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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of OaklandCandidate for City CouncilAt Large

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Nancy Sidebotham

Tax Preparer
5,799 votes (3.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Jobs and sales tax base businesses building for sustainable economic growth
  • Public Safety which entails safe neighborhoods, magnet for business relocation and strengthening the public school curriculum to entail shop and home economic programs.
  • Complete outside audit of the City of Oakland, Port and OUS leading to fiscal accountability.



Profession:Tax Preparer
Tax Preparer/Owner, Self Employed (1974–current)
Board member, Community Policing Advisory Board (CPAB) — Appointed position (2016–2008)


CAlifornia State University Hayward (CSUH) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), History (1970)
Merritt College Associate of Arts (AA), Liberal Arts (1968)

Community Activities

Chair, Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) (2001–current)
Steering Committee, Neighborhood Watch (NW) (2012–current)
Board member, Urban Relief (2010–2014)

Who supports this candidate?

Individuals (1)

  • All my endorsements are from residents from across Oakland...No one person stands above the rest.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of Oakland (3)

  As the at-large councilmember, describe your role to help the City Council balance what may be competing requests from different neighborhoods or districts?  
Answer from Nancy Sidebotham:

Most of the issues in Oakland are based on basic necessities and should be addressed as such.  I would work to bring concensus at the council level that though seven of the members represent a district that in order for Oakland to work as a city the whole city needs to have the issues addressed and not play favorites.  

How would you assure that everyone gets a voice at the table, including those neighborhoods that may not have strong voices to lobby at City Hall?  
Answer from Nancy Sidebotham:

As the At Large representative I would reach out via Social Media, go the the various neighborhoods meetings, work with the Council member in each of the Districts, do a mailer to all households once or twice a year asking for feedback on issues that may concern them and letting them know that my phone and office s always available to them.  

Which of these local Oakland ballot measures do you think is the most critical one; why do you choose that one?  a) Tax on distribution of sugar-sweetened beverages, b) Just Cause Ordinance amendment, c) Infrastructure bond/affordable housing, d) Citizen police commission
Answer from Nancy Sidebotham:

I don't agree with any of them.  Because I believe they are being approached with a knee jerk reactionary thought process.  If I where to pick one, it would be the infrastructure one but not include the affordable housing.  I also do not believe that continuing to tax home owners is the right way to raise money.  Oakland has the highest property taxes in the County and yet with all the funds raised there is little to show for accomplishments.   Infrastructure has been neglected for years and yet we have been paying for it for years.  

Oakland needs jobs and businesses with a sales tax base in order to function at a level that can compete with surrounding comunities.  Oakand relies on grants and the over taxing of it's Property owners and what businesses exist.  

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