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Measure Y — the Violence Prevention and Public Safety Act of 2004 — creates a safe Oakland by dramatically reducing violence among youth and adults. Measure Y is a comprehensive and multifaceted effort weaving together social services, nonprofits, police, employment, schools, criminal justice, faith-based agencies and community members at the neighborhood level.
The Measure Y network addresses the complex and multiple risk factors associated with violence: poverty, unemployment, discrimination, substance abuse, educational failure, fragmented families and domestic abuse.
Find out more about Measure Y through the Oakland Unite website. The website has information about the programs, services and events in your neighborhood as well as videos, grant information, and success stories.
The voter-approved ordinance which created Measure Y requires the monitoring of the measure by an oversight committee. To learn more about the Oversight Committee, find out about upcoming meetings, or to participate on the Committee, visit the Oversight Committee webpage here.
Overview of Measure Y
Oakland Unite is funded by tax-payer dollars through Measure Y. Passed by Oakland voters on November 2, 2004, Measure Y provides approximately $22 million every year for ten years to fund violence prevention programs, additional police officers, and fire services. Measure Y funds are generated through a new parcel tax along with a parking surcharge in commercial lots. Measure Y expires in December 2014. The funding is used as follows:
Fire Safety – $4 million annually. Measure Y funding eliminates Fire Department rotating station closures so that all fires stations are now open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Violence Prevention Programs – 40% of remaining Measure Y revenue. Violence prevention programs administered through the Oakland Department of Human Services are designed to work together with community policing to provide a continuum of support for high risk youth and young adults. Interventions reach out to those children, youth and young adults most at risk for committing and/or becoming victims of violence.
Police Services – 60% of remaining Measure Y revenue . Measure Y enhances Oakland’s Community Policing program by adding new Problem Solving Officers to the Oakland Police Department ranks, as well as additional officers for truancy enforcement, domestic violence, and special victims units.
For more details, read the full text of the Measure Y legislation.
For information about the Measure Y successor measure (Measure Z, Safety and Services Act of 2014), click here.