About the Candidate
Leah Simon-Weisberg, a housing attorney, was born in Berkeley, CA. She currently serves as vice chair of the Berkeley Rent Board. In 2019, Simon-Weisberg represented Moms 4 Housing in court, arguing that housing is a human right and that people should be able to live in empty corporate-owned homes. According to campaign materials, Simon-Weisberg is running for re-election because she believes that everyone has a right to safe, secure, decent, and affordable housing.
Simon-Weisberg’s priorities for Berkeley renters include dismantling systemically racist structures, like redlining, and preventing displacement and gentrification that continues to target Black residents, as well as other people of color.
Simon-Weisberg’s plans include extending rent control to new units, establishing a cap on the manipulated inflation of the market, and ensuring that policies put community needs over developers’ needs
Simon-Weisberg is endorsed by a strong majority of progressive groups in the district, such as the East Bay Young Democrats, ACCE, SEIU Local 1021, and the Sierra Club. At this time, Simon-Weisberg does not have any problematic endorsements and has not electronically filed campaign contributions. According to our analysis, Leah Simon-Weisberg is a strong choice for equitable and representative leadership in office.