Join MGO and All-Star Panelists for a Review of 2018 Election Results

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MGO is thrilled and honored to welcome an all-star panel of guests in reviewing local, state, and national results from the recent election. Confirmed guests include:


Steven Tavares

Founder and Editor, East Bay Citizen (

Contributor, Oakland Magazine and East Bay Express


Otis R. Taylor, Jr.

East Bay Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle


Joseph Tuman

Professor, Communication Studies, San Francisco State University

Contributor, KTVU-TV

2014 Candidate for Oakland Mayor


We will meet at our usual location:


Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 7.00-8.00pm

Montclair Presbyterian Church

Family Room

5701 Thornhill Drive

Oakland, CA 94611


This should be one of our best panels yet (and we’ve been trying to up the ante all year long)! We hope to see you – and thanks so much for your ongoing support!

MGO Endorsements for the November 2018 Election

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Nov. 2nd Update: Download a PDF summary of our endorsed candidates and measures here for your own reference or to forward to friends. Also, learn more about MGO via our November 2018 printed newsletter or by joining our email list. Furthermore, join MGO for the following events:

  • Sun 11/4, 12.00-1.00pm – informal pre-election brunch and coffee at La Boulangerie, 5500 College Ave., Rockridge
  • RESCHEDULED: Tue 11/20, 7.00-8.30pm – general membership meeting at Montclair Presbyterian Church, 5701 Thornhill Dr.; program will feature local journalists and commentators who will review election results

A huge thank you to all the candidates, MGO members, and audience members who participated in MGO’s three endorsement meetings on September 28th, October 5th, and October 12th! In particular, MGO is deeply grateful to all the candidates for their availability on Friday nights filled with campaign and personal priorities.

MGO is pleased to announce its slate of endorsed candidates for the November 6, 2018 election. Any races not listed are ones in which MGO made no endorsement. An endorsement requires 60% of the votes cast for that particular race. With so many impressive candidates, it is with regret that MGO can only endorse one candidate per race.

City of Oakland
Oakland Mayor: Libby Schaaf
Oakland City Council, District 2: Abel Guillén

BART Board of Directors, District 4: Robert Raburn
Peralta Community College District, Area 5: Cindi Reiss
Alameda County Assessor: Phong La

U.S. Senate: Kevin de León
U.S. Congress, California District 13: Barbara Lee

California State Assembly, District 15: Jovanka Beckles
California State Assembly, District 18: Rob Bonta
California State Board of Equalization, District 2: Malia Cohen
California Governor: Gavin Newsom
California Attorney General: Xavier Becerra
California Secretary of State: Alex Padilla
California State Treasurer: Fiona Ma
California State Controller: Betty Yee
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond
California State Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara

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.

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

MGO September General Meeting: Wildfire Prevention and Vegetation Management in Oakland

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MGO 2018.09.14 meeting email

Join MGO for our September general membership meeting on Friday, September 14th at 7pm in the Thornhill Room of the Montclair Presbyterian Church. We are honored to welcome Vincent Crudele of the City of Oakland and Sue Piper of the Oakland Firesafe Council for a discussion on wildfire prevention and vegetation management in Oakland. We will also elect a new set of board directors for the 2018-2019 program year.

Don’t forget to save the following dates for our endorsement meetings for the November election. We will use all three dates and we will vote at each meeting on the races discussed, instead of saving and combining the endorsement vote for the final meeting. All endorsement meetings take place at 7pm in the (larger) Family Room of the Montclair Presbyterian Church:

  • Friday, September 28th
  • Friday, October 5th
  • Friday, October 12th

If you have not been a paid MGO member in the last two years, you must join 20 days before an endorsement meeting in order to vote. If you have been an MGO member in the last two years, you may renew up until any endorsement meeting. Join or renew here.

Save the Dates: Upcoming MGO Meetings

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MGO 2018.09.07 meeting

Save the following dates for our upcoming series of MGO meetings. All meetings will take place at the Montclair Presbyterian Church at 5701 Thornhill Drive.

MGO General Meetings
  • Fri 9/7, 7-9pm, Thornhill Room
  • Fri 9/14, 7-9pm, Thornhill Room
One of these meetings will be a general meeting with topic TBD. The other meeting will be an informal discussion of state and local measures on the November ballot.
MGO Endorsement Meetings for the November Election
  • Fri 9/28, 7-9pm, Family Room
  • Fri 10/5, 7-9pm, Family Room
  • Fri 10/12, 7-9pm, Family Room
MGO will hold three separate endorsement meetings for the November election to accommodate all the candidates and positions on the ballot. Specific schedules TBD.

As a Democratic club, MGO only considers Democratic candidates. If you are a candidate, MGO will be in contact with you shortly.

Join MGO for a Special Summer Meeting with Sen. Nancy Skinner

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MGO 2018.07.19 meeting flyer

MGO is thrilled to announce that state Sen. Nancy Skinner has agreed to meet with us and provide an update on her legislative work, including:
  • SB 827 – housing density near transit
  • SB 1025 – sentencing for drug offences

This MGO general membership meeting takes place Thursday, July 19th at 7:15pm. This marks the first summer meeting that MGO will have held in recent memory.

Also, please note the new meeting venue and time:

Thursday, July 19, 2018 – 7:15pm
East Bay for Everyone
2044 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94612


Many thanks to East Bay for Everyone for graciously offering to host this event. Also, many thanks to Sen. Skinner for taking the time out of her busy schedule to meet with MGO once again. And, without hesitation, many thanks to Gary Sirbu for helping arrange this meeting with Sen. Skinner, and to Tasha Henneman and Chris Martin for working with MGO.

MGO Endorsements for the June 2018 Election

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A heartfelt thanks to all the candidates who took time out of their weekends to speak with MGO at our endorsement meetings on both April 7th and April 21st. To learn more about MGO’s endorsed candidates and measures for the June 2018 election, please click here.


MGO Informational and Endorsement Meetings for the June 2018 Election

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Many thanks to all MGO members, community members, and panelists who attended our January meeting that examined OUSD finances and our February/March meeting that examined the issue of homelessness in Oakland. The MGO Executive Board hopes that these meetings were informative and not only provided in-person access to some of the most relevant people working on these topics, but also spoke to the reasons why you joined MGO in the first place – for in-depth discussion of pressing Oakland issues.

The June election is fast approaching, which means it’s already that time of year for MGO endorsement meetings. Because of the sheer number of candidates and measures that will be on the ballot in June, MGO will hold two meetings.

As of April 5th, candidates for races that have not already been mentioned in the listings for April 7th below are being scheduled into the April 21st meeting. There remain limited slots in the April 7th meeting for candidates in the races listed for that meeting below.

Saturday, April 7, 7:00-9:00pm
Informational Meeting #1

  • Short, one-by-one Q&As with candidates or representatives from the following races:
    • California Governor
    • California Lieutenant Governor
    • California Attorney General
    • California Secretary of State
    • Alameda County Board of Education, District 1
    • Oakland Measure D
    • Regional Measure 3
    • Alameda County Superior Court Judge, Seat 11
    • Alameda County Assessor
    • Alameda County Auditor
  • Informational meeting only – no endorsement vote takes place on this date

Saturday, April 21, 1:30-5:00pm (note revised, earlier start time to accommodate more candidates)
Informational Meeting #2 and Endorsement Vote

  • Short, one-by-one Q&As with candidates or representatives from the following races:
    • California Treasurer
    • California Superintendent of Public Instruction
    • California Lieutenant Governor
    • California Board of Equalization, District 2
    • U.S. Senate
    • Alameda County Measure A
    • California State Assembly, District 15
    • Alameda County District Attorney
  • Full endorsement vote for all offices and measures takes place on this date

All meetings will take place at:
Montclair Presbyterian Church
Family Room
5701 Thornhill Drive
Oakland, CA 94611

If you have not renewed your paid MGO membership in the last two years – or if you would like to become a new MGO member – and would like to vote at the endorsement meeting on Saturday, April 21st, MGO bylaws state that you must be a paid member 20 days before the meeting. This date was Sunday, April 1st.

If you have been a paid MGO member within the last two years, you may renew your membership right until the endorsement meeting. Thanks to all of our existing and new members who have already confirmed their memberships!

The MGO member 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

Please make your check payable to MGO Democratic Club and forward your dues to:

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

You may also renew online here at our website (, but please note that the dues quoted here are for two-year memberships.

To receive the latest updates on MGO activities, please “like” our Facebook page or subscribe to our email newsletter. Paid MGO members also receive access to our private MGOTalk email discussion list.