Thursday, May 31, 2018

June 2018 Local Races

How I'm voting on Local Races, June 2018

As with the statewide races, remember that California’s “top two” primary system means that in many races, the top two vote-getters will be on the ballot again in November. So if you’re torn between two obvious front-runners, don’t stress too much -- you’ll get to decide again in November.

Here are my choices in these races; details are below the jump.

Local Districts, Federal + State Offices

U.S. Congress, 13th District: Barbara Lee
CA State Assembly, 15th District: Beckles over Pardue Okimoto + Wicks

Alameda County

Superior Court Judge, Office #1: Tara Flanagan
Assessor: Phong La
Auditor-Controller/Clerk-Recorder: Blackwood
District Attorney: Pamela Price (Heart) over Nancy O’Malley (Head)



June 2018 Statewide Races

How I'm voting on June 2018 Statewide Offices

First off, a reminder that California’s “top two” primary system means that the top two vote getters for every statewide office will be on the ballot again in November. So if you’re torn between two obvious front-runners, don’t stress too much -- you’ll get to decide again in November.

Here are my choices for statewide offices: details are below the jump.

Governor: Probably John Chiang; maybe Antonio Villaraigosa
Lieutenant Governor: I’m not sure
Secretary of State: Alex Padilla
Controller: Betty Yee
Treasurer: Vivek Viswanathan to get on Nov. ballot with Fiona Ma
Attorney General: You can’t go wrong: I’m leaning Xavier Becerra
Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara
State Board of Equalization, District 2: Malia Cohen
U.S. Senator: Kevin De Leon
State Superintendent of Public Instruction: leaning Marshall Tuck over Tony Thurmond

Friday, May 25, 2018

June 2018 Ballot Measures

How I'm voting on June 2018 Ballot Measures

Here are my choices for state and local ballot measures: details are below the jump. I’ll write up candidates in a separate post. 

State


68: YES for Parks, Water, & Environment
69: YES to Ensure Transportation Revenues are used for Transportation Purposes
70: NO. Don’t require Supermajority to use Cap and Trade Funds
71: YES for Good Government Reform
72: YES to Promote Rainwater Capture Systems

Bay Area


Regional Measure 3: YES to improve transportation with funds from higher bridge tolls.

Alameda County


A: YES for childcare and early education

Saturday, October 29, 2016

November 2016 Summary

Here's a summary of all my recommendations -- the local measures, candidates at all levels, plus the state propositions I already posted. Click the underlined links for details.

Federal, State, and Judge candidates

  • U.S. President and Vice President: Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine
  • U.S. Senator: Kamala Harris
  • U.S. Congress, 11th District: Mark Desaulnier
  • U.S. Congress, 13th District: Barbara Lee
  • CA State Senator, 9th District: Sandre Swanson
  • CA State Assembly, 15th District: Tony Thurmond
  • Alameda County Superior Court Judge, Office #1: Jackson

BART, AC Transit, and Alameda County measures + candidates

  • AC Transit Measure C1: YES YES to support bus service (AC Transit)
  • AC Transit At-Large: Chris Peeples
  • BART Measure RR: YES YES to keep BART safe and reliable
  • BART District 3: Rebecca Saltzman
  • BART District 7: Lateefah Simon
  • BART Districts 1, 5, and 9: Contact me if you want my opinion
  • Alameda County Measure A1: YES YES to build more affordable housing
  • Contra Costa Measure X: Contact me about this transportation sales tax

Berkeley School and City Measures

  • E1: YES YES for Berkeley’s schools
  • T1: YES to fix city infrastructure
  • U1: YES YES to fund affordable housing with a tax on landlord’s rent receipts
  • DD: NO NO to reject large landlords’ deceptive smoke screen that has worse policy
  • V1: YES to let the city spend money it has raised in taxes
  • W1: YES to use citizen redistricting commission set city council districts
  • X1: YES to give matching funds to Mayoral/Council candidates
  • Y1: YES to allow 16&17 year-olds to vote in school board elections
  • Z1: YES to allow city to build homes for low-income families
  • AA: YES to clean up rent control provisions
  • BB & CC: NO, because Berkeley City Council reached a good compromise on minimum wage

Berkeley Candidates for Mayor, Council, School Board, and Rent Board

  • Berkeley School Board: Beatriz Appel Leyva-Cutler & Judy Appel
  • Berkeley Mayor: Capitelli #1
  • Berkeley Council District 2: Darryl Moore #1, Nanci Armstrong-Temple #2
  • Berkeley Council District 3: Ben Bartlett #1
  • Berkeley Council District 5: Stephen Murphy #1
  • Berkeley Rent Board: Judy Hunt, Leah Simon-Weisberg, Alejandro Soto-Vigil, & Igor Tregub
And if you missed it from earlier, here are my positions on state propositions:
  • 51: YES for K-12 & Community College facilities
  • 52: Leaning YES to Use Hospital Fees to get Federal Funds for Medi-Cal -- Comments welcome!
  • 53: NO NO to Statewide votes on local projects
  • 54: NO to Over-Complicated Prescription of Legislative Operations
  • 55: YES YES to have the 1.5% pay for for Schools & Healthcare
  • 56: YES YES for Cigarette Tax to Fund Healthcare and Tobacco Use Prevention.
  • 57: YES YES for Criminal Justice Reform
  • 58: YES YES to Allow Bilingual Education
  • 59: YES to Clarify that Corporations are not Human Beings
  • 60: NO to a Badly-written measure about condoms in porn films
  • 61: Leaning YES to Reduce Costs of Drugs - Comments Welcome
  • 62: YES YES, a million times YES to Repeal the Death Penalty
  • 63: YES to prohibit possession of large capacity ammunition magazines
  • 64: YES on Marijuana Legalization
  • 65: Leaning NO on Deceptive Plastic Bags Measure
  • 66: NO NO NO - Don’t make it easier to impose death sentences
  • 67: YES to Confirm Legislature’s Ban on Single-use Bags

Federal, State, and Judge candidates

These are (mostly) easy. The competitive races are in bold: 
  • U.S. President and Vice President: Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine
  • U.S. Senator: Kamala Harris
  • U.S. Congress, 11th District: Mark Desaulnier
  • U.S. Congress, 13th District: Barbara Lee
  • CA State Senator, 9th District: Sandre Swanson
  • CA State Assembly, 15th District: Tony Thurmond
  • Alameda County Superior Court Judge, Office #1: Jackson

Berkeley Candidates: Mayor, Council, School, & Rent Board

  • Berkeley School Board: Beatriz Appel Leyva-Cutler & Judy Appel
  • Berkeley Mayor: Capitelli #1
  • Berkeley Council District 2: Darryl Moore #1, Nanci Armstrong-Temple #2
  • Berkeley Council District 3: Ben Bartlett #1
  • Berkeley Council District 5: Stephen Murphy #1
  • Berkeley Rent Board: Judy Hunt, Leah Simon-Weisberg, Alejandro Soto-Vigil, & Igor Tregub

Berkeley School + City Measures

  • E1: YES YES for Berkeley’s schools
  • T1: YES to fix city infrastructure
  • U1: YES YES to fund affordable housing with a tax on landlord’s rent receipts
  • DD: NO NO to reject large landlords’ deceptive smoke screen that has worse policy
  • V1: YES to let the city spend money it has raised in taxes
  • W1: YES to use citizen redistricting commission set city council districts
  • X1: YES to give matching funds to Mayoral/Council candidates
  • Y1: YES to allow 16&17 year-olds to vote in school board elections
  • Z1: YES to allow city to build homes for low-income families
  • AA: YES to clean up rent control provisions
  • BB & CC: NO, because Berkeley City Council reached a good compromise on minimum wage