About the Club

Endorsements for November 3, 2020 Election

Berkeley Rent Board–

Timothy Xavier Johnson,

Andy Kelley

Leah Simon-Weisberg,

Dominique Walker


AC Transit At-large  — Chris Peeples

AC Transit Ward 1 — Jovanka Beckles

AC Transit Ward 2 — Jean Walsh

East Bay Regional Parks Ward 1–No Endorsement

BART District 7–Lateefah Simon

Peralta Colleges–Area 1–No Endorsement

Oakland: City Council

Dist 1–Dan Kalb

Dist 3–Carroll Fife

Dist 5–Noel Gallo

Dist 7–No Endorsement

At – Large — Rebecca Kaplan

Oakland: School Board

Dist 1– Stacy Thomas

Dist 3–Dual Endorsement:  Van Cedric Williams and Cherisse Gash

Dist 5–No Endorsement

Dist 7–Ben Tapscott

Oakland City Attorney–Barbara Parker

Berkeley Mayor–Jesse Arreguin

Berkeley City Council

Dist 2– Cheryl Davila

Dist 3–Ben Bartlett

Dist 5 — Sophie Hahn

Dist 6 — No Endorsement

Berkeley School Board–Laura Babbitt & Ana Vasudeo

Superior Court–Elena Condes

And, of course, Barbara Lee, Rob Bonta, Buffy Wicks, and Joe Biden!

State Propositions

Proposition 14:   Authorizes Stem Cell Research Bonds YES

Proposition 15:   Makes Proposition 13 Property Tax Change YES

Proposition 16:   Reverses Prop 209 and Permits Affirmative Action YES

Proposition 17:   Restored Voting Rights to Parolees YES

Proposition 18: Creates Primary Election Voting for 17-Year-Olds YES

Proposition 19: Gives Property Tax Breaks to Seniors NO ENDORSEMENT

Proposition 20: Rolls Back Criminal Justice Reforms NO

Proposition 21: Removes Constraints on Local Rent Control YES

Proposition 22: Reclassifies App-Based Drivers as Independent NO


Proposition 23: Regulates Kidney Dialysis Clinics NO ENDORSEMENT

Proposition 24:   Makes Changes to State Consumer Privacy Law NO ENDORSEMENT

Proposition 25:   Ends Cash Bail YES

Alameda County Measure

W:  Half Cent Sales Tax Increase for Housing/Homeless Services YES

City of Berkeley Measures

FF:   Parcel Tax for Firefighting and Emergency Service YES

GG:  Ridesharing Company Tax YES

HH: Increase Utility Tax for City Residents YES

II:   Police Accountability Charter Amendment YES

JJ:  Charter Amendment re: Mayor/Council Salaries YES

KK: City Attorney Duties, Other City Changes YES

LL: Increase City’s Gann Cap YES

MM:  Rent Stabilization and Evictions Law Changes YES

City of Oakland Measures

QQ: 16-Year-Old Vote for School Board YES

RR: Eliminates Charter Limit of $1000 on Municipal Fines YES

SS: City Charter Amendment re: Police Review YES

Y:   Oakland Unified Bonds for School Repaid and Safety YES


Why we need to defund the police–seven minute talk by James Burch at the Climate Emergency Mobilization summit, July 24, 2020

Here is a video of the Club’s June 27 forum. about virtual voting and campaigning in 2020

Be sure to vote!

The John George Democratic Club is based in Oakland/Berkeley, California, USA and was founded in 1989. Our goal is to keep the progressive spirit of John George alive. John was the first African-American elected to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. For over 30 years John George worked tirelessly to improve the plight of people of all races and cultures, seeking peace and justice from West Oakland to South Africa. The Club was founded shortly after he died.

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Club Goals:

  • Promote and perpetuate the ideals espoused by John George
  • Build an ongoing electoral vehicle for both progressive candidates and issues in the East Bay.
  • Work within the Democratic Party to influence its policy regarding the concerns and rights of those who have been historically disenfranchised.
  • Provide a forum to stimulate interest in governmental affairs and other issues of interest to the membership.
In 1978, John George was the first African American elected to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.  He served for over 10 years as the voice of conscience on the Board, emerging as the leading proponent of the health care, welfare, and workers’ rights of all County citizens. He was an early activist in the struggle for civil rights and affirmative action.  He was also a long-time leader in the local Anti-Apartheid movement.  The John George Democratic Club was founded in his memory and in an effort to keep his voice and vision alive in the Democratic Party.



Co-chairs – Sandra J. Johnson and Walter Riley

Recorder/Newsletter Editor – Jack Lucero Fleck

Treasurer – Phyllis White Ayanruoh

Parliamentarian – Robert Raich


Political Action – Paul Cobb

Program & Ed. – Laurie Soman

Membership – Sandra J. Johnson

Please let us know if you would like to join us on the steering committee!

John George Democratic Club * P.O. Box 18802* Oakland, CA * US * 94619 

Email:  jgdc@igc.org   FPPC# 1300471

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   Join us for the Club’s 30th Anniversary:

“Passing the Torch: Democracy is a Constant Struggle”

  John George 7th Biennial Social Justice Awards

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Noon – 2 PM

Everett & Jones BBQ–2nd & Broadway–Oakland


  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee, 
  • Wilson Riles, Jr.
  • Vukani Mawethu
  • Daniel Phoenix
  • Youth vs. Apocalypse

For more information, please click here and/or call Jack Lucero Fleck at 510-436-7682

Refreshments Served

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