Of course, the public was on hand to voice their concerns and requests. You can get the gist of those by reading a previous post: “#Oakland discusses projected 2013 budget
To sum up. It looks to me that there are some similarities between what the council members want.
A majority agree that we need to have a comprehensive approach to public safety, but Kernighan, Kalb, and Schaaf place hiring new police as a top priority.
All of them feel that having a clean city is important. Some however have different ideas on what a clean city might mean to their district.. some areas need to get rid of couches, old condoms, grafitti and blight..others need their parks cleaned up just a bit.
Gallo, McElhaney, Brooks, Kaplan and Kalb agree that we need to support city employees..whereas Kernighan and Schaaf think we also need to pay attention to unfunded liability and feel we should address it ASAP. They also believe in having a sustainable economy and investing in economic development.
Whether or not the council feels that there needs to be specific changes to Quan’s budget proposal remains to be seen.
Be sure to check out the next upcoming budget meetings:
Thursday, June 13, 6:30 pm
Thursday, June 27, 6:30 pm for final budget adoption
So what do you think? Did your council member accurately reflect your budget priorities? How are they different? Be sure to let them know!!