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Meeting Oakland’s City Administrator

I have a soft spot for city employees. It started after the financial crisis, when my city almost shut down. I stopped feeling weird about my sympathies once HBO began airing Show Me a Hero. The show, created by David Simon of Treme and The Wire, features the Shakespearean drama unfolding in city bureaucracy’s basement. In the years I lived in Oakland, I admired and defended the regular city workers, the people with the skills, background and commitment to move the city forward despite its myriad (and historic) obstacles. I’m not talking about politicians. On a few occasions I had the opportunity to work alongside them, for example, as a volunteer with National Day of Civic Hacking. So when SPUR scheduled “A Conversation with Oakland’s City Administrator,” I was there. City Administrator Sabrina Landreth grew up in Oakland and raises a family here. She is newly arrived from her post in Emeryville, though she had worked as Oakland’s deputy city administrator and budget director immediately following the 2008 financial crash. The key to mapping the …

Where the Heart Is

Home is physical, a built structure, a roof, four walls, a web. Home is a place at the table, nourishment. Yet, home remains a mere dream for those who experience its absolute absence. Many in the Bay Area find themselves homeless. In the months ahead, we will explore the ways people and organizations in the Bay are trying to make headway to house more people who need it. We’ll also take a closer look at displacement, the byproduct of gentrification and the yawning gap between income and housing costs here.  Laura McCamy of OaklandLocal has been covering the issue as it plays out in Oakland and Alameda County.  At yesterday’s SPUR event, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) shared highlights and findings from its State of the Region, chronicling the growing pressures on transit and housing, and the promise and downside of employment trends. BayMozaic will circle back to the report in the weeks ahead. Behind every set of statistics lives a methodology, and more importantly, thousands of stories of lives affected. (Haleh, photos …