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Loren Taylor, Sheng Thao in Front to Become Mayor of Oakland, 70,000 Votes Left to Count

Ballot counting will continue for the next few days. A total of 170,452 county residents voted, or 18.31% of registered voters. Of these 3.29% voted on Election Day, while 15.02% voted by mail according to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.

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With thousands of votes remaining to be counted, Councilmember Loren Taylor (right) is ahead of Councilmember Sheng Thao in what has shaped up as a two-candidate race for mayor of Oakland.
With thousands of votes remaining to be counted, Councilmember Loren Taylor (right) is ahead of Councilmember Sheng Thao in what has shaped up as a two-candidate race for mayor of Oakland.

Progressive/Liberal Coalition Leads in City Council Races

Results for District Attorney, Board of Supervisors and State Assembly Contests

By Ken Epstein

With thousands of votes remaining to be counted, Councilmember Loren Taylor is ahead of Councilmember Sheng Thao in what has shaped up as a two-candidate race for mayor of Oakland.

Final vote counts are sure to change as more mail-in ballots and other votes are counted over the next week, though it is unlikely that frontrunners will change in races in which a candidate is far ahead.

Here are the results for the first-choice votes that were counted by November 9 the day after the election:

  • Loren Taylor 34.19%
  • Sheng Thao 28.73%
  • Ignacio De La Fuente 12.89%
  • Allyssa Victory Villanueva 6.93%
  • Treva Reid 5.93%
  • Gregory Hodge 4.27%
  • Seneca Scott 3.81%
  • John Reimann 1.17 %
  • Peter Y. Liu 1.14 %
  • Tyron Jordan 0.95%

In a statement released Wednesday, Sheng Thao said, “We are so proud of the campaign we have run and want to thank all of our supporters and volunteers for their dedication to our great city. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters has so far only counted 37,000 votes, and there are 70,000 ballots that remain to be counted. We remain optimistic about the final outcome. Every vote deserves to be counted.”

The liberal/progressive City Council majority will likely be stronger as a result of this election. Councilmember Nikki Fortunato Bas is far ahead in her reelection bid with 60.42% of the votes in the first round of counting, beating opponent Harold Lowe who has 39.58% of the vote.

In District 4, Janani Ramachandran is leading with 64.26% of the vote and Nenna Joiner with 35.74% of the vote.

In District 6, Kevin Jenkins leads with 67.34% of the votes followed by Nancy Sidebotham with 13.31%, Yakpasua Michael Gbagba Zazaboi with 10.68% and Kenny Session with 8.67%.

City Auditor Courtney Ruby won reelection, running unopposed.

In Alameda County races, for Supervisor in District 3, Lena Tam leads Rebecca Kaplan 55.08% to 44.92% of the vote.

In the race for Alameda County District Attorney, Terry Wiley is ahead of Pamela Price, 51.68% to 48.32% of the vote.

In AC Transit District races, Joel Young is ahead of Alfred Twu for director for Ward 3, 61.51% to 38.49%. For AC Transit Director in Ward 4, Murphy McCalley is beating Barisha Spriggs, 65.27% to 34.73%.

In State Assembly races in District 18, Mia Bonta has 85.83% of the vote, compared with 14.17% for her opponent, Mindy Pechenuk. For Assembly District 20, Liz Ortega has 58.59% while her opponent, Shawn Kumagai, has 41.41%.

In the Assembly District 14 race, Buffy Wicks has 89.80% of the vote, while Richard Kinney won 10.20%.

In the 12th Congressional District election, Rep. Barbara Lee won 87.09%. Her opponent Stephen Slauson received 12.91%.

Ballot counting will continue for the next few days. A total of 170,452 county residents voted, or 18.31% of registered voters. Of these 3.29% voted on Election Day, while 15.02% voted by mail according to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.

The Registrar’s office has scheduled updates with revised totals for Thursday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. For updates go to www.postnewsgroup.com or http://www.acgov.org/rovresults/248/

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee Issues Statement on Deaths of Humanitarian Aid Volunteers in Gaza 

On April 2, a day after an Israeli airstrike erroneously killed seven employees of World Central Kitchen (WCK), a humanitarian organization delivering aid in the Gaza Strip, a statement was release by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA-12). “This is a devastating and avoidable tragedy. My prayers go to the families and loved ones of the selfless members of the World Central Kitchen team whose lives were lost,” said Lee.

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On April 2, a day after an Israeli airstrike erroneously killed seven employees of World Central Kitchen (WCK), a humanitarian organization delivering aid in the Gaza Strip, a statement was release by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA-12).

“This is a devastating and avoidable tragedy. My prayers go to the families and loved ones of the selfless members of the World Central Kitchen team whose lives were lost,” said Lee.

The same day, it was confirmed by the organization that the humanitarian aid volunteers were killed in a strike carried out by Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Prior to the incident, members of the team had been travelling in two armored vehicles marked with the WCF logo and they had been coordinating their movements with the IDF. The group had successfully delivered 10 tons of humanitarian food in a deconflicted zone when its convoy was struck.

“This is not only an attack against WCK. This is an attack on humanitarian organizations showing up in the direst situations where food is being used as a weapon of war. This is unforgivable,” said Erin Gore, chief executive officer of World Central Kitchen.

The seven victims included a U.S. citizen as well as others from Australia, Poland, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Palestine.

Lee has been a vocal advocate for a ceasefire in Gaza and has supported actions by President Joe Biden to airdrop humanitarian aid in the area.

“Far too many civilians have lost their lives as a result of Benjamin Netanyahu’s reprehensible military offensive. The U.S. must join with our allies and demand an immediate, permanent ceasefire – it’s long overdue,” Lee said.

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Rep. Barbara Lee, CBC Members, Raise Concerns Over Layoffs of Black Tech Workersi2s

In 2015, the CBC launched Tech 2020 to ensure that Black Americans would be better represented in the industry by 2020. However, Lee says those tech companies that pledged to be more inclusive are falling short of their promise.

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Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee and several other Congressional Black Caucus members have written a letter to Julie Su, the acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, addressing the disproportionate layoffs of Black tech employees.

“We write to express our concerns with recent reports highlighting the impacts of widespread layoffs within the tech industry and its disproportionate impacts on the African American community and women,” the letter stated.

“Tech companies who previously agreed to address bias and discrimination and create greater opportunities in the workforce are now quietly defunding diversity pledges,” the letter continued.

In 2015, the CBC launched Tech 2020 to ensure that Black Americans would be better represented in the industry by 2020. However, Lee says those tech companies that pledged to be more inclusive are falling short of their promise.

Lee told the Grio, “We’ve been fighting for justice and for economic parity and security as part of the mission of the CBC,” she said, “and so when we established Tech 2020, it was about equity and inclusion.”

“Now with all the Supreme Court decisions and with all of the backsliding, especially by Republicans, it’s very important that we be very assertive in our fight for equity and justice within the private sector and public sector,” she said.

According to the letter, since the beginning of 2023, more than 240,000 tech workers have been laid off, more than 50% increase from 2022.

Lee found that minorities and women make up most of the tech layoffs that have occurred this year.

If you don’t have African Americans developing content,” Lee said, “then we’re going to have Black people, Brown people [and] women disproportionately impacted.”

“This country is supposed to be a representative democracy where you include people, and you don’t discriminate against them,” she added. “When you see the disproportionate numbers of people being laid off, then that is a red flag that it could be discrimination occurring against these workers and employees.”

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Congresswoman Lee Releases Statement on Vandalism of Lake Merritt Menorah

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Chabad of Oakland’s menorah at Lake Merritt on Dec. 10, before it was vandalized (right) and graffiti left where the menorah stood before it was pulled down. (Photos/Courtesy Chabad of Oakland)
Chabad of Oakland’s menorah at Lake Merritt on Dec. 10, before it was vandalized (right) and graffiti left where the menorah stood before it was pulled down. (Photos/Courtesy Chabad of Oakland)

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-12) released the following statement on the destruction of the large Menorah on display at Lake Merritt in Oakland:

“I’m deeply saddened and disheartened that the Lake Merritt Menorah was destroyed earlier this week. My heart and prayers go out to the Jewish community in Oakland, and I strongly condemn this vile act of antisemitism.”

“Oaklanders salvaged the menorah and gathered together (Wednesday evening) to celebrate its re-lighting, spreading love and support in the way only Oakland does. I’m proud of my constituents. We will not let hate win.”

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