Preston Jordan and Aaron Tiedemann for Albany City Council

Please join me in supporting Preston and Aaron for Albany City Council this election. Aaron is a young man, working on housing issues for the County with an eye towards tackling social justice issues. Preston is my long-time colleague, and long-time contributor to transportation issues (sidewalk tax), to social equity issues, and to important issues for which there are few champions, such as assuring our homes and buildings can survive the next earthquake.

Please also support Measures BB through EE.

We also have 4 measures on the ballot here in Albany and I am supporting and endorsing them all, and I think you should too.

Measure BB - Ranked Choice Voting. This measure came out about due to efforts of citizens who realized that plurality voting (our current system - the ones with the most votes win) can result in lack of representation for minority communities. Ranked-choice voting fixes this and allows for voters to express their choices much better.  See fairvote.org for more information, and please support this measure and its campaign here - endorse and donate to support their efforts. 

Measure CC - Real Property Transfer Tax. This measure brings our property transfer tax in line with surrounding jurisdictions, and only affects those buying and selling property, and represents a very modest amount to the buyers and sellers.

Measure DD - UUT Tax. This measure adds water to the utilities being taxed, bringing it in line with nearby jurisdictions. It increases the rate on gas and electricity in order to bring in revenue for climate action programs.* Environmental advocates in Berkeley and Albany worked together and Berkeley has a very similar tax on its ballot as well. Please endorse and donate to this campaign here. 

Measure EE - Paramedic Tax. This measure extends and raises this tax. This is a specific tax and the money can only be used for paramedic, advanced life support, fire engine and ambulance services.

Official information about all these measures here and in your voter guide.

A draft version of my Who's Endorsing Whom/What is here. I believe it's accurate, but I wanted to compile information from more organizations. I will try to do so as time permits.

 

Voting Tips

This is such an important election. Please do not hesitate to register and vote. Our Country depends on it - it depends on you. Every one of you.

California is doing a great job of making sure we are all able to vote safely, and that our votes will be counted. See here for a great summary page of information about voting in the upcoming election: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/general-election-november-3-2020/

Make sure you are registered - we have online voter registration, and pre-registration, for 16 and 17-year-olds. You can also check the status of your registration here.

All registered Californians will be sent mail-in ballots for this election. There will also still be polling stations, and ballots can be mailed, or dropped in secure voting bins (Albany has one at City Hall), or dropped off at a polling station.

Not only that, but, California is enabling detailed tracking for your ballot, so you can make sure your vote is counted! Sign up here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My 2016 Ballot Statement

I live in Albany with my wife and our son, who benefits from Albany's excellent public schools. 

As your City Council Member, I have not wavered in what I set out to do: 

  • Be an active Council Member who advances good and innovative ideas and policy
  • Promote mobility and safety with traffic calming, bicycle, and pedestrian projects
  • Support parks and open space including the waterfront
  • Support climate action by promoting the efforts of our Sustainability Committee and seeking the funding they need.
  • Drive economic vitality by removing roadblocks to appropriate development projects, the formation of the new Economic Development Commission, and the reform of City Code 

My work and advocacy has led to many important City ballot measures that will help achieve the goals outlined above.  

I’m seeking a second term so that I may continue this agenda and focus as well on our housing crisis, the vitality and safety of San Pablo and Solano Avenues, and a citywide street tree plan.

I serve with and am endorsed by the Sierra Club.

I would be honored to serve again as your City Council Member. nickpilch4albany.com.

Pick Nick!

Little League Parade

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At National Night Out

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