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Oakland Mayoral Debate & RCPC Candidates Forum - April 20th, 7 PM, 5951 College Avenue

I saw this at the Rockridge Community Planning Council's Website:

"The April 20 Candidates' Night will consist of two events: a debate between the three candidates for the mayor of Oakland and a brief presentation by each of the seven candidates for the Board of the Rockridge Community Planning Council. (Details, page 3). Attendees will also have an opportunity to vote for candidates for the Board of the Friends of the Rockridge Library (FORL). (Details, page 5). The event begins at 7 pm at the College Avenue Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 5951 College Avenue"

Here are the details, again from the RCPC:

Oakland Mayoral Debate
by Cy Gulassa, Editor

You've watched them on TV, read about them in the papers, and listened to critics; now it's time to come hear for yourself what Ron Dellums, Ignacio De La Fuente, and Nancy Nadel have to say about the future of Oakland and Rockridge. What's to be done about schools, libraries, crime, traffic, parks, redevelopment, zoning, trees, (take a deep breath), sidewalks, litter, billboards and budgets? What about city business taxes? Or the strong mayor proposition?

This is your opportunity to ask tough questions and afterwards vote in a straw poll for your favorite.

The Contenders:

-- Ron Dellums, a native of Oakland, worked his way up the ladder of politics from Berkeley City Councilmember to long-term liberal Congressman. He won national fame for his oratory and steadfast opposition to the apartheid regime in South Africa. As the first African-American member of the House Armed Services Committee, he was critical of the military and wasteful defense spending.

Lauded for his contributions, he resigned in 1998 after 27 years of Congressional service. Among other pursuits, he has since worked as a lobbyist for local and national businesses.

-- Ignacio De La Fuente became an American citizen at 21, settled in Oakland and began a career in union work that led to his present job as business manager of an international union serving 30 companies. He was elected to the City Council in 1992 and became council president in 1999 after passage of Measure X, the strong mayor initiative. He is the point person for downtown and neighborhood revitalization, and his achievements include the Fruitvale transit village and the
conversion of the Montgomery Ward building into a school.

-- Nancy Nadel, elected for two terms to the EBMUD Board and its first female president, has served for nine years on the City Council. A popular progressive who ran unopposed in the last election, she prides herself on the redevelopment in District 3, including the creation of a transit village at the West Oakland BART station and the revitalization of the Jack London Square area and Old Oakland. Other improvements she shepherded include new market-rate condominiums
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