The MOBN! Board endorses Ignacio De La Fuente for the Oakland City Council At-Large. We strongly encourage you to vote for Ignacio as your first choice for City Council At-Large in November. After careful consideration of all candidates, we based our endorsement upon the following points.
First, for several years Ignacio has shared our view that public safety must be a top priority for Oakland. But more than just talking about public safety, Ignacio has been willing to support and champion a variety of measures to public safety and attempt to reduce violent crime in the city. While he has not always had the support of other soon-to-be retiring members of the council, his leadership on this issue has been instructive of what he might accomplish, given the more influential post that comes with the At-Large seat.
Second, Ignacio believes (as do we) that there must be a comprehensive plan for public safety—one that incorporates and blends a variety of solutions that include a larger number of police officers and effective policies and social programs that get at the root causes of crime in our community. Like us, he too believes these policies and programs should be evidence-based, and measured by the standard of whether they actually result in decreasing violent crime.
Third, we are impressed by Ignacio’s commitment to our community. After all these years he continues to show real and enthusiastic passion for Oakland. We applaud this, and feel he may have a positive influence on the rest of the city council.
For all these reasons, we endorse Ignacio De La Fuente for City Council At-Large, and encourage you to vote for him in this election.