Voting in Berkeley
November 8, 2022
Measure L - $650m Bond Measure - VOTE NO
Called the Mother of All Bonds (MOAB), this hefty bond adds money to your property tax bill, but no guarantee the tax money will be spent on potholes, affordable housing, or fire prevention. At the cost of almost $42.00 per $100,000 of assessed value, this is just lining to coffers of the City Council's General Fund for pet projects. It's time voters stop giving more blank checks to Berkeley's city government with nothing to show for it! Learn more and contribute to the fight at www.BerkeleyansforBetterPlanning.org
Measure M - Vacancy Tax - VOTE NO
Although this measure has some exemptions for owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes, it is just another direct hit that tries to force owners to rent out their vacant units, even if they don't want to. Starting in 2024, a tax of $3,000 per vacant unit will be levied in the first year and $6,000 per unit for every year thereafter. This is a punishment for owning private real estate and not an incentive to bring more housing to the market. Click here for more information on Measure M according to Ballotpedia.
Measure N - Low-Income Housing - VOTE NO
While we support housing opportunities for low-income earners, this is a direct financial give to non-profit housing providers like SAHA and Bridge Housing. These agencies have a poor history of purchasing and managing rental housing but a good track record of paying their executives bloated salaries! There is a better use of taxpayer money to create affordable housing than a freebie to ineffective housing providers. Click here for more information on Measure N according to Ballotpedia.
Rashi Kesarwani - District 1 - Incumbent
Rashi has been thoughtful on housing policy and often points out the ineffective use of taxpayer money by social housing activists. She opposed the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (in its most recent format), the effort to eradicate Golden Duplex and ADU rent ordinance exemptions, and is an outspoken voice for using data to inform decisions.
Mark Humbert - District 8 - Replacing Outgoing Councilmember Lori Droste
This is a very important race for us as Mark Humber's contender is current Rent Board Commissioner Mari Mendonca. Mark is a small rental housing property owner, a seasoned Berkeley commissioner, and a lawyer. He understands the impact of increased regulations on the small housing provider population. Learn more and make a donation to his campaign at www.humbertforcouncil.com.
Rent Stabilization Board - Wendy Saenz Hood
While there are five Rent Board seats open this election, we recommend you only vote for Wendy Saenz Hood. This is a plurality vote with the top five vote-getters winning seats. The only way to defeat the Right to Housing slate (tenant-backed Social Housing) is to not vote for them. These are At Large seats; any Berkeley voter may cast a vote. Learn more about Wendy and donate to her campaign at www.Wendy4RentBoard.org
City Auditor - Jenny Wong
This is an uncontested race of an incumbent; however, we want to point out that the City Auditor has made public that she intends to audit the Rent Board. The Rent Board has never been audited, and we are encouraging her to move forward on the audit sooner rather than later.
Alameda County Board of Supervisors - Lena Tam
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has the power to end the Eviction Moratorium that grips Berkeley. But only two of the current Board of Supervisors are willing to discuss the matter. It is critical that we elect new Supervisors that are willing to change policy when the time is right. While we have not personally vetted Ms. Tam, other well-respected industry officials have, including our sister organization, the East Bay Rental Housing Association. To learn more about Lena Tam and her platform, visit www.lenatam.com.
WE ARE NOT TAKING A POSITION ON THE RE-ELECTION OF KATE HARRISON & RIGEL ROBINSON, OR BUSD CANDIDATES.