My name is Dr. Frankie Free Ramos. I work at CURYJ and am a member of the Oakland Progressive Alliance. We’re deeply concerned about the direction the City has taken under this Mayor and Administration.
Mayor Schaaf failed to build 5,000 units of affordable housing, required by the State to meet Oakland’s affordable housing requirements. The number of units we were supposed to build is greater than the number of unhoused people: Simply put, this administration and its supporters on the Council, have failed us.
After 8 years of this administration, our streets are in disrepair, there are thousands of people on our streets and our communities do not feel safe.
The administration has refused—or been slow to act on using Vacant and underutilized buildings to shelter the unhoused and create affordable housing for housing insecure families.
We CANNOT afford a continuation of these policies.
We want to thank CMs Fife, Bas, Kaplan and Thao (name anyone else?) for pushing back on this inaction and demanding we have a livable city that works for ALL of our residents. Thank you!