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2004 State Council
At the Legislature (Jean Aoki)
Bottle Bill Survives Legislature (Malama Souza)
Berkeley City Council Places Public Funding on November Ballot (Jean Aoki)
Viewpoint: Campaign Finance Reform (Grace Furukawa)
Mark Your Calendars
Report from Kauai (Carol Bain)
East Hawaii Report (Lois Cecil)

Berkeley City Council Places Public Funding on November Ballot

We just got an announcement from The Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) that the Berkeley City Council has become the first city council in the nation to place a full public campaign financing (clean money) measure on the ballot for voter approval in November.

The bill drafted by CGS was supported by the Berkeley Fair Elections Coalition. CGS, Berkeley Fair Elections Coalition, and the Berkeley City Council & staff had collaborated to refine the measure over the last several months leading to its passage on June 8.

According to the announcement, Under the proposal, candidates for the offices of mayor, auditor, city council and school board who are able to collect a specified number of $5 dollar contributions from Berkeley voters and agree to raise no private funds beyond these qualifying contributions will be eligible to receive full campaign funding from the city.

The Center for Governmental Studies is a nonprofit organization with interest in three program areas: political reform, media & civic participation, and sustainable communities. For more information, visit its website: www.cgs.org.

Jean Aoki

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