I was greatly taken aback when I saw Robert Reich’s endorsement of Laurie Capitelli. Being a resident of Capitelli’s district and a regular attendee of the Berkeley City Council meetings, I can honestly say there is a substantial difference between Mr. Capitelli’s voting record at City Council and Mr. Reich’s characterization of him as a “serious progressive council member fighting hard to help working families face their daily challenges.”
The Downtown Berkeley Association sent eight questions on the future of downtown to all candidates standing for office. Here are their answers.
National politics have entered the Berkeley mayor’s race.
The two sides that placed two different ballot measures regarding the minimum wage on the November ballot reached an agreement in court Thursday that will result in a strange-looking voter information pamphlet.
City Councilman and mayoral candidate Laurie Capitelli has filed a lawsuit challenging wording in a ballot measure argument that links him to business interests.
In the last six months, mayoral candidate Laurie Capitelli has raised $67,135 in donations, according to recently filed campaign finance statements. That’s almost 35% more than one of his strongest rivals and fellow city council member, Jesse Arreguín, who raised $24,858 in that same period for a total raised of $47,326. (Prior to Jan. 1, Arreguín had raised $25,007.)
Worthington said he decided to run after long discussions with City Councilman Jesse Arreguín, one of the council’s three progressive members, who declared his candidacy for mayor in October.
With longtime Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates completing what he says will be his last term, six people have expressed interest in running for his seat come November 2016. Berkeleyside asked each of them to share their views, in 200 words, about what they see as potential solutions to ending homelessness. Read their ideas below.
In a housing affordability crisis such as the one settling in on the greater Bay Area, we immediately think of the very poor and the chronically homeless. And rightly so. Their needs are immediate and tangible. The City Council has recently spent countless hours trying to grapple with the crisis, culminating in the unanimous approval of a suite of initiatives at the end of May (view the housing items). Among them is my Workforce Housing Affordability Plan, co-authored by councilmembers Lori Droste and Daryl Moore.