Disclosure: I am working on a part-time, short term basis for TransForm on the Oakland Airport Connector campaign. However, the thoughts expressed in my posts on this subject are my own and should not be construed to be those of TransForm.
Tomorrow night, the Oakland City Council will be voting on a resolution opposing the Oakland Airport Connector. I know many of you plan to attend, and if you haven’t RSVPed yet, please do so on Facebook.
But I have one last request, and it’s important. Several councilmembers are on the fence or not yet decided. The supporters of the OAC are generating phone calls to these offices and it’s important that we do the same. Please take 10 minutes today to call these four councilmembers and to send an email to the entire Council. To make an impact, please call and email today (Monday) or early tomorrow (Tuesday).
It’s simple – here’s what you should do:
1. Call the following councilmembers:
Council President Jane Brunner, District 1 – 510-238-7001
Patricia Kernighan, District 2 – 510-238-7002
Jean Quan, District 4 – 510-238-7004
Ignacio De La Fuente, District 5 – 510-238-7005
When you call, you will likely talk to either the councilmembers’ staffers or answering machines. Use the following script as a guide:
Hi, my name is ________ and I’m an Oakland resident calling to urge Councilmember _________ to support the resolution opposing the Oakland Airport Connector. This half billion project does not benefit Oakland, and it would suck funding from several Oakland transit projects. The Connector will not provide economic development to East Oakland, and many Oakland residents will not be able to afford the $6 fare.
[If speaking to a staffer]: Can you tell me how Councilmember ________ plans to vote on this resolution?
Thank you for your time.
2. Email the full Council:
Rebecca Kaplan <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Jane Brunner <email@example.com>, Pat Kernighan <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Nancy Nadel <email@example.com>,
Jean Quan <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Ignacio De La Fuente <email@example.com>, Desley Brooks <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Larry Reid <email@example.com>
Use the following template as a guide:
Dear Oakland City Councilmembers,
I am writing to urge you to support the resolution opposing the Oakland Airport Connector.
This half billion project does not benefit Oakland, and it would suck funding from several Oakland transit projects. The Connector will not provide economic development to East Oakland, and many Oakland residents will not be able to afford the $6 fare.
A vote against the Airport Connector is a vote for:
- A Stronger Economy: A bus rapid transit connector would have intermediate stops and would be affordable to all Oakland residents.
- More Jobs: Reverting OAC funds back to transit agencies would create more jobs than building the OAC.
- Better Transit: A bus rapid transit connector could be as fast as the OAC, AND the money saved would stop transit service cuts throughout the Bay Area.
Please vote for the resolution opposing the Oakland Airport Connector.
3. Ask anybody and everybody you know who opposes the Connector to do the same.
Thanks, and I’ll see you tomorrow!