East Oakland has been ignored by City Hall for too long.
That has to change.
As your elected Councilmember, Bishop Jackson will make sure District 7 gets the attention and resources from City Hall that are necessary to bring good jobs, support local businesses, make housing more affordable, and improve the health and safety of our streets.
Real Change for East Oakland Residents
Since 1984, Bishop Jackson has Jackson has earned the respect of residents and a reputation for keeping his word and getting things done. For over 35 years he has worked to help Oakland residents achieve the American dream: building affordable housing; leading job training and life-skills programs for former inmates; and founding the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce.
During this time of unprecedented healthcare and economic crisis, we need a trusted leader with vision and a plan to truly deliver for our community. Bishop Jackson’s experience and record of real achievement make him the candidate best suited to meet these challenges.
Grow an Economy that Works for District 7 Residents
- Close the “wealth gap” by ensuring residents in all neighborhoods have access to job opportunities and can support themselves and their families.
- Utilize apprenticeship programs, internship and mentoring programs to give our high school students more access to the labor market.
- Support campaigns to encourage consumers to shop locally, and promote small businesses through public/private partnerships. Invest in business improvement districts to help make new and existing businesses more successful, and improve small business’ access to capital, especially for women and people of color.
- Use contracting agreements through city purchasing to help ensure goods and services are purchased from local businesses.
- Make sure investors who want to build in our district are employing district residents.
- Help lure new businesses to the city by making city government easier for businesses to navigate.
Find Real Solutions to Housing Affordability and Homelessness
- With escalating housing costs and higher unemployment, housing affordability is a real crisis in our city. We need to encourage the construction of more housing units at every price point, using a combination of market-based solutions, creative investment vehicles and government support.
- We must treat homelessness as a local, state, and regional crisis, and encourage partnerships with the county, other local cities, and the state. The creation of a Homeless Commission and partnerships with non-profits, developers, and businesses are crucial components in developing comprehensive solutions and funding mental health, drug treatment and job programs that are essential to finding lasting solutions for homelessness.
- The health issues caused by traffic are especially acute in District 7. We need to promote housing that encourages people to shop and work near their homes, make it easier for all workers to access mass transit and reduce the number of cars on our highways.
Make Our Streets and Neighborhoods Cleaner and Safer
An historically high crime rate, the economic challenges of the pandemic, systemic racism, and serious economic inequality require new and creative approaches to ensuring a safe, clean environment for all residents.
- We need to support community policing models, while tackling the systemic racism that is fundamental to the root causes of economic and criminal justice inequality in our community.
- Defunding the police would allow trained experts in domestic violence, mental health, homelessness, addiction and blight to more effectively deal with these issues, while freeing up police officers to tackle more violent and property crimes and gang activity.
- This pandemic has exposed weaknesses throughout our society that need to be addressed. We must protect our seniors who are most vulnerable in the face of coronavirus, ensure workers are protected on the job, that masks are universally used so consumers feel safe, and that students are able to continue their education while protecting their families, teachers and school staff.