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.
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.
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!
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
Save the Date: Endorsement Meeting for Assembly District 15 and District Attorney: Sunday February 11, 2-5:30 pm
The Berkeley Progressive Alliance, Berkeley Citizens Action and the Berkeley Tenants Union are co-sponsoring a meeting on Sunday February 11 to endorse candidates in the June 2018 Primary Election for California Assembly District 15, which includes all of Berkeley, and is which is currently represented by Tony Thurmond who is not seeking re-election. We will also be considering endorsement of a candidate for Alameda County District Attorney.
BPA-BCA-BTU Endorsement Meeting, South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street, corner of Ashby, Sunday February 11, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Who Can Vote: To vote on the endorsement of candidates, you must be a member in good standing of at least one of the sponsoring organizations.
BPA members must pay dues for calendar year 2018 to receive ballots. Those dues, as adopted at our October membership meeting are $25.00 a year regular dues; $10.00 low income and student. Dues may be waived in cases of hardship. People may also pay at a sustaining rate of $50.00 (or more) if they wish. Anyone who is already a member (you have paid dues at some time since the organization’s founding in Nov. 2015) may renew their membership at any time prior to the meeting and may pay their 2018 dues when they sign in.
How To Renew Your Memberhip: We encourage members to renew their membership in advance of February’s meeting by using our online payment page: https://berkeleyprogressivealliance.org/joinrenew/
Any dues payment from this date forward will be considered payment for calendar year 2018 and will entitle the member to participate in voting at all membership meetings and nominating and endorsement meetings that take place in 2018.
We have a questionnaire for candidates and we will post their responses online prior to February’s meeting.
Candidates for AD-15:
Judy Appel, https://www.judyappel.com
Ben Bartlett, https://www.benbartlettca.com
Jovanka Beckles http://www.jovanka.org
Dan Kalb, https://www.dankalb.net
Andy Katz, http://www.andykatz.com
Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto, http://www.rochellead15.com
Owen Poindexter, https://www.owenpoindexter.com/about/
Cheryl Sudduth, https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/338340/cheryl-sudduth
Buffy Wicks, https://buffywicks.com/home/
Phone: (510) 486-8010
Sunday, October 29, at 2:00 PM
South Berkeley Senior Center- 2939 Ellis St, Berkeley
Keynote speaker: “Trump, the Right Wing and What To do” with Dr. Lawrence Rosenthal, of UCB Center for Right-Wing Studies
Berkeley Housing Update from Mayor Jesse Arreguin, Council Member Kate Harrison, and Taylor Harvey, President of the UCB Homeless Student Association.
Vote on Bylaws (See below) and Dues: BPA members will ratify BPA bylaws in preparation for endorsements of local candidates in a BPA meeting in January. Bylaws were drafted by a committee of BPA Steering Committee members meeting over the last several months. The proposed bylaws are pasted below this note. If you have comments on the bylaws, please submit them by e-mail by Thursday October 26 to BPA2016@aol.com.
Proposed dues for Berkeley Progressive Alliance are $25.00 per calendar year; $10.00 if low income (with bylaws stating that dues can be waived in cases of hardship). Members are encouraged to pay more and become Sustainers. If approved, higher dues would take effect in 2018. People wishing to vote at a BPA meeting in 2018 must pay 2018 dues. Comments on our proposed dues are welcome to BPA2016@aol.com.
To vote on Oct 29th, you must be a member of BPA and have paid your dues of $10.00 for this year. If you are already a member you may pay your 2017 dues when you sign in at this meeting or you may pay in advance HERE .
Please click HERE to become a member of Berkeley Progressive Alliance
You may pay online, or mail a check to: 1300 A Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709
Contact information for Berkeley Progressive Alliance
Phone: (510) 486-8010
Bylaws, adopted 10/29/17
BPA is an unincorporated non-profit grassroots organization that nominates and supports local candidates and approves local ballot measures. BPA members work to elect and support the mayor of Berkeley and Berkeley city council members who champion BPAs progressive agenda and who implement that agenda.
II. BPA Membership
A. Membership is open to all residents of Berkeley who agree with BPAs progressive mission and core values and who pay BPA dues.
B. Non-residents of Berkeley who work or go to school in Berkeley, who agree with the progressive mission and core values, and who pay the basic dues of the BPA may become associate members. Associate members cannot vote on the endorsement of local candidates or ballot measures.
C. Members are encouraged to participate actively in the community and the BPA organization.
D. Members are expected to be respectful of each other and generally to promote the BPA and its progressive mission in public.
E. Members may attend and vote at membership meetings, receive membership emails, join committees, and be considered for BPA leadership positions.
F. Members may have their membership terminated by the Steering Committee for cause.
G. No members shall have rights to the assets of the organization or of the BPA.
III. Membership Meetings
A. Membership meetings will be held at least 2 times a year.
B. Decisions at membership meetings will be the final auth . ority in the BPA on policy.
C The membership will elect the Steering Committee and officers of the first
membership meeting of the year. Officers serve a one year term.
A. Membership dues shall be paid by members at the time of their joining BPA and their memberships are valid for that calendar year, January 1 through December 31.
B. The dues for membership in the BPA will be proposed by the Steering Committee and approved at a Membership Meeting.
C. Dues will be waived for members with extreme financial hardship
D. Given that we are a donation-based organization members are expected to contribute more than the basic dues if they are financially able.
E. Members whose dues are paid for 60 days shall be eligible:
1. to vote in membership meetings, endorsement elections, and other BPA events.
2. to hold office in BPA.
3. Current members can renew their membership at the first membership meeting of the year and vote.
F. Members may contribute financially to the BPA to support its causes above the basic dues level if possible.
A. Steering Committee
1. The BPA steering committee will have a chair or co-chairs, a recording secretary and treasurer, membership chair, communications chair, and a member at large. It will be responsible for planning and convening meetings, directing the actions of the organization and record keeping.
2. The Steering Committee is comprised of elected officers and chairs of BPA Action Teams. Representatives of community groups and allied organizations may participate in the steering committee and vote on steering committee decisions.
3. The Steering Committee will meet six times a year, usually in Jan March May July, September and November, and more often if needed.
4. A quorum is half the number of the Steering Committee members.
5. The Steering Committee meetings are open to all BPA members.
7. Electronic communications may be used to vote on decisions that are time sensitive
8. The Steering Committee may replace an officer, permanently or temporarily, and bring the newly appointed officer up to the membership for ratification at the next scheduled general membership meeting.
9. The Steering Committee will develop a procedure for each election period for nomination, vetting, and endorsement of candidates in the upcoming elections of public bodies.
10. If members or proxies miss 3 consecutive steering committee meetings they lose their voting privileges until replaced or reinstated. They can request reinstatement after resuming regular attendance.
B. Action Teams
1. Action Teams will be formed by the steering committee to address topics in depth for BPA consideration, to plan events and take on specific responsibilities.
2. Action Teams are open to all members of the BPA and may be open to nonmembers interested in activity around the specific topic, at the discretion of the committee.
3. Action Teams can initiate strategy and policy discussions within the BPA. Those that require a decision or endorsement by the whole BPA or effect the BPA significantly will be submitted to the Steering Committee.
4. Action Teams will work closely with elected officials in researching,mobilizing
and implementing policy.
5. Action Teams will each have a chair/co-chairs, at least 3 members, and will be responsible for convening meetings, record keeping and presenting their work to the Steering Committee for approval and action.
VI. Membership Meeting
A. General Membership meetings will be held at least 2 times per year.
B. The Steering Committee shall announce membership meetings broadly by electronic means at least three weeks in advance, giving the date, time, place, and a draft of the agenda items.
C. The membership will elect the Steering Committee and officers of the BPA at the first membership meeting of the year.
D. Decisions at membership meetings will be the final authority in the BPA on policy.
A. BPA officers are chair or co-chairs, a recording secretary and treasurer, membership chair, communications chair and a member at large.
B. Officers will be elected by the membership and should be members of BPA in good standing for 60 days.
C. The Chairs will moderate meetings, oversee the organization and facilitate its functioning.
D. Secretary will keep minutes of the steering committee and membership meetings and post them by email or website for all to see.
E. The treasurer will keep track of membership dues, funds donated and expended, make regular reports to the Steering Committee and the Membership Meetings, and make sure that BPA complies with election laws.
VIII. Standing Committees
A. Membership Committee
1. Help welcome new members into the BPA
2. Plan and schedule Membership meetings in consultation with the Steering Committee.
3. Initiate other membership events as appropriate.
4. Maintain membership records
B. Communications Committee
1. Edit and produce the BPA newsletter and keylist
2. Maintain and produce the BPA website
3. Maintain and expand BPA social media communication
C. Other Committees as established by the Steering Committee
A. In all bodies of the BPA we strive to reach consensus and inclusion. Where
this is not possible, votes are determined by a simple majority of the ayes and nays. There is no quorum requirement for properly noticed membership meetings.
B. BPA will follow Roberts Rules of Order in the conduct of its formal business. However, the Chair may call for informal discussion when appropriate.
X. Elections for Steering Committee and Officers
A. Elections for the Steering Committee and Officers
1. Will be held yearly at the first Membership meeting of the year.
2. The Steering Committee will set the date and provide the proposed slate from the Nominations Committee with at a least 30 day notification to the membership
B. Nominations for Office
1. The Steering Committee will put out an electronic call for nominations three weeks before a BPA election.
2, Nominations will be submitted to the Steering Committee, who will then forward them to a Nominating Committee.
3. Ballots with nominations will be prepared for the membership meeting when the election is held.
A. The membership of this club may endorse any issue, ballot measure, and candidates for any office.
B. Important criteria to be considered in any candidate endorsement will be sharing this club’s values, agreement with the club’s platform, and a commitment to an ongoing working relationship with a grassroots constituency.
A. Amendments to these Bylaws may be submitted by the Steering Committee to a membership meeting with the content provided at least 30 days in advance. Any 10 members can submit a proposed amendment to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will submit the amendment to a membership meeting with 30 days’ notice.
B. Any amendments to the submitted Bylaws amendment must be circulated no later than 15 days prior to the membership meeting. C. The Membership meeting may adopt the Bylaws amendment by majority vote.
Upon dissolution, the Steering Committee will decide how assets will be donated to a qualified [501(c) (4) ) organization, as prescribed by California law and the Office of the Secretary of State. * * *
Signups were taken for initial Action Committees: Environment and Sustainability, Elections, Affordable Housing, The Homeless and Police Reform/Urban Shield.
A general membership meeting to elect officers and endorsements for State Assembly candidates are planned for early in 2018, with local endorsements to follow.
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.
The event will be held at the East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street, in downtown Berkeley at 2 p.m.
Review the Finalized Ballot and Voting Rules, by clicking the links below:
Berkeley Progressive Alliance, Berkeley Citizens Action, and Berkeley Tenants Union are jointly sponsoring a meeting on Sunday, January 8 at 2 p.m. to endorse a candidate for the District 4 City Council seat that became vacant when Jesse Arreguin was elected mayor. The new City Council member will be elected by mail. Voters must mail their ballots by Tuesday, March 7.
The January 8 endorsement meeting will take place at the East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street, in downtown Berkeley at 2 p.m. An agenda will be sent out prior to the meeting.
Two candidates have filed for the office: Kate Harrison and Ben Gould. Questionnaires have been sent to candidates and their responses will be posted on the BPA Web site as soon as they are received. There will also be an opportunity for questions from the audience at the meeting.
To vote for endorsing a candidate at the January 8 meeting, you must already be a member in good standing of BPA, BTU or BCA. You do not have to be a resident of District 4 to participate in the endorsement meeting.
Arreguín 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.
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: http://www.acgov.org/rov/current_election/230/index.htm
Candidate Results Details
Jesse Arreguín 15,885 votes (47.44%) 51.84% with ranked choice
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
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.
Renewal of BSEP School Tax Berkeley Measure E-1–YES: This tax was first passed by Berkeley voters in 1986 (Measure C). Berkeley Schools Excellence Program (BSEP) revenues in 2014-15 totaled about $25 million, representing about 20% of the budget. It requires a two-thirds vote to pass. Things it funds include school libraries, music programs, and support for struggling students. Crucially it helps fund enough teachers to keep class sizes small. It would be a disaster for the schools if the tax were not renewed. More info: http://www.bsep2016.org
Tax on larger landlords for affordable housing Berkeley Measure U-1–YES YES YES, Berkeley Measure DD —NO NO NO NO: Measure U1 increases the business license tax on owners of five or more units. It would generate about $4 million annually in new revenue for affordable housing. The Housing Advisory Committee would advise the City Council on how to spend the money and would track how it’s used. Over time revenues would increase as the tax is applied to newer housing. The revenues generated could help fund as many as 40 affordable units per year, and more in later years.Don’t be fooled by deceptive mailers from the BPOA supporting Measure DD, which features a much smaller tax increase that would fund many fewer units and would not exempt smaller landlords. Vote YES ON U1; vote NO on phony DD. U1 is fairly complicated; more info here: http://www.fundaffordablehousing.org
Public Financing of Elections for Mayor and Council –Berkeley Measure X-1–YES: This measure would reduce the influence of special interest contributions and
outside money in our local elections. Candidates who reject money from special
interest PACs and accept contributions of only $50 or less would receive matching funds.
This is important as it would help progressive candidates be competitive in races
where their major opponents are often receive money from special interests. For more info: http://www.yesonx1.org
Rent Stabilization Board Amendment on Evictions – Berkeley Measure AA–YES: Will prohibit owner move-in evictions of families with children during the academic year;
increases the amount of relocation assistance for owner move-in evictions to $15,000
since moving in Berkeley is very expensive. There is no organized opposition to this measure.
Minimum wage measures – Berkeley Measure BB–NO NO NO, Berkeley Measure CC–NO NO NO: Supporters of both BB and CC reached a compromise and both have withdrawn
support for their respective measures. The City Council voted unanimously to adopt
an ordinance that will increase the minimum wage so that it reaches $15.00 an
hour in October 2018. For the details: https://berkeleyprogressivealliance.org/2016/09/25/how-the-15-minimum-wage-was-won-in-berkeley-the-details-back-story/
Affordable Housing Bond – Alameda County Measure A-1–YES: Most of the money from this bond will go to creation and preservation of affordable rental housing. Also includes down payment assistance loans for middle income working families loans to help disabled, seniors and other low-income homeowners to remain in their homes. Berkeley would get upwards of $15.8 million from this bond. More info: http://www.affordablealameda.com
AC Transit Funding – Alameda County Measure C-1–YES: This would extend the existing parcel tax to maintain essential bus service for the East Bay. Revenues for this tax are essential for maintaining bus service in Berkeley and in neighboring cities served by AC Transit. For more info: http://www.transformca.org/transform-blog-post/keep-ac-transit-affordable-and-reliable-vote-yes-measure-c1
BART Bond Measure–YES on RR: To rebuild BART to make it safer and more reliable. Will fund new train cars, replace worn track, make earthquake safety and structural repairs, new maintenance facilities to keep the maximum number of trains in operation, a modernized train control system to reduce waiting and delays. More info: http://www.yesforbart.com. Also click here: http://www.transformca.org/transform-blog-post/transform-endorses-barts-2016-funding-measure
Peralta Colleges Board Area 4 – Nicky Gonzalez Yuen: Nicky has spearheaded the Peralta District’s Environmental Sustainability policies and deserves re-election. In addition he has been active locally in efforts to increase the minimum wage and has
endorsed Jesse Arreguin for mayor of Berkeley and the CALI Rent Board slate. More info: http://nickygy.org
BART Board of Directors, District – Lateefah Simon: A BART rider, Lateefah is running against an incumbent who has adopted an anti-union stance and was the only BART director to vote against the contract settlement with BART unions in 2014. Lateefah is endorsed by the Sierra Club. More info: http://www.lateefahforbart.com