Nine of the ten largest cities in California have implemented term limits for city council, which in turn has harbored councils with innovative ideas, diversity, and less incumbent advantage. Compared both statewide and nationally, Oakland City Councilors have one of the highest averages for years of service. To Move Oakland Forward, we need to strengthen our city’s democratic process by empowering citizens through greater accessibility to the City Council and its members.As TOLA fellows, we are taking the initiative to master the legislative process in Oakland by laying the foundation for citizen driven propositions. Our efforts consist of talking to voters to get their opinions and sentiments regarding local politics and the potential that term limits would have for Moving Oakland Forward.