🙏 Wins for our community in 2019
Looking back on 2019, one thing is clear: we would not have achieved wins for Oakland, especially our community's most underserved, without you.
We appreciate your love and hope for the Town, whether you met with us to share ideas and ask us to champion a policy change; organized neighbors to be part of solutions; shared resources and opportunities with community groups and those in need; and much more.
Looking ahead to 2020, our policy and neighborhood priorities will continue to focus on deeply affordable housing, homeless solutions and community safety. Your continued support will help my office partner with community organizations on projects that directly support District 2's children, low-income families, unhoused neighbors, survivors of human trafficking, and clients of local domestic violence service providers.
Supported by the organizing, advocacy, research, and experiences of Oakland's powerful ecosystem of grassroots organizations and coalitions, we introduced and co-sponsored several policies and secured budget resources to:
protect tenants in owner-occupied duplexes & triplexes from displacement
take housing off the speculative market and preserve it for permanent affordability & community ownership with land trusts and co-ops
facilitate a community benefits agreement for the renovation of the Kaiser Auditorium
call for improvements and an independent audit of the City's Homeless Encampment Management Program and solutions to homelessness
prevent the deportation of rehabilitated, formerly incarcerated residents
upgrade facilities and infrastructure at San Antonio Recreation Center and Head Start, Lincoln Recreation Center, Madison Park, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Main Branch Library, and Oakland Museum of CA
Behind-the-scenes, so many played critical roles to ensure that Oakland takes care of everyone, not just a lucky few. These appreciations by no means cover all who deserve our heartfelt thanks. We want to especially shout-out:
San Antonio neighbors for organizing solutions to promote safety, healthy activity and combat human trafficking
Chinatown neighbors for organizing solutions to parking, mobility management, and neighborhood cleanliness
Grand Lake neighbors for volunteering to keep Splash Pad Park, the Rose Garden, and our streets safe and clean, and to support businesses along Lakeshore and Grand Avenues
Eastlake neighbors for leading efforts to push for equitable development that preserves our arts and culture and creates deeply affordable housing
D2 Business Improvement Districts, Chambers of Commerce, and merchant associations for their hard work supporting merchants
Our hard-working City workers who fix our streets, service our parks and facilities, address illegal dumping, improve traffic safety, and staff our libraries
Our Recreation Center leaders and staff who put on so many fun and engaging low-cost/free programs for families & community members
Countless volunteer-led neighborhood groups who help keep our streets, parks, schools, and gardens clean and beautiful
OakDOT and neighbors for stepping up in the wake of a pedestrian fatality to make swift safety improvements around Garfield Elementary
Staff throughout City Hall who have supported our team's work with meaningful guidance, consultation, and connections
I'm hopeful that we can and will do more and better for Oakland in 2020. Wishing you and your loved ones abundance, joy, and fun in the New Year!
With Oakland Love,