BTCA Endorsements for Nov. 4, 2014


October 2014

The Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County has finalized its endorsements for the November 4 General Election and begun its campaign to get out the vote for endorsed candidates and measures.

“These endorsements reflect those candidates and measures that the majority of our combined affiliates believe will best serve the combined interests of all our brothers and sisters that work in construction,” Andreas Cluver, Secretary-Treasurer of the Alameda County Building and Construction Trades Council said. “If you share the values and mission of the Building Trades, you should also support these endorsements. Most importantly, however, we ask that all union members get out and vote so that the working people’s voices will be heard. GO VOTE!”

The priorities for the BTCA include passing County Measure BB and electing Tim Sbranti in Assembly District 16.

Phone Banks and Precinct Walks for candidates and measures in Berkeley, Fremont, Oakland, and Hayward are ongoing until Election Day. Please contact Christine Garrett at 510-430-8664 x16 or [email protected] to volunteer and for more information about endorsed candidates and measures.


Building & Construction Trades Council of Alameda County Endorsements

November 4, 2014 Election

United States Representatives

District 13 – Barbara Lee

District 17 – Mike Honda

District 15 – Eric Swalwell

State Constitutional Offices

Governor – Jerry Brown

Lieutenant Governor – Gavin Newsom

Secretary of State – Alex Padilla

Controller – Betty Yee

Treasurer – John Chiang

Attorney General – Kamala Harris

Commissioner of Insurance – Dave Jones

Superintendent of Public Instruction – Tom Torlakson

Board of Equalization, District 2 – Fiona Ma

State Legislature:

State Senator District 10 – Bob Wieckowski

Assembly District 16 – Tim Sbranti

Assembly District 18 – Rob Bonta

Assembly District 20 – Bill Quirk

Assembly District 25 – Kansen Chu

State Ballot Measures

Proposition 1 – YES

Proposition 2 – YES

Proposition 47 – YES

Proposition 48 – YES

County of Alameda Ballot Measure

Measure BB: $7.7billion Transportation Sales Tax – Yes

City of Alameda

Mayor:  Marie Gilmore

Council Member: Jim Oddie

Council Member: Stewart Chen

Alameda Unified School District

Governing Board Member 1: Solana Henneberry

City of Alameda Ballot Measures

Measure I: $179million School Bond – Yes

City of Berkeley

Council District 1: Linda Maio

Council District 4: Jesse Arreguin

Council District 7: Kriss Worthington

Council District 8: Lori Droste

Berkeley Unified School District

Member of the Board of Education 1: Karen Hemphill

Member of the Board of Education 2: Josh Daniels

Member of the Board of Education 3: Julie Sinai

City of Berkeley Ballot Measures

Measure D: Soda Tax: No

Measure R: Downtown Plan Revision: No

City of Dublin

Mayor: (Open endorsement)

Council Member 1: Abe Gupta

Council Member 2: Don Biddle

Dublin Unified School District

Governing Board Member 1: Sean Kenney

Governing Board Member 2: Megan Rose

City of Emeryville

Council Member 1: Dianne Martinez

Council Member 2: Scott Donahue

City of Fremont

Council Member 1: David Bonaccorsi

Council Member 2: Raj Salwan

Fremont Unified School District

Governing Board Member 1: Moina Shaiq

Governing Board Member 2: Larry Sweeney

Hayward Unified School District

Governing Board Member 1: Lisa Brunner

Governing Board Member 2:  William McGee

City of Hayward Ballot Measures

Measure L: 229m School Bond: Yes

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District

Governing Board Member 1: Efrian Meledez

Pleasanton Unified School District

Governing Board Member 1: Jeff Bowser

Governing Board Member 2: Joan Laursen

City of Newark

Mayor: Alan Nagy

Council Members 1: Mike Bucci

New Haven Unified School District

Governing Board Member 1: Gwen Estes

New Haven USD Ballot Measure

Measure M: 125m School Bond: Yes

City of Oakland

Mayor: Jean Quan (#2 choice – Libby Schaaf)

Council District 2: Abel Guillen

Council District 4: Annie Campbell Washington

Oakland Unified School District

School Director Districts 2: Amy Ng

School Director Districts 4: Nina Senn (#2 choice -Karl Debro)

School Director Districts 6: Shanthi Gonzales

City of Oakland Ballot Measures

Measure FF: Minimum Wage Increase: Yes

Measure N: School District Parcel Tax: Yes

Measure Z: Y renewal: Yes

City of Pleasanton

Council Member 1: Olivia Sanwong

City of San Leandro

Mayor: Pauline Cutter

Council District 1: Deborah Cox

Council District 3: Lee Thomas

Council District 5: Corina Lopez

San Leandro Unified School District

Governing Board Member, Area 2: Lance James

Governing Board Member, At-Large: Evelyn Gonzalez

San Leandro Ballot Measure

Measure HH: Yes

Union City

Council Members 1: Emily Duncan

Union City Ballot Measure

Measure KK: General Plan Amendment: Yes

Alameda – Contra Costa Transit District

District Directors, Wards 3: Elsa Ortiz

District Directors, Ward 4: Mark Williams

District Directors, Ward 5: Jeff Davis

District Directors, At-Large: Joel Young

Bay Area Rapid Transit District

District Directors, Ward 4: Robert Raburn

District Directors, Ward 6: Tom Blalock

East Bay Municipal Utility District

District Directors, Ward 4: Andy Katz

District Directors, Ward 7: Frank Mellon

District Directors, Ward 3: Katy Foulkes

Chabot – Las Positas Community College District

Trustee Area 2:  Isobel Dvorsky

Trustee Area 4: Dobie Gelles

Trustee Area 6: Hal Gin

Ohlone Community College District

Trustee, Area 1: Vivian Larsen

Trustee, Area 1: Rich Waters

Trustee, Area 2: Jan Giovanni-Hill

Trustee, Area 2:   Garrett Yee

Peralta Community College District           

Trustee Area 3: Linda Handy

Trustee Area 5: Bill Riley

Trustee Area 7:  Julina Bonilla


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Statewide Ballot Measures

The State Building Trades Council has endorsed four of the State Propositions on the November 4 ballot.

Prop. 1 – Safe, Clean, Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act – YES

Prop. 1 authorizes $7.1 billion in general obligation bonds for state water supply infrastructure projects. The final bond was a compromise between a wide array of interest groups, geographical areas, and political parties, and was ultimately passed by overwhelming majorities in the Legislature and then signed by the Governor. It is the culmination of a lengthy and difficult process, but was necessary to replace a bond issue previously placed on the ballot that was considered flawed, with an improved measure that has a much stronger chance of passage. It will provide crucial funding for new water storage, regional projects, groundwater cleanup and management, recycling projects, and delta restoration and protection. Vote YES.

Prop. 2 – State Reserve Policy – Yes

Prop. 2 requires the annual transfer of 1.5 percent of general fund revenues to state budget stabilization account. It requires additional transfer of personal capital gains tax revenues exceeding 8 percent of general fund revenues to a budget stabilization account and, under certain conditions, a dedicated K-14 school reserve fund. Prop. 2 requires that half the budget stabilization account revenues be used to repay state debts and unfunded liabilities, allows limited use of funds in case of emergency or if there is a state budget deficit, caps budget stabilization account at 10 percent of general fund revenues, and directs remainder to infrastructure. Vote YES.

Prop. 47 – Criminal Sentences, Misdemeanor Penalties – YES

Prop. 47 requires a misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for non-violent crimes that now can be charged as either felonies or misdemeanors. These include certain drug possession offenses and crimes of petty theft, receiving stolen property, and forging/writing bad checks when the amount involved is $950 or less. It allows felony sentence for these offenses if person has previous conviction for crimes such as rape, murder, or child molestation or is registered sex offender; requires re-sentencing for persons serving felony sentences for these offenses unless court finds an unreasonable public safety risk. It could reduce sentences for numerous incarcerated people and potentially result in the release of thousands of people from prison. A report by the Sentencing Project recently found that the prison population reductions that were forced by budget cuts or court orders have resulted in crime rate declines rather than the increases.

Prop 47 would save taxpayers money, and would redirect funds spent on prisons to other services: 25 percent for programs aimed at reducing truancy and drop-outs among K-12 students, 10 percent for victim services, and 65 percent to support mental health and drug abuse treatment services designed to help keep individuals out of prison and jail. Vote YES.

Prop. 48 – Referendum to Overturn Indian Gaming Compacts – YES

A yes vote approves a statute that ratifies tribal gaming compacts between the state and the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and the Wiyot Tribe, and omits certain projects related to executing the compacts or amendments to the compacts from scope of the California Environmental Quality Act. Vote YES.