In the first four years since Measure Z became law, the City has ignored a provision requiring a public meeting to discuss the Ceasefire strategy, public safety, and the impact of the measure in Oakland.
As the city of Oakland prepares its 2019 - 2021 budget, Make Oakland Better Now! has reviewed the city's five-year economic forecast and budget briefing, two reports that will shape actions in the months ahead. Clearly, the city is facing significant budget challenges.
Oakland’s court-appointed Monitor and Compliance Director Robert Warshaw issued an addendum to OPD’s Executive Force Review Board’s report on the police killing of Joshua Pawlik. Make Oakland Better Now! responds.
On Tuesday, June 19, Oakland’s City Council will be considering the usual mid-cycle adjustment to Oakland’s budget. The administration’s initial proposal is here. (Its supplemental reports are here and here.) We’ve spent much time evaluating all of the current possibilities, and considering them in light of our priorities: public safety, public works, transparency and accountability, homelessness reduction and budget responsibility. Our recommendations to the Mayor, City Administrator and City Council are shared below: (more…)
As we analyze Mayor Libby Schaaf's proposed 2017-2019 budget, we see there are many important issues, some long-term and some short-term. Make Oakland Better Now! briefly looks at long-term budget issues involving the Oakland Police Department.