Oakland is on an amazing path- 2013 saw Oaktown as a Code for America city and the resulting RecordTrac app is an incredible new tool that puts Oakland ahead of the country with respect to accessible FOIA processes. A new Open Data policy was passed through a crowd sourcing effort, the first of its kind. The city and a local nonprofit have aggressively been publishing more data and then there's OpenOakland- a civic innovation org that works with community groups and city staff to create new tools, processes and engagement methods. We have a new public transparency and engagement law around city budgeting and are working on a citizens redistricting commission. We have a growing civic tech ecosystem and a new tech map of the whole community.
Oakland really is having a renaissance, despite the non-existent leadership. Oakland has a huge opportunity to lead the world, it's like we're at bat & watching strike after strike go right down the middle...the only thing gov't leadership here has any initiative is toward automating police-work via surveillance & drones while ignoring *** trafficking, violent crime, and slow emergency response times. Oakland could deserve to win this next year in a big way