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City of OaklandCandidate for City Council, District 6

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Nancy Sidebotham

Tax Preparer
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Fiscal Health: each department to have fiscal, not just performance audit; stop ignoring looming retirement fund issues
  • Econ Development: Stopping capital drain on city; turning over Oakland $$ 5x internally; equitable distribution of resources
  • Public Safety: Reaching balance between public behavior, policing, enforcement and community values



Profession:tax preparer
Tax Preparer, Self Employed (1973–current)


Cal State Hayward BA History (current)
CSUHayward Bachelor of Arts (BA), History (1970)


As a resident of District Six for decades I am very familiar with every nook and cranny of our district, even the shifting boundaries.  I am cognizant of the lack of a sustainable economy in our village, lack of attention paid to this area for the last ten years by the City Council, lack of vigorous community planning by city staff.

I am also aware of the tremendous diversity, talent, and energy amongst the residents.

By its Charter, the Oakland City Council members have two portfolios only.  One is to pass legislation (ordinances) to create and maintain a safe and secure environment “being vested with all powers of legislation in municipal affairs adequate to provide a complete system of local government consistent with the Constitution of the State of California. “

The second is budgetary: “The Council shall fix the compensation of all City employees, officers and officials except as otherwise provided by this Charter.

The Council shall have no administrative powers.” {Section 209}

As the Chair of NPC 29X and years of activism on many issues, I do know the policies, historical and current, of the City.  I also am familiar with budgets and (under)staffing throughout the departments.
As a professional tax preparer, I am thoroughly versed in accounting methods and principles, finance mechanisms, tax policies at city, state and federal levels as well as theories of what makes a sustainable and vibrant local economy.   Thus I feel I have the appropriate background to legislate and budget on your behalf.  More importantly, however, is my track record of community service and working with many of your neighbors to resolve and mitigate neighborhood challenges such as creek pollution, animal issues, street maintenance and fire prevention.  I am well known for my rants and suggestions about “gift shops” selling drugs, ideas on development of our public land jewel, lack of comprehensive planning department to department, and the overall malaise that seems to have enveloped us.


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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am not a rookie to Oakland politics. I understand how the City operates and what needs to be done to make Oakland once again a viable city. I am willing and able to bring change and lead without interfering! Many have stopped voting because they don’t see positive results. I am asking for your vote to bring Oakland back to its residents so positive things can happen!
I run to educate; I run to involve residents in their government; I run to make you part of the team.  Join me to exercise the gift of franchise and your contribution to the future!
For more information about my stances on the myriad of issues facing Oakland, go to my webpage   Click on “     “.
For my daily observations about happenings in the community, topics or interest and things you should know, click on nancysidebotham,com/blurbs.

I value intentional, continuous growth and learning. That is why my endorsers can tell you that in working with me, they have learned about city and county government and working as a team to achieve their goal or solution or issue. More importantly, they have become empowered to “pass it on”, the way we build an informed, active community..
I’ve helped people during stressful and dangerous situations. I have the experience and am unafraid to make tough decisions. I won’t saddle you with bad garbage contracts, give away public lands, ignore infrastructure needs, or push out residents who helped make Oakland great. I won’t publicly say one thing and vote another. I will work for all of us. Join me.

I am also known for not soliciting donations nor organizational endorsements as I believe our election system has been compromised by fund raising and a candidate’s time /ability to get things done is thwarted by lobbying for endorsements that infer future obligation to that group, no matter the validity of the

We welcome you to this wonderful place, full of history and potential.  I encourage you to exercise your voting privilege and become involved in creating the community we envision.  We are blessed with many things, but we can be better.

I am counting on you.

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