A Bay Area Journalist's First-Hand Account Of How Mayor Jerry Brown Screwed Over Oakland On His Way To Sacramento
THE DEVELOPMENT RECORD OF OAKLAND MAYOR JERRY BROWN
"During his original 1998 run for mayor of Oakland, Mr. Brown repeatedly said that a central goal for the economic revitalization of Oakland was to bring retail back to the city’s downtown core by first opening up the downtown area to residential development. Once a critical mass of residents were living downtown, Mr. Brown assured us, the retail establishments would quickly follow, without our having to do all that embarrassing begging and subsidizing that past Oakland administrations had to resort to. Oakland, he said, would be “put on the map.”
"The idea became a powerful campaign slogan when Mr. Brown announced a goal of bringing 10,000 new residents into downtown Oakland—the 10K plan—and that campaign slogan later became official city policy during the Brown Administration, complete with its own page on the city’s website.
"But somewhere along the 10K way, the goal of 10,000 new downtown residents became an end in itself for the Brown Administration, with the retail revival gradually shuffled to the back until, finally, it was forgotten, conveniently and completely, as the program’s original goal.
"This is more than a matter of minor inconvenience for the new downtown residents. ... Without the promised added retail, Oakland is actually in worse shape financially, budget by budget, than we were before all the new downtowners moved in."
From the "City Planning"column
SERVING THE MASTER EIR
MAKING A PLAN
WHJD (WHAT HAS JERRY DONE?)
SELLING OFF JACK'S ASS...ETS
SHAKING OUT THE PUZZLE BOX
DIAHRREA OF THE MOUTH, CONSTIPATION OF THE BRAIN
THE FOREST WATCH
CLOSING DOWN THE KAISER
10(NOT SO O)KAY