City of Oakland Wants Us To Tell Them What We Think About Budget and Police – Let’s Do It!

Make Oakland Better Now! believes that the Oakland should regularly conduct scientifically valid polls of its citizens to learn what Oaklanders feel about how the police department is doing, and how the city’s budget process is meeting Oaklanders’ needs.

Valid polls typically cost about $25,000, and we believe the money would be well-spent.  We will continue to urge Oakland to conduct this type of survey.  But until it does, Oaklanders should take participate in two non-scientific surveys that will allow them to provide their views on the Oakland Police Department and the city’s budget process.  Make Oakland Better Now! urges all Oaklanders to take the 15 minutes it will take to respond to both of these surveys:


Ending Gun Violence In Oakland – Important Program This Saturday, September 21

Make Oakland Better Now! has become pretty well known  for advocating for more cops;  it is true that we believe the Oakland Police Department is critically understaffed, and the department needs to be grown to at least 925 officers.

But we know that there are other essential violence prevention elements besides a fully staffed police department.  We continue to support a properly run Operation Ceasefire (and we’ll be posting more about this very soon) and we support those programs for which the data proves a positive effect on violence reduction.