Berkeley has transformed over the last 20 years, however our South Berkeley community has not always shared in that growth. Nor have the changes always created sustainable, equitable living for all Berkeley residents.
On November 8, 2016, we will vote in a crucial election for our city’s future. It’s time for a new vision and community experience to lead south Berkeley. Vote Deborah Matthews for Berkeley City Council District 3 to support a forward-thinking inclusive, equitable, sustainable and diverse vision; providing greater economic growth for all and a better future in our community.
For more than 24 years, Deborah Matthews has overseen many of Berkeley’s housing and commercial projects. She served as the Chair of the Zoning Adjustment Board, Chair of the Housing Commission and on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Berkeley YMCA. As a member of the Planning Commission she is currently the Vice Chair. She also holds a Board of Directors' seat on Oakland and The World Enterprises, where her team is currently serving as the project development for approx. 55 units of 100% low income housing for formerly incarcerated and the working poor. They also have created a flourishing organic garden that sells produce to area businesses called "West Oakland Farms" employing those most in need of income, work and acknowledgement for their positive effort to become responsible community members.
In the past several decades, we’ve seen striking transformation of many neighborhoods of Berkeley, but South Berkeley has not shared in that prosperity. We can make our neighborhood safer, stronger, and more vibrant — with affordable and mixed-income housing along the Adeline Corridor, more small businesses and shops, good lighting, designated safe biking lanes and beautification along the sidewalks.
Crime continues to be a pressing concern for South Berkeley. Too many community members don’t feel safe in their own neighborhood. I support bringing back the beat cops, walking the streets.
Equal Pay for Equal Work....there is nothing more that needs to be said.
It’s unacceptable that women are being sexually assaulted on and near the U.C. campus.
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