Political Action

Local 21 Recommendations for the November 8, 2016 Election

*Endorsements as of 9/9/16.  Partial list.  New updates to follow.


In addition to the California Presidential Primary, there are many local reasons to go to the polls and vote. Who is elected to public office and which ballot measures win or lose has a direct impact on our jobs and our ability to provide the public with the top-quality services they need.

Below you will find the official endorsement recommendations of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 21. The endorsement process is democratic, nonpartisan and member-driven. You can find our procedures and criteria here.

Help Local 21 pack a punch by volunteering to walk door to door or make phone calls to voters. You can also donate to the Fund for Political Action (COPE). Here is the link. 

You can find additional endorsements at the California Labor Federation, San Francisco, South Bay, Alameda, Contra Costa and other local Labor Councils.

If you have any questions or want to volunteer please contact Rachel Richman, Policy and Political Director at rrichman@ifpte21.org.


East Bay


City Council
Noel Gallo, District 5*
Larry Reid, District 7
Ballot Measures
Yes on Measure HH: Sugar Tax
Yes on Measure II: Technical Measure on Affordable Housing
Yes on Measure JJ: Protect Tenants from Unfair Evictions
Yes on Measure KK: $600 Million Bond to Fix Streets, Restore Parks, Build Affordable Housing
Yes on Measure LL: Police Commission, Oversight and Accountability
City Attorney
Barbara Parker
San Leandro City Council
Brian Azevedo

Alameda County
Yes on Countywide Measure A1: Affordable Housing Bond, $580 million

Contra Costa County
Board of Supervisors
Hon. Diane Burgis
, District 3
Hon. Anamarie Avila Farias
, District 5

El Cerrito City Council
Greg Lyman*
Martinez School Board
 Jonathan Wright (Local 21 staffer)


South Bay 

State Senate
Sen. Jim Beall (D-South Bay)

California Assembly
Ash Kalra, (D-San Jose) 

San Jose City Council
Sergio Jimenez
, District 2
Helen Chapman
, District 6

Ballot Measures
Yes on Santa Clara County Measure A: Affordable Housing Bond $950 million for homeless, low and moderate income and first time homebuyers
Yes on Santa Clara Countywide Measure B: Half cent sales tax  to Fund Transportation infrastructure improvements throughout the county and in cities
Yes on San Jose Measure G: Business Modernization Tax, raises $12 million – $26 million annually for city services
Yes on San Jose Measure F: Restores Disability Benefit for San Jose Workers, fixes unfair problems in prior ballot measure, Measure B
Cupertino City Council
 Jerry Liu
Santa Clara Valley Water District
John Varela
Barbara Keegan
Richard Santos


San Francisco

State Senate
Hon. Jane Kim, District 11

Board of Supervisors
Elect Sandra Lee Fewer, District 1 
Re-elect Aaron Peskin, District 3
Re-elect London Breed, District 5 
Re-elect Norman Yee, District 7  
Elect Hillary Ronen, District 9 (Local 21 Member)
Elect Kimberly Alvarenga, District 11  

School Board
Matt Haney
Stevon Cook
Rachel Norton
Ballot measures
Yes on Proposition A: School District Bond $744 million
Yes on Proposition B: City College of San Francisco parcel tax
Yes on Proposition C: Loans to Acquire and Rehabilitate Affordable Housing
No on Proposition I: Unfunded Set Aside Without a Separate Funding Source
No on Proposition P: Roadblock to Building Affordable Housing
No on Proposition U: Repeal Affordable Housing Legislation
Yes on Proposition W: Increases Real Estate Transfer Tax on Properties of $5 Million or more. Makes funds available for projects like free city college and city services.