About Len Raphael

Len Raphael at Oakland City Council

Len Raphael speaks at the Oakland City Council advocating for low-income home owner property tax refunds.

 

Len Raphael on Tea Time with Olive

 

 

Experience

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

Education

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)

Biography

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 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.
  • Encourage the Alameda County Registrar of Voters to arrange prepaid postage for all vote by mail ballots. Voting should be free and not require votes to find postage scales and miscellaneous stamps to avoid under or overpaying. Waste of voters' time better spent researching the issues, measures, and candidates.
  • Push the Secretary of State to streamline the vote by mail procedures. Might be years before we have secure internet voting, but there are ways we can move more of the applications and maybe even paper ballot printing online.  Too much paper shuffling, postage, and time. The cross-over presidential primary voting for independents was way too complicated.