In any budget process there are many competing interests. Resolving these conflicts and arriving at a balanced budget is more art than science, involves trade-offs, and in the end, always involves prioritization. Here, I will narrowly deal with pension, health care and gentrification and how they impact Oakland’s next budget. I will first look at the numbers to understand how underfunded we are as it relates to our pensions and health care retiree benefits. Once done, I will examine and compare them to the gentrification issue to understand whether the interplay of the two could lead to possible budget solutions.
The violence in Baltimore and other communities is easily misconstrued as a race war. It is not. It is a war about poverty. And the peaceful protester seek to say: True equality dictates that equal investments in education, economic development and jobs must be made in the inner cities if they are to escape poverty.
To be clear, there is a powerful narrative that sanctity for black life is lacking in America. That the deeper issue of poverty continues to be ignored, only compounds the problem.
To peace, to racial harmony, to real lasting change and most of all to Michael Brown’s family, blessings—we have much work to do.
An Open Letter to My Supporters Greetings Supporters! Thank you for all your notes and calls today! We went into last night with great hopefulness. Many of you supported me the entire length of this 18 month journey (including […]
Original article posted by Nigel Manuel for Oakland North on October 29, 2014. See the original post HERE. Former State Senator Don Perata, a longtime powerful leader in the California legislature and a top, 2010 candidate […]
Original article posted by the Post News Group on October 29, 2014. Read it HERE. In the closing days of the mayor’s race, supporter […]
Original article posted by the East Bay Citizen on October 29, 2014. OAKLAND | MAYOR | Former State Senate Pro Tem Don Perata says Oakland mayoral hopeful Bryan Parker has what it takes to get things done. With less than a […]
Article originally posted October 29, 2014 by Doug Sovern for CBS SF Bay Area. Read it and listen to the audio HERE OAKLAND (KCBS) — Just six days before the election, one candidate won a key endorsement on Wednesday in […]
Ranked Choice FAQ Q: What is Ranked Choice Voting? A: Ranked-Choice Voting or “Instant Run-Off Voting,” allows voters to rank up to three candidates, in order […]
Originally Posted by The Post News Group, on October 24, 2014. By Bishop Bob Jackson, Father Jay Matthews, Pastor Russell Duley We are writing today about […]
Leading mayoral candidates Bryan Parker, Courtney Ruby, and Joe Tuman releaseses a joint statement.
Many of you may have heard that the same old City Hall Insiders are leading the polls to become the next Mayor of Oakland. We are writing today to 1) let you know that nothing could be further from the truth 2) clear up any misperceptions that have been created by these polls and 3) let you know how you can bring real change to Oakland.
Tammerlin Drummond spent time with Bryan Parker one weekday evening to better understand him and his campaign.
Our choice in this field is Bryan Parker, a business executive and port commissioner who possesses a nice blend of economic acumen, interpersonal skills, and appreciation of the causes and effects of what all top challengers list as a No. 1 priority: crime. He rightly cited a “crisis in leadership” at City Hall and pledged to “show up with my lunch bucket” to instill a “complete culture change” in the bureaucracy.
Original Article Published by The Registry Bay Area on September 30, 2014. Among Democrats, Republicans and historians alike, it’s safe to […]
Dear Friends and Fellow Oaklanders, With our next fundraising deadline tonight at midnight, please support us right now with a donation of $50, $75 or $100 so […]
Dear Friends and Fellow Oaklanders, This past Saturday, Bryan and I celebrated the rich history of West Oakland’s McClymonds High School at their annual all-class alumni reunion at deFremery Park. Though […]
Dear Friends and Fellow Oaklanders, As a business owner in Oakland, I am proud that the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, which represents 1,200 local […]
Friends and Fellow Oaklanders, City Hall Insiders are asking for more time to turn things around in Oakland. In a recent video, one councilperson says, “it’s hella time […]
A few days ago, on the steps of City Hall, I officially announced my policy platform. The 15-page referendum outlines my top priorities if I am to be elected […]
Originally Posted by Steven Tavares on September 9, 2014. Read the original article, Here OAKLAND | MAYOR | Not many people know Oakland mayoral candidate Bryan Parker was once on the path to the priesthood.Parker attended the […]
On Monday night, the Pastors of Oakland, a group of 200 diverse pastors from throughout Oakland, voted to support Bryan Parker for Mayor.
In this week’s video address, Bryan focuses on Oakland’s safety concerns. “Our community hasn’t had a chance to heal.” www.bryanparker.org/video
In this week’s video address, Bryan focuses on Oakland’s safety concerns. He tells us that “Our community hasn’t had a chance […]
I am writing with an update to my call of a week ago for the Mayor and City Council to call an emergency meeting to address the current safety crisis. My letter was greeted with the answer of no. The reason given was “The unfortunate incidents of last weekend certainly created a bad situation in terms of stretching the Police Department too thin, but the convergence of random events on that particular weekend was unusual and unpredictable”…..and therefore do not constitute an emergency. I could not disagree more.
In just 10 weeks, Oakland voters will have to sort through the herd of candidates and rank their favorite three in a field that’s the most crowded anyone can remember.
“City Hall’s continued failure to act with urgency and address our safety crisis is underscored by the consistent lack of leadership from those in City Hall who seemingly spend more time campaigning to be Mayor than they do governing towards a safe city.” – Bryan Parker
Watch the first installment of our weekly video address as we tour the “two cities” of Oakland over the next two months.
As we stand together for the civil rights deserved by all people, we continue to send the message that Oakland is a place for tolerance, unity, and respect. For those who have known me for many years and those who have or will come to know me through this election, you know that these are values I hold deeply personal and will lead with should I be elected your next mayor of Oakland.
For too long, Oakland – our nation’s shining example of diversity – has been too easily divided by City Hall leaders. City Hall has failed to unite us from the Hills to the Flats, from East to West Oakland. This past week we launched “The House Divided” video, which has received wide acclaim for its “visually stunning” ability to highlight the division and ineffectiveness in City Hall, yet the resilient beauty of Oakland.
A new campaign commercial from mayoral candidate Bryan Parker airing on Oakland cable may be the best of this election cycle.
Attention Mayor Quan and Members of the City Council, Today I write as a voice of reason for our city residents […]
Recently, I had an opportunity to listen to some candidates for Oakland mayor. Bryan Parker was one of them, and I was impressed.
Finally, not a politician. Well educated, has a law and business management background, and he is a member of the Oakland Port Commission, a vital income producer for Oakland.
I would like to wish all our students, parents and teachers a great 2014-2015 school year. Today, I release my new commercial, “The House Divided”, around creating one, fair and thriving Oakland that works for us all!
The International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 55, the union that represents Oakland firefighters, have announced their endorsement of Bryan Parker to be the next mayor of Oakland.
In the interview, Bryan states, “If we could use this building as a case study and say we could take something from looking like this, clean it up, keep it clean, that would add into the overall safety of the neighborhood.”
But more important than money raised is the fact that our message is resonating. Everywhere we turn – in the flats or the hills, North Oakland, the Lower Bottoms, or East Oakland, Oaklanders tell us they are hungry for change.
The New York Times reports on the race to become Oakland’s next mayor, highlighting only a few select candidates, including Bryan Parker. In one analyst’s words, “this could be a defining election” for Oakland.
Presumed 2016 Democratic Presidential front-runner, Hillary Clinton, visited Oakland today. She spoke at noon at Children’s Hospital in Oakland. As part of a literacy campaign sponsored by the Clinton Foundation, former Secretary Clinton spoke to the importance of parents talking, singing and reading to their young children. The broader message Secretary Clinton’s visit signals to the nation is that Oakland is important to the national conversation.
We must deem Oakland “too important to fail” and take immediate action to restore order in our city.
It is time for change at City Hall. We need new leadership. Leadership that will stand up and lead with the best interest of the people of the City of Oakland in mind.
Oakland Port Commissioner and mayoral candidate Bryan Parker knows a fair amount about Howard Terminal. He wants to keep the A’s in town.
Oakland mayoral candidate Bryan Parker is urging the City Council to approve the contentious 10-year A’s lease deal and not play a “high-stakes game of chicken with an owner who has already suggested he does not want to be in Oakland.”
We need competent leadership from City Hall and we need it now.
Oakland must raise its minimum wage. The Oakland Sustainable and Fair Compensation Act provides all Oaklanders with a balanced solution.
None of us in Oakland city leadership can solve the city’s problems alone. Partnering with OUSD and major education stakeholders to achieve high performing public schools is one of the four key education priorities I would pursue as mayor. Additionally, I would work with OUSD leadership to increase graduation rates, support African American and Hispanic male achievement, and obtain and create new funding streams.
The third in a series of interviews with Oakland mayoral candidates by Byron Williams of the Bay Area News Group.
The Parker in the Park series consists of free public events aimed at bringing community members together, uniting around the many strengths of Oakland (natural beauty, music, food, and a passion for social justice to name just a few) to confront some of our long-standing frustrations (crime, unemployment, and struggling schools).
We have the opportunity to bring more than a billion dollars of investment and thousands of jobs to Oakland. Part of my economic plan, as Mayor, is to make this vision a reality. The first step in this process was Vator Splash Oakand.
“The career politicians have had their chance,” said Parker. “I have seen the inner workings of the city enough to know that we need a different skill set.”
For Oakland mayoral candidate Bryan Parker, technology is a solution to many of the East Bay city’s woes. Parker, who entered the tech industry over a decade ago as senior director of finance at security software firm iPass, sees bitcoin as a way to address poverty and crowdfunding as a means of increasing financing for civic development. He favors analytics to maximize the efficiency of Oakland’s understaffed police force and improve education in the city’s classrooms.
How technology fits into Oakland’s future and the priorities for the Bryan Parker administration in developing Oakland as a vibrant and innovative city.
Dear Supporters, It is important that we honor the victims of crime in Oakland. Whether the crime is a violent one, robbery or murder we must show compassion. Compassion alone, however, is […]
Good afternoon, As reported by CBS Channel 5 last night, the race for Oakland mayor may be a year away, but our campaign is now the frontrunner in […]
Recently, two events have occurred that will directly affect Oakland’s future. First, Oakland Chief of Police, Howard Jordan, announced his retirement. Only two days later, his replacement, Interim Oakland Police Chief, Anthony Toribio, announced that he too would be leaving the […]
It has been 40 years since the Golden State Warriors last won an NBA title. That 1975 team was forced to play at […]