Measure H

By Dan Newman, Letter to the Editor

Editors, Daily Planet:

Becky O’Malley’s recent editorial (“Down at the Alligator’s Ball,†Daily Planet, Sept. 17-20) gives an unseemly example of a City Council candidate and current Zoning Adjustment Board commissioner accepting campaign contributions from people who have an interest in ZAB and council decisions. Berkeley’s current system of campaign fundraising means this “fishy†situation is too often the norm.

Fortunately, there is a better way. Berkeley Measure H would make candidates responsive to Berkeley voters, not beholden to their donors. That is why Congresswoman Barbara Lee, the Sierra Club, the National Women’s Political Caucus, Common Cause, and dozens of others have endorsed Measure H. Vote yes on Measure H on Nov. 2â€"because democracy matters.

Dan Newman


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