Who is Nanci Armstrong-Temple

Why are you qualified for the position? As the daughter of community activists who ran a non profit in South Central Los Angeles which was led and directed by those who were most impacted by state violence, I have a unique perspective not found by any other candidate. As a social entrepreneur I understand how to identify and solve community problems, and as a small business owner I also know how difficult it is to make ends meet. And as an activist who has a history in helping to direct social movements that hold officials accountable, I will always serve the people.

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From Berkeleyside, October 3: Nanci Speaks about the Arts

“I grew up singing for justice,” said Nanci Armstrong-Temple, who is running for a City Council seat in District 2. She said her grandfather was a jazz musician for the Harry James Orchestra. “I think of the role music has played in history in changing people’s lives. I think of … how people do better because of the arts. We know in the very best cases, art changes us. It changes the world.”

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Police Accountability

Nanci believes that the relationship between the Berkeley Police Department (“BPD”) and Berkeley citizens has been severely damaged by the actions and policies of the BPD.  She is firmly committed to calling on BPD to end state-sanctioned violence against black, brown, and poor people. Officers must be held accountable for committing, supporting, or concealing police violence.  Policies must be developed and enforced that identify and eliminate racism and race-based practices within the department.  To reflect a serious commitment to these changes, the Public Safety Officers’ Procedural Bill of Rights must be amended.

In addition, a bridge needs to be built between the BPD and the citizens of Berkeley. The essential first step is a clear commitment by BPD to transparency and accountability.  President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing pointed out that “the public confers legitimacy only on those whom they believe are acting in procedurally just ways.”  Nanci believes that in order for the residents of Berkeley to confer legitimacy on BPD, there must be a clear collaboration with the City Council and community leaders to establish a civilian oversight agency with the following powers:

  • To hire and fire officers for cause
  • To determine disciplinary action in cases of misconduct related to excessive and lethal force
  • To determine the funding of agencies
  • To set and enforce policies
  • To retain concrete means of retrieving information - such as subpoena power - from law enforcement and third parties as it pertains to to circumstances involving excessive, sexual, and lethal force, and other areas of police misconduct

Finally, BPD must dedicate resources to ensuring transparency.  It is essential to hold an open and honest dialogue with the public about problems that the community and BPD have identified, coming to solutions together.  This will not only demonstrate a commitment to open channels of communication, it will bring the BPD closer to being the kind of organization that reflects the will of the community it serves.

Housing as a Human Right

Nanci believes housing is a human right and advocates a compassionate and humane societal and governmental response to prevent people from losing their housing.  Nanci believes government process with respect to those who have already lost their home should be in comprehensive and service-based.  Nanci’s position on the state’s criminalization of the poor and homeless is that such criminalization must end now. 

Nanci advocates Community-First Development without Displacement.  This position places the housing needs of Berkeley residents ahead of the needs of developers who who place their profit margin ahead of Berkeley's residents needs.  Nanci encourages healthy and insightful development that provides affordable housing to Berkeley residents.  Nanci strongly opposes the Berkeley City’s “rubber stamp” development practices that have thus far threatened to and have forced out Berkeley’s residents who have made Berkeley such a wonderful place to live and who have a right to stay in the city they call home.  Nanci strongly supports the Affordable Housing Platform developed by the Berkeley Progressive Alliance, and believes the Housing Trust Fund to pay for more affordable housing in Berkeley must be fortified and revitalized by the City of Berkeley.  This is accomplished by increasing Developer Impact Fees, Housing Impact fees, allocating Property Transfer tax funds, and increasing Business License Taxes on large landlords.  With an increase in Housing Trust Fund funds, so should come more affordable housing ventures.

Nanci believes in stronger rent control protections.  To effect these protections, Nanci believes that the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act should be overturned.  Costa-Hawkins, a poorly drafted law that blocks Berkeley from effectively reforming its rent control policies, exempts a large number of Berkeley properties from rent control regulations.  This law has severely hampered the ability of Berkeley tenants to remain in the city as market forces create unhealthy demand for high price rentals.    

Nanci is a strong supporter of the Rent Stabilization Board in Berkeley whose mission is to  protect tenants from predatory landlords and greedy developers.  Nanci stands with the CALI pro-tenant slate for The Rent Stabilization Board - a slate that can be trusted to advocate for the tenants of Berkeley and to protect the right of many current tenants to continue to call Berkeley their home.  Nanci is united with the Berkeley Tenants Union in the effort to empower and educate tenants to advocate on their own behalf to preserve their right to stable, quality housing. 

Nanci believes that short term rentals, including those from short term rental services, must be regulated and taxed to prevent landlords and renters from turning Berkeley neighborhoods and communities into vacation rentals rather than communities with long term residents.  Since 2003, while limits have been placed on short term rentals in Berkeley, the limits are not being enforced. Without a commitment from the City of Berkeley to accountability and enforcement, landlords and renters in Berkeley will continue to exploit the market damaging the social fabric of the city.

Join Us in Support of Measure U1

Berkeley: it's time to wake up. Though Berkeley is home to the Free Speech movement, it's also the home of the militarization of campus police to make it easier to suppress movements.  We can't afford to be complacent when our city leaders choose to stand with developers and against the people. Let's get woke, get informed, talk to our neighbors. Let's build a better Berkeley together.

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Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club Endorses Nanci and the Progressive Slate

At their Annual Endorsement Meeting on Saturday, August 27, 2016, the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club gave their endorsement to Nanci Armstrong-Temple for District 2 Berkeley City Council.  This is an important endorsement from a progressive organization that seeks to build a grassroots movement for progressive change by transforming the Democratic Party so that it becomes a vehicle for mobilization of progressive values and political power.

The format for the endorsement process included a candidate forum, during which Nanci and her rivals for the District 2 seat, Darryl Moore (incumbent) and Cheryl Davila, were asked a series of questions.  Nanci cast a clear vision for justice for Berkeley residents and ethical leadership in city government in three areas:

  1. Housing:  Nanci laid out three important proposals to help deal with the crisis of increasing numbers of unhoused people
    • Declaration of a housing emergency
    • Put a moratorium on Rent Hike Evictions
    • Below Market Rate Housing
  2. Police Reform:  Nanci shared her vision for police in the city of Berkeley.
    • Immediately decrease the police budget by 35%.
    • Create an independent Police Review Board
    • Repeal the Police Bill of Rights that allows killer cops to stay employed
    • Create an independent dispatch system to reduce the number of calls which could be diverted to other community resources such as mental health services or other hotlines.
  3. Zero Net Energy and Zero Waste Goals: Environmental concerns are key to Nanci's platform. She was able to lay out several proposals, including:
    • Continue the collaboration with groups like STOPWASTE.ORG which has already brought a 50% decrease in waste since its inception.
    • Giving more attention toward providing for electric vehicles 
    • Increase local food sources, attending to community gardens and neighborhood food production

 

Nanci Endorsed by Berkeley Progressive Alliance

Nanci Armstrong-Temple filed her intent to run for the District 2 Berkeley City Council seat last Monday.

Armstrong-Temple was previously endorsed at a meeting of progressive voters that had taken place the Saturday before she announced her candidacy. . . In her response to a questionnaire written by the Berkeley Progressive Alliance, Armstrong-Temple stated that the primary issues she would address as a City Council member would be “affordable housing, gentrification/development for profit, and the militarization of the police.” She is also concerned about UC Berkeley’s use of public spaces for profit.

“There has been a deep disenfranchisement of the people in the city of Berkeley,” Armstrong-Temple said in the questionnaire. “There is a fast­-paced development and profit mindset that has taken over our city and made it more important to our city officials to get rid of things that make it ‘look bad’ rather than spend the time and energy to find real solutions to deep and long-­term problems.”

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Why Berkeley Needs a New Police Review Commission—And Why it’ll Have to Wait Two Years to Get One

(Published in The Berkeley Daily Planet on August 5, 2016 by Andrew Beale.  Beale is a graduate student at the UC Berkeley School of Journalism. He's reported for national and international outlets including the Associated Press, Vice and al-Jazeera from the US, Mexico, Turkey and Palestine.)

On Thursday, July 21, the City of Berkeley’s Administration building was mysteriously under lockdown. Police officers on bicycles and plainclothes security officers ringed the building, refusing entry to Berkeley citizens. A city spokesman posted outside the building (which houses the mayor’s office, the City Council chambers and various other critical city functions) offered no clues, saying only “We’re having some security concerns, but we’re not discussing it broadly.” 

Around two o’clock in the afternoon, the source of the “security concerns” became clear: a small group of protesters was trying to enter the building to speak with City Council members about the council’s failure to reform Berkeley’s Police Review Commission. The activist group included students, an attorney and 2016 City Council candidate Nanci Armstrong-Temple. Despite an invitation from current Councilmember Kriss Worthington to meet with him, even Armstrong-Temple was prevented from entering the building. Hours later, Worthington eventually secured permission for the activists to come inside, but by then they had left, tired of standing on the steps of a city office building in intemperate chilly weather. (Armstrong-Temple and several other protesters penned op-eds for the Daily Planet about the experience.) 

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