Summer is here and I’m celebrating more than the warm weather!
For those of you who follow local government meetings—and I hope that’s all of you—you’ll know that the City Council passed my proposed One Oakland Budget for Fiscal Years 2023-2025 late into the night on Monday, June 26. Despite the fact that we are facing the worst deficit in our City’s history, we were able to balance our budget while:
· Preserving jobs
· Delivering quality City services to residents and businesses
· Making the largest investment in affordable housing in the City’s history
· Investing in the full landscape of public safety, resulting in more officers moving forward, while also investing in violence prevention
· Preserving resources and programming for our youth, families and seniors
Additionally, with my support, Council President Bas’ amendments to the budget preserves fire service, creates 24/7 crisis response, adds civilian investigators to the police department, adds additional community ambassadors to business districts to increase safety, bolster grants for violence prevention and creates a rapid response for the Homeless Housing Acquisition Fund.
In short, we approached this budget by putting Oaklanders and our values first.
I am deeply grateful for Council President Bas, Councilmembers Fife, Kaplan, Jenkins, and Kalb, who voted to pass this budget and to our City staffers who worked tirelessly on a budget that prioritizes the well-being of our residents and makes major investments in the future. One Oakland!
Something I’m also very excited about is Talking Transition, a new, citywide, civic engagement process that builds on the incredible work that we do in Oakland every day, which we launched during our inaugural Interfaith in the Park event at Arroyo Viejo Park on Saturday, June 24, along with City Administrator Jestin Johnson and Councilmembers.