OpenOakland ReWrite Ideas

We want you to tell us the questions you have for the City that you cannot find online: on the city website or in general. Information that is confusing or out of date, things that seem to be missing.
We will work on answers to all these questions on June 1 at the ReWrite Oakland event and in the future for the tougher ones. All these questions will be answered on a new, simple website for the City of Oakland we will be building as a community!
If you would like to join us for a day of civic action we invite you attend on June 1st as we spend a day together working on good answers to all these questions and more! ReWriteOakland.eventbrite.com

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  1. Explain the city's role vs. the school district & the county on things I care about -- schools, streets, recreation, safety, clean air.

    People need help understanding how the parts of different local government do (and don't) work together. The City doesn't do it alone. Is there a simple way to explain the most visible functions/services?

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      • If I have a dispute with my landlord or have a general question about my tenant rights who do I talk to?

        Who to contact in Oakland, references for resources, common tenant/landlord questions and answers.

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        • If I live in a multi-unit apartment building how can I get a green yard trimmings/food scrap bin?

          For residences that live in a multi-unit building, how to get landlord or property management to get a green yard trimmings/food scrap bin for either the building or for an individual. What is the process to go about this, delivery or pickup of the bin, cost, who to contact ect.

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          • Where does my parking pass apply?

            Where can I find a map of parking pass zones?

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            • How do I find property values?

              Tax records are available through https://www.acgov.org/ptax_pub_app/RealSearch.do and taxes are usually between 1% and 2% of property value.

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              • How do I determine what zoning a building has?

                I saw a building for sale that is marked zoned as an M-31 - what does this mean? Also, if I wanted to find out the zoning of a building, given its address?

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                • How do I request a zoning change for a building?

                  Is there a process? How long does it typically take? What kind of arguments are typically successful in resulting in a zoning change?

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                    • Who is responsible for the maintenance and construction of city sidewalks outside private buildings?

                      Who is responsible for their maintenance, repair, and construction, who to talk to or report about sidewalk issues such as large cracks or uplifting, how to get them fixed.

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                        • Who do I talk to or call in the city about issues with the homeless on my street when I do not want to talk to the police?

                          Who to talk to about reporting issues with the homeless that are not emergencies such as having a 311 number or something to request targeted services...

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                          • How do I get a city sidewalk trash can installed outside my business or residence?

                            Who to contact, rules about placement, time, requirements ect

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                            • If I want to open a stall at a farmers market or start my own food truck who do I talk to in the city?

                              Resources in the city, who to contact, permits, time, requirements, cost ect

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                              • How do I get a city bike rack installed outside my business or residence?

                                Who to contact about it and what the process is how long it takes and rules about placement.

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                                • How do I find my trash/recycling pickup day for my address?

                                  Is there a easy way to find trash/recycling pickup days based on address or city area/zones?

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                                  • How do I plant or get a street tree planted?

                                    Basic information on how to get / request a tree planting for sidewalk street trees and or best practices for doing it yourself ie permitting, cost, location, species, watering schedule ect.

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                                    • How do I find the status of blighted buildings in my community

                                      Is the city dealing with them, how do I know this?

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