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


This has become a waste of both your time as well as my own. But I will continue to poke the beast.

1) I read the entirety of Measure R before commenting on your story. The mistake I made was a result of misreading the existing language in the charter as being language created by the ballot measure. When you pointed this out to me, I compared the existing charter to Measure R and acknowledged my mistake.

2) I commented on my understanding of a ballot measure that I had been following from before joining Jacquelyn McCormick's campaign. The bulk of my comments pertained to my own experience as a prior student at Cal and not as McCormick's campaign manager. I was writing as an individual, off the campaign's clock and my comments were not submitted to Jacquelyn for her review. As such, I felt that identifying myself was unwarranted.

3) I agreed to become Jacquelyn's campaign manager based on her support for open government, her ability to collaborate with other leaders in a meaningful way that is respectful to others, and her opposition to sit-lie. I asked myself a simple question when offered the position: Would she make a better mayor than the incumbent? Did I research what she did 20 years ago? No, and I don't think it was necessary. But you are right that I should be prepared to speak to her actions during that time now that I'm her campaign manager.

4) I have never claimed that there isn't an alliance to defeat Bates, which includes Kriss. What I've repeatedly said is that she didn't form an alliance with Kriss. It's probably fair to say that she formed an alliance with Kahlil, and that Kahlil has formed an alliance with Kriss. It's certainly fair to say that all three have appeared together. But as I've said repeatedly, Jacquelyn is committed to building as broad a coalition as possible. This is demonstrated by the fact that the Community Campaign Office Jacquelyn has created will be the home to nearly a dozen individual campaigns and has space for any campaign to join, no matter the issue and no matter the candidate.

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Posted by Josh Wolf on 08/23/2012 at 11:57 AM

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

When asked, what is the relationship between McCormick, Kriss and Kahlil, that was part of my response.

The quote is accurate but incomplete, and I don't see much use in taking to the comments every time a reporter fails to focus on what I feel is the important part of what I said.

From the inception, our campaign has been focused on bringing candidates and issue campaigns together to create change, and that of course does include Kriss. But to suggest that this is simply an alliance between Kriss and Jacquelyn doesn't paint the complete picture.

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Posted by Josh Wolf on 08/23/2012 at 11:07 AM

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

I have no problem disclosing my role as campaign manager. But my comment on your post was written prior to speaking to Jacquelyn McCormick about what I planned to write and on my own time, nor was my comment reviewed by her. It's difficult to separate my statements as McCormick's campaign manager and my statements as an individual, but I do feel that anything I write with my association to Jacquelyn included should be reviewed by my candidate.

I'm not going to address your historical comments about McCormick, because I haven't looked into them. But Jacquelyn has not created an informal alliance with Kriss Worthington. Jacquelyn has created a formal alliance among all campaigns and invited everyone to share the campaign space she has secured. Jacquelyn *has* endorsed Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi as her second-place vote for Mayor, but she has not formed any formal or informal alliance with Worthington.

Yes, Kriss recognized Jacquelyn's leadership at his kick-off event, and both her and Kris came to support Kahlil at his earlier press conference, but the three of them have in no way formed an alliance and Jacquelyn has never suggested her supporters vote for the three of them as a bloc.

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Posted by Josh Wolf on 08/23/2012 at 10:36 AM

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

Thanks for your clarification. In rereading Measure R, I see what you are saying, but I'm confused as to why this language wasn't removed from the charter when ranked-choice voting was implemented. I'm also unclear why Measure R itself didn't excise that language either, but I suppose doing so might've been an elections code violation.

I stand behind what I said about the rest of Measure R though. I think the state ballot measure to create an independent committee was a solid approach to redistricting; this is a local government attempt to essentially do the opposite.

Student votes have played a role in putting both Kriss and Jesse into office; perhaps there is some ground that could be gained by creating a voting district that surrounds the university, but it should not be undertaken by the Council itself.

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Posted by Josh Wolf on 08/22/2012 at 4:52 PM

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


Your distortion of Berkeley's Measure R astounds me. The carefully crafted — technically correct — misinformation in this article coupled with your praises of Mayor Tom Bates leaves the article looking more like it came from the Mayor's desk than the leading East Bay alt. weekly.

Measure R would not only put the future make-up of council districts solely in the power of the city council,it would fundamentally change the way candidates are elected into office.

While student groups have flocked to the promise that Measure R will create a "student council seat" in reality, it would neither improve student power nor is it even possible to create a student council district. Measure R neither mentions the word student, nor identifies students or any other populations within Berkeley.

Student population *is* concentrated in certain parts of the city, but aside from the hills that are almost exclusively long-time homeowners, UC students live all over Berkeley, and many commute from other nearby cities. Students will continue to vote for whatever council candidates represent the district they happen to live in.

While Measure R would likely result in student votes being concentrated in one district, the purpose is not to create a "student council seat," but to prevent their growing voter base from infecting the outcome of multiple districts. It is a process of ghettoization not empowerment.

The most pernicious element of Measure R, and the strongest evidence that it is nothing more than a power play engineered by those trying to hold onto their power, is the radical change to Ranked Choice Voting imposed by the ordinance.

Under Ranked Choice voting, the candidate with the least votes is taken out of the running until one candidate has more than 50% of the ballots counted. Measure R would reduce that number to 40%. In other words, it would no longer take a majority of votes to win an election in Berkeley.

Eliminating majority-rule is a massive change that the proponents of Measure R have been silent about. While I suppose these changes Mayor Bates is trying implement could be considered progressive, is this the kind of progress you want to see for Berkeley?

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Posted by Josh Wolf on 08/22/2012 at 4:02 PM

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