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, Select round: All developers have got to show proof of concept that they will be involved in the community in meaningful ways. text-align: center; padding-left: 10px; | 63% of Oaklanders are unhappy with city government | | Get tickets to Culture Makers, {{#label}}{{label}}: {{/label}}{{message}}. letter-spacing: .03em; Seneca Scott for Oakland Mayor. width: 350px; How would they fix Oaklands potholes? left: 0px; } Seneca Scott did not complete Ballotpedia's 2022 Candidate Connection survey. It was performative. Its like were gaslighting. The average perpetrator of violent crime is under thirty now. } Three fires a day in homeless encampments. Were hearing that you would address root causes, but you also just spent a long time talking about allowing the police to use surveillance and arrest a bunch of people. position: relative; .votebox_bp_logo { Oakland mayoral candidate Seneca Scott was arrested last year near a community garden he co-founded in West Oakland for allegedly brandishing a firearm at two people, according to police. font-size: 20px; He holds a doctorate in sociology from UC Santa Barbara and was the co-recipient of the George Polk Award for local reporting in 2017. .hideResponses { display: none;} clearInterval(nTimer); position: relative; Scott,. text-align: left; Seneca Scott speaking at a mayoral candidates forum at Laney College. I disagree. } div.survey-scrollbox { height:400px; overflow:scroll; margin:20px; padding:10px; border:1px solid gray; } So its just dangerous. Candidate Seneca Scott criticized for suggesting a protest at the temple The first response to Liu's email on Sunday was from Seneca Scott, a West Oakland resident and founder of the entertainment company Oakhella who is also running for mayor. Those sideshows you see, how is it any different than in the rural places where people are riding big old pickup trucks around pissing off their neighbors? Theres no confidence in the government.Twenty percent of those calls go completely unanswered. The man told the officers that he and another person had been confronted on the sidewalk by a third person, Scott, who had brandished a handgun at them, according to a police report. background-color: #003388; Yeah. Weve got some City of Dodge stuff going on in Oakland and once again theres escape-avoidance behavior and normalcy bias. } The Oaklandside relies on reader support to remain free for everyone in our community. Incumbents are bolded and underlined. The words were used. Ten candidates will be on the November ballot for Oakland, California's mayoral race. letter-spacing: 0.03em; People want to pick and choose what types of surveillance or information they think are relevant depending on what their ideology is. City Council District 2 *Nikki Fortunato Bas . color: black; $('#selected_round640055b707964').html(this.value); I dont think its served us well. font-weight: bold; In Oakland, heres how you stop it. The Alameda County Sheriff still owes me an apology.. z-index:1; padding-left: 10px; .widget-row.value-only.black { $('.showResponses').hide(); .widget-row.Republican { overflow-x: scroll; [Editors note: Scott is referring to the kind of charter amendment he mentioned at the beginning of this interview, one that would give the mayor more power to set city policies.]. He negotiated contracts for city . .rcvresults_table_container { div.survey-scrollbox { height:400px; overflow:scroll; margin:20px; padding:10px; border:1px solid gray; } width: 100%; What role should the mayor play in public education issues? $('#' + this.value + s).show(); Federal courts | Ultimately we elect a figurehead as the mayor, and the mayor that we elect needs to have the accountability to implement the policies that theyre elected on without being usurped by the councils legislative power. }, 100); if(scrollHeight > 580 ) { The city auditors budget is like $3 or $4 million for a city with a $3 billion budget over two years. padding-bottom: 3px;

} We lost one in West Oakland. color: #fff; p.survey-response {white-space: pre-line;} .widget-img { Her current term ends on January 4, 2027. if (l > 1){ .outer_percentage { position: relative; position:absolute; Have you thought about any local solutions to remedying this national problem? $('#' + this.value + s).show(); vertical-align: top; OAKLAND, Calif. - The. .election_results_text { Do you know how many hits those things get on Youtube? } left: 0; .non_result_row { This was obviously a struggle: did they defund, did they not defund? Also, included, special guest, former Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison. .votebox_legend { But I think that may be excessive considering we have a MACRO program that can help supplement [and] could help pick up a big load off the police officers. Experts say they constitute mass surveillance and that typically less than 1% of scans by law enforcement lead to an arrest and conviction. Incumbent Mayor Libby Schaaf, a Democrat,. It actually takes power away from the mayor. Learn more. Or are there bigger priorities? Socialist John Reimann says the. If you go back to that report, the footage of people shooting up vehicles with assault rifles and setting them on fire, my neighbors sent me that. } He referred us to this San Francisco Chronicle story as well as our own coverage of a project in West Oakland.]. As mayor, I plan to get my Michelle Obama on and make sure that no children are eating the food Ive seen them eating this summer. Care Court may change that. } a[aria-expanded=true] .fa-chevron-right { display: none; } We're back in Jack London Square, this time with Oakland mayoral candidate Seneca Scott, who minces no words about the state of his city and why labor is backing an . $('.showResponses').show(); In phase one, we send the Urban Compassion Project and other light-hearted organizations that arent going to waste money and know how to account for it, who have a work plan and accountability structures with the city with the money were paying them. It was due to a lack of traffic-calming measures as well as a lack of community support because we had options in Emeryville. $('#' + "9" + s).show(); Thats all marketing. He also said he is not dropping out of the mayor's race. padding:7px 8px 8px; Scott, who's the executive director of Neighbors Together Oakland, spoke to ABC7's Jobina Fortson on our digital-only newscast, "ABC7@7" on Friday. .top_disclaimer { width: 100% } } } You can play it year-round. .percentage_number { It also helps your family, friends and Oakland neighbors have access to reliable, independent reporting. And morale [within OPD] is paramount.

   .rcv_select {        width: 100%    } As far as the homeless camps, the neighbors themselves have said that on record. 		function indicateScroll (){ Just cause theyre Black, they dont get a pass. Seneca Scott moved to West Oakland a decade ago and became the East Bay Director for Labor Union SEIU 1021. 		width: 35px !important; 				overflow-y: hidden; 		font-style: italic; Im a self-determined person. For people who can helpfully make a choice, there are many options.        padding-left: 8px; In phase two, its, Ok, were gonna abate this encampment in 60 days. Here are the services we will be offering, and we will go to each person to figure out what you need so we can get you help or whatever you want. ), This interview is with Seneca Scott, the founder of the nonprofit Neighbors Together Oakland, co-founder of the entertainment company Oakhella (which recently distanced itself from the candidate), and co-founder of Bottoms Up Community Garden. 		padding-bottom: 5px;  !" It is situated in the Silesian Voivodeship (administrative division) since 1999, and was previously the capital .  Were going to need to be mindful not to waste opportunities. Weve had that average for two years. })     		width: 90%; Last year, he founded Neighbors Together Oakland, a nonprofit describing itself as a post-partisan organization of solutionaries who are active in being the change we want to see in our world, which filed a lawsuit against the city to try to force it to carry out its Encampment Management Policy, which determines how services are provided to homeless camps while also banning camping in most parts of Oakland. } Seneca Scott, executive director of Neighbors Together Oakland (NTO) and a member of the Coalition for a Better Oakland, is running for Mayor of Oakland.        display:none; $(".expand-all").on('click', () => { The deputies arrested Liu and booked him into jail. Now its being weaponized against developers. $('#emessage'+s).empty(); Union organizer and negotiator. When the deputies arrived, two people on the property said Liu had pointed the gun at them and an infant child in a stroller. The numbers are always changing and I dont want to use outdated numbers, but a good chunk of [weapons] now are found to be ghost guns. Thank you. 		.votebox { When you talk about waste, 40-50% of our food ends up in there. .widget-row.heading {  Seneca Scott faces unresolved criminal charges, reported by The Oaklandside, for carrying a concealed gun and exhibiting the weapon in a threatening manner. 		margin: 0px 10px; .large-date { text-align: center; margin-top: 30px; margin-bottom: 20px; font-size: 20px; font-weight: 600;} 			} The policy makes it illegal to have an encampments 50 feet from parks, residents and business, unless it's attached to a nonprofit or city service. 	color: white; City Hall & Policing Oakland mayor's race: an interview with candidate Seneca Scott The neighborhood organizer said he'll restore rule of law in Oakland and make the city more economically resilient. Reporters asked the FBI and the police department.        border-bottom: 1px solid grey; Is that an alley-oop for me? Second choice: Loren Taylor.    }        margin-bottom: .75em; Seneca likes to say that all of his endeavors serve the same purpose, helping to bring Oakland Neighbors closer together.        background-color: #db0000; $('.hideResponses').on('click', () => { 	} 		text-align: left !important; Thats the approach. We got the Roots. $('#emessage640055b707964').empty(); } [Editors note: according to Edsource, The cost of housing in Oakland and the Bay Area is among the highest in the state, and Oaklands salary scale, as of 2020-21, was among the lowest in Alameda County, from $50,600 for new teachers to $95,000 for the highest-paid veterans.] How do you fix that? . 

. Far too many Oakland neighbors fear for their safety on a daily basis. padding-bottom: 8px; After a fire on Wood Street, you tweeted that you were told the FBI had discovered 10 dead bodies in cars at the camp, a number that law enforcement has discredited. let item = jQuery('.votebox .indicate_scroll').get(index); Explain your thinking on the issue of police staffing. Polls closed in the state at 8 p.m. local time, or 11 p.m. EST. Oakland right now is not a place where businesses want to come and invest anything. People are desperate. Counties | .race_footer { $('.hideResponses').on('click', () => { } The Oaklandside ran a search of court records related to all current candidates for Oakland mayor. font-weight: 300; I negotiated contracts with the city of Oakland and every city in the East Bay during 2012, which is the last time we changed our pension plan with the PEPRA change. .infobox p { } } Theyre not mutually exclusive. I was part of discussions with councilperson Noel Gallo, who chairs the Public Works Committee, and we were after them, as part of my Neighbors Together nonprofit, as to why they werent using cameras, and he just kept pointing to the police commissions advice. var x = '%7B%229%22%3A%7B%22votes%22%3A113735%7D%2C%228%22%3A%7B%22votes%22%3A120047%7D%2C%227%22%3A%7B%22votes%22%3A122551%7D%2C%226%22%3A%7B%22votes%22%3A123918%7D%2C%225%22%3A%7B%22votes%22%3A124878%7D%2C%224%22%3A%7B%22votes%22%3A125590%7D%2C%223%22%3A%7B%22votes%22%3A125814%7D%2C%222%22%3A%7B%22votes%22%3A126044%7D%2C%221%22%3A%7B%22votes%22%3A125522%7D%7D'; .image-candidate-thumbnail-wrapper .image-candidate-thumbnail { } .key-messages li:last-child { margin-bottom: 0px;} Im a renter; I dont own any property, contrary to popular belief and rumors. So we need to be honest. [Editors note: The Oaklandside asked Scott for more information about what he views as examples of unions and the City Council using the California Environmental Quality Act to interfere with development projects. .rcvresults_text { ul.key-messages {list-style-type: none; margin-left:10px; } I dont like root causes. Whats the root cause? Where do we go? Do you guys know what Accela is? .inner_percentage { background-color: #db0000; $('.pastResponses').hide(); .votebox-results-cell--number { Ive been trying to bring a grocery store to the Lower Bottoms in the 99 Cent location. He blasted the city's election system at Tuesday's news conference. Loren Taylor. Scott was previously the East Bay director for SEIU Local 1021 and he ran for the District 3 City Council seat in 2020, finishing fourth in a field of six contenders. (function() {

float:right; 	font-size: .9em; 	word-wrap: break-word; Seneca Scott, an independent candidate for mayor in Oakland, Calif., said two policies have fueled homelessness in his state during an appearance on Hill.TV's "Rising" on Wednesday. by The Oaklandside October 5, 2022 Seneca Scott. And this is complicated because Libby spent her first day with OPD. Market rate. 	.results_text {        letter-spacing: .03em; As a community activist, Scott has criticized the city for proliferating homeless . Its not safe. Thao is our first choice for Oakland mayor, and we think that she would move the city forward. 		margin-top: 1em; 		font-size: 0.9em; Thats something that I would own, to make sure that [OUSDs] $70 million central kitchen is getting used to provide healthy food to Oakland students. Were gonna ask you a few questions about public safety, including from our readers.        background-color: grey; 	} "If you. 	width: 100%; 		}; 	.results_row td:first-child { The new Care Court law now says that if someone doesnt want the services but theyve proven to be a danger to themselves or others, they may not have a choice.    .indicate_scroll { 		padding-top: 8px; } Its like a simple thing. Because as youve seen, people die when [the police] follow people. The results have been certified. 		font-size: 2em; This interview is with Seneca Scott, the founder of the nonprofit Neighbors Together Oakland, co-founder of the entertainment company Oakhella (which recently distanced itself from the candidate . 		height: 22px;      .rcvtooltip span { @nikki4oakland. })     
    } 	.race_header.libertarian { [Editors note: There is no objective number for how many officers a city should have, but policymakers often aim to provide a certain number of officers per every 100,000 people, and they adjust this further based on a citys rate of crime, assuming that more officers are needed to respond to more crime. 	.mw-body #mw-content-text th.votebox-results-cell--text {        top: -120px; Ballotpedia features 395,443 encyclopedic articles written and curated by our professional staff of editors, writers, and researchers. $('#candidate-connection-twitter-92743').on('click', () => { ga('send', 'event', 'surveycta', 'surveycta-click-twitter'); });  		defer(); See also:City elections in Oakland, California (2020). 		font-weight: 200; Oakland mayoral candidate Seneca Scott was arrested last year and is currently facing charges for brandishing a firearm. 	.race_header.green { Thats why theyre always so late to report. San Francisco doesnt deal with that. I saw that as a failure.        display: inline-block; 	.results_table { p.survey-question {font-weight:bold;} border:1px solid #FFB81F; 	.indicate_scroll { It was a unanimous vote from City Council. Apply today!    } 	.non_result_row div { Oakland mayoral candidate: Seneca Scott. 		display: inline-block;    } In the election, voters were asked to list their top five choices in. 		margin-bottom: 4px;    } Despite the posters in this subreddit, I don't think that's going to fly in IRL Oakland, even in 2022. According to a 2020 USA Today analysis of U.S. cities with a population of 65,000 and above, Oakland has 235 law enforcement employees (officers and civilian staff) per every 100,000 residents (ranking it 176th highest out of 634 cities), and Oaklands violent crime rate was 19th highest out of all these cities.]. Now, he is running for mayor. In recent years there have been several examples of tension between the City Council and city administrator. Oakland mayoral candidate: Ignacio De La Fuente. We need to finish the job on that. But the problems are back. 	.inner_percentage.Republican { Its [the citys] job to provide services that are not arbitrary and capricious. . They do take a lot of food waste for composting, being zero waste and taking that food waste and feeding livestock and growing nutritious healthy food, which is being taken around either by bikes or zero-emission vehicles and reducing the carbon footprint and the waste. 	.electionsectionheading { Youre probably the most vocal candidate about your criticism of the citys current approach to homelessness and encampments. According to a sheriffs report, Liu called 911 and complained that there were trespassers on property he said he owned. 	}    .votebox_legend { Thats not excessive?        padding-bottom: 3px;        font-size: 5px; Elections 2022 See also: Mayoral election in Oakland, California (2022) General election General election for Mayor of Oakland Select round: The ranked-choice voting election was won by Sheng Thao in round 9 . We need 900. Should the city be funding the arts directly? Check the latest city audit that shows $69 million was spent on housing people, and [the city didnt] track any of that. 	background-color: red; Strong doesnt appear in any legislative charter. He moved to Oakland in 2012 while working for the labor union SEIU 1021 and lives in the Lower Bottoms neighborhood.    width: 350px; But that doesn't mean he was inactive. Following the arrest, the Alameda County District Attorney filed charges against Scott in December 2021 for carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle and on his person and brandishing the weapon, all misdemeanors.          font-size:0.58em; RELATED: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf wins re-election. Theres nothing wrong with that if youre being a good neighbor. Source. That transfer here is easy because we can grow food with our weather. $('#selected_round' +s).html("9");  True, he'd run for City Council two years previously, but lost, and in the intervening period Seneca had very little public visibility. I was interviewed for a report by KTVU with investigative reporter Brooks Jarosz. $("#round640055b6cc5e4").val($("#round640055b6cc5e4").children('option').length).change(); var t = '30408'; 	font-weight: bold;    .mw-body #mw-content-text th.votebox-results-cell--text { var nTimer = setInterval(function() { Vote. 	.race_header.republican { I cant stand LAPD for that. }) Settle in for a long read; these conversations are weighty, befitting the office these candidates seek. No one does a good job if they dont feel respected. Im a union man. 	.race_header { We have a need for community centers. and some people would say those things are incompatible.        margin-right: 10px;  Its not ok. And we deserve better, an ability to walk and bike across our streets. Were going to have to do that again.    .results_row td { 		background-color: #f9d334; 	margin-bottom: 0; 		border: 1px solid #999; if (typeof $  !=  'undefined') { 	} If we fail [to pass an accountable mayor charter amendment], thats where a controller comes into play. In January 2021, Peter Liu, who recently made antisemitic comments in a mass email, was arrested in San Lorenzo by Alameda County sheriffs deputies for allegedly carrying a loaded 9mm pistol. State executives | The Oaklandside relies on reader support to remain free for everyone in our community.    } p.survey-response {white-space: pre-line;}        float: left; Sheng Thao is a daughter of refugees who has lived in Oakland her entire adult life. The officers arrested him for carrying a concealed gun and exhibiting the weapon in a threatening manner. There are absolutely institutional issues of racism and equity, absolutely. The results have been certified. Housing projects and socialized housing absolutely positively need to be on the books soon, considering we have the great unwashed 2.0 playing out before our very eyes. The Oaklandside was unable to independently verify Scotts statement that someone brandished a knife at him or that property was stolen from the garden. We need to build, baby, build. So I think its worth the investment. He said he was backstage at last Sunday's Oakland Pride festival and didn't hear anything about it. var nTimer = setInterval(function() { A search of court records shows that the district attorney did not file charges against Liu, who in past campaigns for mayor has advocated that concealed carry gun permits be allowed for Oakland residents.    .mw-body #mw-content-text .rcvvotebox  h3.votebox-header-office-name { 00:00. They may be leasing it to a barber college, I heard, but we urgently need those stores and we need to have produce come from our local gardens in our communities.    } But we need business improvement districts that will support these things. 	}    border: 1px solid #888;    } Seneca Scott Interview 2022 Oakland Mayoral Race Campaign Update, Comment On Oakland Post Visit Oakland News Now Blog https://oaklandnewsnowblog.com Read ZENNIE62MEDIA's. 	} Oakland Police Negotiated Settlement Agreement (NSA) and Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Reports. Now were not talking about a total replacement of our supply chain, were talking about supplementing things that are high cost. ", You can watch the full interview in the video player above, Jupiter and Venus appear to 'kiss' in the sky, FL Gov. 
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