Help Kate Qualify for Matching Funds!

In September, a car struck a 13-year-old bicyclist crossing the intersection of Dwight and California. Though California Street is a bicycle boulevard, nothing is in place to slow down the flood of cars speeding down Dwight. We received dozens of emails and phone calls from concerned constituents, pleading for a solution. Stop signs, HAWK lights, flashing crosswalks—the exact proposals were varied, but we all agreed something must be done. Our office successfully lobbied for $100,000 in the mid-year budget to slow down traffic at the intersection and urge the City to expedite the necessary improvements. And we didn’t focus just on our District. We pressed for policy changes to protect bicyclists and pedestrians throughout Berkeley. 

This is just one of many stories I could tell about my first nine months on the Berkeley City Council. I also developed an action plan and increased funding for affordable housing by $1 million, promoted local small businesses, and reformed policing policies. I stood up to special interests, pushing to require lobbyists in Berkeley to register and downtown developers pay their fair share of community benefits. But the work on the Dwight and California intersection reflects my primary focus.

If a concerned constituent calls, I make sure they are lent an empathetic ear. We brought additional trash bins to North Shattuck. We pressed PG&E to improve the safety of gas pipelines running right past Berkeley High School. We eased the regulatory burden for our taxi drivers, who serve seniors and the disabled. Our office refuses to overlook the day-to-day issues that affect our neighbors. As I pursue re-election to the Berkeley City Council in November of 2018, I want to keep these principles close to my heart. 

I need your help. This will be the first campaign cycle for Berkeley's new public financing program for elections. Designed to take the effect of “big money” out of politics, each contribution from a Berkeley resident (capped at $50) will be matched six to one, by public campaign funds. In other words, if you make the maximum $50 donation, my campaign will receive $350. (After donating, please see your receipt for instructions on how to get your donation matched.) 

Your thoughtful donation will help us continue our fight in the Council chambers (a pretty lonely place at times!). When re-elected, I swear to keep the pressure up on all fronts—for a more transparent government, for housing and labor rights, for stronger environmental regulations, for an overall fairer city. 

And I promise I’ll keep answering every single phone call and email. Donate today, and you’ll ensure your local representative always has your back.

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