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Thank you for your interest in the League of Women Voters of Oakland.  We depend on volunteers to carry out our mission of voter education and advocacy in the community. We invite your help.  Please fill out this survey: let us know your interests and whether you are available to participate in League activities.  For more information, see our website, www.lwvoakland.org, send an email to info@lwvoakland.org or call (510) 834-7640.

LWVO’s priorities for the coming year include:

Government Oversight: Work to improve City of Oakland laws and procedures regarding local ballot measures, both those proposed by the City Council and by citizen initiative, to provide timely discussion and debate;

Review the roles of Council, Mayor, City Attorney, City Administrator, as well as of boards and commissions, in making and implementing City laws and policies;

Work with other organizations and with Councilmembers and Mayor to develop agreement on good government policies and steps to achieve them;

Review laws and procedures regarding transparency and open discussion of issues and items considered by City Council and by boards and commissions, with particular attention to the city budget and revisions made necessary by the COVID-19 response, and including the role of technology in assisting or hindering adherence to the Brown Act and the Sunshine Ordinance;

Train LWVO members to analyze legislative proposals and ballot measures and prepare recommendations based on League positions.

Campaign Finance Reform: Work with coalition partners on a 2022 ballot proposal for a new system of public financing. Participate in efforts to educating the public about need for and benefits of a fair, publicly financed campaign system.

Redistricting in Oakland: Ensure adequate financing for experienced, competent staff and consultants to carry out work of new Redistricting Commission. Work with City, OUSD, and other community organizations to do outreach to and participation by city residents in development of fair district lines. Develop ways for LWVO to review proposals for new maps as Commission gets underway.

Housing & Homelessness: Establish LWVO task force to review programs to alleviate homelessness to determine their goals and accountability system(s), and to make recommendations regarding how the League can promote understanding of the way these programs interact and how their implementation can be made more
transparent and accountable. Ensure that funds for homelessness services generated by Measure Q are
allocated and expended appropriately.

Schools & Communities First: Prepare members to campaign for passage of this measure on the November ballot, with Education Committee placing an emphasis on benefits to education


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