Alameda County has an opportunity to lead the Bay Area in responding to our dire housing crisis, if our local leaders have the will to act. Local YIMBYs used questionnaire responses and analysis of the public record to identify candidates willing to fight for the change we need. We hope you will support these candidates to help enact the policies we need.
2022 Election Cheat Sheet
Explanations for endorsements are below.
California State-wide Office
Rob Bonta has brought an unprecedented passion for enforcing state housing law to the Attorney General’s office. His leadership of the Housing Accountability Unit and his dedication to protecting pro-housing legislation from NIMBY nonsense has earned him the title Housing Champion.
Endorsed by YIMBY Action.
California State Senate
Includes portions of Southern Alameda County, including the cities of Fremont and Hayward
Aisha Wahab is a strong advocate for Affordable Housing, streamlining housing permitting and making sure cities hit their state-mandated minimum housing goals (RHNA).
“California’s housing shortage requires action today. We must streamline the process of being able to build in every city, building homes for everyone in every community. This is especially important in wealthy, high opportunity communities.”
California State Assembly
CA State Assembly District 14
Includes Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, San Pablo, Hercules, Pinole, and El Sobrante.
Tim Grayson has been a consistent and clear voice for housing in the California legislature. He has carried several bills to support bringing down the cost of building housing and is a strong advocate for housing.
It’s clear the costs of building new housing in our state are too high. I wrote and passed a law that required a statewide report on fees assessed by counties and cities on those who propose building new housing. Following the first report, it was clear that these fees weren’t just high, they actually prevented many housing projects from moving forward.
This year, I worked to propose a package of new laws that would spur new housing production and lower the costs associated with building new housing. I am committed to continuing to reduce the cost of housing development and I have put forward new proposals that ensure cost reduction while maintaining robust environmental and safety protections.
CA State Assembly District 15
Includes the cities of Berkeley, Oakland, Concord, and Antioch. Spans Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
Buffy Wicks showed Californians what true grit looks like when she took personal risk during shelter-in-place to show up on the Assembly floor with her newborn and speak up for SB 1120. From her first year in the Assembly, Assemblymember Wicks has led on housing issues, with keen insight on policy details that have an outsized impact on housing. Combined with the courage to move forward on important bills even when they face resistance, Buffy Wicks has become a crucial housing champion in Sacramento. She has authored and co-authored powerful bills on a broad range of housing issues, including a state-wide rental registry, housing element strengthening and important permit streamlining legislation, and dozens more. We need more legislators like Assemblymember Wicks, who see the human cost of our housing crisis, give it the attention it deserves, and fight to build the homes we need at a scale that counts.
CA State Assembly District 18
Cities of Alameda, San Leandro, and most of Oakland in Alameda county
Mia Bonta is a consistent vote for housing, focused on the deep need for subsidized affordable housing and strong tenants protections. In her questionnaire, Mia told us:
In general, new housing should be built in traditionally single-family neighborhoods which held exclusionary zoning ordinances that discouraged growth and discriminated against people of color, and near transit hubs as a form of transit-oriented development to address the nexus between the climate crisis and transportation/vehicle miles traveled to and from employment. However, above all else, it is critical that new housing developments not fuel displacement and gentrification.
CA State Assembly District 20
Includes the cities of San Leandro and Hayward
Shawn Kumagai will bring a strong pro-housing voice to Sacramento. His substantive policy chops are matched with a passion for building housing for all, which will make him an exceptional leader on housing in the State Legislature.
“We need more homes in communities across California. We need an all-of-the-above strategy, including permanant supportive housing for previously unhoused or at-risk individuals, affordable by design, middle income rental units and more. Every community needs to step up to build the inclusive future we want for California.”
“We need more homes in communities across California. We need an all-of-the-above strategy, including permeative supportive housing for previously unhoused or at-risk individuals, affordable by design, middle income rental units and more. Every community needs to step up to build the inclusive future we want for California.”
CA State Assembly District 24
Portions of southern Alameda County and northeastern Santa Clara County, including the cities of Fremont and Milpitas
Alex Lee is one of only two renters serving in the California State Assembly, and his commitment to advocating for those most damaged by the housing shortage is second to none. As a strong supporter of every major pro-housing bill, every major push for tenant protections, and every effort to increase funding for affordable housing, Assemblymember Lee has been a steadfast housing champion.
Alex has supported upzoning bills like SB 50 and SB 9, while also authoring legislation to enable Social Housing and fighting to curb Ellis Act evictions. Assemblymember Lee is a legislator that truly supports “all of the above” solutions and proves that “both-and” can be more than just rhetoric.