All Photos by Christine Schwartz
…the People of Berkeley!
With too many good candidates to choose from, the 2016 Convention had a record turnout of 267 voters plus a number of nonBerkeley residents (who could not vote) who came to watch the fireworks. And oh! what fireworks there were to see! But none of them came from the candidates, who all conducted themselves with decorum quite lacking in some of their supporters.
It is with great joy that we announce an unbeatable protenant slate for the 2016 election: Christina Murphy, Alejandro Soto-Vigil, Igor Tregub, and Leah Simon-Weisberg. Poki Namkung came in fifth, just six votes behind Leah, so we chose to do a re-count just to make sure. But we were right the first time, indeed.
Hurray for all!
Responses from 10 candidates for the affordable housing convention slate have been posted! Two candidates who have said they are seeking nomination at the convention next week did not submit responses.
Ratings from community screeners will be posted later this week on the same page.
Tenants and other Berkeley residents who support Rent Control are seeking candidates for the November 2016 Rent Board election.
There are four seats on the November ballot. There are three incumbents who may be running: Judy Hunt, who ran on the landlord-supported slate in 2012, plus Asa Dodsworth and Alejandro Soto-Vigil, who were both elected on the Convention Slate.
All who support rent control and strong tenant protections are welcome to seek selection as a convention candidate!
All 2016 candidates will be vetted and chosen by the Tenants Convention taking place on Sunday April 24th at the South Berkeley Senior Center, at 2939 Ellis Street in South Berkeley. The time hasn’t been set, but it will probably be from 1:30 to 5 pm. Knowledge of and experience with rent control, eviction protections, and other tenants issues is not mandatory, but is certainly a plus for candidates.
Screening by representatives from community groups takes place in early April, so candidates should get in touch as soon as possible!
Questionnaires will be sent to candidates and posted on this website in late March; ratings will be based on the questionnaire as well as follow-up interviews. Ratings and comments from community leaders are provided to convention voters to help guide their choices.
Anyone interested in seeking election should contact berkeleytenantconvention [at] g mail dot com
Candidates, please visit this page.
Save the date: Sunday, April 24 will be the 2016 Tenant Convention.
Candidates interested in running for Rent Board should contact us now.
2016 Planning Meeting
South Berkeley Library
Wednesday January 27, 2016
The Berkeley Tenant Convention to choose a progressive slate for election to the Rent Stabilization Board is a unique Berkeley tradition. Every two years, numerous community leaders and tenant activists come together to create a gathering whereby tenants and their allies select the most qualified candidates to represent the progressive agenda as elected Rent Board Commissioners.
From Left to Right:
Commissioner of Berkeley Rent Board*
Vice Chair of Berkeley Rent Board*
Former President of Berkeley School Board*
Activist, Interpreter, & Videographer*
Former Vice President of Berkeley Student Cooperative*
Incumbents Jesse Townley and Katherine Harr, former School Board Director John Selawsky, and first-time candidates Paola LaVerde and James Chang.