Councilmember Newsletter: November 26, 2019



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Dear Friend,

As we gather with loved ones this week, I'm grateful for all of our families -- blood, chosen and in community -- who continue to help strengthen Oakland.

Thank you to our partners supporting San Antonio.

Thank you to Oakland Unite, MISSSEY, Bay Area Women Against Rape, Young Women's Freedom Center, Covenant House's DreamCatcher Youth Services, the Family Violence Law Center, and Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, for providing vital healing and support services to survivors of domestic violence and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. My office was excited to donate $2,000 to fund gift cards for these agency's clients to use for basic necessities and food this holiday season.

Thank you to the families and school staff who joined my team and OakDOT to talk to neighbors around Garfield Elementary about the new traffic safety improvements and encourage folks to drive slower.

Thank you to the neighbors, churches and schools who helped plan and participate in Harvest Festival Trick or Treating along E. 15th Street to connect families, children and residents and improve safety in the neighborhood.

Thank you to Oakland Parks & Recreation Foundation, Soccer Without Borders, LISC, Eastside Arts Alliance, 26x26, local faith organizations and schools for an amazing Community Building Day at San Antonio Park where we cleaned the facilities, got active, and began to co-create a future vision for the park and neighborhood. 

Thank you to our partners supporting Eastlake.

Thank you to CERI, Asian Prisoner Support Committee, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, and my colleagues Councilmembers Thao, Taylor, Kaplan, and Mayor Schaaf for successfully advocating for Governor Newsom to grant a pardon to Saman PhoHe will be released from ICE detainment and return home to his wife, children, and community in Oakland. 

Thank you to TRYBE, EBAYC, the Bella Vista school community, and Oakland Fire Department for an incredible Halloween in the Park party that turned out hundreds of families! We were honored to help judge the kids' costume contest.

Thank you to the merchants along E 12th St., International St. and Embarcadero for sharing your concerns and ideas for keeping our neighborhoods safe and our small businesses thriving.

Thank you to Franklin Recreation Center, San Antonio Family Resource Center, Oakland Parks, Recreation & Youth Development, TRYBE, La Clinica, and Alameda County for another joyful Family Friday Fall Harvest Festival with impressive martial arts and dance performances by so many young people! We were honored to participate and donate pumpkins for the pumpkin patch.

Thank you to our partners supporting Grand Lake.

Thank you to the Grand Avenue Business Association and Rico of Almond & Oak for hosting local merchants to share ideas and discuss how the City can continue to support small businesses along the corridor.

Thank you to Lakeshore Business Improvement District, corridor merchants, and Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church for putting on the fabulous annual Lakeshore Halloween Parade & Fall Festival!

Thank you to the Lakeshore Homeowners Association for sharing time with me at their annual meeting to discuss the City's efforts around homelessness, streets and paving, public safety, and more. 

Thank you to our partners supporting Chinatown.   

Thank you to Friends of Lincoln Square, Asian Health Services, APEN, AYPAL, API Legal Outreach, and OACC for putting on First Wednesdays at Madison Park, family-friendly programming that provides our community with food, bikes, mental health, and legal assistance, among many other supports.

Thank you to our partners at the Chinatown Improvement Initiative, Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, and the City's Public Works' "Keep Oakland Clean and Beautiful Division" for working with us to address illegal dumping and improve cleanliness of Chinatown streets.

Thank you to our partner organizations who put on the Chinatown Community Safety Fair at Lincoln Recreation Center to provide education and safety awareness classes to our diverse Chinatown and elder community members.

Thank you to Oakland's youth leaders.   

Thank you to the powerful young people leading the Butterfly Effect: Migration is Beautiful art and activism exhibit who partnered with my office to host their work outside of Council Chambers. Their beautiful butterflies are a representation of the 15,000 immigrant children detained at the border and a call to stand up for migrant children's rights.

Thank you to the student leaders -- past and present -- and staff of Oakland High for 150 years of Wildcats pride and excellence! I was amazed by the students' artistic and cultural performances, sports team demonstrations, and academic and career pathway showcases.

I also invite you to join my family's annual tradition to support our Native American community.

We pay the Shuumi Land Tax, a voluntary annual financial contribution that non-Indigenous people living on traditional Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone territory (Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda) can make to directly support the Sogorea Te' Land Trust to acquire and preserve land, establish a cemetery to reinter stolen Ohlone ancestral remains, and build urban gardens, community centers, and sacred arbors for current and future generations of Indigenous people in the Bay Area.

Lastly, please join Council's Special Meeting on Homelessness next week.

It takes place on Wednesday, December 4th at 5 pm. Our Life Enrichment Committee will discuss:

  • Oakland’s Five-Year Plan to Address Homelessness,
  • My office's recommendations for improving the City's Encampment Management Program, and
  • Using Public and Private Land for Homeless Solutions

We must act with more humanity and urgency to house all our residents, especially as the winter months approach.

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.

Call for Work from Female Immigrant Artists of Color. The Oakland Asian Cultural Center, ARTogether and The GAMA Collective are seeking submissions from female immigrant artists of color for "Reflections on Home", an exhibit showing in early 2020 at OACC focused on the idea of home and belonging. Entries are due December 1st. 

AC Transit Transbay Fares Change on January 1, 2020. The Transbay fare will increase by 50 cents beginning January 1. In the last year, AC Transit added new 78-seat double decker buses and more trips to key Transbay lines to alleviate overcrowding and reduce bridge congestion. To support these service advancements, a five-year Transbay fare structure was adopted.  

Survey on Oakland Parks. Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation is looking to better understand Oaklanders' experiences and perspectives on using neighborhood parks. In particular, they want to know about folks who bypass local parks for others further away, or those who don't use Oakland parks at all.  

Oakland Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk. The Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning partners with the Mayor’s Office, Alameda County Community Food Bank, Oakland Education Fund and local sponsors and charities to help raise funds for neighbors in need while promoting physical activity among Oaklanders.  

Councilmember Bas Speaking @ "Knock Down the House" Film Screening. Join the Appreciating Diversity Film Series on Sunday, December 8th at The New Parkway Theater (474 24th St) for a 12:30 pm screening of "Knock Down the House", a documentary about four inspiring working class women (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean) who ran for Congress, overcoming adversity to battle powerful political machines in very different American landscapes. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Councilmember Bas about her non-traditional path from activism to electoral politics.  

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, Jan. 14, 2020
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
FM Smith Recreation Center
1969 Park Blvd.
2nd Tuesdays, odd months 

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

San Antonio NCPC
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Word Assembly Church
1445 23rd Ave. 
2nd Wednesdays, odd months

Chinatown NCPC
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019
Starts at 4:00 p.m.
250 10th St. Lincoln Square Rec.
3rd Wednesdays

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

New Efforts to Increase Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). The City's Planning & Building department has made it easier to submit plans and get ADU projects approved through a new online app/portal. Learn more about this app and other policies and options relating to ADUs.

City of Oakland Job Opportunities. Visit the City's Employment Information page to learn more and apply -- there are several job openings! For more information, please contact the Human Resources Management Receptionist at (510) 238-3112.

Oakland LGBTQ Center Thanksgiving Dinner. The Center will be open from 1-9 pm and a Thanksgiving meal will be served 2-5 pm, catered by the phenomenal chefs at Feeding Opportunities for Oakland Dependent (F.O.O.D) and Hunger Intervention Program Helping Other People HIPHOP. All day long, there will be spaces at the Center for socializing, activities, movies, games, free food and refreshments.

Lakeshore Avenue Shop, Dine and Stroll Event. On December 12th, join the festivities on Lakeshore Avenue for a magical evening of carolers, merchant specials and extended hours, gift baskets with local goodies, raffle prizes, and more! Stroll hours are from 5-8 pm with 20+ merchants participating this year!

Final 3-Year Paving Plan Map and Schedule. The City has published its final paving plan map of major and local streets, as well as a tentative paving schedule.

Support a Complete 2020 Alameda County Census Count! Apply to become a Census Taker between March - July 2020. These positions are 20-40 hours per week and pay $25/hour. Your organization can also become a Census Ambassador to help with outreach and existing programming - sign up.

New Streamlined Permitting Process for Mobile Food Vending. The City recently began accepting applications for new mobile food sidewalk vending permits and held an open house to share about the new streamlined permitting process. Call 510-238-2273, the City's Special Activity Permits Division, for more information. Sign up for updates on vending.


In the News

  • Oakland Post // "Community and Developers Ask: Why Is There so Little Money in the City’s Affordable Housing Fund?"
  • East Bay Times // "Oakland failing to collect significant amount of affordable housing fees it’s entitled to" 
  • SF Chronicle // "Arrests outside Oakland City Hall as protesters pitch tents, call out homeless strategy"
  • SF Chronicle // "Caltrans grapples with spread of homeless camps along highways"
  • New York Times // "As Homelessness Surges in California, So Does Backlash"
  • Oakland Post // "As Oakland Allows Luxury Development, Advocates Question ‘Trickle-Down Housing’"
  • ABC7 KGO Bay Area // "New efforts to make dangerous Oakland intersections safer"
  • NBC Bay Area // "Oakland Makes Safety Improvements in Response to Pedestrian's Death" 
  • KQED Arts // "Proposed Oakland Museum of Jazz and Art for City-Owned Site Moves Forward"
  • SF Chronicle // "Money, murder and the ‘fish game’: Behind Oakland’s crackdown on gambling dens"
  • Newsweek // "California Governor Gavin Newsom Pardons 3 Immigrants Subject to Deportation to Southeast Asian" 
  • SF Chronicle // "Oakland council approves plan for new parcel tax to pay for homeless services, parks" 
  • East Bay Times // "Oakland drops lawsuit against Alameda County over A’s bid for Coliseum"

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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