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City of EmeryvilleCandidate for City Council

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Ally Medina

Healthcare Worker Organizer
2,121 votes (20.81%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Affordability: With limited housing stock, new developments are key. I will fight to increase the percentage of ‘affordable’ & ‘median’ priced housing stock in Emeryville and hold developers accountable to our vibrant community life.
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety: San Pablo is frankly scary to cross on foot. Providing protected bikeways on this corridor will improve bicyclist & pedestrian safety, increasing foot traffic and patronization of local business.
  • Parks: Increasing parks and open space is a benefit for community relationships, health, and property values. I will prioritize street level park space in new developments and advocate for mini parks in public spaces.



Profession:Regional Political Organizer for SEIU-UHW
Regional Political Director, SEIU-UHW (2016–current)
Member, Emeryville Parks and Recreation Committee — Appointed position (2016–current)
Executive Director, San Francisco Democratic Party (2012–2016)
Consultant`, California Bicycle Coalition (2013–2014)


University of California, Davis Bachelor of Arts (B.A), International Relations & Security Studies (2011)


Ally is a seasoned political organizer and advocate - for nearly 10 years, she’s worked to foster community engagement and advocate for policies that create a better quality of life for the communities she serves.  

Ally would like to bring her background in voter outreach and community engagement to fight for the issues most concerning to residents. With such a vibrant community life, our city will benefit from increased citizen oversight and input. If elected to Emeryville City Council, Ally will:

1. Fight to make Emeryville more affordable.

2. Look out for bicycle and pedestrian safety.

3. Prioritize parks and open space.

Prior to labor organizing, Ally served as the Executive Director of the San Francisco Democratic Party, where she spearheaded the largest voter registration program in the state. During that time, she also consulted for the California Bicycle Coalition, advocating for better bike infrastructure at the statewide level.


Ally holds a B.A. in International Relations & Security Studies from University of California, Davis.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (8)

  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • Alameda Labor Council
  • Sierra Club
  • RULE Residents United for a Livable Emeryville
  • Green Party of Alameda County
  • Alameda Firefighters Local 55
  • East Bay Women’s Political Caucus
  • Unite Here Local 2850

Elected Officials (2)

  • Mayor Dianne Martinez
  • Vice Mayor Scott Donahue

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters—Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville (4)

If you are elected, what would you like to achieve during your term in office?
Answer from Ally Medina:

I am running for Emeryville City Council because I believe I will be an effective leader on the key issues of affordability, availability of parks and open space, and safe transit options. My vision of Emeryville is to enhance the value of the small space we have, rather than a good option for commuting to surrounding cities. 



What do you consider the most important issue facing the city?
Answer from Ally Medina:

AffordabilityCost of living is key concern for all Bay Area residents and Emeryville is no exception. With limited housing stock, care in adding new developments is key. I will fight to increase the percentage of ‘affordable’ and ‘median’ priced housing stock in the city of Emeryville and make sure that developers maximize the community benefits of any new housing in our city.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety. In an under 2 square mile city, residents should be able to safely walk or bike anywhere in town. Unfortunately, our bike boulevards see too much car traffic going too fast for cyclists to feel safe. San Pablo is frankly scary to cross on foot. Having advocated for better bike infrastructure at a state level, I will apply that experience to improve Emeryville’s transit options. With the $4 million allocated for San Pablo revitalization from measure BB, our city needs to lead the Alameda Capital CTC Improvement Program for this area in demanding contiguous protected bikeways connecting Emeryville to the rest of Alameda county. Providing protected bikeways on this corridor will improve bicyclist and pedestrian safety, as well as increasing foot traffic and patronization of local business. 


Parks. Emeryville has significantly fewer acres of park space per 1,000 residents than surrounding communities. Improving the amount of parks and open space is a benefit for community relationships, health of residents and property values. I will prioritize street level park space in any new developments and seek to improve public spaces by advocating for mini parks and parklets that can add more green for residents to enjoy and play spaces for local families.

Question 3

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?

No answer provided.
Question 4

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?

No answer provided.

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