In September, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce paid for a research firm to do an annual survey of 500 Oakland residents who were likely to vote in November 2014, asking them their views about the city. The data–which was released today– offers a fascinating view of how Oaklanders–from across the city–are feeling right now.
Some of the high notes:
Voters in District 6–Desley Brooks’ district in East Oakland–were the most pessimistic in the survey, with 64% saying the city was on the wrong track and 59% saying they felt less safe than they had a year ago.
The issues Oaklanders prioritize–education, safety and economic development–remain constant:
Mayor Quan responded with a prepared statement to negative comments about her role and said she is determined to make the city safer . She also stressed that she has worked to secure grants, outside law enforcement experts and funding for more police officers. “We have made significant progress, and the momentum has shifted,” she said. “But we must do more and we must do it faster.”