Our Upcoming Events
Listening and Organizing Block by Block in West Oakland
For two weeks, West Oakland residents of Acorn and Campbell Village, along with Block By Block Organizing Network, went door to door to encourage participation in the first of seven Town Hall meetings that I pledged to hold in each Council district. The day before the Town Hall, Chief Batts and I joined Acorn residents to walk and canvass their immediate neighborhood.
We've found that knocking on doors not only puts a human face on our outreach, but it generates higher participation--more than 250 people attended Saturday's 2 1/2-hour meeting, where City staff and I participated in small discussion groups to hear what West Oakland residents considered their priorities for their neighborhood.
We asked participants to identify issues that both the City and community could address together, pick their top three priorities, and recommend some actions that could be taken to resolve the issues. The discussions were lively and proactive. We'll use these priorities to ask city staff to review their current work and plans. I will also look at the trends in building the budget. Here are the top 3 concerns from each workshop:
Environmental & Public Works
- Air and water quality on the streets
- Sewer overflows and use of recycled water
- Sidewalks--improved accessibility for the handicapped
Port of Oakland & Former Army Base
- Relocate recycling facilities to the Army Base
- Reduce truck traffic
- Make Army Base Project happen
Jobs & Economic Development
- Local Hire for quality, sustainable jobs
- Find funding for sustainable training
- Develop an integrated pipeline to careers from our high schools
- Develop and outreach/informational campaign to eliminate illegal dumping
- Vacant lots and vacant houses
- Bring back park rangers
- Armed robberies, especially near BART stations
- Gang activity/injunctions
- Drug Dealing
- Improve parent engagement-- support and accountability for parents
- Create quality community schools with inclusion of life skills into the curriculum
- Promote collaboration to solve community problems
- Finding ways to return abandoned houses into productive use
- Services/center for homeless youth
- Make housing more affordable
- Programs to teach youth how to engage in community development.
- Budget for youth program initiatives.
- Development of good jobs for youth