Loren Manuel Taylor

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger

Background

Loren Taylor is a 3rd generation inhabitant of Oakland [1]. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Master of Science (MS) in Biomedical Engineering. He went on to receive his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business. He has previously worked as a Health Tech Manager for Kaiser Permanente, Manager for PRTM, served on the Board of Directors for the West Oakland Help Council, the Founder and Primary Consultant for Custom Tailored Solutions, a management consultancy. He has also served as a City Councilmember for the City of Oakland since 2019 [2]. He has co-founded groups in Oakland such as the Boy Scout Troop 100, 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, and the 100 Black Men Community School, as well as chaired these groups [1,2].

Key Issues

Housing

Taylor wants to create a loan program to help small local property owners develop vacant lots. He also supports RV programs in which vacant property owners can host RVs on their land, providing them with water, a sewage system, and electricity [1].

Homelessness

Taylor supports expanding access to mental health and addiction treatment programs, increasing crisis reponse, transitional housing, and long-term housing options [1].

Public Safety

Taylor wants to partner with law enforcement and invest in community-centered violence prevention services. He also supports alternative responses to calls for assistance and redirecting less immediate emergency calls to community responders or an alternative response team. He also supports budget allocation toward more security cameras [1].

Economy

Taylor supports programs that help entrepreneurs from historically disadvantaged communities to start businesses. He also hopes to improve the success of Oakland cannabis businesses affected by the war on drugs [1].

 

Public Health

Taylor supports expanding mental health programs and services. He also wants to give Oakland citizens financial support to buy groceries and food products [1].

Government

Taylor wants to create a centralized contract management system to reduce costs and streamline the hiring of city employees. He also wants to create a satellite office, City Hall East, to help East Oakland citizens [1]. 

 

Transparency

Taylor hopes to increase transparency in the city budget [1].

Endorsements

Libby Schaaf: Oakland Mayor; London Breed: San Francisco Mayor; Sam Liccardo: San Jose Mayor; Darrell Steinberg: Sacramento Mayor; Michael Tubbs: Former Stockton Mayor; Keith Carson: Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 5 and Board President; Nate Miley (#2): Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 4; Don Perata: Former California State Senator and Assemblymember; Joe Simitian: Supervisor, Santa Clara County; Pat Kernighan: Former Oakland City Councilmember; Ben Bartlett: Councilmember, City of Berkeley; Gary Yee: Oakland Unified School District Director, District 4; Nina Senn: Former Oakland Unified School District Director, District 4; James Harris: Former Oakland Unified School District Director, District 7; Jumoke Hinton: Former Oakland Unified School District Director, District 3; LK Monroe: Alameda County Superintendent of Public Education; Amber Childress: Alameda County Board of Education, Retired; Joel Young: AC Transit Director; Mark Williams” Former AC Transit Director; Carol Wyatt: District 3 Representative, Community Policing Advisory Board; Oakland Community Leaders: Amanda Feinstein: Education Advocate; Chris Chatmon; Former Director, Oakland Unified School District Office of African American Male Achievement; Christine Quan: President, Sequoyah Hills Homeowners Association; Cynthia Adams: Vice President, Oakland NAACP; Dan Quigley: Chair, Hillcrest Estates Improvement Association; Daryel Dunsten: Former Homelessness Administrator, City of Oakland; Dee Johnson: Founder and Executive Director, Lend A Hand Foundation; Elinor Buchen: Former Board Member, The Youth Employment Partnership; Erick Bell” Chairman & Executive Director, Accounting Career Awareness Program; John Bliss: Past President, Oakland Parks & Recreation Foundation; Mother Brown: District 6 Resident; Richard Scott: Health & Wellness Committee Chair, 100 Black Men of the Bay Area; Rob Gitin: Founder and Executive Director, At The Crossroads Oakland Faith Leaders; Pastor Charles Hames Jr.; Senior Pastor, Beebe Memorial Cathedral; Pastor Curtis Robinson; Pastor: Faith Baptist Church; Pastor Douglass Fitch: Former Senior Pastor, GLIDE Memorial Church (SF); Bishop George Mathews: Bishop, Church of God in Christ; Pastor Jacqueline Thompson: Senior Pastor, Allen Temple COGIC; Father Jayson Landeza: Father, St. Benedict’s Church; Bishop Mario Gaines: Bishop, Church of God in Christ; Rev. Terrence Dwyer: Chaplain, Kaiser Permanente; Pastor Walter Culp, Jr.: Pastor, Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church; Jennie Gerard: Former Senior Vice President, The Trust for Public Land; Kathy Dywer: Project Manager, Friends of Lincoln Square Park; Ted Radosevich: Board of Directors, John Muir Land Trust; Melissa Brandt: VP of Public Policy, East Bay Community Energy Karen Bradley: Teacher, Head-Royce School; Megan Bacigalupi: Founder & Executive Director, CA Parent Power; Oral Lee Brown: Founder, Oral Lee Brown Foundation; Erick Bell: Chairman & Executive Director, Accounting Career Awareness Program; Denise Palmer: Teacher, Joaquin Miller Elementary School; Lloyd Schine: Director, Bay Scholars; David Johnson: President. Merritt College; Katie McClane: Former Principal, Oakland Unified School District; Sarah Green: Principal, Joaquin Miller Elementary School; Mya Whitaker: Bay Area Urban Debate League; Jerry Bailey: Teacher, McClymonds High School; Linda Taylor: Retired Teacher & Principal, Oakland Unified School District; Justin Taylor: Physician, Kaiser Permanente; Carla Wicks: Physician, Kaiser Permanente; Sharon Wicher: Retired Nurse, SF General Hospital; Mark Reisman: Dermatologist, Kaiser Permanente; José Caicedo: Medical Interpreter, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital; Leila Saddat: Chief Strategy Officer, West Oakland Health

Sources

1 Official Website
2 LinkedIn
3 Oakland Government Website
4 Facebook
5 Twitter