The Express' November 2018 Endorsement Guide 

We endorse Schaaf, Ezzy Ashcraft, and Butt; along with Fortunato Bas, Thao, Middleton, and Whitaker for Oakland council and Knox White and Oddie for Alameda council.

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San Leandro Mayor: Pauline Russo Cutter

We're endorsing Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter because she's done a good job and because of the weakness of the field running against her.

15th Assembly District: No Endorsement

This was also a tough choice for us. We co-endorsed Buffy Wicks, a former Obama White House aide, in the June primary with Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb. But we've been greatly disappointed in several of her policy stances since then, particularly her decision to oppose Proposition 10, which would allow cities like Berkeley and Oakland to enact tougher rent control laws in order to reduce displacement of longtime residents who can't afford to live here. We view Prop. 10 as one of the most important issues on the ballot. We're also disappointed in her decision to accept independent expenditure help from billionaire, charter-school backers.

But we can't endorse Richmond Councilmember Jovanka Beckles either. Although Beckles is solidly progressive, she has repeatedly exhibited poor judgment over the years, including a deplorable incident in which she publicly mocked then-Councilmember Vinay Pimplé, the first blind member of the council, by shouting at him, "Vinay is a Pimple on Tom's Butt!" We're also troubled by the fact that Beckles carried conspiracy-theory legislation decrying the government's alleged use of "chemtrails" to target citizens.

16th Assembly District: Rebecca Bauer-Kahan

Democrat Rebecca Bauer-Kahan is the clear choice. GOP incumbent Catherine Baker is too anti-housing, anti-transit, and pro-sprawl.

Peralta Colleges Areas 3 & 5: Coreann Todd and Cindi Reiss

The Peralta Community College District has been mismanaged for years, so we're endorsing the two challengers in areas 3 and 5, Coreann Todd and Cindi Reiss, over incumbents Linda Handy and Bill Riley, respectively. It's past time for a change on the Peralta board.

AC Transit At-Large: Dollene Jones

A retired AC Transit bus driver, Dollene Jones is the easy choice over incumbent Joel Young, who, over the years, has shown almost no interest in actually being on the AC Transit board. Plus, Young has been censured for using his official position for private gain, and in 2011, was credibly accused of domestic violence.

BART District 4: Robert Raburn

We think Robert Raburn is one of the strongest members of the BART board. He's pro-transit and pro-transit-oriented housing.

Oakland Measures: Yes on All

Measure V: Yes. Oakland cannabis businesses need tax relief.

Measure W: Yes. This new tax on vacant parcels and buildings will raise millions for homeless services and other programs and will encourage property owners to build more housing.

Measure X: Yes. This tax increase on the sale of high-priced property — valued at more than $2 million — will raise $9 million annually for homeless services and other programs.

Measure Y: Yes. This measure would extend Oakland's just cause eviction law to two- and three-unit, owner-occupied buildings in order to discourage landlords from evicting tenants in rent-controlled apartments and then jacking up the rent.

Measure Z: Yes. Oakland hotel workers need more protections.

Measure AA: Yes. This parcel tax would raise much-needed funds for early childhood and pre-school education and to help low-income kids go to college.

Alameda Measures: Yes on F; No on K

Measure F: Yes. This half-cent sales tax increase would raise $5 million in much-needed revenues for the cash-strapped city.

Measure K: No. Alameda's weak rent control law should not become enshrined in the city's charter. Alameda tenants deserve more protections.

Berkeley Measures: Yes on O, P, and Q

Measure O: Yes. This $135 million bond measure will help Berkeley build much-needed affordable housing.

Measure P: Yes. This increase on real estate transfer taxes on expensive properties will generate $6 million to $8 million a year for homeless services and other programs.

Measure Q: Yes. It would update Berkeley's rent control law if Prop. 10 passes, allowing for rent control on new housing 20 years after it's been built.

Richmond Measure T: Yes

This proposal is similar to Oakland's Measure W and would raise about $5.4 million a year for homeless services.

East Bay Regional Parks Measure FF: Yes

We support the renewal of this $3.3 million annual parcel tax.

Peralta Colleges Measures E and G: Yes.

Peralta colleges need more funding.


Statewide Races: No changes from our June endorsements

Governor: Gavin Newsom (D)

Lt. Governor: Eleni Kounalakis (D)

Secretary of State: Alex Padilla (D)

Controller: Betty Yee (D)

Treasurer: Fiona Ma (D)

Attorney General: Xavier Becerra (D)

Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara (D)

State Superintendent: Tony Thurmond (D)

Board of Equalization: Malia Cohen (D)

U.S. Senator: Kevin de León (D)


Propositions

Prop. 1: Yes. We desperately need this $4 billion affordable housing bond.

Prop. 2: Yes. We also need this $2 billion bond for mental health services.

Prop. 3: No. This $8.8 billion infrastructure bond is a giveaway to Big Agribusiness, which should pay for its own water projects.

Prop. 4: Yes on $1.5 billion hospital bond.

Prop. 5: No. This tax break for people over 55 will cost us billions a year in revenues needed for education and social programs.

Prop. 6: No on the gas tax repeal. It would kill mass transit projects around the state.

Prop. 7: Yes. We don't mind giving the Legislature the power to eliminate Daylight Savings time.

Prop. 8: Yes on the regulation of the kidney dialysis industry.

Prop. 10: Yes on the repeal of Costa-Hawkins. Cities like Berkeley and Oakland need to be able to enact tougher rent control laws to prevent displacement.

Prop. 11: No. Paramedics companies shouldn't be using the ballot box to enact rules on their employees.

Prop 12: Yes on strengthening cage-free farm regulations. 

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