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Re: “The Baffling Mayoral Bid of Marcie Hodge

Having a PHD is not an assumption of readiness for every aspect of life so CHILL! Try not to race bait, this is too important and foolish posturing at a time when our city is plagued with public relations issues, reduced city services and a budget held hostage by the police and fire department because they don't want to pay into their own pension plans like the rest of us when most of them don't even live in Oakland. I see a city held hostage by BIG problems-what's Ms. Hodges' solution to these problems? Let's hear them because the elections around the corner and the bill boards tell you nothing about problem solving. Something a PHD should know how to handle and communicate to an individual.
As a Oakland resident who will be voting, I am looking for experience, candor, the willingness to REALLY work for the people as well as a bring a healthy dose of integrity to the office of MAYOR. That's why this election could be a game changer. Ms. Hodge's billboards are in my neighborhood , but I don't know much about her. To Mr. Gammons point, where has she been and why are we just hearing from her now.I am not questioning her funding-she could have had a grass roots support system and not have enough to execute a larger presence and elected to throw her cash at billboards. I think that was smart-but the strategy is flawed. You cannot win this election solely with the black vote, but you cannot win it without either. It does look like she is talking to one section of the community and you cannot be the peoples' mayor for such a diverse city with that strategy. So it does looks suspect, even if it is not meant to be. Yes, the billboard company could have donated the space but that's a stretch in today's economy.
You might not like Mr. Gammons delivery but he does have a point. I need to a mayor who can navigate through the mine fields of our city's problems. Someone with the GUTS to face the pension crisis which is crippling our city and will soon bankrupt it. A mayor who can encourage businesses to bring retail space back to Oakland ,so our city can support its people with jobs and a greater tax base. These are REAL challenges that cannot be ignored. If Ms. Hodge can tell me what her plan is and how she plans to execute it, I would consider voting for her. EXPERIENCE and INTEGRITY does matter, especially in this election year because of the problems we have to face.If she has those credentials and a plan then she's a viable candidate. If she doesn't then it is fair for a journalist or a citizen to question her timing and her motives. We all have free will and we do not have to agree with the voices. Ms. Hodge has to silence the voices with deliverables-a PHD should know all too well how to do so.
Think about the analogy of a sweet smelling salesmen who shows up at your door in the middle of the afternoon peddling goods. You might remember something about his product or him-but you question his timing and his agenda because there was no earlier knowledge of his visit. YOU WOULD NOT LET HIM INTO YOUR HOUSE-especially here in Oakland!

Posted by Spirit327 on 09/30/2010 at 4:58 AM

Re: “Perata Nearing Expenditure Cap

Even if you subtract the loan that Jean Quan gave to her campaign, there is a rising voice of support from the people of Oakland for her campaign. We, the people , are not idiots. We want honesty, integrity and experience in office matched with a healthy dose of fiscal responsibility. if Quan has only spent 26,000 to Perata's 322,000, that tells me that she is thinking about the money she has been given by her supporters, regardless of their station in life. I want someone who will do the same with city funds as they address the needs of the city as a whole. People tell us who they are, we must learn to listen. if we hold politicians accountable for their actions, our city will be a better place to live.

Posted by Spirit327 on 08/11/2010 at 11:27 AM

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