Endorsement Results from the August and September 2018 Meetings

Wellstone members heard and questioned candidates on Sunday, August 26, and Thursday, September, 27, 2018, examining their track records and positions on important local issues and state propositions, such as Prop 10, which would lift rules hampering local cities from adopting rent control.

In some Oakland, Berkeley, and special district races, the club voted to endorse challengers with a stronger progressive voice rooted in grassroots politics than incumbents have provided.

In some city races, in addition to endorsing candidates who received a supermajority of votes, the club used a process to recommend second choices for the ranked-choice ballot in November. These are candidates that a majority of the club considered worthy of support, as well.

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NATIONAL AND STATE OFFICES

  • 15th Assembly District: Jovanka Beckles
  • 18th Assembly District: Rob Bonta
  • 13th Congressional District: Barbara Lee
  • U.S. Senate: Kevin De León

CITY OF OAKLAND OFFICES

  • Oakland Mayor: Cat Brooks endorsed. Pamela Price recommended for second choice on ballot.
  • Oakland City Council, District 2: Nikki Bas
  • Oakland City Council, District 4: Sheng Thao endorsed. Nayeli Maxson recommended for second choice on ballot.
  • Oakland City Council, District 6: Loren Taylor endorsed. Natasha Middleton recommended for second choice on ballot.
  • Oakland School Board, District 4: Clarissa Doutherd
  • Oakland School Board, District 6: Shanthi Gonzalez

CITY OF OAKLAND BALLOT MEASURES

  • Oakland Measure V: Cannabis Tax Change. Allows the City Council to adjust the cannabis tax rate to make Oakland more competitive in the market. YES.
  • Oakland Measure W: Vacant Property Tax.  Imposes a $6,000-per-year tax on empty residential and commercial buildings and lots. It apparently will include exemptions for such things as community gardens. YES.
  • Oakland Measure X: Progressive Real Estate Transfer Tax.  Modifies the current flat rate percentage and adds higher tiers to the real estate transfer tax in Oakland starting at $2 million and lowers them for properties selling for $300k or less. YES.
  • Oakland Measure Y: Expanded Just Cause Rental Protection.  Closes the Just Cause Loophole and expands renter protections to duplexes and triplexes which are now exempted. YES.
  • Oakland Measure Z: Hotel Workers’ Wages, Rights, and Safety.  Protects hotel workers against harassment in the workplace, raises the minimum wage for them, and creates a Department of Workplace and Employment Standards. YES.
  • Oakland Measure AA: Children’s Initiative of 2018.  Approves a parcel tax to fund early childhood education and college readiness programs. YES.

CITY OF BERKELEY OFFICES

  • Berkeley City Council, District 1: Igor Tregub
  • Berkeley City Council, District 4: Kate Harrison
  • Berkeley City Council, District 7: Rigel Robinson endorsed. Ces Rosales recommended for second place on ballot.
  • Berkeley City Council, District 8: Mary Kay Lacey
  • Berkeley School Board: Ty Alper, Ka’Dijah Brown, Julie Sinai
  • Berkeley Auditor: Jennifer Wong
  • Berkeley Rent Board: Soli Alpert, James Chang, Paola Laverde, Maria Poblet, John Selawsky

CITY OF BERKELEY BALLOT MEASURES

  • Berkeley Measure O: Bond for Affordable Housing. General obligation bond for affordable housing. Allows up to $135 million in bonds to fund very low-, low-, moderate-, and median-income housing.  YES.
  • Berkeley Measure P: Progressive Real Estate Transfer Tax. Raises the transfer tax on property sales valued at $1.5 million or more from 1.5% to 2.5% to fund homeless services.  YES.

SPECIAL DISTRICTS

  • Peralta Colleges Board, Area 3: Corean Todd
  • Peralta Colleges Board, Area 5: Cindi Reiss
  • AC Transit Board Director At-Large: Dollene Jones

STATE OF CALIFORNIA PROPOSITIONS

  • CA Proposition 1: Veteran and Affordable Housing Bonds. Would enact a $4 billion bond measure for affordable housing and veterans’ housing. Three-fourths of the proceeds would go toward building low-income housing. The remaining $1 billion would provides home loans to veterans. YES. 
  • CA Proposition 2: Use previously collected taxes to house the mentally ill. Would allow the state to spend $2 billion in mental health bond money on housing for homeless people. The bond, approved by voters in 2004 in Proposition 63, raised state taxes on the wealthiest Californians to fund mental health programs. A program called No Place Like Home sought to use the funding for permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless people with mental illness. Prop 2 would allow this. YES.
  • CA Proposition 3: Water infrastructure bonds. Would enact a $9 billion bond measure to improve water quality and storage and to repair dams in preparation for droughtsNo Recommendation.
    • WHO’S BEHIND IT: A coalition of farmers, environmental groups, and business leaders headed by Jerry Meral, former deputy director of the California Department of Water Resources and a longtime water-project advocate. (Website for YES ON PROP 3 campaign)
    • WHO’S AGAINST IT: The Sierra Club, which opposes building more dams and using state funds for local special water district projects. (Website for NO ON PROP 3 campaign).
  • CA Proposition 4: Children’s hospitals bonds. Would enact a $1.5 billion bond measure to fund expansion and renovation projects at eight private non-profit children’s hospitals, pediatric hospitals operated by University of California, and around 150 hospitals treating children eligible for the California Children’s Services program for serious chronic conditions. Two-thirds of the money would go to projects at hospitals serving low-income families and children with disabilities. The League of Women Voters opposes using a state bond to fund capital improvements at private hospitals. No Recommendation.
  • CA Proposition 5: Transfer of assessed value of current homes. Would let California homeowners who are 55 and older and those with severe disabilities keep their lower property taxes when they move. Under Proposition 13 and subsequent ballot tweaks, 11 counties in California allow older homeowners to transfer their lower property-tax base one time when they buy a home of equal or lesser value. Prop. 5 would extend this tax break to every county in the state, allow it to be used more than once, and also apply it to new property of greater value and to second homes. Prop 5 would decrease funding for public schools and local services. NO.
  • CA Proposition 6: Repeal gas tax. Would repeal the gas tax and vehicle registration fee increases enacted in 2017 to pay for road, bridge, and transit improvements, and would require that any future gas tax or vehicle fee hikes be approved by voters. NO.
  • CA Proposition 7: Extend daylight savings time to year round. Would allow the Legislature to enact year-round daylight-saving time in California by a two-thirds vote in both houses, the governor’s signature, and congressional approval. No Recommendation.
  • CA Proposition 8: Regulate dialysis center prices. Would cap charges at kidney dialysis clinics and require that providers make annual public disclosures on costs and patient charges. YES.
  • CA Proposition 10: Affordable Housing Act. Would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, a 1995 law that barred rent control expansion and let landlords raise rents to market rate when property became vacant. Prop 10 would allow cities to extend rent control to single-family homes and condos and impose rent caps in buildings built after February 1995. It would also let cities impose rent control on units that become vacant. YES.
  • CA Proposition 11: Restrictions on rest periods for ambulance workers. Would require private sector paramedics and EMTs to remain on-call during their lunch and rest breaks, despite a 2016 California Supreme Court ruling that found that practice unconstitutional. NO.
  • CA Proposition 12: Farm animal housing standards. Would set minimum space requirements for hens, calves raised for veal, and breeding pigs that are sold commercially. Egg-laying hens would have to be given at least 144 square inches of usable floor space by the end of 2019 and be cage-free with accommodations such as scratching posts and perches by the end of 2021. No Recommendation.

CALIFORNIA FEDERAL AND STATEWIDE OFFICES

  • 13th Congressional District: Barbara Lee
  • U.S. Senate: Kevin De León
  • Governor: Gavin Newsom
  • Lieutenant Governor: No Recommendation
  • Attorney General: Xavier Becerra
  • Secretary of State: Alex Padilla
  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond – volunteer here for Tony
  • State Board of Equalization, District 2: Malia Cohen
  • Treasurer: Fiona Ma

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