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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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City CouncilCity of OaklandAt LargeNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

City of OaklandCity CouncilAt Large

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  • 100% of precincts reporting (279/279).

About this office

Members of the city council draft and vote on city laws and appoint certain municipal officers and employees.
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Oakland City Councilmember, At-Large
83,365 votes (52.1%)Winning
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  • Police Reform: Greater community oversight of police and improve hiring practices.
  • Addressing Our Affordability Crisis: Continue to increase renter protections and affordable housing.
  • Safer Communities: Continue my work like banning coal and passing gun legislation.
Profession:Oakland City Councilmember
City Councilmember, Oakland (2008current)

As a Councilmember, I’ve fought to protect and strengthen our community.  I led efforts to protect renters from displacement, expand affordable housing, support community oversight of our police department, protect our community from coal, and crack down on illegal guns. Here is more information on my accomplishments:

For Safer Neighborhoods

No Coal in Oakland– Rebecca helped to get the Oakland City Council to ban the loading and storage of coal in our community.

Gun Control– She passed gun legislation including banning leaving guns loose in unattended vehicles where they can easily be stolen, and added funding to crack down on shootings and illegal gun dealing.

For a Stronger Community

Police Accountability– Kaplan helped to fight for a strong police oversight commission, and authored a proposal to hire more people from Oakland, and address the under-representation of women, LGBT people, and people of color in our police department.

Protecting Renters– As housing displacement is hurting our community, Kaplan authored a Measure for the November ballot to protect renters from excessive rent increases and wrongful evictions.

For a Dynamic City

Uptown Bike Station and Broadway Shuttle– Rebecca launched and secured funding for the Uptown Bike Station at 19th St, and the Free Broadway Shuttle that serves the core of Oakland and connects vital destinations to BART, Amtrak, the Ferry, and more.

Fixing our transportation infrastructure– Kaplan helped write and pass Measure BB to expand pothole repair, increase transit service, provide free bus passes for our school kids, improve bicycle and pedestrian safety, and create thousands of good-paying local jobs.

New Industries– Kaplan leads Oakland’s successful effort to legalize, tax, and regulate cannabis, and has passed laws to enable backyard gardens, mobile food vending, and other sustainable industries.

  • Loni Hancock, California State Senator
  • Sierra Club
  • Democratic Party of Alameda County
  • Rebecca Saltzman, BART Board Director
  • Sandré Swanson, Former California Assemblymember
  • Scott Haggerty, Alameda County Board of Supervisors
  • Keith Carson, Alameda County Board of Supervisors
  • Eric Mar, City and County of San Francisco Supervisor
  • Dan Kalb, Oakland City Councilmember
  • Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Oakland City Councilmember
  • Noel Gallo, Oakland City Councilmember
  • Larry Reid, Oakland City Councilmember
  • Annie Campbell Washington, Oakland City Councilmember
  • Jim Prola, San Leandro Vice Mayor
  • Trish Spencer, Alameda Mayor
  • Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Alameda Vice Mayor
  • Jumoke Hinton-Hodge, Oakland Unified School District Member
  • Sheila Jordan, Former Alameda County Superintendent of Schools
  • Corina Lopez, Democratic Central Committee
  • Andy Katz, East Bay Municipal Utility District Director
  • Doug Linney, East Bay Municipal Utility District Director
  • Liz Figueroa, Former California State Senator
  • Don Perata, Former State Senator
  • Jim Frazier, California Assemblymember, Chair, Transportation Committee
  • Rob Bonta, California Assemblymember
  • Bob Wieckowski, California State Senator
  • Mario Juarez, Democratic Central Committee
  • Oakland Justice Coalition
  • Alameda Labor Council
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)
  • Oakland Firefighters IAFF Local 55
  • Wellstone Democratic Club
  • John George Democratic Club
  • League of Conservation Voters East Bay
  • Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) Action
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • California Nurses Association
  • Building & Construction Trades Council of Alameda County, AFL-CIO
  • Van Jones, Prominent Social Justice and Environmental Advocate
  • Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Sr., Emeritus Pastor, Allen Temple
LWVO Videos — October 23, 2016 League of Women Voters Oakland
Email kaplanforoakland@gmail.com
Political Community Organizer
31,925 votes (19.9%)
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  • Affordable Housing: As a renter, I support a mixture of affordable and market rate development because we need to tackle the housing shortage that is the root cause of spiraling rents.
  • Community Investments & Jobs: I believe that the pathway to community prosperity starts when individuals have the training, encouragement and support not just to find jobs, but to thrive in them, as well as to open up their own businesses.
  • Public Safety & Rebuilding Trust: I will forcefully advocate for community policing and the expansion of restorative justice practices that build trust and heal communities citywide.
Profession:Community Organizer/Advocate

For more than 25 years, Peggy has worked to empower communities across Oakland while fighting for social and economic justice. Peggy has launched and led several local LGBTQ and African-American organizations, served as Senior Advisor to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf in charge of community engagement, and as California Political Director for the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama (2008, 2012) and Hillary Clinton (2016).

As a renter, Peggy appreciates firsthand that Oakland faces an affordability crisis. As a community organizer, Peggy also recognizes that Oakland's challenges are so big and complex that it will take all of us working together to solve them in a way that preserves our social and economic diversity.

If elected to the City Council, Peggy will partner with the Mayor, other Councilmembers and stakeholders across the city to develop solutions to our housing crisis and restore trust in public safety. Peggy also will leverage her local, state and federal relationships to attract new resources to the city that allow us to grow without displacing longstanding Oaklanders.

Peggy is proud to live and work in Oakland, and she is grateful to have had the opportunity to marry her incredible wife, Hope Wood, in the city she loves.

  • Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
  • Transport Oakland
  • East Bay Times
  • Lori Droste
  • Gabriel Quinto
  • Jody London
  • Nate Miley
  • Laurie Capitelli
  • EQCA Equality California
  • Transport Oakland
  • East Bay Rental Housing Association (EBRHA)
  • East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club
  • East Bay Forward
  • Sharon Ball
  • Michael Colbruno
  • Pat Kernihan

I am running for Oakland City Council At-Large to make Oakland more affordable, restore trust in public safety and uplift our diverse neighborhoods through engaged, collaborative governance.

 

Oakland is a dynamic city alive with opportunities, but we also face major challenges in finding ways to continue to grow while preserving our social and economic diversity. For too long, our leaders have failed to act with sufficient urgency, creativity and cooperation to address these challenges.

 

It’s time to change the way we do business on the Oakland City Council and across our government, and that starts by building the personal relationships and public will necessary to reach consensus on key issues.


If elected to the Council, I will partner with the Mayor, other Councilmembers and stakeholders across the city to find solutions that work for everyone. I will hold monthly meetings out in our communities to actively seek out the concerns and ideas of constituents. And I will leverage my local, state and federal relationships to attract new resources to Oakland that allow us to grow without displacing longtime residents.

— October 1, 2016 Moore for Oakland

30-second video introducing Peggy Moore, her experience, and her vision for Oakland

LWVO Videos — October 23, 2016 League of Women Voters Oakland
Civil Rights Attorney
27,342 votes (17%)
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  • To fund and implement proven affordable housing solutions for mid and low-income families and transitional housing for homeless populations.
  • To support and expand violent crime prevention programs such as the Ceasefire Program. To bring together the community, the police and city government to repair and redefine community/police relations.
  • Repair the community's faith in city government to provide world class services on an equitable basis.
Profession:Civil Rights Attorney-Retired
Law Professor, Peking Law School, Beijing, China, (20042013)
Adjunct Professor,Executive Director Berkeley Law/Peking Law Exchange, UC Hastings College of Law (20042013)
Attorney, Law offices of Bruce Quan (19792004)
1971 - 1975 University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1964 - 1971 University of California, Berkeley. BA, BA, JD, Zoology, Sociology, and Asian American Studies, Law (1975)

I believe in the greatness of Oakland.  

We celebrate diversity. We take pride in being social justice leaders. And we keep it real.

This city has shaped my life and given me so many opportunities.  Now, it is my turn to give back.  I want to see Oakland stand on the cutting edge, offering innovative solutions to protect our residents and deliver the basic services that we all deserve.

Oakland can serve as a model for other cities to emulate. 

But to get there, we will need to make real change happen.  And that is why I have decided to run for City Council--to shake up a broken system in order to deliver results that will get Oakland moving forward.

This is my pledge to you.

The reason I feel so passionately about our city is simple: Oakland's history traces the roots of my family tree.

 

Oakland Is Family.

In 1906, after the Great San Francisco Earthquake, my great-grandfather played a major role in the rebuilding of San Francisco and was one of the many co-founders of our current Chinatown in Oakland. My father was a fifty-five year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 595. And I am the product of the Oakland public school system. I attended Lakeview Elementary, Westlake Middle School, and segregated Montera Middle School and Skyline High School.

The city of Oakland has given my family so much. It has inspired us with its sense of community and provided us with opportunity to achieve the American dream.

And I have a vision to make Oakland a safer, cleaner, more just city that treats everyone with respect.

I want to see Oakland return to its status as a mecca of art life.  It was not that long ago that our city flourished with a vibrant, diverse arts scene—attracting legends like the Fabulous Ballads, Etta James, and Claude Clark Sr. Today, Oakland still stands as one of the most diverse cities in the United States. However, Oakland’s mainstream reputation does not reflect its rich history or the social justice movements that make it the unique city we call home. 

 

Putting Community First.

Since I was a young organizer at U.C. Berkeley--where I earned undergraduate degrees in Zoology, Sociology, and Asian American Studies, and a law degree from the Berkeley Law School--I believed in the power of the collective. I served as one of the chief negotiators leading to the founding of the Ethnic Studies Department at U.C. Berkeley. As student body president and spokesperson for the nine campus student body presidents council (SBPC), I championed environmental justice, initiated childcare for single mothers, advocated for the diversification of academia, and promoted increased funding for student outreach programs in minority and low income communities in the Bay Area. I never hesitated to lean into uncomfortable situations and step forward into leadership and decision making roles to challenge to systemic inequalities.

My commitment to diversity, political accountability, and inclusion did not stop there. As an attorney, I worked as the Assistant General Counsel for the Redevelopment Agency of the City of San Jose where I had a chance to enact regional policies that helped improve the daily lives of thousands of Californians.

I am also proud to have to have served as interim City Attorney for the City of Alameda, a position whose duties made me responsible for all legal matters involving the municipality.

My work to further civil rights has been the fulcrum of my life's work.  As general counsel of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), a national civil rights group based in Washington, I took on national cases of violence against communities of color. This work motivated me to co-found a law firm Katz, Quan, and Kors with its respective members to defend the civil liberties of the HIV positive and LGBT community members. From the late nineties until the time of my retirement, I served on the board of multiple committees that advanced fair international governance and trade agreements. Throughout those years, I traveled between Beijing and California, teaching as a visiting Associate Professor at Peking University Law School and as an Adjunct Professor at U.C. Hastings College of Law.

 

Coming Full Circle.

Now, with all the life lessons and rich family history that Oakland has offered me, it is my turn to give back to the city that I love.

I am excited to be working on a number of projects in the city to bring thousands of jobs and affordable housing to Oakland residents. As your neighbor, I volunteer with the Chinese Coalition as well as Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) to address issues of housing displacement, youth civic leadership, and criminal justice for minorities.

My Friday nights are spent with Ceasefire “Stop Gun Violence” in East Oakland. And I currently serve as a council member for the 200 Project, an organization comprised of two hundred multi-sectoral community leaders who advocate for a state-wide housing program that addresses the local barriers to homeownership for minorities and families of color.

I can do more.  And I want to bring a reform-minded agenda to City Hall that makes use of my experience, background and skills to build multi-sectoral coalitions.  

We need to bring about change in Oakland and transform the city to one of unity and empowerment. With the power of your vote, we can rebuild Oakland’s broken systems around affordable housing, public safety, and equitable workforce development. We can create better solutions that improve the quality of life for all and make Oakland a livable city for everyone.

I am asking for your support - ideological, fiscal, networking, campaigning - but most importantly - your vote. I welcome you to join me on this exciting journey. Please vote for me in the November 8, 2016 election as your at-large city council representative.

Rooted in Oakland,

Bruce

LWVO Videos — October 23, 2016 League of Women Voters Oakland
Carpenter
11,593 votes (7.2%)
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  • Bring Oakland's money home. Charter a Public Bank of Oakland. Our deposits could be invested to build housing or for loans to small local start-ups.
  • Bring restorative justice and real police reform to the people of Oakland.
  • Life enrichment and environmental justice for all communities.
Profession:Carpenter, tradesman, Chairperson, Oakland's Cannabis Regulatory Commission
  • Max Allstadt
  • Trevor Latham
  • Alameda County Green Party
Candidate Forums — October 23, 2016 League of Women Voters Oakland
Tax Preparer
5,799 votes (3.6%)
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  • Jobs and sales tax base businesses building for sustainable economic growth
  • Public Safety which entails safe neighborhoods, magnet for business relocation and strengthening the public school curriculum to entail shop and home economic programs.
  • Complete outside audit of the City of Oakland, Port and OUS leading to fiscal accountability.
Profession:Tax Preparer
Tax Preparer/Owner, Self Employed (1974current)
Board member, Community Policing Advisory Board (CPAB) — Appointed position (20162008)
CAlifornia State University Hayward (CSUH) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), History (1970)
Merritt College Associate of Arts (AA), Liberal Arts (1968)
Chair, Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) (2001current)
Steering Committee, Neighborhood Watch (NW) (2012current)
Board member, Urban Relief (20102014)
  • All my endorsements are from residents from across Oakland...No one person stands above the rest.
1.
Balancing Competing Requests

 

As the at-large councilmember, describe your role to help the City Council balance what may be competing requests from different neighborhoods or districts?

 

Answer from Nancy Sidebotham:

Most of the issues in Oakland are based on basic necessities and should be addressed as such.  I would work to bring concensus at the council level that though seven of the members represent a district that in order for Oakland to work as a city the whole city needs to have the issues addressed and not play favorites.  

2.
A Voice at the Table

How would you assure that everyone gets a voice at the table, including those neighborhoods that may not have strong voices to lobby at City Hall?

 

Answer from Nancy Sidebotham:

As the At Large representative I would reach out via Social Media, go the the various neighborhoods meetings, work with the Council member in each of the Districts, do a mailer to all households once or twice a year asking for feedback on issues that may concern them and letting them know that my phone and office s always available to them.  

3.
Local Ballot Measures

Which of these local Oakland ballot measures do you think is the most critical one; why do you choose that one? 

a) Tax on distribution of sugar-sweetened beverages,

b) Just Cause Ordinance amendment,

c) Infrastructure bond/affordable housing,

d) Citizen police commission

Answer from Nancy Sidebotham:

I don't agree with any of them.  Because I believe they are being approached with a knee jerk reactionary thought process.  If I where to pick one, it would be the infrastructure one but not include the affordable housing.  I also do not believe that continuing to tax home owners is the right way to raise money.  Oakland has the highest property taxes in the County and yet with all the funds raised there is little to show for accomplishments.   Infrastructure has been neglected for years and yet we have been paying for it for years.  

Oakland needs jobs and businesses with a sales tax base in order to function at a level that can compete with surrounding comunities.  Oakand relies on grants and the over taxing of it's Property owners and what businesses exist.  

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