Someone asked if I was going to do an election guide, I actually had not planned on it this year, but thought, why not. This space was going to be filled by how much ad money has been raked in by the Alameda Sun this election cycle:
But that can wait till after the election.
A few weeks ago I had hand written election recommendations for someone, but I’ll just reproduce some of it here with additions, I’m doing this largely from memory. I figure that if I remember it then it’s important enough for me to tell you why. If I have to look something up then clearly not something I’ve spent enough time researching that I have any confidence to tell anyone else how to vote on that office/issue.
For City Council: Malia Vella and Marilyn Ezzy-Ashcraft, I’ve outlined the reasons here.
For School Board: Gray Harris, Jennifer Williams, and Anne McKereghan.
Gray Harris because she has been so supportive of Ruby Bridges Elementary School.
Jennifer Williams because she has been involved and brings an interesting perspective based on her day job.
And Anne McKereghan because she’s always been around and always supportive of Alameda schools.
But honestly, unlike the City Council where there are clearly candidates that shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the dais… This batch of School Board members seems pretty great.
For Auditor: Mike McMahon. Because seriously, do we really need an auditor? I’d like to know and I feel like the only way that we’ll get any meaningful examination of the position is by having someone in the position who says that he will do an audit of the Auditor job.
For Treasurer: I voted for Jeff Bratzler, but honestly Kevin Kennedy, when he stays in his lane, is great.
For Alameda County Judge: Scott Jackson. Please people. Please.
A few assorted local measures and stuff.
Measure B1, School Parcel Tax: yes. I was torn people. I was torn on this one. Typically I am pretty gung ho about supporting school through parcel taxes, yadda yadda. This year I was slightly peeved at the School District for the enrollment shenanigans. I felt as though, once again, Ruby Bridges was unsupported by the District who has made such a big deal about equity, but had real issues putting it into practice. In an ideal world it should not have taken mobilization over a weekend to be heard and the aftermath left a really negative flavor. But, it’s not about me, it’s about we so knowing how important the parcel tax is for the good of the entire district, I voted yes.
Measure K1, Utility Modernization Act: yes. This is a no brainer. If you want the City to be able to fund extra goodies like FAAS, you have to vote yes to capture money that should be captured anyway by the City.
Measure L1, City’s Rent Stabilization: no. Send a message to the City Council that they shouldn’t have placed this on the ballot in the first place. If the City Council believed that their rent stabilization measure was fair and equitable to all parties then they wouldn’t need to have their stabilization measure go head to head against the renters voters initiative. I don’t think the City’s ordinance was great in the first place, but they definitely should be given a strong message that their ordinance was substandard and opened the door to the next ballot measure.
Measure M1, Renter’s Rent Stabilization: this is a tough one that I’ve been really torn about. I will tell you that I have already voted and I voted no on this one. But I’m not going to tell you to vote no. In fact, in some ways, I hope that it passes because it will send a strong message that renters are mobilized and not to be ignored in influencing City policy. However, I’m not a fan of extreme measures and I do think that M1 tips the scale a little bit too much in one direction. I don’t believe in a complete balance either as I understand that tenants are in an inferior bargaining position to start, but if you’re looking at L1 and M1 on a continuum, I would go for something closer to M1, but doesn’t go as far as M1 seeks to change the law. So I guess I would say that I’m pretty neutral on this, even though I did cast a vote against.
Anyway, those are all the local ones I can think of, so there you have it, my local election recommendations. And don’t forget Mike McMahon’s election day quiz. Earn bragging rights if you get the predictions right!