Mission Statement

To inspire and empower Berkeleyans to advance Democratic values and provide leadership through education and action.

Core Values

Accountability: Democratic leaders should keep their promises to the people and govern with integrity.

Equity:  We ensure equity and access across the broad range of community engagement and organizational activities.

Courage: We believe Democrats should be fearless and unwavering in the fight for racial, economic, social, and climate justice.

Centering Democracy: Our processes, undertakings, and initiatives are structured to further the democratic ideal that all voices may be heard.

Building Social Capital: We work to build networks of civic activity to foster increased levels of trust, articulation of shared values, and collaboration towards common goals.

Housing Affordability

  • Build new residential housing at both market-rate and below-market rate so that our workforce, families, children and seniors at all income levels have an opportunity to live in Berkeley
  • Continue to require developers to build or contribute a fee toward meeting affordability goals
  • Maintain rent stabilization for the primary benefit of low-income individuals and households and minimize costs for small property owners
  • Encourage in-law units that increase the housing stock and help seniors age in place

Social and Economic Justice

  • Raise the local minimum wage to $15 at or sooner than the state of California’s implementation timeline of 2022, with input from low-wage workers, small business owners, nonprofit leaders and other stakeholders
  • Attract living-wage green and clean energy job opportunities for Berkeley residents, especially those without a college degree
  • Actively consider the equity implications of policy decisions, including allocation of public safety, social services and economic development resources in historically under-served areas
  • Encourage broad participation in Berkeley’s commissions from people of all racial, social-economic, religious and political backgrounds

Community Health and Safety

  • Target funding for social services and addiction recovery to nonprofit organizations with a demonstrated record of sound management and outcomes
  • Practice compassion toward the homeless and those with mental illnesses while keeping our commercial districts safe and welcoming
  • Nurture positive relationships between police and the neighborhoods they serve
  • Maintain or increase the size of the police force and give police additional tools and equipment

Environmental Stewardship

  • Hold the City Council and staff accountable for meeting the Measure G (2006) mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050
  • Preserve parks and open space, actively consider environmental justice in land use decisions, encourage urban gardens and expand recreational space and opportunities for active lifestyles

Transportation and Mobility

  • Fund a multi-modal transportation system that facilitates walking, biking and use of public transit
  • Increase transit options for seniors and people with disabilities to access groceries, healthcare, recreation and other essential activities
  • Produce an action plan to addresses deferred maintenance of the city’s streets, parks and public facilities

Budget and Taxes

  • Maintain current taxation rates and service levels to ensure needs are met at a cost taxpayers can bear
  • Practice shared accountability that includes increased individual contributions to pensions from newly-hired city employees, starting with non-public safety employees
  • Advocate for statewide reform of Proposition 13 to ensure commercial property owners pay their fair share

Education

  • Continue the 20/20 vision and partnership between BUSD, UC and City of Berkeley to address disparities in our schools
  • Acknowledge the pivotal role of supplemental funding for Berkeley schools while pressing state legislators to increase funding statewide
  • Advocate for increased support for K-16 education

Political Reform

  • Defend the current contribution limit and rules for financing campaigns, while declining to endorse the use of general fund money for public financing
  • Explore some form of term limits, potentially limiting council members to three four-year terms or two four-year terms with the possibility of returning to office later
  • Establish a redistricting commission that takes the power to redraw council districts out of the hands of current incumbents