Priorities To Address Current Budget Crisis

Given the budget challenges facing Oakland this fiscal year, Make Oakland Better Now! needs your help. It's essential to hear from everyone and present results to our elected City Officials before the next Council meeting.

Please vote for the suggestions which came from our members and from the City Hall meeting attendees this past week. We have thumbs up, neutral, thumbs down and don't know categories.

Keep in mind this is about actions that can be done immediately, to close the 2009-2010 shortfall. We know that will impact your opinions and appreciate your votes. Thank you.

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* 1. If the City Council is to reduce expenses, which proposed PUBLIC SAFETY reductions would you support or oppose?

  Support: Thumbs Up Neutral: Thumbs Akimbo Oppose: Thumbs Down Don't Know: No Thumbs
Eliminate 179 sworn police officers
Reduce public safety salaries
Eliminate Neighborhood Safety Coordinators
Eliminate services for seniors and disabled
Eliminate City Attorney programs for misdemeanor prosecutions and neighborhood law clinics

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* 2. If the City Council is to reduce expenses, which proposed PERSONNEL type reductions would you support or oppose?

  Support: Thumbs Up Neutral: Thumbs Akimbo Oppose: Thumbs Down Don't Know: No Thumbs
Across-the-board personnel cost reductions by furloughs, job eliminations and other appropriate steps
Add more furlough days
Specifically add one furlough day per month
Make across-the-board job position cuts
Create job-hiring freeze and institute early retirement
Create job-hiring freeze
Restructure retirement
Institute early retirement

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* 3. If the City Council is to reduce expenses, which proposed OTHER reductions would you support or oppose?

  Support: Thumbs Up Neutral: Thumbs Akimbo Oppose: Thumbs Down Don't Know: No Thumbs
Eliminate general purposes funding for Oakland Museum personnel
Reduce general purposes funding for Oakland Library, to Measure Q minimum
Eliminate Oaklanders Assistance Center, Cultural and Marketing Funds
Eliminate or minimize free parking for city employees and elected officials
Require % cut across depts, in discretionary expenses
Cut City Council budget
Cut Mayor's Office budget

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* 4. If the City Council places a revenue-generating measure on the ballot, what PUBLIC SAFETY uses would you support or oppose?

  Support: Thumbs Up Neutral: Thumbs Akimbo Oppose: Thumbs Down Don't Know: No Thumbs
Police department
Fire department
Civilianization of police services
Civilianization of police services, without any tax measure
Human services for seniors and disabled
City attorney programs for misdemeanor prosecutions and neighborhood law clinics

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* 5. If the City Council places a revenue-generating measure on the ballot, what OTHER uses would you support or oppose?

  Support: Thumbs Up Neutral: Thumbs Akimbo Oppose: Thumbs Down Don't Know: No Thumbs
Major retail incentives
Oakland Museum increases
Oakland Museum, only to privatize institution
Oakland Library increases
Parks & Recreation increases
General Fund tax, limited time (50% voter approval)

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* 6. What other expense reductions or suggestions would you propose?

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* 7. What other revenue-generating measures or suggestions would you propose?

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* 8. For statistical purposes only, where do you live in Oakland?

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