New Leadership Will Make a Difference

Why I'm Running Against Desley Brooks

I’m Running for City Council Against Desley Brooks Because It’s Time for District 6 to Reach Our Full Potential

By Loren Taylor

As a husband, a father of 2 young kids, an Oakland small business owner, and a proud 3rd generation Oaklander, the future of our city is deeply personal to me.  I’m running for City Council District 6 to give back to Oakland, the city where I was born and raised, at a critical time. I know we can do better for our communities, neighbors, and kids.   

The incumbent, Desley Brooks, has been on the City Council for 16 years. Her mounting scandals – most recently she was criticized by a judge for lying under oath about her assault on a 72-year old woman – have been making headlines recently. What sometimes gets lost in all her news-making controversies is what doesn’t get done for our community as a result. We still have high unemployment, few grocery stores, and the only one bank in District 6 is closing in December. And our family and our neighbors are facing new and intensifying pressures around housing displacement and homelessness.

Oakland must do better. But in order to do better, we need new leadership in Council District 6. And I’m ready to provide that leadership. 

MY STORY: BORN AND RAISED IN OAKLAND, AND RUNNING TO GIVE BACK.

I’m a third generation Oaklander. My family came here from the segregated South seeking better lives. My great-grandparents were WWII vets, my grandparents founded an Oakland church, and my mom taught in Oakland public schools. My family always taught me to give back. That’s what my campaign for City Council is all about. 

A CAREER DEDICATED TO SOLVING TOUGH PROBLEMS IN OAKLAND.

I’ve devoted my professional and personal life to making a difference in Oakland and across the Bay Area. I’ve helped raise $4 million for homeless youth, and support children who have been exposed to violence and neglect, worked to strengthen our public schools, and helped improve community-police relations.

A NON-PROFIT LEADER MAKING A DIFFERENCE AROUND THE GLOBE.

I’m regularly recruited to help non-profits, businesses, and governments around the world solve complex problems. I’ve helped low-income women in Africa start businesses, and worked to reduce diabetes rates in the Black community in Philadelphia. And today, through my Oakland firm, I help non-profits improve lives in disadvantaged communities.

NEW LEADERSHIP WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

With new leadership on the City Council that is committed to service above self, we can finally address the longstanding challenges facing our community and make a real difference in Oakland. At City Hall, I will offer a collaborative, problem-solving approach to bring people together from non-profits, government, and the faith and business communities to solve challenges:

    • A bright future for all: Job training, new businesses, and neighborhood revitalization.
    • More affordable housing: Stop the pushing out and pricing out of Oaklanders by building and preserving affordable housing.
    • Aggressively working to end homelessness: A holistic, regional approach that treats people with humanity.
    • The city services and infrastructure that we deserve: Community-driven, effective and efficient, transparent and accountable.

For me, these aren’t just issues, but moral challenges. This election, we will decide what kind of city we want to be. Will we be the city that settles for a status quo that doesn't deliver for us, or instead the city where everyone pulls together to help out the most vulnerable among us?

I believe Oakland and District 6 deserve better. The formula of the last 16 years has not delivered for us. I am ready and dedicated to serving Oakland honorably and to giving District 6 residents the new leadership we need to truly move forward.  

Please email me (loren@lorentaylor.org) or call me on my cell phone (510-394-2413) with any questions.

I would be honored to earn your vote.

-Loren Taylor