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Fri. Noon Oakland - Demand the city count the signatures!

Friday, August 17, 2007
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Location Details:
Oakland City Hall - Frank Ogawa Plaza
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza,
between 14th and 15th Streets
at Clay Street

RALLY to demand that the city count the Signatures!
August 17, 2007
NOON Rally - City Hall - Frank Ogawa Plaza

"When you sign a petition to put an issue on the ballot, do you read the whole thing, including all the attachments? Have you ever met someone who does? Would it bother you if a thousand-page petition was missing some inconsequential pages? What about our elected officials, the people we pay to write and enact laws --should they read a proposed law in its entirety before approving it?"

"Oak to Ninth Yin-Yang: How can a valid city ordinance be based on an invalid document?"
By Robert Gammon, April 25, 2007

Bring Signs Expressing Outrage, Frustration and Curiosity

As most of you well informed, justice minded citizens of the lovely waterfront city of Oakland know:

On August 17, 2006 we handed in 25,068 signatures requiring Oakland to put to a vote the sale of 64 acres of publicly owned waterfront land known as the Oak to Ninth.

These signatures have never been counted.

Why is that?

John Russo, the man in charge of disqualifying the petitions says that we did not attach the entire ordinance which approved the sale of the property.

We point out that we attached the entire ordinance as it was approved by the city council; later additions were never seen or commented on by the public (a charter requirement of Oakland) and indeed were not part of our petition.

A year has passed; lawsuits have been filed; money spent but the people of Oakland are no better off. The land remains undeveloped. The signers of the petition remain unheard.

Where is there in Oakland a leader who will at least try to come to terms with this situation? How can a responsible city council continue to ignore the express wishes of the citizens? Why doesn't the mayor concern himself with this huge transfer of public land into private hands?

Why has there been no accommodation of the many objections to this land transaction?


Oakland Residents Seek A Better Oak to Ninth

For updates and history:
Added to the calendar on Thu, Aug 16, 2007 10:27PM
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