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