|The last time Oakland voters were asked to approve a facilities bond for Libraries was at the end of WWII. Since 1945 school libraries have closed and students and low-income families increasingly turn to Oakland libraries for tutoring, after school programs, homework centers, literacy classes, access to computers, safe havens for youth, and educational support.
In the past 60 years, the physical condition of our Oakland libraries has deteriorated from age and heavy public use. Thirty years ago there were 23 branch libraries, today just 16. Many libraries are stretched beyond capacity and cannot adequately support current services and programs.
Oakland libraries need basic health and safety repairs. Several libraries do not have public restrooms. There is not enough space for the books, DVDs, CDs, books-on-tape, let alone youth study areas, computers, and space for tutoring and group classes.
The Main Library, now over 55 years old, no longer meets the current needs of Oakland's diverse citizens nor current safety or health requirements.
Measure N will:
- Improve all branch libraries for more effective, efficient service and programming;
- Fund facility improvements at EVERY branch library, including computer technology upgrades and improved reading and seating areas;
- Construct two new branches in the Laurel and East Oakland, currently without libraries;
- Upgrade electrical, plumbing and ventilation systems;
- Install public restrooms in all branches currently lacking them;
- Move the Main Library to the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center Arena to provide badly needed technological, reference and collection support to all of Oakland's branch libraries.
Measure N requires annual independent audits and an independent citizen oversight committee to ensure Measure N dollars are spent as promised.
Please vote yes to support the first major renovation of Oakland libraries in 60 years.
President, Oakland Unified School District Board of Education
Executive Director, Youth Uprising
Mayor of Oakland
|The Oakland city council wants to build a luxurious new main library. Taxpayers would take the hit for $148 million of bonds.
The council wants a palace. If you rebuild your modest home of 1,500 square feet at the same outrageous cost of $733 per square foot, you would spend more than $1 million!
Meanwhile, twelve of the branch libraries would divide up only one-third of the proceeds. Besides the huge bond, the council wants $10 million-plus for custom-built shelves and such + a separate hit on the City budget.
That's only half the story. What about the current main library, a full city block? Would it be privatized? Or would we pay again for some renovation project? Remember the Measure DD bonds for Lake Merritt + only later did the City reveal it would chop down hundreds of trees. "Trust us" and half a plan are not good enough.
We already owe well over $1 billion of City debt. Meanwhile, the council ignores Oakland's urgent needs, such as peaceful streets. From 1994 to 2005 the council added 357 new positions to the total budget, but the number of police ended up the same. Our police department is seriously understaffed.
While basic services decline it seems every Oakland ballot proposes a new tax + Measures DD, Q, R, Y, and now N. This Spring the council demanded an increase in the Landscape and Lighting assessment. Documents showed only 45 cents of every new dollar would have gone for parks or lighting. Voters defeated this misleading tax hike.
For more information, please see http://www.orpn.org.
Instead of restoring public safety and maintaining infrastructure, the council wastes precious dollars. Let's send the council a message:
No palace! Vote No on Measure N!
s/Jacquee Castain, Member
Webster Tract Neighbor Assoc.
s/David E. Mix
Native Oakland Resident
s/Robert Klinger, Elected Member
Central East City Project Area Committee
s/Judith S. Offer
Playwright and Poet
Oakland Residents for Peaceful Neighborhoods
The Opponents of Measure N are well-known opponents of efforts to improve the quality of education in Oakland. They believe that by voting no you will be "sending a message" to the city council. The only thing accomplished by voting no is that thousands of Oakland seniors and children will not have access to books and educational materials.
Instead of sending messages, look at the facts.
Measure N will repair and renovate every Oakland neighborhood library including Brookfield, Cesar Chavez, Dimond, Eastmont, Elmhurst, Golden Gate, Lakeview, Martin Luther King Jr., Melrose, Montclair, Piedmont Avenue, Rockridge, Temescal, West Oakland and the Asian Library.
Measure N will provide the first renovation of Oakland libraries in 60 years. Two new libraries will be completed: one in the Laurel district and a new joint OUSD/public library on 81st Avenue in East Oakland to support the community and local schools.
The antiquated and inadequate downtown main library will be moved to the Kaiser Arena, closed by the city last year. This new library, paid in part by donations and grants will improve support services for all neighborhood libraries.
Measure N ensures Oakland's Libraries have space to provide educational programs such as homework centers, computer labs and tutoring services that are otherwise unavailable to Oakland children.
Measure N will upgrade aging and overused library infrastructures and ensure that every library has public restrooms.
An independent Citizen's Oversight Committee will be appointed to ensure that Measure N is spent only on improving our libraries.
Please vote YES.
s/MAXINE HONG KINGSTON
s/FRANK ROSE, Chair
Alameda County Commission On Aging,
Public Relations Committee
s/KIMBERLY A. STATHAM
Interim State Administrator
Oakland Unified School District
The Unity Council