Metropolis of Oakland MACRO, Oakland’s Civil Rescue Employee Acquired $ 10 Million From California

On Friday, June 25th, the State of California released a revised budget that includes Senator Nancy Skinner’s amendments to provide $ 10 million to fund Oakland’s Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland (“MACRO”) program provide. Once approved, the total budget for MACRO will be $ 16.5 million, including state and city funding.

Housed in the fire department, MACRO will be a more appropriate, non-police response to non-violent / non-criminal service calls. Developed with community participation, MACRO is designed to respond to crises and save lives while allowing the police to spend more time responding to and solving violent crimes.

On May 4, 2021, Vice Mayor Kaplan wrote a letter to the Chairs of the Senate and Assembly Budget Committees advocating funding for MACRO. It says:

“At Oakland, we understand the urgent need to improve access to mental health services for nonviolent calls, rather than criminalizing community members who are already in a state at risk …

… We respectfully ask you to continue to support our city by funding our unarmed crisis intervention team – Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland (“MACRO”). In coordination with several base churches and with a flood of community support, the City of Oakland is launching MACRO to respond to non-violent crisis calls …

We are working to ensure that this program is put in place to improve life in our city. MACRO is launched as an internal program within the Oakland Fire Department, the staff would not be sworn in and preferably from the hardest hit communities in our city. The City of Oakland has funded the program to get started in East Oakland, but there is a great need across our city. “

“On behalf of the City of Oakland, I would like to express my deep gratitude to Senator Nancy Skinner for working on behalf of the city to ensure that the state puts the needs of our communities first by donating $ 10 million to MACRO,” said Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan. “Now we are calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to approve the state budget so that Oakland can lead the way in developing this important civilian crisis response program.”

“I thank Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan for her tenacious leadership over many years in developing the Oakland MACRO Rapid Response Program and for her government funding,” said Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas. “I also thank Senator Nancy Skinner for making Oakland’s efforts to rethink security successful with this budget allocation.”

The final legislative votes on the state budget are expected on Monday, June 28th. Last Thursday, June 24th, Oakland City Council approved its biennial budget that diverted $ 18 million from police to violence prevention and alternative crisis response. MACRO’s total two-year budget will be $ 16.5 million, with $ 6.5 million allocated to the City of Oakland and $ 10 million from the state.

Oakland Legal Background:

SB 129 State of California Budget Act of 2021

The letter from Oakland’s Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan dated 05/04/21:

Letter to Government Funding Oakland MACRO Rebecca Kaplan V1 (005) from Zennie Abraham on Scribd

Decision of the City of Oakland to set up a MACRO in the fire brigade, jointly supported by Council member Dan Kalb and Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas, March 16, 21

Oakland City MACRO Legis … by Zennie Abraham

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