Jesse Arreguin 
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Re: “What’s Up with SEIU and Berkeley’s Measure T?

I ask that you amend your story to remove all reference to unfounded and unprovable allegations of sign stealing by No on T and "false and misleading" information. You can say people have been stealing signs but to say "opponents" have implies the campaign has. Additionally, for you to claim that our literature has made "false and misleading statements" is a matter of opinion and not fact. As I mentioned you could argue the same for the other side. While you may not personally agree with the opinion does not mean its "false or misleading". I can document clearly how our statements are not "false and misleading" however you will likely disagree. You are implying that we are engaging in unethical practices which is clearly not the case. We do not appreciate this insinuation and would appreciate it if you could correct your story to stick to the facts of Measure T and the issue of the SEIU endorsement which was the whole focus of the story and not make gratuitous attacks.

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Posted by Jesse Arreguin on 10/26/2012 at 3:03 PM

Re: “What’s Up with SEIU and Berkeley’s Measure T?

I also dont know what "ethics violations" the Yes on T campaign can file against No on T. The people destroying signs are completely independent of our campaign. Its not like we are instructing people or going out ourselves to remove and destroy signs. I will not that every campaign has faced sign destruction and stealing. Not just Yes on T. I will also note in the 2010 campaign people defaced and took my signs as well. Additionally, there is nothing misleading about what we are saying in our literature. You clearly disagree with what we are saying but that doesn't make it false. I would argue in the same vein that the Yes on T campaign has made numerous unprovable claims of community benefits which will be received under Measure T: funding for libraries, education programs, Aquatic Park etc, when Measure T has not guaranteed or defined community benefits. Your statements alleging "dirty tricks" and sign stealing, implying blame to the No on T campaign are borderline libelous and I would ask you to stick to the merits of the measure.

6 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Jesse Arreguin on 10/26/2012 at 2:41 PM

Re: “What’s Up with SEIU and Berkeley’s Measure T?

I will clarify that the rezoning covers the area west of San Pablo with the exception of the residential neighborhoods, so any sites eligible for MUPs would be affected by the rezoning. The first 10 years six sites could be approved, but afterwards, an unknown number of additional sites can be approved.

6 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Jesse Arreguin on 10/26/2012 at 2:36 PM

Re: “What’s Up with SEIU and Berkeley’s Measure T?

Mr. Gammon, I am sorry but Councilmember Worthington must be wrong. The rezoning as part of Measure T would affect all of West Berkeley, including the sites adjacent to Aquatic Park. Those MUP applications could not be finally approved until the Council approves a protection package for Aquatic Park. However someone could still legally file a MUP under the new rules and start to go through the process. Given the Council's rejection of protections recommended by various environmental groups, I also question whether in the end adequate protections will be developed which is why environmentalists including Mark Liolios of Aquatic Park EGRET and the venerated Sylvia McLaughlin oppose the measure.

5 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Jesse Arreguin on 10/26/2012 at 2:34 PM

Re: “"Liberal" Doesn't Always Mean Liberal

Sorry I meant to say that Measure R is not intended to be used by the Council majority to punish any minority, but is a good government reform to modernize our redistricting rules and better consider communities of interest to make sure our lines reflect the diversity of our city.

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Posted by Jesse Arreguin on 08/23/2012 at 1:42 PM

Re: “"Liberal" Doesn't Always Mean Liberal

I just want to note that despite Mr. Gammon's incorrect and unfair lumping of myself in the "NIMBY" camp (for example I recently voted for the new Downtown Area Plan and new Downtown zoning which allows for higher density development), I helped write Measure R (Redistricting Charter Amendment) and strongly support the measure. I think it provides long overdue reform of our redistricting process to make sure our district boundaries reflect the diversity of our population and that we have clearer easier to understand district lines. It is not a vehicle for the majority to punish the majority but rather a good government reform that updates our redistricting rules to reflect current population and ensure one person-one vote. Vote YES on R.

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Posted by Jesse Arreguin on 08/23/2012 at 1:31 PM

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