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Dear Friend,

With support from a fantastic staff team, colleagues inside City Hall, and committed allies out in our communities, I’m proud to share that we’ve laid a solid foundation in my first 100 days in office for our work over the next four years.

Together, over the course of my campaign and first months in office, we set ambitious priorities for: Housing as a human right; a budget that meets our community needs; services for every neighborhood; and investment in our future - students and our public schools.

We’ve also put our values out front: equity, inclusion and sustainability while making decisions with community engagement, transparency and accountability. One way these values have showed up is in last night's City Council vote to not collect taxes for Measure AA. As I said at last night's Council meeting, my decision was based on hearing from constituents that you are losing trust in City Hall and the integrity of our elections. The official Voter Guide said the measure needed two-thirds vote, and it fell short. I weighed the many sides of the issue, including the urgent need for education funding for programs such as head start, and am committed to helping restore the public's trust while working to maximize resources for young people.

The job of our city’s councilmembers is primarily three things: (A) setting city policy, (B) approving the city budget, and (C) serving our constituents, which I approach as community building.

Here's a snapshot of some of the work that my office has seen and achieved so far in these areas with your critical support.  

With Oakland Love,

 

Nikki Fortunato Bas
Councilmember, City of Oakland, District 2

#LoveLife


(A) Policy Work

#1. Housing: Passed emergency moratorium on rent increases

On February 14, Council unanimously passed an emergency moratorium on rent increases in owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes. I introduced this ordinance to act immediately to protect tenants from potential displacement, and to ensure accurate information to tenants and landlords. We also amplified the City's outreach to provide training and education to small landlords.

In the coming months, I will introduce legislation to further protect tenants, expand housing access, and help create more affordable housing.

#2. Homelessness: Increasing transparency and public knowledge on encampment management programs

Thanks to the past Council's work last year, Oakland's first Safe Car Park for unhoused neighbors opened in March at District 2's Williams Chapel Baptist Church. The Interfaith Council of Alameda County will operate 4 car parks in total. Residents are provided sanitation and security services, employment resources, supports to find permanent affordable housing, and more.

My office requested an information report from the City Administrator to provide and publicize in detail how the homeless encampment program works (e.g. deciding on and executing encampment closures, outreach and services, and housing options). It will be presented at the May 14, 4pm Life Enrichment Committee meeting. By sharing this information, I hope to advance more compassionate and sustainable solutions to the unsheltered crises. 

#3. Development: Facilitating community engagement in two major redevelopment proposals

After my March 2nd community forum with 150+ neighbors and community groups on Orton Development's proposal to redevelop the Kaiser Convention Center into a performing arts venue and space for nonprofit and arts organizations, my office spearheaded engagement with Orton and the City's Economic & Workforce Development Department to make sure the public's feedback and questions were answered to inform next steps. My office is committed to ensuring the maximum benefit to our communities with this public asset. 

My team also collected and relayed to the City Administrator the public's feedback on the Parkway Theater proposal to become a cannabis dispensary and movie theater / lounge space with on-site consumption. We raised attention to residents' concerns and share a project update to help address them. We also requested information and action from the City Administrator on cannabis permitting community engagement procedures, which will be presented on June 11, 6pm at the Public Safety Committee.

#4. Community Safety: Advocating for stronger statewide rules on police use of force

I introduced a resolution and worked with community organizations like Anti Police-Terror Project & ACLU No. Cal. to support AB 392, known as the California Act to Save Lives, which aims to strengthen the rules for police use of force, particularly deadly force. The bill passed the Public Safety Committee and will head to the Assembly floor for the next vote! See our staff report. Tomorrow (Thursday 4/18), we will hold a press conference at City Hall at 10am before the resolution is considered at the Rules & Legislation Committee at 10:45am.

My team is also working with many neighborhood groups across the district to build community and identify solutions to issues ranging from traffic safety to human trafficking. 

#5. Increasing resources for our public schools and students

Last night, Council passed my resolution to support the California Schools and Local Communities First Funding Act of 2020, which would close a corporate tax loophole and raise billions for public schools and infrastructure. If this initiative succeeds, the potential increase in revenue generated is estimated at $192 million annually for Alameda County, $24.6 million for Oakland. 

Also last night, I joined President Kaplan and Councilmembers Gallo and Thao to support the emotional and educational well-being of Oakland students by allocating $1.2 million to support OUSD's restorative justice program, foster youth case managers, and libraries.

As Chair of the Council's Education Partnership committee with the school district, I look forward to collaborating to align our collective resources and assets with OUSD in support of our students and public schools. 

 


(B) Oakland's 2-Year Budget 

Oakland is at a crossroads. We can continue down a path where Oaklanders who have lived in our city for decades are pushed out, while large-scale development projects, including on public land, are pushed forward with minimal community benefits and inadequate affordable housing.

I, like many of you, believe we must take a different path: growing with the goals of equity, inclusion and sustainability while making decisions with community engagement, transparency and accountability.

To do this, we must fundamentally shift our priorities and focus on the people who make up the heart and soul of Oakland, yet who are struggling to find affordable housing, stay in their homes, and make ends meet for their families. Moreover, we need to ensure that all Oaklanders receive the timely, quality services that we deserve.

To that end, here are my priorities for the FY 2019-21 budget which I've shared with the Mayor, City Administrator, Director of Finance, and the public:

Please join my office at our District 2 Budget Forum to provide feedback on my priorities and engage in the development of Oakland's budget.

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Lincoln Recreation Center
250 10th Street, Oakland CA, 94607
Light dinner begins at 5:30 p.m.
Program begins at 6:00 p.m.

In solidarity with city workers at the IFPTE Local 21 rally

Honoring city workers' service to Oakland and City Hall 

Community meeting at Cleveland Elementary to inform our priorities

Supporting our teachers for living wages and student supports  


(C) Service & Community Building

Connecting with District 2 Neighborhood Groups: My team has gotten to know our incredibly diverse community of residents and community groups, hear concerns, and work together towards ensuring healthy, vibrant neighborhoods for all Oaklanders. 

We joined neighborhood crime prevention councils (NCPCs) in Bella Vista, Chinatown, Grand Lake, San Antonio, and a newly formed Neighborhood Council in Cleveland Heights, as well as the Rose Garden's volunteers, "First Wednesdays" at Madison Park, Chinatown's monthly PickItUp clean-up, residents around Franklin Elementary in their petition for a speed bump, Trybe Parent Leaders in the San Antonio area, the East Oakland Congress of Neighborhoods, among many others.

Getting to Work: We're grateful for the opportunity to have hosted, celebrated, and joined so many efforts across District 2 and Oakland working to make our communities stronger, safer, healthier, and more connected. 

We launched D2 community forums and my monthly office hours. We joined the Alameda County homelessness count, Women's March, Oakland Running Festival, Green New Deal / Climate Youth Strike, Vigil Against Islamophobia, Meals on Wheels Community Champions Week, and African American Literature Read-In at Lincoln Elementary. We also celebrated local faith leaders; honored Mujeres Unidas y Activas and the Laney College Eagles Football Team at Council; recognized our winning girls basketball teams at Oakland High and Oakland Tech; engaged in small business walks in Chinatown; worked with the Lakeshore Avenue Business Improvement District; surveyed merchants about the Grand Lake Farmer's Market; began to build with our local ethnic chambers of commerce, and more.

Helping neighbor- and youth-led efforts to clean up trash in our district from Garfield Elementary to Chinatown

Standing with our community against Islamophobia and white nationalism & sending love to New Zealand 

Honoring the inspiring womxn of Mujeres Unidas y Activas for their leadership expanding protections for immigrant women in celebration of Cesar Chavez Day

Collecting signatures for a speed bump to help slow down traffic and increase safety with residents around Franklin Elementary School

Introducing a resolution celebrating the Laney College Eagles football team, #1 junior college team in the nation in 2018-2019

Understanding the Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay's programs and services and how we can support 

Hearing from the Rose Garden volunteer group, the Dedicated Deadheaders, about the garden's needs and history

Hosting a water stop for (and running in!) the Oakland Running Festival 

Speaking alongside young Oaklanders at the Youth Climate Strike for a green new deal

Getting to know the services provided at First Wednesdays in Chinatown's Madison Park 

Reading to little ones at Lincoln Elementary for African American Literature Read-In Week

Honoring Vietnamese Community Development Inc. for their service to Oakland's immigrant community  

Helping to count unhoused neighbors living in our district for the Alameda County Point-In-Time-Count

Joining labor leaders at the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) Lunar New Year Celebration 

Partnering on community safety, housing for all, and advancing Ella Baker's legacy with Ella Baker Center members

Meeting with residents for office hours at Woody's Cafe   

Meeting neighbors at the Grand Lake Farmers Market for office hours

Meeting small business owners on a retail walk and office hours in Chinatown   

Learning about the important role the Port of Oakland plays in our local economy 

Celebrating and lifting up the power of women with my daughter at the the Women's March Oakland   

 Celebrating Lunar New Year with the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and getting to know Chinatown's many community groups and small businesses

Visiting Family Bridges to learn about the critical services they provide to children, seniors, immigrants, and those with health conditions and limited English proficiency  

 Meeting with neighbors at the Bella Vista NCPC meeting about issues like traffic safety

Joining the San Antonio NCPC and talking with neighbors about issues like human trafficking 

Honoring Oakland High and Oakland Tech's state champion girls basketball teams at City Hall!

Delivering healthy meals to senior residents in District 2 with Meals on Wheels  


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