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Alameda County, CA November 4, 2014 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
Auditor; City of Oakland

The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Oakland and asked of all candidates for this office.     See below for questions on Define Role, Your priorities

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? 1. What is the role of the City Auditor? Why do you think you are qualified to do this job?

Answer from Brenda Roberts:

The City Auditor protects Oakland taxpayers. Through objective and impartial analysis of City operations and programs including all books and agencies, the City Auditor holds the City accountable for its expenses. The auditor issues reports to the public, elected decision-makers and City administration detailing findings, conclusions and recommendations to promote transparency and efficiency in government.

As Auditor I'll protect Oakland's taxpayers from waste, fraud and mismanagement by ensuring responsible, transparent financial practices. I'll be a Watchdog for the community in responding to citizen complaints while also working proactively to increase City Hall efficiency.

I have two decades of professional experience as a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner and CPA working with national firms KPMG and Deloitte. As an Adjunct Professor of Audit, I have performed audits for agencies including Fortune 500 companies, U.S. Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Labor, and City/County of San Francisco. Working in both internal audit departments in government and non-government organizations I bring the knowledge and values necessary to have more transparency and accountability in Oakland.

Answer from Len Raphael:

The Auditor sees to it that residents get what they pay for from their City government. Watch the video.

And this is why I am qualified for the job.

More on my qualifications are here.

? 2. Elaborate on your top priorities for the Auditor's office.

Answer from Brenda Roberts:

Fiscal Accountability - It is important for Oakland to run agencies and programs efficiently. I'll protect Oakland's taxpayers from waste, fraud and mismanagement by ensuring responsible, transparent financial practices.

Public Safety/Quality of Life - I will work to ensure accountability in City Hall, which protects our city's fiscal health, public safety and core services.

Transparency - Oaklanders deserve to know where their tax dollars are going in our local government. I will respond to citizen complaints and keep the public informed on spending and efficiency in Oakland.

Answer from Len Raphael:

  • Oversee audits of departments and contracts that haven't been audited thoroughly

  • Start now to figure out how to deal with our 2.4 billion of retirement obligations

  • Implement open government now: implement reporting of service performance stats instead of making residents wait a year for an obsolete performance audit

I have detailed my top priorities for the City Auditor's office here.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' statements are presented as submitted. References to opponents are not permitted.

The order of the candidates is random and changes daily. Candidates who did not respond are not listed on this page.

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