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Call to Action: Ask Candidates to Pledge
to Protect OPL Funding

Fifteen candidates want your vote to be the next mayor of Oakland. WE want their pledge to protect the funding needed to keep the Oakland Public Library great – now and in the future!
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Join us at as many candidate forums as possible. Fill out question cards and/or raise your hand, and ask each candidate:
The OPL faces a $2.5-$3.5 million deficit in each year of the 2015-17 budget cycle due to a reduction in General Fund support. This lack of funding will lead to the closure of 6-8 branches. How will you address this shortfall and ensure stable funding for the OPL in the future?

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Here are all the mayoral forums we could find – plus the first event, which is a forum for City Council candidates. We’re gathering forum info for the Council candidates now -- because they are just as important to inform!
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 6:30 p.m.
Democratic Party Forum for Oakland City Council candidates
State Building Auditorium, 1515 Clay St.
Moderated by Elihu Harris. Free and open to public.
Thursday, Aug. 28, 6:30 p.m.
Democratic Party Forum for Oakland Mayoral candidates
State Building Auditorium, 1515 Clay St
Moderated by Elihu Harris. Free and open to public.
Saturday, Sept. 6, 8-10 p.m.
Candidate Forum
Omni Building, 4799 Shattuck Ave.
Monday, Sept. 8, 6-8 p.m.
Pastors of Oakland Forum #2
Acts Full Gospel Church, 1033 66th Ave.
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Housing and Economic Justice Candidate Forum
Laney College, 900 Fallon St.
Thursday, Sept. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
West Oakland Mayoral Debate
West Oakland Senior Center, 724 Adeline St.
Thursday, Sept. 11, 7-9 p.m.
Oakland Chamber of Commerce’s Oakland Mayoral Candidate Forum on Business and Job Creation
Location To Be Announced: This may change due to conflict with West Oakland debate
Saturday, Sept. 13, Noon
Oakland Town Hall Mayoral Debate
New Hope Church, 5763 Walnut St.
Thursday, Sept. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Temple Sinai Mayoral Candidate Forum
Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St.
Thursday, Oct. 2, 6 p.m.
League of Women Voters Mayoral Forum
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza – Room To Be Announced
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 7:30-9 p.m.
Piedmont Avenue Neighborhood Improvement League Mayoral Forum
Piedmont Gardens, 110 41st St., 11th Floor Sky Room
Monday, Oct. 20, 7-9 p.m.
North Hills Community Association Mayoral Candidate Forum
Hiller Highland Club, 110 Hiller Drive


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