Creating an Oakland for all of us requires that we walk the talk about equity. This week, I attended the City's final community meeting about its Equity Indicators Report. Oakland's grade of 33.5% is an epic failure for racial equity. Oakland can do better than this.
Under Oakland's current administration and city council, the number of people living in homelessness has grown by nearly 40%. Nearly 3/4 of people without homes in Oakland are Black. More and more of our neighbors are living in tents under freeways every night.Read more
This morning, the US Supreme Court ruled on the wrong side of history and with billionaire CEOs trying to take away the rights of workers to organize into unions. The ruling on Janus v. AFSCME overturns 40 years of precedent and will allow public sector workers to benefit from the protections of a union without having to pay “fair share fees”. This is an attack on working people everywhere and an attempt by the Right to further dismantle our unions and our voice on the job.
Nikki Fortunato Bas for Oakland City Council District 2 inaugurates a guest editorial series with this perspective on community safety and the Oakland budget by John Jones III. Guest authors are experts in their fields with a vision for Oakland. These editorials are intended to educate voters and stimulate discussion about solutions. The views expressed are not necessarily those of Nikki Fortunato Bas whose platform can be found here.Read more
Many of you have been with me since the campaign launch event at Kim Huong's restaurant back in December. You have contributed your time, money, and effort to ensuring that my campaign had a strong start. I thank you for being there and supporting me every step of the way. So many of you have joined me on the doors talking to neighbors and learning about what folks love about Oakland and what they want to see change.
During this Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month, I honor the Asian American women who have mentored me and Oakland’s many organizations who serve our diverse Asian Pacific American community.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at our weekly campaign mobilizations. The conversations we’ve had on the doors have been informative and will shape my platform. Click here to sign up for a future mobilization.
This Saturday, we'll canvass the San Antonio neighborhood and then enjoy the annual Malcolm X Jazz Fest in the park. This is an iconic District 2 neighborhood event that brings our community together to celebrate across generations.Read more
Happy Mother’s Day to all those who mother, whether birth mother, adopted mother or caregiver to a child you hold dear. As I step up to take on more leadership in our beloved city, I’ve reflected on how motherhood has prepared me to serve Oakland.Read more
The endorsements keep rolling in! I am excited to announce that the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) Action has endorsed my campaign for Oakland City Council District 2.
On Monday, April 23rd, in front of Oakland City Hall, I joined the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) Action, and their allies across the State to announce a momentous milestone in the campaign to help ensure renters in California have better protections. As we rallied in Oakland, members of the coalition turned in more than 565,000 signatures to the California Secretary of State to put on the ballot a repeal of the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act. We heard from tenants who have been displaced by rising rents and who face housing insecurity on a daily basis.
I'm excited to share that District Council 16 International Union of Painters and Allied Trades gave me their sole endorsement. I'm proud to have spent over a decade learning about the issues of my sisters and brothers in the building trades and championing win-win development and quality jobs.