Desley Brooks is kicking off her campaign to serve on the City Council as the representative of District 6 in East Oakland, running on the slogan, “Experienced, Tireless, Effective.”
“We’ve accomplished a lot in the areas of public safety; economic and community development; small and local business support; and elimination of illegal dumping and blight,” said Brooks, speaking at large event Monday, Aug. 4 at Everett & Jones Barbecue in Jack London Square.
“There is still work to be done, and I appreciate the confidence and support all of you have in me to continue to get things done,” she aid.
The kickoff event was hosted by Dorothy King, and Melanie Shelby was mistress of ceremonies.
Dorothy Everett, owner of Everett and Jones, explained her support for Brooks’ leadership. “The bottom line is that as far back as I can remember, if we ever needed anything, we call on Desley and she makes it happen,” she said.
Oakland poet Ise Lyfe flew back to his hometown to support the event. He presented a multi-media presentation outlining a sampling of the tangible results that Brooks has brought to the district she represents and Oakland as a whole.
He cited improvements in city services, including a district wide campaign to end illegal dumping; the Foothill Streetscape Project currently under construction; the Seminary Point Development, scheduled to begin in 2015; and, under her leadership, two major park projects built for children in her district in less than 45 days.
Tahey Edwards, a bartender at Everett & Jones, announced that he was donating his tips to the campaign. “I live in this city. I am raising my daughter in this city – It makes a difference who represents us,” said Edward.
Added Chance Holmes, who lives in District 6, “Oakland is changing. Growth is always a good thing, but it has to be considerate of the people and things that were here before all of the special interests were here.”
Among Brooks’ recent endorsements are the International Association of Firefighters Local 55 and AC Transit Director Elsa Ortiz.