About Nikki

 

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PLEASE NOTE MY CITY OF OAKLAND WEB SITE: www.oaklandca.gov/officials/nikki-fortunato-bas and EMAIL: District2[at]oaklandca.gov

Nikki Fortunato Bas was elected in November 2018 to serve Oakland's District 2 including the neighborhoods of Grand Lake, Eastlake, Chinatown and San Antonio. 

Councilmember Bas and her team are focusing on three themes in her first 4-year term. These priority areas were developed over the course of her campaign and first year in office by engaging thousands of Oaklanders, and will continue to be informed by community leadership and input.

1. Housing is a human right. A key function of our city government is to make sure that everyone has shelter. We must provide essential services and shelter for our homeless neighbors, treating people with compassion and keeping families and communities together. We must create more affordable housing to keep working and middle class Oaklanders here. We must protect renters who are the majority of Oaklanders. And, we must create long-term stability for Oakland's homeowners so they and future generations can stay here.

2. A city budget that meets our community's needs. One driven by community values of inclusion, equity, and transparency. This means prioritizing our human needs -- housing, job training, public safety that focuses on prevention. We must ensure that funds that we as voters approved are spent responsibly.

3. Services for each and every neighborhood. Our city must provide equitable services that create healthy, clean, safe environments for all of our kids to play and walk to school.

Councilmember Bas serves on these City Council Committees: Finance & Management; Community & Economic Development; Life Enrichment; Public Safety; and Education Partnership (Chair). For information on City Council meetings, click here.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND

I've lived in District 2 for over 20 years, in the Grand Lake neighborhood. I’m a lifelong community organizer and got my start in Chinatown, organizing  immigrant women garment workers to win their wages back. And, I’m a working mother who will do whatever it takes to keep our kids safe and make sure their future is bright.

I share your love for Oakland's community, diversity, and rich cultural heritage, and I also share your fear that displacement, gentrification and growing inequality are threatening our very identity as a city. We must come together to build an inclusive, just and equitable city, and we need independent leaders, rooted in our communities, who will take action. It starts with acknowledging that housing is a human right and prioritizing housing solutions for all Oaklanders. 

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I’m guided by values I learned from my parents, both immigrants from the Philippines. Witnessing their struggles taught me the importance of integrity, honesty and fairness. I'm proud to be Oakland's first Filipina-American  Councilmember and to give voice to our diverse Asian Pacific Islander community at City Hall.

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I got my start organizing in Oakland Chinatown 25 years ago, when I met brave immigrant women garment workers who were cheated out of their wages by a fancy dress maker. They showed me the meaning of justice by standing up for their rights, over four long years, until they won. Since then, I have been learning from and standing with women, immigrants, and communities of color to work for justice.

For two decades, I’ve been an advocate for working people, leading coalitions in the passage of policies in Oakland to create the building blocks for regional, state, and national change:

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  • Raising Oakland’s minimum wage with paid sick leave by passing Measure FF which won with 82% voter support.
  • Securing a ground-breaking good jobs policy for the redevelopment of the former Oakland Army Base, which is putting Oaklanders to work, earning over $12.5 million in wages.
  • Partnering with neighborhood and environmental groups on a Port of Oakland Clean Trucks Program to reduce diesel emissions and create healthier neighborhoods.

 

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Both Bas' campaign and her professional work have been featured in the media; see her media page here. Her leadership has been widely recognized. In 1999, she won the Mario Savio Young Activist Award for her work organizing garment workers and building the student anti-sweatshop movement. In 2012, the San Francisco Chronicle recognized her as a social justice Changemaker. In 2018, she received Oakland Rising's Townie of the Year award. She was most recently Executive Director of the Partnership for Working Families and previously served as the Executive Director of the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE). 


Credits: Logo by Innosanto Nagara. Photos by Brooke Anderson Photography.