Bloomberg took BART from San Francisco to the 19th Street station in Oakland, where he met up with Schaaf and the two had coffee at a nearby bagel shop.
I rode BART today to Oakland, CA. I’m a big believer in public transport & its ability to reduce our carbon footprint. That’s why I’m making investing in public transportation a centerpiece of my strategy for cutting U.S. carbon pollution by 50% by 2030. https://t.co/lpm3Lernyz pic.twitter.com/DXYW0Toz5J— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) January 17, 2020
The two then walked from there to Snow Park near Lake Merritt.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf just had coffee with Mike Bloomberg, whose campaign team is about to open an Oakland office. pic.twitter.com/GctNeUNEz5— Amy Hollyfield (@amyhollyfield) January 17, 2020
Schaaf says she respects Bloomberg, but will not endorse any candidate until the primaries are over.
Later, with supporters dining on barbecue in the morning, Bloomberg told them - "in the race for President, I'm the un-Trump."
Bloomberg said during his tenure more New Yorkers got healthcare, his administration tackled climate change, and saw impressive job growth.
Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s campaign rally was scheduled for 10:30. And it started at 10:30. On the dot. Um wow. pic.twitter.com/vnvY8D12Bd— Amy Hollyfield (@amyhollyfield) January 17, 2020
He also said he was uniquely positioned to reach across the aisle and worked with Republicans. I asked how, with voters so polarized.
"You know, you reach across the aisle first by being civil to each other," he said. "And finding things that you do have in common and ways that you can get some and the other persona can get some, and back and forth. It's called management."
So far, his self-financed campaign has spent more than $100 million, primarily on TV advertisements, and although his polls numbers have grown, they are still nowhere near front-runners Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.