Next week, I begin a series of community conversations across Oakland to hear directly from you about your priorities for the city's FY 2017-19 budget.
These informal gatherings aim to make the budget process as fun, engaging and accessible as possible, and are consistent with the events I convened in the previous budget cycle (FY 15-17), which encouraged residents to attend neighborhood discussions, participate in online conversations, and to make their voice heard through budget surveys available on the City website and via social media (#oakbudget).
We currently have the following neighborhood forums scheduled, and look forward to announcing others in the Fruitvale district, Chinatown, and Eastmont neighborhood in the coming days.
Wednesday, March 8, 7 - 8:30PM, North Oakland Community Charter School, 1000 42nd Street, hosted by the Longfellow Community Association.
Monday, March 13, 11AM - 1PM, East Oakland Senior Center, 9255 Edes Avenue.
Tuesday, March 14, 6:30 - 8:30PM, East Oakland Boxing Association, 816 98th Avenue, hosted by East Oakland Collective.
Wednesday, March 22, 6:00 - 8PM, Sullivan Community Space (West Oakland), 1671 8th Street, hosted by the Prescott Neighborhood Council.
Wednesday, March 29, 7 - 9PM, Hiller Highlands Country Club, 110 Hiller Drive, hosted by the North Hills Community Association.
As in 2015, my forthcoming budget proposal will keep a focus on investments that will help responsibly grow the City's economy and permanent revenue base so we're able to meet our long-term financial obligations and provide all of the vitally needed services in the future so Oakland can become a healthier, safer, more equitable, and prosperous community. After hearing from you, I will present my proposed budget to the City Council.
I look forward to making sure the diverse voices of Oakland are reflected in my budget proposal, so please let your friends and neighbors know how they can make their voices heard.
Nice write up on the process in Vallejo that mentions both CDP and Open Budget Oakland - blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2013/05...
by Lauren Bénichou The Vallejo City Council is set to vote Tuesday on a series of projects -- from streetlights to senior centers -- that were chosen
Dan, yes indeed! We'd be happy to have you. And Adam, thanks for sharing the Open Budget work here, it's so powerful and relevant.
For people interested in the education/communication side of participatory budgeting in Oakland, stay tuned to openbudgetoakland.org -- we're relaunching within the month. Some CDP folks are also involved in this project.
The future site will have many Oakland budget visuals, data sets and tools for people to create and share their own visuals, and a forum for dialogue.
If you'd like to help build this, come to OpenOakland meetings Tuesdays at City Hall. More info here: openoakland.org
Apologies for the delayed reply, I was on extended leave. I would like to attend a meeting and possibly be more involved. Are meetings still being held every Monday at 7pm at The Sudo Room?
CDP Community Building Potluck
This Saturday, Jan 26, 3 - 5 pm (kickoff at 3:30)
At the Sudo Room, on 22nd St between Broadway and Telegraph, next to address #459. Ring the bell if the door is locked, otherwise just come in and take the elevator to the 2nd floor.
Nice new site from the CDP -
"The Community Democracy Project promotes active citizenship, community learning, and direct democracy by putting the people in charge of the budget. Our voter initiative will change the Oakland City Charter so that we the people decide how our tax money is spent. There will be empowered neighborhood assemblies throughout the city where people can come together to discuss community issues and determine public priorities by directly voting on the city budget. The time has come for public decision-making to include the voices of all."
A bit of context, that pie chart was created in a few hours at Code for Oakland, with the only data available on the City of Oakland website. We agree that the available data isn't very helpful. Last week, after much effort, the group secured much more detailed data and is in the process of building the platform described at the top of the thread. Stay tuned! And here's a bit more on the process with the city: oaklandlocal.com/article/oakla...
Something to think about, the city's HR department has a bigger budget than both the parks and libraries combined
Hack the Budget received from the city the data needed to make this pie chart
A good step in the right direction! Not exactly helpful though that the largest expenditure category is vaguely described as "non departmental"