MOVING  OAKLAND  FORWARD Yes on Term Limits For City Council Yes on Budget Reform for  The City of Oakland By Friends of M...
Why Term Limits <ul><li>Oakland voters have already established term limits for the Oakland Mayor. </li></ul><ul><li>To en...
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  <ul><li>Of the largest California cities, Oakland is the  only   one without term limits for ...
Oakland Voters Overwhelmingly Support Term Limits
Support for Term Limits
WHAT SOLUTION  WORKS  FOR OAKLAND?  <ul><li>3 Terms  </li></ul><ul><li>1 Term= 4 Years </li></ul><ul><li>Total of 12 years...
Why Is Budget Reform Important? <ul><li>Most of our City’ s problems stem from budget dysfunction </li></ul><ul><li>What h...
WHAT CAN OAKLANDERS DO AT THE BALLOT BOX? <ul><li>General Purpose Fund Reserve Requirement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Already i...
What Else Can Oaklanders Do At The Ballot Box? <ul><li>Rainy Day Fund </li></ul><ul><li>A rules-based, forced savings acco...
What Would Have Happened If We’d Done This In 2000?
What can  YOU  do?  <ul><li>Support and sign the petition to reach 40,000 signatures needed  </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer y...
<ul><li>Special Thanks To:  </li></ul>TOLA Bruce Nye Joe Tuman  Friends of Make Oakland Better Now Nathan Stalnaker For Mo...
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  • Compared both statewide and nationally, Oakland City Councilors have one of the highest averages for years of service. Three council members are currently on their fourth term, and Councilman De La Fuente is serving for his fifth term, approaching two decades in office.
  • Say how in D2, people moved into different offices. Point out how people could have served longer, but decided to move on. Try D4 and At-large examples of Quan and Ogawa. Look at each district individually and go back only 30 years. Make sure to show how people just changed jobs. Use names as examples.
  • … cities which Oakland compares itself with to set standards for other public policy objectives/goals- I.e. budget, public works, etc This is not to say that the council itself isn’t performing at its best, but that the dynamic amongst the current councilors has resulted in stagnation
  • Yes on term limits and on budget reform

    1. 1. 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!
    2. 2. Why Term Limits <ul><li>Oakland voters have already established term limits for the Oakland Mayor. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>To ensure that the City Council allows for continued new leadership and fresh ideas to address the pressing problems facing the City of Oakland. </li></ul><ul><li>To ensure diversity of thought and experience on the Oakland City Council. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Oakland's Mayor is subject to term limits. Why not our city council?
    4. 4. Terms Served By Current Council Members
    5. 5. This is why Oakland Needs Term Limits
    6. 6. Oakland Is Behind The Times <ul><li>Of the largest California cities, Oakland is the only one without term limits for city council. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Oakland Voters Overwhelmingly Support Term Limits
    8. 8. Support for Term Limits
    9. 9. WHAT SOLUTION WORKS FOR OAKLAND? <ul><li>3 Terms </li></ul><ul><li>1 Term= 4 Years </li></ul><ul><li>Total of 12 years in office </li></ul><ul><li>No person shall serve more than 3 4-year terms, regardless of district represented, including Councilmember At-Large. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Why Is Budget Reform Important? <ul><li>Most of our City’ s problems stem from budget dysfunction </li></ul><ul><li>What has the City’s response been to fiscal good times? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the consequences in bad times? </li></ul><ul><li>Budget problems permeate everything the City does: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Police layoffs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No long-term planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unfixed potholes and unpaved streets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spending without accountability or metrics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A budgeting process that goes all year long </li></ul>
    11. 11. WHAT CAN OAKLANDERS DO AT THE BALLOT BOX? <ul><li>General Purpose Fund Reserve Requirement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Already in ordinance that City ignores </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7.5%- with phase-in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide for the unexpected at the beginning of the budget year, not from week-to-week </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. What Else Can Oaklanders Do At The Ballot Box? <ul><li>Rainy Day Fund </li></ul><ul><li>A rules-based, forced savings account </li></ul><ul><li>Takes effect post-recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Requires savings of 50% of Oakland’s increased revenues over 2007 levels, after inflation. </li></ul>
    13. 13. What Would Have Happened If We’d Done This In 2000?
    14. 14. What can YOU do? <ul><li>Support and sign the petition to reach 40,000 signatures needed </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer your time to collect signatures, host house parties, and further the campaign within your personal network </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>Special Thanks To: </li></ul>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

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