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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Berkeley City CouncilCandidate for City Council, District 6

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Fred Dodsworth

Journalist/Teacher/Businessperson
2,175 votes (29.1%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • It's time to end homelessness here. Berkeley spends more than $17,500,000 per year criminalizing and policing homelessness (37% of all police calls). Our officers aren't social workers, there is a better solution.
  • Housing affordability in Berkeley can be addressed rather simply: Demand the university provide adequate affordable housing for its students; build limit-equity coops for educators and city workers; create a "Dignity Village" for the homeless.
  • Keep Alta Bates and Herrick Hospitals up and running in Berkeley. Stop Sutter's land speculation.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Businessman-journalist-teacher
Co-Host, The Annual San Francisco Beatnik Poetry Festival — Elected position (2015–current)

Education

San Francisco State University Bachelor's Degree (Magna Cum Laude), Creative Writing with a concentration in gender studies. (2013)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club John George Democratic Club Alameda County Green Party Berkeley Progressive Alliance B

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 Fred Dodsworth:

It’s time to solve our homeless problem like so many other cities have.

It’s time to build truly affordable housing for the rest of us... affordable housing for our children, our friends, for our parents.

I say NO WAY to Sutter’s plans to close and sell off Alta Bates Herrick Hospitals

I say it's time to address climate crisis now, not some day.

I say we need stop asking taxpayers for Blank Check Bond Measures ... Every bond measure needs to have specific targets, amounts, and time lines for success. No more of the shell game the city has been playing.

What do you consider the most important issue facing the city?
Answer from Fred Dodsworth:

Homelessness, affordable housing, keeping Alta Bates Hospital and Herrick Hospital in Berkeley

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 Fred Dodsworth:

I'm not interested in MTC's autocratic demands. I will cooperate to the minimum possible. Local decisions can't be dictated by an unelected regional board. 

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 Fred Dodsworth:

We need to demand more from our largest developers and from the University of California. Expecting the city of Berkeley to bear the burdens created by for-profit developers and by the university is a false choice. We're in this together. We sink or swim together and we all have to work together and contribute to solve these issues. 

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Who I am, what I intend to address

Summary

It’s time to solve our homeless problem. It’s time to build truly affordable housing for the rest of usI say NO WAY to Sutter’s plans to close and sell off Alta Bates Herrick Hospitals. I say it's time to address climate crisis now, not some day. I say we need stop asking taxpayers for Blank Check Bond Measures.

 

Hello. My name is Fred Dodsworth and I want to represent district 6 on Berkeley City Council.

I spent 30 years in journalism, including 11 years as publisher of Bay Area Business Magazine, northern California’s largest, which I merged with California Executive.

I was a front page columnist for the SF Examiner and covered Berkeley for the East Bay Daily News.

I sat on the board of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce.

I know what it’s like to meet a payroll.

I’m what I like to call a HARD HEADED BLEEDING HEART LIBERAL. I don’t tolerate wasted tax dollars and I am committed to solving Berkeley’s long term unresolved problems.

It’s time to solve our homeless problem like so many other cities have.

It’s time to build truly affordable housing for the rest of us... affordable housing for our children, our friends, for our parents.

I say NO WAY to Sutter’s plans to close and sell off Alta Bates Herrick Hospitals

I say it's time to address climate crisis now, not some day.

I say we need stop asking taxpayers for Blank Check Bond Measures ... Every bond measure needs to have specific targets, amounts, and time lines for success. No more of the shell game the city has been playing.

 

As a fiscal conservative I am chair of Berkeley Unified Measure H Oversight Committee.

As someone concerned about future I served on the Disaster & Zero Waste Commissions. 

As someone concerned about education on the Superintendent’s Commission on the Future of Education reducing school transitions from four to three and helped select the Principal at Arts Magnet where I was Vice President of the PTA.

As someone concerned about culture I’m a widely published poet and I’ve hosted Oakland’s Beast Crawl Poetry Festival (4000 attendees on July 16) for 5 years now,

and founder of Bay Area Generations,  (a multigenerational reading series Berkeley City Club in Berkeley)

and on the board of the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival (Oct 1 … our 26th annual fest),

and help put together the Northern California Book Awards with Joyce Jenkins,

this past weekend I hosted the 9th Annual SF Beatnik Poetry Festival,

 

As a human being I work with at risk children through California Poets in the Schools,

and taught adults in the SF Jail’s Reentry Program for men being released from prison.

Like I said I’m a HARD HEADED BLEEDING HEART LIBERAL.

…and I can’t stand how we waste millions of dollars every year on criminalizing homelessness. Nearly 40% of all police calls are for homelessness services —which is more than $17.5 million a year.

Our police are not social service workers. Berkeley has a mobile crisis team and a mental health department. We need to better utilize these services sign the homeless up MediCal, for Social Security, drug and alcohol programs, housing and charge the state of California rather than waste these millions out of our budget … feeding our very own Police-Council-Homeless Industrial Complex. 

I believe we can end chronic homelessness in Berkeley by acknowledging that this is a social problem, not a criminal problem. Utilizing our Mental Health Department and expanded Mobile-Crisis Teams we can get these people the help they need without bankrupting our city. 
I know luxury housing only exacerbates our housing crisis by stimulating more artificial demand while failing to provide affordable "Housing for the Rest of Us." We must create housing outside the traditional "whatever the market will bear" mindset.

It's time for new leadership with new ideas. Mindless groupthink has crippled our ability to resolve these problems. 

 

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