Eight months after Oakland narrowly voted to dramatically increase funding for youth programs, voters will consider amending the initiative they approved in November.
Measure D would reduce the dollar amount the city is required to set aside for the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth to 3 percent of Oakland's unrestricted general fund (about $399 million). The set-aside in November's Measure OO was 1.5 percent of the city's total revenue (about $ 1 billion) for two years and 2.5 percent of the total revenue thereafter.
What that means: If Measure D wins, about $3.7 million could be redirected to other programs such as libraries or parks in the 2009-10 fiscal year.
That figure would jump to $13.7 million in the 2011-12 year, according to an analysis by City Auditor Courtney Ruby's office.
Measure D would take a simple majority to pass.
Talk of amending or repealing Measure OO, which qualified for November's ballot after a group called the Kids First coalition gathered signatures, began immediately after voters approved it 53 percent to 47 percent in the fall. After considerable wrangling on what a compromise would look like, council members and the Kids First coalition reached the 3 percent deal.
"When the Kids First coalition began putting together the idea of Measure OO, nobody knew the nation's economic situation was going to go down so hard so fast," said David Kakishiba, executive director of the East Bay Asian Youth Center.
Council members Ignacio De La Fuente (Glenview-Fruitvale) and Desley Brooks (Eastmont-Seminary) held out for a complete repeal of Measure OO, which would have left the set-aside at 2.5 percent of unrestricted general fund dollars. De La Fuente said Tuesday the vote on Measure D is a "lose-lose," but said he would support the measure as a better option, to him, than Measure OO.
The council voted 6-2 this spring to place Measure D on the ballot.
— Kelly Rayburn