Monday, Oakland welcomed its new mayor, Libby Schaaf, it’s new City Auditor, Brenda Roberts, two new city council members, Alex Guillen and Annie Campbell Washington and re-elected city council member Desley Brooks. The inauguration ceremony, at Oakland’s Paramount Theater, was an upbeat, positive, optimistic event as such events rightly should be. But what’s important to Make Oakland Better Now! is this: Each of the newly elected officials, and Council Member Brooks, made specific promises. We believe they need to be held accountable for what they promised. So here, where it can be reviewed in the future, are clips of what each of these elected officials promised to the people of Oakland:
City Council Member Guillen (District 2)
City Council Member Washington (District 4)
City Council Member Brooks (District 6)
Oaklanders: remember what you saw here, and be prepared to hold all of our elected officials accountable.
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The new Mayor certainly works well as a cheerleader. In terms of her specific abilities to accomplish things in the many problem areas she mentioned, I don’t see anything going on. There are many problems and she expresses no sense that getting things done means setting priorities and keeping to them. She offers not a single specific goal that she will accomplish in any of the areas she mentions. All perfectly vague. She has no public safety plan to offer, no community policing plan, no housing plan, no displacement-prevention plan.
Perfect PR. The reality is, I’m afraid, business as usual for Oakland.
We now have a mayor who won via RCV without any muni union support of any kind. While council member she resisted employee raises that the majority approved.
We elected an auditor and two new council members who had the undivided backing of every major muni union.
Three out of four of the new finance committee are muni union backed council members.
It will be easy for all of the newly elected to blame other elected officials for not achieving election promises.
Len Raphael, CPA
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