After a successful year in 2013 we wanted to share with you our newly released report that provides a powerful overview of the work necessary to protect our voting rights in Oakland. The Oakland Votes Redistricting Coalition (OVRC) is a coalition of organizations and activists who fought to defend voting rights in our city in [...]
In recent weeks we’ve heard from many concerned residents of Oakland that they would like to know more about our “report that shows the DAC and cameras will reduce crime”. We rarely feel compelled to correct public misinformation about our work but we feel that this is an important issue and our organization’s reputation is [...]
The Healthy Stores for Healthy Communities campaign just released the results of their statewide surveys. We've included their factsheet for Alameda County below as it contains some useful data on our communities here. More than 7,000 stores were surveyed in all 58 California counties, which included convenience, supermarket, liquor, tobacco, small market, discount, drug and [...]
The Eden Area Community Profile 2013 was commissioned by Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley to provide both a new baseline for understanding the five diverse communities in the Eden Area and to evaluate the changes since the initial profile was prepared. It is intended to support the work of Phase II of the Eden Area [...]
An underlying premise behind open data is that you, the creator of a dataset, may not know the best use of your data and therefore need to leave the data open and let the future decide. It is a hard decision for a data analyst who believes that data needs to be properly handled by [...]
Grants Available for Home Repairs Do you have a pre-1978 home in Berkeley, Alameda, Emeryville or Oakland? Are there any children under 6, or a pregnant woman, living in the home? Or do children under 6 regularly visit? Is the household low-income? If so, you may qualify for up to $4,000 in grants for lead [...]
We're putting the finishing touches on our first Impact Report this week and we realized that we didn't have a current pic of our team, so here are the great people behind all of our work lately and the crew to lead us strong in 2014, minus one fantastic Mr. Calvin Williams!
We're hiring! This is a great role with a top team. We're looking for an experienced housing and urban planning researcher. Solid data analysis, mapping and policy skills required. More info and apply online here.
In late 2013 as the city's redistricting process began to wind down, several organizations involved in the Oakland Votes Coalition and city officials began talking about the possibility of creating a Citizens Redistricting Commission to avoid the usual politicized process in Oakland every 10 years. The commission concept has been discussed as being somewhat aligned [...]
Way back in 2011, we carried out a comprehensive study of the data landscape in the Bay Area related to the important work of affordable housing and neighborhood stabilization efforts for Enterprise Community Partners. The report got delivered to our clients but we realized that we did not ever publish the results. Despite the time [...]