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Candidate Endorsement Meeting for Assembly District 15 and District Attorney, Feb 11, 1:40-5:30pm

Sponsored by Berkeley Citizens Action, Berkeley Progressive Alliance & Berkeley Tenants Union at the South Berkeley Senior Center, located at 2939 Ellis St, Berkeley.

All nine AD15 candidates returned BPA’s questionnaires, as did the incumbent and challenger for district attorney, as they all seek BPA endorsement in their campaigns to represent Berkeley in the California State Assembly. Our questionnaire asked their positions on affordable housing,  Costa-Hawkins, single payer health care, affordable education, fracking, high speed rail and other issues. Click here to read the candidates’ responses to our questionnaire.

Meet all nine AD-15 candidates and District Attorney candidates Pamela Price and Nancy O’Malley. Hear their responses to your questions and decide which to endorse. The nine AD 15 candidates are: Judy Appel, Ben Bartlett, Jovanka Beckles, Dan Kalb, Andy Katz, Rochelle Pardue Okimoto, Owen Poindexter, Cheryl Sudduth, and Buffy Wicks. 

Please renew your membership so you can vote to endorse candidates. Anyone who has ever been a member of BPA may vote if they renew their membership by paying 2018 dues. BPA members must pay 2018 dues to receive a ballot. Dues are $25 or $10 low income or student; $50 for sustainers. You may renew at the meeting but we strongly suggest that you renew in advance to speed up the sign-in registration process on February 11. Click here to renew online.

Background: In the June 5 Primary, voters may vote for only one of these nine AD15 candidates.The top two vote getters in the Primary will face each other in the November 6 General Election. The victor will represent us in the California Assembly, holding the seat currently held by Tony Thurmond, who is running for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.


Update on Assembly District 15 and District Attorney Endorsement Forum; Read Candidates Questionnaires

All 9 candidates for Ad 15 plus District Attorney candidates Pamela Price and Nancy O’Malley plan to participate in our endorsement meeting and submitted questionnaires to us. Do they support our Progressive Agenda? Below you may click on candidates’ names to access their full responses, in pdf format.  Pamela Price’s responses were replaced with an updated version at 2:30 pm on 1/28/18 at her office’s request. Nancy O’Malley has responded and will attend. Her questionnaire is posted below as well.

AD 15:  Andy Katz    Ben Bartlett     Owen Poindexter    Judy Appel   Buffy Wicks   Cheryl Sudduth   Dan Kalb   Jovanka Beckles   Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto

DA:  Pamela Price       Nancy O’Malley

Join us Sunday, February 11th from 1:40 to 5:30 pm, at the South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street to hear the candidates, ask questions and vote to endorse a candidate.

To vote in the endorsement meeting you must be a member of Berkeley Progressive Alliance (BPA), Berkeley Citizens Action (BCA) or Berkeley Tenants Union (BTU). Each group will have membership lists at the registration tables at the event.

You may renew your BPA membership at the meeting but we strongly suggest that you renew now to speed up the sign-in process at the event. Click here to pay 2018 dues. Dues are $25 or $10 low income or student; $50 for sustainers. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Join Tenants Together to work for real rent control in Berkeley

Thursday, January 11 at 8 AM – 12 PM at the California State Capitol, 1315 10th Street in Sacramento

Victory! A first vote on the bill to to repeal the state restriction on rent control – the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act – AB1506 – is scheduled! This was hard fought. Housing justice groups across the state have been pressuring Housing committee chair Assemblymember Chiu, lead author Assemblymember Bloom, and Assembly Speaker Rendon to bring this to a vote. Huge props to Bay Area based groups San Francisco Anti-Displacement Coalition, Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, Tenants Together, San Francisco Tenants Union and others for bringing our demand to the doorstep of Assembly member Chiu.

Meet us in Sacramento at the state capitol on Wednesday January 11th at 8:30am in State Capitol, Room 4202 at the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee meeting. It’s important to get their before early so we can get seats in the hearing room. Stay tuned for lobby days prior to the vote!

#RepealCostaHawkins for real #RentControlNow!

Go to their Facebook page to sign up.
What: Public Hearing on AB1506 Costa Hawkins Repeal Bill
When: Thurs Jan 11, 9am-12pm (GET THERE EARLY 8am!)
Where: State Capitol, Thursday, Room 4202 Sacramento, CA