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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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Alameda CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 4

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Bryan Parker

Businessman/University Trustee
26,174 votes (37.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Attract new, good-paying jobs
  • Invest in transportation infrastructure and traffic improvements
  • Improve healthcare delivery by focusing on preventative care and mental health care

Experience

Experience

Profession:Businessman/University Trustee
Senior Vice President, PCI Health Dev (2013–2016)
Commissioner, Port of Oakland — Elected position (2012–2016)
Vice President, General Manager Real Estate Operations and Internal Growth, DaVita (2009–2013)
Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President Corporate Development, Affinity Media (2007–2008)

Education

New York University School of Law Juris Doctor (J.D.), Law (1995)
University of California at Berkeley Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Economy of Industrial Societies (1991)

Community Activities

Assistant Football Coach, Castlemont High Schol (2015–current)
Board Member, Alameda County Meals on Wheels (2015–current)
Board Trustee, Holy Names University (2012–current)

Biography

Bryan Parker is an accomplished business person and active servant of his community.

As an experienced businessman in health care and technology, Parker possesses the knowhow

to oversee a $2.7 billion budget that funds everything from health clinics, public safety

services, programs for seniors, land use, public works and infrastructure, libraries, and

ambulance services, to name just a few.

Parker’s background is in operations and finance. He has a proven track-record of

managing budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars and turning around large

struggling companies. At Affinity Media, Parker took a money losing operation and helped

grow it into a $100 million thriving enterprise with operations in the United States, China

and Korea. Most recently, Parker headed the Internal Growth and Real Estate operations at

DaVita, a Fortune 500 company.

Parker is deeply involved in serving the city of Oakland through oversight and leadership

work that supports the local economy and education. Parker recently served as a

Commissioner with the Port of Oakland where he led efforts at fiscal reform including

reducing the Port’s debt, cracking down on financial fraud, revitalizing the Oakland Army

base, and job creation through smart land use.

Parker’s commitment to public service runs deep. He mentors young men as an assistant

football coach at Castelmont High School, raises money for meals for seniors as a member

of the Alameda County Meals on Wheels Board, actively participates in the activities of the

100 Black Men of the Bay Area, and serves on the Holy Names University Board of

Directors.

Raised by a single mother in Northern California, Parker watched his mother work several

jobs to support his education. He learned that her sacrifices were motivated by a strong

belief in the value of education and spurred him on to earn scholarships at attend

University of California at Berkeley and NYU School of Law. His mother is a product of the

civil rights era and was the first student to integrate her high school in rural south Georgia.

His mother’s value system became core to the passion he now has for ensuring that all

children have the opportunity to realize their full potential.

After losing a sister to homicide, Parker dedicated himself to making sure fewer families

experience violent crime and its impacts. Parker wants to lower violent crime in Oakland

through an integrated solution that includes honoring victims and their families, improving

relations between the community and police, adding more police officers, fostering

healthier communities, improving education and providing jobs.

Parker holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from University of California at

Berkeley where he was a student senator. He also holds a JD from the NYU School of Law,

where he was president of his class. Parker is passionate about sports, is an avid supporter

of the Oakland sports franchises and heads up a volunteer effort to keep the Warriors in

 

Oakland.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • East Bay Time
  • Congressman Eric Swalwell
  • Senator Steve Glazer

Organizations (1)

  • Operating Engineers Local 3

Elected Officials (3)

  • Trustee Dot Theodore, Castro Valley School Board
  • Director Frank Mellon, East Bay Municipal Utility District, Ward 7
  • President Melody Appleton, Castro Valley Sanitation District

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration (1)

Do you see the rising cost of living in the East Bay as a problem, and if so, what solutions do you propose?
Answer from Bryan Parker:

a

Questions from LWV Eden Area and California Counts, a public media collaboration (1)

How would you best serve the diverse economic and social needs of your district?
Answer from Bryan Parker:

a

Political Beliefs

Today’s challenges cannot be separated from one another. Our issues are inter-connected, inter-related and must be integrated in order to solve problems and achieve change. I’m ready to provide leadership in this new era and will work from a core set of principles to achieve change and make our community even better.

Public Safety

For me, public safety is personal. I lost a sister to homicide in 1998 and it changed my focus – and my life – forever. We need integrated solutions to addressing crime that includes improving relations between the community and police and adding more police officers on our streets to reduce all crime, including property crimes. As a health care professional, I will use my knowledge to link mental health care and substance abuse services to our law enforcement personnel to ensure offenders are getting the help they need. This will not only reduce crime and recidivism, it will give many of our residents the second chance they deserve.

We must do more to rebuild trust between law enforcement and communities including the use of smart strategies – like “working” police body cameras – and putting an end to racial profiling. I will work with our state and federal representatives to end mass incarceration, continue to reform mandatory minimum sentences and shift investments away from new prisons and toward education. Finally, we must help formerly incarcerated individuals successfully re-enter society with particular focus on workforce training skills and the provisioning of housing.

Job Growth

My experience as a businessman and Commissioner at the Port of Oakland has given me the expertise needed to attract good-paying jobs and focus on investment in infrastructure to improve our quality of life and keep commerce – and our economy – thriving.

I managed a $700 million budget for a Fortune 500 company and was able to expand access to health care for low-income people. I turned around Affinity Media, a struggling company, and helped it grow into a $100 million enterprise that created new jobs. At the Port of Oakland, I helped plan the revitalization of the Oakland Army Base, where new jobs will be created through smart land use.

We must think regionally to match jobs with job seekers. This starts with an excellent education and career-training curriculum that provides employers with well-trained, smart employees and provides our residents with middle-class jobs. It also includes raising the minimum wage to $15 hour so that people can better afford the cost of living here and live close to where they work.

Affordable Housing

Affordable housing is an issue that impacts our entire region as residents are pushed further away from work, or out of Alameda County altogether. Alameda County is a desirable place to live, however high home prices in San Francisco and the explosion of the tech industry are pushing demand for housing to unprecedented levels – and escalating costs. Housing supply has lagged far behind population growth and this demand. This has pushed prices up such that both middle class and the poor are significantly impacted.

I believe we must encourage policies that provide more housing and to do so, we must incentivize developers to include affordable housing in new development. We can offer tax increment financing, bonds, and agree that some portion of all new housing fees will go toward building affordable housing. We must also ensure that more good-paying jobs are close to home to keep our residents secure.

Infrastructure Investment

This district is a main gateway directly connecting Northern California with the Central Valley, and from there, the rest of California. While the Port (and Airport) of Oakland and a Target Store in Utah may appear worlds away from a home in Pleasanton, Castro Valley or Oakland, the fact is that truck traffic congesting our local highways is from goods that came in on a ship or plane in Oakland and then are sent out in a truck to stores across the western United States. We also have to take into account the agricultural bounty of the Central Valley that first passes through our communities before it feeds the world.
Investing in our infrastructure will provide local construction jobs while also ensuring our roads, transit systems, sewers and water conveyances keep up with population growth and keep our economy humming. Residents should be home with their families, not wasting time stuck in traffic.

Government Accountability

These same business skills will enable me to oversee the County’s $2.7 billion budget. This funds everything from health care, public safety, program for seniors, land use, public works and infrastructure, libraries, and ambulance services.

We must make administrators accountable for program outcomes and budget. The County can do a much better job of accountability and transparency in contract administration and procurement.

Service Delivery

 

We can do more to expand support for non-profits that deliver key social services to fight poverty and hunger and help seniors. This includes reducing waste in current county-run programs to free up funding that goes directly to these needed services. That means managing our procurement better by collecting data and providing clear metrics to the public and our non-profit partners. We need to free up social service workers to focus on their core mission; not burden them with duplicative paperwork.

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