The Nov. 6 General Election is now just weeks away. We’d like to know if you’re registered to vote and are planning to cast a ballot. If so, what’s your most pivotal race or issue?
By Conduit Staff
This week’s question stimulated several readers to respond. Virtually all said they were registered to vote and ready to cast a ballot on Nov. 6.
Virtually all said they were focused on Oakland’s city council or community college races. “I am registered and planning to vote. I think City Auditor, Mayor and school board are the most pivotal races. I'm looking for candidates with practical, realistic solutions, who want to move Oakland forward, not backwards,” said one.
“The Peralta Community College district board race is what I think is important. (And) yes, I am registered; of course, am voting!” said another.
For another reader, issues of governmental transparency and ethics topped their agenda. “Getting the City Council to act with integrity and values is what’s most important to me.” Others agreed.
“These are my priorities: Oakland city government; the emergency of homelessness and unaffordable rent, getting the bad cops [under] control and improving the public schools.”
Yet another had the city’s housing crisis on her mind.
“The most pivotal issue? It’s putting the brakes on inappropriate, runaway development of shoddy construction of market-rate, high-rise housing. These buildings are being sold to the public as ‘affordable’ but in truth they adversely impact historic buildings and districts, increase housing costs and displace Oakland residents.”