Mayor Libby Schaaf
Born and raised in Oakland's District 4 and a graduate of Skyline High, Libby spent her youth volunteering, through countless Girl Scout projects, at Children's Fairyland, and as a weekly Ranger Station Aide at Joaquin Miller Park.

While an attorney in her late 20s, she co-founded the non-profit Oakland Cares, which organized and implemented hundreds of volunteer community improvement projects across the city. She found her calling building community, so she left her legal career at Oakland's largest law firm to build and run the first centralized volunteer program for Oakland public schools at the Marcus Foster Institute.

Libby later served as Chief of Staff to Council President Ignacio De La Fuente, and then as a top aide to Mayor Jerry Brown. Libby successfully led community input and the drafting of the Measure Y Violence Prevention Plan. She represented Mayor Brown on the Project Choice Re-Entry Steering Committee, whose juvenile parolees enjoyed an 83% lower recidivism rate. Later, as Public Affairs Director for the Port of Oakland, she helped bring millions in state and federal funds to Oakland.
Among her proudest accomplishments in her time working for Mayor Brown, Council President De La Fuente, and the Port have been building waterfront parks, championing transit-oriented development, re-landscaping Park Blvd., reducing Port pollution, banning Wal-Mart superstores, and building affordable housing.

Prior to her election to the City Council, Libby served on the Board of Directors of Advisory Boards of twelve Oakland non-profits and was appointed to three City of Oakland Commissions — all fueled by her passion for the arts, education, civic engagement, and social justice.

Her volunteer efforts include Make Oakland Better Now!, the Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club, the Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA), and the League of Women Voters of Oakland.
Since her elections to the Oakland city council, Libby has worked tirelessly to build a safer city, increase government transparency and efficiency, empower residents, and strengthen our neighborhoods.

Libby helped speed up police officer recruitment so academies can begin training new officers sooner. She helped hire more civilian staff so officers can spend more time in the field fighting crime, and pushed through a plan for Oakland PD to team up with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office so we can have more officers policing our streets.
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Mayor Libby Schaaf

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.

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Posted Mar 2, 2017
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Mayor Libby Schaaf

It is with great pride and enthusiasm that we invite creative design teams to submit innovative proposals for the “Walk this Way: Broadway/Webster Project.” This comprehensive initiative is intended to transform both the Broadway and Webster Street I-880 Freeway underpasses, as well as the areas surrounding them. We are looking to create beautiful, safe, walkable, inviting, green, and iconic passageways that will help reconnect Oakland from its foothills to its waterfront by re-envisioning the areas near and under the I-880 Freeway in Downtown. This is the final step in stitching together business districts and residential neighborhoods all along the Broadway spine so they connect to the Oakland waterfront.

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Posted Nov 1, 2016
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Mayor Libby Schaaf

Proposition 63, The Safety for All initiative, gives California voters the opportunity to keep guns and ammo out of the hands of violent, dangerous, hateful people this November. This proposition:

- Removes illegal guns from our communities by ensuring that dangerous criminals and domestic abusers sell or transfer their firearms after they’re convicted.

- Requires any business that sells ammunition to report if their ammunition is lost or stolen.

- Requires people to notify law enforcement if their guns are lost or stolen.

- Ensures people convicted of gun theft are ineligible to own guns.

- Strengthens our background check systems and ensures that CA law enforcement shares data about dangerous people with the FBI.

Learn more and get involved with the campaign here: www.safetyforall.com

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Posted Sep 11, 2016
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Mayor Libby Schaaf

Even if we could map the crime locations where crimes were "cleared" or resulted in some sort of resolution. It would be interesting to track where the crimes are getting solved and where they aren't and how that compares to a map of where all crimes occurred. Are certain crimes cleared more than others? Certain neighborhoods more than others? How do Investigation, Police and DA staffing rates affect these clearance rates? I want to know.

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Posted Aug 3, 2012
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Mayor Libby Schaaf

Police (city) should have reported crimes and arrest data. DA (county) should should have charging and conviction data.

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Posted Jul 27, 2012
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Mayor Libby Schaaf

I'd like to see it be affordable housing for Oakland Unified Teachers. There is some interest in such a project on the school board and Joshua Simon has done some research into the concept.

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Posted Jul 19, 2012
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