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

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November 8, 2016California General Election

City of PiedmontCity Council

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Community Volunteer
4,627 votes (42.43%)Winning
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  • Focus on fiscal responsibility and transparency
  • Prioritize public safety including day-to-day response and crisis management
  • Invest in infrastructure including technology, buildings, parks and recreational facilities
Profession:Community Volunteer
Program Manager and Event Director, Game Theory Academy (2013current)
Member, Piedmont Budget Advisory and Financial Planning Committee — Appointed position (2015current)
Brand Manager, The Clorox Company (19972001)
Manager, Accenture (Andersen Consulting) (19901996)
University of Chicago Booth School of Business MBA (1997)
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Bachelor of Science, Business Administration (1990)
Advisory Committee, Change a Path foundation (2014current)
Board Member, Beach/PMS/PHS Parent Club Boards (2007current)
Assistant Coach, Piedmont Softball Foundation (20112015)
Community Outreach Project Manager, Piedmont Recreation Department (20142015)
President/Vice President, Piedmont Language School Board (20092013)
  • Delaine Eastin, Former Assemblywoman (Legislator of the Year), State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Piedmont Firefighter Association
  • Rick Rauschenbush
  • Amal Smith
  • Sarah Pearson
  • Doug Ireland
  • Andrea Swensen
  • Sandy Rappaport
  • Katherine Welch
  • Laura Katter
  • Hilary Cooper
  • Terry London
  • Nick Levinson
  • Tom Lehrkind
  • Nancy Lehrkind
  • Fritz Wooster
  • Karen Sullivan
  • Steve Mills
  • Betsy Andersen
  • Susan Hill
  • Garrett Keating
  • Sue Smegal
  • John Chiang
  • Sue Kawaichi
  • Lester Ellis
  • Kim Ellis
  • Cory Smegal
  • Ryan Gilbert
  • Carrie Graham Lee
  • Lori Elefant
  • Carolyn Collins
  • Jukka Valkonen
  • Kim Hebert
  • Cathy Glazier
  • Brian Cain
  • Chris Moore
  • Lynne Wright
  • Shel Schreiberg
  • Claudia Harrison
  • Sharon Hom
Email jcavenaugh@sbcglobal.net
Email Jen@jen4piedmont.com
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Bob McBain

Incumbent
3,236 votes (29.67%)Winning
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Email rmcbain@ci.piedmont.ca.us
Appointed Incumbent
2,818 votes (25.84%)
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  • Ensure safe neighborhoods and provide support for our Police and Fire Departments
  • Work with City staff and the community to update Piedmont's infrastructure and recreational facilities
  • Address climate change and environmental issues affecting Piedmont
Profession:Attorney
Founding Partner, Pritzker Levine LLP (2014current)
Member, Piedmont City Council — Appointed position (2016current)
Commissioner, Piedmont Park Commission — Appointed position (20152016)
Commissioner, Piedmont Civil Service Commission — Appointed position (20142016)
Commissioner, Piedmont Planning Commission — Appointed position (20062012)
Member, Piedmont Environmental Task Force — Appointed position (20082010)
Fordham University School of Law Juris Doctor, law (1988)
Columbia University Bachelor of Arts, english (1985)
Chair - Business Section, Alameda County Bar Association (2015current)
Chair, Piedmont Aquatics Master Plan Steering Committee (20162016)
Member, Piedmont Civic Center Master Plan Steering Committee (20072008)
  • Bob McBain
  • Rick Raushenbush
  • Tim Rood
  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • Sierra Club
  • Abe Friedman
  • John Morrison
  • Cameron Wolfe
  • Lance Fong
  • Kathleen Winters
  • Lisa Lawson
  • Anian Tunney
  • Michael Henn
  • Brian Mahaney
  • Jim Horner
  • Betsy Goodman
  • Arleta Chang
  • Melanie Robertson
  • Jim Kellogg
  • Clark Thiel
  • Ryan Gilbert
  • Nick Levinson
  • Jeff Dorman
  • John Lenahan
  • Brian Cain
  • Susan Herrick
  • Mary Geong
  • Patty Siskind
  • Bobbe Stehr
  • Susan Ode
  • Eric Behrens
  • Valerie Matzger
  • Nancy McEnroe
  • Al Peters
  • Michael Bruck
  • Dean Barbieri
Director
198 votes (1.82%)
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  • Crime and Safety: Home burglary alarm monitoring services directly by police dispatchers (not 3rd parties), bullet resistant vehicles, indefinite license plate reader data retention, increased allocation of practice ammunition, addl city camer
  • Pitbull Ban: Ban Pitbulls in Piedmont. "Google" Pitbull attacks and watch just one video, and you will be absolutely, unequivocally convinced.
  • Infrastructure: Repair all buckled and damaged sidewalks, especially on the worst streets such a Highland Avenue and Seaview Ave.
Profession:Director

Piedmont is the 3rd richest town in America.  (Google 10 richest towns in America - Walstreet 24/7 USA Today, May 23, 2015).  We have enough wealth to be a small nation, and there are actually nine countries with populations less than ours.  There are probably 50 Piedmont citizens who have the telephone numbers of the U.S. President on speed dial.  As a rich, connected, educated entity we can do amazing things as long as they are ethical and legal.  Few cities in the world can.  We have no excuses for short sightedness or selfishness. (Our schools and civic center for the arts, and religious organizations, and scouting programs, are inspiring.  The evidence of our labors is the character of our children.  Last year, over two hundred people of different faiths , ages 15 - 18, traveled to Mexico and built 17 houses for needy families.  Last Sunday, a group of 5th graders raised $850.00 by selling lemonade to help end world slavery.  

 

I am an idea person, and my ideas have already led to the enhanced safety of Piedmont.  I have lived in Piedmont most of my life, except while away traveling or at boarding school.   My own house was ransacked by a burglar, who stole among other things, a velum of the gutenberg bible.  I thought about what could have been done to have prevented that.  The crime had increased approximately 40%, and I decided to run for city council to try to have cameras and license plate readers installed.  Although I fell short of the number of votes required to win, my ideas were promptly adopted and implemented by our excellent police force, under the direction of our superb chief of police, and crime went down by 30%.  I hope that you will vote for me, so that I can continue to improve the safety of our city.  For example, our sidewalks are extremely hazardous.  All citizens have the right to the expectation of horizontal sidewalks.  Many of our walkways are severely buckled, largely because of the tree roots, some of which are ten inches thick.  These conditions are particularly evident on Seaview Avenue and Highland Avenue.  We all love trees. They add greatly to the beauty of our city, in addition to polishing the air.  But we can no longer risk the health and safety of our citizens.  It is also possible, that by not attending to this problem, the city can have legal repercussions.

 

The time has come for us to join the 900 other American cities and several nations, including England, that have banned Pitbulls (Google Pitbull attacks), and you will clearly see why.  Last week a Montclair woman was hospitalized after an attack, while gardening on her own property.  A Seaview Avenue woman that was walking a small dog, was terrorized by two large pit bulls, and rescued at the last moment.  These dogs have been shown on Youtube, climbing an eleven foot cyclone fence.  They are escape artist.  30% of the people that they kill and attack are their own owners.  Every two weeks, another person is mauled to death, and thousands others are disfigured with wounds.  A woman’s entire left arm was chewed off at the shoulder last week, and her right arm at the elbow.  A two year old girl was killed on September 24th.  There are two ways to handle this.  Before someone in our Piedmont family is tortured in this way or to grievously handle it afterwards.  The pit bulls have a short life expectancy of 7 to 8 years.  Existing dogs are neutered, microchipped, and tattooed with their name, and DNA swabbed, and must be insured by the owners, and must wear muzzles while outside of their homes.

Crime preventing measures can be divided into two main types.  Things that an individual household can do.  1.  Smart phone enabled recording cameras that will allow homeowners to view their home, with additional cameras facing the street, to assist the police in tracing perpetrators.  2.  Alarm systems connected directly to the police department, instead of to 3rd party commercial monitoring systems.  3.  Police departments themselves - we need to enable our police department to be able to retain license plate reading data, to assist with future cold case investigations.

 

Last month, a young woman was smashed in the head and face by a brick that was thrown through the wind screen of her police patrol vehicle.  Her injuries are grave.  Last month a 60 year old police officer was shot to death through the front wind screen of his patrol car.  Police cars have no more protection than that of a civilian car.  Recent occurrences would suggest to prudent and sympathetic hearts and minds that the time has come to change this.  I Googled used armored cars.  I was interested in finding out how much mint condition civilian styled armored cars would cost.  They are protected by light weight alloys, which add very little weight to the vehicles, and offer tremendous protection.  They cost between $20,000.00 and $50,000.00 each.  Piedmont has five police cars.  If ours cost $30,000.00, and sold them for $15,000, we would only have to pay a small amount for them to be protected.  The men and women of the Piedmont Police Department are willing to take a bullet for us during the day and while we sleep.  There was a day when body armor though of as an extreme degree of protection.  Everyone now sees the value of body armor.  Within 20 years, police cars will have bullet proof glass and armor as the norm.  It’s better to lead and err on the side of caution, as our department has been the leader on adopting city cameras and license plate readers.  We are dealing with city matters which involve $30 Million here, $100 Million there, converting 100% of our police vehicles is something that could possibly be done for $75,000.00, and save the life of one of our valued professionals.  

 

I think that it would be a gracious and seemly act to change the name of the portion of Oakland Ave that is within Piedmont to Ambassador Stevens Drive, to honor the son of a Piedmont family who represented America, and who lived and died to represent the best of American value, and "truly achieved the honorable.”  As a graduate of Piedmont High School, whose life fulfilled the motto “Achieved the Honorable.”  This would require the replacement of 24 street signs.  It would be wonderful if this could be done .  This would just require the installation or replacement of 24 street names signs.  It would be nice if this could be done, so that both of his parents could see this token of esteem that we have for their son.  

 

Once of the greatest things about attending Piedmont High School was experiencing the art on the walls of the high school. The walls were filled with framed reproductions of art from fine museums throughout the world.  There were hundreds of pictures and paintings.  I don’ know what happened to them.  When I was 14, I wrote a small book describing the location of each work of art, the history of the painting, and the history of the artist.  I had the privilege of attending very expensive schools, and I never would never say that anything was as superb as the atmosphere of the art filled Piedmont High School.  I would be very anxious to do anything that I could as a member of the city council to promote the arts in the Piedmont School system, starting with grade school.  

 

If you help to place me on the city council, I promise that I will devote all of my energies to funnel your ideas to building an even better Piedmont.

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Local Election Forum — October 10, 2016 League of Women Voters of Piedmont

This forum, held from 7:00 to 9:30 PM on September 20, 2016, was composed of 3 segments: 

Piedmont City Council Candidate Forum

Piedmont School Board Candidate Forum

Discussion of Measure H1, the School Facilities Bond Measure.

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