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About the City Council
The City Council is the governing body of the City of Oakland. Its eight members are elected directly by the citizens of Oakland. The Council is made up of one representative from each of seven districts and one at-large representative.
The Council sets goals and priorities for the City. The council approves the City budget, adopts ordinances to help the City serve its citizens, and appoints members to various boards and commissions.
- Encourage economic growth in a socially- and environmentally-responsible way.
- Conserve natural resources.
- Encourage and support social equity for all Oakland residents.
- Develop and implement sound financial management policies and procedures.
Build community and foster livable neighborhoods
- Reduce crime by implementing a comprehensive crime prevention/reduction strategy.
- Develop housing for all incomes.
- Reduce blight and nuisance.
- Provide for clean, well-maintained and accessible streets and sidewalks, facilities, amenities, parks recreational facilities, and trees.
Ensure that all Oakland youth and seniors have the opportunity to be successful
- Provide effective community programs for Seniors, Youth and People with disabilities.