About Len Raphael

Len Raphael on Tea Time with Olive




Certified Public Accountant
Owner of public accounting firm, Raphael & Associates (1986–current) 


Golden Gate — MS, Taxation (1984)
UC Berkeley — BS, Accounting (1981)
College of Alameda — AA, accounting (1979)

Community Activities

Treasurer, Coalition for Police Accountability (2015–current)
Public Advocate for Low-Income and Senior homeowner Parcel Tax Refunds, Oakland Homeowners (2015–current)
Co-Chairperson, A Safer Temescal (2013–2015)
Runner up Oakland City Auditor race, Oakland (2014–2014)


Len Raphael, CPA, MS, Certified Fraud Specialist long time Oakland resident and Brooklyn NY native. A former Berkeley resident of both the flats and the top of Panoramic Way. I earned accounting/tax degrees from Berkeley and GGU, and studied sociology at Columbia.

Actively engaged in civic activities at both the neighborhood and city wide level.

Frequent blogger and occasional speaker before the Oakland City Council on Oakland municipal finance, police accountability, and electronic survelliance issues.

Former Treasurer of Temple Beth Abraham, and ex youth soccer manager. Member of the Association of Government Accountants and the Metropolitan Greater Oakland Democratic Club.

Endorsed By Your Neighbors

  • Julie and John Brusseau, Albany
  • Eva and Ben Raphael, Albany
  • Julie Bennett, Berkeley
  • Carol Bloomstein, Berkeley
  • Charles Drexler, Berkeley
  • Charley Kobata, Berkeley
  • Carol Valentino, Berkeley
  • Harry Linssen, Montclair Oakland
  • Carolyn Burgess, North Hills Oakland
  • Sherlyn Chew, Oakland educator
  • Jean M. Brown, former MGO Democratic Club Membership Chair
  • Marty Price, Oakland activist
  • Paula Hawthorne, Rockridge Oakland
  • Karen Ivy, Rockridge Oakland public safety activist
  • Emilio and Patricia Cruz Sr, Temescal Oakland
  • David Arpi, Piedmont
  • Marcia and Andy Wasserman, Piedmont
  • Margarita Lacabe, incumbent ACDCC AD 18. Full text


My Top Priorities

  • Ask all Democratic candidate to pledge their support of Senate Bill 1286 which would reform the set of laws known as the Police Officer's Bill of Rights. Currently those laws protect bad cops and undermine the public trust in our police officers.

  • Broaden the financial contribution base of the Alameda Central Committee. We're too dependent on funding from incumbents and a small number of unions. That can make it hard for the ACDCC to endorse candidates based on qualification.

  • Only after this November election, repeal the super delegate system for presidential nominations. The rules were changed in the early 1980's by party regulars who blamed Nixon's election and re-election on grassroots activists.
  • Push the Secretary of State to implement internet voting. If the IRS and California allows filing tax returns over the internet, California can lead the way on internet voting. Eliminate all this needless paper shuffling, postage, and hanging chads.