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20: Congressional Redistricting
21: Funding for State Parks
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Councilmember Kriss Worthington, who secured nearly 50 percent of the vote, gave a speech at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday to supporters at his campaign headquarters.
25: Passing the Budget on Time
District 7 City Councilmember Kriss Worthington Poised to Secure Re-Election In Spite of Recent Clashes With Colleagues
26: Stop Hidden Taxes
27: Financial Accountability
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Despite a majority of the Berkeley City Council’s efforts to unseat District 7 Councilmember Kriss Worthington, support for third-time challenger George Beier might not have been enough to unseat the 14-year incumbent, who just missed the required majority of first-choice votes to win Tuesday’s election. Worthington, who was first elected to the council in 1996, fell short of securing another four years in office late Tuesday night, leading with nearly 50 percent of first-choice votes — followed by Beier with roughly 35.6 percent and Cecilia Rosales with about 14.6 percent — with all precincts reporting. Under the new ranked-choice vote system, Worthington needed 50 percent plus one vote in the first round to win the district seat. Since no winner emerged in the first round, second-choice votes cast by the 381 residents who voted for Rosales will be used to determine the winner. “It is amazing given all the money and people trying to kick us out, the people of Berkeley are still smarter,” Worthington said. In this year’s election, Worthington was endorsed by around 50 elected officials and more than 20 organizations — including Councilmembers Jesse Arreguin and Max Anderson. The other five council members and Mayor Tom Bates endorsed Beier, who called his endorsements “impressive,” along with others by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and state Senator Loni Hancock, DBerkeley. In the 2006 election, Beier was only supported by three council members — Laurie Capitelli, Susan Wengraf and Gordon Wozniak — and lost by a margin of about 200 votes. “(Beier’s) slim list of endorsements … pales in comparison to mine,” Worthington said. “I’ve worked very well with the school board. I’ve worked very well with the rent board … and the City Council members vote for 98 percent of my council items.” But some say Worthington has burned some bridges in recent years, with some of his colleagues — who have supported him in previous elections — calling him difficult to work with despite his passion and hard work as a council member. “The council wants a change … and I was very grateful for their support,” Beier said. “A lot of people on the council saw Telegraph declining and wanted to change that.” In 2002, a long history of fighting between former Mayor Shirley Dean’s supporters on the council and
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Measures S, T Expand Medical Marijuana in City by Gianna Albaum Contributing Writer
District 7 challenger George Beier seemed apprehensive at a viewing party at his house Tuesday night. The race will not be officially over until Friday, when third-party votes will be redistributed.
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Though Californians rejected Proposition 19, Berkeley voters approved an unprecedented expansion of the city’s medical marijuana industry last night, making Berkeley one of a handful of cities in the state to tax and license cultivation facilities. Measures S and T also allowed the city council to tax and permit a fourth dispensary and reconstitute the city’s Medical Marijuana Commission. Measure S, which levied the 2.5 percent tax, has consistently been controversial in the city, with some industry representatives arguing that the business license tax — which is applied to all city businesses — is more than enough and expressing concern that the tax will be passed on to patients through higher costs. Amanda Reiman, Medical Marijuana Commission member and research director for Berkeley Patients Group, said in an interview earlier this month that she supported the measure. “Bringing in taxes and showing how medical cannabis ... can help community development is a good thing for patients,” she said. “It’s good to move this activity into a legitimate framework.” Measure S would have also placed a 10 percent tax on recreational marijuana had Proposition 19 passed. However, the proposition failed by an eight-point margin.
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School Board Challengers Leah Wilson and Josh Daniels and incumbent Karen Hemphill were chosen by Berkeley voters Tuesday night to join the Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education, winning the top three spots required for election with about 25, 22.3 and 22.2 percent of the vote, respectively. The three elected candidates ran against three others — Priscilla Myrick, Norma Harrison and Julie Holcomb — for the three available spots on the school board. The members of the Board of Education make decisions ranging from classroom curriculum to district-wide
WORTHINGTON: Council Majority Endorsed Challengers layoffs. The five members of the school board serve five-year terms with staggered election years. Of the three candidates that came up for election this year, Hemphill was the only one who ran for re-election. Current board directors Nancy Riddle and Shirley Issel decided not to run again. The two continuing members, current board director John Selawsky and vice-president Beatriz Levya-Cutler end their terms in 2012, at which time they can choose whether to run for reelection. —Soumya Karlamangla
Rent boaRd Berkeley voters elected Jesse Townley, Pam Webster, Dave Blake, Katherine Harr, Lisa Stephens and Asa Dodsworth to the six open seats of Berkeley’s Rent Stabilization Board Tuesday. Dodsworth gained the fewest number of votes and will serve a two-year term vacated by deceased commissioner Jack Harrison. The other members of the board will serve four-year terms. The new commission consists of five incumbents and one newcomer — Stephens — who was chosen from the pro-tenant slate selected by the Berkeley Tenants Convention. The six candidates ran together on a pro-tenant
platform. All six of the newly elected commissioners are members of a coalition of UC Berkeley student supporters called the “pro-student” group. George Perezvelez, another candidate who was not selected by the convention, came just short behind Dodsworth in votes and was not elected despite endorsements from Mayor Tom Bates and five council members. The board, which consists of nine members, was created to advise landlords and tenants, calculate rent ceilings, implement rent control policies and hear rent petitions. —Jasmine Mausner
lieutenant governor After more than a year of campaigning, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was winning the California lieutenant governor race Tuesday by a 8.6 percentage point margin over incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, with 49.1 percent of the vote compared to Maldonado’s 40.5 percent and 73 percent of precincts reporting, as of press time. Newsom has stressed job creation through green business as the solution to the state’s economic woes. He also opposed Proposition 23. Newsom said he would work to “rein in” the fee hikes through his seat on the UC Board of Regents when he visited UC Berkeley for a
“Get Out the Vote” rally Friday, one of his stops on a statewide college tour. As lieutenant governor, Newsom will also serve on the CSU Board of Trustees, as chair of the State Lands Commission and president of the state Senate. Maldonado, a former state senator and Santa Maria City Council member who was endorsed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and actor and director Clint Eastwood, ran on a platform of economic growth and transparency within the state’s higher education system. —Alisha Azevedo
marijuana: Measures to Generate Revenue for City from front
Proposition 19, like the 1996 ballot measure legalizing medical marijuana, would have left the details of implementation to cities and counties. Opponents voiced myriad concerns regarding safety — including that Proposition 19 might have sanctioned smoking marijuana while on the job or driving. Few California politicians supported the measure and big-name Democrats like current Attorney General and Governor-elect Jerry Brown actively condemned the measure. But the failure of Proposition 19 is good news for medical marijuana dispensaries in the city, which will not have to face competition from a new recreational marijuana industry. According to the city attorney’s analysis, Measure S is expected to generate more than $400,000 in revenue for the city — though the number and size of the cultivation facilities permitted under Measure T will determine the exact sum. The six growing facilities — capped at a maximum of 30,000 square feet each — are restricted to the manufacturing district, while the new dispensary will be located in the commercial district.
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Measure T also requires that members of the Medical Marijuana Commission — who provide “cannabusiness” policy recommendations to the city council — be appointed by the council. The reconstitution of the commission has already been controversial, with Mayor Tom Bates comparing the commission to a “fox guarding the henhouse,” as many commissioners are industry representatives, while commission member Kris Hermes has accused the council of making a grab for power. Hermes has also expressed concern that the reconstitution could result in less expertise on the new commission. The current Medical Marijuana Commission is in the process of developing criteria by which the council could evaluate applications for the permits, though the council is not obligated to use their suggestions. The council will start taking applications for the permits next year. The commission as it stands is still expected to meet one more time, as it cannot be reconstituted until the election is certified and council members appoint new commissioners. Gianna Albaum covers city government. Contact her at email@example.com.
the “progressives” — like Worthington — fueled Bates’ campaign, as well as Worthington’s support for him. Since then however, Bates said his relationship with Worthington has been “strained.” “(Worthington) once told me that he didn’t get along with Shirley Dean ... he didn’t get along with Linda Maio ... and now he hasn’t gotten along with me,” Bates said in an interview Sept. 27. “Why? What’s going on here? Why can’t you get along with anybody?” Though Councilmember Darryl Moore endorsed Worthington in 2006 — and every other time he ran for office, including his try at the state assembly in 2008 — he endorsed both Beier and Rosales in this year’s election. “It’s not personal for me,” Moore said Tuesday afternoon. “I still consider Kriss to be a friend, but I would like to see someone in that office in District
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7 to support some of the things that I’d like to see in District 2.” Wozniak said the majority of the council’s endorsement for Beier is not a political move but instead shows that council members’ personal experiences with Worthington have changed in the last four years. He added that Worthington is difficult for other council members to work with because — unlike the rest of the council — he does not delegate. “I can ask my staff person or I can call up their legislative aid and ask when we can meet, and you can’t do that with Kriss,” Wozniak said. “Something has changed in the last four years in the way the rest of the council has worked with Kriss ... that was Kriss that changed, not the council.” Stephanie Baer is the lead city government reporter. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berkeley voters showed their support for public schools Tuesday night by passing Measures H and I — with 78.3 and 74.6 percent as of press time, respectively — both of which will provide the Berkeley Unified School District with funds for facilities maintenance. Measure I, which needed a 55 percent approval to pass, authorizes the district to take out a bond of $210 million to complete seismic retrofits and construction projects, such as a new gym building with extra classroom space at Berkeley High School. Each taxpayer’s annual contribution for bonds will not exceed $172.80 for every
$100,000 of assessed property value, according to district officials. Measure H, a parcel tax that required a two-thirds approval to pass, will provide funds for upkeep of district facilities. The tax is a continuation Measure BB, passed by voters 10 years ago as the Berkeley Schools Facilities Safety and Maintenance Act of 2000. District officials have said the extra funds from Measure H will help the district avoid dipping into its general fund to pay for minor renovations and new classroom facilities, and will therefore not increase the district’s spending deficit. —Soumya Karlamangla
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rony (n.) incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs. I always knew there would be a day I would get to open with this word. Ironically, I didn’t see it happening like this. And even more ironically, I think I just misused the word. You see, this column is especially inappropriate because I’ve actively tried to avoid writing about particularly relevant topics for my two semesters here; it’s what makes my drivel so deliciously pointless. So it is a supreme act of irony that I, the least political person (writer or not) at the Daily Cal, end up writing for the super-special election results issue. And being so decidedly nonvocal, particularly in such a political environment, makes me feel like somewhat of an anomaly. But I know I’m not alone. I’m just like the thousand or so students a day who speed up a little through Sproul in order to steer clear of the megaphone with an angry and frothing certifiable Ball of Rage attached to it. Seriously, I’m not apathetic. I marked my absentee ballot last week after evaluating the positions and issues I felt I cared about. And I believe I made an informed decision, although I’m sure plenty of people would disagree. There, that’s what politics mean to me. If you can’t tell, I like my voting the way I like my men: boring as hell. After all, I’ve seen what happens when it gets too exciting. The closest I’ve come for actively campaigning for an election was in middle school when my best friend and I thought it would be cool if one of us could be elected historian, even though we had no idea what that title meant. Clearly, we were just in it so we could pad our public high school applications. We picked her to run, mainly because the best slogan we could come up with for me (“Don’t make this year a torture with Pauline Horcher”) was problematic. Now, our class was about 600 students, so there wasn’t enough time to know the other candidates very intimately. To ameliorate this, all camps collectively focused on spreading rumors that the other ones were disgusting and total sluts which, apparently, is possible at that age. Truly, cruelty starts at 12. It was a slanderous campaign from all sides. At the end, we were all just mad at each other, and we weren’t even sure what we were arguing about, let alone what we were running for. Thankfully, adult politics is nothing like those cruel and dumb old days. Now, at a minimum age of 18, we vote and campaign as responsible adults and are perfectly capable of thoughtful and courteous debate when election time comes. Yeah. Probably capable. ut the truth is that I try to avoid talking politics because the subject just brings up this tendency that turns many otherwise very calm and rational people into devout members
Pauline Horcher of teams who are more determined to hold their position and “win” than to listen to the opposition. Give someone a cause and a surprising amount will see themselves as champions of righteousness. And unfortunately, being good tends to mean that there is someone out there who is oh-so-bad. I was figuratively hit with several clipboards last week and through Tuesday, all of which had a strategy of following me to class when I said I was too busy. After their good, convincing and accurate spiel, I asked these people to tell me the other side’s argument. The explanation of the other side amounted to character attacks involving cowardice, greed, insanity and hypocrisy. Horrible traits belonging to bad people who likely exist. People I couldn’t possibly support, right? I don’t know, man. I was following you for a while. But when you frame it that way, I relate a lot more to a hypocrite than I ever could with a saint for justice. hankfully, now that it’s Wednesday, we can all finally relax. No more campaign ads. No more screaming. No more clipboards and strangers handing you a registration form with a highlight over the appropriate party. Oh wait, did I forget where we are? It seems like the anger’s never over — because the only thing better than campaigning is complaining. Come on, what do you mean you’re not having fun? Today is a day for another kind of self-expression, for now the Internet and even the casual conversations are about to light ablaze in righteous indignation. Here’s a fun sample of what you might find if you, say, watch a music video on Youtube for the next week or so. Or at any time. It’s interactive—just circle what you feel is appropriate: I can’t believe those dirty ( fat cats/ hippies) beat us! I sense foul play. This country is going to turn into a (socialist state/fascist nation). I swear, this state’s full of (ignorant/ cruel) drones to let this happen. This country is going to hell and I saw it coming! Also, this song sucks and you are all lammmmme. You know, it’s strange how it’s almost always the apocalypse. I don’t know how we keep making it out.
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Those hoping to legally light up last night to celebrate the elections were disappointed as Proposition 19 — which would have legalized the recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 and over — failed to pass with 54 percent opposed and 46 percent in favor as of press time. Prop. 19 was structured similarly to the ballot measure that legalized medical marijuana 14 years ago — a minimal state law, leaving the vast majority of the implementation decisions to counties and cities. Though supporters argued that the proposition would allow police to focus on violent crime and provide revenue for the state, opponents voiced myriad concerns regarding safety — including that Prop. 19 would have sanctioned smoking marijuana while on the job or driving. Some also felt that the proposition’s vague wording was too deferential to local government and should have been more specific. Very few big-name politicians supported the proposition, with even Democrats, including Attorney General and Governor-elect Jerry Brown and Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma — who helped author the measure legalizing medical marijuana — publicly condemning it. —Gianna Albaum
California Proposition 20 passed statewide with a vote of 61.3 percent in favor and 38.7 percent opposed, with 87.4 percent of precincts reporting as of press time Wednesday. Proposition 20 removes elected officials from the process of drawing congressional districts. It continues the redistricting reform begun with Proposition 11’s passage in 2008, which gave the power of drawing state legislative districts to a 14member nonpartisan commission. Prior to the proposition’s passage, legislators drew their own districts, effectively choosing their voters. Proponents of Proposition 20 are also against legislators drawing congressional district lines because they could potentially benefit from the outcome in future congressional bids. Even the proposition’s supporters expressed misgivings about its details. According to UC Berkeley political science professor Merrill Shanks, it places new restrictions on how congressional districts are created by “narrowing the definition of communities of interest.” Shanks added that the additional task of congressional redistricting will increase the committee’s workload by a third with less time to complete it. —Hannah Moulthrop
Proposition 21 failed to pass statewide after a 58 percent no vote, according to results posted from the state as of press time with 87 percent of precincts reporting, though a majority of voters in Alameda County supported the proposition. Prop. 21 would have established an annual $18 vehicle license surcharge fee to help fund state parks and wildlife programs. Surcharged vehicles would have been granted free admission and parking at all state parks, and commercial vehicles would have been exempt from the surcharge. The surcharge on vehicle registrations would have caused an annual increase in state revenues of $500 million and could have provided at least $250 million more annually for state parks and wildlife conservation. Proponents, including the California Fish and Game Commission stressed it would have provided funds to maintain the health of state parks and encourage park-related tourism. But opponents of Proposition 21, like the California State Board of Equalization, felt it was a ploy to bring back the car tax and that politicians would divert the funds to other projects, according the board’s website. —Gabby Fastiggi
California Proposition 22 passed by 61 percent, according to results posted by the state as of press time Wednesday, with 87.4 percent of precincts reporting. The Local Taxpayer, Public Safety, and Transportation Protection Act enforces a ban on state borrowing from funds for local government projects and services, transportation or redevelopment and also bans the state from delaying distributions of tax revenues. The proposition’s estimated fiscal impact will decrease General Fund spending and increase state revenues from one to several billion dollars annually. Proponents of Prop. 22 — including the California Fire Chiefs Association, California Police Chiefs Association and California Library Association — said the proposition will protect existing funds allocated to local government, public safety and transportation by prohibiting state access to the funds. Opponents to Prop. 22 — including the California Nurses Association, California Teachers Association and Contra Costa Taxpayers Association — said the proposition will give state budget money to redevelopment agencies, reduce funding for education and shrink budgets for fire and public safety. —Hailey Parish
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California Proposition 23 failed to pass statewide with a no vote of 61 percent according to results at press time Wednesday, with 87.4 percent of precincts reporting. If it had passed, the measure would have suspended California’s greenhouse gas regulation, AB 32, until the state unemployment rate falls at or below 5.5 percent for four consecutive quarters. Passed in 2006, AB 32 set a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The proposition was placed on the ballot by two San Antonio-based oil companies that contend AB 32 discourages job growth during a time of economic recovery. Together, Valero Energy Corporation and Tesoro Corporation contributed nearly $5.6 million to the proposition’s campaign. Opponents of Prop. 23 argued that, far from costing the state jobs, AB 32 led to new jobs in clean energy technology. Since AB 32 limits emissions, it causes an increase in the price of fossil fuels, driving down their demand, Prop. 23 proponents said. As a result, those who support the proposition said businesses and consumers will look for renewable energy alternatives. —Hannah Moulthrop
California Proposition 24 failed to pass after a 58.5 percent no vote, according to results posted at press time with 87.4 percent of precincts reporting. The Repeal of Corporate Tax Breaks ballot proposition would have stopped corporate tax breaks slated for 2010 and 2012. The business tax breaks would have returned to what they were before 2008 and 2009 law changes. As a result, businesses would have been less able to deduct losses in one year against income in other years, multistate businesses would have had their state income determined by a three-factor calculation and tax credit sharing between related businesses would have been prohibited. The proposition’s estimated fiscal impact would have increased state revenues by about $1.3 million each year by 2012-13, with slightly smaller increases between 2010 and 2011 and 2011 and 2012. Proponents have said the proposition would have stopped $1.7 billion in new special tax breaks for wealthy, multistate corporations. But opponents said the proposition would have reduced long-term revenues for schools and hurt small businesses as well as tax job creation, sending many jobs out of the state. —Hailey Parish
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OAKLAND — 27 years after he ended his first round as governor of California, Democrat Jerry Brown secured an unprecedented third term Tuesday, handing Republican candidate Meg Whitman a sizeable defeat despite her record spending. After spending more than $140 million in her quest for governor, Whitman came away with only about 42.2 percent of the vote compared to Brown’s 52.8 percent — with 72.5 percent of precincts reporting as of press
time — and with many of the state’s key constituencies swinging towards Brown, according to exit polls. As the results came in Tuesday night, Brown addressed a crowd of supporters amassed here at the Fox Theater, thanking them and providing lofty promises of a new future for the state. “I take as my challenge a forging of a common purpose, a common purpose based not only on compromise but on a vision of what California could be, and I see a California once again leading in renewable energy, in public education and in openness to every kind of
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California Memorial Stadium Retrofit and Upgrade Earlier this year, the University of California was given approval by the Regents to proceed with a retrofit and renovation project of California Memorial Stadium. Construction is expected to be complete by the fall of 2012, moving the Cal football team to AT&T Park for the 2011 season. t Stadium Retrofit and Renovation The retrofit and renovation of California Memorial Stadium is a part of the SAFER program, the on-going, campuswide seismic improvement plan. The retrofit is vital because the stadium resides directly over a section of the Hayward Fault. Because the fault has the potential for rupturing and displacing during an earthquake, portions of Memorial Stadium that are directly over the fault require a unique retrofit to address possible surface rupture and displacement. The retrofit will ensure life safety for the thousands of occupants who attend Cal football games in Memorial Stadium. The Endowment Seating Program, or ESP, will financially support this $321 million project, and no public money will be used at all. The pricing for the seats acquired through the program ranges from $2,700 to $15,000 per seat. About 80 percent of the retrofit funding comes from the seating program’s revenue. The other 20 percent of the funding comes from various sources, such as corporate naming for the field. The donors of the ESP will have seat benefits to about 3,000 seats to Cal football for up to fifty years. Revenue from the ESP payments will be invested in a fund functioning as an endowment by the UC Berkeley Foundation and will help stabilize the budget for Cal Athletics.
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t4UBEJVN6QHSBEFBOE4")1$ Amidst all the talk about budget cuts and tuition increases, many students are wondering how some groups, programs, and facilities are facing severe cuts while other programs appear to be thriving. As many know, UC Berkeley recently announced that beginning next academic year, baseball, men’s and women’s gymnastics, and women’s lacrosse will no longer represent Cal in intercollegiate competition. Additionally, Rugby will transition to a varsity club sport. These steps have many students questioning why five varsity programs are being cut to save $4 million while the construction of the $150 million Student-Athlete High Performance Center (SAHPC) is moving along at full force. The answer to this question is two-fold. Firstly, the University of California has entered building contracts with eight separate contractors, all of whom have a stake in the construction process of the High Performance Center. Consequently, scaling back the construction of the SAHPC or halting the construction altogether are not viable cost-saving measures as they would result in a breach of the construction contracts. Secondly, the funding for the project is comprised entirely of donations. Because the funding is at the discretion of the donors, the university does not have the authority to redirect any of the funding to specific programs. The fact that the project is 100% donor-funded also means that no portion of the student fees is being allocated towards the construction of the SAHPC. The stadium itself is receiving several upgrades as well including improvements in restroom facilities, seating, gameday parking, and other fan amenities. These upgrades are funded by ESP. – By Eric Tompkins and Akash Malhotra
Did You Know? The mandatory Campus Based Fee consists of several individual fees instituted either by student referenda or by a mandate by the chancellor. The Campus Based Fee you pay each semester goes to a variety of nonacademic services. For example, last spring the student body voted on the BEARS Initiative, which approved the Lower Sproul Fee to fund the redevelopment of Lower Sproul. The fee began this semester at $35 a semester, but will increase hereafter. Here is how the Campus Based Fee is broken down for the Fall 2010 semester: ASUC Student Government Fee
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Stay tuned for future articles in The Bottom Line detailing what each fee funds specifically. – By Rachel Tenney If you have any questions or comments, please contact us. 210 Eshleman Hall firstname.lastname@example.org | csf.berkeley.edu (510) 642-1639
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California Proposition 25 passed statewide with a yes vote of 55 percent, according to results at press time with 87.4 percent of precincts reporting. Proposition 25 changes the legislative vote requirement to pass a budget and budget-related legislation from a two-thirds majority to a simple majority of each house of the California State Legislature. Henry Brady, the dean of the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy, said that Proposition 25 is a good way to make it easier to get a budget passed on time. He added that the proposition has an added feature: penalties, such as permanent docking of legislators’ pay, if they fail to pass the budget on time. These are all steps to propose a budget in a more timely fashion, he said. Other supporters of the proposition include the Alameda County Democratic Party and state Senator Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley. Brady added that opponents of the proposition argued it would have allowed legislators to easily pass tax-related legislation, but that the proposition explicitly states the two-thirds majority rule for taxes will remain in place. —Gabby Fastiggi
California voters rejected Proposition 27 Tuesday, with 59.5 percent voting no at press time, maintaining an independent commission’s power over redistricting in the state. In 2008, the passage of Proposition 11 gave a 14-member independent commission the task of drawing voting districts for the state Legislature. Had Prop. 27 passed, the measure would
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California Proposition 26, known as the Supermajority Vote to Pass New Taxes and Fees Act, was passed with 52.8 percent of the vote as of press time, with 87.4 percent of precincts reporting. The proposition proposed a constitutional amendment requiring that certain state and local taxes or fees — such as levies and tax revenue allocations — be approved by a two-thirds supermajority vote in the California state Legislature rather than the current simple majority. Prop. 26’s passage means it will be more difficult for legislatures to pass bills regarding state and local revenue increases by requiring the two-thirds approval in each house of the Legislature. Before this proposition, local politicians were enforcing “hidden taxes” on goods such as food and gas by labeling them as fees rather than taxes. The passage of Prop. 26 expands the definition of taxes to include payments that are currently considered fees or charges made by the Legislature, putting an end to these “hidden taxes,” according to the California State Voter Information Guide. A “no” would have meant the current constitutional amendment regarding fees and taxes would remain the same and require a simple majority. —Jasmine Mausner have eliminated the commission. Proponents argued that Prop. 27 would have cut costs by eliminating the commission members and their staff and by limiting the amount elected officials may spend on redistricting to $2.5 million. Proponents also contended that the multi-partisan commission’s process of redistricting would be transparent and allow for the creation of fair districts. The measure’s opponents said the commission does not place a significant financial burden on the state and that billionaire George Soros, labor unions, and Democratic Party leaders — supporters of Proposition 27 — are not concerned with saving money, but regaining the power to form districts that protect their interests. —Hannah Moulthrop
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person, regardless of color.â€? Brown told the crowd. â€œWhile I am really into this politics thing, I still carry this missionary zeal to change the world.â€? In a statement released Tuesday evening, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger congratulated Brown on his victory, saying his office would â€œprovide the most efficient and smooth transition of power possible for the people of California.â€? As results were tabulated, Whitman said at her own campaign event that she congratulated Brown and that the campaign was not about candidates, â€œit was about the hopes and dreams of millions of Californians ... it is my hope that a new era of bipartisan problemsolving can begin tonight.â€? #2 In a brief talk with reporters after the speech, Brown said he would begin meeting with the stateâ€™s legislative leaders immediately to tackle the stateâ€™s looming multi-billion dollar budget. In an interview with reporters during Brownâ€™s celebration, state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, said though having a Democrat as governor will expedite the process of passing a budget, he does not think Brownâ€™s victory will mean as much as Proposition 25 â€” looking to pass as of press time â€” which would eliminate the two-thirds requirement to pass a state budget. â€œA lot of things get ignored when you are in a 100-day late budget deadlock,â€? Steinberg said. Now that the stateâ€™s governor is in place, UC Student Regent Jesse Cheng said though he hoped to see Brown make a strong commitment to supporting the UC system financially, he also said he
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District 1: LINDA MAIO Running against opponents with less financial resources and smaller track records, District 1 Berkeley City Councilmember Linda Maio kept her seat and said it was “really not a very difficult campaign.” Each of Maio’s opponents — Anthony Di Donato, Jasper Kingeter and Merrilie Mitchell — had never held public office, a fact that proved the deciding factor in the election. “I didn’t have to go out and raise a lot of money and organize a lot of troops,” she said. “I don’t wait for the campaign to reach out to my constituents — I do it all year, every year.”
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Maio, confident in her chances since the beginning of the election, swept through the polls to win with 65.58 percent of the vote. Looking forward, Maio said it will be important in the coming months to deal with basic issues such as homeless services and proper allocation of police forces, while keeping in mind the current economic climate. “The important thing is what we’re going to do as a City Council regarding the financial situation,” she said. “I’m glad this election is over because everyone has been distracted by that.” —True Shields
Incumbent Councilmember Kriss Worthington leads the race for the District 7 Berkeley City Council seat as of press time Tuesday, though final results for the district may not be available until Friday. With 49.79 percent of the vote, Worthington failed to win the majority, meaning that challenger George Beier, with 35.59 percent of the vote, may still take the seat that Worthington has held for the past 14 years. Ranked-choice voting — new to the city this year — requires a single candidate to gain 50 percent plus one vote to be declared a clear winner. The race between Beier and Worthington has appeared close for most
of the campaign season, with Beier receiving endorsements from most of the seated council in his third try and Worthington frequently calling on strong support in the student and progressive community. At about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, Worthington seemed confident at a viewing party at his campaign headquarters, giving what resembled a victory speech and thanking supporters. Beier, at a viewing party, also appeared to lose much of the optimism he showed earlier in the evening by about midnight. But precincts returns just past 1 a.m. have shown the race may not be over. —Sarah Springfield
BERKELEY RESULTS District 4: Jesse Arreguin Emerging victorious from a contest that pitted candidates with wildly opposite views regarding Measure R and other proposals against each other, incumbent Jesse Arreguin maintained his position on the Berkeley City Council as District 4’s representative with 53.37 percent of the vote. Arreguin shared his campaign headquarters with District 7 incumbent and perennial ally Kriss Worthington. “It’s critical that (Kriss and I) were reelected because we’re minority and we’re progressive,” he said. “He’s my colleague on the City Council and it’s important that we support each other.”
Among the crowd gathered at Arreguin’s campaign headquarters were several members of Berkeley’s Rent Stabilization Board, a body that Arreguin said is crucial in the coming term, in light of his plans to further push for stronger rent control. “I’ve spoken for independent and progressive leadership and faced impressively funded opposition,” he said. “I dreaded this day but I’m ecstatic — it’s a surreal victory.” Challenger Jim Novosel did not respond to requests for comment late Tuesday night. —True Shields
MEASURE R Berkeley voters came out in support of the Berkeley City Council’s yet-to-bedetermined plans for the Downtown area, approving city Measure R in a 64.21 percent vote with 100 percent of precincts reporting. The measure establishes rough guidelines for the council as it moves forward in planning the revitalization of the Downtown — with an emphasis on economic and community benefits from development — and will add five tall buildings to the core of the area, a topic that has inspired debate throughout the community and council for the past five years. Councilmembers Jesse Arreguin and Kriss Worthington, of Districts 4 and 7, respectively, have consistently spoken out against the measure during their campaigns this season, and have opposed many drafts of the council’s
District 8: Gordon Wozniak Incumbent Berkeley City Council member Gordon Wozniak was reelected to represent District 8 Tuesday, defeating runner-up Jacquelyn McCormick 60.52 percent to 20.44 percent. Candidate Stewart Jones trailed with 18.98 percent, with all precincts reporting. Despite the victory, Wozniak remained calm and composed throughout the night. “I’m feeling fine,” he said late Tuesday evening when the results were clearly in his favor. “I’ve got the clear majority. They won’t need to do the round two.”
Local Measures Downtown Area Plan, from which the measure was created. Arreguin and Worthington were both re-elected to their council seats Tuesday night. The majority of the council supported the measure since its drafting, and issues of Downtown development have often passed through council in a 7-2 vote. The measure will also bring about the implementation of Mayor Tom Bates’ “Green Pathways” program, which promises expedited city processes for developers who help the city meet its environmental goals. The approval of the measure still leaves the area without a specific plan to govern development of the Downtown, which some opponents named as a major concern. Proponents say Measure R will guide the council to eventually approve a plan in-line with voters’ priorities. —Sarah Springfield
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His relaxed demeanor did not falter even as he received the overwhelmingly positive election results. District 8, made up of both students and non-students and encompassing many UC Berkeley fraternities, has been represented by Wozniak for eight years. In this election, Wozniak has enjoyed strong support from student leaders, such as ASUC President Noah Stern, Berkeley Student Cooperative President Daniel Kronovet and leaders from the campus Greek community. —Katie Bender
MEASURES S & T Even as Californians rejected the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, Berkeley voters approved city Measures S and T by wide margins, granting the Berkeley City Council permission to expand Berkeley’s medical marijuana industry by permitting and taxing seven new “cannabusiness” facilities. Measures S and T encompass several major changes to current medical marijuana policy, including the provision of permits for six new cannabis cultivation facilities as well as one new dispensary, a tax of 2.5 percent on for-profit facilities and the reconstitution of the city’s Medical Marijuana Commission. Nonprofit cannabis facilities will be taxed at $25 per square foot for the first 3,000 square feet, with $10 for every square foot thereafter.
According to the city attorney’s analysis, the tax will generate $400,000 in revenue for the city — though that number will be largely dependent on the number and size of the facilities the council approves. The six growing facilities, capped at a maximum of 30,000 square feet each, are restricted to the manufacturing district, while the new dispensary will be located in the commercial district. Measure T also requires that members of the Medical Marijuana Commission — who provide “cannabusiness” policy recommendations to the City Council — be appointed by the council. The current commission will not be reconstituted until after the election is certified and council members will appoint new commissioners. —Gianna Albaum
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