Loren Taylor, the newly elected council member representing District 6, has pledged to make jobs and economic development his priorities.
Taylor cites his biomedical engineering background experiences of helping to launch businesses and create value as the basis for his knowledge of how to create an incubator process, “a systems approach” for financing startups.
Not waiting to be sworn in, Taylor has already taken the initiative to help form a Freshman Caucus with Sheng Thao and Nikki Bas to make sure the City Council supports education in Oakland. Each of the new council members has school-age children and wants to push for comprehensive wraparound support services for the school system.
“I also want living wage jobs so everybody who wants to stay in Oakland can afford to live here,” said Taylor.
Since his election, he has hosted a small business incubator in collaboration with the Healthy Havenscourt Collaborative and the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation.
“I am circulating a survey of the residents of my district,” he said. “I want to find out who wants to work with me to help make the district a model. I want to build on the momentum of the campaign.”
Taylor also wants to use his expertise as a business consultant to work with faith-based institutions, non-profits and investors to improve the Coliseum area job and business potential.
The swearing-in ceremony for newly elected Oakland city officials will be held Monday, Jan. 7 at 11 a.m. in Oakland City Hall, City Council Chambers. The ceremony is free and open to the public, but space is limited and available only on a first-come basis. Following the ceremony will be a reception outside of Council Chambers.
(Next week: Part 2 Taylor’s plan to improve District 6)