On a snowy day in New England it is fun to say it is hot somewhere. What makes Oakland hot? This post on the City's Open Oakland site summarizes it very well - give it a read!
I had the pleasure of participating in the CityCamp Oakland event earlier this month. For those unfamiliar with City Camp, it brings together local government officials, municipal employees, developers, designers, citizens and journalists to share perspectives and insights about their city. The sessions for the event are suggested, selected and run by the attendees.
Having grown up in the Bay Area and attended high school in Oakland, I am a huge Oakland fan (and yes, it is awesome to have The Warriors relevant again :). While Oakland certainly has its challenges, this event reminded me why it is a great city. The diversity of topcis and attendees at CityCamp Oakland was only outshined by the postive energy and constructive discussions.
At the event, the City announced the first Oakland Civic Innovation Awards to recognie five of Oakland's public servants doing excellent work. We want to give a huge shout out to John McCabe - and the entire public works team - for winning the Digital Innovation Award.
7,000, 15,000 and 21,000+.
This is how many requests were submitted via the SeeClickFix platform in 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively in Oakland. The public works team works very hard and believes strongly in the value of citizen participation and effectively communications. Citzens of Oakland: Keep those reports coming (photos are always helpful).
Go Oakland! Go Golden State Warriors!