POTUS – Democratic Nominee:
I am enthusiastically endorsing both Senator Warren and Senator Sanders for President of the United States based on their policy positions/plans being closest to what I believe our country needs. I also believe that Sanders, Warren, Sen. Klobuchar, and former V.P. Biden each can beat Trump in the November General Election. Probably Bloomberg as well, although I absolutely do NOT want him to be our nominee. It won’t be easy to send Trump packing no matter who our nominee is, and who our nominee chooses as our VP candidate will be important to unify the Party, energize volunteers, and help bring out occasional and swing voters.
Senator Warren certainly would be able to unify our Party while maintaining her strong, on-point progressive policy goals that she so rightfully and passionately espouses. Senator Sanders, with his steadfast determination, progressive ideology and independent reputation, has the ability to attract some cross-over and independent voters who we will need in the General Election. We need Warren or Sanders to push us toward the real reforms we need in our country.
Honorable Mention: Senator Amy Klobuchar – If you are inclined to vote for one of the more so-called moderate candidates, I recommend Senator Klobuchar as the preferable choice over the three B’s (Biden, Bloomberg, Buttigieg). I had the honor of being on her Climate Town Hall panel last year and was impressed with her knowledge and presentation. And my impression of her continues to be relatively positive. She’s certainly more moderate than I would prefer on some issues (e.g. health care), but I believe she would be an effective President for the country. Please do NOT support Bloomberg. He's basically a moderate Republican, and he blamed the victims during the housing foreclosure crisis.
CA State Senate:
#5 – Susan T. Eggman #7 – Marisol Rubio
#9 – Nancy Skinner #11 – Scott Wiener
#21 – Kipp Mueller #25 – Anthony Portantino
#27 – Henry Stern #29 – Josh Newman
#37 – Dave Min #39 – Toni Atkins
CA State Assembly:
#2 – Jim Wood #7 – Kevin McCarty #10 – Mark Levine
#13 – Christina Fugazi #14 – Tim Grayson #15 – Buffy Wicks
#16 – Rebecca Bauer-Kahan #17 – David Chiu #18 – Rob Bonta
#19 – Phil Ting #20 – Bill Quirk #22 – Kevin Mullin
#24 – Marc Berman #25 – Anne Kepner #27 – Ash Kalra
#28 – Evan Low #29 – Mark Stone #30 – Robert Rivas
#31 – Joaquin Arambula #36 – Johnathan Ervin #39 – Luz Rivas
#41 – Chris Holden #43 – Laura Friedman #44 – Jacqui Irwin
#45 – Jesse Gabriel #46 – Adrin Nazarian #47 – Eloise G. Reyes
#49 – Ed Chau. #50 – Richard Bloom #51 – Wendy Carrillo
#53 – Miguel Santiago #54 – Sydney Kamlagar-Dove #56 – Reggie Jones-Sawyer
#60 – Sabrina Cervantes #62 – Autumn Burke #63 – Anthony Rendon
#66 – Al Muratsuchi #68 – Melissa Fox #74 – Cottie Petrie-Norris
#76 – Tasha Boerner-Horvath #78 – Chris Ward #79 – Shirley Weber
#80 – Lorena Gonzalez
U.S. Member of Congress:
#2: Jared Huffman #3: John Garamendi #5: Mike Thompson
#6: Doris Matsui #7: Ami Bera #8: Chris Bubser
#9: Jerry McNerney #10: Josh Harder #11: Mark DeSaulnier
#12: Nancy Pelosi #13: Barbara Lee #14: Jackie Speier
#15: Eric Swalwell #16: Esmeralda Soria #17: Ro Khanna
#18: Anna Eshoo #19: Zoe Lofgren #20: Jimmy Panetta
#21: T.J. Cox #24: Salud Carbajal #25: Christy Smith
#26: Julia Brownley #27: Judy Chu #28: Adam Schiff
#29: Tony Cardenas #30: Brad Sherman #31: Pete Aguilar
#32: Grace Napolitano #33: Ted Lieu #34: Jimmy Gomez
#35: Norma Torres #36: Raul Ruiz #37: Karen Bass
#38: Linda Sanchez #39: Gil Cisneros #40: Lucille Roybal-Allard
#41: Mark Takano #43: Maxine Waters #44: Nanette Barragan
#45: Katie Porter #47: Alan Lowenthal #48: Harley Rouda
#49: Mike Levin #50: Ammar Campa-Najjar #51: Juan Vargas
#52: Scott Peters #53: S. Jacobs or J. Goldbeck or G. Gómez
Alameda County Supervisor:
District 5 – Keith Carson – Reliable, progressive voice on the County Board who prioritizes re-entry, affordable housing, transportation and more.
District 4 – Nate Miley – Long-time thoughtful advocate for seniors. Deserves another term.
District 1 – Bob Wieckowski – More than one good candidate for this open seat; Bob has the most experience on the range of issues facing our County.
(Vinnie Bacon would be a good second choice if this race had a ranked choice voting option)
Alameda County Superior Court Judge (seat #2):
Mark Fickes – I know Mark Fickes as a civic-minded father, synagogue teacher and long-time public servant who has worked tirelessly for worthy causes like fighting hunger, combatting domestic violence, and ending HIV/AIDS. He has the values, legal skills, depth and breadth of experience, and temperament to be a great judge on the Alameda County Superior Court. https://www.fickesforjudge.com/about
County Democratic Central Committee - 15th A.D.: (vote for up to 8)
I’ve endorsed this entire 8-person progressive slate: Andy Kelley, George Perezvelez, Michael Barnett, Wendy Bloom, Igor Tregub, Barbara (‘Bobbi’) Lopez, Julie Caskey, Soli Alpert
I’ve also endorsed these good candidates: Kathy Neal, Ces Rosales, Dianne Martinez, Elizabeth Echols, Bonnie Wheatley, Paola Laverde.
County Democratic Central Committee - 16th A.D.: (vote for up to 4)
Cheryl Cook-Kallio, Roberta Kreitz, Jeffrey Nibert, Brittni Kiick
County Democratic Central Committee - 18th A.D.: (vote for up to 11)
There are 28 candidates running for 11 slots. I could easily endorse 20 of them. Here are some of the awesome candidates running in the 18th A.D.:
Malia Villa, Robin Torello, Royl Roberts, Diana Prola, Pamela Price, Linda Perry, Jim Oddie, Kenneth Maxey, Tonya Love, Corina Lopez, Abel Guillén, Brendalynn Goodall, Henry Gage, Victoria Fierce, Guillermo Elenes, Howard Egerman, Pamela Drake, Ellen Corbett, Brandon Baranco.
County Democratic Central Committee - 20th A.D.: (vote for up to 7)
Vinnie Bacon, Terry Sandoval, Sybil Smith, John Smith, Barisha Spriggs, James Farley, Mark Williams, Deneen Ogbeide
County Democratic Central Committee - 25th A.D.: (vote for up to 3)
Nancy Thomas, Raj Salwan, Debra Pearson
Contra Costa County Supervisor
District 3 – Diane Burgis
Los Angeles County Supervisor
District 2 – Holly Mitchell
Los Angeles City Council
District 12 – Loraine Lundquist
District 14 – Kevin de Leon
Marin County Supervisor (District 3) – Stephanie Moulton-Peters
Mill Valley City Council - Max Perrey
Santa Clara County Supervisor
District 5 – Joe Simitian
San Mateo County Supervisor
District 1 – Dave Pine
Zone 7 Water Board – Angela Ramirez Holmes
San Diego County Supervisor (District 1) – Rafael Castellanos
Mayor of San Diego – Todd Gloria
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Oakland Measure Q – YES – Measure Q will clean up our local parks, waterways and recreation areas while also helping to address Oakland’s homelessness crisis. It will provide our most vulnerable populations with increased access to support services that can help them find shelter and housing, and help to ensure that our Oakland parks, creeks, and recreation centers are clean, safe and well-maintained. This important local ballot measure assesses a parcel tax on property owners to fund the following:
o Maintenance and improvement of city parks and recreational facilities
o Services to address homelessness in our city, including more regular trash collection at encampments, and enhanced efforts to move homeless residents into shelter and housing
o Efforts to improve water quality and reduce litter in our waterways
For about the cost of one large cup of coffee per week, you can help improve our parks, provide support services to keep encampments clean and move homeless residents to shelter and housing, and reduce litter on our streets and in our creeks and storm water system.
While use of our parks and recreation centers has grown tremendously, the dedicated investment required to keep these areas clean and protect our water supply has not increased. Sadly, the city’s long-standing landscape and lighting assessment district never had an inflation factor built in, so those funds don’t go nearly as far as they did years ago.
Please read Measure Q to see specific projects and services that will result from its passage. Independent community oversight of Measure Q is required.
Measure Q specifically exempts low-income seniors, very low-income Oaklanders, and affordable rental housing parcels. And the assessment can only be adjusted annually for inflation.
Please join with civic leaders, park users, homeless advocates, and residents from every Oakland neighborhood who’ve joined together to show that Oaklanders value our parks and all our residents!
See S.F. Chronicle editorial in favor of Measure Q -- https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Editorial-Chronicle-recommends-yes-on-Oakland-15048788.php
***Note of Caution: Out-of-town real estate interests are funding a misleading campaign of distortion and deflection. Please read the measure for yourself.
~ YES on Q ~
CA Proposition 13 – YES – State education facilities bonds for school and college facility construction, safety repair and modernization. This bond proposition will help fund needed upgrades in public schools and colleges. Supported by CA State PTA, League of Women Voters of CA, CA School Nurses Assoc., CA Federation of Teachers, Children Now and more.
Alameda County Measure C – YES – This one-half percent sales tax increase throughout Alameda County will help ensure that all children have access to high-quality affordable health care and quality early education. This measure will fund pediatric health care (20%) and affordable child care and pre-school (80%). Supported by Parent Voices, Community Child Care Council of Alameda County, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Center, Alameda County Democratic Party, and hundreds of pre-school teachers and child care workers.
Oakland Measure R – YES – Removes antiquated requirement that official city notices be published in a daily newspaper published in Oakland with circulation over 25,000. No such paper any longer exists. Instead allows City Council to set by ordinance the criteria for selecting newspaper(s) for publication of official notices.
Oakland Measure S – YES – As required under the State Constitution, cities and counties must get voter approval to appropriate funds above a certain level created by state-mandated formula. These funds include taxes already received by the jurisdiction. This routine measure neither raises taxes nor creates any new tax.
Contra Costa County Measure J – YES – Transportation congestion relief and transit ½¢ sales tax measure for all of Contra Costa County. This funds vital projects to alleviate traffic congestion, reduce overall VMT, and increase access to transit.
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~ VOTE March 3rd or by Mail ~
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