Create a Responsive and Accountable Government
- Create an Oakland Citizen Engagement web portal that
- Ensures rapid response for issues in neighborhood.
- Enables ongoing Participatory budgeting allowing neighborhoods to vote on how city funds are spent.
- Enable sourcing of funds for projects directly from community avoiding city bureaucracy, increasing efficiency and transparency.
- Implements an online liquid democracy system
- District 1 citizens will be allowed to vote on every vote I make in the council
- By default, citizen votes are delegated to me.
- Citizen can choose to undelegate and vote directly.
- Citizen can delegate their vote to anyone else, for example neighborhood association leader, advocacy group representative.
- This system ensures a small vocal minority does not dominate decision making.
- Enables us to build city wide political support for council proposals.
- Allows citizens to submit, discuss, and vote on district and city wide proposals.
- Centralizes all requests for citizen feedback on city and transportation plans.
- Leadership of web portal will be comprised of citizens across the city. Eventually should not be controlled by the government to maintain independence.
- Will be implemented using open source code to ensure future access and enables other municipalities to adopt the system.
- Strengthen neighborhood associations in engaging with their members, getting their concerns and their positions on possible solutions.
- Create a training program to build community leadership and future politicians.
- Host frequent educational town halls to educate citizens on issues and possible solutions.
- Create accountability by using multiple independent non-governmental organizations to regularly collect data on citizen satisfaction, engagement and publish regularly on the District 1 portal.
- My performance should not be evaluated only once every 4 years, it should be frequent and ongoing.
Educate citizens on the problem
- Total grew ~47% from 2761 in 2016 to 4071 in 2019 (~1% of Oakland’s population)
Stems from of lack of economic opportunity for working class
- 75% homeless were residents of Alameda county
- 75% report money as primary reason for homelessness
- Provide permanent housing
Provide Economic Opportunity
- Trade schools
- Coding schools
- Apprenticeship programs
- Connect people with jobs
- Lowering barriers to receiving substance abuse and mental health treatment
Consider Universal basic income (UBI)
- Will look at examples and speak with leaders from other cities for instance Stockton
- Would provide assistance to those living on the edge of homelessness
Develop Affordable Housing
- Obtain rights to all vacant land, empty buildings and warehouses to build affordable housing.
- Streamline approval process to build affordable housing.
- Enable existing residents to remain while increasing the supply of affordable housing through redevelopment.
Ensure maximal utilization of supply by long term residents
- Discourage empty land/units for investment
- Encourage residents to find other forms of wealth generation aside from purchasing property
- Provide incentives to landlords to increase involvement in housing voucher program.
- Negotiate NIMBY issues by obtaining wide ranging support from district.