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Berkeley’s own political earthquake: Arreguín becomes mayor, progressives seize council majority

Mayor-elect Jesse Arreguín with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. The Sanders endorsement of Arreguín gave a powerful boost to Arreguín’s campaign. Photo: Courtesy Jesse Arreguín Mayor-elect Jesse Arreguín with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. The Sanders endorsement of Arreguín gave a powerful boost to Arreguín’s campaign. Photo: Courtesy Jesse Arreguín Jesse Arreguín, 32, decisively won the mayorship […]

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Who are Berkeley’s two leading mayoral candidates?

Mayoral candidates Laurie Capitelli and Jesse Arreguín. Photos: Mark Coplan It’s been a long time since Berkeley had a competitive mayoral election. There’s no polling conducted in Berkeley, but with incumbent Tom Bates stepping down, there’s considerable uncertainty about the result of the 2016 race. Unquestionably, the two most visible candidates – most active in campaigning, raising […]

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If elected, Jesse Arreguín would be Berkeley’s first Latino mayor, just one of many firsts

Jesse Arreguín. Photo: Courtesy of Jesse Arreguín On a recent rainy day, City Councilman Jesse Arreguín took time from his campaign for mayor to visit a homeless encampment in South Berkeley. As water poured down on the tents and lean-tos set up in the Adeline Street median, Arreguín spoke to those camping out about their […]

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In Berkeley mayoral race, Arreguín accelerates fundraising, Capitelli maintains monetary lead

Laurie Capitelli and Jesse Arreguín are the two top contenders to replace Mayor Tom Bates. Photo: Emilie Raguso See update below. Berkeley mayoral candidate Jesse Arreguín raised almost three times as much money in the last month as his fiercest rival, Laurie Capitelli. Arreguín raised $33,434 from Sept. 25 to Oct. 22. In that same period, […]

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Top contenders for Berkeley mayor have sharp differences towards development

Laurie Capitelli and Jesse Arreguín are the two top contenders to replace Mayor Tom Bates. Photos: Emilie Raguso For the first time in 10 years, Berkeley does not have an incumbent mayor running for reelection. Mayor Tom Bates, who took office by defeating incumbent Shirley Dean in 2002, is stepping down and relinquishing his leadership […]

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Real-estate interests spend $92K to help elect candidates

The PAC for the National Association of Realtors has spent more than $60K on mailers supporting City Councilman Laurie Capitelli’s mayoral campaign. That leaves City Councilman Jesse Arreguín’s mayoral campaign at a severe monetary disadvantage. Photos: Mark Coplan The PAC for the National Association of Realtors has spent more than $60K on mailers supporting City Councilman […]

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With 28 days to the election, fundraising gap between mayoral candidates widens

Five of the eight people running for Berkeley mayor wait before the start of the CENA/Bateman Neighborhood Association Forum. From left to right: Jesse Arreguín, Ben Gould, Kriss Worthington, Laurie Capitelli and Mike Lee. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel See update at bottom. With 28 days until the Nov. 8 election, Berkeley mayoral candidate, and city councilman, […]

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Berkeley mayoral candidates square off about budget, homelessness and more

Five of the eight people running for mayor wait before the start of the CENA/Bateman Neighborhood Association Forum. From left to right: Jesse Arreguin, Ben Gould, Kriss Worthington, Laurie Capitelli, and Mike Lee. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel Five of the eight mayoral candidates gathered Monday night to air their views on how to lead Berkeley. The […]