Mayor, Mayor, Mayor. Everywhere I go, people want to talk to me about the freaking Mayor’s race. Who is running? Who has a chance? Who has no chance? How will IRV impact the election? So-and-so should team up with so-and-so and ask their supporters to make the other one their number two vote. Who will have the ability to make this or that happen?
Get a grip, people. The election is not until November. There will be plenty of opportunities to fret about who is going to be Mayor over the next seven months. Elections are a pain. I don’t see what the point is in starting them any earlier than strictly necessary.
But since everyone else seems eager to talk about it, I thought I’d offer a little rundown of your choices, as they stand today. Keep in mind, of course, that there are still like thirty weeks before the election and several months before even the filing deadline.
Don Perata was an Alameda County Supervisor in the 1980s and early 1990s, then went on to serve in the State Assembly and then State Senate until he got termed out.
President Obama said “Yes We Can.” So we can in Oakland. It’s the mayor’s job to set the tone, provide the answers and make city hall work. A mayor doesn’t blame. He listens, assesses and assists. A mayor doesn’t offer excuses. He makes government work so there are no excuses needed.
I want to be mayor of Oakland to help get this city back on track and reach its full potential. If Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Portland and Houston can, so can Oakland, with its tremendous natural, cultural and social resources, and above all, its wonderful, generous people.
What he wants to do:
Um…it’s hard to say, actually. So far, there is no “issues” section on his website or anything else that might indicate a platform. According to a recent blog post, he seems to think that we can solve the budget crisis by getting rid of Boards and Commissions? I don’t know. It’s unclear.
Learn more at: http://perata4mayor.com/.
Jean Quan currently represents District 4 on the Oakland City Council. Previous to that, she served on the Oakland School Board from 1990 to 2002. She left the School Board for the City Council in 2003, just in time to not have to deal with the State bailing out the District after it spent like $60 million it didn’t have. Now she chairs the Oakland City Council’s Finance Committee.
Having served two terms on the Council, I know that we can take this community-based politics to the whole city, which is why I’m running for Mayor. I truly care about what happens in Oakland and proudly stand on a solid record of fighting for our schools, our libraries, our youth and our neighborhoods. Oakland needs and deserves visible, hands-on leadership, and I have the on-the-ground knowledge, the leadership experience, and just as important, the passion the job of Mayor demands.
What she wants to do:
At one of her “Jean Quan for Mayor” coffee events last fall, she summed up her motivations to the group by saying that she wants to be Mayor so she can fix the schools. Huh. Education is still listed as one of her issues, but she has added to the list ethical government, neighborhood safety, community and economic development, and a greener, healthier city:
It takes a partnership between neighbors and the city to make Oakland safe.
Jean authored Measure Y, which funded 63 more police officers on patrol in our neighborhoods and expanded community-based crime and violence reduction programs. She expanded after school programs to help keep kids out of trouble and worked with residents to shut down drug houses and crime magnets.
Jean knows that fighting to prevent and reduce crime must be the city’s top priority.
Learn more at: http://jeanquanforoakland.org
You gotta love the fact that the Green Party managed to dig themselves up a candidate whose two big things (or at least the things he has been most vocal about so far) are that he loves free parking and hates the bus.
Macleay worked as a machinist for 19 years and now owns a computer services business. He has two kids, one in OUSD and one in college.
The job of mayor involves having a vision for what is possible. It means convening and listening to visionaries in our own community, and harnessing their talent. It means supporting and empowering people in our community to create enduring solutions to problems, and together seeking positive opportunities for the future.
As mayor I will be a hands-on manager and leader. I will be a tireless advocate for the basic rights and wellbeing of people in our City. I will fearlessly create a transparent form of City government. I will take a pro-active—not reactive—approach to managing our City’s fiscal crisis. And, I will create accountability at all levels of government for service excellence to our citizens and businesses.
As Mayor I will set priorities to examine and solve some of our most pressing issues:
- Social Issues: substance abuse, homelessness, parolee recidivism, and truancy need to be acknowledged and confronted through aggressive community involvement, sustained action, and on-going support.
- Economic Growth: is realized when we set priorities that properly support public safety and security, encourage creative and meaningful business and employment opportunities for citizens, and develop housing for the most vulnerable members of our city.
- Infrastructure and Development: planning and capital projects need to enhance our City’s communities and business environments in ways that best serve the majority of our citizens and businesses.
- Fiscal Responsibility and Governance: requires being responsive—not reactive—to Oakland’s fiscal crisis by aligning resources where they are most needed, and benefit the majority of our citizens. It also requires disciplined planning and forecasting of the future growth of Oakland into a viable, sustainable, and safe city.
Learn more at: http://www.macleay4mayor.org.
Greg Harland grew up in Oakland, went to Merritt College, has owned clothing stores, a computer business, and two restaurants. Now he’s retired. He has an entire page on his website about how evil Don Perata is.
Greg’s interest in becoming Mayor of Oakland is motivated by a strong desire to solve the persistent problems of Oakland.
What he wants to do:
Besides bring 40,000 new jobs to Oakland, he offers:
We must restore our police department to be an effective organization. As of this writing, our police force has been reduced to 770 sworn officers. The optimum number for a city the size of Oakland is 1050. With our current state of high unemployment, and a police department operating at only 64% of its optimal strength, high crime is inevitable.
As Mayor, I intend to rework the budget so our police department is operating at 100%.
Learn more at: http://www.harland4mayor.com/.
Terence Candell is currently executive director of Candell’s College Preparatory Academy, a Christian school in East Oakland. He has worked in education as an administrator and a teacher.
Oakland is a beautiful and an enjoyable city. However, there are those who do not want to enjoy this city, but wish to destroy it. There are other cities for them. This one isn’t it. Please leave. For those of us who wish to stay, who wish to enjoy the privilege of living in our city, what can we do?
Work with me. We must work to restore Oakland to the greatness we
once enjoyed! We must take very specific steps, which embrace social
and economic opportunity for our youth and for our seniors!
I will provide a brighter future for our youth, and a safer and
enjoyable city for the elderly, disabled, disadvantaged and even
the advantaged citizens of the City of Oakland. I will create a
functional and profitable marriage between business and the city.
As your mayor, Oakland can and will be a better place:
Let’s leave a better legacy for our children and young adults! Let’s provide them with opportunities and activities of which they have been deprived for the last twenty years! It’s about time!
Learn more at: http://candellformayor.com. But be warned: it plays music on like every page!
Maya Dillard Smith
No website yet, but I thought I should include her on the list since most articles about the election do mention her name. And she does have a Facebook Page.
Maya Dillard Smith is an Oakland native. She used to be chair of Oakland’s Measure Y Oversight Committee and now serves on the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth Planning and Oversight Committee. Additionally:
Maya knows municipal government. She served as senior advisor to San Francisco Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom overseeing $350 million across 14 city departments. Maya was instrumental in consolidating, aligning, and leveraging resources to protect core services in the face of San Francisco’s historic budget deficits topping $500 million. Maya also led the development of San Francisco’s first ever comprehensive violence prevention strategy resulting in double digit reductions in crime and violence. She worked closely with law enforcement and community based organizations to implement the strategy with a real focus on prevention and quality of life issues. Maya’s work included economic development, job training and creation, education, housing, youth development and community building.
Why she’s running:
We ALL deserve a leader that is 100% committed to put Oakland First! – someone who is willing to work hard to unite Oakland’s diverse and changing neighborhoods; a leader who is informed by the people and ready to shake up City Hall with bold, decisive action. I am that leader. Lets STAND TOGETHER for OAKLAND.
Learn more on: Facebook.
Okay, so there you go. What do you guys think? And remember, the election is still seven months away. So the list will almost definitely change between now and then.