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Endorsement Time: Oakland!

Okay, so after days of blogger being down every single time we try to post, we’re giving up and using this space for our now last minute endorsements. In other news, because of near-constant problems with blogger, we will be relaunching our site next month using a new host.

Measure N: Yes, Yes, Yes! Oakland’s libraries are hopelessly run-down and out-dated, especially our main library. In our current facilities, we cannot adequately support the needs of our community. Our libraries provide invaluable services for immigrants, children, teens, seniors, and many other residents of Oakland. The new main at Kaiser is a wonderful example of adaptive re-use, and I desperately look forward to having a building where there will be adequate network support to public internet access, and well as finally having browseable stacks! Easier transit accessibility, free public parking, and the re-opening of the Calvin Simmons Theater for public use make this a winner for everyone. For more information, visit www.oaklandlibraries.com

District 2 City Council: Pat Kernighan. Pat has demonstrated her devotion to District 2 and ability to deliver time and time again. Her opponent opposes downtown revitalization, public transportation, and thinks we spend too much money on police. For more reasons to vote against hypocrite Aimee Allison, just browse through Oakland Native’s post about her here. For some District 2 neighborhood activists perspectives on why Pat is the right choice, look here, here, here, and here.

City Auditor: Courtney Ruby. Roland Smith has been a terrible city auditor, from his failure to actually do anything for the city to his inability to work with women and Asians. The man has to go.

Measure O: No! We believe that the primary process is healthy! Instant runoff voting in San Francisco has simply led to confusing and cluttered races with 10 or more people running for many positions. In such a race, it is difficult for voters to wade through the all the noise enough to have a clear understanding of the issues facing their district! Furthermore, after years of intensive voter education, IRV advocates’ own polls show that 13% of voters still don’t understand the system. Completely unnacceptable! We find the argument that it will save money terribly disturbing – do the people of Oakland really think the democratic process isn’t worth $400,000? If so, how depressing.

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