Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Berkeley Election Roundup -- Bates and Arreguin

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Nov 5, 2008 at 11:05 AM

Mayor Tom Bates waltzed to an easy reelection last night, taking 62 percent of the vote compared to ex-Mayor Shirley Dean's 35 percent. City council incumbents Darryl Moore (82%), Max Anderson (96%), and Laurie Capitelli (53%) also kept their seats. In the one council upset, council aide Jesse Arreguin, a progressive, defeated former school board member Terry Doran, a moderate, 49% to 36%, in the race to replace the late Dona Spring. Doran had far more endorsements, but Arrequin's political bent is more in step with Spring's. Finally, Susan Wengraf, Betty Old's chief of staff, won her boss' old seat with 77% of the vote.

Of the closely watched ballot measures, Measure KK, which would have given voters the final say over AC Transit's controverial Bus Rapid Transit plan, lost big time, getting just 23 percent of the vote. Measure LL, which sought to soften the city's landmarks preservation law, also was defeated 57% to 43%. And finally, Berkeley will have some of the most relaxed medical marijuana laws in the state with the passage of Measure JJ, 62% to 38%.

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