The people we elect to public office and which ballot measures win or lose has a direct impact on our jobs and our ability to provide the communities we serve with high-quality, public services.
Below are the official endorsements of our union, IFPTE Local 21. Our endorsement process is democratic, nonpartisan, and member-driven.
2022 General Election — November 8
Governor: Gavin Newsom
Lieutenant Governor: Eleni Kounalakis
Secretary of State: Shirley Weber
Controller: Malia Cohen
Treasurer: Fiona Ma
Attorney General: Rob Bonta
Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara
State Board of Equalization, D2: Sally Lieber
State Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond
- Buffy Wicks, State Assembly District 14
- Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, State Assembly District 16
- Matt Haney, State Assembly District 17
- Mia Bonta, State Assembly District 18
- Phil Ting, State Assembly District 19
- Elizabeth “Liz” Ortega, State Assembly District 20
- Alex Lee, State Assembly District 24
- Ash Kalra, State Assembly District 25
- Aisha Wahab, State Senate District 10
- Prop 1 – Right to Reproductive Freedom (SUPPORT) – Amends the state constitution to prohibit the state from interfering with or denying an individual’s reproductive freedom, which is defined to include a right to an abortion and a right to contraceptives.
- Prop 26 – Allows In-Person Sports Betting on Tribal Lands (No Recommendation) – Legalizes sports betting at American Indian gaming casinos and licensed racetracks.
- Prop 27 – Allows Online and Mobile Sports Betting Outside Tribal Lands (No Recommendation) – Legalizes online and mobile sports betting and dedicates revenue to the California Solutions to Homelessness and Mental Health Support.
- Prop. 28 – Funding for Art & Music Education in Public Schools (SUPPORT) – Provides approximately $1 billion in additional money for K-12 art and music education by guaranteeing an ongoing source of funding in the state budget.
- Prop. 29 – Staffing for Dialysis Centers (SUPPORT) – Establishes staffing requirements, reporting requirements, ownership disclosure, and closing requirements for dialysis clinics.
- Prop. 30 – Income Tax Increase (No Recommendation) – Though marketed as a clean air initiative to benefit all Californians, the measure is almost entirely funded by the ride-share corporation Lyft, which is spending millions of dollars to secure billions of dollars in subsidies from California taxpayers. The measure will increase tax on personal income over $2 million by 1.75% for individuals and married couples. The measure allocates 45% of the new tax revenues for rebates and other incentives for zero-emission vehicle purchases, 35% for charging stations for zero-emission vehicles, and 20% for wildfire prevention and suppression programs.
- Prop. 31 – Referendum to Uphold Ban on Flavored Tobacco (SUPPORT) – Approves a law enacted by the State Legislature in 2020 that prohibits the retail sale of certain flavored tobacco products.
Alameda County Board of Supervisors
- Rebecca Kaplan, District 3
Berkeley School Board
- Kadijah Brown
- Mike Change
- Jennifer Shanoski
Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors
- Ken Carlson, District 4 — Click here to volunteer to help elect Ken Carlson!
Contra Costa Water District Board of Directors
- Mariah Lauritzen
EBMUD Board of Directors
- Marguerite Young, Board of Directors Ward 3
- Andy Katz, Board of Directors Ward 4
- Corina Lopez, Board of Directors Ward 7
Hayward City Council
- Dan Goldstein
- George Syrop
- Julie Roche
Martinez City Council
- Debbie McKillop (Local 21 member)
- Sheng Thao — Click here to volunteer to help elect Sheng Thao!
Oakland City Council
- Nikki Fortunato Bas, District 2
- Janani Ramachandran, District 4
- Kevin Jenkins, District 6
- Fred Simon
- Heliodoro Moreno Jr.
Richmond City Council
- Doria Robinson, District 3
- Jamin Pursell, District 4
- Eduardo Martinez
San Leandro Mayor
- Bryan Azevedo
San Leandro City Council
- Celina Reynes, District 1
- Victor Aguilar, District 3
- Xouhoa Bowen, District 5 (Dual)
- Monique Tate, District 5 (Dual)
Solano County Board of Supervisors
- Wanda Williams, District 3
Vallejo City Council
- Tara Beasley-Stansberry, District 5 (Local 21 member)
Oakland Ballot Measures
Measure H – OUSD Parcel Tax (SUPPORT) – Continues a $120/year parcel tax to support OUSD teachers, classified staff, and education programs
Measure Q – Affordable Housing Authorization (SUPPORT) – Authorizes the City of Oakland to build or acquire 13,000 units of affordable housing
Measure R – Gender Neutral Language (SUPPORT) – Replaces gender-specific language in City Charter with gender-neutral language
Measure S – Non-Citizen Voting (SUPPORT) – Authorizes non-citizen residents to vote in Oakland School Board Elections if City Council approves
Measure T – Progressive Business Tax (SUPPORT) – Establishes a progressive business tax that would raise over $20 million in new revenue each year for city services
Measure U – Infrastructure Bond for Housing & Transportation (SUPPORT) – Authorizes the City to issue $850 million in bonds to build affordable housing, fund street paving & traffic/pedestrian safety, and increase housing for homeless residents
Measure V – Strengthen Just Cause for Renters (SUPPORT) – Strengthens just cause rights by expanding coverage to renters living in buildings built after 1995
Measure W – Public Financing for Elections (No Position) – Establishes a public financing program where every registered voter in Oakland gets four $25 vouchers to give to candidates of their choosing. This would cost the city about $2 million annually.
Measure X – Good Government Reforms (SUPPORT) – Establishes term limits for City Councilmembers, requires two hearings for Council-sponsored ballot measures
Measure Y – Oakland Zoo Parcel Tax (No Position) – Establishes a new $68/year parcel tax that would generate $12 million/year for the Oakland Zoo
- Janice Li, District 8
Board of Supervisors
- Gordon Mar, District 4 — Click here to volunteer to help elect Gordon Mar!
- Honey Mahogany, District 6 — Click here to volunteer to help elect Honey Mahogany!
- Rafael Mandelman, District 8
- Shamann Walton, District 10
San Francisco City College Board
- Vick Chung
- Anita Martinez
- Susan Solomon
San Francisco Board of Education
- Alida Fisher, Board of Education
- Lainie Motamedi, Board of Education
- Lisa Weissman-Ward, Board of Education
- Prop A – Pre-1996 Retiree COLAs (SUPPORT) – Provides cost of living adjustments to city employees who retirees who retired before 1996.
- Prop B – Department of Sanitation Consolidation (No Endorsement) – Eliminates the Department of Sanitation and transfers its duties back to the Department of Public Works. Retains the separate Sanitation and Streets Commission and Public Works Commission established by 2020 Prop. B.
- Prop C – Homeless Oversight Commission (No Endorsement) – Establishes a seven-member Homelessness Oversight Commission to oversee the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing and requires the City Controller to conduct audits of services for people experiencing homelessness. The Mayor would appoint four members and the Board of Supervisors would appoint three.
- Prop D – Affordable Homes Now (OPPOSE) – Attempts to streamline housing approvals by removing layers of discretionary review, labor requirements, and increasing income levels on what would qualify as affordable housing to 140% of AMI.
- Prop E – Affordable Housing Production Act (SUPPORT) – This measure would streamline approval process for three types of housing projects: (1) 100% Affordable Housing Projects; (2) Educator Housing Projects (3) Increased Affordability Housing Project. During construction of these three types of projects, those with 10 or more units would be required to pay prevailing wages.
- Prop F – Library Bond Renewal (SUPPORT) – Extends the Library Preservation Fund for an additional 25 years, through June 2048, to set provide funding for library services, materials, and operations at the main library and branch libraries.
- Prop G – Student Success Fund (SUPPORT) – Creates the Student Success Fund that would provide grants to schools for programs that improve student achievement and wellness, including academic tutoring, math and literacy specialists, additional social workers, arts and science programming, or afterschool and summer enrichment.
- Prop H – Consolidation of Elections to Even Numbered Years (SUPPORT) – Moves elections for citywide offices (mayor, city attorney, sheriff, treasurer, and district attorney) to presidential election years which will yield greater voter participation in these critical races.
- Prop I – JFK and Great Highway/”Access for All” (OPPOSE) – Returns traffic allowed on JFK Drive, MLK Drive, Bernice Rogers Drive (all in GGP), and the Upper Great Highway to the pre-COVID state. Restricts the city’s ability to close the four roads in the future and transfers authority over the Great Highway from Rec & Park to Public Works.
- Prop J – Car Free JFK (SUPPORT) – Continues the city’s COVID-19 response to open JFK Drive to people on foot and bicycle without interference of private vehicles, makes certain street segments one-way, establishes bicycle lanes, establishes disability access standards, and allows for future changes, consistent with the Golden Gate Park Master Plan.
- Prop L – Sales Tax for Transportation (SUPPORT) – Continues the existing sales tax of 0.5% for 30 years to fund transportation improvements under the 2022 Transportation Expenditure Plan. The measure authorizes $1.19 billion in bonds that would be repaid with the proceeds of the tax.
- Prop M – Residential Vacancy Tax (SUPPORT) – Establishes a tax on owners of vacant properties in buildings with three or more units if those owners have kept units vacant for more than 6 months. It’s estimated that the measure will provide 4,500 new homes back on the market and raise an estimated $38 million annually for homeless prevention and affordable housing.
- Prop N: GGP Parking Garage – Prop J amendment (SUPPORT) – Allows the City to use public funds to acquire, operate or subsidize public parking in the underground parking garage below the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park. Also, directs the Golden Gate Park Concourse Authority to dissolve, which will transfer management of the garage to the City’s Recreation and Park Commission.
- Prop O – SF City College Parcel Tax (SUPPORT) – The measure will raise $45 million annually through a progressive, tiered parcel tax that will strengthen City College’s fiscal health and fund important classes and programs such as citizenship, ESL, workforce training, counseling, and veteran and queer resource centers.
Cupertino City Council
- JR Fruen
- Sheila Mohan
- Claudio Bono
San Jose Mayor
- Cindy Chavez
San Jose City Council
- Omar Torres, District 3
- Peter Ortiz, District 5 — Click here to volunteer to help elect Peter Ortiz!
- Maya Esparza, District 7
Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
- Sylvia Arenas, District 1
Santa Clara Valley Water Board of Directors
- John Varela, District 1
- Jim Beall, District 4
- Tony Estremera, District 6
- Gary Kremen, District 7
Sunnyvale City Council
- Justin Wang, District 3 (Dual)
- Murali Srinivasan, District 3 (Dual)
- Richard Mehlinger, District 5