Bates Wins, Measure S Fails

Mayor Tom Bates

Mayor Tom Bates won reelection this week, easily defeating leading opponent Kriss Worthington 55 percent to 21 percent. City Council winners were Darryl Moore ion District 2, Max Anderson in District 3,  Laurie Capitelli in District 5 and Susan Wengraf, who was unchallenged in District 6. Measure S, the controversial “sit-lie” ordinance,  has failed with a 51 percent “no” vote. Though some votes remain yet uncounted, results from Tuesday’s polls appear to have awarded a narrow loss to the measure. The measure had sought to ban sitting and lying on commercial sidewalks between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Still uncertain is the fate Measure T, which would change  zoning laws in West Berkeley to allow for flexible development and construction of 75-foot tall buildings. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters reported  Thursday that Measure T was failing 50.04 percent to 49.96 percent. The measure is losing by only 26 votes, and it will take several more days to count additional vote-by-mail and provisional ballots, voting officials said. Councilmember Jesse Arreguín, who campaigned against the measure, argued that the measure conferred economic benefits to people who wanted to develop in West Berkeley without guaranteeing any specific benefit to the community of people who live there. Mayor Tom Bates, who supported the measure, said it was “the most scurrilous campaign he had ever seen in Berkeley.”
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