Yes on term limits and on budget reformPresentation Transcript
MOVING OAKLAND FORWARD Yes on Term Limits For City Council Yes on Budget Reform for The City of Oakland By Friends of Make Oakland Better Now! A Political Action Committee Sponsored By Make Oakland Better Now!
Why Term Limits
Oakland voters have already established term limits for the Oakland Mayor.
To encourage qualified candidates to seek public office by placing reasonable limitations upon the number of terms an individual may be elected to the City Council.
To ensure that the City Council allows for continued new leadership and fresh ideas to address the pressing problems facing the City of Oakland.
To ensure diversity of thought and experience on the Oakland City Council.
In the last twenty years only one incumbent Councilmember in Oakland has not won re-election. This lack of turnover among Councilmembers leads to stagnation and increased influence of special interests.
Oakland's Mayor is subject to term limits. Why not our city council?
Terms Served By Current Council Members
This is why Oakland Needs Term Limits
Oakland Is Behind The Times
Of the largest California cities, Oakland is the only one without term limits for city council.
Oakland Voters Overwhelmingly Support Term Limits
Support for Term Limits
WHAT SOLUTION WORKS FOR OAKLAND?
1 Term= 4 Years
Total of 12 years in office
No person shall serve more than 3 4-year terms, regardless of district represented, including Councilmember At-Large.
Why Is Budget Reform Important?
Most of our City’ s problems stem from budget dysfunction
What has the City’s response been to fiscal good times?
What are the consequences in bad times?
Budget problems permeate everything the City does:
No long-term planning
Unfixed potholes and unpaved streets
Spending without accountability or metrics
A budgeting process that goes all year long
WHAT CAN OAKLANDERS DO AT THE BALLOT BOX?
General Purpose Fund Reserve Requirement
Already in ordinance that City ignores
7.5%- with phase-in
Provide for the unexpected at the beginning of the budget year, not from week-to-week
What Else Can Oaklanders Do At The Ballot Box?
Rainy Day Fund
A rules-based, forced savings account
Takes effect post-recovery
Requires savings of 50% of Oakland’s increased revenues over 2007 levels, after inflation.
What Would Have Happened If We’d Done This In 2000?
What can YOU do?
Support and sign the petition to reach 40,000 signatures needed
Volunteer your time to collect signatures, host house parties, and further the campaign within your personal network
Donations: We are running an extraordinarily lean campaign, and have budgeted a plan to collect signatures for less than 1/3 the cost of the typical campaign. But we still need money to make it work.
Special Thanks To:
TOLA Bruce Nye Joe Tuman Friends of Make Oakland Better Now Nathan Stalnaker For More Information, you can reach us at: [email_address] [email_address] (720) 466-3385 (4MO-FFTL) Moving Oakland Forward