City Councilman Laurie Capitelli was born in Berkeley but moved away at a young age, only to return to attend UC Berkeley. He never left, raising his children here. He worked as a real-estate agent for Red Oak Realty for decades and got involved in the public sphere in 1996.
After a fire ripped through a stretch of buildings on College Avenue in December 1988, the scorched Elmwood Theater sat empty, its screen idle, its seats unoccupied. The Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 further damaged the unreinforced brick building and for a time there was a threat that United Artists Realty was going to sell the structure to developers.
One of the biggest, if not the biggest issue facing our country today is social equity, and disparities in income, education achievement, and health. Thought leaders are recognizing that social equity is fundamental to building a sustainable economy and resilient communities.
West Berkeley Artisans and Industrial Companies (WEBAIC) urges you not to support Laurie Capitelli for mayor because of his central role in a destructive, multi-year, anti-equity effort to force out West Berkeley companies and their thousands of productive middle-wage jobs. Vote for Jesse Arreguín, who has been a consistently strong supporter of West Berkeley’s sustainable industrial maker and arts ecosystem and the thousands of good, family-wage jobs it provides.
We are former and current Berkeley elected officials who are united in our support for Laurie Capitelli as our next mayor. With our direct firsthand experience, we all deeply appreciate Laurie’s love for Berkeley, his trustworthiness, good humor, compassion, decency and intelligence. We urge you to vote for Laurie as your first choice.
I’ve been living in Berkeley since 1967, then as an entering freshman at the University of California. I attended Cal through the Oakland Induction Center protests, People’s Park, was tear gassed on my way to class, and was among the first graduating class of CNR (Conservation of Natural Resources). In 1976, I opened The Focal Point on Ashby, and have enjoyed living in this wonderfully diverse, and at times, “quite nuts” city. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
Open letter to my neighbors whom were unable to meet Laurie Capitelli at a house event we hosted:
— “I renege.” — Laurie Capitelli, May 6, 2014 Berkeley City Council meeting.
Name: Laurie Capitelli
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.”
City councilman Laurie Capitelli took out papers this week to set up a campaign to run for mayor of Berkeley.
Update, Oct. 5: Councilman Laurie Capitelli issued a statement Monday to clarify his role in the purchase of a home by Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan in 2010 following a City Council vote the prior year to loan the chief money toward the purchase. Capitelli told Berkeleyside he never served as the real estate agent for the home purchase and did not split a $30,000 commission for the deal, contrary to what was reported Friday by the Bay Area News Group. Capitelli told Berkeleyside he received an unsolicited payment after providing another agent advice about sewer lines and creeks, which he says he now plans to donate to charity. He initially kept the money because he said he was advised by Berkeley’s city attorney that there was no ethical conflict related to the vote and his role in the later transaction.
See update below.