Here’s the truth about Loren Taylor.
The final few days of any campaign can be silly season – with mistruths, half-truths, and exaggerations intended to confuse voters as they make their decisions.
Below are the facts about Loren and his record so that you – his Truth Squad – are equipped with how to push back on some of the lies you might hear.
Loren has been consistent in his approach to public safety as a councilmember and a candidate for Mayor1 – he has always stood against defunding the police and voted to increase funding for law enforcement and violence prevention, alongside increased accountability. The question is not if we move forward in reimagining public safety, the question is how fast we move and whether or not we have the safety net in place for when our residents are in need or in danger, someone will answer the call. Sheng Thao voted to cut the police budget in 2021 then changed her position2 when she decided to run for Mayor.
Loren’s campaign is rooted in Oakland. A majority of his contributions come from within the city of Oakland, from individual Oakland residents representing over 80 neighborhoods in Oakland. Loren’s Loren’s two primary opponents are both supported by well-funded individuals and interest groups that have dumped over $1M of Super PAC dark money into the race to boost their candidacies.3
Loren signed the No Coal in Oakland pledge in 20184 when he first ran for City Council, and has done the same as this year for his Mayoral race.5 Nothing’s changed other than aggressive fear mongering and desperate political attacks from opponents.
Loren has endorsements from over 100 prominent political leaders from Oakland and the Bay Area, from elected officials to educators, community activists to neighborhood advocates. But he is a 3rd generation Oaklander, a Black man, an East Oaklander, a city councilmember who has passed significant legislation, and an engineer who has spent most of his career outside of politics; it is the combination of those unique perspectives and identities that he will bring to job of serving Oakland as Mayor, not that of any individual or group that supports him.
Loren co-authored Oakland’s eviction moratorium6 in the beginning of the pandemic to protect Oakland renters, and advocated for it to be regularly reviewed by Council so it could be improved over time.
Loren has authored more than 60 pieces of legislation7 during his tenure on the council, including measures to protect working families, make our streets safer, improve educational outcomes for Oakland children, invest millions of dollars into Oakland parks, and grow Oakland small businesses.
- Baker, Alex, and Haaziq Madyun. “Oakland Mayoral Candidates Weigh in on Recent Outbreak of Violence.” KRON 4, 21 Sept. 2022, www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/oakland-mayoral-candidates-weigh-in-on-recent-outbreak-of-violence.
- Ravani, Sarah. “One Oakland Council Member Voted Against Adding More Police Academies. She’s Now Backing Them.” San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Sept. 2021, www.sfchronicle.com/eastbay/article/One-Oakland-councilmember-voted-against-adding-16443928.php.
- BondGraham, Darwin. “Oakland’s Election Is Heating up: Big Spending by PACs, Strategic Alliances, and Tweet Backlash.” The Oaklandside, 27 Oct. 2022, oaklandside.org/2022/10/26/oakland-election-big-spending-pacs-unions-coal-mayor-council-2022.
- “POLITICAL CAMPAIGN PLEDGE 2018 SIGNATORIES.” No Coal in Oakland, 2018, nocoalinoakland.info/political-campaign-pledge-2018.
- Oakland, No Coal In. “Some Oakland Candidates Declare Opposition to Coal. Others Do Not.” No Coal in Oakland, nocoalinoakland.info/some-oakland-candidates-declare-opposition-to-coal-others-do-not. Accessed 3 Nov. 2022.
- Oakland City Council Ordinance No. 13589 C.M.S. cao-94612.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/Covid-eviction-moratorium.pdf.
- Granicus, Inc. City of Oakland – Legislation. oakland.legistar.com/Legislation.aspx. Accessed 3 Nov. 2022.