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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

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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

BPA flyer for screen views

This version is meant for screen views.

 

BPAFlierFront.cwk (WP)        BPAFlierBack.cwk (WP)

This version is meant for printing multiple copies, 2 up on a letter size sheet.

For questions email us at: berkeleyprogressivealliance@gmail.com

 

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

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“The question I wonder is after death, after my last breath
When will I finally get to rest? Through this oppression
They punish the people that’s asking questions
And those that possess, steal from the ones without possessions
The message I stress: to make it stop study your lessons
Don’t settle for less – even a genius ask questions
Be grateful for blessings
Don’t ever change, keep your essence
The power is in the people and politics we address”
― Tupac Amaru Shakur