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Tracking the candidates’ financial interests

on October 29, 2010

Across the United States, elected officials from the local level all the way up to the president—as well as all candidates hoping to hold these offices—are required to officially disclose their personal assets and income. This information helps voters make informed decisions, and helps the public detect any potential conflicts of interest that might tempt an official to use her office for personal gain. In California, this information is recorded on a document called the “Statement of Economic Interests,” or Form 700 under the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission.

As Oakland voters make their final choices leading up to next week’s election, Oakland North has collected Statements of Economic Interests for all of the city’s municipal candidates. Readers are invited to browse the documents as they weigh their options on the ballot.

[Note: These documents are no longer available online.]

Candidates for Oakland Mayor

Candidates for Oakland City Council

District 2:

District 4:

District 6:

Candidates for Oakland Unified School District Board

District 2:

District 4:

District 6:

Candidates for Oakland City Auditor

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  1. Karen on October 29, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Interesting. I hope someone more familiar with these forms will chime in if I’m wrong. But it looks like Courtney Ruby is claiming she has no real property interest, no income, no investments. Perata only lists his income from his company Perata Consultants LLC, what about ownership in real property, and other investments?

    How can you really compare this information and use it in a meaningful way?

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