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Shake Up City Hall: Schaaf Wins Re-election but Loses Two Council Allies




Mayor Libby Schaaf easily won reelection this week, while the victory of three new representatives to the City Council could mean a shift in power dynamics in Oakland city politics.

Nikki Bas

The results are subject to change, especially in close races. One-hundred percent of the precincts have reported the votes that were cast, but thousands of mail ballots have yet to be counted.
As of early Wednesday morning, Mayor Schaaf won with 55.98 percent of the vote.
Activist, journalist and actor Cat Brooks came in second with 22.78 percent, and civil rights attorney Pamela Price was third with 12.62 percent.
Community activist Nikki Fortunato Bas defeated District 2 incumbent Abel Guillén, a close Schaaf ally. Bas won 51.04 percent of the vote, while Guillén received 42.42 percent, and Kenzie Donte Smith came in third with 6.3 percent.
Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan’s chief of staff Sheng Thao won in District 4 with 53.59 percent of the ranked-choice votes. Pam Harris, a nonprofit executive, who was backed by Mayor Schaaf, came in second with 46.41 percent, and Nayeli Maxson was in third place.
Schaaf lost a reliable ally when District 4 Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington chose not to seek reelection. The mayor originally backed Charlie Michelson, who dropped out in mid-campaign but still remained on the ballot, receiving 13.66 percent of the vote. 
In the closely watched District 6 race, Loren Taylor beat 16-year veteran Councilmember Desley Brooks with 61.51 percent of the vote to Brooks’ 38.49 percent.
Targeted by Mayor Schaaf and her allies, Brooks faced opponents and PACs that outspent her by nearly 5 to 1.
In the District 4 school board race, retired Oakland school administrator and former school board member Gary Yee won with 62.21 percent over parent activist Clarissa Doutherd’s 37.62 percent.

Loren Taylor.

Doutherd was backed by the Oakland teachers’ union while Yee had the support and financial backing of the local pro-charter school organization, GO Public Schools.
School boardmembers Aimee Eng in District 2 and Shanthi Gonzales in District 6 won reelection, with no opponents on the ballot.
Courtney Ruby, a former city auditor, won the race for city auditor with 61.93 percent of the vote, defeating incumbent Brenda Roberts, who received 37.75 percent.
Mayor Schaaf’s education initiative, Measure AA, was the only local measure that lost. It needed a two-thirds majority to win but fell short with 61.79 percent of the vote.
The cannabis tax break, Measure V, won with 78.22 percent.
The vacant property tax, Measure W, won with 68.65 percent.
Real estate transfer tax Measure X won with 66.54 percent.
Measure Y just cause renter protections won with 56.06 percent.
Measure Z, hotel worker pay and protections, won with a 74.6 percent yes vote.
In a statewide race that received national attention, Jovanka Beckles lost to Buffy Wicks in Assembly District 15, garnering 44 percent to Wicks’ 56 percent.
State superintendent of public instruction candidate Tony Thurmond is trailing Marshall Tuck, 49.4 percent to 50.6 percent.  The California Teachers Association backed Thurmond, while charter school organizations and billionaires supported Tuck.
District 13 Congresswoman Barbara Lee was overwhelmingly reelected with 87.7 percent of the vote versus Green Party candidate Laura Wells, who received 12.3 percent.
Proposition 8, which would have regulated kidney dialysis treatment charges, was defeated 61.6 percent to 38.4 percent.
Proposition 10, which would have repealed a state law that restricts cities’ ability to pass rent control laws, was defeated 61.7 percent to 38.3 percent.
In Peralta Community College Board of Trustees race, Area Three representative Linda Handy won reelection with 54.26 percent. Cindi Reiss defeated William “Bill” Riley, 68.65 percent to 30.48 percent.
Two funding Peralta funding measures passed—Peralta Colleges Measure E, 81.03 percent to 18.97 percent, and Peralta Bond Measure G, 74.48 percent to 25.52 percent.


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