In 2022, Oakland voters will have the opportunity to elect our city’s next mayor. The Mayor of Oakland is the head of the executive branch, responsible for implementing the actions and laws that have been passed by the council and the community.
The mayor also selects and hires the city administrator, appoints the members of the main councils and commissions and defines the direction of the administrative arm of government, thus having a major impact on the measures taken.
In recent years, the city council has passed numerous laws and funded positions and projects – many of which have not been implemented, such as gun tracing and cracking down on illegal weapons, civilization special events, proactive remediation of illegal landfills, a public land policy to prioritize affordable housing, guidance to provide healthier alternative locations to respond to homelessness, and many more.
In order to ensure that we build a safer, healthier future for Oakland, it is vitally important to ensure that we elect leaders to the executive branch with the dedication and commitment to take the necessary steps to meet to the needs of our communities.
With the serious struggles facing our communities, it is essential that the next mayor takes immediate action in his first hundred days – and therefore, I pledge to provide proposals for what the next mayor can and should do. during his first 100 days in office. .
These efforts should include the recruitment and retention of the workforce, effective relationships with the county government and neighboring towns to resolve common issues, working with stakeholders, especially to develop economic development and housing. fair for all income levels, presenting and adopting proposals to the Board and bringing in and properly managing the necessary finances.
Even in the first 100 days, a mayor can accomplish a lot, including taking steps to implement vital services that already have Council approval and can therefore be put in place more quickly.
This is the first installment, listing some of the first things the next mayor can and should do to build a healthier Oakland, and which should be factors in our decision making over the coming year.
1. Ensure the implementation of the directive to prioritize stopping the flow of illegal weapons and stopping armed violence, including the implementation of gun tracing, monitoring and shutting down sources of illegal weapons and responding immediately to notifications of shooting.
2. Eliminate scourge and illegal landfills, implement proactive scourge elimination rather than waiting for complaints, incorporate scourge elimination into city efforts (rewards program, summer employment program , etc.). Clear the backlog and establish a new normal that is not acceptable to throw out on Oakland.
3. Provide healthier alternatives for the homeless, including secure parking lots / managed RV sites and sanitation / landfill sites, to reduce risks to public health. Partnership with the county and others.
4. Implement the directive previously approved by the Council to shift to the use of civilians (rather than sworn police) to manage parades and special events. Help ensure that community and cultural events can take place without excessive costs getting in the way. Strengthen the arts, economics and fairness of the event authorization system and ensure that expensive police resources are directed where they are needed, rather than wasted watching parades.
5. Implement the previously approved public land policy to ensure the use of public land for public needs, with priority for affordable housing.
6. Facilitate the growth, construction and expansion of local residents and small businesses by providing consistent and streamlined permits and implementing Council-funded guidance to provide evening and weekend hours and easy online access, to allow people to do projects like adding Accessory Housing Units (ADUs) and making other renovation and construction projects more timely.
7. Work with stakeholders and the community to advance the effective and equitable revitalization of large public properties in and around the Oakland Coliseum, including with housing for all income levels, jobs and business development, sports and entertainment, conventions and hotels.
8. Work to expedite the filling of vacant positions in necessary municipal staff positions and improve local recruitment, retention and hiring, to help provide essential services, including cleaning, park maintenance, gun tracing and other needs.
9. Fire prevention and climate resilience. Our region faces increasing dangers from climate change and the risk of fire, and we must take action to reduce and address the risks and protect our communities with a more resilient future, including by planning and launching health activities. prevention of fires and brush clearance earlier in the year, improve brush removal on public and private lands, fully staff the fire department and improve public infrastructure to protect cleaner air and reduce risk .
10. Vocational training and career path. Some industries struggle to find enough prepared workers, while many members of our community also need access to quality jobs. Support and connect quality skills training programs and employment policies with growing sectors and ensure Oakland residents are prepared for vital openings in needed jobs while allowing our community to thrive.