October 3, 2022 — The Oaklandside

Oakland mayor’s race: an interview with candidate Greg Hodge

By Greg Hodge

The nonprofit leader and former Oakland school board president said he’d improve the culture at City Hall and help The Town heal.

Last year, I was a facilitator for the City Council’s biannual retreat, and the retreat focused on two things: Budget priorities for this next budget cycle, and the working relationships between the City Council, the mayor, the city administrator, the city attorney, as well as the [Alameda County] Board of Education and the Board of Supervisors. I interviewed each person, including the mayor—45-minute interviews—and I had a chance to hear from all of them. And to a person, they all described the working relationships as poor to none.

September 21, 2022 — The Oakland Post

Law enforcement is what we do to people. Public safety is what we do with people. Opinion

By Greg Hodge

As a mayoral candidate, I want to see Department of Violence Prevention’s (DVP) current budget of $28M doubled to $56M. That would allow us to create a Behavioral Health Unit that supports our neighbors and families who are at the center of this crisis. Let’s vote for City officials who will fund it at a level that can rise to the challenge of this moment. Law enforcement is what we do to people. Public safety is what we do with people. The City of Oakland has an agency that is charged with leading and coordinating our prevention efforts with people, aptly called the Department of Violence Prevention (DVP), which is loosely patterned on the Richmond Office of Neighborhood Safety, a model that I helped launch in 2008. Over a five-year period, homicides in Richmond decreased by 70%. Instead of vaguely following its structure, let’s properly implement the pieces that are proven to reduce violence in our streets.

September 17, 2022 — The Oakland Post

House Our Unhoused Now

By Greg Hodge

Answering the call of community organizers standing in solidarity with encampment residents, we showed up at Wood Street and 34th last Friday, Sep 9. Upon arrival, we learned that a tiny home being occupied by a resident had just been destroyed aggressively with heavy machinery. Not moved. Not stored. But demolished before the resident could move it or even grab their belongings

July 20, 2022 — The Oakland Post

ACTIVISM COMMENTARY: Having Our Say on Howard Terminal

By Greg Hodge

Why are most of our city council elected representatives afraid to hear from those whom they represent on this “once in a generation project”? Is it because most Oaklanders have a different set of priorities? Is it because residents are more interested in making improvements in our pothole ridden streets, investing in more public safety interventions and other elements that make up our city’s economic and social infrastructure?

August 21 — The Oakland Post

Activism Commentary - Refuse to be Silent

By Greg Hodge

As we listen to Oaklanders, our team is crafting a compassion-led, comprehensive approach that reimagines public safety and bolsters the mental health, social, and economic opportunities in partnership with the county government to drive meaningful community safety.

May 20, 2022 — THE MERCURY NEWS

Buffalo shows we must do more to confront White nationalism

By Greg Hodge

Mass shooting that killed 10 has brought us to this crossroads. Now is the time for each of us to do what we can.


Education advocate Greg Hodge vows to clean up the majestic town of Oakland

By JR Valrey

Greg Hodge, pillar of the The Town community, is running for mayor this year. About his bid, he states: “I believe in Oakland’s ability to rise, and our leadership needs to show that.”

January 5, 2022 — POST NEWS GROUP

Former Oakland School Board Member Greg Hodge Launches 2022 Mayoral Bid

By Oakland Post

“How we will bring ‘Hope and Healing’ to an anxious City will be our opening focus,” said Greg Hodge during his remarks. “We will pay attention to the things that really matter to all Oaklanders. In a moment of an unprecedented uptick of violence, homelessness and blight, and economic insecurity for many, the citizens of Oakland will have the opportunity to make leadership choices which can either transform the city or simply do business as usual.”