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Re: “Schaaf Has 20-Point Lead in New Poll, But Is Still Well Short of a Majority

C. Leonard. All of your points are spot on! Especially the last one: "Oh, there is more,.."

Perhaps that's why she has been a no-show at all public forums for the past 4 weeks. Facing facts about her failures and how she has been the source of so much suffering by and harm to so many seems to be too painful to bear.

#ByeLibby
#DownWithNeoLiberals
#DownWithPoliciesThatResembleTrumps
#HowAreYouDifferentFromRepublicans

Posted by Saied4Oakland on 10/20/2018 at 8:09 AM

Re: “The Express' November 2018 Endorsement Guide

I am well aware of the adage never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel. But to allow your flawed endorsement for the mayor of Oakland to go unchallenged would be irresponsible.

First of all, you chose to offer endorsement interviews to only three candidates from a pool of ten in a city with Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) that allows voters to select up to three candidates. This deliberate subversion of RCV is a disservice to your readers. Period. At least Mr. Borenstein, editor of Mercury, had the decency to invite all candidates.

At the interview with Mr. Borenstein, I was able to point out the fiscal ineptitude of allowing the annual unbudgeted OPD overtime of $30M amounting to over $100M over the past four years to continue. I spoke about the number of other priorities in Oakland (e.g., homelessness, illegal dumping, gentrification). I shared with him that I am the only candidate with an MBA who has been in charge of large-scale and complex enterprises equivalent to the size of Oakland. His paper doesnt espouse to be progressive, fair, or unbiased. You do, and yet I was given no such opportunity.

(I would be remiss not to acknowledge the thorough, objective, inclusive and transparent process in the Oakland Posts endorsement process. Their panel was balanced, broad, and diverse. Their questions were direct, relevant, and thoughtful. Every candidate was treated with respect. Kudos to Oakland Post.)

Second, you credit Libby with the false narrative that crime has gone down in the last four years. In fact, Oakland has remained virtually unchanged, from 73 violent crime incidents in 2015 to 73.28 in 2017. Source: citys website https://app.box.com/s/icb4flrew3pdwtlh9api….

Third, you defend her 17k/17k plan with the projection to solve our housing crisis by 2024 and yet acknowledge her utter failure to date. You wrote that you are disappointed at the slow pace of affordable-housing construction. The 17k/17k is nothing but a bogus promise to solve the housing crisis by 2024. In fact, according to her own report dated September 19, 2018, only 41 individuals have transitioned into temporary or permanent housing over the past nine months, thereby putting us on a 50-year timeline to house our current homeless population.

Finally, you attribute reduction in police shootings and use of force cases to her administration. But this statistic has been called into serious question (C.f., https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/09/14/oak…). More tellingly, OPD is no closer to exiting the Federal Oversight that we have been under for the past fifteen years; you failed to mention her opposition to the integrity of the Police Commission (demanding 3 of 7 commissioners to be appointed directly by her); OPDs willful violation of Sanctuary City ordinance by assisting the ICE raid in August of 2017 and defending the chiefs false statements in this matter as documented by your own reporter.

It is interesting that you use Cat Brooks lack of experience in running a large enterprise the size of Oakland to disqualify her, and yet you endorsed Libby four years ago as she lacked the exact same experience. Unlike our current President, you dont get to have it both ways.

EBX, you owe it to the people of Oakland to acknowledge the shortcomings of your endorsement process.

Posted by Saied4Oakland on 10/18/2018 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Defends Record Against Five Challengers

My dear Oaklanders, please take a look at my campaign website: EveryOnesMayor.org to gain an understanding of my approach to serving as your mayor. I think you will find my succinct, measurable, and actionable list of promises refreshing. But promises must be backed by principles, practices, competence. My campaign website (EveryOnesMayor.org) also presents the principles (aka Moral Compass) and practices that I will exercise in conducting my affairs as the mayor of Oakland. As stated in prior posts, a candidate's intentions and vision must be underpinned with the know-how to bring them to reality to be a successful mayor.

For my entire career, I have been in the business of bringing visions into reality. Over the course of my 30-year career, I have fine-tuned my executive experience, both in the public and private sectors.

Throughout my career, I was expected to, and reward for, not only offering solutions, but also overseeing the detailed and deliberate steps to see the solutions come to fruition as promised.

If elected, I will bring that level of transparency, accountability, and integrity to my job. I welcome your thoughts, ideas, and advice as we go through this election cycle. Please contact me at: ideas@EveryOnesMayor.org.

With an open mind, a hopeful heart, and abundant gratitude,

Saied

Posted by Saied4Oakland on 08/25/2018 at 11:27 AM

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