Alameda County voters will get to determine some hotly contested native races within the Nov. Three election — from a board of supervisors showdown the place the accusations are flying to metropolis council contests the place new points reminiscent of police reform have labored their means into marketing campaign platforms.
And to prime all of it off, the county is asking voters once more to cross a gross sales tax enhance, although they already stated no to the same proposal lower than a 12 months in the past.
Alameda County Supervisors
Dublin Mayor David Haubert and former Fremont council member Vinnie Bacon are going through off for a seat on the Board of Supervisors in one of many county’s most heated races this election season.
The 2 have clashed at debates as they struggle it out for the District 1 seat lengthy occupied by Supervisor Scott Haggerty, who has determined to not search one other time period. District 1 covers Dublin, Livermore and Fremont.
In a single debate, Bacon accused Haubert of being a former Republican who switched to “no occasion choice” so he may attraction to extra voters in a closely Democratic county, whereas Haubert not too long ago despatched out a press launch asserting that Bacon has been accused of perjury.
Bacon is working a “clear cash pledge” marketing campaign, one thing he’s finished since 2012, by not accepting cash from builders or particular pursuits. Haubert has accepted developer, development union and actual property PAC cash, in keeping with his marketing campaign finance kinds. The most recent kinds, by Sept. 19, present that Haubert has raised $430,000 and Bacon $125,000.
Each are drilling down on the county’s housing disaster: Bacon says he desires to see extra reasonably priced housing go up, particularly close to transit. Haubert takes a unique strategy, saying reasonably priced housing might be supplied by vouchers and subsidies and by requiring builders to incorporate a proportion of low-income models of their initiatives.
Countywide gross sales tax enhance
All voters in Alameda County will see Measure W on the poll, which proposes to boost the county’s gross sales tax by half a cent to herald an estimated $150 million yearly. The measure’s supporters say that cash is badly wanted to assist the homeless and supply social providers to individuals struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic, though the funds would go into the county’s normal fund the place they might be spenT nonetheless the supervisors determine. Voters rejected a half-cent gross sales tax enhance measure final 12 months.
Oakland Faculty Board
All 4 Oakland Unified Faculty District board trustees whose seats are up have chosen to not search re-election. Though the district has been dinged by the county civil grand jury for poor fiscal administration, seen scholar enrollment proceed to drop and weathered a contentious lecturers strike final 12 months, a lot of the incumbents say their determination to go away wasn’t primarily based on discord however on the sensation it’s time for a change and all expressed confidence within the new superintendent. Seventeen candidates have jumped into the race to succeed them in districts 1, 3, 5 and seven.
The college district can also be asking voters to approve Measure Y, a $735 million bond measure to fund classroom restore and faculty security enhancements. If voters approve it, the tax can be $60 per $100,000 of a property’s assessed worth, elevating about $48.5 million yearly for 30 years.
Oakland Metropolis Council
Derreck Johnson, an area restaurant founder who has been dogged by controversy over a deceptive marketing campaign however has drawn help from high-profile politicians together with vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, is attempting to unseat Rebecca Kaplan. As council president and a former mayoral candidate, Kaplan has sometimes gotten into skirmishes with Mayor Libby Schaaf and the town’s police division.
In that at-large race and people for council districts, reasonably priced housing and police reform have surfaced as key points. Progressive candidates need further tenant protections, a metropolis dedication to make use of public land for reasonably priced housing, extra police oversight and deep cuts within the police division’s finances. The extra reasonable candidates are calling for bias consciousness coaching within the police power and different reform measures in need of defunding the police division.
Hayward Metropolis Council
13 candidates are vying for 4 open seats, together with two who’re working as a progressive slate — regulation clerk Lacei Amodei and housing rights advocate Elisha Crader. Each say they entered the race to struggle for tenants coping with the East Bay’s steep rents and reasonably priced housing scarcity. One other candidate, Néstor Castillo, is a self-described democratic socialist who has been endorsed by former Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders, as had been Crader and Amodei. Three incumbents are working for re-election, however Councilman Al Mendall isn’t.
Berkeley Metropolis Council
Police reform and local weather change are among the many prime points candidates in Berkeley are addressing this 12 months. Three candidates are difficult present Mayor Jesse Arreguin, who was elected in 2016. Underneath Arreguin’s proposal this summer season, the town set a aim of decreasing the police finances by 50%. Challenger Aidan Hill desires to put off police patrolling the streets and candidate Wayne Hsiung is for trimming the police finances and having social employees or psychological well being professionals reply to some calls that police sometimes get dispatched to. In all, a dozen candidates are working for 4 seats, all of them defended by incumbents.
Dublin Metropolis Council
Three candidates need to be Dublin’s subsequent mayor — council members Melissa Hernandez and Arun Goel and enterprise proprietor Regina Pangelinan.
In the meantime, nine candidates are vying for two open seats on the council in a marketing campaign the place the town’s speedy progress dominates the dialog. Some candidates are pushing for “good progress” to deal with the town’s inhabitants enhance. They outline good progress as thoughtfully assessing housing and industrial improvement proposals versus rubber-stamping no matter comes earlier than the council.
Workers writers Annie Sciacca and Peter Hegarty contributed to this story.