Sheng Thao District four Council Member advocates investing in Oakland’s public security
Oakland, California – Councilor Sheng Thao, who worked with fellow city council members, community leaders and city staff, won public safety investments for Oakland Monday afternoon, including investments in line with the city’s reimagined public safety goals. The city council unanimously approved their budget changes, which included investments in:
- Traffic calming and prevention of side theaters
- Faster 911 response
- Restoring Foot Patrol officers in business corridors during the holiday season
- Ambassador of the business district
- Adding public toilets near homeless camps
- Investment in training and resources
Comment from Councilor Sheng Thao:
“My top priority is public safety, ie fighting violent crime, street safety, poverty and homelessness. These budget changes invest in our community and increase our police force’s ability to prevent and respond to violent crimes, ”said Councilor Sheng Thao. “These changes will also protect our business corridors so that Oaklanders can shop more safely and, in turn, invest in our Oakland stores.”
From Oakland Police Chief LeRonne L. Armstrong:
“I would like to thank Oakland City Councilor Sheng Thao and other councilors for their voice and additional funding. These funds will provide walking officers in our business districts across town during this holiday season. The funds will enable us to restore much-needed public security services and walkers while our community and visitors shop in our town. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many of our vulnerable communities and businesses; We must not let crime be the driving force this holiday season, we will have walking officers to keep the community safe. “
Councilor Thao changes included direct investments in West, Central, and East Oakland, including West Oakland Community Centers, Central Oakland Road Safety, and Oakland 911 911.
“These changes also help address the decade-long divestment of our BIPOC communities in East Oakland. By investing in road safety, beautification and urban services. It is important that we remain committed to justice for East Oakland. Our office is committed to working with Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas, Councilors Treva Reid and Loren Taylor to move these amendments forward, and I thank them for their strong partnership in this work. ”
These changes were unanimously approved by Oakland City Council as the final step in the two-year fiscal year ’21 -’23 budget process. A copy of the final changes can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/12LWbi8ty3SnNKX33pfUahz6n6agWXym-/view?usp=drivesdk
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