Oakland Residents, Supporters, and Friends,
It is hard to believe that only six months have passed since I stood at the podium with my family and took the Oath of Office. Thank you for your support, encouragement, and partnership as I rode the steep learning curve, aggressively challenged the status quo, and laid a foundation to ensure maximum impact over the next 3 ½ years.
We began with five key priorities and made progress against each one. We made progress through policy development, budget appropriation, and hands-on activity. The accomplishments listed below and described in the video are encouraging because they detail the progress we’ve made delivering against each of our key priorities.
SHARED VISION FOR DISTRICT 6 - We secured $1M of funding to facilitate an East Oakland visioning process that leads to an East Oakland Area Specific plan and gained initial momentum through town halls, and various community meetings held across District 6
VIBRANT EAST OAKLAND ECONOMY - We also secured critical resources that will help us to re-establish a vibrant East Oakland economy - $1M for an East Oakland Business Assistance Fund, $900K for expanded job training across the city, A dedicated East Oakland Business Development Manager, and funding to help our East Oakland corner stores supply healthier food options.
ENDING PRICE-OUT and PUSH-OUT OF LONG-TERM RESIDENTS - As chair of the Council’s Life Enrichment Committee, I had the privilege of leading critical discussions on homelessness, and affordable housing development through which we strengthened tenant protections, established policies to speed up development of emergency housing facilities, and advanced recommendations for more healthy, safe, and humane homeless encampments as temporary solution while we build more affordable housing. Through this year’s budget process I was happy to join my colleagues in approving an additional $28M to address homelessness and support our unhoused neighbors in a number of different ways.
SAFER, CLEANER, MORE ATTRACTIVE STREETS - In East Oakland compared to other parts of the city we have historically had worse streets, more blight, litter and illegal dumping, and higher crime rates, and more strained relationships with law enforcement officers. We have similarly identified policies and secured additional budget to address these issues through improved deployment of city workers, strengthening the power of our Police Commission, adding resources for violence prevention, illegal dumping removal, and streetscaping.
MORE EFFICIENT & EFFECTIVE CITY GOVERNMENT - And to address our 5th priority, we have aggressively pushed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of how our city works calling for a robust performance management system and rigorously analyzing how we might improve our current hiring process.
While our momentum is strong, we cannot become complacent. There is so much more work to do, and we will face many challenges along the way. Now is the time to strengthen our resolve.
As I wrap up my first 6 months in office, I renew my commitment to you and our shared goals. Thanks again for putting your faith in me to help our great city realize its fullest potential.
Loren Taylor, Councilmember
Oakland - District 6
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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.