A moonshot isn’t about an individual’s scorecard – Highlights of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s State of the City Speech

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Pic: East Bay Times

A moonshot is a big, audacious goal. It’s less about incremental improvement and more about transformational change.

I am sorry for the damage that Oakland’s sexual misconduct scandal did to our Police Department’s relationship with the community and even more so to an exploited young woman and her family.

Because Oaklanders and the honorable men and women of the Oakland Police Department deserved no less, we took a hard line against the reprehensible misconduct and culture that came to light this year.

We must keep this momentum going of safety and reforms. That’s why I refuse to defund the police or stop growing our ranks. To reach our moonshot of safety and justice we’ll need more resources, not less.

If crashes were a disease, we would declare that a public health crisis.

This crisis demands moonshot thinking. It’s complex, overwhelming and has been decades in the making. It involves forces beyond Oakland’s borders and beyond our control.

A moonshot isn’t about an individual’s scorecard. A moonshot is about doing the hard work today to solve the big problems of tomorrow.

We invest now because it is hard. We know with each launch we make one small step toward OaklandThrives..


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