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Oakland needs significant action to provide jobs, support our businesses, improve local revenue, and build a thriving economy.
- Many of Oakland’s most challenging problems are financial – and require focused effort to improve our economy and attract jobs for local residents and retain and expand businesses. Strengthening our local economy also will provide revenue for the City budget, to provide essential public services.
- We need to update our zoning to help attract the right kinds of investment in desired locations. We took an important first step when revising the zoning for the “Central Business District” in which we removed the “conditional use permit” requirement from many types of business types we are seeking to grow.
- Streamline the permit process, and make permits, fees, and more available online so that people do not need to stand in line or waste time on these tasks.
- Systematically review outside funding opportunities and make sure Oakland is positioned to apply and effectively use new funds that are being made available to cities. Including funds for infrastructure, parks, healthy living, and more. A particular strong area to seek funding is for “Transit Oriented Development,” because the State and Federal governments are offering grants to help cities develop revitalized urban areas with improved sidewalks, roads, and lighting, shops, housing, jobs, services, and more in walk-able, bike-able areas accessible to transit. These opportunities can allow us to create jobs while improving quality of life in the community.
- Promote local business attraction in which we actively recruit investment in Oakland (both to support/expand existing businesses and to attract new ones). Use tools like the “Main Street USA” survey to help identify desired investments.
- Work to bring full-service grocery stores to neighborhoods which do not have them, revitalize Broadway/Uptown as a mixed-use area with retail and entertainment (along with housing and offices), transform the Oakland Coliseum and its surroundings from a costly burden into an asset with hotels, restaurants and more that generates jobs and revenue.
- Work to develop good paying local jobs in trade, logistics, construction, and more.
- Provide for effective local hiring methods to improve economic opportunity in Oakland.
- Continue to build on our growing food sector, by encouraging development of the full range including food production, and creating a coherent permit system for mobile food trucks.
- Help to restore Oakland’s revenue by making it easier to shop in Oakland by providing more retail opportunities here, so that sales dollars stay in our economy, providing funding for vital public services.
- Remove blight, including bringing enforcement actions against “repeat offenders” who cause multiple blighted properties, remove graffiti and provide for neighborhood beautification. (Including through “summer jobs” programs).
- Fight predatory loans and unjust foreclosures and wrongful evictions, which are creating a significant negative impact on our economy while harming families and neighborhoods. (We have taken an important first step by creating a foreclosed/vacant property registry, which will make it easier to identify and respond to problems).
- Develop Oakland as a center for green technology, health care, arts, and other emerging industries.
- Projects to insulate and rehabilitate local buildings, develop green technologies, and provide transit-oriented development can create thousands of jobs while also reducing environmental impacts and oil-dependency problems. (Also helping to keep money in the local economy, rather than going overseas to oil providers).
- Recognize that the need for local jobs and the need for business success go together, including that small businesses create the overwhelming majority of jobs.