Meet Deborah Matthews
Candidate for District 3, South Berkeley
Deborah Gets It Done!
A vote for Deborah Matthews is a vote for:
Leadership advancing reforms that will uplift all South Berkeley residents. Build mixed-income housing at the Ashby Bart station. Bring new jobs to our local community, provide training certification for the formerly incarcerated and anyone ready to work for new opportunities and a better wage. I demand all non-profit organizations be held 100% transparent and provide on-going fiscal accountability and measurable goals achieved for funding allocations received from the City of Berkeley. We must re-establish the most effective ways to serve the residents of Berkeley in these changing times.
Experience in creating opportunities for Berkeley entrepreneurs and small, locally owned businesses. Re-established the West Berkeley International Marketplace Community Organization (30 + businesses serving the needs of West Berkeley residents), I championed major clean-up revitalization projects along the San Pablo Corridor to rid the streets, sidewalk, and bus stop of trash and debris making the area safe and enjoyable for all pedestrians and shoppers.
Compassion for South Berkeley residents experiencing disrespect and community disinvestment. I will deliver new housing that will guarantee the first right of refusal for very low and affordable housing to former South Berkeley residents, with an emphasis on addressing and protecting the needs of the African American community who have been denied housing and displaced here in Berkeley.
Vision of a South Berkeley that works for everyone and tackles the tough issues. We must implement immediate reform to systemic racism, social and economic injustice, and the lack of inclusive leadership, with equitable policies and an action plan with goals and timelines that will realize this vision. South Berkeley is the community of historical diversity that gave to the City of Berkeley one of it's most valued national hallmarks, Berkeley, the city of Diversity & Inclusion. However, Berkeley has not lived up to that name by honoring, protecting, and providing for South Berkeley. The community of South Berkeley has experienced disinvestment for more than 50 years. I call for an investment of one-hundred-million dollars in the community of South Berkeley, over the next 10 years to support; education, equitable small business development, homeownership opportunities, infrastructure needs, local job training, and certification programs, along with targeted technological support for our most underserved children. Direct access to broadband internet through collaboration with non-profit housing organizations. Resources and computer tools provided to every student to embrace their brilliance and educational goals. Provide protections to our long-term community elders on fixed incomes with property tax waivers to safeguard them from skyrocketing increases of property tax.
Deborah has integrity, ethics and skills to lead
Co-Founder, South Berkeley Now! Community Organization
Commissioner, Alameda County Arts Commission
Chair, Zoning Adjustments Board | City of Berkeley
Chair, Housing Commission | City of Berkeley
Vice-Chair, Planning Commission | City of Berkeley
Fundraising Director, Martin Luther King Jr. Early Childhood Development Center
Volunteer, Ashby Village Senior Community
President, Berkeley Democratic Club
University of California Berkeley, Wesley House
Merritt College Department of Real Estate
Downtown Berkeley YMCA
Founder," The Matthews House," Transitional Home for formerly incarcerated
Low-Income housing for formerly incarcerated, Housing Developer,
Oakland & The World Enterprises (non-profit)
Deborah has driven many small business and organization projects city-wide to completion through focused advocacy, commission leadership and targeted community engagement:
Ed Roberts Campus, Adeline Street
Lemat Ethiopian Restaurant, Adeline Street
Sundays at Wat Mongkolratanaram Buddhist Temple, MLK Jr. Way
Berkeley Congregational Bethel, Oxford Avenue
Citi Sport Fitness Center, San Pablo Avenue
BioFuel Oasis, Sacramento Street
MoJoe's Cafe, Sacramento Street
John Muir Health Facility, San Pablo Avenue
Mable Howard Housing, Alcatraz Avenue
Harper Crossing Senior Housing, Adeline Street
Honda Service Center, Shattuck Avenue
Sacramento Senior Homes, Sacramento Street
Tarea Hall Pittman Library, MLK Jr. Way
Sports Basement South Berkeley, Grant Street
Berkeley Bowl West, Ninth Street
Parker Place Housing, Shattuck Avenue
Higby Apartments, San Pablo Avenue
Margaret Breland Housing, San Pablo Avenue
Lifelong Medical Center, Sixth Street
West Berkeley International Marketplace small businesses (WBIM), San Pablo Avenue
Per Berkeley Public Finance regulations, we cannot accept donations over $50.00 All donations are made directly to Deborah for Berkeley City Council 2020 (FPPC # 1424678). Donations are not tax deductible.
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