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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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City Council, District 2Berkeley City CouncilNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

Berkeley City CouncilCity Council, District 2

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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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Commissioner/Bookkeeper/Parent
3,451 votes (51.2%)Winning
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  • Affordable Housing: The current affordable housing requirements for new construction are not sufficient to address our housing crisis. I will fight to ensure that new apartment buildings offer 35% or more truly affordable units. Repeal Costa-Hawkins
  • Stop militarization : Berkeley must end their participation in militarization of their police. We seek neighborhood friendly, demilitarized police who know the community. Mental Health Crisis units, 24/7 is mandatory to address the 35% of 911 calls.
  • I am committed to environmental justice, clean air and water, accessible and plentiful wilderness, careful development that reduces our collective impact on the environment, and a constant eye to addressing climate change. 100% renewable energy now.
Profession:Bookkeeper/ Office Manager/ Purchasing Manager/ Staff Accountant.
Commissioner, Human Welfare & Community Action Commission — Appointed position (20092016)
Mills College Bachelor of Arts, Business Economics, minor in Dance, Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international honor society in economics, academic award. (2013)
Nassau Community College Associates Degree, African American Studies (1977)

My combination of experience working within city government, my commitment to our community neighborhoods, and my training in responsible, accountable practices, make me the right candidate to represent our district on the Council.

 

As I walk the district speaking with neighbors, I hear again and again that District 2’s Councilman is only seen in the district during campaigns and that he is unresponsive when folks need resources and support.  Our Councilman has received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign funds from real estate developers and is out of step with residents on issues of development.  I’ve served as a commissioner since 2009, on the Human Welfare & Community Action Commission, where our Councilman tried to shut down discussion on important issues because they could be damaging to his political ambitions. His behavior as councilman has disappointed me and my neighbors. District 2 deserves a change.

 

 

My thirty years working in all phases of accounting and various manager positions demonstrate my ability to work with budgets and city finances with leadership and competence.

  • Max Anderson- Berkeley City Council District 3
  • Gus Newport, Former Berkeley Mayor
  • Alameda County Green Party
  • Evolve
  • Michael Paranti, PhD, Author and Lecturer

 

Our community needs diverse, ethical folks with integrity and honesty to step up and become public servants. I have been active in District 2 for thirty-five years, and I have seen how dysfunction at City Hall has meant that the voices of my neighbors have been absent from city decision making. I have experience working effectively within city government, serving as commissioner on the Human Welfare and Community Action Commission since 2009. I believe in neighborhood-friendly demilitarized policing, neighborhood assemblies, innovative ecological practices, and beautification without gentrification. I am responsive, accountable, and principled.  My door will always be open.

Housing is a right. Let's end displacement and keep our community vibrant in culture and diversity.

Summary

 

Develop affordable housing over corporate living at cost reasonable for berkeley residents who want to live, work, and play here. Berkeley’s district 2 must achieve beautification without gentrification and displacement.

 

As we all know, Berkeley is experiencing a housing crisis that is unprecedented in our history.  Our beautiful city offers great schools, delicious food, vibrant neighborhoods and engaged neighbors, so it’s no wonder that so many people want to make Berkeley their home.  Unfortunately, City Hall seems unconcerned with the challenges that this environment creates for longtime residents, and uninterested in attracting diverse new residents from all walks of life.   As rampant gentrification was taking hold, council could have mandated that new businesses in retail corridors should be owned by people who live nearby, in order to keep the profits from new businesses in the neighborhood.  They could have offered city-backed small business loans to residents who wanted to start businesses in their neighborhoods, so that longtime residents could have benefitted from the rising economies of the neighborhoods.  Instead, Council squandered these opportunities and far too many longtime residents were forced out of their neighborhoods as profits from real estate and businesses went to out-of-town developers and investors.  Costa-Hawkins, the state law that prevents many forms of rent control, must be repealed so that we may revise our rent control system, both for residents and commercial tenants. Let’s unite with different municipalities throughout the state and council to repeal Costa Hawkins-re-implement vacancy controls, again.

 

The current affordable housing requirements for new construction are not sufficient to address our housing crisis.  I will fight to ensure that new apartment buildings offer 35% or more truly affordable units.  A recent “below market” unit on University, for instance, is charging $1900 for a 340 square foot studio.  This is a slap in the face to our affordable housing program. Additionally, it is time for a statewide movement to repeal Costa-Hawkins.  Berkeley can lead this movement, and I will work with other cities to change state regulations so that Berkeley can have more tools to address exploding housing costs.   

 

Environment: Our community must engage in citizenship to become a model for environmental stewardship.

Summary

Communities everywhere are struggling to address the local impacts of climate change.  Berkeley is already making great strides and creating models for other communities, but there is much to be done.

I am committed to environmental justice, clean air and water, accessible and plentiful wilderness, careful development that reduces our collective impact on the environment, and a constant eye to addressing climate change.  I will work with city staff to develop a plan for 100% renewable energy production, solar rooftop initiatives for renters and low income owners, developing water retention landscapes throughout the city, supporting urban agriculture, and accelerating our carbon neutrality goals.  As we face climate change as a community, we must actively research and proactively address environmental threats.  

 

In conversation with my neighbors, I hear again and again that city hall is not responsive enough to the needs of the community. I am advocating for the creation of neighborhood assemblies which will support citizens to be organized around citywide issues. Our goals are to keep citizens more engaged and informed of issues and policy discussions, to build community, facilitate environmental stewardship, do disaster preparation, mitigate conflicts, and improve the ethic of civic engagement throughout the city. I want to disrupt the disengaged-citizenship-as-usual. I believe Berkeley can steward a new model of citizenship.

 

Bias and Inequity

Summary

Our communities of color have been the hardest hit by displacement as a result of gentrification.  Additionally, our community is not immune to bias in employment practices and policing.

Our communities of color have been the hardest hit by displacement as a result of gentrification.  Additionally, our community is not immune to bias in employment practices and policing.  We need strong anti-bias policy and practice for all workers, and community assemblies that allow residents to discuss challenges and communicate with their representatives.  We deserve a neighborhood-friendly police force that rejects militarized tactics.

 

Stop Urban Shield, I will support no militarization and participation in Urban Shield. We must end this practice and think more about community based, non militarized, neighborhood friendly, police. Berkeley police require an increase in de-escalation training, additional mental health crisis units available 24/7. The BPD must end racial profiling, add regular community building events to their calendar, get to know the community they serve and stop urban shield.  

 

I will support efforts to bolster workplace discrimination protections, and will work to prevent militarized policing tactics. BPD spends almost 35% or its resources responding to mental health crises, professionals would be better suited to respond to struggling community members.  We need a fully-funded Mental Health Crisis Response Team that operates separately from the police department.  City programming needs to be carefully targeted to help us preserve and enhance our city’s diversity, and to support our minority communities of color.

 

Development must be carefully designed to enhance, protect our environment and provide housing that is accessible to all, not just to the wealthiest among us.  Through neighborhood assemblies, the community’s voice will be at the table whenever new development is proposed, so that together we can assess the impacts on the local ecology and the local community.  


Develop affordable housing over corporate living at cost reasonable for Berkeley residents who want to live work play. Berkeley’s district 2 must achieve beautification without gentrification. Berkeley must explore the entire city for development, not just the low income areas where the maximum profits can be made. We need to keep the diversity of our wonderful city, stop the displacement. No more displacement.

Berkeley City Councilmember, District 2
3,283 votes (48.7%)
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  • Public Safety: I was able to increase the police force by 5 officers, including a bicycle patrol for our parks. I have also worked with neighborhood groups to achieve countless traffic calming measures to improve traffic safety in the District.
  • Housing Affordability: I have worked to find new funding sources for affordable and workforce housing. Finding ways for developers and rental property owners to contribute to affordable housing is a major accomplishment for me.
  • Infrastructure Enhancements: We have to invest more in our parks, recreational and senior facilities, storm drains, sidewalks, sewers, and streets. I worked to put a $100 million on the ballot to improve our city's infrastructure
Profession:Senior Management Analyst at the Oakland Housing Authority/Berkeley City Councilmember
Associate Management Analyst/Senior Management Analyst, Department of Public Works, City of Berkeley (19982004)
Trustee, Area 4, Peralta Community College District — Elected position (20002004)
Legislative Aide, Councilmember Kriss Worthington, District 7, City of Berkeley (19971998)
Budget Analyst, University of District of Columbia (19891996)
Budget Analyst, Office of the Mayor, District of Columbia (19871989)
Department of Public Works, District of Columbia (19861987)
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Senior Executives, State and Local Government (2004)
Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago, IL 1986 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship Masters of Arts, Public Policy (1986)
University of California at Santa Cruz Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, Sociology (1984)

Darryl graduated with honors from UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology in 1984.  He later earned his Master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago in 1986.   

After graduating from Chicago, Darryl moved to the District of Columbia, working as an Urban Fellow in the Mayor's Budget Office as a Budget Analyst.  Later, he went on to work as a Senior Budget Analyst for the University of the District of Columbia.  

Darryl moved to Berkeley in 1996, when he started working for Councilmember Kriss Worthington as a legislative aide and later moved on to work for the City of Berkeley as the Senior Management Analyst for the Department of Public Works, in the areas of budget, capital projects, and fiscal planning. 

In November 2000, Darryl was elected to the Peralta Community College Board of Trustees representing the cities of Albany, Emeryville, and Berkeley, becoming the first openly gay African-American elected to office in the East Bay.

In November 2004, Darryl was elected to the Berkeley City Council for a four-year term representing District 2, South-West Berkeley, and represents the Council on the Berkeley Public Library Board of Trustees.

Besides being on the Berkeley City Council, Darryl also works at the Oakland Housing Authority as a senior management analyst.  He currently serves as the Chair of Alameda County’s AIDS Project of the East Bay, which is dedicated to preventing the spread of HIV and supporting individuals infected with the virus through programs targeted at some of the most vulnerable and marginalized individuals in Alameda County.

 

  • Laurie Capitelli, Berkeley City Councilmember, District 5
  • Susan Wengraf, Berkeley City Councilmember, District 6
  • Lori Droste, Berkeley City Councilmember, District 8
  • Tom Bates, Berkeley Mayor
  • Keith Carson, Alameda County Supervisor, District 5
  • Loni Hancock, California State Senator, District 9
  • Linda Maio, Berkeley Vice Mayor, District 1
  • Nancy Skinner, Former California State Assemblywoman, District 15
  • James Chang, Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board
  • Karen Weinstein, Alameda County Democratic Central Committee
  • Carole Kennerly, former Vice Mayor of the City of Berkeley
  • Judy Hunt, Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board
  • Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland Councilmember at-large
  • Judy Appeal, Berkeley School Board Director
  • Josh Daniels, Berkeley School Board Director
  • Karen Hemphill, Berkeley School Board Director
  • Beatriz Levya-Cutler, Berkeley School Board Director
  • Karen Monroe, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools
  • Joaquin Rivera, Alameda County Board of Education
  • Lynette McElhaney, Oakland Council President
  • Dianne Martinez, Emeryville Mayor
  • Ruth Atkins, Emeryville City Council
  • Jovanka Beckles, Richmond City Council
  • Mary Kim Kruckel, Former Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board Commissioner
  • Sierra Club, San Francisco Bay Chapter
  • Public Employees Union, Local One
  • SEIU Local 1021
  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • Alameda County Building Trades
  • Alameda County Labor Council
  • Berkeley Democratic Club
  • Berkeley Firefighters Association
  • Berkeley Police Association
  • John George Democratic Club
  • East Bay Young Democrats
  • Victory Fund, National LGBT Organization
  • Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte
  • Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County
  • Bay Area Reporter
  • Carpenters Local Union 713
  • East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club
  • Weldon Rucker, Former Berkeley City Manager/District 2 Neighbor
  • Elaine Brown, Former Chairwoman of Black Panther Party
  • Sam Frankel, Chair of Berkeley Commission on Labor
  • Cathy Campbell, President of the Berkeley Federation of Teachers
  • Stephen Murphy, Chair of the Berkeley Planning Commission
  • George Perezvelez, Chair of the Police Review Commission
  • Xavier Morales, Co-Chair of Latinos Unidos de Berkeley/District 2 neighbor
  • Michele Lawrence, Former Superintendent of Berkeley Unified School District
  • Mansour Id-deen, President of Berkeley NAACP
  • Susan Medak, Managing Director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre
  • Bishop Kelly Woods, Bishop at Covenant Worship Center
  • Menachem Creditor, Rabbi, Congregation Netivot Shalom
  • Sheila Kolenc, Chair of Blake & Mabel Neighbors (BAM)
  • Arlene Key, President of San Pablo Neighborhood Council
  • Lupe Gallegos-Castillo, Centers for Educational Justice & Community Engagement
  • Carole Marasovich, Berkeley Commission on Homelessness
  • Winston Burton, Berkeley Board of Library Trustees
  • Willie Phillips, NAACP
  • Raymond Yep, Berkeley Public Works Commission
  • Adolph Moody, Berkeley Housing Authority Board
  • Maulin Chokshi, President of University Avenue Merchants
  • Lisa Duncan, President of Curtis-Chaucer Neighborhood Association
  • Eve Uberman, Director of Nia House
  • Jeff Vincent, Boardmember, Nia House Learning Center/District 2 Neighbor
  • Kad Smith, Berkeley Youth and Government Lead Advisor/District 2 Neighbor
  • Judith Olson, Block Captain for Acton Neighborhood Group
  • Barry Fike, Teacher/Former President of Berkeley Federation of Teachers
  • Michael Colbruno, Chair of Oakland Port Authority
  • Peggy Moore, Senior Special Advisor to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff
  • Stephanie Allan, Berkeley Unified School District Construction Bond Oversight Committee
  • Karen Anderson, Membership Chair for East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club
  • Brendalynn Goodall, President of East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club
  • Barry Fike, Teacher/Former President of Berkeley Federation of Teachers
Teacher/Mom/Entrepreneur
0 votes (29.2%)
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  • Demonstrating ethical, just leadership that zeroes in on socioeconomic, racial and environmental justice in our community.
  • Focusing on housing as a human right which includes developing communities, not corridors; demanding development of affordable housing; encouraging comprehensive, service-based home-loss prevention responses; ending criminalization of the homeless.
  • Demanding significant changes to policing, including: demilitarization; accountability practices such as community input/oversight on procedures/discipline, transparency; and providing funding for mental health resources to divert calls from police.
Profession:Teacher, Activist, Mom, Social Entrepreneur
UC Berkeley Bachelors Degree, Educational Anthropology (2013)
Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment Graduate certification (2008)

Nanci lives in West Berkeley with her husband Carl.  Together, they are raising their twin daughters to love Berkeley just as much as they do. You can often find Nanci and her family enjoying the Berkeley Marina or frequenting one of Berkeley's beautiful parks. Nanci understand the unique landscape that makes up our small town, which is both diverse and complex. Nanci believes that every resident of Berkeley has the right to experience a safe and equitable Berkeley, as well as responsive and ethical leadership. This is why Nanci is running for Berkeley City Council Representative for District 2.

As the founding director of Dance Out Loud, a movement-based after school program, Nanci recognizes the importance of youth programming and education that empowers children and youth to be their best selves.  When Nanci is not teaching dance, art, or performance, she can be found taking action against injustice as a well-known civil rights activist in Berkeley and the greater Bay Area. As District 2's City Council Representative, Nanci will continue the fight for affordable housing for native and long-term Berkeley residents, quality public education, and against the militarization of Berkeley's police force.

  • John T. Selawsky, Rent Board Commissioner
  • Berkeley Progressive Alliance, Berkeley Citizens Action, Berkeley Tenants Union
  • The Green Party of Alameda County
  • Gus Newport, Former Mayor of Berkeley
  • Sharon Maldonado, Former Rent Board Commissioner
  • Pamela Webster, Former Rent Board Commissioner
  • Katherine Harr, City of Berkeley Rent Board Commissioner
  • Anna De Leon. Former Berkeley School Board Member
  • East Bay Express
  • Cal Berkeley Democrats
  • Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club
  • John George and Niagara Democratic Clubs (2nd position)
  • Friends of Adeline
  • W. Kamau Bell, ACLU Celebrity Ambassador for Racial Justice
  • Lateefah Simon, Rosenberg Foundation, BART Board Candidate
  • Heidi Guyton, State of California, Department of Toxic Substances Control
  • Fred Dodsworth, Candidate, District 5, Berkeley City Council
  • Linda Franklin, WIC Program Director (Alameda County, ret.), Community Health Commissioner (former chair)
1.
Question 1

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

Answer from Nanci Ira Armstrong-Temple:

I have five goals for my first term of office:

  • Analyze and Reform our city budget so that our ethics match our spending. 
  • Increase the stock of affordable housing. 
  • Ensure that the people of my district have plenty of opportunities to share their visions, their ideas, their concerns by implementing regular town halls and neighborhood assemblies. 
  • Increase funding for a small business enterprise center and implement low-interest micro loans for small businesses and social entrepreneurs. 
  • Increase long term housing for chronically homeless using a model similar to Housing First program implemented in Utah.

 

2.
Question 2

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

Answer from Nanci Ira Armstrong-Temple:

 

The ever-increasing criminalization of Black, Brown and Poor people is our city’s most important issue because it is connected in some way to every other concern, including the loss of affordable housing and living wage jobs, and access to quality education. This socioeconomic injustice is the source of much of the stress in our community. As that stress increases and manifests in our community, our city leaders have decided to deal with it through policing, rather than addressing the root causes of the stress through the implementation of ethical, fiscally sound, and pragmatically effective solutions. As a city, we experience this fiscally as police budgets are increased at the expense of programs that support efforts which would make a difference for all of our neighbors. Our homeless neighbors are increasingly criminalized instead of offering mental healthcare, creating housing solutions and providing transitional solutions. As a community, we experience the ongoing trauma created by fear and mistrust of the people who are supposed to protect and serve, as militarization and the training associated with using those tools actually add to the stress in our neighborhoods.

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.

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