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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

Measure D (Open space initiative) YES
Measure H (Oakland schools parcel tax extension) YES
Measure Q (Affordable housing authorization) YES
Measure R (Gender neutral language) YES
Measure S (Noncitizen parent voting in school board elections) YES
Measure T (Progressive Business Tax) YES
Measure U (Bond measure for housing, streets, and facilities) YES
Measures Y (Parcel tax to fund the Zoo) YES

Prop 1 – Yes
Prop 26 – No
Prop 27 – No
Prop 28 – Yes
Prop 30 – Yes
Prop 31 – Yes

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.

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

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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 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

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