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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of OaklandCandidate for Auditor

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Brenda Roberts

46,532 votes (34.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Housing - Determine: a) whether the Planning department is efficient and promoting more housing; b) efforts/monies to solve the homeless crisis are coordinated with other agencies; c) Oakland is using developer fees to build affordable housing.
  • City Budget - Determine: a) why departments exceed budget amounts yearly; b) City's plan to pay for pensions, benefits to city employees; c) monies are collected and spent properly for parcel tax and bond measures.
  • Quality of Life - Determine a) City streets are kept clean and safe from hazards, blighted properties are cited and remediated; b) City meets EPA requirements for clean water; c) City has a robust disaster-preparedness plan in place.



Profession:Incumbent Oakland City Auditor - CPA
City Auditor, City of Oakland (2015–current)
City Auditor, City of Oakland — Elected position (2015–current)


Golden Gate University Masters in Business Administration, Finance (current)


I bring more than two decades of professional auditing and management experience into the City of Oakland. I am a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, and Certified Fraud Examiner and have performed audits for several agencies including Fortune 500 companies.  I have worked for the U.S. Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Labor, and City/County of San Francisco. I am an award-winning auditor, and most recently received the Knighton Award – Exemplary from the Association of Local Government Auditors.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am a Democrat, focused on social justice for a strong community that promotes the democratic process.  I fully support Women's rights and have mentored young women for years, helping them maneuver through obstacles towards their success as Women in Business or Women in Public Service.  I am a strong advocate for chilren and have volunteered in the classroom and in other means to provide the needed support for teachers and educators so our students thrive.  I love our City and spend many weekends beautifying our parks, or clearing areas for so we can all enjoy this resource.

In everything  I do, I am guided by integrity and speaking the truth - both critical for the City Auditor, looking out for the Taxpayer and the Residents of our City.

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— October 3, 2018 Allison Bliss Consulting

This is a brief description of the work of the Oakland City Auditor, under the leadership of Brenda Roberts for the past 4 years.  She highlights the accomplishments:

  • Identified a $2 million funding shortfall for Kids First Fund
  • Found $2 million in uncollected Revenues
  • From our audit recommendation, increased funding for the City's Housing program, bringing in an additional $2.6 million in revenues each year.

Brenda always works in the framework of Integrity and Transparency.  Her goal is to bring about changes in the City to prevent errors, misuse of City resources and deter fraud and abuse.




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