East Bay endorsements 2010 - Page 4

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NO

We typically support any reasonable tax on property to pay for public services, but we can't back this one. Measure X would impose a fairly high ($360 a year) parcel tax on single-family homes — entirely to pay for cops. The police union has been intractable, refusing to give back any of its generous pension benefits to help solve the budget deficit. We can't see raising taxes for that department alone when so much of Oakland is hurting for money.

 

OAKLAND MEASURE BB

POLICE FUNDING

YES

Measure BB would allow Oakland to continue collecting violence-prevention money under a previous ballot measure even if the police department falls below a mandated staffing level. It would give the City Council more flexibility in addressing public safety. Vote yes.

 

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Comments

You missed the mark on your rent board endorsements. George Perezvelez is not only a progessive candidate, he is also the only LGBT candidate as well as the only minority candidate on the ballot. Aside from the fact he has a number of key endorsements, a solid platform, and a commitment to the City not present in the same old slate.

The answer to the question "when does 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 +1 = 0 ? Answer = when one (like SFBGZZ) choses those tired old six candidates who can't run on their own merits" Don't follow SFBG's advice - simply because they were "told" select those candidates (vs getting to know the candidates and understanding that Berkeley deserves a rent board as diverse as it citizens!) Viva George P. (and also, vote for George Beier or Ces in District 7 and Jim N in District 4 - other choices that make sense as well!)

Posted by Guest on Oct. 12, 2010 @ 11:06 pm

George PV shows his true colors by endorsing all the wrong people, so why should anyone support him for rent board?

Posted by Guest on Oct. 21, 2010 @ 9:47 am

The 6 of us went through an interview process and a public meeting of progressives, complete with Q&As, followed by IRV voting, that featured more than 100 people and representatives from Cal Dems, Young Dems, Green Party, Peace & Freedom Party, & BCA. We went through a public screening process that 99.9% of candidates never face at any point in their careers. Perezvelez took part in this open process and was not chosen by the 100+ attendees as a candidate.

In part, this was because Perezvelez said that he'd run even if he wasn't chosen by this convention of progressives. The 6 of us who were voted onto the Progressive slate DID make the promise to not run against the slate for the following reason- we remember when tenant slates battled BPOA slates (Berkeley Property Owners Association, who are generally very anti-rent control). When the BPOA-backed candidates had a majority in the mid-90s, rents skyrocketed. Unity among progressive rent board candidates has been key to keeping the rent board even-handed (4 of the 6 of us are small landlords) and available to both tenants and property owners.

Mr. Perezvelez and, apparently, his powerful backers have decided that his candidacy is more important than the community-chosen, tenant-friendly slate. I'm proud to be part of an open, public process. It's unlike pretty much any other method of how someone becomes a candidate for public office.

With all due respect to Mr. Perezvelez, who has done good work on the Police Review Commission, we have a talented group of candidates who have various skills directly applicable to the work of the RSB- 5 of us have served on the board for between 7 months and 4 years and have proven records of accomplishment on the RSB.

Thanks for reading this, Jesse Townley
e-mail: rentboard2010@gmail.com

P.S.- Interesting that the anonymous pro-Perezvelez poster above calls Perezvelez a progressive and then goes on to endorse the 2 main opponents to the top 2 progressives on the City Council. The SFBG endorsed the top 2 progressives on the City Council: Jesse Arreguin & Kriss Worthington.

I have worked closely with all 3 of the sitting Councilmembers whom the SFBG has endorsed (Linda Maio is the 3rd) on West Berkeley issues, Ranked Choice Voting, seismic safety, and many other issues, and I've personally endorsed all 3 due to this direct experience.

Posted by Jesse Townley on Oct. 13, 2010 @ 1:04 am

If the SFBG endorsement process, as they applied to Berkeley races in this current cycle, was applied to the San Francisco elections held in the 70's, Harvy Milk (and other progressives that represented folks currently not serving in office) would not have been endorsed. Ignoring the merits of electing a progressive individual to the Berkeley rent board, a person who could bring a LGBT perspective / be a voice for the hispanic tenant community, is shocking for a paper that calls itself progressive-bent (and illustrates that the opinion page is authored by folks that don't do their political homework, unless you call speaking on the telephone with Kriss Worthington for 30 minutes "homework").

Lets be frank here (and I suspect anyone who is gay and/or anyone who is hispanic would agree with these next statements): It is quite a stretch for someone running for office to say "I can speak a few words of spanish, so I can connect with / speak for hispanic community needs", or to say "I have a friend who is gay, so I can connect with / speak for gay community needs". It is quite another to say "I'm hispanic (spanish is my first language / I have suffered discrimination at work and in housing situations and will work to be your voice on the Rent Board" or to ay "I'm gay, and have been out my entire adult life. I'm spent that time working with groups such as Open Hand to help our LGBT friends and family maintain their homes/ apartments, since the early 1990s, and will work with you, as a Berkeley LGBT tenant, to overcome difficulties you may be facing in your rental situation". Lets just call it like it is, the slate is one-dimensional (regardless of how you slice it). To recommend the slate is to ignore that communities are best served by a diverse elected body (particularly when such a choice would include progressives). Shame on the SFBG for simply placing a call to Kriss Worthington to select their choices for Berkeley.

Posted by Observer on Oct. 13, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bURgTLHryrg

1.cut to 4:05 re: georges prezvelez, & beier

2. and 5:05 re: darryl moore, and other sell outs

3. in conclusion 5:50 vote for
Kriss Worthington http://www.krissworthington.com/home/
Jesse Arreguin http://www.jessearreguin.com/
& the Tenants Slate
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=148137668536426

Posted by Immortal Techniques on Oct. 15, 2010 @ 4:08 am

Just today (at the spice of life festival), Jesse Arreguin and his assistant were part of a physical attack against a past political opponent (a young gay man who dropped out of the District 4 race several weeks back). Assault charges are likely pending against Arreguin's assistant (who was the lead attacker). Instead of staying to discuss the matter, Arreguin apparently fled the scene / did not stay to provide his take on the matter with Berkeley Police. Jesse's remaining staff manning the booth (the against Measure R booth) refused to come to the aid of the victim, and hence he was left to wait for Police to arrive to get needed first aid.

It is wrong to elect an official that would stand in support of violence (at a minimum, he should have tended to the victim and stayed at the scene to speak with the police vs. leaving immediately). In the coming days, there will no doubt be more news stories on this event (please SFBG, take the time to speak with those that are involved, as this deserves follow-up / and I do not think we posters should be accused of twisting the truth on a matter this significant).

This event is BIG NEWS and should be followed up on by the media.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 17, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

i was there, jesse didnt attack anyone, and eric panzer got a boo boo on his finger because a scratch was reopened, sure I believe somebody grabbed a sign but they got it back more comedic than actual drama...lol refused to come to his aid...trolling for life dawg

and why you gotta bring up gay, let people just be people, he is a young man gay straight bi whatever it is all love

Posted by jonnie irving on Oct. 18, 2010 @ 1:39 am

There was a police report filed, and as I understand it an arrest is pending. Defending a violent, physical act is never appropriate.

Mr. Irving did nothing to offer help or aid to Mr. Panzer - and instead prefers to laugh at the violent incident. What a poor reflection on Mr. Irving's character (or lack thereof).

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2010 @ 10:52 am

A pending police report, in this country anyway, does not necessarily imply guilt. In this case, I am sure they will find that charges are not warranted.

Eric Panzer taunted the No on R table the entire day with his sign. This, too, is permitted in this country, but it doesn't make it either mature or becoming of a former City Council candidate. What happened was not right and I'm sure the volunteer (not, a VOLUNTEER and NOT JESSE!) who wrested the sign away from him regrets what he has done, but even taunting a panda enough times might get under the skin of the panda.

And if we want to talk low blows, how about Rent Board candidate George Perezvelez's partner getting in the face of Jesse's parents, who were also manning the table? Has HE offered an apology?

I really hope we can get past the stupid finger-pointing and improve the tenor of the local campaigns in the 2 weeks that remain.

Posted by I was there too on Oct. 18, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

A pending police report, in this country anyway, does not necessarily imply guilt. In this case, I am sure they will find that charges are not warranted.

Eric Panzer taunted the No on R table the entire day with his sign. This, too, is permitted in this country, but it doesn't make it either mature or becoming of a former City Council candidate. What happened was not right and I'm sure the volunteer (not, a VOLUNTEER and NOT JESSE!) who wrested the sign away from him regrets what he has done, but even taunting a panda enough times might get under the skin of the panda.

And if we want to talk low blows, how about Rent Board candidate George Perezvelez's partner getting in the face of Jesse's parents, who were also manning the table? Has HE offered an apology?

I really hope we can get past the stupid finger-pointing and improve the tenor of the local campaigns in the 2 weeks that remain.

Posted by I was there too on Oct. 18, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

A pending police report, in this country anyway, does not necessarily imply guilt. In this case, I am sure they will find that charges are not warranted.

Eric Panzer taunted the No on R table the entire day with his sign. This, too, is permitted in this country, but it doesn't make it either mature or becoming of a former City Council candidate. What happened was not right and I'm sure the volunteer (not, a VOLUNTEER and NOT JESSE!) who wrested the sign away from him regrets what he has done, but even taunting a panda enough times might get under the skin of the panda.

And if we want to talk low blows, how about Rent Board candidate George Perezvelez's partner getting in the face of Jesse's parents, who were also manning the table? Has HE offered an apology?

I really hope we can get past the stupid finger-pointing and improve the tenor of the local campaigns in the 2 weeks that remain.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

A pending police report, in this country anyway, does not necessarily imply guilt. In this case, I am sure they will find that charges are not warranted.

Eric Panzer taunted the No on R table the entire day with his sign. This, too, is permitted in this country, but it doesn't make it either mature or becoming of a former City Council candidate. What happened was not right and I'm sure the volunteer (not, a VOLUNTEER and NOT JESSE!) who wrested the sign away from him regrets what he has done, but even taunting a panda enough times might get under the skin of the panda.

And if we want to talk low blows, how about Rent Board candidate George Perezvelez's partner getting in the face of Jesse's parents, who were also manning the table? Has HE offered an apology?

I really hope we can get past the stupid finger-pointing and improve the tenor of the local campaigns in the 2 weeks that remain.

Posted by I was there too on Oct. 18, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

A pending police report, in this country anyway, does not necessarily imply guilt. In this case, I am sure they will find that charges are not warranted.

Eric Panzer taunted the No on R table the entire day with his sign. This, too, is permitted in this country, but it doesn't make it either mature or becoming of a former City Council candidate. What happened was not right and I'm sure the volunteer (not, a VOLUNTEER and NOT JESSE!) who wrested the sign away from him regrets what he has done, but even taunting a panda enough times might get under the skin of the panda.

And if we want to talk low blows, how about Rent Board candidate George Perezvelez's partner getting in the face of Jesse's parents, who were also manning the table? Has HE offered an apology?

I really hope we can get past the stupid finger-pointing and improve the tenor of the local campaigns in the 2 weeks that remain.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2010 @ 12:28 pm

Condoning violence is perhaps something that runs in the Arreguin family then (I'd much rather here from Jesse vs. his father - who appears to be writing these posts). The fact that his parents were there and permitted his son to flee a police incident speaks volumes. Further, they found it humorous to taunt all those that passed by that did not agree with their take on Measure R, regardless of who they were (and it should be pointed out that neither of his parents are Berkeley residents, their only stake in the matter is their son vs. the needs and interests of Berkeley). Why didn't one of them offer to help Mr. Panzer?

That said, instead of this bickering, lets get back to the original post - let the SFBG now take this matter into a reporting mode - speak with Mr. Panzer, Mr. Arriguin and Mr. Sanchez, and put the bickering to rest. The fact that a police report was filed pretty much says it is not a small incident.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

Wow - a lot of assumptions are being made here, and some of them are somewhat libelous. What makes you think Jesse condones this act? Was he cheering as this all happened? From what I saw, the person who took the sign only did so after it appeared like he might be struck with it. Sounds like a defensive act to me. As for fleeing a police scene - slight over-exaggeration, don't you think? BTW - you can file a police report whenever you want. It's the outcome of the investigation that is worth paying attention to.

It's fantastic that those campaigning against Jesse have so little ammo to actually use against him that they have to create scenes like this to have anything to talk about.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bURgTLHryrg&feature=related

1.cut to 4:05 re: georges prezvelez, & beier

2. and 4:55 re: darryl moore, and other sell outs

3. in conclusion 5:50 vote for
Kriss Worthington http://www.krissworthington.com/home/
Jesse Arreguin http://www.jessearreguin.com/
& the Tenants Slate
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=148137668536426

Posted by Immortal Techniques on Oct. 15, 2010 @ 4:12 am

Yes, Robert Raburn is the better candidate for the position on the Board. He has a pro-active stance on the use of police presence on the train. He will hold managements feet to the fire for properly maintaining the trains. He is the citizens candidate that you can trust will have the interest of the community at hand and how their tax dollars are being spent.

Posted by bubu on Oct. 14, 2010 @ 7:22 am

Wow, with so many good candidates running SFBG made an interesting choice of candidate for District 4.Seems Mr. Swaffords only true game here is that he grew up in Oakland and is on the NCPC. Even though he no longer lives in the district for his NCPC.I don't know of anyone ever having been "appointed" to an NCPC position these are and always have been elected positions. Just an observation!

Posted by Guest bobo on Oct. 15, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

Rent Board Endorsement My Aunts Red Herring Patooki! I believe the other one clueless politically opportunistic candidate with no background in civil work or true grassroots representation/involvement said it first. You can put Make up on a pig but it is still a pig- any one need 6-LOL

Posted by Guest on Oct. 16, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

DO NOT VOTE FOR JESSE TOWNLEY!!!!!!!!!
JESSE TOWNLEY is the General Manager of Alternative Tentacles Records;

Do you want someone who is involved with this company (see below) in Political Office?:

"It was proven to be true that "Alternative Tentacles Records engaged in fraudulent conduct" and that Jello Biafra "breached his contractual and fiduciary obligations to plaintiff [Dead Kennedys]." It was also shown "by clear and convincing evidence" that Biafra and Alternative Tentacles were "guilty of malice, oppression and fraud" in committing these acts. Malice was defined as "conduct which is intended to cause injury or despicable conduct which is carried with a willful and conscious disregard for the rights of others."

Jesse Townley is just trying to climb the political ladder so he can line his pockets with your tax dollars! DON'T LET HIM DO IT!

DO NOT VOTE FOR JESSE TOWNLEY!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 17, 2010 @ 3:11 am

A pending police report, in this country anyway, does not necessarily imply guilt. In this case, I am sure they will find that charges are not warranted.

Eric Panzer taunted the No on R table the entire day with his sign. This, too, is permitted in this country, but it doesn't make it either mature or becoming of a former City Council candidate. What happened was not right and I'm sure the volunteer (not, a VOLUNTEER and NOT JESSE!) who wrested the sign away from him regrets what he has done, but even taunting a panda enough times might get under the skin of the panda.

And if we want to talk low blows, how about Rent Board candidate George Perezvelez's partner getting in the face of Jesse's parents, who were also manning the table? Has HE offered an apology?

I really hope we can get past the stupid finger-pointing and improve the tenor of the local campaigns in the 2 weeks that remain.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

FYI FYI I was there too lol...all these people spreading lies about the event on Sunday at the Spice of Life...okay so this kid was dressed up in this obnoxious costume, pretty cool though, taunting this table at the event like they were responsible for climate change or something because they were against skyscrappers in downtown Berkeley (I think that young man should have found a pro prop 23 table to harass instead). Anyways this other walks up and the dude in the costume starts waving his giant sign in his face, for what I dont know, like way in his face, so he snatched it, looked more like self defense to me than anything else. The guy that took the sign never said anything or touched the mascot guy. Anyways after his sign got snatched the mascot just stood there and finally when his supporters came over he decided to play hurt, I think a cut was reopened on his hand (that is what he admitted to), plus he got his sign back. I think the moral of story is dont wave large objects in people faces like you are going to hit them and then pretend like you got hurt when you are sad that your weapon got snatched.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ioyt2zzm530

Posted by Steven Greenwell on Oct. 18, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

Since you seem to think you tube is such an appropriate site where one can get a peek at the type of person who was attacked, I present a youtube site that one can visit to realize that persons like you (assuming your name is Steve) - and those that attacked Mr. Panzer - are the true cowards and should not be admired by any stretch of the imagination.

For those of us who have been bullied in the past, realize that there is more than living in a word full of hate and bullying

Take a gander - you are a bully Steven - for not coming to the aid of Eric and for posting such mean spirited statements. You should be ashamed of yourself, but that is not in your makeup

http://www.youtube.com/user/itgetsbetterproject

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

Kind of sad that folks in the "No on R" / Arreguin camp continue to laugh about someone being pushed around / harmed. Is Arreguin going to even bother to comment, or is he too busy trying to push this matter under the rug? I am kind of tired hearing from his crownies, most of who don't even live in Berkeley and perhaps were not even at the event in question.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2010 @ 5:05 pm

The Guardian may be helping secure the mayoral victory of Don Peralta by not listing Jean Quan as the #1 candidate of choice. Rank voting is only worthwhile if someone doesn't get the majority vote-the Guardian should have pushed for Jean Quan to get that majority vote straight up. Sure Rebecca Kaplan sounds great and she has great politics but she doesn't have the experience. Let her come back in four years after she's tried out the waters some. I'd hardly say that 6 years at AC Transit and 18 months on the Oakland City Council gives her much experience at all. Jean Quan, though certainly not as progressive as Kaplan, knows how the City works and how to get things done, and i dare say she always comes out on the right side.
The Guardian endorsed Ron Dellums over Nancy Nadel in the last Oakland mayor election again choosing someone who sounded good but had no on-the-ground experience running a city. (Unlike Kaplan, he also seemed to have little interest in the task) And look what a disasterous mayor Mr Dellums made.) I guess the Guardian won't learn from their faulty endorsements but i certainly have learned not to trust their opinion on certain races.
Keep Don Perata out, rank Jean Quan as the #1 mayoral choice for Oakland.

Helen

P.S. And before I get accused of anything, I was not one of those who claimed that Ralph Nader was responsible for George Bush's victory. Al Gore was responsible for it.

Posted by Guest Helen on Oct. 18, 2010 @ 7:27 pm

I am in a run-off election, and I was endorsed by the Guardian this spring for the June election. My race is on the back of the first ballot sheet way down on the bottom - don't forget to vote for me.

Posted by Victoria Kolakowski on Oct. 19, 2010 @ 10:47 pm

I would have expected a more sophisticated analysis from SFBG about what the 21st century version of a "progressive" is than accepting the spoon-fed, so called "true progressives" from Berkeley. At least two of your endorsed candidates champion affordable housing while living subsidized by their parents and opposing any future housing supply that would create housing options in the future for people not so fortunately born. The folks that repeat the mantra of "true progressive" in Berkeley have not pulled their heads out of their rent-controlled, pre-prop 13, trust-funded, childhood bedroom long enough to update their politics and realize that Berkeley will become Piedmont (with a University) if we don't create more housing opportunity. The tired argument of development equals greed is the "progressives" way for keeping things the same. "I got mine" - why change? Lack of housing diversity equals lack of population diversity equals we're like every other rich, white suburb. Thanks, SFBG.

As for Sunday at the North Shattuck festival, check out where the comment thread ended at the DailyCal. Jesse, you don't deserve to hold public office.

http://www.dailycal.org/article/110839/city_council_member_s_chief_of_st...

Posted by Guest on Oct. 20, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

Young Daniel is a cypher. I've know Danny since he was a college kid. He only got his only political appointment because his domineering mother, an Alameda County Employee for the past century and a half, managed to find a job for her errant son, hauled back from his South American explorations of many years to assume the responsibilities of adulthood. I'm certain he will age well, if only because his mother would chain him up in the cellar if he goes awry, but the SFBG's tepid endorsement -- because he's all that's left -- seems neither well-researched, nor terribly convincing.

Posted by Jack Oakey on Oct. 24, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

What I know is that Arreguin & co. do not walk around harassing people with Brown-Shirt tactics. From last year's referendum interfered with by Libertarian-Authoritarian thugs to attacks on the few remaining progressives now, we see the culmination of the Bush years: violence, intimidation and lies are fine if they help you get your way. The idea that your side will lose on the merits when facing informed voters is too hideous to accept, so whip out the nightsticks, propaganda and lies.

Oh, and don't forget to wrap yourself in Green and Progressive rhetoric.

As to insisting on a right-wing hack in office because they are LGBT - smacks of quotas, doesn't it? And the last thing we need is another Clarence Thomas.
I believe you, Jesse Townley.

Posted by Reflection on Oct. 25, 2010 @ 11:54 am

Seems like the fellow above is a white supremisicist. Guess he has plenty of Klan outfits to choose from for this upcoming halloween

Posted by Guest on Oct. 26, 2010 @ 9:54 am

How come i can't find anything on the 11 judicial appointments we are being asked to vote yes or no. I have searched the internet for hours and came up with zero...and SF Bay Guardian is usually very good in adding all endorsements including judicial choices. Can anyone help me?

Posted by Guest on Oct. 28, 2010 @ 10:34 am

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