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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of EmeryvilleCandidate for City Council

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John J. Bauters

Nonprofit Policy Director
2,312 votes (22.68%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increase housing affordability and implement tenant protections for residents.
  • Provide for comprehensive traffic management while improving public transit and bike/ped infrastructure.
  • Create new open park space as called for in the city's General Plan.



Profession:Nonprofit Policy Director
Director of Government Relations, Californians for Safety and Justice, a Project of the Tides Center (2015–current)
Planning Commissioner, Emeryville Planning Commission — Appointed position (2015–current)
Committee Member, Emeryville Housing Committee — Appointed position (2014–current)
Chair, Citizen's Measure K Parcel Tax Oversight Committee — Appointed position (2015–current)
Committee Member, Board of State and Community Corrections Executive Steering Committee — Appointed position (2016–current)
Policy Director - Homelessness, Housing California (2013–2015)
Housing Law Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid (2013–2013)
Director of Housing Law, Cabrini Green Legal Aid (2011–2012)
Homelessness Program Attorney, Prairie State Legal Aid (2007–2011)


Boston College Law School J.D., Law (2006)
University of Notre Dame B.A., Government, Psychology (2002)

Community Activities

Member, Park Avenue Resident's Committee (PARC) (2016–current)
Softball Umpire, NAGAAA (2008–current)


John Bauters’ Service to Emeryville

  • Emeryville Planning Commission
  • Emeryville Housing Committee
  • Chair, Citizen’s Measure “K” Parcel Tax Oversight Committee, Emery Unified School District


John Bauters is an experienced professional with a career spanning 15 years in nonprofit advocacy and legal services to seniors, the poor, people experiencing homelessness and the disabled.

Whether he was leading disaster relief efforts to assist families in crisis or representing indigent seniors facing habitability issues from negligent landlords, John has always stood in defense of people in need of a voice.

John is recognized as an expert in social and fiscal policies that make communities affordable, encourage economic development and promote public safety and preparedness. His experience delivering social solutions in partnership with state and local leaders has helped John balance his progressive values with fiscal pragmatism. John is a relationship-builder and a leader in the areas of housing, public safety and community development.

An outdoor enthusiast, John is a regular fixture at Emeryville shoreline cleanup events and volunteers as a Fix-It Coach at all of the city’s clinics aimed at reducing waste by helping people repair or reuse old household items. John also actively supports public safety awareness events, especially disaster preparedness activities sponsored by the Alameda County Fire Department or the American Red Cross.

John lives with his partner of nine years, Aaron, and their 12-year old shepherd-mix, King. When he isn’t working on community-based solutions, John can often be spotted taking a jog on the Bay Trail or having breakfast with local residents at one of his favorite neighborhood establishments.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (9)

  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • Alameda County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • International Association of Firefighters, Local 55
  • Brotherhood of Carpenters, Local 713
  • National Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund
  • East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club
  • Alameda County Green Party
  • Sierra Club
  • Residents United for a Livable Emeryville

Elected Officials (9)

  • State Controller Betty Yee
  • Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson
  • Councilmember Nora Davis
  • Councilmember Ruth Atkin
  • Councilmember Jac Asher
  • Vice-Mayor Scott Donahue
  • Mayor Dianne Martiniez
  • State Senator Mark Leno
  • State Senator Loni Hancock

Individuals (4)

  • Steven Keller, Planning Commissioner
  • Buzz Cardoza, Planning Commissioner
  • Sam Kang, Planning Commissioner
  • Gail Donaldson, Planning Commissioner

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters—Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville (4)

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

I would like to put tenant protections in place, build more affordable housing for working and fixed-income households, improve regional transportation, create new park space for our community, assist small businesses and enage in long term budgetary planning to prepare for the future public safety services our growing population will require.

What do you consider the most important issue facing the city?
Answer from John J. Bauters:

Housing security is the most important issues facing our community. That includes housing affordability, housing stability, housing accessibility and protections for homeowners and tenants. Many long-term residents, especially seniors who rent are facing rent increases that leave them vulnerable to displacement. New residents face massive rent increases each year when faced with a lease renewal. We must put protections in place that incentivize tenant retention and stability.

How do you plan to balance the regional Planned Bay Area (ABAG/MTC) goals of Priority Development Areas (PDAs) with local needs of property owners, traffic/parking/congestion problems, and other local concerns?
Answer from John J. Bauters:

The goals set by ABAG/MTC should be pursued in good faith by local communities. That said, the primary responsibility that a councilmember has is to the residents in the community they serve. Residents who could be adversely impacted due to PDA goals should be educated to generate community support for future development proposals and they should be involved in discussions that could help mitigate negative impacts.

Considering the disintegration of local infrastructure, how can the city upgrade to meet the current regulatory requirements for clean air, and for clean water discharge into the Bay?
Answer from John J. Bauters:

The city should invest in sustainable transit models for our future. This includes infrastructure planning. We must innovate and use clean technology to power our future transit system. This needs to be part of a deliberate process that involves strong collaboration with our regional neighbors and partners to develop a system that reflects the region's future transit demands. 

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