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City of Oakland Kids First! Funding, Measure D (July 2009)

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A City of Oakland Kids First! Funding, Measure D ballot question was on the July 21, 2009 ballot for voters in the City of Oakland in Alameda County, where it was approved.

Measure D amended City of Oakland Kids First!, Measure OO by redirecting about $3.7 million from youth programs to other city services that would otherwise, under the terms of Measure OO, have gone exclusively into funding youth programs.[1]

The election was conducted as a mail-in ballot only election. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters office mailed out 205,000 ballots to registered voters in Oakland the week of June 22.[2] Ballots had to be returned by July 21, 2009.[3]

Measure D was on the July 21 ballot along with three other measures that city politicians hoped would raise additional tax revenues for the city, whose budget faced a growing deficit as its economically-struggling residents sent in lower taxes than the city had previously estimated would come its way in 2009.

The cost of holding the election on Measure D, and the three other measures Oakland residents considered, was $1.5 million.[2]

Election results

Measure D
Approveda Yes 36,097 71.85%
These final, certified, election results are from the Alameda County election office.


Logo of the group that supported all four measures on the July 21 City of Oakland ballot

Measure D's supporters included the group "Yes 4 Oakland," which also supported the other three measures on the July 21 ballot. Listed supporters included:

  • Oakland City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan.[4]
  • California State Senator Loni Hancock.[5]
  • Assemblymember Sandre Swanson (D-Oakland)[5]
  • California Nurses Association.[5]
  • The Central Labor Council of Alameda County. According to Sharon Cornu, executive secretary-treasurer of the union, "City employees have taken really tough hits — layoffs and salary and benefit cuts. We're working really hard to make sure these measures pass."[2]

Writer V Smoothe from the website "A Better Oakland" urged a "yes" vote on Measure D, saying:

Oakland simply cannot afford the costs of Measure OO. We can also not afford another special election. I would have preferred that Measure OO didn’t pass in the first place, but it did. I would have also preferred that the Council placed a full repeal on the ballot, but they didn’t. Sometimes you lose, and as much as it sucks, you have to learn to live with it. Measure D is the choice we have before us, it isn’t great, but it’s not insane and awful either, and really, sometimes you just have to suck it up and vote yes, even on things you don’t like that much because they’re better than the alternative. And that’s the case here. Please vote yes on Measure D.[6]

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Measure D: "Shall the City Charter be amended to require that the City (1) set aside 3.0% of its annual unrestricted General Purpose Fund revenues for grants to children’s and youth services, (2) in addition to the set aside, continue to spend the amount that the City already spends on children and youth, and (3) every twelve years extend these requirements for twelve more years or seek voter approval of the extension?"[7]

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