Beverly Johnson is currently the Mayor of Alameda and is running for re-election.
Her candidate statement for this election is:
I am honored to be your Mayor and lead our city with programs and policies that have made Alameda one of the most desirable places to live in the Bay Area. During my time as Mayor, Alameda has made many improvements. Alameda has the lowest crime rate of any Bay Area city its size, and test scores at local public schools are up. Our new main library has been completed on time and under budget. Many new retail opportunities exist along Park and Webster Streets, and at Bridgeside Center. We have a new park and school – the first to open in over twenty years. Our parks have been physically upgraded. and we have added recreation directors after school and on weekends. These are exciting times for Alameda with more opportunities on the horizon. Developing responsibly, within Measure A – in a way that carefully considers traffic, transit options, housing affordability, as well as economic benefits- are key to ensuring that our quality of life continues to improve. With your support, I will continue the work I’ve done to revitalize our business districts and protect our neighborhoods. Let’s keep Alameda safe, friendly and thriving.
She does have a web address: www.johnsonformayor.com, but as of this posting, there is nothing there yet.
Beverly Johnson also announced in May her plans to run for office as reported by the Oakland Tribune. This tidbit, I did not know, but I am not surprised that:
Johnson, the second female mayor in the city’s history…
Here is the profile she submitted to the League of Women Voters for the 2002 election, her top priorities if elected were:
- Responsible Conversion of Alameda Point
- Quality Programs for Youth and Seniors
- Clean, Safe Neighborhoods
Additionally, Beverly Johnson did a neat little interview with Talkof the Nation on NPR regarding the base closure, you can listen to it here.
From what I remember, Beverly Johnson is a republican. She is not cited on the Alameda Democratic Club’s page as one of Their Democrats. And since I cannot imagine that they would leave out a prominent politician, she is either Republican, Green, or Libertarian. I’m guessing, Republican.
Thanks to John W. for the correction, Beverly Johnson is a Democrat after all. (See what happens when you don’t scroll to the right!) Scroll right for her photo and listing.
One of the first things that I saw associated with Beverly Johnson was a proclamation she had issued proclaiming Sept 14-30, 2003 as Falun Dafa Day in Alameda. I am surprised by this, simply because there is such a controversy regarding Falun Dafa, sometimes it is called Falun Gong. I know that when I worked for a city official more than 6 years ago, we didn’t touch Falun Gong with a ten foot pole when it came to issuing a proclamation.
There is an article which discusses some questionable financials during her last race for Mayor which reported:
The election took an unexpected turn this Friday when the Oakland Tribune reported that a political action committee had circulated some $16,000 worth of mailers on Johnson’s behalf. The group had not properly reported its activities, and included among its members Centex Homes, one of the major developers on the island.
Other than that, I can’t find a whole lot of information on Johnson, other than the odd quote in a paper regarding some issue. She does have the benefit of being an incumbent and the experience of sitting of a number of regional boards.
If anyone has more information about Beverly Johnson, please feel free to add it to the comments section. BUT…if you do post something, please make sure to cite your reference and add a link so that others can reference it.