HELEN GRIECO | Northern California Organizer, California Common Cause
Helen Grieco joined California Common Cause as an organizer in northern California in 2010.
She works to educate Common Cause activists on issues, advocacy and organizing tactics, recruits new members and organizes Common Cause campus and community groups and young professionals. She also teaches organizing and activism, and runs educational outreach events to address campaign finance reform, government accountability, voting rights/reform, redistricting, media reform, fair elections campaigns, legislation and initiatives.
Helen has two decades of experience as an advocate and spokesperson for social, political and economic justice. She has trained community activists and leaders and is an author and producer of educational media. She was the founder of Our Media Voice, BRAVE People, Defending Ourselves Self-Defense School and SHE Academy. She also is a former executive director of the California National Organization for Women. Helen has a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University.
The November membership meeting has been cancelled. Mark your calendar to attend our next membership meeting on December 15th. Stay tuned more information to come.
C I T Y O F O A K L A N D
- Dan Kalb –– District 1
- Lynette McElhaney – District 3
- Noel Gallo – District 5
- Larry Reid – District 7
Oakland City Attorney
- Barbara Parker
Oakland School Board
- Jody London – District 1
- Rosie Torres – District 5
- James Harris – District 7
S P E C I A L D I S T R I C T S
BART Board of Directors:
- Rebecca Saltzman – Ward 3
- Lateefah Simon – Ward 7
- Chris Peeples – At Large
- Greg Harper – Ward 2
East Bay Regional Parks
- Dionisio Rosario
M E A S U R E S
A1 – Alameda County Housing Bond – YES
- $580 million affordable housing bond
C1 – Alameda Contra Costa Transit – YES
- Parcel tax initiative
G1 – Oakland Unified School District – YES
- To provide a district wide educator salary increase designed to attract/retain teachers; provide enhanced middle school art, music, language and other programming
HH – Oakland Soda Tax – YES
- A penny-per-ounce revenue stream that could rise up to $12 million per year to aid in efforts to fight obesity
KK – City of Oakland $600 million bond – YES
- Repair local infrastructure
LL – Oakland Police Commission – YES
- Ballot measure to change the city’s charter in order to create a citizen Police Commission
RR – BART – YES
- $3.5 million capital reinvestment measure
To preserve essential local public transportation services, including those for youth, commuters, seniors, and people with disabilities, while keeping fares reasonable, shall the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District extend its existing 8 dollars per month parcel tax at current levels for 20 years with no increase in tax rate, raising approximately 30 million dollars annually, with independent oversight and all money spent locally
BART Safety, Reliability and Traffic Relief. To keep BART safe; prevent accidents/breakdowns/delays; relieve overcrowding; reduce traffic congestion/pollution; improve earthquake safety and access for seniors/disabled by replacing and upgrading 90 miles of severely worn tracks; tunnels damaged by water intrusion; 44-year-old train control systems; and other deteriorating infrastructure, shall the Bay Area Rapid Transit District issue $3.5 billion of bonds for acquisition or improvement of real property subject to independent oversight and annual audits
ALAMEDA COUNTY AFFORDABLE HOUSING BOND. To provide affordable local housing and prevent displacement of vulnerable populations, including low- and moderate-income households, veterans, seniors, and persons with disabilities; provide supportive housing for homeless people countywide; and help low- and middle-income households purchase homes and stay in their communities; shall the County of Alameda issue up to $580 million in general obligation bonds to acquire or improve real property, subject to independent citizen oversight and regular audits
To improve public safety and invest in neighborhoods throughout Oakland by re-paving streets to remove potholes, rebuilding cracked and deteriorating sidewalks, funding bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements, funding affordable housing for Oaklanders, and providing funds for facility improvements, such as, neighborhood recreation centers, playgrounds, and libraries, shall the City of Oakland issue $600 million in bonds, subject to independent citizen oversight and regular audits
Oakland’s City Charter be amended to establish: (1) a Police Commission of civilian commissioners to oversee the Police Department by reviewing and proposing changes to Department policies and procedures, requiring the Mayor to appoint any new Chief of Police from a list of candidates provided by the Commission, and having the authority to terminate the Chief of Police for cause; and (2) a Community Police Review Agency to investigate complaints of police misconduct and recommend discipline.
A penny-per-ounce revenue stream that could rise up to $12 million per year to aid in efforts to fight obesity.
The City of Oakland impose a 1 cent per ounce general tax on the distribution of sugar-sweetened beverages, including products such as sodas, sports drinks, sweetened teas, energy drinks, but exempting: milk products, 100% juice, baby formula, diet drinks, or drinks taken for medical reasons; and providing an exemption for small businesses
To provide a districtwide educator salary increase designed to attract/retain teachers; provide enhanced middle school art, music, languages/other programs in addition to core educational programs; improve academic achievement; provide safe, positive schools, and prepare students for college/careers; shall Oakland Unified School District levy a tax of $120 per parcel, providing $12.4 million annually, for 12 years, with exemptions for senior and low income residents, no money for Sacramento, and all money benefitting Oakland students.