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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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City CouncilCity of EmeryvilleNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

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Members of the city council draft and vote on city laws and appoint certain municipal officers and employees.
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Nonprofit Policy Director
2,312 votes (22.68%)Winning
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  • Increase housing affordability and implement tenant protections for residents.
  • Provide for comprehensive traffic management while improving public transit and bike/ped infrastructure.
  • Create new open park space as called for in the city's General Plan.
Profession:Nonprofit Policy Director
Director of Government Relations, Californians for Safety and Justice, a Project of the Tides Center (2015current)
Planning Commissioner, Emeryville Planning Commission — Appointed position (2015current)
Committee Member, Emeryville Housing Committee — Appointed position (2014current)
Chair, Citizen's Measure K Parcel Tax Oversight Committee — Appointed position (2015current)
Committee Member, Board of State and Community Corrections Executive Steering Committee — Appointed position (2016current)
Policy Director - Homelessness, Housing California (20132015)
Housing Law Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid (20132013)
Director of Housing Law, Cabrini Green Legal Aid (20112012)
Homelessness Program Attorney, Prairie State Legal Aid (20072011)
Boston College Law School J.D., Law (2006)
University of Notre Dame B.A., Government, Psychology (2002)
Member, Park Avenue Resident's Committee (PARC) (2016current)
Softball Umpire, NAGAAA (2008current)

John Bauters’ Service to Emeryville

  • Emeryville Planning Commission
  • Emeryville Housing Committee
  • Chair, Citizen’s Measure “K” Parcel Tax Oversight Committee, Emery Unified School District

 

John Bauters is an experienced professional with a career spanning 15 years in nonprofit advocacy and legal services to seniors, the poor, people experiencing homelessness and the disabled.

Whether he was leading disaster relief efforts to assist families in crisis or representing indigent seniors facing habitability issues from negligent landlords, John has always stood in defense of people in need of a voice.

John is recognized as an expert in social and fiscal policies that make communities affordable, encourage economic development and promote public safety and preparedness. His experience delivering social solutions in partnership with state and local leaders has helped John balance his progressive values with fiscal pragmatism. John is a relationship-builder and a leader in the areas of housing, public safety and community development.

An outdoor enthusiast, John is a regular fixture at Emeryville shoreline cleanup events and volunteers as a Fix-It Coach at all of the city’s clinics aimed at reducing waste by helping people repair or reuse old household items. John also actively supports public safety awareness events, especially disaster preparedness activities sponsored by the Alameda County Fire Department or the American Red Cross.

John lives with his partner of nine years, Aaron, and their 12-year old shepherd-mix, King. When he isn’t working on community-based solutions, John can often be spotted taking a jog on the Bay Trail or having breakfast with local residents at one of his favorite neighborhood establishments.

  • State Controller Betty Yee
  • Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson
  • Councilmember Nora Davis
  • Councilmember Ruth Atkin
  • Councilmember Jac Asher
  • Vice-Mayor Scott Donahue
  • Mayor Dianne Martiniez
  • State Senator Mark Leno
  • State Senator Loni Hancock
  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • Alameda County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • International Association of Firefighters, Local 55
  • Brotherhood of Carpenters, Local 713
  • National Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund
  • East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club
  • Alameda County Green Party
  • Sierra Club
  • Residents United for a Livable Emeryville
  • Steven Keller, Planning Commissioner
  • Buzz Cardoza, Planning Commissioner
  • Sam Kang, Planning Commissioner
  • Gail Donaldson, Planning Commissioner
1.
Question 1

If you are elected, what would you like to achieve during your term in office?

Answer from John J. Bauters:

I would like to put tenant protections in place, build more affordable housing for working and fixed-income households, improve regional transportation, create new park space for our community, assist small businesses and enage in long term budgetary planning to prepare for the future public safety services our growing population will require.

2.
Question 2

What do you consider the most important issue facing the city?

Answer from John J. Bauters:

Housing security is the most important issues facing our community. That includes housing affordability, housing stability, housing accessibility and protections for homeowners and tenants. Many long-term residents, especially seniors who rent are facing rent increases that leave them vulnerable to displacement. New residents face massive rent increases each year when faced with a lease renewal. We must put protections in place that incentivize tenant retention and stability.

3.
Question 3

How do you plan to balance the regional Planned Bay Area (ABAG/MTC) goals of Priority Development Areas (PDAs) with local needs of property owners, traffic/parking/congestion problems, and other local concerns?

Answer from John J. Bauters:

The goals set by ABAG/MTC should be pursued in good faith by local communities. That said, the primary responsibility that a councilmember has is to the residents in the community they serve. Residents who could be adversely impacted due to PDA goals should be educated to generate community support for future development proposals and they should be involved in discussions that could help mitigate negative impacts.

4.
Question 4

Considering the disintegration of local infrastructure, how can the city upgrade to meet the current regulatory requirements for clean air, and for clean water discharge into the Bay?

Answer from John J. Bauters:

The city should invest in sustainable transit models for our future. This includes infrastructure planning. We must innovate and use clean technology to power our future transit system. This needs to be part of a deliberate process that involves strong collaboration with our regional neighbors and partners to develop a system that reflects the region's future transit demands. 

Healthcare Worker Organizer
2,121 votes (20.81%)Winning
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  • Affordability: With limited housing stock, new developments are key. I will fight to increase the percentage of ‘affordable’ & ‘median’ priced housing stock in Emeryville and hold developers accountable to our vibrant community life.
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety: San Pablo is frankly scary to cross on foot. Providing protected bikeways on this corridor will improve bicyclist & pedestrian safety, increasing foot traffic and patronization of local business.
  • Parks: Increasing parks and open space is a benefit for community relationships, health, and property values. I will prioritize street level park space in new developments and advocate for mini parks in public spaces.
Profession:Regional Political Organizer for SEIU-UHW
Regional Political Director, SEIU-UHW (2016current)
Member, Emeryville Parks and Recreation Committee — Appointed position (2016current)
Executive Director, San Francisco Democratic Party (20122016)
Consultant`, California Bicycle Coalition (20132014)
University of California, Davis Bachelor of Arts (B.A), International Relations & Security Studies (2011)

Ally is a seasoned political organizer and advocate - for nearly 10 years, she’s worked to foster community engagement and advocate for policies that create a better quality of life for the communities she serves.  

Ally would like to bring her background in voter outreach and community engagement to fight for the issues most concerning to residents. With such a vibrant community life, our city will benefit from increased citizen oversight and input. If elected to Emeryville City Council, Ally will:

1. Fight to make Emeryville more affordable.

2. Look out for bicycle and pedestrian safety.

3. Prioritize parks and open space.

Prior to labor organizing, Ally served as the Executive Director of the San Francisco Democratic Party, where she spearheaded the largest voter registration program in the state. During that time, she also consulted for the California Bicycle Coalition, advocating for better bike infrastructure at the statewide level.

 

Ally holds a B.A. in International Relations & Security Studies from University of California, Davis.

  • Mayor Dianne Martinez
  • Vice Mayor Scott Donahue
  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • Alameda Labor Council
  • Sierra Club
  • RULE Residents United for a Livable Emeryville
  • Green Party of Alameda County
  • Alameda Firefighters Local 55
  • East Bay Women’s Political Caucus
  • Unite Here Local 2850
1.
Question 1

If you are elected, what would you like to achieve during your term in office?

Answer from Ally Medina:

I am running for Emeryville City Council because I believe I will be an effective leader on the key issues of affordability, availability of parks and open space, and safe transit options. My vision of Emeryville is to enhance the value of the small space we have, rather than a good option for commuting to surrounding cities. 

 

 

2.
Question 2

What do you consider the most important issue facing the city?

Answer from Ally Medina:

AffordabilityCost of living is key concern for all Bay Area residents and Emeryville is no exception. With limited housing stock, care in adding new developments is key. I will fight to increase the percentage of ‘affordable’ and ‘median’ priced housing stock in the city of Emeryville and make sure that developers maximize the community benefits of any new housing in our city.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety. In an under 2 square mile city, residents should be able to safely walk or bike anywhere in town. Unfortunately, our bike boulevards see too much car traffic going too fast for cyclists to feel safe. San Pablo is frankly scary to cross on foot. Having advocated for better bike infrastructure at a state level, I will apply that experience to improve Emeryville’s transit options. With the $4 million allocated for San Pablo revitalization from measure BB, our city needs to lead the Alameda Capital CTC Improvement Program for this area in demanding contiguous protected bikeways connecting Emeryville to the rest of Alameda county. Providing protected bikeways on this corridor will improve bicyclist and pedestrian safety, as well as increasing foot traffic and patronization of local business. 

 

Parks. Emeryville has significantly fewer acres of park space per 1,000 residents than surrounding communities. Improving the amount of parks and open space is a benefit for community relationships, health of residents and property values. I will prioritize street level park space in any new developments and seek to improve public spaces by advocating for mini parks and parklets that can add more green for residents to enjoy and play spaces for local families.

3.
Question 3

How do you plan to balance the regional Planned Bay Area (ABAG/MTC) goals of Priority Development Areas (PDAs) with local needs of property owners, traffic/parking/congestion problems, and other local concerns?

No answer provided.
4.
Question 4

Considering the disintegration of local infrastructure, how can the city upgrade to meet the current regulatory requirements for clean air, and for clean water discharge into the Bay?

No answer provided.
Education Administrator
1,723 votes (16.9%)Winning
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  • Accountability is central to good governance. This includes listening to the community and sound fiscal judgement.
  • Liveability- a commitment to community amenities, education, transportation, housing and the economy, as these are the basis of a livable Emeryville.
  • Sustainability- putting systems in place that allow for the community to endure and thrive overtime.
Profession:Director of Special Education
Director of Special Education, Oakland School of the Arts (2016current)
Trustee, Emery School Board — Elected position (2014current)
CSU Sacramento Doctor of Education, Education Leadership and Policy Studies (2011)

My family has lived in Emeryville since 2003. I currently serve as an Emery School Board Trustee. I work as an Administrator for Special Education and just started at the Oakland School for the Arts. I received my doctorate in Leadership and Policy Studies from CSU Sacramento. My career and education has taught me how large bureaucracies work. I am comfortable with large budgets, staffing, listening to the community, open meeting procedures, and the other complexities that come with being in city government.

 

  • Council Member Jac Asher
  • Vice Mayor Scott Donahue
  • Mayor Dianne Martinez
  • Residents United for a Liveable Emeryville
  • Alameda County Labor Council (AFL/CIO)

 

I have a track record of voting for a livable Emeryville and speaking out for living wages and affordable housing. I am committed to sustainable growth for our community; be it through encouraging green commuting, working for housing for all income levels and family sizes, and ensuring public green spaces. I have demanded accountability from the entire team at Emery Unified School District. I expect results and not excuses from contractors, developers, and district administration. I

Businesswoman/Urban Planner
1,389 votes (13.63%)
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  • Focus on City finances to assure a solid infrastructure with public services to support our growing population: public safety – police and fire; and transportation – streets, transit, parking and innovations - charging stations for electric cars.
  • Support our business community: small and large.
  • Work together on affordable housing to assure a home (renting or ownership) for people of all ages.
Profession:Business Woman: Consultant/ Project Management
Owner/ President: Consultant and Project Manager, M.P. Dreams, Incorporated (1999current)
Senior Environmental/ Planning Project Manager, RBF Consulting, San Jose, CA (20052006)
Associate Strategic Planner/Engineering Environmental, Port of Oakland, Oakland, CA (19892002)
Consultant Contracts, The Clorox Company: Oakland and Pleasanton, California; Cleveland, Ohio (19851988)
Senior Planner, Economic Development: Commercial Properties/Airport/Seaport, Port of Portland, Oregon (19801983)
American Institute of Certified Planners: Certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners: A.I.C.P., Professional, national certification within the urban (city) planning discipline. (current)
University of California Extension: Berkeley, Davis and San Francisco Ongoing Professional Development, coursework to maintain credentials., Management, Communications, Supervision, CEQA, HazMat, Wetlands, EIS/EIR, NEPA, Legal, Transportation Impacts (2006)
Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA College courses., Cost/Price Logistics & Operations Management (1994)
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA College Courses., Music Recording and Sound Reinforcement (1994)
Portland State University, Portland, Oregon Post Graduate coursework: Urban Planning, Law (land use, environmental and administrative); Boundary and engineering surveying; mapping and aerial photography. (1982)
Citizen Representative: Emeryville Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, City of Emeryville, Inter-Departmental Committee (20152016)
Emeryville Precinct Coordinator: 5 Voting Precincts, Alameda County Registrar of Voters (20162016)
Citizen Police Academy, Emeryville Police Department (20152015)
Vice President and Board Member, San Francisco Air Cargo Association (19961997)
Board Member, Oakland/Nakhodka, Russia Sister City Association (19921995)

Louise is skilled as a business woman/ owner of her small, consultant business. During the past 5 years, she provided estate management services to resolve issues faced by a family caring for the health and affairs of an elderly parent. Her business has maintained a license in Emeryville for 20 years.  Louise has resided as an owner within the Watergate residential complex on the peninsula near the Emeryville marina for over 22 years.

Louise has spoken before the Emeryville City Council, and at City Committees, bringing evidence to challenge proposals disruptive to our neighborhoods.

Louise resolved land use and environmental planning issues for Bay Area developments - housing, commercial, industrial, seaport and airport - in prior jobs for over 15 years. Louise managed services provided by teams of companies within the planning, transportation, environmental and engineering fields, as a project manager in both the public and private sectors.

Louise possesses experience successfully partnering with special interest groups, community organizations and governmental entities to achieve community benefits. Three examples follow. For two and a half years Louise was a representative to BART's City/County task force for the connector project from the Coliseum Station to Oakland International Airport. Through the task force work, the project gained Alameda County referendum approval. Transit riders now make a direct connection to the Airport.

Louise managed an inter-agency mitigation project creating an eight (8) acre public use site along Oakland's waterfront. The site contains a public park area, trail connection and natural habitat for migrating shorebirds by San Leandro Bay. As mitigation for a different development project, Louise achieved federal and state agency approvals, plus acquired funding to establish a 70 acre preserve in eastern Alameda County for the "Burrowing Owl", a protected bird species.

Louise is skilled balancing labor and management issues. As a consultant, Louise recently managed a coffee farm, with seasonal labor, for four years for a Hawaii client. In a prior job, Louise participated in labor negotiations as a union representative during contract renewal. The union membership also elected Louise as the union secretary.

Louise is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (A.I.C.P.) and the Association of Environmental Professionals (A.E.P.). Her skill sets give her hands-on knowledge for balancing stakeholder interests in civic affairs.

  • Emeryville Police Officer's Association
  • Nora Davis, Emeryville City Council, 28 years
  • Robert Blain, Watergate Resident
  • Joseph Lutz, Watergate Resident
  • Joyce Jacobson, Watergate
  • Eleanor Dahl, Watergate
  • Finley Robbins, Watergate
  • Fran Quittel, Watergate
  • Dolores Guiano DelToso
  • Donna Gamel, Watergate
  • Marilyn Manny, Watergate
1.
Question 1

If you are elected, what would you like to achieve during your term in office?

Answer from Louise Engel:

Focus on City finances to assure a solid infrastructure with public services to support our growing population: public safety – police and fire; and transportation – streets, transit, parking and innovations such as charging stations for electric cars.

Support our business community: small and large.

Work together on affordable housing to assure a home (renting or ownership) for people of all ages.

2.
Question 2

What do you consider the most important issue facing the city?

Answer from Louise Engel:

Maintaining City finances to assure a solid infrastructure with public services to support our growing population: public safety – police and fire; and transportation – streets, transit, parking and innovations such as charging stations for electric cars.

3.
Question 3

How do you plan to balance the regional Planned Bay Area (ABAG/MTC) goals of Priority Development Areas (PDAs) with local needs of property owners, traffic/parking/congestion problems, and other local concerns?

Answer from Louise Engel:

The foundation for an Emeryville response to the regional goals for Priority Development Areas, is to have at the core, the base, Emeryville’s specific, individual, local circumstances in all respects as portrayed through the adopted plans, zoning and ordinances along with City decisions on on-going development approvals.

 

4.
Question 4

Considering the disintegration of local infrastructure, how can the city upgrade to meet the current regulatory requirements for clean air, and for clean water discharge into the Bay?

Answer from Louise Engel:

Emeryville is in full compliance with regulations pertaining to both “clean water discharge” into San Francisco Bay and air quality standards.

Clean Water Discharge into the Bay: Emeryville is in full compliance.

The City of Emeryville is in compliance with all environmental regulations.   The City just submitted their Annual Report for Emeryville’s Municipal Regional- NPDES Permit. The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) standards and requirements are established by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA.  Emeryville is meeting all the Municipal requirements including the newly-increased trash capture requirement. The City has to demonstrate that the City actions capture at least 60% of the trash that is being generated on the street before it reaches the storm drain system. Along with the federal requirements, the Regional Water Quality Board, for the San Francisco Bay region, establishes a complex set of regulatory criteria. Emeryville must analyze and produce regular reports that demonstrate, to that Board, compliance for discharge to the Bay waters through the City drainage systems.

Air Quality Standards: Emeryville is in full compliance.

As to compliance with air standards, Emeryville has permits for the very few fueling locations (Police and Fire).   Emeryville has up-to-date hazardous materials submittals in California’s State Environmental Reporting System, the CERS, formerly the Hazardous Materials Business Plan, the HMBPs. Where necessary, the City also has submittals for the Spill Prevention Counter Measures and Control plans, the SPCCs. 

Emeryville is a signatory to the U.S. Compact of Mayors and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy. Emeryville regularly reports Green House Gas emissions, the GHG, to both platforms listed as alternatives in that agreement.  The City is on track to meet the Year 2020, 20% Green House Gas emission reduction goal. That goal uses a per-capita measure, given Emeryville's huge population growth in recent years. City Staff will soon be presenting to the Emeryville City Council an updated Climate Action Plan. That Plan puts Emeryville on the path to meeting the Year 2030 goals as well as the Year 2050 targets. 

The information contained in this response to the questions, posed on clean water discharge and air quality, were provided to Louise Engel, by Emeryville’s Environmental Programs section within the Public Works Department, on October 11, 2016.

A keystone of our community life, my first focus in our town, is Public Safety. It is essential to provide funds and resources for safe streets, neighborhoods, and business areas.  I would support policing based on a “guardian” rather than a “warrior” approach. I also support community policing that works with neighborhood residents to identify problems and to collaborate on implementing solutions meaningful to them. When we are safe, we can take the next steps to build trust and respect among the various cultures and ethnicities that enrich our community.

Safety extends to the City’s infrastructure and environment. We need to continue to provide adequate funds and resources to maintain the town’s services to our homes and businesses, such as streets, water, sewers and transit such as the Emery Go Round. The safety practices of the private service providers need to continue to be monitored—for example, gas and electric. Citywide daily maintenance combines with acquiring additional resources on a regional basis for emergency preparedness.

Our Emeryville community has undergone significant change in recent years. We face pressures for more change to the shape of our neighborhoods, our business sector practices and workforce. As we grapple with difficult issues, ongoing and future, I urge that we “step back” from the rigid “us/ them” corral that sometimes surrounds discussions. The challenge with differing opinions is to establish a foundation of continuing to talk with each other even when we “don’t like what we hear.” Our homes, businesses and jobs are here among people whom we know, whom we work alongside daily.

Working together, giving each stakeholder a “seat at the negotiation table” to devise solutions, we can work through difficulties toward beneficial outcomes. Working together, sharing each of our unique skills and perspectives that is a way to build a strong community – Emeryville – a community of people, you and me.

 

 

— October 19, 2016 Ludlow Media
Youth Development Coordinator
1,384 votes (13.58%)
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  • Demonstrate stability regarding ecomonic challenges and accountability creating economic growth.
  • Address while enhancing public safety best practices, bridging the gap between city, schools and community.
  • Focus on affordable housing and respecting the renters of Emeryville including small business owners, creating a thriving vibrant city for all.
Profession:Youth Development Coordinator, Community Advocate, Programs and Project Development
Harvard Certificate of Completion, Teaching for Understanding (2008)
  • Emery Unified School District Trustee, Donn Lee Merriam
  • Former Emeryville Mayor and Council Member Kurt Brinkman
  • Emeryville Police Department Chaplin Wakins
  • Benay Curtis-Bauer- Emeryville Budget Advisory Committee/Vice Chair
Email brynndacollins@gmail.com
Attorney/Father/Volunteer
1,247 votes (12.23%)
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  • Increase renter protections.
  • Advocate and promote small business.
  • Community development.
Profession:Attorney
Attorney, Michael L. Dworkin and Associates (2007current)
Santa Clara School of Law Juris Doctorate (2006)
Pennsylvania State University BA, Advertising/Marketing/PR (2003)
Trustee - Board of Directors, Oakland Aviation Museum (2011current)
Western Pacific Vice President, International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association (2010current)

I graduated from the Santa Clara School of Law and have been handling regulatory compliance matters, negotiating business transactions and litigating in the Bay Area since 2006. I’m familiar with how laws, ordinances and regulations intertwine to create a societal framework.

In addition to my legal practice, in 2009 I started and ran a small business specializing in helping Oakland and San Francisco companies save money by hiring locally and taking advantage of Enterprise Zone tax credits. Unfortunately, I learned how easily Government can stifle small business with over regulation when Gov. Brown gutted the tax credit program and I had to close shop in 2013.

On top of my business and legal background, I also volunteer with several non-profit organizations, including legal industry groups and the Oakland Aviation Museum where I have been a trustee on the Board of Directors since 2011 handling the museum’s legal issues as they arise.

All of my experiences helping companies comply with regulations, litigating breach of contract actions for clients, and starting my own business has turned me into a committed problem solver.

Today, my newly found roles as father and homeowner simply refocused me and the types of problems I want to solve. I want to focus my energy on building my community and making it the best it can be for raising a family.

  • Ruby's Cafe
  • Scarlet City Roasting Company
  • Best Coast Burritos
  • Watergate Market
1.
Question 1

If you are elected, what would you like to achieve during your term in office?

Answer from John Van Geffen:
  1. Put Renter Protections in place
  2. Advocate and promote Small Business
  3. Community development
  4. Public Safety
  5. Enhancing the Emery School District

My goal and my promise to voters is to advocate for creating a sense of community that is unique and specific to Emeryville. First I will put Renter Protections in place to slow the loss of long time residents. While this should have already been done long ago, we can act quickly by using the Berkeley and Oakland ordinances as templates.

Our local businesses have gone long enough without a voice on the city council. If the council doesn’t act soon to protect small business, it will be too late; Emeryville’s privately owned businesses will leave and Emeryville will just be box retail stores. I will reopen the discussion on Emeryville taking a regional approach to business regulation–e.g., MWO and FWW.

Emeryville has dozens of projects currently underway or undergoing permitting. Community development is not something to “solve”, rather it is our strategy for building an Emeryville residents love. I will advocate for homeownership, bicycle paths, public parks, and low-density construction.

As for safety and our city’s schools, we need to give Police Chief Tejada time to implement her new community policing initiative before the city council starts to interfere. The same goes for the brand new ECCL. We should give the Emery School Board an opportunity to work through the initial growing pains of opening a new school before putting too many “cooks in the kitchen”.

2.
Question 2

What do you consider the most important issue facing the city?

No answer provided.
3.
Question 3

How do you plan to balance the regional Planned Bay Area (ABAG/MTC) goals of Priority Development Areas (PDAs) with local needs of property owners, traffic/parking/congestion problems, and other local concerns?

No answer provided.
4.
Question 4

Considering the disintegration of local infrastructure, how can the city upgrade to meet the current regulatory requirements for clean air, and for clean water discharge into the Bay?

No answer provided.

My Emeryville City Council candidate statement: Dear neighbors:

 

Emeryville is where my wife and I bought our first house. It’s where our daughter was born, will go to school, and it’ll always be the place she thinks of when she says, “I’m going home.”

 

I want more than just your vote; I want your help. I’m not a career politician. My campaign for City Council is grounded in the principle that holding office is about public service above all else. I’m running because I want to ensure that Emeryville prioritizes community before succumbing to economic pressures.

 

Moreover, as a brand new father and practicing attorney, I promise to read every single proposal, study, survey and action item that comes before the council (since I’m not going to be sleeping anyway).

 

About me: I want to make commuting greener and safer with expanded bike lanes, new park space and walking paths and slowed traffic patterns along our children's school routes. Additionally, I want the city to better address renters’ rights, affordable housing and homelessness.

 

I don’t just want your vote; I want your ideas! Email your concerns to Vote4JohnVanGeffen@gmail.com and if elected, I promise to work with you to see them answered.

 

Thank you.

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Candidate forum for Emeryville City Council — October 2, 2016 League of Women Voters—Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville

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