Rewarding experience sharing our local victory that has created a national dialogue. The fight for Equity was worth it — we made history.
Libby and Annie Campbell Washington what’s your plan? We can’t continue to turn a blind eye to whole communities being left out.
MADAM MAYOR and ANNIE CAMPBELL WASHINGTON WHAT’S YOUR PLAN TO PUT OAKLANDERS TO WORK?
I was out of town but heard the Mayor and Councilperson Campbell Washingto...n were talking about me and were upset because I was trying to get legislation approved that would assist Black and Latino workers get career jobs. The Mayor and Council Member Campbell Washington know that Oakland’s overall unemployment rate dropped from 19% down to 4%; but for Latinos it’s 11% and for African Americans its 19%. The city has failed to meet its local hire goals since 2012. And, we have skilled labor jobs that go unfilled because we don’t have a trained labor pool.
I’ve been talking with them about this issue since last year’s budget process. I’ve yet to hear an alternative to my plan. Instead of telling us what can’t be done for our community please tell us what’s your plan to address these issues.
Congratulations Geoffrey Pete on your well deserved recognition! Geoffrey is an icon locally and nationally for his tireless work on behalf of our community.
Proud to have your endorsement and support of my re-election campaign.
Spoke on a panel at the 14th Annual Black Policy Conference at the Kennedy School at Harvard. It’s great to see the impact of and recognition we receive through...out the Country from the Cannabis Equity program. Donna Brazile opened this morning and Congressman Cedric Richmond kicked off the conference yesterday.
Let’s Support Oaklanders
I have been working on new legislation that would finally leverage city resources to combat the growing economic inequality impacting ...our district, families and community.
Did you know that our East Oakland communities continue to miss out on the unprecedented Oakland Construction Boom? As of last November, 12,590 residential units were approved for or under construction in Oakland and the city is currently committed to $120 million dollars in capital improvements. This represents a massive opportunity for the local workforce, and this legislation will put Oaklanders in the right position to take part in this economic success. For the first time, the proposed legislation would create a consistent funding mechanism for local training programs that prepare workers for in-demand construction jobs.
Did you know that Oakland now ranks 7th highest for income inequality in the nation? While developers have flocked to Oakland in the last few years, Oakland’s low-income communities of color have been disproportionately left out of the rising economic tide. While Oakland’s overall unemployment is 4%, Latino unemployment is 11% and an astonishing 20% for African Americans. Youth unemployment has reached 32% and dropout rates in East Oakland are among the highest in the State at 37%.
Lastly, did you know that private contractors continue to fail to deliver jobs for local residents? Despite having programs that incentivize local hiring, the city has not done enough to address the needs of the local labor market. Since 2012, private city contractors have failed to meet any of their targets for either the Local Employment Program or the Apprenticeship Program, which mandate that 50% of contractor work-hours be completed by Oakland residents. Even worse are contractor’s record employing local workers of color – out of every work-hour performed for the city between 2016 and 2017, African Americans were employed for only 8.66% of the total hours, despite being over a quarter of the City’s population.
For these reasons, I have joined with Councilmember Noel Gallo to introduce an innovative strategy to address rising income disparity and displacement in our Oakland Council Districts by forcing the City to finally use its public funding to make sure Oakland residents are the first source for the unprecedented construction and jobs boom. Their plan would also make sure investment goes to the same programs the City uses but has not funded at the level necessary to fix the problem.
If you or you know someone who could benefit from increased job training or want make sure our young people and people living in poverty have access to good training and careers, please join us, Tuesday April 10, 2018 at 2PM to announce a new, innovative jobs policy. We will be gathering on the steps of City Hall on the Plaza side for a press conference and then going inside for a public hearing.
Our city is spending hundreds of millions in public improvements but our local potential workforce is unprepared to fill the demand for skilled workers. Reports state that our region saw over 300,000 jobs since 2010 and will see another 150,000 in the next few years. With pending Federal workforce cuts, we are long overdue in bringing accountability and new investment in systems to guarantee jobs for Oakland’s long ignored residents.
Smiling faces, bags full of candy, Easter baskets, bikes galore and good information All could be found at my annual Easter Extravaganza. Thanks to Ken Grier an...d his team, Delta Sigma Theta, Car Clubs, Sobra, Sallye Porter, Kevin Gordon, Darleen Brooks, OBOA, OFD and All the volunteers who helped make this a successful event.