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A New Hope for Oakland's Future!
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Michael Johnson

Welcome!

Welcome back!  We are in the home stretch of our campaign to change the lives and the fortunes of the residents in District 6.  Change is hard, and the old guard doesn't want to let go of the past.  But over the last 16 months we have met with you and talked with you, and we heard you loud and clear! You want new leadership, and new direction and NEW HOPE FOR OAKLAND!

For the next 7 weeks we are going to be focused on the issues that you have told us are the most important to you and how we can solve them together.  No more talking about what needs to be done, but how we are going to get them done! So let's make sure that we're all on the same page.  The issues that you've told us are most important to you are (1) Crime, (2) Development and (3) Infrastructure.  So let's dive right in to each one!

 

CRIME.

Crime at its core, is about people, places and situations. Public Safety at its core, is a public good, and an obligation of the City to ensure that the environment looks safe so that it residents can feel safe. My approach to crime prevention and violence reduction is driven by three guiding principles, (1) it must be community based and culturally competent, (2) it must be based on data driven policy making, and (3) it must have built-in accountability measures for both our public institutions and the community alike. When all is said and done, true public safety is more than the absence of crime. It looks safe and it feels safe. It is a sustainable peace that allows every member of the community and every resident in the City of Oakland the opportunity for spiritual, physical, material, and psychological well-being.

DEVELOPMENT.

District 6 is the classic example of the proverbial hole in the economic donut when it comes to development in the City of Oakland. Development is going on all around District 6, but over the last twelve years no significant development, of its residents or its resources has happened in District 6. I will pursue and implement a “Town & Gown” strategy of public – private partnerships with key academic institutions in District 6 to grow jobs, enhance revenues and revitalize our neighborhoods. We have to work with what we have while we develop what we need to move Oakland forward. Restoring the economic base and growing revenues in District 6 requires collaboration with my colleagues on City Council, to focus on development projects along key transit corridors throughout District 6 and coordination with key stakeholders, businesses and developers who are interested in and capable of making strategic investments in Oakland.

INFRASTRUCTURE.

Infrastructure means much more than upgrading our street lights, repairing potholes in our streets or maintenance of our sewer systems. It is completely unacceptable that residents of District 6 are forced to leave the District in order to get what they need in order to live in District 6. I’ll work hard to repair and restore the decaying infrastructure in District 6 by addressing the issue of food deserts and improving access to conveniently located grocery stores. I’d bring back full service restaurants, retail and entertainment establishments that build a sense of community and convey a quality of life that the residents in District 6 deserve. I’ll work closely with OUSD representatives to insure that a quality public education is accessible and available to all of Oakland residents and serve as an advocate and a champion for Linked Learning, and encourage business and industry participation.

 

 

Latest News

Aug8

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | DISTRICT 6 |

Rarely do you see Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks shrink from a good fight. But, running against three challengers who are all vigorously ringing the bell of change for the downtrodden East Oakland district, Brooks was left scampering for suitable responses during a candidates forum last week.

” Johnson's performance caught many by surprise last Thursday night for being measured, intelligent, but also forceful. No better example of Johnson’s rhetorical talents were on display last week than when he creatively pivoted on the word “change” in reference to a question on the city adapting to climate change. The response was akin to Johnson pinching Brooks under the table while smiling for the audience. “For us to actually affect change we need to make a change in District 6,” said Johnson. He added the city doesn’t have a suitable policy for fighting climate change. “Since we don’t have one, we can’t expect to get one from where we’ve been and how to get to where we want to go. The first thing we need to do is recognize, if we don’t have something and it’s been there for a long time, then you can’t expect that to happen going forward.

”Next, Johnson pounded away at the district’s lack of fresh grocery options. “District 6 is the economic donut hole that exists in Oakland. Development is going on all over Oakland, but not District 6,” said Johnson. One grocery store serving a community of 55,000, said Johnson, “suggests that we have negligible quality of life.” Johnson’s statement appeared to rattled Brooks, whose answers from thereon were delivered in a rambling fashion. The pace of her speech quickened only making her answers seem unsure and less effective. Brooks boasted of creating community gardens in the district and, in fact, has been working on bringing national chain grocery store to the area, she said, but the dissolution of redevelopment agencies by Gov. Jerry Brown two years ago scuttled one plan for three stores.

“What we allow is what will continue,” Johnson continued. He recalls having restaurants and places to play in East Oakland. “What in the world has happened to District 6?” said Johnson. “I have lived in this community for 50 years…no one needs to tell me how things use to be, I was there.”

 

 

 

Jul3

OAKLAND, CA July 3, 2014 – Michael V. Johnson, candidate for Oakland City Council in District 6, announced today that he will host a grand opening for his “Hope 4 Oakland” Campaign Headquarters on Monday, August 4th at 6:00 pm. The Campaign Headquarters will be located at 6502 International Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94621.

This event is open to the public and free to attend. Children are invited to participate. People may RSVP by calling 510-735-6570 or by emailing your name and number of guests to Info@Hope4Oakland.com.

For more information about Michael’s candidacy, visit www.Hope4Oakland.org

Sep7

Michael Johnson, 51, said he will end infighting on the council and boost efforts to fight crime, foster development and repair the City's crumbling infrastructre.

Campaign Blog

Dear Councilwoman Brooks,

We wish to address the rapid escalation in both violent and property crime against the people within the community. All of us have been affected by the extremely dangerous rapid escalation of criminal activity around us. The quality of life in our community has suffered. Our neighborhood is not being served, and we demand an increase in police services, including greater consistency of NCPC Liaison between the neighborhood and OPD. We demand that the City of Oakland provide a fair allocation of protective services to our area. Since 2010, our neighborhoods have experienced:

  • a rise in aggravated assault with firearms that is up over 20%,
  • armed robberies have DOUBLED and
  • residential robbery is up nearly 40%.

This is in stark contrast to the glowing newspaper article authored by Mayor Quan and Police Chief Whent. Per measure Y,

  • Area 5 contains the four most stressed police beats in the city, when measured for various socio-economic factors.
  • Beat 29X and part of 29Y (as mapped in Crimemapping[6]) stated 1,648 reported crimes in the last 180 days, with 438 occurring in 2014 alone (as of 2/21/14).

Actual numbers are much higher, as many crimes go unreported. While it is possible that conditions have improved in certain areas, they have seriously degraded in ours, and residents are feeling terrified as a result. We are trying to deal with these issues ourselves.

  • We have formed crime prevention groups to create awareness through social media to share information.
  • We have installed alarms and fenced out threats (as well as our neighbors).
  • We have networked many cameras and upgraded our security doors and windows.
  • We have lit our yards, purchased dogs, and removed landscaping.

Long term residents and new homeowners alike are equally appalled at the increase in crime and the inability, or inaction, on the part of Oakland’s Government to address our area’s distressing issues.  The City Council and Mayor’s office will lose the votes of our neighbors if they are not addressed immediately.

You should consider Area Five a “swing state”, with no guarantee of voter support in the future if something is not done. That our representatives can sit blithely by and make statements of success while we watch what is taking place around us speaks to the level of detachment that some in our city government have to the needs of their constituents. We demand that you take notice, and more importantly, take action, now. We will continue to raise awareness, meet and share information and fully intend to hold the elected officials of City of Oakland accountable if these issues are not addressed. We will NOT be ignored.

 

Sincerely,

 

Concerned community members of OPD Area 5