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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Commissioner — City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board

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Alejandro Soto-Vigil

Legislative Assistant, Berkeley City...
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Defend Rent Control and Strengthen Tenant Protections
  2. Fight Tenant Harassment and Oppose Unlawful Evictions
  3. Ensure Habitability and Expand Rent Board Services
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Leah Simon-Weisberg

Tenants Rights Attorney
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Strengthen tenant protections and ensure that the...
  2. Work with the City Council, School Board and community...
  3. During the next four years, the present executive...
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Christina Murphy

Housing Coordinator for a Berkeley...
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Advocating for real affordable housing, advocating...
  2. Protecting and strengthening rent control -- rent...
  3. Working to provide services to the most vulnerable...
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Igor Tregub

Engineer/Vice Chair, Housing Advisory...
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Solving Berkeley's housing crisis and displacement...
  2. Ensuring an adequate supply of seismically safe, habitable...
  3. Outreach to tenants and property owners, accountability,...
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Judy J. Hunt

Non-profit Executive & Consultant
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Build more safe, habitable affordable housing for...
  2. Protect tenants from unwarranted rent increases and...
  3. Provide rent board agency transparency and fiscal...
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Nate Wollman

Property Manager
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Advocate For Fair Leasing Agreements And Sate Habitable...
  2. Advocate For Fair Housing That Values Views Of Tenants...
  3. Advocate For Building More Affordable Housing For...
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Rent Stabilization Board Commissioner
30,297 votes (20.1%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Defend Rent Control and Strengthen Tenant Protections
  • Fight Tenant Harassment and Oppose Unlawful Evictions
  • Ensure Habitability and Expand Rent Board Services

Experience

Experience

Profession:Legislative Assistant, Berkeley City Council
Legislative Assistant, Berkeley City Council, City of Berkeley (2009–current)
Commissioner, Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board — Elected position (2012–current)

Education

UC Berkeley and University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law Juris Doctor (J.D.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science (2008)

Community Activities

Member, Berkeley Tenants Union (2012–current)
Member, Chavez/Huerta Commemoration Committee (2009–current)
Member, Communities for a Better Environment (2014–current)
Co-founder , Richmond Progressive Alliance (2003–current)
Coach, NOLL/SOLL Baseball (2014–current)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Alameda County School Board Superintendent Emerita Sheila Jordan
  • BART Board Director Rebecca Saltzman
  • Berkeley School Board Directors Judy Appel

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters—Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville (2)

If you are elected, what would you like to achieve during your term in office?
Answer from Alejandro Soto-Vigil:

Over the last four years I have been a leader on the Rent Board. I’ve pushed to increase staff based on an unprecedented demand for services. I successfully led the effort to increase allocations for the Eviction Defense Center and East Bay Community Law Center because certain landlords have sought to unlawfully evict tenants. Our eviction defense partners have seen their caseloads drastically increase. The demand for their services is more important than ever. I want Berkeley voters to know that when they vote for me, I will continue pushing to help our most vulnerable residents from being homeless from unlawful rent increases and constructive eviction.

What do you consider the most important issue facing the Rent Control Board?
Answer from Alejandro Soto-Vigil:

Seniors, students, and working families confront rising rents and threatened evictions. Because of this, the Rent Board has seen 2,000 more people through its doors. Recognizing these critical services, I led efforts to hire more staff and provide more housing counseling and eviction defense. As a lifelong tenant and father of two, I know how critical affordable housing and rent controls are to maintaining diverse neighborhoods and stable schools. As rents continue to skyrocket, we need to defend our Rent Stabilization Ordinance. Our Rent Program keeps rents stabilized. It’s also a place where landlords and tenants resolve disputes without expensive attorneys. I’ve always sought creative solutions. As City Council Aide, I recovered illegally withheld security deposits and helped tenants displaced by fires. On the Housing Commission and Rent Board, I strengthened our Relocation Ordinance and increased affordable housing.

Candidate Contact Info

Email alejandrosotovigil@gmail.com
Tenant Attorney
30,286 votes (20.09%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Strengthen tenant protections and ensure that the rent board is able to meet the needs of the community.
  • Work with the City Council, School Board and community land trusts to increase affordable housing opportunities for our teachers.
  • During the next four years, the present executive director of the Rent Board will retire. I take very seriously the importance of finding a new executive director to fill these very important shoes.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Tenants Rights Attorney
Legal Director, Tenants Together (2011–current)
Managing Attorney, Anti-Predatory Lending Practice and Foreclosure, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (2010–2011)
Co Executive Director and Litigation Attorney, Eviction Defense Network (2003–2010)
Staff Assistant, Senator Barbara Boxer (1997–1999)
Maternal Child Health Volunteer, Peace Corps (1994–1996)

Education

Northeastern University School of Law Juris Doctorate (J.D.) (2002)
Earlham College Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Peace and Global Studies (1993)

Community Activities

Membership and Malcolm X Fund Co-Chair, Malcolm X Elementary School PTA (2014–current)

Biography

Leah is one of California’s leading tenant rights attorneys. For the last 14 years, she has fought to safeguard existing rent control and just cause eviction protections. Leah has provided critical legal support to five Bay Area campaigns to pass new rent control laws; including writing comprehensive rent control measures that qualified for the Richmond and Alameda ballots this November.  Leah has been a Berkeley renter for 7 years and has a daughter at Malcolm X Elementary School.  She has been active in the Malcolm X Elementary PTA and is an advocate for teachers, families, equity and stability in Berkeley.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • The Sierra Club

Organizations (12)

  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • Alameda County Green Party
  • Berkeley Citizens Action
  • Berkeley Progressive Alliance
  • Berkeley Tenants Union
  • Cal Democratic Club
  • East Bay Women's Political Caucus
  • Wellstone Renewal Democratic Club
  • John George Democratic Club
  • East Bay Young Democrats
  • Friends of Adeline
  • UFCW, Local 5

Elected Officials (14)

  • United States Senator Bernie Sanders
  • Sandre Swanson
  • Jesse Arreguin
  • Kris Worthington
  • Max Anderson
  • Kathy Harr
  • Lisa Stephens
  • Jesse Townley
  • James Chang
  • John Selawsky
  • Gayle McLaughlin
  • Richard Valle
  • Judy Appel
  • Beatriz Leyva-Cutler

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters—Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville (2)

If you are elected, what would you like to achieve during your term in office?
Answer from Leah Simon-Weisberg:

I will participate in the hiring of an ideal new executive director.  I will work with BUSD, City Council and community land trusts to increase the amount of affordable housing opportunities for working families and teachers.  In addition, I will protect and fairly ordinance.

What do you consider the most important issue facing the Rent Control Board?
Answer from Leah Simon-Weisberg:

The impending retirement of the executive director I consider the most important issue facing the Berkeley Rent Board.  He is a renowned expert in the rent control world and has been an amazing leader both administratively and in terms of policy.  The rent board has seen 2000 more requests for assistance in the last 18 months and Berkeley is facing an unprecidendated housing crisis.  The Rent Board Commissioners will need to ensure that Berkeley will continue to have strong, capable and visionary leadership.   Who is on the board will determine the future of the board.

Candidate Contact Info

Email leah4rentboard@gmail.com
Housing Coordinator
29,406 votes (19.51%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Advocating for real affordable housing, advocating for housing for everyone in our community. Housing is a human right.
  • Protecting and strengthening rent control -- rent control is key to stable, healthy communities.
  • Working to provide services to the most vulnerable in our community. Being a voice for the voiceless.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Housing Coordinator for a Berkeley non-profit
Housing Commissioner/Engineer
25,991 votes (17.25%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Solving Berkeley's housing crisis and displacement epidemic
  • Ensuring an adequate supply of seismically safe, habitable units
  • Outreach to tenants and property owners, accountability, and accessbility

Experience

Experience

Profession:Engineer/Vice Chair, Housing Advisory Commission/Vice Chair, Zoning Adjustments Board
Engineer/Safety Specialist, U.S. Department of Energy (2008–current)
Principal, Tregub and Associates Consulting (2014–current)
Vice Chair, Housing Advisory Commission — Appointed position (2012–current)
Vice Chair, Zoning Adjustments Board — Appointed position (2012–current)
Member, AC Transit Parcel Tax Oversight Committee — Appointed position (2014–current)
Member, Berkeley Unified School District Facilities Safety and Maintenance Oversight Committee — Appointed position (2015–current)
Commissioner, Berkeley Rent Board — Elected position (2008–2012)

Education

Duke University Master of Science (M.S.), Engineering Management, Concentration in Finance (2015)
UC Berkeley Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Mechanical Engineering (2008)
UC Berkeley Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science (2008)

Community Activities

Steering Committee, Berkeley Tenants Union (2016–current)
Vice Chair, SF Bay Chapter, Sierra Club (2014–current)
Block Captain, National Night Out (2013–current)
Mentor, East Bay College Fund (2016–current)
Community Board Member, Savo Island Cooperative (2013–2015)

Biography

I came here to attend college, graduating from UC Berkeley with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Political Science. Upon graduation, I was fortunate enough to accept a position with the Department of Energy, allowing me to stay in Berkeley and serve our local community at the same time as I am serving our nation. Berkeley’s amazing neighbors welcomed me and my partner – the current Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women – with open arms. We will fight for a Berkeley that people like us can afford and in which we can all raise our children and grandchildren.

 

I am an experienced housing, environmental justice, and labor advocate passionate about bringing diverse voices into the fold of the organizations that I'm a part of. I have previously served as an elected Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board Commissioner and chaired its Budget and Personnel Committee, and am running again after being asked by community members to step up in the face of an unprecedented housing crisis in Berkeley.

 

As a longtime Berkeley resident and Steering Committee member of the Berkeley Tenants Union, I have helped resolve hundreds of tenant issues, allowing people and families to stay in our Berkeley community,. I also helped secure millions of dollars for low-income housing as Vice Chair of the Housing Advisory Commission, and stopped the demolition of several rent-controlled buildings as the Vice Chair of the Berkeley Zoning Adjustments Board.

 

In addition, I serve as the Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter Vice Chair, Northern Alameda County Group Conservation Chair and Northern California Secretary of the California-Nevada Regional Conservation Committee. My service to the Democratic Party includes work as Parliamentarian and Pacific Region Director of the Young Democrats of America, President of the East Bay Young Democrats, and Delegate and Legislation Committee Member of the California Democratic Party. I am a mentor with the East Bay College Fund, and serve as a National Night Out block captain in the wonderful West Berkeley community that my partner and I call home.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders
  • Sierra Club
  • Alameda County Democratic Party

Organizations (10)

  • Alameda County Democratic, Green, and Peace and Freedom Parties
  • Berkeley Tenants Union
  • Alameda County Labor Council
  • Cal Berkeley Democrats
  • Alameda County Building Trades Council
  • Berkeley Democratic Caucus
  • Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club
  • East Bay Express
  • The Daily Californian
  • Democracy for America

Elected Officials (5)

  • State Controller Betty Yee
  • Assemblymembers Tony Thurmond, Rob Bonta, Evan Low, and Sandre Swanson (ret.)
  • Alameda County Supervisors Keith Carson, Nate Miley, and Richard Valle
  • Berkeley Council Members Anderson, Arreguin, Droste, Maio, Moore, Worthington, Ying Lee (ret.)
  • Berkeley Rent Board Commissioners Chang, Dodsworth, Harr, Laverde, Selawsky, Shelton, Soto-Vigil, and Townley

Individuals (50)

  • Santa Rosa Vice Mayor Erin Carlstrom
  • ASUC Housing Commission Director Matthew Lewis
  • Nonprofit Executive and Assembly Candidate Mae Cendana Torlakson
  • Cal Berkeley Democrats President Rhea Misra
  • Photojournalist David Bacon
  • Housing Advocate Alfred Twu
  • Police Review Commission Chair George Perezvelez and Commissioner J. George Lippman
  • Berkeley Library Board Trustee Winston Burton
  • Contra Costa Democratic Party Chair Jeff Koertzen and Member Dr. Carolyn Phinney
  • Disability Services Advocate Alex Ghenis
  • Homeless People's Advocate boona cheema
  • Housing Coordinator Christina Murphy
  • Community Environmental Action Chair Ben Gould, Fmr. Chair Luis Amezcua, and Commissioner Dyana Delfin-Polk
  • ASUC Senators Rigel Robinson and Bulmaro "Boomer" Vicente (ret.)
  • Tenants Together Executive Director (former) Dean Preston and Legal Director Leah Simon-Weisberg (for ID purposes only)
  • Young Democrats of America Executive Vice President Kristina Contreras Fox
  • California Young Democrats President Eddie Kirby
  • Children, Youth, and Recreation Commissioner Elizabeth Echols
  • Alameda County Democratic Central Cmte Officers Kathy Neal, Andy Kelley, Sean Manalo; Members Dr. Barnett. Dr. Wheatley
  • Berkeley Parks and Waterfront Commissioner Karen Weinstein
  • Chair, Berkeley Police Review Commission George Perezvelez
  • Berkeley Zoning Adjustments Board Members Shoshana O'Keefe and Sophie Hahn (fmr.)
  • Berkeley Planning Commission Chair Stephen Murphy and Member Ben Bartlett
  • Orinda School Board Vice Chair Carol Brown
  • Contra Costa Community Colleges District Trustee De’shawn Woolridge
  • San Francisco Unified School District Board Chair Matt Haney
  • Alameda County School Board Superintendent Emerita Sheila Jordan and Director (ret.) Marlon McWilson
  • Peralta Community College Board Trustee Nicky Gonzalez Yuen
  • East Bay Municipal Utilities Board Directors Andy Katz and Doug Linney
  • BART Board Director Rebecca Saltzman and Candidate Lateefah Simon
  • AC Transit Directors Chris Peeples, Mark Williams, and Rocky Fernandez (ret.)
  • San Leandro Councilmember Corina Lopez
  • Richmond Councilmembers Jovanka Beckles and Jael Myrick
  • Oakland Councilmembers Annie Campbell-Washington, Abel Guillen, Dan Kalb, and Rebecca Kaplan
  • Hercules Vice Mayor Myrna da Vera
  • Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon
  • Emeryville Mayor Dianne Martinez
  • El Cerrito Mayor Pro Tempore Janet Abelson, Concilmember Gabriel Quinto
  • Alameda Councilmember Jim Oddie
  • Albany Mayor Peter Maass and Councilmember Nick Pilch
  • Berkeley School Board Directors Judy Appel, Josh Daniels, Karen Hemphill, and Beatriz Leyva-Cutler
  • Fmr. Rent Board Commissioners Dave Blake, Marsha Feinland, Paul Hogarth, Marc Janowitz, Sharon Maldonado, Eleanor Walden
  • California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
  • California State Senators Ben Allen and Ellen Corbett (ret.)
  • Congressmen Mark DeSaulnier, Eric Swalwell, and Ron Dellums (ret.)
  • Maritessa Bravo Ares, Chair, Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women
  • Former Berkeley Vice Mayor Carole Kennerly
  • Former Berkeley Mayor Gus Newport
  • NAACP Berkeley Chapter President Mansour Id-Deen
  • Marian Wolfe, Former Chair, Berkeley Housing Advisory Commission

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters—Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville (2)

If you are elected, what would you like to achieve during your term in office?
Answer from Igor Tregub:

Active outreach and education to all Berkeley tenants and property owners. Historically, the Rent Board has been on the front lines of educating thousands of Berkeley tenants and property owners on their rights and responsibilities and providing legal advice or dispute mediation in the unfortunate events when this becomes necessary. Over the past eight years, I have worked collaboratively with Rent Board commissioners and staff to deploy a set of information tools that are more responsive than ever to the varying levels of familiarity with and interest in the ordinance. This will again be a focus for my work.

Seismic safety. Many rent-controlled buildings in Berkeley are incapable of withstanding a magnitude 6.7 earthquake, predicted along Hayward Fault in the next 20 years. Soft-story buildings, many of which house students, pose an additional risk of total collapse in the event of seismic activity. I worked with the City Council to push for a strong ordinance that would begin to enforce Phase I (engineering study and tenant notification) and pass Phase II (mandatory seismic retrofitting) of the Soft-Story Ordinance. If elected, I will continue efforts to ensure that this and other seismic safety ordinances are being enforced, and that the vast majority of property owners who wish to do the right thing have sufficient financing options to comply with them. 

A Board that’s Accountable to and Provides a Quality Service for All. When I chaired the Rent Board Budget and Personnel Committee, the registration fee only went up by $24 in four years. The registration fee – the only means that finances the agency – must be periodically assessed to ensure that hardworking Rent Board staff have the tools to provide quality services to tenants and property owners, but is not out of reach for Berkeley’s small landlords.

What do you consider the most important issue facing the Rent Control Board?
Answer from Igor Tregub:

– An affordability crisis of unprecedented proportions
– A huge increase in the number of actual and attempted evictions
– Concerns around seismic safety, habitability, and reductions in habitable space

The Board has numerous tools available at its disposal to support its mission. The most important powers in its possession are its quasi-judicial authority to make determinations in landlord-tenant disputes, the power to provide influence on housing policy to the City Council and other entities in the City of Berkeley, and to educate and outreach to tenants and property owners on their rights and responsibilities.

Aside from their authority around regulation of rents, enforcement of the minimum warranty of habitability, promulgation of just-cause eviction protections, and resolution of hearing appeals, Rent Board commissioners have a second power and charge.

When we negotiate with due diligence and an understanding of the other stakeholders, we, the Rent Board Commissioners, can have a great deal of influence in areas where the Berkeley City Council is the final decision-making body, such as around seismic retrofitting and the Soft-Story Ordinance, recycling and composting in multi-family units, expanding energy efficiency and water conservation measures, and strengthening the Relocation and Demolition Ordinances.

If elected, intend to continue my work to advance the production and financing of new and rehabilitated affordable housing, preserving rent control, and ensuring that the units in which Berkeley’s tenants reside in are both habitable and seismically safe.

I also have championed, along with Councilmember Jesse Arreguin and several Rent Board commissioners, an effort to pass a Tenant Protection Ordinance, which is patterned after San Francisco and other municipalities. It would ensure additional protection from unlawful evictions for long-term tenants (who are often on a limited income).

Political Beliefs

The approach I take to governance is very similar to the one I take to my everyday job duties around safety oversight and nonproliferation. I spend at least 10 hours per week going through agenda packets, researching issues, and consulting with stakeholders prior to each meeting. While I have a lot of respect for the professional judgment of staff, as an engineer I scrutinize models and the methodologies they include to ensure that I have come to a similar conclusion. When conclusions differ, I ask staff – typically, prior to the meeting because nothing is more frustrating to a staff person than to be openly questioned in public. If I still disagree with the conclusion or feel that there is a better solution, I try to develop an alternative proposal.

I have a collaborative working style and believe that the best decisions can only come from community input. While I may not agree 100% of the time with my colleagues, I have amassed a respect among them for doing my due diligence in researching each issue – earning me the Vice-Chairmanship of two commissions.

As a Berkeley community servant-leader, I have distinguished myself as being extremely accessible to members of the public and other elected and appointed officials throughout the region. I spend a great deal of time researching best practices from across the nation. For example, as former California delegation chair of the Young Elected Officials Network, I worked to develop a database of such best practices on everything from prevailing wage agreements to recycling contracts.

When I chaired the Housing Advisory Committee’s Subcommittee on Short Term Rentals, I went out of my way to invite participation and input from all members of the Berkeley community, including the Berkeley Tenants Union, Berkeley Property Owners Association, the East Bay Home Sharers Network, members of the Rent Board (who had a similar committee in place), Planning Commission, and Zoning Adjustments Board. Under my leadership, we held a number of public hearings to listen to and take stock of written and oral public testimony. When we ultimately arrived at our recommendations, I made sure to report out arguments on both the prevailing and the minority side. And I continue to keep the community in the loop – both via email and through NextDoor – about the next steps for the Short-Term Rental Ordinance, long after it has left our hands and is now in the City Council’s.

This is the kind of public servant I am and will continue to be: accountable, accessible, accepting of differing points of view, though never afraid to vote my conscience. I can be reached at any time at 510-295-8798 or itregub@gmail.com, and look forward to hearing from you.

My ballot statement

Summary

My ballot statement

Housing is a human right. I am proud to be selected by the 2016 Berkeley Tenants Convention, a diverse coalition of nearly 400 tenants, landlords, and homeowners committed to protecting rent control and tenants’ rights. 

Our Berkeley community faces an unprecedented housing crisis. Rents have skyrocketed by 60% in the last three years. The number of threatened and actual evictions has risen dramatically. My partner and I are immigrants, tenants, and longtime Berkeley residents who would like to start a family here. I know firsthand that strong rent protections are critical to maintaining stable schools, good local jobs, and our diversity.

As Berkeley Housing Advisory Commission Vice-Chair, I successfully helped secure millions of dollars of affordable housing funding, increase impact fees on market-rate developers, and implement a Tenant Protection Ordinance. As Zoning Adjustments Board Vice-Chair, I approved thousands of rental housing units - many of them reserved for lower-income families - while stopping the demolition of rent-controlled housing. I hosted a foreclosure-prevention workshop which earned Rep. Barbara Lee’s Certificate of Congressional Recognition.

 

For my record of implementing successful solutions to the housing crisis, I am endorsed by the Berkeley Tenants Union, SEIU 1021, Alameda County Building Trades, Friends of Adeline, former Berkeley Mayor Gus Newport and Mayors of three neighboring cities, majorities of the Berkeley City Council and School Board, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Board of Equalization President Fiona Ma, State Senator Ben Allen, Assemblymembers Rob Bonta and Sandre Swanson (ret.), and EBMUD Board Members Andy Katz and Doug Linney.

I humbly ask for your vote. www.berkeleyrentboard.org.

 

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Commissioner, Rent Stabilization Board
20,721 votes (13.75%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Build more safe, habitable affordable housing for moderate and low income people.
  • Protect tenants from unwarranted rent increases and unjust evictions.
  • Provide rent board agency transparency and fiscal accountability with detailed annual reports.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Non-profit Executive & Consultant
Commissioner, Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board — Elected position (2012–current)
Commissioner, Alameda County Advisory Commission on Aging — Appointed position (2006–2010)

Education

Case Western Reserve University Master of Science, Social Administration, Maternal Child Health Specialization (1972)
Pepperdine College Bachelor of Arts, Sociology (1970)

Community Activities

Advisor/Trainer, Advisory Board, West Oakland Senior Center (2015–current)
Poll worker, Alameda County Registrar of Voters (2010–current)
Member, Alumni Council, Head Royce School (2010–current)
Member, Alameda County Leadership Academy (2004–2005)

Biography

A West Berkeley small rental property owner, I was born and raised in the East Bay Area. My family has roots in Berkeley for over 60 years. I attended Franklin Elementary School, which is now the Berkeley Adult Education School campus. I graduated from the Anna Head School for Girls (now Head Royce School) in Oakland.

As a Head Start consultant in Cleveland, Ohio I worked to improve poor housing and environmental health conditions that impacted the health, education and well-being of children, youth, families and elders. While working at a community mental health center, I worked with senior adults to support their advocacy efforts for housing options that preserved their dignity and independence.

After working as a non-profit executive with international organizations in New York and public health in New Jersey, I returned home to my childhood neighborhood in 2002.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • Berkeley Democratic Club

Elected Officials (4)

  • Susan Wengraf, Berkeley City Council, District 6
  • Darryl Moore, Berkeley City Council, District 2
  • Laurie Capitelli, Berkeley City Council, District 5
  • Elizabeth Scherer, Former Rent Board Commissioner

Individuals (2)

  • Jerome Singer, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley
  • Julie Holcomb, Executive Board, Berkeley Democratic Club

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters—Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville (2)

If you are elected, what would you like to achieve during your term in office?
Answer from Judy J. Hunt:

I would like to have the Rent Board agency publish a detailed annual report to the community. The report would provide agency transparency about its operations and share the following information:

A. Updated survey data about tenants and rental property owners in Berkeley.

B. Criteria utilized for registration fee increases.

C.. The number of petitions, hearings and mediations filed by tenants and landlords and the outcomes/results of those petitions, hearings and mediations.

D. Data about lawsuits filed by the Rent Board agency and against the agency, the results of such actions and the associated costs of litigation and any outside counsel.

E. The units of operation within the agency (Registration, Information, Outreach, Hearings, Research and Administration) what each unit does and the number of staff in each unit.

F. Fiscal Accountability - how monies are allocated and spent for staff, funding for legislative advocates and agencies that provide legal services for tenants.

G. Vision of the Rent Board agency for the future of rent control in Berkeley utilizing census data, Bay Area employment, transportation and housing (real estate market) data.

 

I would also like to see the Rent Board engage real estate professionals, landlords and property owners in more collaborative discussions that lead to positive cooperative relationships.

 

What do you consider the most important issue facing the Rent Control Board?
Answer from Judy J. Hunt:

The most important issues facing rent control include:

A. How to sustain rent control. The number of rent controlled units are decreasing as the rent ordiance is clear that rental units built after 1980 are exempt from rent control. The number of non rent controlled units are increasing with market rate rents. Rent controlled unit rents are generally below market rate rents. Rental units near downtown and the university tend to turn over more due to incoming and graduating students every year.

B. Rent controlled units tend to have long term tenants with aging landlords and property owners who cannot afford rising property maintenance costs without sufficient profit from rents to reinvest into the properties. This is particularly true for West Berkeley and South Berkeley.

C. Strategic planning for housing in Bekeley needs to include: UC Berkeley housing administration, real estate professionals, tenants, landlords and property owners. All housing stakeholders should be included to develop a comprehensive, realistc housing plan for city residents of various socioeconomic incomes, ages and cultural groups to maintain a vibrant, healthy community.

Political Beliefs

It is important for me to maintain authenticity, intregrity and a moral compass. I work with my commissioner colleagues without rancor or disrespect. I hold firm to share issues and concerns of older adult tenants, landlords and property owners because they are most affected by the economics related to rent control.

The costs related to property maintenance of older rental buildings are often not covered by lower rents. Maintaining safe habitable housing for older adults is basic to their automony and independence to remain in their communities for as long as possible. This is true for both older tenants and landlords and property owners. Older landlords and property owners live on retirement incomes that do not rise as fast as property maintenance costs. So increases in registration fees without definitive criteria is not fair to elders who have contributed to the city infrastructure that make Berkeley a desirable community.

I shall continue to raise and address issues that impact the most vunerable citizens so they do not face being homeless in their twilight years. I will vote for what I believe to be fair to our elders, fair to their pocketbooks and fair to the community as a whole.

 

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Email judy.hunt@sbcglobal.net
Property Manager
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Advocate For Fair Leasing Agreements And Sate Habitable Apartments For All Berkeley Tenants
  • Advocate For Fair Housing That Values Views Of Tenants And Property Owners
  • Advocate For Building More Affordable Housing For Moderate And Low Income People

Experience

Experience

Profession:Property Manager
Property Manager, Premium Properties (2015–current)

Education

San Francisco State University B.A. , Industrial Design (2008)
BCC, Berkeley CA AA , Media (2005)

Biography

 

 

 

I am renter in the City of Berkeley and I also work full time as property manager at Premium Properties in Oakland. I am running to become commissioner on the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board. I have served in a wide variety of roles as a provider of housing in the city I call home. I bring with my experience an aspiration to serve the public in the complex relationships between tenants and landlords in the unique atmosphere found in the City of Berkeley. I wish to provide quality service to my community from a perspective that clearly understands both of sides of the table when it comes to tenants and landlord communication. I believe the relationship between both parties can be a good one, with transparent and fair practices available to both. 

 

My birthplace is Oakland California. I am a true Bay Area native and grew up in Berkeley.  I attended primary schools at Whittier, Jefferson Elementary school, and then attended Harding school in El Cerrito. I went on to attend junior high school in Albany and graduated high school in that district. As a young person, I attended the multi-media program at Berkeley City College (then Vista Community College) where I attained my AA degree and transfer courses to prepare for my four-year degree. I was a student counselor for a time, helping the EOPS program with administrative duties. I very much enjoyed helping the community and meeting many of the students on a daily basis. I have done volunteer work at Berkeley Senior Center and have participated in canned food drives with my employer to help my local community here in the City of

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • Berkeley Democratic Club

Elected Officials (2)

  • Laurie Capatelli
  • Susan Wengraf

Individuals (6)

  • Vicente Sanz, Berkeley Renter
  • Lloyd Willey, Psychologist
  • John Stevick, Real Estate Professional
  • Paul Tuleja, Local Business Owner
  • James Moule, Retired Aerospace Engineer
  • Adrian Willey, PhD Psychologist

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters—Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville (2)

If you are elected, what would you like to achieve during your term in office?
Answer from Nate Wollman:

I look forward to serving the public with integrity, transparency and attention to detail. I hope to help tenants and landlords work together for amicable solutions and provide service to both parties while I am in office. 

What do you consider the most important issue facing the Rent Control Board?
Answer from Nate Wollman:

I believe the Rent Control Board faces challenges in providing equal consideration for housing providers and tenants. The rent board should be a place where real world and common sense solutions are available to parties seeking assitance without bias. 

Political Beliefs

  As a commissioner I will put forward my good faith efforts into the much needed improvements to tenant/ landlord relations. I will work to gain the understanding and trust of my constituents in order to serve my community without bias. The rent stabilization board is a forum for many viewpoints in the city's sphere. I hope to serve my community with valuable insight and integrity as I have done in my career. I consider myself a true progessive in the sense that I am always willing to look at solutions to a problem with consideration for all parties involved. Sometimes you run into people that have very different opinions on a given issue and it's then that learning about them and working with them can bring two sides together to get things done.

Candidate Contact Info

Email natewollman@gmail.com

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