I’m committed to doing everything within my power as a City Councilmember
to provide you with a city government that works - one that is well-managed
and responds to the needs of citizens, a city government that works efficiently,
and one that is ethical. I strive for real solutions and have a track
record for creating City government that is responsive and a City that’s
good to live in. I also believe in an informed and engaged citizenry.
Some current Responsive Government efforts I support include:
- GPS technology in all City equipment to better manage
our equipment and better deploy city staff, especially in times of emergency.
- A 311 call center to better respond to and track calls
- Audits of City departments and evaluations of City
programs to identify areas of waste and the appropriate solutions to
better use taxpayer dollars.
- Full implementation of the Equal Access Ordinance
- Efficient and fair hiring practices so that we can
get the highest quality City employees.
I think everyone should be talking to City Hall and getting equal treatment
from the City. I introduced the Equal
Access ordinance to ensure that individuals with limited English speaking
skills had access to services in their native language. Everyone loses
when people are intimidated or afraid to complain about what’s going
wrong in their neighborhood. My staff is at your service and available
to help you address problems with City services. You can speak to Claudia
Jimenez (bilingual-Spanish) at 238-7051 or Lisa Ruhland at 238-7247 for
a response to your concern. Or, see our City Services page to find the
appropriate City contact.
I am very proud of the Nuisance Abatement Unit that I initiated to bring
prompt administrative actions against problem properties for nuisance
activities. Some of the successes we have had in District 5 utilizing
the expertise of this department are the sale of a drug house on Park
Blvd., eviction of 10 nuisance tenants, the resolution of over 57 nuisance
properties, and the unit currently monitors 16 compliance plans for properties
in District 5.
The City Auditor is a great resource for addressing waste in city government.
The Auditor welcomes and encourages requests for audits and reviews from
Oakland citizens. Courtney Ruby was elected in 2006 to the office of City
Auditor and can be reached at email@example.com
In my role as Chairperson of the Rules and Legislation Committee, I monitor
state and federal legislation that is pertinent to Oakland. Our State
legislative priorities for the 2008 legislative session will be posted
in December 2007. Here is a
report outlining our state legislative activities in Sacramento last
City of Oakland Policy Budget
of Oakland Job Openings
City Auditor Web Site
of California Cities
California Legislative Information
Policy Institute of California
for Local Government
Responsive Government Highlights
- Purchased radios for CORE (Citizens of Oakland Respond
to Emergencies) for communication among community leaders during an
- Crafted and enacted a ground-breaking Equal Access
Ordinance making Oakland the first multi-lingual city in the US, so
that all Oakland taxpayers have access to city services and their elected
- Led the movement to consolidate the maintenance of
our parks under one agency to increase accountability for clean parks.
- Leading the fight to stop the proposed gambling casino
by communicating our concerns to leaders in Sacramento and Washington,
DC. Oakland is not for sale! (2005)
- Reduced bureaucratic barriers enabling East Bay Habitat
for Humanity to clean-up a “brownfield” and build new homes
for Oaklanders, a project recognized as a national model by the Environmental
- Launched “Dirty Dozen” campaign forcing
71 problem-landlords to improve their properties, which not only benefited
Oakland families but also revitalized their neighborhoods. (1999)
- Leading a citywide effort to take on some of the worst
absentee slumlords by bringing forth public nuisance lawsuits and unfair
business practice lawsuits to prevent abuse of neighborhoods and tenants.
- Worked with local nonprofits to help 45 Oakland families
win battle against slum lord and to transform Oak Park Apartments into
a neighborhood gem.
- Saved the historic buildings and gardens of the Altenheim
(Glenview / Dimond neighborhoods) by identifying city funds to enable
the development of new senior housing.
- Leading effort to protect animals by reforming the
Oakland Animal Shelter after holding a Town Hall meeting on allegations
of animal abuse. (2005)