Reauthorization

OFCY is up for reauthorization this year. It can be reauthorized by City Council by a simple majority vote, or put on the ballot for voter approval. Below is some information on the City Charter language around reauthorization, and a brief timeline of OFCY's establishment and first reauthorization.

 

Oakland City Charter: Article XIII: Kids First! Oakland Children’s Fund

 

Section 1307

"This section may be extended for an additional twelve years beginning July 1 2021 by a simple majority vote of the City Council. If the City Council does not itself extend this section, then the City Council shall place the question of whether to extend this section on the November 2020 ballot for a vote of the electorate. This process will be repeated every twelve years or until reauthorization is rejected by a vote of the electorate."

 

OFCY Reauthorization Timeline for 2019-2020

  • Oakland City Council may extend the Kids First Measure (D) “As is” by majority vote. This can take place now in 2019, and is needed by spring 2020, and can be completed no later than July 2020.
  • If the measure is not extended by Council approval, the City Charter requires that the Council place the Kids First Measure “As is” on the November 2020 ballot.  The voters must approve or reject the Kids First measure “As is”.
  • The due date for City submission to the City Clerk is around August 5 2020 for the November 3, 2020 General Election. Council Action to place an item on the ballot is required at least 88 days prior to Nov. 3 election.

 

 

Below is a timeline of the establishment of Oakland Kids First! and efforts to reauthorize the fund in  2008-2009 for the second 12-year cycle, along with links to various articles and publications provided for context. 

OFCY Kids First History

 

Establishment of the Fund – 1st 12-Year Cycle

1994-1996

  • Citywide action developing policy and planning focusing on youth.

 

1996

  • Kids First! Initiative gathers over 30,000 signatures to put funding measure on the ballot.

  • On November 5, 1996, 75% of Oakland voters approved Measure K to establish the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth, which set aside 2.5% of city’s unrestricted general fund for children and youth programming.

 

1998

  • First round of funding. OFCY received 202 requests for funding and recommended 39 programs for nearly $5M in annual grant funding.

 

Reauthorization of the Fund – 2nd 12-Year Cycle

2007-2008

  • OFCY’s Planning and Oversight Committee hosted meetings to discuss reauthorization and receive public input from community group and the members of the Kids First! Initiative.

 

April 2008

  • Oakland City Council unanimously adopts resolution to reauthorize Oakland Kids First! ‘as is’, with only minor technical changes, for another 12-year term.

  • https://oakland.legistar.com/calendar.aspx

  • Kids First! Coalition announces intention to place an initiative on November ballot to ‘double funding for children and youth services by 2011 without raising taxes’

 

November 2008

  • On November 4 2008, A revised Kids First! Initiative (“Measure OO”) is passed by 53% of voters. The measure increased the annual set aside for grants to 1½% for two years and 2½% thereafter of the City's annual total revenues, rather than 2½ percent of the unrestricted general fund revenues.

 

December 2008 - January 2009

  • City of Oakland forecasts a city budget deficits and identifies two main factors: declining revenue due to the economic recession, and the large increase of funding directed to children and youth via Kids First! due to the new funding formula in Measure OO.

 

March 2009 - April 2009

  • City Council debates path to either repeal or revise Measure 00. After deadlocking on March 17, council approves a new ballot measure for a special election in July 2009 to replace Measure OO with Measure D.

 

July 2009

  • On July 21 2009, 72% of Oakland voters approved Measure D in a special election conducted as a mail-in ballot only election. The measure changed the annual set aside for grants to 3% of the unrestricted General Purpose Fund.

 

Reauthorization of the Fund – 3rd 12-Year Cycle

  • OFCY may be extended for an additional twelve years beginning July 1 2021 by a simple majority vote of the City Council.  This action is needed in late 2019 or early 2020, and must be completed no later than July 2020.

  • If the City Council does not itself extend the Fund, then the City Council shall place the question of whether to extend Oakland Kids First “As Is” on the November 2020 ballot for a vote of the electorate.  This process will be repeated every twelve years or until reauthorization is rejected by a vote of the electorate.

  • The due date for City Council action to place an item on the ballot for November 2020 is early August 2020 – it is required at least 88 days prior to the November election.