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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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Berkeley City CouncilCandidate for City Council, District 1

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Igor A. Tregub

Rent Boardmember/Engineer
3,439 votes (45.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • A Berkeley We Can All Call Home - Sensible and lasting solutions to our housing affordability and homelessness crisis
  • Protecting and Supporting our Crown Jewels - Our small businesses, nonprofits, parks and waterfront that makes our district such a special place; saving Alta Bates, the birthplace of the East Bay
  • Environmental Leadership - achieving our Climate Action Plan goals; safe, walkable, bikeable, accessible, and transit-friendly streets; improving West Berkeley's air quality; sustainable infrastructure

Experience

Experience

Profession:Safety Engineer / Rent Board Commissioner
Safety Oversight Engineer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy (2008–current)
Commissioner, Berkeley Rent Board — Elected position (2016–current)
Chair (2016-present); Vice Chair ('2013-2016); Commissioner (2012-2013, Housing Advisory Commission — Appointed position (2012–current)
Chair (2016-present); Vice Chair (2016); Commissioner (2012-2016), Zoning Adjustments Board — Appointed position (2013–current)
Commissioner, Berkeley Unified School District Facilities Safety and Maintenance Oversight Committee — Appointed position (2016–current)
Principal, Tregub and Associates Consulting (2013–2018)
Assistant to Energy Attache in Kazakhstan, U.S. Department of Energy (2017–2017)
Vice Chair (2009-2011); Chair (2007-2009); Commissioner (2006-2007), Berkeley Commission on Labor — Appointed position (2006–2011)
Industrial Engineer, American Express (2007–2007)
Research Assistant, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2006–2006)

Education

Duke University Master of Science, Engineering Management, Concentration in Finance (2015)
Stanford University Certificate, International Security (with Management Science and Engineering coursework) (2013)
UC Berkeley Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (2008)
UC Berkeley Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (2008)

Community Activities

Chair, Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter (2017–current)
Steering Committee, Transportation Working Group, and CCE Working Groups, Berkeley Climate Action Coalition (2013–current)
Mentor, East Bay College Fund (2016–current)
Participant, Community Emergency Response Training (2018–current)
Captain, National Night Out Block Party (2014–2016)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Sierra Club
  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • Alameda Labor Council

Organizations (8)

  • California Nurses Association
  • East Bay Animal PAC
  • Alameda County Building Trades Council
  • Berkeley Tenants Union
  • SEIU-UHW
  • SEIU 1021
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • Berkeley Progressive Alliance

Elected Officials (8)

  • Assembly Member Tony Thurmond
  • Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson
  • Mayor Jesse Arreguin
  • State Controller Betty Yee
  • BART Director Lateefah Simon
  • 13 current and former members of the Berkeley City Council
  • All Eight Fellow Members of the Berkeley Rent Board
  • Richmond Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles

Individuals (8)

  • Alameda County Board of Education Superintendent of Schools Emerita Sheila Jordan
  • Former Councilmember and D1 Neighbor Veronika Fukson
  • Mental Health Commission Chair and D1 Neighbor boona cheema
  • Berkeley NAAACP President Mansour Id-Deen
  • Nicky González Yuen, Trustee, Peralta Colleges Board
  • Former Publisher, Heyday Books; Author; Cultural Advocate; Nonprofit Founder; District 1 Neighbor Malcolm Margolin
  • Police Review Commissioner George Perezvelez
  • Melanie Traynor, Duck’s Nest Preschool Director, District 1

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters, Berkeley/Albany/Emeryville, Voter Services (1)

The Marina Fund is running in the red. What are the best ways to increase revenues at the waterfront?
Answer from Igor A. Tregub:

The best ways to increase revenues at the waterfront is to involve a data-informed approach to address how we can best fund this popular and unique public gathering spot in a way that meets the demands of the 21st century - not the least of it is the aging infrastructure at the Marina, which was developed nearly fifty years ago. 

There are difficult decisions that must be made. For example, should berthing fees need to increase (boat berthers and live-aboards has historically been the primary source of revenue). Many denizens and users of the Marina are already challenged in making ends meet, and this would not be an ideal solution for them. Could a gradual increase in the cost structure be a possibility, with a means-testing component that exempts lower-income households from these increases?

In addition, there are tough decisions that must be made around what would need to be prioritized, as the Marina currently suffers from many unmet needs and limited revenue. Would it be the access to the Marina (the reason the road is so choppy, besides its age, is that it is built upon surplus railroad tracks and compacted trash, and over decades, the pavement has collapsed around it). Would it be more user-friendly public bathrooms? Better lighting and revamped signage (many signs in Cesar Chavez Park have been vandalized)?

We must also account for the needs of our local plan on resiliency and adaptation, as impending sea level rise will be a fact of life that we and future generations will see as soon as in 30 years. How can we maintain a Marina that continues to be a place for the public to enjoy, as the sea levels around it continue to rise?

If elected, I will on Day 1 of my term, conduct a citywide survey (with particular attention paid to the responses of District 1 residents) and convene a task force to study these issues, so we that we can have the benefit of your input and subject matter expertise before we embark upon the difficult decisions ahead.

 

Questions from League of Women Voters, Berkeley/Albany/Emeryville, Voter Services Committee (3)

How should the City help with the closure and repurposing of Pacific Steel?
Answer from Igor A. Tregub:

I live several blocks East of the Pacific Steel Casting site and, like many fellow neighbors in this Oceanview Neighborhood, have on many occasions taken a walk outside only to be overpowered by a burning, acidic smell emanating from the processes being used at Pacific Steel Casting. Over the entirety of the time I have lived in this neighborhood, I have worked with the community to demand that more stringent standards were instituted to protect residents and surrounding environment from the heavy industrial processes being employed in the making of steel. With the impending closure of this site, it presents an opportunity to rezone the parcel to accommodate a mixed use – light industrial use consistent with the kinds of artisanal uses discussed previously that have peacefully coexisted with adjoining residences in this mixed use area. It would be critical prior to any use being considered that sufficient environmental tests and, if necessary, remediation are conducted to ensure that the health and safety of the occupants of a future use of this site is protected. Because PSC employed union labor (though it had an arguably checkered reputation about honoring labor standards to which it had agreed), and these jobs are now lost, it would be ideal if the follow-on use of the site either employed union labor from this or another union, or lent itself to operators who can use this site to practice their craft and over time bring themselves up to or maintain a middle class.

What will you do to reduce property theft including car and home burglaries?
Answer from Igor A. Tregub:

Our community faces many challenges, including a recurring inundation of violent individuals who come to Berkeley to seek attention. Certain types of crime are also on the rise. In three weeks, my campaign team has experienced three car break ins. We’ve felt the costs of this crime personally and in our pocketbooks. We need a fully staffed police force that can respond in a way that keeps the community safe.

Berkeley has one of the most professional police departments in the country, and officers serving our community deserve fair wages and benefits. As the candidate endorsed by the Alameda Labor Council, Alameda Building Trades Council and eight affiliates, California Nurses Association, National Union for Healthcare Workers, and SEIU (both (both Locals 1021 and UHW), I have a track record of supporting our hard-working staff and ensuring that they access to the resources they need to do their jobs. I will work to retain officers by ensuring that they earn the wages and benefits they deserve, and the respect they deserve from my office. BPD has faced a steady decline in staffing since the early 2000's, with a sharp decrease in the past year (down from 180 authorized officers). I am deeply concerned over the serious shortage in staffing. We need to ensure our wages are competitive with other departments and that we are providing our officers the tools and support that they need. As your Councilmember, I will make stabilizing our police force, and expanding community policing efforts a top priority. 

We must always be vigilant about crimes of opportunity -- assaults on the street, home invasions, and the like. Property theft can quickly turn into a violent and dangerous situation to the victim. This is one reason I organized my neighborhood’s National Night Out to bring neighbors together and discuss ways we can work together to keep each other safe, and it’s a reason we need to encourage community policing to help all our neighbors feel comfortable interacting with law enforcement. The recent shooting at San Pablo Park also reminds us that we aren’t immune to America’s proliferation of guns.

 

Do you support development at the North Berkeley BART station? What % of affordable housing and height would be appropriate?
Answer from Igor A. Tregub:

I support a community process to shape the community’s vision at the North Berkeley BART Station. Having been endorsed by BART Director Lateefah Simon, I have not just the desire but the credibility to ensure that the community will be at the table. I recently chaired a subcommittee of the Housing Advisory Commission that heard from many neighbors and voted unanimously to maximize the level of affordability of housing on that site in a way that avoids traffic impacts. Ultimately, through a community-driven process, I think it is an appropriate location for housing, and since it is public land, we have broad leverage to maximize affordability while making it possible for residents there to live a car-free lifestyle with a minimal impact on neighbors. I also believe that affordable homeownership opportunities - not just rental units - should be explored for seniors, teachers, first responders, and working families, through structures such as limited equity housing cooperatives and deed restrictions. 

I have a track record of approving projects in my own neighborhood on San Pablo that were five or six stories in height and stepped back to two or three stories in the R-1A neighborhood where I live. The split zoning of the surrounding neighborhood (Sacramento is a wider street, but along Delaware is an R-2 zoned neighborhood) presents both challenges and opportunities. We also have the power to safely extend the Oholone Park Greenway path used by many pedestrians and bicyclists from the park itself, through the BART station, to where it currently begins on Virginia. And we must take care to ensure that traffic impacts and congestion are mitigated as we together work on visioning any project.

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

A Leader Who Listens

Summary

My background, what sets me apart, and how I would continue to be accessible to you long after November.

As someone who has dedicated over 15 years of public service to Berkeley, I have the experience and integrity to make Berkeley a better place. I love this city; I’m running for City Council to make Berkeley a place we can all call home. I helped secure millions of dollars to house our neighbors, approved thousands of small businesses and housing units--many affordable--and maintained our parks. I’ve worked to improve West Berkeley’s air quality, protect McLaughlin Eastshore State Park, raise wages, improve accessibility, and establish National Night Out block parties to promote public safety.

 

I have a lot of respect for the other candidates, but several considerations set me apart:

1.     You will have a seat at the table. Berkeley neighbors are special to me. I have invested countless hours supporting you, and I want you to have greater influence in local government. I can be reached at 510-295-8798 day or night.

2.     I have a proven track record of focusing on your interests. From ensuring that the voices of the community is heard at commission and Council meetings and ensuring that City Hall is responsive to your needs, I have 15 years of experience standing up for the community. Experience not for its own sake – but for the sake of serving you, the community – is paramount, and this is something that I committed to delivering if I have the honor of being elected.

 

3.     I refuse to take contributions from corporate PACs and developers doing business in Berkeley. I listen to everyone, but I’m unbought. No corporate PAC or big money can influence my vote. I listen to you.

 

We’re at a critical time. From providing families with the stability they need to raise their children to ensuring our neighbors are not forced to live on the streets, I’m the proven public servant we need to solve our tough challenges. I’m an independent voice for District 1, a leader who listens and can translate our shared values into city policy. Endorsers include Sierra Club, Nurses, Alameda County Democratic Party, Alameda Labor Council, Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, BART Director Lateefah Simon, Berkeley Tenants Union, majorities of the Berkeley and neighboring City Councils, Alameda County Building Trades, Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma, and three Berkeley Mayors. I’d be honored to be your voice on the City Council. www.Igor.vote.

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