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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Berkeley City CouncilCandidate for City Council, District 2

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Nanci Ira Armstrong-Temple

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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Demonstrating ethical, just leadership that zeroes in on socioeconomic, racial and environmental justice in our community.
  • Focusing on housing as a human right which includes developing communities, not corridors; demanding development of affordable housing; encouraging comprehensive, service-based home-loss prevention responses; ending criminalization of the homeless.
  • Demanding significant changes to policing, including: demilitarization; accountability practices such as community input/oversight on procedures/discipline, transparency; and providing funding for mental health resources to divert calls from police.



UC Berkeley Bachelors Degree, Educational Anthropology (2013)
Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment Graduate certification (2008)


Nanci lives in West Berkeley with her husband Carl.  Together, they are raising their twin daughters to love Berkeley just as much as they do. You can often find Nanci and her family enjoying the Berkeley Marina or frequenting one of Berkeley's beautiful parks. Nanci understand the unique landscape that makes up our small town, which is both diverse and complex. Nanci believes that every resident of Berkeley has the right to experience a safe and equitable Berkeley, as well as responsive and ethical leadership. This is why Nanci is running for Berkeley City Council Representative for District 2.

As the founding director of Dance Out Loud, a movement-based after school program, Nanci recognizes the importance of youth programming and education that empowers children and youth to be their best selves.  When Nanci is not teaching dance, art, or performance, she can be found taking action against injustice as a well-known civil rights activist in Berkeley and the greater Bay Area. As District 2's City Council Representative, Nanci will continue the fight for affordable housing for native and long-term Berkeley residents, quality public education, and against the militarization of Berkeley's police force.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • John T. Selawsky, Rent Board Commissioner
  • Berkeley Progressive Alliance, Berkeley Citizens Action, Berkeley Tenants Union
  • The Green Party of Alameda County

Organizations (5)

  • East Bay Express
  • Cal Berkeley Democrats
  • Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club
  • John George and Niagara Democratic Clubs (2nd position)
  • Friends of Adeline

Elected Officials (5)

  • Gus Newport, Former Mayor of Berkeley
  • Sharon Maldonado, Former Rent Board Commissioner
  • Pamela Webster, Former Rent Board Commissioner
  • Katherine Harr, City of Berkeley Rent Board Commissioner
  • Anna De Leon. Former Berkeley School Board Member

Individuals (5)

  • W. Kamau Bell, ACLU Celebrity Ambassador for Racial Justice
  • Lateefah Simon, Rosenberg Foundation, BART Board Candidate
  • Heidi Guyton, State of California, Department of Toxic Substances Control
  • Fred Dodsworth, Candidate, District 5, Berkeley City Council
  • Linda Franklin, WIC Program Director (Alameda County, ret.), Community Health Commissioner (former chair)

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 Nanci Ira Armstrong-Temple:

I have five goals for my first term of office:

  • Analyze and Reform our city budget so that our ethics match our spending. 
  • Increase the stock of affordable housing. 
  • Ensure that the people of my district have plenty of opportunities to share their visions, their ideas, their concerns by implementing regular town halls and neighborhood assemblies. 
  • Increase funding for a small business enterprise center and implement low-interest micro loans for small businesses and social entrepreneurs. 
  • Increase long term housing for chronically homeless using a model similar to Housing First program implemented in Utah.


What do you consider the most important issue facing the city?
Answer from Nanci Ira Armstrong-Temple:


The ever-increasing criminalization of Black, Brown and Poor people is our city’s most important issue because it is connected in some way to every other concern, including the loss of affordable housing and living wage jobs, and access to quality education. This socioeconomic injustice is the source of much of the stress in our community. As that stress increases and manifests in our community, our city leaders have decided to deal with it through policing, rather than addressing the root causes of the stress through the implementation of ethical, fiscally sound, and pragmatically effective solutions. As a city, we experience this fiscally as police budgets are increased at the expense of programs that support efforts which would make a difference for all of our neighbors. Our homeless neighbors are increasingly criminalized instead of offering mental healthcare, creating housing solutions and providing transitional solutions. As a community, we experience the ongoing trauma created by fear and mistrust of the people who are supposed to protect and serve, as militarization and the training associated with using those tools actually add to the stress in our neighborhoods.

Question 3

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?

No answer provided.
Question 4

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?

No answer provided.

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