: 2%

 

District 6 City Council – 94 valid ballots, 2 invalid: Fred Dodsworth achieved 78.9% on first round of rank choice counting

Fred Dodsworth: 78%                                  Isabelle Gaston: 9%                 Susan Wengraf: 5%         No Endorsement: 9%

Ten Candidates Seek Our Endorsement! 

These Ten Candidates have submitted questionnaires about their candidacy and will speak at the April 30th Endorsement Meeting. Join us Saturday April 30th from 1:30 to 5 at the Youth Adult Project (YAP) at 1730 Oregon Street. Click here to download the current flyer.

To vote in the endorsement meeting you must be a member of BPA or Berkeley Citizens Action or the Berkeley Tenants Union by April 24th. Each group will have membership lists at the registration tables at the event. Members can bring dues current there. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. If needed, as during registration.

All candidates who are registered with the city or requested consideration were sent the following questionnaire. Do Candidates support our Progressive Agenda & Housing Platform? See their responses summarized here (We apologize for omitting Mark Coplan’s responses in the matrix, the corrected document is now posted). Below you may click on candidates name’s to access their full responses.

Mayor:  Jesse Arreguin    Ben Gould     Mike Lee    Kriss Worthington

City Council District 2:  Cheryl K. Davila        Nanci Armstrong-Temple

City Council District 3:   Ben Bartlett              Mark Coplan

City Council District 5:   Sophie Hahn

City Council District 6:   Fred Dodsworth

Click here for Draft Voting Rules and Ballots. This will be updated when finalized.

The following local measures are under way for the November 2016 ballot: Local measures & Rent Board Slate Update.

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

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The Berkeley Progressive Alliance (BPA) and Berkeley Citizens Action (BCA) 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.

When: Saturday, April 30th. Registration 1:30 pm. Meeting: 2-5 pm

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