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Siegel Calls for Oakland City Council to Get on Board!
by Cat Brooks
Monday Jun 9th, 2014 9:22 PM
The Siegel for Oakland campaign congratulates Seattle for passing a minimum wage ordinance and encourages Oakland City Council to do the same.

Oakland’s Progressive Mayoral Candidate Dan Siegel Congratulates Seattle on Passing Minimum Wage Reform
It’s Time for Oakland to get on Board!

Last week, the city of Seattle passed a minimum wage resolution that will ensure working people are better positioned to provide for themselves and their families.

“Seattle demonstrated great leadership and commitment to social and economic equity with the passage of the minimum wage resolution,” said Dan Siegel. “It is time for Oakland to follow suit and show our citizens the same respect and understanding of what they need to not just survive – but to live – in our city.”

While some of the current mayoral candidates have paid lip service to the idea of supporting raising the minimum wage, Dan Siegel has been the only candidate actively working to make it a reality for Oakland residents. Partnering with Lift Up Oakland, the Siegel for Oakland campaign gathered some 1,500 signatures to place the minimum wage hike on the Oakland ballot. What’s more, Siegel has repeatedly stated that while $12.25 is a good start, if elected he will make it a top priority to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour.

According the most recent statistics compiled by MIT Researchers, the current minimum wage in Oakland is just one-third of that needed by a wage earner who supports a child.

“It is unacceptable that many employed people in Oakland cannot support their children,” continued Siegel. “The Oakland City Council should demonstrate some leadership by passing a resolution to raise the minimum wage now. There is no logical reason to wait until November for a ballot vote. This would go a long way in demonstrating the Council’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Oaklanders – rather than a chosen few.”

The push for minimum wage increases are spreading across the country. 15 Now and the Fight for 15 Movement has brought national attention to the need for working class people to earn wages that allow them to purchase the basic necessities for themselves and their loved ones.

Across the Bay Area, the fight for minimum wage is progressing:

• In 2012, the people of the city of San Jose passed a minimum wage increase resolution that has reduced unemployment, grown business and stimulated the economy
• Richmond is set to pass a minimum wage increase to $13.00 an hour
• Berkeley appears likely to pass a minimum wage to $12.53 an hour soon
• And San Francisco is likely to pass a substantial minimum wage hike in the near future.

“A regional minimum wage hike is all but implemented – it is time for Oakland to get on board,” concluded Siegel.

Contact: Cat Brooks, media [at] siegelforoakland.org, 510.506.2341

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by 58 year Listener
Tuesday Jun 10th, 2014 7:21 PM
This publicity stunt on the part of Dan Siegel for a small wage increase for low wage workers is a vicious slap in the face to the Oakland listeners to KPFA, as well as all the rest of us, and a vicious slap in the face to all who have experienced the horrors of the failed litigation of Dan Siegel and Siegel & Yee. This is all the Democratic Party's campaign to attempt to stay in office. Statewide, the supermajority Democratic Party Assembly and Senate and Democratic Governor could raise California's minimum wage immediately. And $15 an hour is not enough to support a family in Oakland or anywhere else. They should all be talking about $30 to $60 per hour.

Educate yourself about Dan Siegel. See:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/06/10/18757174.php
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/05/26/18756392.php
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/06/07/18757065.php
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/05/29/18756587.php?show_comments=1#18756611
Then be sure to sign the petition in support of the lawsuit to stop the destruction of KPFA and the 4 other radio stations in the Pacifica Network by Dan Siegel, Siegel & Yee, and all of his fellow government operatives, all proud Democrats, at:
http://www.jotformpro.com/PDGG/petition
Siegel Silent On Charters Privatization In Oakland-Is He On The Payroll Of Privatizers Or Just Forgot To Mention It?

Dan Seigel, the "left" candidate supported by the ISO and Socialist Alternative in Oakland apparently is in favor of privatization. Former Mayor Jerry Brown started military charter schools and other union busting billionaires are ripping off the public schools in Oakland that shuts public schools while opening up privately run charters.
The "left" candidate Seigel apparently is ok with that since there is not one word about privatization and charters in Oakland schools. Did he forget to mention it or is he being funding by the privatizers?

Siegel On Education In Oakland-No Mention Of Charters, Privatization & Corruption
http://www.siegelforoakland.org/quality_schools.php
“Education is the game changer. The entire City must work together to make sure that every child has the opportunity to succeed in school and prepare for a productive life.”

- Cat Brooks, West Oakland
QUALITY EDUCATION.
CREATING A JUST SOCIETY.
Too often, our schools are failing our kids. Literally. While California has a graduation rate of 78.5%, Oakland lags considerably behind with a graduation rate of only 62.2% overall, and a much, much worse 52-53% graduation rate for African American and Latino students. Similarly, the high school drop out rate in Oakland currently stands at 24.7%.

This is immoral; it is obscene.

We must raise the bar at our schools. Under a Siegel administration, the City will play a critical role in creating real support structures and wrap-around services that address family needs. This includes early childhood education—the single greatest investment we can make in human beings, giving them the gift of education at ages 3 and 4 and leveling the playing field for children from affluent and poor families.

But we won’t stop there. We will also create Community Schools that provide after school hours and weekend learning centers, universal after school programming, community based adult education programs, an emphasis on language emersion and computer programming literacy, and the establishment of a rainy day fund so that education isn’t at the mercy of down cycle economics.

Dan Siegel is the former President of the School Board – he will create an atmosphere of cooperation between the City of Oakland and the Oakland Unified School District.
And as Mayor, Dan Siegel will meet with the Superintendent every single week to strategize and collaborate on how to improve the quality of schools in Oakland.

Aim High: We have to lay the groundwork now.

• Our goal is to reduce truancy by 30% by 2016.

• We can increase Oakland high school graduation rates 20% by 2020.
Those are aggressive goals. And the investment is significant. But if we do not take the time to get this right now, we will face ugly consequences for our inaction.

• Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare.

• Illiteracy and crime are closely related. Over 70% of inmates in America's prisons cannot read above a fourth grade level.
Addressing inadequacies in education is one of the most potent ways to make life-altering changes in our children.

Dan Siegel believes we also need to promote a mentorship society here in Oakland that clearly communicates to our children that they are loved, and there are adults who want to see them succeed. Everyone should be involved, and every school should be linked with a business, house of worship, or labor union to provide it with ongoing support and a pool of volunteers. Consider this:

• Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip class.

• Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely to start using drugs and 37% less likely to start drinking.
If we combine our approaches, and adequately partner with the school district, our entire community will be richer for it.