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Council acknowledges failure of the LLAD

At closed session this morning, the Oakland City Council acknowledged that the renewal of the Landscaping and Lighting Assessment District failed. After the city announced the assessment district passed in June, ORPN activist David Mix claimed that the consultants who ran the election miscalculated the proper voting weights of different parcels, including the decisive vote cast by the Port of Oakland. While the Council accepted their loss this morning, there is likely to be finger-pointing between the city and the outside consultant over who made the mistake.

Councilmember Pat Kernighan referenced this immediate loss of $12m to the General Fund when explaining her “difficult decision” to reject a compromise with Kids’ First funding demands.

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