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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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Ciudad de BerkeleyCandidato para Consejo Municipal, Distrito 2

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Cheryl Davila

Commissioner/Bookkeeper/Parent
3,451 votos (51.2%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Affordable Housing: The current affordable housing requirements for new construction are not sufficient to address our housing crisis. I will fight to ensure that new apartment buildings offer 35% or more truly affordable units. Repeal Costa-Hawkins
  • Stop militarization : Berkeley must end their participation in militarization of their police. We seek neighborhood friendly, demilitarized police who know the community. Mental Health Crisis units, 24/7 is mandatory to address the 35% of 911 calls.
  • I am committed to environmental justice, clean air and water, accessible and plentiful wilderness, careful development that reduces our collective impact on the environment, and a constant eye to addressing climate change. 100% renewable energy now.

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Bookkeeper/ Office Manager/ Purchasing Manager/ Staff Accountant.
Commissioner, Human Welfare & Community Action Commission — Cargo designado (2009–2016)

Educación

Mills College Bachelor of Arts, Business Economics, minor in Dance, Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international honor society in economics, academic award. (2013)
Nassau Community College Associates Degree, African American Studies (1977)

Biografía

My combination of experience working within city government, my commitment to our community neighborhoods, and my training in responsible, accountable practices, make me the right candidate to represent our district on the Council.

 

As I walk the district speaking with neighbors, I hear again and again that District 2’s Councilman is only seen in the district during campaigns and that he is unresponsive when folks need resources and support.  Our Councilman has received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign funds from real estate developers and is out of step with residents on issues of development.  I’ve served as a commissioner since 2009, on the Human Welfare & Community Action Commission, where our Councilman tried to shut down discussion on important issues because they could be damaging to his political ambitions. His behavior as councilman has disappointed me and my neighbors. District 2 deserves a change.

 

 

My thirty years working in all phases of accounting and various manager positions demonstrate my ability to work with budgets and city finances with leadership and competence.

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Organizaciónes (2)

  • Alameda County Green Party
  • Evolve

Funcionarios electos (2)

  • Max Anderson- Berkeley City Council District 3
  • Gus Newport, Former Berkeley Mayor

Individuos (1)

  • Michael Paranti, PhD, Author and Lecturer

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

 

Our community needs diverse, ethical folks with integrity and honesty to step up and become public servants. I have been active in District 2 for thirty-five years, and I have seen how dysfunction at City Hall has meant that the voices of my neighbors have been absent from city decision making. I have experience working effectively within city government, serving as commissioner on the Human Welfare and Community Action Commission since 2009. I believe in neighborhood-friendly demilitarized policing, neighborhood assemblies, innovative ecological practices, and beautification without gentrification. I am responsive, accountable, and principled.  My door will always be open.

Documentos sobre determinadas posturas

Housing is a right. Let's end displacement and keep our community vibrant in culture and diversity.

Summary

 

Develop affordable housing over corporate living at cost reasonable for berkeley residents who want to live, work, and play here. Berkeley’s district 2 must achieve beautification without gentrification and displacement.

 

As we all know, Berkeley is experiencing a housing crisis that is unprecedented in our history.  Our beautiful city offers great schools, delicious food, vibrant neighborhoods and engaged neighbors, so it’s no wonder that so many people want to make Berkeley their home.  Unfortunately, City Hall seems unconcerned with the challenges that this environment creates for longtime residents, and uninterested in attracting diverse new residents from all walks of life.   As rampant gentrification was taking hold, council could have mandated that new businesses in retail corridors should be owned by people who live nearby, in order to keep the profits from new businesses in the neighborhood.  They could have offered city-backed small business loans to residents who wanted to start businesses in their neighborhoods, so that longtime residents could have benefitted from the rising economies of the neighborhoods.  Instead, Council squandered these opportunities and far too many longtime residents were forced out of their neighborhoods as profits from real estate and businesses went to out-of-town developers and investors.  Costa-Hawkins, the state law that prevents many forms of rent control, must be repealed so that we may revise our rent control system, both for residents and commercial tenants. Let’s unite with different municipalities throughout the state and council to repeal Costa Hawkins-re-implement vacancy controls, again.

 

The current affordable housing requirements for new construction are not sufficient to address our housing crisis.  I will fight to ensure that new apartment buildings offer 35% or more truly affordable units.  A recent “below market” unit on University, for instance, is charging $1900 for a 340 square foot studio.  This is a slap in the face to our affordable housing program. Additionally, it is time for a statewide movement to repeal Costa-Hawkins.  Berkeley can lead this movement, and I will work with other cities to change state regulations so that Berkeley can have more tools to address exploding housing costs.   

 

Environment: Our community must engage in citizenship to become a model for environmental stewardship.

Summary

Communities everywhere are struggling to address the local impacts of climate change.  Berkeley is already making great strides and creating models for other communities, but there is much to be done.

I am committed to environmental justice, clean air and water, accessible and plentiful wilderness, careful development that reduces our collective impact on the environment, and a constant eye to addressing climate change.  I will work with city staff to develop a plan for 100% renewable energy production, solar rooftop initiatives for renters and low income owners, developing water retention landscapes throughout the city, supporting urban agriculture, and accelerating our carbon neutrality goals.  As we face climate change as a community, we must actively research and proactively address environmental threats.  

 

In conversation with my neighbors, I hear again and again that city hall is not responsive enough to the needs of the community. I am advocating for the creation of neighborhood assemblies which will support citizens to be organized around citywide issues. Our goals are to keep citizens more engaged and informed of issues and policy discussions, to build community, facilitate environmental stewardship, do disaster preparation, mitigate conflicts, and improve the ethic of civic engagement throughout the city. I want to disrupt the disengaged-citizenship-as-usual. I believe Berkeley can steward a new model of citizenship.

 

Bias and Inequity

Summary

Our communities of color have been the hardest hit by displacement as a result of gentrification.  Additionally, our community is not immune to bias in employment practices and policing.

Our communities of color have been the hardest hit by displacement as a result of gentrification.  Additionally, our community is not immune to bias in employment practices and policing.  We need strong anti-bias policy and practice for all workers, and community assemblies that allow residents to discuss challenges and communicate with their representatives.  We deserve a neighborhood-friendly police force that rejects militarized tactics.

 

Stop Urban Shield, I will support no militarization and participation in Urban Shield. We must end this practice and think more about community based, non militarized, neighborhood friendly, police. Berkeley police require an increase in de-escalation training, additional mental health crisis units available 24/7. The BPD must end racial profiling, add regular community building events to their calendar, get to know the community they serve and stop urban shield.  

 

I will support efforts to bolster workplace discrimination protections, and will work to prevent militarized policing tactics. BPD spends almost 35% or its resources responding to mental health crises, professionals would be better suited to respond to struggling community members.  We need a fully-funded Mental Health Crisis Response Team that operates separately from the police department.  City programming needs to be carefully targeted to help us preserve and enhance our city’s diversity, and to support our minority communities of color.

 

Development must be carefully designed to enhance, protect our environment and provide housing that is accessible to all, not just to the wealthiest among us.  Through neighborhood assemblies, the community’s voice will be at the table whenever new development is proposed, so that together we can assess the impacts on the local ecology and the local community.  


Develop affordable housing over corporate living at cost reasonable for Berkeley residents who want to live work play. Berkeley’s district 2 must achieve beautification without gentrification. Berkeley must explore the entire city for development, not just the low income areas where the maximum profits can be made. We need to keep the diversity of our wonderful city, stop the displacement. No more displacement.

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