Big Step Forward For Oakland’s Municipal ID Cards

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Oakland residents – legal and otherwise – are closer than ever before to receiving municipal identification cards, following recent action by the City Council.

The ID cards have been on Mayor Jean Quan’s “to-do” list for about 2-and-a-half years. She argues that the cards would give power to those who otherwise carry no legal identification.

“I’m hoping that the extra protections of it being a banking card, ironically, the banking industry can give the holders more confidential protection than we can as a city,” she said.

“Many people,” she continued,” who don’t have ID don’t have checking accounts, don’t have a place to safely carry their money. Having this debit card will also reduce crime and will give immigrants the confidence to come forward and talk to the police when we’re working on neighborhood crime.”

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

The city must still work out the details with several participating banks, but having the councilmembers sign off on the program represents a major hurdle having been overcome.

By some estimates, as many as 30,000 cards could be issued within the first year of the program’s implementation. It remained unclear, though, when the program would actually launch.

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  • Ron

    Mayor Quan has come up with another idiotic idea. Is this another step toward voter IDs? Forcing people to carry ID cards, is un-Constitutional. Quan should put her limited intelligence toward building the econimy of Oakland, instead of the foolish, manipulation of the poor/middleclass!

  • Tours Martel

    But think how much easier this makes ICE’s job- if you are carrying Oakland City id rather than a CDL, run them for being an illegal. Thanks, Mayor Quan!

  • dbarco

    Yeah!!! Any cop worth his/her salt appreciates these & the matricula cards.
    No need to ask if they are here illegally!!!
    Quan be gone!!!!!!!

  • Phil White

    Liberal Democratic Dim-Wits at their best……..

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