It’s not happening. On Tuesday, in the special election, Oakland voters resoundingly defeated three ballot measures that would have given  $60 million in parcel taxes to City Hall and more discretionary power to city government.

Measure I, a parcel tax that Mayor Jean Quan and a few council members said was needed to support the city budget did not pass–sixty-two percent of the voters voted against it.

Measure H, which would have given the City Council power to choose a city attorney went down with seventy-three percent of voters  against it.

Measure J, which would have allowed Oakland to move the deadline for fully funding a police and fire retirement plan for employees hired before June 30, 1976, was defeated  with fifty-three percent of voters against it.

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Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local (oaklandlocal.com) a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including Salon.com, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.