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.

 

Address Homelessness

  • 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.