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March 7, 2017 — Local Elections

Ciudad de BerkeleyCandidato para Consejo Municipal, Distrito 4Special election to fill City Council vacancy

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Ben Gould

Environmental Analyst/Researcher
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Housing affordability: To preserve our values of diversity & inclusiveness, I want to protect tenants, build more housing for people at all income levels, and continue to respect Berkeley’s architectural heritage and diverse neighborhoods.
  • Homelessness: I want Berkeley to better help our homeless neighbors secure the housing and care they need. I will focus on implementing best practices, coordinating regionally, and cost-effectively allocating new funding sources.
  • Resiliency: I want to ensure Berkeley is a resilient community able to weather economic downturns and climate change. To help Berkeley prepare , I would prioritize maintaining a healthy city budget and upgrading our infrastructure.



Profesión:Environmental Analyst/Researcher
Graduate Student Researcher, UC Berkeley (2015–current)
Board Chair, The Green Initiative Fund (UC Berkeley) — Cargo designado (2016–current)
Commissioner (Temporary), Housing Advisory Commission — Cargo elegido (2016–2017)
President and Co-Founder, Engineers for a Sustainable World at Berkeley (2014–2016)
Chair/Commissioner, Community Environmental Advisory Commission — Cargo designado (2014–2016)
Commissioner (Temporary), Zoning Adjustments Board — Cargo designado (2016–2016)
Delegate, Graduate Assembly (UC Berkeley) — Cargo designado (2015–2016)
Research Intern, The International Council on Clean Transportation (2015–2015)
Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2013–2014)
Intern, U.S. House of Representatives, Office of Congressman Scott Peters (2013–2013)


Goldman School of Public Policy Master in Public Policy (MPP) (In Progress), Public Policy (current)
University of California, Berkeley Master of Science (MS) (In Progress), Environmental Engineering (current)
University of California, San Diego Bachelor of Science, General Biology, minor in Environmental Studies (2013)

Actividades comunitarias

Board Member, Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund (UC Berkeley) (2016–current)
President & Co-Founder, Engineers for a Sustainable World (2014–2016)
Director of Chapter Relations - West, Engineers for a Sustainable World (2012–2013)
Vice President of Project Management, Engineers for a Sustainable World (2011–2012)
Project Leader, Engineers for a Sustainable World (2010–2012)


Berkeley has always been my home. I was born at Alta Bates Hospital, and attended Berkeley public schools from kindergarten through Berkeley High School. I went to UC San Diego for my undergraduate degree, but soon after arriving I realized I love Berkeley too much to stay away for long. Just days after graduating, I moved back to Berkeley, got an engineering job at Lawrence Berkeley Lab and an apartment in Downtown, and haven’t regretted it once. I’m proud to now be completing my graduate degrees at UC Berkeley, and looking forward to continuing to work to improve my community.

I have a history of achieving progressive victories here in Berkeley. On the UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly, I fought for – and won – access to LGBT-inclusive health care for all students. As Chair of the Community Environmental Advisory Commission, I fought for the health of our children and our soil against lead poisoning, and I developed green building and indoor air quality standards. With my experience as an environmental engineer and a policy analyst, I bring a rational, non-ideological approach to addressing Berkeley’s challenges. We need a City Councilmember who brings a fresh, balanced perspective; and as your representative, I will deliver real solutions rooted in progressive principles.

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Featured Endorsements

  • State Senator Nancy Skinner
  • The Berkeley Democratic Club
  • Berkeley City Councilmember Lori Droste

Organizaciónes (6)

  • The Berkeley Democratic Club
  • Oakland Magazine
  • The Daily Californian
  • East Bay Forward
  • Carpenter's Union Local 713
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 595

Funcionarios electos (16)

  • State Senator Nancy Skinner
  • Berkeley City Councilmember Susan Wengraf
  • Berkeley City Councilmember Lori Droste
  • Former Berkeley City Councilmember Gordon Wozniak
  • Former Berkeley City Councilmember Darryl Moore
  • Mayor of Millbrae Ruben Holober
  • Palo Alto City Councilmember Adrian Fine
  • Former Mayor of Emeryville Jennifer West
  • ASUC President Will Morrow (Title for ID purposes only. The ASUC does not endorse candidates for public office.)
  • Graduate Assembly Internal Vice President Aaron Smyth (Title for ID purposes only. GA does not endorse candidates.)
  • ASUC External Affairs Vice President, André Luu (Title for ID Purposes Only. ASUC does not endorse.)
  • ASUC Academic Affairs Vice President Frances McGinley (Title for ID Purposes Only. ASUC does not endorse.)
  • Graduate Assembly Campus Affairs Vice President Dax Vivid (Title for ID purposes only. GA does not endorse candidates.)
  • ASUC Executive Vice President Alicia Lau (Title for ID purposes only. ASUC does not endorse.)
  • Graduate Assembly President Kena Hazelwood-Carter (Title for ID purposes only. GA does not endorse candidates.)
  • Graduate Assembly External Affairs Vice President Jonathan Morris (Title for ID purposes only. GA does not endorse.)

Individuos (6)

  • Former Berkeley Federation of Teachers President Barry Fike
  • Founder of the Daily Kos Markos Moulitsas
  • Professor of City Planning and Director, Urban Displacement Project Karen Chapple
  • Dorothy Walker, Community Activist
  • UC Berkeley Professor of Energy Daniel M. Kammen
  • Managing Director, Berkeley Rep Theater Susie Medak

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de LWV Berkeley/Albany/Emeryville (4)

If you are elected, what would you like to achieve during your term in office?
Respuesta de Ben Gould:

I would like to:

1. Create a new vision for the revitalization and renovation of Civic Center Park, and connect it with the rest of Downtown along with the BART Plaza and Shattuck Ave renovations. I want us to have a vibrant, walkable, welcoming Downtown with a diverse range of activities and opportunities. We're making progress, but still have a ways to go.

2. Tackle our housing affordability crisis through support for housing at all income levels near transit. We're woefully short on meeting our affordable housing needs for low-income residents, and need an all-of-the-above approach. But affordable housing can only help a handful of people, and we also need to find data-driven strategies for lowering rents across the board, to ensure a diverse and equitable future for our city.

3. Develop a regional, collaborative, housing-first approach to ending homelessness in Alameda County. We have to work together to make meaningful progress. I support widespread rapidly deployable tiny homes and micropads, co-located with services, to give people who are currently homeless the stability they need to get back on their feet.

4. Create a Climate Adaptation Plan to mitigate and prepare for the effects of climate change. Our Climate Action Plan has strategies for reducing our emissions, but climate change is real and we need to be prepared for droughts and flooding, rising sea levels, and more extreme weather. We need a long-term vision for the future of Berkeley.

What do you consider the most important issue facing the city?
Respuesta de Ben Gould:


Berkeley faces an unprecedented housing crisis. For students, seniors, teachers, nurses, low-income families, and too many others, finding housing they can afford is near impossible. Rapid job creation throughout the Bay Area is bringing in new workers faster than we are creating housing. The resulting shortage enables landlords to rent or sell only to the very highest bidders, leaving everyone else struggling to find homes they can afford. This is a regional issue, but there is still a lot we can do in Berkeley to help alleviate the problem.

To preserve our values of diversity, inclusiveness, and opportunity while addressing this housing shortage, I want to pursue an array of policies and build more housing for people at all income levels, focused along transit corridors. I will defend Berkeley’s tenant protections and push for improved zoning that establishes clear, consistent requirements, to encourage the creation of housing that meets high but achievable affordability and environmental standards. Our commercial and transit corridors offer ample opportunities for new housing that will help us achieve our affordability goals and enhance Berkeley’s community fabric, so we can do all of this while continuing to respect Berkeley’s architectural heritage and diverse neighborhoods.

This affordable housing is needed as part of a regional housing-first approach to addressing the root causes of homelessness. I will focus on expanding upon the success of the City’s Homeless Coordinated Entry (the “Hub”) by funding programs with a track record of success, reducing duplicative services, and strengthening a continuum of care. I will pursue creative solutions to provide housing for the homeless, including micro-units, tiny homes, and public-private partnerships. I will stand firmly against criminalizing homelessness, but encampments are not an acceptable solution – we need to keep our public spaces clean, safe, and welcoming for everyone.

How do you plan to balance the regional Planned Bay Area (ABAG/MTC) goals of Priority Development Areas (PDAs) with local needs of property owners, traffic/parking/congestion problems, and other local concerns?
Respuesta de Ben Gould:

I don't think the regional goals of PDAs are necessarily in conflict with the needs of property owners and other local concerns. If done right, new housing can bring significant community benefits, activating our streetscapes and making our major commercial corridors more vibrant and welcoming. Increasing density along our transit corridors, outside of the neighborhoods, can help drive improvements in transit and biking infrastructure, reducing automobile dependency for everyone and improving safety and air quality. Increased tax revenue can fund local city services - everything from libraries to parks - and, perhaps most importantly, can significantly help us in achieving our affordable housing goals to ensure a socioeconomically diverse community.


Considering the disintegration of local infrastructure, how can the city upgrade to meet the current regulatory requirements for clean air and for clean water discharge into the Bay?

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Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

I am a pragmatic progressive. I am driven by values of fairness, equity, and social justice; and my decision-making will be grounded in data, realism, and the perspectives of constituents. I’ve been endorsed by Dan Kammen, Distinguished Professor of Energy; and Professor Karen Chapple, Head of the Urban Displacement Project, because they believe I am the best candidate to translate policy ideas into practice.

I am a graduate student living in Downtown, and was born and raised in Berkeley. I understand the challenges faced not only by families and homeowners, but also by renters and young people. I believe that creating more housing across all income levels is essential to keeping Berkeley vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive. I will fight to create housing that gives students, young people, and low- and moderate-income families an equal opportunity to call Berkeley home.


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