It appears the Oakley Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a City Council Candidates Forum on Tuesday, September 18; the only problem is that some of the candidates only found out about the debate through an email last night.
The Chamber has apparently played favorites early in the vetting process as a date was set by checking with a single candidate while others were given a choice to show up or not. Via communications, the email also did not state who the moderator would be. This is clearly unfair to new candidates while I would hope additional information will be provided shortly.
What the Chamber should have done was phone/email all candidates and get a consensus of when a good date and time would be. In speaking to multiple candidates, this was not done.
On a side note, the Chamber is actually not a good organization to host this type of forum due to the many conflicts of interest–specifically you have members and board members running for local offices while one candidate has a Breakfast with the Mayor each month.
I would encourage the Chamber to bring in an outside moderator in order to promote
When: Sept. 18, 2012 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm
Location: Oakley Recreation Building, 1250 O’Hara Ave, Oakley
Website: Oakley Chamber of Commerce