Let’s run through the facts about Oakland this year. It’s broke. No, it’s more than broke; it’s going to be $50 million in debt. Got that? That’s ten percent of the budget. At a time like this, what would you think would really help matters? How about a ballot initiative that would force the city to reserve roughly $28 million for children’s programs? Yes, the extremely irritating Kids First initiative has qualified for the November ballot, which means that if it passes, the city will have to approach all future budget crises with one hand tied behind its back.