Thursday, February 9th was the Oakland Greens, the local Branch of the Alameda Green Party held a press conference. On the steps of City Hall, the Green’s candidates for Oakland City Council District 1, Don Macleay; At-Large, Teresa Anderson; District 7, Randy Menijvar; and School Board District 3 Vincente Cruz addressed a small crowd of media, supporters, and even opposing candidate for District 1, Richard Raya.
Although the press conference was small, the Greens have registered over 5,000+ voters in Oakland and rising.
As supporters of the message of the Occupy Oakland movement, the Greens hope to transition the wave of radical reforms into electoral reality on the Oakland City Council and School Board.
During the press conference Macleay, discussed the failures of Oakland, citing Measure Y and the perennial unbalanced budget.
Overall the Greens look to have a strong shot at changing Oakland’s political landscape, with their four strong candidates combined with RCV, they are poised to give the opposition a run for their money – much more so than in the previous 10 years