Berkeley voters appear to be happy with their city council as all three incumbents who faced challengers appeared headed toward victory, returns from a majority of precincts showed.
In District 2 on the city's west side, incumbent Darryl Moore, 51, who is seeking his third term, had 60 percent of the vote against Aldofo Cabral, 60, who is a retired supervisor with United Business Media, who won 11 percent of the vote and Denisha DeLane, 33, who works at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, who won 28 percent of the vote.
The issue looming largest in District 2 was Measure T, a ballot question asking voters whether the city should allow buildings up to 75 feet high on six large parcels west of San Pablo Avenue.
Moore favored Measure T, which appeared headed toward defeat with 50 percent of the vote against, saying it will bring jobs while DeLane and Cabral were against it, both fearing it would drive up rents for local artists and put pressure on affordable housing in the area.
In District 3, on the city's south side, incumbent Max Anderson, 63, also seeking his third term, had 60 percent of the vote against challenger Dmitri Belser, 54, who is the director for a nonprofit called Center for Accessible Technology.
Within their district on the south side of town, Anderson pointed to his work in helping get Derby Field developed for the Berkeley High baseball team, helping get the West Berkeley Library torn down and rebuilt, bringing a blood pressure clinic to the Over 60 Health Clinic and bringing an asthma screening and treatment program called the Breath Mobile to Malcolm X Elementary School.
Belser played up his work in developing the Ed Roberts Campus, a headquarters for nonprofits serving the disabled community at the Ashby BART station, as a major accomplishment that showcased his ability to bring a variety of groups together to complete a multimillion dollar project that brought jobs and impacted the local economy.
In District 5, City Council two-term incumbent Laurie Capitelli, 66, had 54 percent of the vote against Sophie Hahn, 48, a retired lawyer, who lost to Capitelli four years ago.
Capitelli said one of his most popular additions to his district were trees and benches on Solano Avenue and sidewalk "bulbouts," that make it easier for pedestrians and drivers to see each other at street crossings on Solano.
Hahn said she will be more inclusive of neighborhood groups and individual residents when making decisions. She pointed to her recent success in getting the City Council to pass, with no debate, an item allowing backyard gardeners to sell their produce without obtaining a permit, something that previously would have cost a gardener $3,000 and a year of waiting.