Vol. 1: Issue 1
Inside This Issue
1. Getting Started Right Away... In The Right Way
2. Introducing The District 6 Team
3. Recent D6 Highlights
4. Upcoming Events
5. Policy Updates
1. Getting Started Right Away... In The Right Way
I write to you today with gratitude and purpose as I begin my 2nd month as your District 6 representative on the Oakland City Council. Since being sworn in on January 7th I have hit the ground running; meeting with D6 residents, City staff and community members to help guide a new vision for District 6.
As I have consistently shared in these early interactions, it is important that we get started right away addressing the urgent needs that many of our neighbors face. It is also important that we get starting in the right way, building a solid foundation that allows us to consistently build the long-term sustainable solutions that our city needs.
To achieve both goals requires hearing from you and other District 6 residents, and as such, I hope you can make it to one of our upcoming District 6 Town Halls:
March 2nd (10a-12noon) at Cypress Mandela Training Center (RSVP Here)
March 3rd (2-4p) at Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center (RSVP Here)
Week of March 4th (Time & Date TBA) at Skyline Community Church (RSVP Here)
In addition, please consider filling out this brief survey through which you can inform us of your skills, experiences, and how you would like to help make District 6 a better place for all residents.
My hope is this newsletter will keep you up to date with the topics we are working on and ways that you can join in the effort to help all residents of District 6 and across Oakland achieve their full potential.
Please enjoy this newsletter and share with me any feedback you may have either by phone (510-238-7306) or email (LTaylor@Oaklandca.gov).
With Oakland Love,
Loren M. Taylor
Councilmember, City of Oakland, District 6
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
– Barack Obama
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Happy New Year!!
Words can’t express the gratitude that I feel as I reflect on what we have accomplished together this past year. We began our journey with one simple idea... that WE DESERVE BETTER in District 6! Our campaign was propelled by you and many others who gave generously of your time, your treasure, and your talents.
Your relentless commitment to improving the lives of those in District 6 led to our victory. And we won by a margin of nearly 30% with voter participation at a record high compared to past midterm elections! Thank you for your commitment to our city. Thank you for putting your trust in me to lead us forward.
Now it's time to get to work. Looking forward to 2019, I can't wait to partner with you and others to build on the energy and momentum we created during our campaign. I hope that you are equally excited about what we will do together in 2019 and beyond. Please find below information about three ways that you can help keep the momentum going in our journey to create a thriving District 6 and a stronger Oakland.
Three ways you can stay involved and keep the momentum going in 2019. See below for details.
- Attend the Inauguration Ceremony and After-Party on January 7th
- Complete our "Maintaining the Momentum Survey" by January 15th
- Make an additional financial contribution to our shared vision for a thriving District 6 and a stronger Oakland
Let’s keep the momentum of civic engagement going — I'm excited to hear from you! If you have any questions or comments, just respond to this email or give me a call at (510) 394-2413.
With Oakland Love,
Loren Taylor, Councilmember-Elect
Oakland District 6
In District 6, doing the same thing we have been doing for the last several years will not give us different results. We need new representation in Oakland City Hall, and that is why I am excited about Loren Taylor’s candidacy for Oakland City Council.
Brown Joins Oakland Mayor, Vice Mayor, East Bay Times, and Community and Faith Leaders in Supporting Oakland Native’s Campaign
(Oakland, CA) – Today, Elaine Brown, former Black Panther Party Chairwoman, announced her endorsement of Oakland native and non-profit leader Loren Taylor’s campaign for Oakland City Council District 6.
“The people of District 6, especially Black and Brown residents, have been suffering with a lack of affordable housing and local business development. District 6 needs a City Council representative like Loren Taylor who will put community over self. Loren’s deep Oakland roots and commitment to community, with a background as a non-profit and business leader, will ensure District 6 rises with economic benefits the community needs and deserves,” said Brown. “This is why I’m endorsing and supporting Loren as my first choice for the District 6 City Council seat.”
The East Bay Times Joins Growing List of Progressive Leaders and Organizations Supporting Oakland Native's Campaign for District 6
(Oakland, CA) – Today, the East Bay Times endorsed non-profit and business leader and Oakland native Loren Taylor’s campaign for Oakland City Council District 6.
“The standout...is Loren Taylor, a biomedical engineer and management consultant with an MBA from UC Berkeley. He understands the magnitude of the city’s challenges and hopes to use his management skills to address them,” the East Bay Times wrote.
New Supporters Join Oakland Mayor, Vice Mayor, and Community and Faith Leaders in Supporting Oakland Native’s Campaign
(Oakland, CA) – Today, California State Senator Nancy Skinner and a group of progressive local organizations announced their endorsement of Oakland native and non-profit leader Loren Taylor’s campaign for City Council District 6.
“Loren Taylor has made a difference for some of the most vulnerable in our community. I know he’ll be a fierce advocate for social justice and our shared progressive values,” said Senator Skinner.
Faith Leaders Join Oakland Mayor, Vice Mayor, and Community Leaders in Backing Oakland Native’s Campaign
(Oakland, CA) – Today, leading Oakland pastors announced their endorsement of Oakland non-profit leader and entrepreneur Loren Taylor’s campaign for City Council District 6.
“Loren Taylor has proven he is an effective servant to his community,” said Bishop Bob Jackson of Acts Full Gospel Church. “Here in Oakland, Loren leads and supports organizations that reduce health, educational, and economic disparities that plague minority and low-income communities. With Loren as our Councilmember, we’ll have a strong and ethical voice for us at City Hall.”
Bishop Jackson joined a host of other Oakland pastors and faith leaders in backing Taylor for City Council, including Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Jr., Senior Pastor at Allen Temple Baptist Church, Pastor Javier Ramos of Shiloh Church, Michael Raines, Director of Christian Education at Progressive Baptist Church, and Pastor Douglass Fitch, retired Senior Pastor of Glide Memorial Church and Downs United Methodist Church.
Announcement of Fundraising Total Comes on Heels of Major Endorsements and Launch of Strong Field Campaign
(Oakland, CA) – Today, Oakland native and community, business, and non-profit leader Loren Taylor announced he will report raising more than $115,000 for his campaign for Oakland City Council District 6 through the June 30 fundraising deadline. Taylor’s support came in contributions ranging from $2 to $800, from teachers, healthcare, non-profit, and faith leaders, and people throughout Oakland.
I never thought this would be easy. We’re running against a 16-year incumbent whose scandals are well known.
But what happened at an event last weekend was flat out intimidation from my opponent. People who witnessed it reached out to the SF Chronicle and they ran a story this morning. You can read it here.