On October 20, some 35 to 40 people gathered at the home of Mark Merin and Cathleen Williams in downtown Sacramento for a No on O House Party. The event's purpose was to raise awareness and money to defeat Measure O.
The City of Sacramento placed O, a complicated measure, on the ballot. City leaders argue that Measure O will get the homeless off the streets – but speakers opposed to Measure O said that the way it gets people off the streets is not through police sweeps of homeless people. This is wasteful, traumatic, and costly to those in need of housing. Measure O diverts money from real programs to get people into housing, providing services like providing job training skills, and treatment for mental problems Illness, and substance abuse.
Opponents also argued that jails can not solve these problems. The movers and shakers in attendance were grateful to receive the informational flier from Peace & Freedom Party.