Monthly Meeting – Redevelopment

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REDEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS:BOON OR BOONDOGGLE?

Thursday, March 17th, 7:30 p.m.,
Dimond Library, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland

Academic, television commentator and recent mayoral candidate Joe Tuman will discuss the pros and cons of Redevelopment Districts, which have been used extensively in Oakland.   As we know, Governor Jerry Brown (who used Redevelopment a lot for projects he advocated as mayor) is proposing that such districts be abolished in California.   Come and learn
  • What these districts are and how they function;
  • What benefits do they provide for cities like Oakland?
  • What are the disadvantages of these districts?
  • What choices do we have in CA to save money but still provide benefits to cities?

Board Retreat

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The MGO Board will hold a retreat this Saturday, January 22, 2011 from 11 AM to approximately 3 PM to discuss general Club issues and strategy.  As with all Board meetings, this meeting is open to the membership, but please contact Joe Trapp, MGO President, at (510) 652-6616, if you wish to attend.
The meeting will be held at the home of Joe Trapp at 3508 Richmond Boulevard in Oakland, near the intersection of Broadway and MacArthur Boulevard.  Please note, that the home has approximately 25 front steps!
We will resume regular meetings at the Dimond Library in February, on the third Thursday night of each month.  Board meetings will be held the following Monday nights at Piedmont Gardens.

September 30 Endorsements

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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.

Next Endorsement Meeting – Sept 30

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Due to a conflict with the League of Women Voters of Oakland Mayoral Candidates Forum on September 23, 2010, we must reschedule our 2nd Fall 2010 Endorsement Meeting to:

Thursday, September 30th, 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

The tentative schedule will be:

Oakland Mayor:  10 Candidates (7 Democrats), 7:00 to 7:50
City Auditor:  2 Candidates, 7:50 to 8:00
Oakland City Council District 4:  7 Candidates, 8:00 to 8:35
Oakland School Board District 4:  2 Candidates (1 Democrat), 8:35 to 8:45
Peralta College District 3:  2 Candidates, 8:45 to 8:55
Peralta College District 5:  2 Candidates (1 Democrat), 8:55 to 9:05
Club Discussion of Candidates

  • This time, we will supply pizza!

Dimond Library Directions: 

By car, 580 east to the Fruitvale Avenue exit.  Turn left onto Fruitvale Avenue.  580 West to Coolidge Avenue/Fruitvale Avenue exit, merge onto Montana Street and turn right at Fruitvale Avenue.

By AC Transit, take 53, 57, or NL to Fruitvale Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard.

By BART, exit at the Fruitvale Station.  AC Line 53 up Fruitvale to MacArthur.  Walk east (towards the hills) one block.  The library is on the left across from Safeway.

Sept 16 Endorsement Results

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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.