Engage in the City's New 2-Year Budget

Happy Mother’s Day to our beloved sisters, aunties, grandmothers, daughters, mothers & more — chosen and blood. This morning, I joined the senior volunteers with Toi Shan Association to surprise them with flowers and stroll the streets to support community safety in Chinatown.

On Friday, Mayor Schaaf released her proposed biennial city budget for FY 2021-23. We have been spending this weekend reviewing several hundred pages of information in a new online format before our Monday, May 10, 1:30 pm budget hearing tomorrow. 

 

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Council Prioritizes Recommendations to Reimagine Public Safety in City Budget

On May 3, 2021, at a Special City Council meeting, Oakland City Council unanimously passed a resolution authored by Councilmember Carroll Fife and co-sponsored by Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas to prioritize a subset of recommendations from Oakland’s Reimagining Public Safety Task Force (RPSTF) for Council to consider integrating in the city’s FY 2021-23 budget to be adopted by June 30, 2021. 

The prioritized recommendations include significant expansion of citywide services and supports for trauma-informed mental health response, civilian traffic enforcement, violence interruption, gender-based violence response, restorative justice, youth programming, and housing solutions. These proactive measures will help reduce violence while allowing OPD to focus time on violent crime. 

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Prioritizing strategies to reimagine public safety through our city budget

As we emerge from this pandemic and enter a new phase of rebuilding our lives and communities together, I hope you’re taking care and staying healthy and safe. I also want to welcome May as Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. 

On Monday, Council will consider a resolution authored by Councilmember Carroll Fife, chair of the Public Safety Committee, and co-sponsored by me, to prioritize a subset of recommendations from the Reimagining Public Safety Task Force to transform our safety system by shifting policing resources from enforcement and punishment to alternative responses to Oaklanders’ calls for assistance, and to investments that address the root causes of violence, poverty, and crime. 

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Oakland Awards Millions for Community Land Trusts To Take Housing Off Of Speculative Market & Prevent Displacement

I am thrilled to share the latest news in our efforts over the last three years to prevent displacement and advance affordable housing preservation. Today, the City of Oakland announced awards of $4.13 million to two community land trusts.

This is the second round of awards from the program my office initiated in the last 2019-21 City budget cycle to create more permanently affordable housing through community land trusts that take housing off of the speculative market and ensure it stays in the hands of working-class Oaklanders for long term community ownership and nonprofit stewardship. Deep appreciation to the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Oakland Community Land Trust (OakCLT) and others for their leadership and organizing to acquire, rehabilitate and preserve affordable housing as a key anti-displacement strategy. 

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Help us end ICE transfers and reform Sheriff eligibility requirements

My heart is broken with the news of yet more police killings of our Black brothers and sisters. The systems responsible for the deaths of 20-year-old Daunte Wright and 13-year-old Adam Toledo were not created by accident, and it will never be acceptable to consider the actions of these officers “accidental”. 

I am so angry and tired of traffic stops and basic human life -- going to the store, exercising, playing in the park, sleeping -- turning into executions for Black people. I urge us to take care of ourselves and each other, address anti-Blackness in its endless forms, listen with love and humility to our Black community’s needs, and fight for all people to be free.

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Expediting MACRO Community Responders, Oakland Budget, County Reopening & More

This Women’s Month, I’m sharing the stories of inspiring female and femme leaders who are dreaming and achieving love and justice for the people. Check out our spotlights on the fierce young Radical Monarchs (pictured below), our newly appointed City Clerk Asha Reed, and more features to come of women who’ve inspired me deeply. 

The Oakland-founded Radical Monarchs are young girls of color forming fierce sisterhood, celebrating their identities and contributing radically to their communities. It was life-giving to meet with them recently and share our journeys navigating leadership, overcoming sexism and racism, and stepping into our voice and power. 🦋

 

REOPENING UPDATE: I’m also happy to share that Alameda County moved from the Purple to Red Tier this past week, meaning that more activities are now allowed, including indoor dining, movie theaters, museums, and zoos at 25% capacity, retail at 50% capacity, and gyms/fitness centers at 10% capacity. I urge us to remain vigilant and save lives as the majority of our communities have not yet been vaccinated. 

In this newsletter, you’ll find information about:

 

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Share your priorities for Oakland's 2-year budget

The citywide process for developing Oakland’s next two-year budget (2021-23) has begun, with Council offices currently collecting input from residents on how resources should be prioritized to meet community needs. Adopting a balanced budget is the most important responsibility of the City Council, and we need to hear from you. 

Please complete and share my office’s 5-minute budget survey here by Friday, March 12. Your feedback is critical to improving services, infrastructure, and investments in Oakland.

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Support Chinatown this Lunar New Year, Public Safety & more

With Lunar New Year around the corner, I’m wishing all Oaklanders and our Asian American communities health, safety, prosperity, and strength in the Year of the Ox. See below for ways you can celebrate and support our beloved Oakland Chinatown!

Unity image courtesy of Good Good Eatz

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Extend Paid Sick Leave + Eviction Protections, MLK Car Caravan + more

Monday is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. Though the service events we’d planned at District 2’s Bella Vista Park and Morcom Rose Garden were cancelled due to COVID, we can still honor his legacy of revolution, reimagining, and healing.

Tap into these virtual volunteer opportunities, as well as Anti Police-Terror Project’s 7th Annual Reclaim MLK’s Radical Legacy Weekend workshops and car caravan march on Monday -- I’ll be there and hope to see you.

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My new role as Council President, Progressive Business Tax Updates & more

I’m grateful to share that last week I was elected by my colleagues to serve as Council President. I’m excited to better serve Oakland in this role, in partnership with the Council, Mayor, and City Administration. Our residents, workers, and small businesses need us now more than ever to work boldly together to create a safer, healthier, more inclusive and vibrant city. 

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