October 11, 2016.
Just this afternoon we learned that Public Employees Union, Local 1, which represents many of the women and men who work for the City, has endorsed my candidacy. As a Council member for twelve years, I have worked with many of these employees who provide services directly to Berkeley citizens. I am thrilled and honored they have entrusted me with their support.
BERKELEY – Laurie Capitelli, Berkeley City Councilmember running for Mayor, announces the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters of the East Bay.
“Laurie Capitelli is committed to standing up for a clean environment,” said Beth Gunston, President of the Board of Directors of the League of Conservation Voters of the East Bay. “Through his support for youth bus passes, his advocacy for safer streets for bicyclists and pedestrians, and his support for Bus Rapid Transit – Capitelli has consistently taken action to give East Bay residents healthy, sustainable transportation choices.”
“If we are going to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas pollution we have to give people attractive and appropriate alternatives to commuting in their cars,” says Capitelli. “Creating more homes that people can afford with easy access to jobs and transit is essential for a sustainable future. I am pleased that the League of Conservation Voters of the East Bay has recognized my advocacy for the environment and endorsed me for Mayor of Berkeley.”
The mission of the League of Conservation Voters of the East Bay is to further environmental and public health protections in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties by electing environmental leaders to local office.
Capitelli has been endorsed by outgoing Mayor Tom Bates, Senator Loni Hancock, UC Professor Robert Reich and former Assembly Member Nancy Skinner. “Berkeley can rely on Laurie Capitelli to continue Berkeley’s trailblazing environmental leadership,” says Skinner. “He will make climate protection and a healthy environment his top priorities.”
“Laurie is a serious progressive, one that doesn’t just talk about progressive values but who demonstrates them.” – Robert Reich.
University of California professor and former US Secretary of Labor Robert Reich has formally endorsed Councilmember Laurie Capitelli for Mayor of Berkeley.
"From the soda tax to his effective support of affordable housing; from his leadership on Berkeley’s landmark minimum wage to his life-long commitment to quality public schools - Laurie deeply understands the challenges facing working families and works to address them. I’ve worked with Laurie. Laurie is my Councilmember. I’m looking forward to calling him my mayor."
Professor Reich joins an impressive list of East Bay progressive leaders and organizations who endorse Capitelli for Mayor this November, including State Senator Loni Hancock, former California Assemblymember and candidate for State Senate Nancy Skinner, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, UC Professor Karen Chapple, Daily Kos Founder Markos Moulitas Zuniga, the Alameda County Building Trades, and the Berkeley Democratic Club.
Acknowledging Reich's endorsement, Nancy Skinner said "I watched Laurie Capitelli put together the coalition to support Measure D – Berkeley vs. Big Soda, making Berkeley the first city in the United States to beat Big Soda. We can also thank Laurie for his leadership with the Berkeley's Public Schools Fund directing millions of dollars to our teachers and students. He's delivered. That's why Laurie Capitelli is my choice for Berkeley Mayor."
“Bob was a strategic player in our Measure D campaign – the soda tax" says Capitelli. "We have conferred on many of the critical economic issues facing Berkeley. I am honored to have his endorsement and look forward to his counsel in the future.”
Robert B. Reich is a professor of public policy at UC Berkeley's Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration and was formerly a professor at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has lived in Berkeley since 2006.
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Laurie is ready and excited to join his colleagues in tackling these challenges.