Reminder: MGO Endorsement Meetings for the November 2018 Election

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Join MGO for the last of our three endorsement meetings for the November 2018 election this Friday, October 12th from 7-9pm in the Family Room of the Montclair Presbyterian Church. This is the larger of the two MPC rooms that we have used this year.

These endorsement meetings are special opportunities to meet and question candidates in the intimate and constructive setting that is MGO’s hallmark.

MGO is grateful to all candidates for their support and availability. So far, MGO has confirmed the following candidates for this Friday’s meeting and is still working to secure the participation of those not listed.

Friday 10/12, 7-9pm

Oakland City Council, District 2
Nikki Fortunato Bas
Abel Guillen

Oakland City Council, District 4
Pamela Harris
Francis Hummel
Nayeli Maxson
Charlie Michelson
Joseph Simmons
Joseph Tanios
Sheng Thao

Oakland City Council, District 6
Natasha Middleton
Marlo Rodriguez
Loren Taylor
Mya Whitaker

All are welcome to attend and participate in MGO’s endorsement meetings, regardless of membership status. All meetings take place at:

Montclair Presbyterian Church
Family Room
5701 Thornhill Drive
Oakland, CA 94612

If you have been a dues-paying MGO member within the last two years but have not renewed your membership for 2018, you may do so before or at an endorsement meeting. If you have not been a dues-paying MGO member within the last two years, you must join MGO no later than 20 days before an endorsement meeting; this deadline has passed for all three meetings.

To join or to renew your membership, please click this link, bring a check to an endorsement meeting, or mail a check to:

Steve Statler, Treasurer
MGO Democratic Club
P.O. Box 11622
Oakland, CA 94611

The MGO dues schedule is:
$30 – one-year dues for one individual
$45 – one-year dues for two individuals living at the same address
$50 – two-year dues for one individual
$75 – two-year dues for two individuals living at same address
$20 – two-year dues for students, seniors, or individuals with limited income

If you have any questions about whether your MGO membership is current, please do not hesitate to email:

Results of MGO’s 2018 Endorsement Meetings to Date


MGO is pleased to announce the following results from the second of our three endorsement meetings for the November election, held on Friday 10/5.

AC Transit Board of Directors, At-Large: no endorsement
BART Board of Directors, District 4: Robert Raburn
OUSD Board of Education, District 4: no endorsement
Peralta Community College District, Area 5: Cindi Reiss
Alameda County Assessor: Phong La
California State Assembly, District 15: Jovanka Beckles

Additionally, MGO is pleased to endorse the stated “yes/no” positions on the following ballot measures:

YES, California Prop 1 – authorizes bonds to fund specified housing assistance programs
YES, California Prop 2 – authorizes bonds to fund existing housing program for individuals with mental illness
YES, California Prop 3 – authorizes bonds to fund projects for water supply and quality, watershed, fish, wildlife, water conveyance, and groundwater sustainability and storage
YES, California Prop 4 – authorizes bonds funding construction at hospitals providing children’s health care
NO, California Prop 5 – changes requirements for certain property owners to transfer their property tax base to replacement property
NO, California Prop 6 – eliminates certain road repair and transportation funding; requires certain fuel taxes and vehicle fees to be approved by the electorate
NO, California Prop 7 – conforms California daylight saving time to federal law; allows Legislature to change daylight saving time period
YES, California Prop 8 – regulates amounts outpatient kidney dialysis clinics charge for dialysis treatment
YES, California Prop 10 – expands governments’ authority to enact rent control on residential property
NO, California Prop 11 – requires private-sector emergency ambulance employees to remain on-call during work breaks; eliminates certain employer liability
YES, California Prop 12 – establishes new standards for confinement of specified farm animals; bans sale of noncomplying products
YES, Measure E – Peralta Community College District – parcel tax
YES, Measure G – Peralta Community College District – bond issue
YES, Measure V – City of Oakland – cannabis business taxes
YES, Measure W – City of Oakland – vacant property tax
YES, Measure X – City of Oakland – graduated real estate transfer tax
YES, Measure Y – City of Oakland – amending eviction ordinance
YES, Measure Z – City of Oakland – minimum wage and employment standards for Oakland hotel workers
YES, Measure AA – City of Oakland – parcel tax for education
YES, Measure FF – East Bay Regional Parks District – extension of existing parcel tax

For your reference, please review a PDF version of the state voter guide here and the text of the local measures here.

The newly endorsed candidates join the following candidates who have already been endorsed in previous meetings:

U.S. Senate: Kevin de León
U.S. Congress, California District 13 – Barbara Lee
Oakland Mayor: Libby Schaaf
California State Board of Equalization, District 2 – Malia Cohen
California State Assembly, District 18 – Rob Bonta
California Secretary of State – Alex Padilla
California State Treasurer – Fiona Ma
California State Controller – Betty Yee
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction – Tony Thurmond

MGO extends its heartfelt thanks to all the candidates, representatives, MGO members, and community members who have attended its endorsement meetings so far. All the candidates were impressive and it is with regret that MGO can only endorse one candidate per position. To earn our endorsement, a candidate must receive at least 60% of the votes cast for a position.

Also, many thanks to MGO’s Judy Cox, Annie Flores, Gary Sirbu, and Steve Statler for their work in organizing these endorsement meetings and in keeping MGO running, and to Arlinda Befort in helping count votes!


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