Action Alert: Your help is needed to Save OakDOT!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for transportation in Oakland. OakDOT released the Let’s Bike Oakland plan, the paving plan unanimously passed City Council, and Council President Kaplan proposed amendments to the City of Oakland budget that merge OakDOT back into Public Works!

We need your help today to Save OakDOT!

Having a dedicated and independent Department of Transportation is critical if Oakland wants efficient, sustainable, and equitable transportation for all. These values are Oakland’s values, and we deserve a city government that puts them first.

Kaplan’s proposal would be a huge step backwards just as OakDOT has been emerging as a national leader on equitable transportation–from the groundbreaking 3-year paving plan to the just-released Bike Plan update to OakDOT’s newly developed capacity to implement Rapid Response projects and provide immediate safety fixes after somebody is tragically killed on our streets. Read more about what’s at stake in our letter to Oakland City Council.

OakDOT needs your help–make sure each Council Member hears your support for OakDOT before this item is heard at a special June 10 City Council meeting. Please call or email all the Council Members to voice your support NOWWe’ve made it easy for you — start with the template below and customize as you see fit. Note that Council Members Kalb and Gallo are already on record in support for OakDOT so please thank them for their support!

District 1 — Dan Kalb: • 510.238.7001 [North Oakland, Temescal]
District 2 — Nikki Fortunato Bas: • 510.238.7002 [Chinatown, East Lake]
District 3 — Lynette Gibson McElhaney: • 510.238.7003 [West Oakland, Downtown]
District 4 — Sheng Thao: • 510.238.7004 [Oakland Hills, Maxwell Park]
District 5 — Noel Gallo: • 510.238.7005 [Fruitvale]
District 6 — Loren Taylor: • 510.238.7006 [Havenscourt, Central East Oakland]
District 7 — Larry Reid: • 510.238.7007 [Elmhurst, Castlemont, Deep East Oakland]
At-Large — Rebecca Kaplan: • 510.238.7008 [entire Town]

Not sure what council district you live in? We’ve got you covered with our online tool to look up your council district.

Subject: Support OakDOT on June 10th

Dear Council Members,

I’m writing as an Oakland voter and District [X] resident with grave concerns about Council Member Kaplan’s budget proposal that would de-fund the OakDOT Director’s position and re-merge the agency into Public Works. The City of Oakland just went through a major effort to create OakDOT, and that work is already paying dividends: from developing the groundbreaking equity-oriented paving plan that you recently approved, to advancing a record number of sustainable transportation projects to improve walking/cycling/transit, to getting out into The Town to hear directly from Oakland residents to begin to repair broken trust in government from long neglected corners of the City. Please vote to support OakDOT on June 10th.