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Photos from A Progressive/Left Oakland Mayoral Forum
by Jonathan Nack
Wednesday Oct 13th, 2010 10:58 PM
Nose pointing. The candidates were instructed to use gestures to indicate their answers during a lightning round. Here they indicate their response to a question is "yes" by touching their noses. Pictured from left to right: Terence Candell, Greg Harland, Jean Quan, Larry Lionel Young, Jr., and Joe Tuman.
Oct. 11, 2010, at the Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland
Photo by Esther Aliah

OAKLAND - Seven of the candidates for mayor participated in, "A Progressive/Left Oakland Mayoral Forum," on Monday night, Oct. 11, at the Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland.

Notably absent was former State Senator Don Perata. Perata has eschewed appearing at many community mayoral events in favor of spending record amounts of money on television and radio ads and mailers.

The candidates who did appear, Terence Candell, Greg Harland, Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan, Don Macleay, Councilwoman Jean Quan, Joe Tuman, and Larry Lionel Young, Jr., generally presented themselves, perhaps not surprisingly, as supportive of a progressive agenda. They were virtually unanimous in support for Oakland's Living Wage Ordinance and rent control, creating more union jobs, Ranked Choice Voting, a more powerful civilian police review board, and pressuring BART to reform it's police review board as proposed by the Justice for Oscar Grant movement.

The forum was moderated by longtime Oakland activist, and former Councilman, Wilson Riles, Jr. It was co-sponsored by thirteen organizations committed to social justice: Alameda County Green Party; Alameda County Peace & Freedom Party; Bay Area Solidarity; Democratic Socialists of America - East Bay Local; Fellowship of Humanity; Media Alliance; Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library; Northern California Committees of Correspondence for Democracy & Socialism; Oakland ACCE (Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment); Oakland CAN (Community Action Network); Oakland Tenant Union; PUEBLO (People United for a Better Life in Oakland); and UpSurge!
§Don Macleay
by Jonathan Nack Wednesday Oct 13th, 2010 10:58 PM

Don Macleay, of the Green Party, said he believes people have the basic human right to housing and work at a decent job.
Oct. 11, 2010, at the Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland
Photo by Jonathan Nack
§Rebecca Kaplan
by Jonathan Nack Wednesday Oct 13th, 2010 10:58 PM

Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan agreed with the analysis that, "the state government, both through its budget decisions and Proposition 13...has created an impossible budget situation for Oakland and other cities.
Oct. 11, 2010, at the Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland
Photo by Jonathan Nack
§Terence Candell
by Jonathan Nack Wednesday Oct 13th, 2010 10:58 PM

Terence Candell spoke with passion. He said he was the only candidate with a focus on youth. He also spoke out against, "...the gentrification process by which African American people have been pushed out of our city."
Oct. 11, 2010, at the Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland
Photo by Jonathan Nack
§Jean Quan
by Jonathan Nack Wednesday Oct 13th, 2010 10:58 PM

Councilwoman Jean Quan listened intently to a question. She said she is proud of her progressive roots and decades of struggle for social justice.
Oct. 11, 2010, at the Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland
Photo by Jonathan Nack
§Larry Lionel "LL"Young, Jr.
by Jonathan Nack Wednesday Oct 13th, 2010 10:58 PM

Larry Lionel Young, Jr., the youngest of the candidates, also appeared to be the most conservative. He said Oakland should lower taxes on businesses to attract more of them. He amused the crowd with his slogan, "vote LL and all will be well."
Oct. 11, 2010, at the Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland
Photo by Jonathan Nack
§Joe Tuman
by Jonathan Nack Wednesday Oct 13th, 2010 10:58 PM

Joe Tuman said he supports Oakland's Living Wage Ordinance and rent control. He also proposed that Oakland seek to attract employers that are, "willing to work with people in the poorest parts of our communities, as well as those who are educated and have been laid off from their jobs."
Oct. 11, 2010, at the Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland
Photo by Jonathan Nack
§Greg Harland
by Jonathan Nack Wednesday Oct 13th, 2010 10:58 PM

Greg Harland suggested that the city could buy houses owned by banks cheaply and use them for affordable housing, as has been done in Baltimore.
Oct. 11, 2010, at the Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland
Photo by Jonathan Nack