The MGO Democratic Club has made the following ballot measure voting endorsements for the Nov. 15th mail-in election in Oakland:
Shall the Oakland City Charter be amended to return the City Attorney to an appointed position?YES – Measure I (needs 2/3 vote)
Shall the City of Oakland establish a five year temporary fiscal emergency parcel tax to preserve essential city services, including fire, police services, and police technology, youth violence prevention, library, services, parks and recreation, and street repair, by establishing an $80 parcel tax for single-family homes and specified amounts for multi-family and commercial properties with an exemption for low-income households?
YES- Measure J
Shall the Charter be amended to allow the City of Oakland to change the deadline for fully funding its Police and Fire Retirement Plan to a new financially responsible deadline?
From Joe Trapp, Club President:
First, I want to thank all of those who attended and voted, and all of the candidates who came to speak.
Five members of our Executive Board met tonight and counted all of the ballots, following our ranked choice voting procedures.
By the Club’s Bylaws, we do not release the actual vote tallies.
Here are the results for September 30th, 2010:
- Oakland Mayor – No candidate received 60% of the votes, therefore no candidate receives the Club endorsement.
- Oakland City Auditor – The Club endorses Courtney Ruby.
- Oakland City Council, District 4 – No candidate received 60% of the votes, therefore no candidate receives the Club endorsement.
- Oakland Unified School District District 4 – The Club endorses Gary Yee.
- Peralta Community College District Trustee District 3 – No candidate received 60% of the votes, therefore no candidate receives the Club endorsement.
- Peralta Community College District Trustee District 5 – The Club endorses Willam Riley.
Here are the results for September 16th, 2010:
Oakland City Council, District 2 – No candidate received 60% of the votes, therefore no candidate receives the Club endorsement.
Oakland City Council, District 6 – Club endorses Nancy Sidebotham
Superior Court, Judge Seat 9 – No candidate received 60% of the votes, therefore no candidate receives the Club endorsement.
BART, District 4 – Club endorses Robert Rayburn
AC Transit, At Large – Club endorses Joel Young
AC Transit, Ward 3 – Club endorses Elsa Ortiz
Measure F, Alameda County Transit Improvement Measure – Club Supports
Measure L, Oakland Student Achievement, Support, and Safety – Club Supports
Measure X, Oakland Cannabis Tax – Neither position received 60% of the votes, therefore the Club takes no position.
Measure W, Oakland Telephone Tax – Club Supports
Measure W, Telephone Tax – Club Supports
Measure BB, Oakland Restore Safety Services and Amend Measure Y – Neither position received 60% of the votes, therefore the Club takes no position.
State Proposition 18, Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act – The State has removed from ballot.
State Proposition 19, Legalizes Marijuana – The Club Supports
State Proposition 20, Redistricting of Congressional Districts – The Club Opposes
State Proposition 21, $18 Vehicle License Surcharge – The Club Supports
State Proposition 22, Prohibits State from taking funds used for Transportation – The Club Supports
State Proposition 23, Suspends Air Pollution Control Laws – The Club Opposes
State Proposition 24, Repeals Legislation that allows businesses to carry back losses – The Club Supports
State Proposition 25, Changes legislative vote requirement to pass a budget to simple majority – The Club Supports
State Proposition 26, Increases legislative vote requirement to two-thirds for local levies and charges – The Club Opposes
State Proposition 27, Eliminates state commission on redistricting – Neither position received 60% of the votes, therefore the Club takes no position.
1931 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612 (at the intersection with19th Street and next to the 19th Street BART Station)
Campaign Phone Number: (510) 893-3842
Day Shift: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Evening Shift: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
They are open every day from 9:30 AM to 10:00 PM, and encourage MGO Members to volunteer at the office.
EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING – PHONE BANKING AT OAKLAND UDC.
Wednesdays are Jerry Brown volunteer days at the Oakland UDC. We will try to get as many folks as possible to phone bank every Wednesday from 5-8PM.
To sign up, please go to http://my.jerrybrown.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/v2/?event_KEY=19326
EVERY SUNDAY – CANVASSING FOR BROWN WITH OAKLAND UDC.
Sundays are Jerry Brown canvassing again with the Oakland UDC from 3PM-8PM. Please be prompt.
To sign up, please go to http://my.jerrybrown.org/o/5749/p/salsa/event/common/public/v2/?event_KEY=19327
Contact Heather Bourbeau at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
by Joe Trapp, President
First of all I want to thank Judy Cox for her service as MGO President these last few years. Judy has represented us all well, within the group and outside, with great dignity and patience. I last served as President of MGO in 2001-2002.
A few years before, I ran for East Bay Municipal Utility District, Ward 3. As anyone knows who has run for competitive office, and as those who are running now for the first time are finding out, besides draining your bank account, the work takes up much of your time and mental, emotional, and physical effort. Fundraising and cultivating political allies can be treacherous ground, and one sees how easy it is for politicians to lose their way during a campaign. Maintaining integrity 100% without making enemies is impossible, and most normal people do not wish to make any enemies!
And, as we have learned from the internet age, most people do not naturally handle political conflict gracefully (perhaps we look back upon not a more civilized era, but one that was publically handled by the experts in civic diplomacy). Campaigns do generate a certain amount of energy, especially as Election Day approaches, but the act of campaigning is ultimately emotionally draining. So, from those of us who have done it before, to those who are running now, we understand how difficult it can all be.
But please remember, it also is the best job interview for actually doing the work of an elected representative, and those hours spend knocking on doors, calling, and interviewing, do give the prospective elected official feedback on whether or not their ideas and methods are accepted by the general public. That Oakland and its neighbors comprise a solid Democratic Party area is no great secret. Republican candidates rarely contest an election here. That fact acknowledged, we have a hard time blaming the Republicans if we blow it here, and many of us feel that Oakland is not what it could be.
Oakland is a Democratic town; if we believe in progressive principals, and want to see them flower and succeed, this is the place to start. Failure, for the greater part, is our own fault. Certainly, Oakland has its set of challenges: we have many, poor, marginally skilled people, and the margin for error in governing this City is less than richer, smaller towns. Certainly, this City has progressed some since I first moved here in 1989: our neighborhood shopping and dining districts, for one, have definitely become destinations the past few years.
But there are core problems that have seen small and ephemeral progress: public safety, education, and the general advancement for each succeeding generation in Oakland. Beyond progressive pronouncements during the campaign, we need honest governing and effective execution. We need governing that is not afraid of admitting and learning from mistakes. We need leaders who always put the greater good first, regardless of the affect on their political futures. We need civility and leadership, so that the people of Oakland will feel proud of not just of what can be, but of those who we elect as leaders.
Of course, we do see these qualities at least some of the time, from at least some of our leaders. We just need more of it – as much of it as we can get. Many of us may not wish to acknowledge this, but politics takes skill and natural ability – like hitting a baseball or playing a ukulele. Some people are both born and driven to pursue this craft. To those locally who do posses this gift (and to those who don’t but somehow end up elected anyway!) all we can ask, is that when elected, that you treat your office as a sacred trust; if you do, we can forgive your missteps.
For Thursday, September 16, MGO will host the candidates for Oakland City Council, Alameda Count County Supervisor, East Bay Regional Parks, BART and EBMUD. We will also discuss the State and Local ballot measures.
For Thursday, September 23, MGO will host the candidates for Oakland Mayor, City Auditor, and Oakland School Board.
Both meetings will be at the Dimond Library in Oakland.