We will develop our Platform in partnership with the people of Oakland, building on and sustaining the work of those who cannot purchase representation in the halls of power.
Sanctuary for All
We will ensure that Oakland is truly a Sanctuary City by both providing an unwavering commitment to policy that prevents any collusion between local law enforcement and federal agencies, and working closely with the most impacted communities to create and strengthen rapid response networks, “know-your-rights” trainings, and other community safety mechanisms.
Real solutions for public safety
The answer to community safety is an investment in the community. The Oakland Police Department receives nearly 50% of the general fund (that’s $250m of a $570m fund). Additionally, they incur millions of dollars in overtime every fiscal year. We will reduce overtime spending and redirect those monies toward true crime prevention measures like job training centers, mental health services, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and housing.
Housing And Dignity for All
Rent is too high. Middle-income earners are paying over 30% of their income on rent making it impossible to save. Low-income earners are paying over 60% of their wages on rent. Using funds diverted from police, we will increase the percentage of the city budget used to protect tenants and enforce tenant rights. We will also strengthen efforts to legislate services which have taken away over 2,200 units (source) that could be used as long-term housing for Oaklanders instead.
We will work with the more than 2,300 Oakland teachers to develop a teacher training and retention program that specifically addresses the needs of local educators. Citywide affordable housing plans must include protected affordable housing for Oakland teachers.