It Takes a Town to Thrive

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Defining Resilience in Oakland: It Takes a Town to Thrive

Oakland is one of the most diverse, creative and progressive urban coastal cities in the United States. As a major city in the Bay Area, Oakland also sits within one of the most prosperous economic growth engines in the world. The benefits of this growth, as acutely felt in Oakland, are not equitably distributed.

Today, particularly among low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, Oakland faces rapidly rising income inequality and housing displacement, chronic homelessness, disparate unemployment and education rates. And while Oakland is getting safer, it is still not as safe as it deserves to be and many parts of our city bear the brunt of this struggle more directly.

To design a strategy of action on these resilience challenges, Oakland was one of the first cities to be selected as part of Rockefeller’s 100 Resilient Cities global network. Today, we answer our call to action for how we define resilience in Oakland and launch the Resilient Oakland Playbook.

So how do we define resilience in Oakland? Resilience in Oakland means expanding equitable access to quality education and jobs, housing security, and community safety.

Resilience in Oakland means building vibrant and smart infrastructure to better prepare us for shocks like earthquakes and stresses like climate change. Resilience in Oakland means catalyzing our diverse pool of talents and perspectives to tackle systemic, interdependent challenges both inside and outside our government.

In this time of hyper-prosperity brought on, in part, by the technology and real estate booms in the San Francisco Bay Area, Oakland is uniquely positioned to take advantage of its growth while remaining true to its roots and sense of self. As the birthplace of the women’s suffrage movement and the Black Panther Party, Oakland has long been an innovative, mission-driven city committed to social justice and equitable growth. Our town attracts renowned activists, artists, makers, and other risk-takers within its 78 square miles addressing the serious issues of our day.

Our current challenges are an opportunity to do what Oakland has always done: rethink old paradigms and balance the equation of access to opportunity while building more creative and vibrant infrastructure to support our promising future.

The Resilient Oakland playbook sets forth nearly 40 actions designed to be collaborative, data-driven, and equitable. By taking a continuous build, measure and learn approach to resiliency from ‘little bets’ to ‘moonshots’, we honor the work that has been done and how we build on it today while setting forth bold actions that shape the future of a more resilient Oakland.

But what does this look like in action? Last week, we launched a strategic plan for our newly created Department of Transportation to increase mobility and safety for our residents in a more affordable and reliable way. This strategic plan is one of the first of its kind to emphasize equity as a means for prioritizing infrastructure projects.

On the housing side, we are taking a human-centered design approach with tenants and property owners to design a digital service for our rent adjustment program.

To further our economic security work, we are breaking down workforce data by demographic population to better address the needs of our underserved residents.

To deepen our equity work, we are co-designing principles of engagement with local community organizations to create a feedback loop between community input and service delivery.

Though comprehensive in scope, the Resilient Oakland playbook is not a finished product or a plan in the traditional sense. Rather, this playbook is a call to action. The Resilient Oakland playbook celebrates a City government opening itself up to the idea that change is inevitable — we must now harness it for the benefit of our growing town.

Words by Mayor Libby Schaaf, City of Oakland (Source)
Images by Wilson Tai, Metrotuned

Strength in Numbers #loveoakland


Congratulations Golden State Warriors and #DubNation … it comes back to the fans, and the fans in #loveoakland are unrivaled. Shout out to the fans for keeping the energy levels way up. And yes, Bernie Sanders, fresh from speaking to 60,000 Bay Area supporters at Frank “OG” Ogawa Plaza City Hall, was in the house to recover the energy from the fans and those back-to-back 3-pointers – Splash. Photo source: TNT Overtime

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Oakland Asian Cultural Center 6:30pm Tuesday, June 7, 2016 Buy Tickets

Sources: The New Yorker, JCCSF, Facebook Event

Bernie Sanders #loveoakland

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Join Bernie Sanders for A Future to Believe In Oakland. Memorial Day Monday 05/30/16 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Free and open to the public, admission is first come, first served. Public entrance at Corner of 14th street and Broadway: Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612. Talk the talk, walk the walk – public transit is strongly encouraged – BART 12th street Oakland City Center station.

Source: Official Event

Last Time I Saw Phife was in Oakland

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Hip-hop’s guard made up the audience inside the Apollo Theater on April 5, 2016 in New York: Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Andre 3000, Tribe Called Quest, Grandmaster Flash, Kid Capri, Grand Puba, Chuck D, LL Cool J, and D’Angelo. KRS-One used his stage time to freestyle rap. With just a live drummer creating the beat, KRS-One, revealed that Quest’s Phife Dawg came to see him at his show in Oakland, California. Nothing realer than a live performance. “Yo, what up Phife Dawg, we holding you up.” #loveoakland


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Oakland’s Kehlani Parrish attempted suicide Monday after rumors surfaced that the R&B singer had cheated on her ex-boyfriend, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, with R&B musician PartyNextDoor.

The 20-year-old singer revealed a suicide try by posting her own photo — showing herself in a hospital bed, hooked up to an IV — and followed up with an explanation that nobody had cheated on anybody.

She was put on a psychiatric hold Monday afternoon when paramedics were told upon response call that the singer “wanted to harm herself.”

“Today, I wanted to leave this earth. Being completely selfish for once. Never thought I’d get to such a low point,” wrote Kehlani, who was Grammy-nominated this year for best urban contemporary album for “You Should Be Here.” Kehlani then pulled a Rob Kardashian and deleted all of her Instagram pictures. In fact, all the social media posts mentioned in this story have since been deleted. There are now 2 million people following her empty Instagram page.

“Don’t believe the blogs you read .. No one was cheated on and I’m not a bad person… everyone is hurt and everyone is in a place of misunderstanding.. But as of today, I had no single wish to see tomorrow,” the singer wrote on social media “But God saved me for a reason and for that… I must be grateful.. Cuz I’m not in heaven right now for a reason… On that note.. Bye Instagram.”

Kehlani also thanked PartyNextDoor — whose posting of a photo of himself in bed with her had kicked off the cheating rumors in the first place — for “saving my life.”

“After all her shenanigans, still got the r&b singer back in my bed,” PartyNextDoor wrote.

After months of rumors that they were dating, the singer and the NBA player had made their relationship Instagram official in January. But apparently they weren’t all the way in love. At least that’s what she said early last month in an interview with ILY, a “digital magazine about love.” Irving was making her “very, very happy” but she was “trying not to get too excited or get too crazy about the hype of everything.”

But as social media giveth, so does social media taketh away. Somewhere between then and now, Kehlani and Irving broke up, but they apparently didn’t go public with that news. Then up popped the picture from PartyNextDoor (real name is Jahron Brathwaite) with Kehlani. And so the hounds were unleashed.

“Went through a bad breakup and ended up easing into a relationship with a man who was one of my best friend’s. Tho we realized we both weren’t exactly at a time where we were prepared to do so,” Kehlani would later explain. “No I’m not a CHEATER, a THOT, im a BELIEVER IN FOLLOWING YOUR HEART and not LYING TO YOURSELF. And in all aspects on everyone’s side, EVERYONE IS HAPPY AND HONEST AND MATURE. Social media is the … devil. Go outside and play, you have your own lives to live that don’t revolve around ‘celebrities’ or ‘socialites’ who are simply trying to live lives just like you.”

Kehlani acknowledged that it could be difficult sharing a relationship in the realm of Twitter and Instagram.

“I think it’s hard, because you have to balance dealing with feedback and people trying to interfere and people knowing your business. Everyone wants to enjoy and be cute with who they’re with.”

Guess that last bit goes for the guy as well as the girl? Though his “shenanigans” post is gone, PartyNextDoor’s Instagram remains active. Cute.

Source: By Christie D’Zurilla LA Times and SF Gate.

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DUBNATION, let history immortalize the Golden State Warriors won 45+ consecutive home wins in #loveoakland

Stephen Curry became the first and only player in NBA history to make -300- 3-pointers in a season, and the Golden State Warriors set an NBA team record for their 45th straight home victory in Oakland, California.

Chris Rock 2016 Oscars Opening Monologue

The man’s a genius. I’d like to think Chris Rock consulted on the comedy routine with friend and colleague, Jerry Seinfield. Disney keeps blocking YouTube video users for uploading the video. Here is a stream site in case the below is blocked.

We’ve made a lot of progress in the country, everyone’s opinion has equalized with equity thanks to platforms of free speech. There was a lot of controversy about the Oscars and Chris Rock nailed it at the 2016 Oscars opening monologue.

“Is Hollywood racist? You’re damn right Hollywood is racist. But it ain’t that racist: Hollywood is sorority racist. It’s like, ‘We like you Rhonda, but you’re not a Kappa.’ That’s how Hollywood is. But things are changing.”

The takeaway from it all is this: EQUITY. Please provide for opportunities, not just once, but for reals. Now we return to the who’s better for our country debate, the Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton 2016 Presidential Election.

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