Councilmember Newsletter: September 10, 2019



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Dear Friend,

City Council is now back in session after summer recess. My team and I were grateful for the opportunity to recharge and are ready to hit the ground running. September is packed with opportunities to help clean up our neighborhoods & connect with neighbors, my team and I, and important projects in District 2. We hope to see you at one of the events below.

First, I'm hosting Office Hours at the Mid-Autumn Night Market this Saturday, September 14th! Sign up for an appointment.

Office hours will take place at our District 2 festival booth from 4 - 6 pm. We look forward to meeting neighbors and enjoying arts & culture at this fun, tasty, kid-friendly event!

We are also looking for VOLUNTEERS to join our table and hang out with our staff! Please sign up here if you are interested. Thank you.

Second, join me at the Grand Lake Neighbors meeting on Wednesday, September 18th to learn about affordable housing development plans at the old Kwik Way on Lake Park Ave. 

EAH Housing is a nonprofit developer of affordable housing for low-income families, older adults, and persons with disabilities / special needs in California and Hawai'i. EAH will present their plans, answer questions and take feedback from neighbors at the meeting, starting at 7 pm at Lakeshore Ave Baptist Church, Barnett Hall (3534 Lakeshore Ave). 

Read more on the history of the Kwik Way site. 

Third, join my team & I outdoors to help clean up and beautify the city we love with District 2 neighbors.

From our parks and Lake Merritt to our gardens and hospitals, there are so many incredible groups of neighbors organizing to keep Oakland clean and beautiful. Plug in!

  • On Wednesday, September 11, help Friends of Morcom Rose Garden from 1 - 2 pm. Contact Jane at [email protected] for more info on cleaning up the Rose Garden.
  • On Saturday, September 14, join Alameda Health System to beautify and clean up the perimeter of Highland Hospital and surrounding neighborhoods from 9 - 11 am. RSVP to [email protected]
  • On Saturday, September 21, join the Battle for the Bay which coincides with the 24th annual Oakland Creek to Bay Day, part of California and International Coastal Cleanup Day, the largest volunteer day in California and the world! On this day, thousands of volunteers remove litter from waterways and shorelines, as well as upstream areas across California, the nation, and in about 100 participating countries. Learn more at
  • On Saturday, September 21, join neighbors from 9 am to 1pm for a cleanup at FM Smith Park, 1969 Park Blvd. Contact [email protected] for more info.
  • On Saturday, September 21, join Oakland Museum Green Team / Friends of Channel Park from 9 am to 1pm for a cleanup and weeding. Meet near the pedestrian bridge behind the Laney College Art Center. Access Channel Park via pedestrian pathways located at the 10th St. bridge and the 7th-8th St. bridge. Contact [email protected] for more info.
  • On Saturday, September 21 join the Tzu Chi Foundation from 9:30 to 11:30 am for a cleanup at Clinton Square Park, at 6th Ave and International Blvd. Contact [email protected] for more info.
  • On Sunday, September 22, join the Grand Lake Neighbors' Creek to Bay Day clean-up of Grand Avenue from 9 am - 12 noon. Meet at the entrance to the Walker Parking lot next to Ikaros Restaurant. Activities will include litter pickup, cleaning graffiti, weeding, watering, landscaping, and replanting! Contact Eric at [email protected] for more info.
  • On Friday, September 27, join me for a clean-up of Splash Pad Park from 2:30 - 3:30 pm.
  • On Saturday, September 28, join the 23rd Avenue Beautification Group (23ABG) from 9 - 11 am to clean sidewalks, street curbs and storm drains. Meet at 2209 23rd Ave. Contact [email protected] for more info.
  • Every Tuesday at 10:30 am and Saturday at 10 am, join the Lake Merritt Institute to help clean-up the Lake. Meet at the Institute office on the 2nd floor of the Boating Center, 568 Bellevue Ave.

If you know of additional clean-up opportunities, send them our way.

Lastly, check out District 2's updated City website with new sections on legislation I've introduced and our efforts to improve the Homeless Encampment Management Program. 

With Oakland Love,


Nikki Fortunato Bas
Councilmember, City of Oakland, District 2


Community Resources + Opportunities 

Report issues or services needed using OAK 311. 311 is an easy-to-remember telephone number that connects you with highly trained City of Oakland Call Center representatives ready to help you with requests for non-emergency City services and information. You can also report issues online or on the OAK 311 mobile phone app.

Apply for the City's Cultural Affairs Commission. The Cultural Affairs Commission advises the Mayor, Council and City Administrator on matters affecting cultural development in Oakland and acts as ambassadors and advocates for arts & culture.

Apply to serve on the Screening Panel for Oakland's Redistricting Commission. The Redistricting Commission draws new lines to define districts for City Council and OUSD every 10 years. The screening process is critical to ensuring that new equitable boundaries are drawn, free from special interests, politics, and political influence. To serve on the screening panel, a person must be a retired judge, or a current law or graduate public policy student, or a representative of a non-profit organization. 

OAKLAND [email protected] - New Exhibit at Main Library. Through September 30, the Oakland History Room at the Main Library is hosting a new exhibit celebrating the 150th year of the Oakland Fire Fighters. The display features photos, books, articles, and artifacts that tell the story of how Oakland Fire Department evolved from an all-volunteer crew on horse-drawn wagons to today's high-tech operation. 

Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) Meetings. Get involved with your local NCPC or Neighborhood Council to help make our communities safe and connected. 

Cleveland Heights / Beat 15X
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
FM Smith Recreation Center
1969 Park Blvd.
2nd Tuesdays, odd months 

Bella Vista NCPC
Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2019
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Bella Vista Elementary School
1025 E. 28th St.
2nd Wednesdays

San Antonio NCPC
Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Word Assembly Church
1445 23rd Ave. 
2nd Wednesdays, odd months

Chinatown NCPC
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Starts at 4:00 p.m.
270 13th St.
Hotel Oakland
3rd Wednesdays

Grandlake NCPC 
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Lakeshore Ave. Baptist Church
3534 Lakeshore Ave.
3rd Wednesdays

Four District 2 Merchants Voted Best of the East Bay! Shoutout to four Lakeshore Business Improvement District merchants who were voted Best of the East Bay in the East Bay Express' 2019 reader's poll! Urban Indigo won Best Place to Find a Fabulous Gift, Arizmendi won Best Bakery & Slice of Pizza, Bardo won Best Place to Dazzle Your Sweetie on Date Night, and Cana won Best Place to Day-Drink. Several merchants on Grand Avenue as well as the Grand Lake Farmers Market and Tacos Sinaloa also won awards across our district!  

Funding Opportunity for Anti-Displacement and Stabilization Projects. The Community Coalition for Equitable Development seeks proposals for anti-displacement and stabilization projects serving Oakland Chinatown or the Black Arts Movement Business District. Proposals are due by midnight on September 13th.

Survey for new Eastlake bikeshare station. OakDOT is working with Bay Wheels to evaluate options for a new bikeshare station to replace the one on 21st and International and improve the overall network. Let them know what you think of the three options by September 15th!

Provide feedback on the City's Draft Specific Plan for Downtown Oakland. The Planning & Building Department recently released the official draft Downtown Oakland Specific Plan and Environmental Impact Report. These critical documents aim to help guide development and growth downtown over the next 20 years. Public comment for these documents closes on October 15; please get involved at upcoming public meetings to learn more and weigh in.

Take the 2030 Equitable Climate Action Plan / ECAP Survey. Help shape Oakland's response to climate change over the next ten years and ensure that the ECAP reflects the needs and dreams of our City's diverse communities. The survey is online in English, Spanish, and Chinese, and closes on Sunday, September 29th.

The Lower Bottom Playaz Season 20 Reclamation. The Lower Bottom Playaz are opening with Iya Iya's House of Burning Souls, a trio of one-woman shows directed by Ayodele Nzinga, starring Nzinga, Cat Brooks, and Khyrishi Wiginton. These are tales of women, by women, aimed at healing the wounds of all, clearing the path for all, reclaiming humanness, witnessing the rise of the feminine voice, and reclaiming the feminine divine.

HELLAWEEN Costume Run 5K around Lake Merritt. Join me for a fun costume run for one of my favorite holidays, Halloween, on Satuday, October 26 from 4-7 pm! There will be a DJ, photo booth, local business vendors, costume contest with prizes, and more. Let us know if you can volunteer with our booth.

Apply by Sep. 13th to serve on the Bicyclist and Pedestrian Advisory Commission. The City is looking to fill three seats on the BPAC, starting January 2020. As a BPAC commissioner, you'll advise Council and City staff on creating safe, effective, and equitable bicyclist and pedestrian-specific policies, projects, and programs. 


New Guide to Oakland Rental Housing Law. The City's Rent Adjustment Program has published a new Guide to Oakland Rental Housing Law and also sets of detailed resources / information sheets for tenants and property owners. They are available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Around the Neighborhood

Proud to join rallies in solidarity with our partners in community health, showing that we are a nation of immigrants and deeply opposed to Trump's racist Public Charge policy. Huge props and thank you to Asian Health Services for leading this work, and to La Clinica de la Raza and the Native American Health Center for serving our community.

Honored to help raise the beautiful new Pride flag over City Hall with friends, family, and colleagues, as part of a month long celebration of the love, power & contributions of our LGBTQI+ community! And also had a wonderful Pride celebration this past weekend. Happy 10th to Oakland Pride, happy 2nd to the Oakland LGBTQ Center and congrats to everyone who ran and walked with me at the annual Pride Run!       

Proud to march with Kaiser workers and patients on Labor Day. We're standing up for healthcare justice. Thank you to our unions who build our middle class with quality jobs that support our families. 

The East Bay community turned out for Congresswoman Barbara Lee's Night of Healing to reject white supremacy, stand up against gun violence, and stand in solidarity with all those impacted by it in El Paso, Dayton, Gilroy, Oakland, the Bay Area, and across the country.

So much fun having Team D2 and our awesome volunteers out at the Oakland Chinatown StreetFest. Thank you to the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce on its 32nd year of organizing this wonderful festival!

Happy 55th anniversary to the Unity Council! Thank you for living up to your mission to build joyful, united, and engaged communities where all people—regardless of race, language, age, or immigration status—have the opportunity to work, learn, and thrive.

A huge congratulations to Asian Health Services for receiving national recognition from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) the quality of comprehensive and holistic care that staff provide to patients & the broader Oakland community--in 12 languages! They were named a National Quality Leader in Diabetes Health and the Gold Award as Health Center Quality Leader.

In the News

  • East Bay Times // "Homeless single moms find refuge in this Oakland house"
  • Oakland Post // "Oakland’s Black Chamber of Commerce Honors 8 Women Leaders"
  • Mercury News // "Oakland’s historic Kaiser auditorium renovation to start in early 2020"
  • Oakland City Attorney // "California cities and counties announce groundbreaking $305 million settlement of landmark lead paint litigation"
  • Oakland Post // “Tent City,” a New Oakland Film About Homelessness, Despair and Hope
  • Los Angeles Times // "Newsom signs ‘Stephon Clark’s Law,’ setting new rules on police use of force"
  • KRON // "Annual Oakland Pride Run kicked off at Lake Merritt" 

Connect with Team D2!

D2 Office: (510) 238-7002
Email us at [email protected]

Miya Saika ChenChief of Staff
[email protected], (510) 238-7246

Lia Azul SalaverryPolicy Analyst, Community Liaison
[email protected], (510) 238-7023

Linna LinChinatown Liaison and Aide
[email protected], (510) 238-7022

Tiffany KangCommunications Specialist, Community Liaison
[email protected], (510) 238-7022

Pamela DrakeCommunity Liaison
[email protected], (510) 238-7022

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