2022 General Election Endorsements

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Dear MGO Members

Thank you for participating in our endorsement votes! Here are the Metropolitan Greater Oakland Democratic Club’s endorsements for the local elections in the November primary:

Oakland City Council, District 2: Nikki Fortunato Bas
Oakland City Council, District 4: Janani Ramachandran
Oakland City Council, District 6: Kevin Jenkins
AC Transit At-Large: Alfred Twu
EBMUD Ward 3: Marguerite Young

Peralta Community College Board, Area 5: Saleem Gilmore
Peralta Community College Board, Area 7: Seth Steward

No candidate met our threshold for endorsement (60%) for Oakland school board districts, 2, 4, and 6, AC Transit Ward 3, or Peralta Area 3.

More elections, including Oakland Mayor and local ballot measures, will be considered at our 2nd round endorsement meeting.

The Metropolitan-Greater Oakland Democratic Club (MGO) is the oldest Democratic club in Oakland, and has been involved in Oakland politics and public policy for over 60 years.

Metropolitan-Greater Oakland Democratic Club
Presenting Local Government–Keeping It Accountable–Promoting Democratic Values

Sept 20 Peralta College Board Candidate Forum

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The Metropolitan-Greater Oakland (MGO) Democratic Club Invites You to Attend our Peralta Colleges Endorsement Meeting 
Tuesday Evening September 20, 2022, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcucOispjoiHtOINKu_Tv9NTinUcOCR5l6j

See Appearance Schedule Below
Dear Members and Friends of MGO,You are invited to join our candidate endorsement night on Sept 20, 2022 election.   We are inviting Peralta College candidates who are running for positions on the Schedule that appears below.

As there have been many candidate forums for Mayor of Oakland, we are not having our own forum.  You may wish to watch the one of the many other ones, such as the one by the League of Women Voters on October 3. Alfred, I don’t see this event on the League’s announcement of upcoming events.  Are you sure of this date?Additionally, we are not scheduling the discussions on local and state ballot measures until the voter information information guides have been mailed out and members have had time to review  them.  Below is the tentative schedule for the Sept 20 zoom meeting, which lists all candidates who have filed papers.  

7:30 –7:40  
Welcome and Meeting Plan (10 min)

7:40-8:00
Peralta Colleges District 3
Louis Quindlen
Tarrell Gamble

8:00-8:20
Peralta Colleges District 5
Cindi Reiss
Saleem Gilmore

8:20-8:40
Peralta Colleges District 7
Seth Steward
Sheweet Yohannes

8:40 –9:00  Discussion

MGO can only endorse candidates who are currently registered members of the Democratic Party. By requesting to be included as a speaker you are confirming your current Democratic Party registration.  To accept this invitation, reply here to Gary Sirbu, e-address gsirbulaw@aol.com.  You should at the same time register for this event by clicking on the zoom registration link at the top of this invitation.  That will ensure you have access from the beginning of the program.

The Metropolitan-Greater Oakland (MGO) Democratic Club and The Alameda County Democratic Lawyers’ Club Invite You to Attend their Joint Candidate Zoom Endorsement Meeting Tuesday Evening August 23, 2022, 7:00-9:15 p.m.

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The recording of the 8/23 meeting can be viewed here:
https://www.facebook.com/mgodems/posts/pfbid0jt9vAABhjY5R7W22u6o85WorrrtMrURFq3fSvcoFQNUry78wzZX8wxsfBfWNqw7Zl

The following candidates participated, see below for timestamps at which each section begins

11:08
Oakland City Council District 4: Janani Ramachandran & Nenna Joiner

28:33
Oakland City Council District 6: Kevin Jenkins & Nancy Sidebotham

43:44
Oakland City Council District 2: Nikki Fortunato Bas & Harold Lowe

55:30
Oakland School Board District 2: David Kakishiba & Jennifer Brouhard

1:09:43
Oakland School Board District 4: Pecolia Hudson-Manigo, Mike Hutchinson, & Nick Resnick

1:24:51
Oakland School Board District 6: Valerie Bachelor, Kyra Mungia, & Joel Velasquez

1:41:32
AC Transit At-Large: Alfred Twu & Joel Young

1:54:26
AC Transit Ward 3: Stewart Chen & Sarah Syed

2:09:29
EBMUD Ward 3: Marguerite Young & Mark Seedall

The Metropolitan-Greater Oakland (MGO) Democratic Club, The Alameda County Democratic Lawyers’ Club, and Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) Oakland-Berkeley Chapter, Invite You to Attend their Joint Candidate Zoom Endorsement Meeting 
Tuesday Evening August 23, 2022, 7:00-9:15 p.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItcuCgqjkjE9Qn2JTv1EE_fkxHtOgto5Um

See Appearance Schedule Below Dear Members and Friends of MGO, ACDLC and Black Women Organized for Political Action, Oakland-Berkeley Chapter (BWOPA)

MGO and ACDLC are honored that Black Women Organized for Political Action Oakland-Berkeley Chapter BWOPA) has joined us in hosting this event. All of us invite you to attend our joint candidate endorsement night on August 23, 2022 election.   We are inviting all Democratic Party candidates who are running for positions on the Schedule that appears below.

Candidates for Mayor of Oakland will be invited to two later meetings. The date of the first, an in-depth informational meeting which MGO is currently planning, in coordination, with Make Oakland Better Now (MOBN!) the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, and the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce, will occur on a date soon to be announced. That program will then be followed in by a separate meeting in September, where we will also discuss ballot measures.  Candidates for uncontested Oakland and county races may also be invited to present at the members-only meeting.

Below is the tentative schedule for the August 23rd zoom meeting, which lists all candidates who have filed papers. 
7:00 –7:10  
Welcome and Meeting Plan (10 min)

Individual Candidate presentations, Five minutes per candidate. 

7:10-7:20
Oakland City Council D4
Janani Ramachandran
Lanenna “Nenna” Joiner

7:20-7:40
Oakland City Council D6
Kevin Jenkins
Kenneth Session
Nancy Sidebotham
Yakpasua Zazaboi

7:45-7:55
Oakland City Council D2
Nikki Fortunato Bas
Harold Lowe

7:55-8:10
School Board Dist 2
David Kakishiba
Maximino Orozco
Jennifer Brouhard

8:10-8:25
School Board D4
Pecolia Hudson-Manigo
Mike Hutchinson
Nick Resnick

8:25-8:40
School Board Dist 6
Valarie Bachelor
Kyra Mungia
Joel Velasquez

8:40-8:50
AC Transit At Large
Alfred Twu
Joel Young

8:50-9:00
AC Transit Ward 3
Stewart Chen
Sarah Syed

9:00-9:10
EBMUD Ward 3
Mark Seedall
Marguerite Young

MGO can only endorse candidates who are currently registered members of the Democratic Party. By requesting to be included as a speaker you are confirming your current Democratic Party registration.  To accept this invitation, reply here to Gary Sirbu, e-address gsirbulaw@aol.com.  You should at the same time register for this event by clicking on the zoom registration link at the top of this invitation.  That will ensure you have access from the beginning of the program.

The Metropolitan-Greater Oakland Democratic Club (MGO) is the oldest Democratic club in Oakland, and has been involved in Oakland politics and public policy for over 60 years. It concentrates on issues relating to city and county government. (Demo Fun Fact: In the 1970s, as Senator William Knowland’s Republican dynasty drew to a close, MGO club members Mary Moore and John Sutter,were elected to the first majority-Democratic Oakland City Council.  And Judge Lionel Wilson was elected Oakland’s mayor.) www.mgodems.org

The Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club (ACDLC) is one of the oldest Democratic clubs in Oakland, consisting of over 250+ lawyers and judges working and/or practicing law in Alameda county. The ACDLC and has been influencing local policy, laws and political races in Alameda County for over 50 years. www.alamedademlawyers.org

The Oakland/Berkeley Chapter of Black Women Organized for Political Action’s (BWOPA) – a 501c4 organization – mission is to activate, motivate, promote, support and educate Black women about the political process, encourage involvement, and to affirm our commitment to, and solving, those problems affecting the African-American community.  BWOPA was established in 1968 and today boasts nine (9) chapters throughout California with over 5,000 members, alliances and partners. www.bwopatileleads.org

Other Upcoming Events
Oakland Mayor Candidate Forum with MOBN (Make Oakland Better Now)in September, exact date and time TBDOakland Mayor, State & Local Ballot Measures Discussion and Endorsement Meeting
September, exact date and time TBD.  Will be online.

MGO Endorsements for the June 2022 Primary

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Dear MGO Members

Thank you for participating in our endorsement vote!  Here are the Metropolitan Greater Oakland Democratic Club’s endorsements for the local elections in the June primary:

Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 3: Rebecca Kaplan

Sheriff: Yesenia Sanchez

Oakland Measure C (Parcel tax extension for Library Funding): Yes

Congress: Barbara Lee

No candidate met our threshold for endorsement (60%) for County Superintendent of Schools or District Attorney.

The Metropolitan-Greater Oakland Democratic Club (MGO) is the oldest Democratic club in Oakland, and has been involved in Oakland politics and public policy for over 60 years.

Metropolitan-Greater Oakland Democratic Club
Presenting Local Government–Keeping It Accountable–Promoting Democratic Values

MGO Meeting on Tuesday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. Primary Election Endorsement Meeting with the Alameda County Democratic Lawyers

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Dear MGO and Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club (ACDLC) Members and Friends:   

The MGO Democratic Club and the ACDLC will be holding a joint candidate endorsement zoom meeting on Tuesday, April 12, 7:30-9:00 p.m.    We invite you to attend and see and hear the public-spirited candidates who are making time to come and speak to us and answer questions.  They are democracy in action.   Please note, if MGO members wish to discuss the candidates after their presentations, we will go into club-separated closed members-only session with all candidates excluded.

MGO Dues and Voting Rights

    Only paid-up members will  receive ballots. They will be sent by email after the meeting.  Our dues year began on January 1st. If you have not yet paid your dues, please go to our website, mgodems.org, and click on the “Join MGO” icon.  (This is inapplicable to anyone in the midst of a two-year membership term.) We are inviting candidates for the following elections.

–  Board of Supervisors, District 3
–  District Attorney
–  Sheriff
–  Alameda County Superintendent of SchoolsWe will also discuss the following ballot measure.
–  Oakland Library Parcel Tax Renewal

MGO members will receive separate confidential e-ballots via OpaVote which will be returnable to their respective clubs on a deadline to be announced.

ACDLC Dues and Voting Rights
Please renew your ACDLC dues for 2022 ($25 payable via check to ACDLC [mail to: Guy Bryant, Treasurer, 5075 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, CA. 94588 or make a payment using PayPal [Login to your PayPal account and send payment to contact@alamedademlawyers.org]). Only Dues paying members will be allowed to vote.  Dues paying members will be emailed a link to the official Endorsement Ballot via OpaVote on or around April 12, 2022 and will have until 5:00 pm Friday April 15, 2022 to turn in their vote. Check payments must be received by April 12, 2022 to allow voting. New members may vote immediately upon payment of club dues.    The meeting is open to the public. Invite a friend, neighbor or student.

    See you there!

     Gary Sirbu and Guy Bryant
     For MGO           For Demo Lawyers

This event will be from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Register/join the meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUlfuyorDoiGNAH-vic_gb9MLvgdx56L3Vi
Call in number:  1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID:    818 9502 1824

The Metropolitan-Greater Oakland Democratic Club (MGO) is the oldest Democratic club in Oakland, and has been involved in Oakland politics and public policy for over 60 years.

Metropolitan-Greater Oakland Democratic Club
Presenting Local Government–Keeping It Accountable–Promoting Democratic Values

Alameda County Democratic Lawyers
The Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club (ACDLC) is one of  the oldest Democratic clubs in Oakland and has been influencing local policy, laws and political races in Alameda County for over 50 years. ACDLC has recently received statewide and national recognition from helping candidates like Kamala Harris and Eric Swalwell obtain their first major political endorsements.  

MGO Meeting on Tuesday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.

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Updates on the 2022 California Democratic Party Platform

Hello MGO Members and Friends:

The 10-million member California Democratic Party is the nation’s largest statewide party. This weekend it is meeting online to vote on endorsements and update the final draft party’s 2022 platform. The document is impressive. You can review it at this link.

At our March 8th meeting MGO Vice President and California Democratic Party Executive Board member Alfred Twu will present the platform’s major  highlights  and after that we’ll have open discussion.

Hope to see you on zoom on Tuesday evening.

Gary

This event will be from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Register/join the meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkd-mtrD4sE9cvJ642_2quQb48mENzzdDv

To join by phone: 1-669-900-6833
Meeting ID:   859 0052 5693
Passcode: 271208

The Metropolitan-Greater Oakland Democratic Club (MGO) is the oldest Democratic club in Oakland, and has been involved in Oakland politics and public policy for over 60 years.

Metropolitan-Greater Oakland Democratic Club
Presenting Local Government–Keeping It Accountable–Promoting Democratic Values

MGO 2022 Candidate Mixers, Forums, and Endorsement Meetings

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We are planning the following events for the November general election. 

Mixer with Oakland Mayor and City Council Candidates – with East Bay Young Dems, Latine Young Dems of the Bay Area, East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club, and the Oakland East Bay Democratic Club

Wednesday, July 27, 6-8pm, at 7th West, 1255 7th St, Oakland, CA 94607
Outdoor location.

MGO & Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Joint Endorsement Meeting for Local Elections
Will be either the evening of Tuesday 8/23 or a weekend. Will be online.

State & Local Ballot Measures Discussion and Endorsement Meeting
Tuesday September 13, 7:30-9pm.  Will be online.

Oakland Mayor Candidate Forum with MOBN (Make Oakland Better Now)

in September, exact date and time TBD