About Spike

Spike has research experience in community development, housing, criminology, spatial epidemiology and reentry issues. He speaks nationally about data driven decision making and was chosen as one of Next American City’s Vanguard class of 2012 and honored as a White House Champion of Change in 2013. He’s a dad, husband and co-author for the new book on open public data: Beyond Transparency.

Holding Investors Accountable in Oakland

Holding Investors Accountable in Oakland This is an excerpt from a new report by the Urban Institute featuring some of our work, get it here. Following the foreclosure crisis, Oakland, CA, faced a serious problem with vacant buildings. Vacant properties, particularly if not well maintained, can affect the safety and quality of life in a [...]

By | 2017-08-09T11:55:29+00:00 August 9th, 2017|GIS & Mapping, Housing|0 Comments

New Deal Involving City-Owned Land Contradicts City’s Own Goals

Co-written by Steve King, Bobby Stahl and Spike. Judging by the development plans being discussed for seven acres of city-owned land at Oak Knoll, we would guess that no one involved in the deal has happened across the City’s own Playbook For a Resilient Oakland. The Playbook has been publicly available for a few short months, and [...]

Urban Strategies Council Launches Techpathways Web Resource Prepping East Bay Youth For Tech Careers

New one-stop site bridges knowledge gap on tech career options and local training opportunities OAKLAND, CA--November 29, 2016-- Urban Strategies Council, a leading organization alleviating East Bay poverty via data-driven research, policy innovation, and advocacy, is introducing techPathways in partnership with Raiz Labs, Digital Strategies, the East Bay Broadband Consortium, and the East Bay Economic [...]

By | 2017-05-18T10:53:33+00:00 November 29th, 2016|Press|0 Comments

Violence and Stress in Oakland’s Neighborhoods

Oakland is a thriving city by many measures, yet some neighborhoods experience conditions of violence that have become so commonplace as to seem unpreventable – even expected. While many areas of Oakland enjoy prosperity and rarely see violence, some neighborhoods are in despair, besieged by those risk factors that have well acquainted them to violence. [...]

By | 2017-06-23T11:18:07+00:00 August 26th, 2015|Urban Strategies News, Violence Prevention|2 Comments

Drummond: Investor purchases of foreclosures intensify housing crisis? | Oakland Tribune

Three years ago this month, the Urban Strategies Council released a report that sought to answer that question. The Oakland nonprofit found that investors -- most from outside the city -- were snatching up foreclosed homes in low-income neighborhoods in East and West Oakland that had been hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis. Read more

By | 2016-01-06T17:19:17+00:00 June 24th, 2015|Press|0 Comments

Coalition seeks investigation of OneWest foreclosures | SGV Tribune

A statewide coalition is urging federal regulators to investigate a disproportionately high number of OneWest Bank foreclosures that have occurred in minority communities in California. An analysis that was conducted by Urban Strategies Council and released by the California Reinvestment Coalition examined more than 35,000 foreclosures that Pasadena-based OneWest and its subsidiary, Financial Freedom, have [...]

By | 2016-01-06T17:20:37+00:00 June 9th, 2015|Press|0 Comments

Oakland’s Housing Affordability Crisis

As part of the City of Oakland’s A Roadmap Toward Equity report, Urban Strategies Council prepared a comprehensive data profile of the City’s current housing situation. By every measure, Oakland is in the midst of an affordability crisis: the vast majority of residents cannot afford to buy a home, nor would they be able to afford [...]

Building Alameda County’s First Public Health & Human Services Data Portal

Urban Strategies Council, First Five Alameda County and Eden I&R (the provider of 2-1-1 services in Alameda County) recently agreed to jointly build the first ever Health and Human Services Data Portal in California. The Data Portal will increase accessibility to Health and Human Services Information resources that can be utilized by the public as [...]

By | 2017-05-18T11:34:09+00:00 April 21st, 2015|Public Health|1 Comment