By David Scott
In a response to the violence that is killing many youth in Oakland, Mayoral candidate Dr. Te rence Candell sponsored a youth-led march against violence.
The youth carried signs that read; “No Guns! Let’s Just Chill.” Candell said he was offering a coalition of Oakland youth a “constructive outlet for their anger” over the deaths of Oscar Grant, Mark Dunikan, Damon Williams and many others. The banners acknowledged the deaths of youth and police officers who have been killed in Oakland. “We must pray for the families of all victims of violence,” said Candell.
Candell said he prays for peace but he feels that leadership requires prayerful action as well. He helped lead the demonstration down 73rd Avenue, a street that has been at the epicenter of some of the city’s violent encounters.
Founder of both Candell’s College Preparatory School and Candell’s University, he has a teaching credential from San Francisco State University, an M.A. in education from the Western Institute for Social Research in Berkeley and Ph.D. degrees in Education and Business Administration.
Candell shared his vision for the supporting Oakland police officers this week to the Post,
“Can you just imagine a police force that is largely comprised of individuals from Oakland, retrained to serve the people, treating them with respect and dignity, and any future officers hired must undergo the customer service training and live in Oakland even in the flat lands?” he asked.
As mayor, Candell said he would develop a $100 million Mayor’s Jobs Program that would operate on a year-round basis, not just during the summer, emphasizing on-the-job training for youth. “We need to keep our youth active and busy. We need to give them hope.”
“When our kids work or enroll as interns with a small business or a corporation, they achieve skills and develop moral character that will last a lifetime,” he said.
If elected, Dr. Candell wants to introduce a 1 percent commuter tax for those who work but do not live in Oakland. It would be a toll revenue generator for those who enter our city just like San Francisco, Vallejo and Palo Alto, he said.
‘’Why is it that no one has to pay to visit and plunder our city,” he said. “After the Oscar Grant verdict, 85 percent of arrested protesters did not live in Oakland. However, they did trash local businesses and looted stores.”
Candell also wants to change the City Charter to give the mayor more control of the streets around the Port of Oakland.
“If you like the way the city is being run now, then you might want to vote for the other guys, but if you are looking for change in the city of Oakland that will include you, you must vote for Terence Candell,” he said.
For information visit: candellformayor.com.