Councilmember Newsletter: December 24, 2019



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Dear Friend,

Looking back on 2019, one thing is clear: we would not have achieved wins for Oakland, especially our community's most underserved, without you.

We appreciate your love and hope for Oakland, whether you met with my team to share ideas and ask us to champion a policy change; organized neighbors to be part of solutions; shared resources and opportunities with community groups and those in need; and much more.   

Looking ahead to 2020, please consider making a financial contribution. It will help my office partner with community organizations on projects that directly support District 2's children, low-income families, unhoused neighbors, survivors of human trafficking, and clients of local domestic violence service providers. Our policy and neighborhood priorities will continue to focus on deeply affordable housing, homeless solutions and community safety. 

Policy & Budget Highlights

Supported by the organizing, advocacy, research, and experiences of Oakland's powerful ecosystem of grassroots organizations and coalitions, I was honored to introduce and co-sponsor several policies and secure resources in the City budget to: 

  • protect tenants in owner-occupied duplexes & triplexes from displacement
  • take housing off the speculative market and preserve it for permanent affordability & community ownership with land trusts and co-ops
  • facilitate a community benefits agreement for the renovation of the Kaiser Auditorium
  • call for improvements and an independent audit of the City's Homeless Encampment Management Program and solutions to homelessness
  • prevent the deportation of rehabilitated, formerly incarcerated residents
  • upgrade facilities and infrastructure at San Antonio Recreation Center and Head Start, Lincoln Recreation Center, Madison Park, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Main Branch Library, and Oakland Museum of CA

People & Team Appreciations

Behind-the-scenes, so many individuals, teams, City departments, and neighborhood groups played critical roles this year working to ensure that Oakland takes care of everyone, not just a lucky few. These appreciations by no means cover all who deserve our heartfelt thanks. We want to especially shout-out:

  • San Antonio neighbors for organizing solutions to promote safety, healthy activity and combat human trafficking
  • Chinatown neighbors for organizing solutions to parking, mobility management, and neighborhood cleanliness
  • Grand Lake neighbors for volunteering to keep Splash Pad Park, the Rose Garden, and our streets safe and clean, and to support businesses along Lakeshore and Grand Avenues
  • Eastlake neighbors for leading efforts to push for equitable development  that preserves our arts and culture and creates deeply affordable housing
  • D2 Business Improvement Districts, Chambers of Commerce, and merchant associations for their hard work supporting merchants
  • Our hard-working City workers who fix our streets, service our parks and facilities, address illegal dumping, improve traffic safety, and staff our libraries
  • Our Recreation Center leaders and staff who put on so many fun and engaging low-cost/free programs for families & community members
  • Countless volunteer-led neighborhood groups who help keep our streets, parks, schools, and gardens clean and beautiful
  • OakDOT and neighbors for stepping up in the wake of a pedestrian fatality to make swift safety improvements around Garfield Elementary
  • Staff throughout City Hall who have supported our team's work with meaningful guidance, consultation, and connections  

I'm hopeful that we can and will do more and better for Oakland in 2020. Wishing you and your loved ones abundance, joy, and fun in the New Year!

With Oakland Love,


Nikki Fortunato Bas
Councilmember, City of Oakland, District 2


P.S. This Christmas Eve morning, I stood with Moms4Housing together with my Council colleagues from the offices of Rebecca Kaplan and Dan Kalb. We are urging Wedgewood Properties to halt the eviction and to negotiate with Moms4Housing who have offered to purchase the home. Please support the Moms today and check updates here

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 Nominations: Portraits of Oakland Chinatown. Oakland Public Library and Oakland Asian Cultural Center are looking for nominations for an upcoming exhibit that will feature artworks by Leon Kennedy, a local, self-taught, African-American artist. Who do you think of when recalling fond memories of Chinatown? Family members, local shop owners, your favorite restaurant staff, even yourself? Deadline Dec. 24. 

Winter Shelters and Warming Centers in Alameda County. If you or someone you know is in need of a warm, dry place to stay, see this list of countywide Winter Shelters (open every night during the winter months) and Warming Centers (open in rainy or cold weather) operated in Alameda County. Call 211 for additional information about accessing shelters, transitional housing, and other emergency housing.  

Winter Drive for Unhoused Neighbors. The East Oakland Collective continues to collect winter items for our unhoused neighbors, including blankets, jackets/coats, socks, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping, and hygiene items. Send an email to [email protected] to coordinate drop-off.  

Oakland Minimum Wage Goes up January 1, 2020. Oakland’s Measure FF, a voter-enacted ballot measure passed in November 2014, provides annual increases to Oakland’s Minimum Wage based on the local Consumer Price Index (CPI). Effective January 1, 2020, the rate rises 34¢, from $13.80 to $14.14 per hour. The law also requires that employers inform employees of the increase by December 15, 2019. To assist employers, the City of Oakland has posted notification posters here.  

New Year, New You Community Fitness Challenge. Join Oakland Parks, Recreation and Youth Development, starting January 9 and every Thursday for two weeks from 6-7:30 pm for FREE, family-oriented fitness and introduction to Tai Chi! Councilmember Bas will be at the January 30th session at Lincoln Rec Center.  

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, Jan. 8, 2020
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, Jan. 15, 2020
Starts at 4:00 p.m.
270 13th St. Hotel Oakland
3rd Wednesdays

Grandlake NCPC 
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Lakeshore Ave. Baptist Church
3534 Lakeshore Ave.
3rd Wednesdays

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.

Community Leadership Opportunity: Community Development Block Grant Board. We're looking for District 2 residents to be part of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Board! This is an important co-governing group of neighbors that helps represent the needs of District 2, especially around affordable housing, infrastructure, and other socioeconomic improvement efforts. The board will help me evaluate funding proposals coming from our district and make recommendations to the City Administration on how best to use our CDBG resources.

Mental Health First Aid Training. On Saturday, January 25th from 8:30 am - 5:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, join a groundbreaking public education program that will help you identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health challenges and substance use disorders. You will be taught a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

Junior Warriors Basketball League. From Saturday, January 18 to Saturday, March 14, Oakland Parks, Recreation & Youth Development is hosting this league for youth ages 4-14. Fee is $50/person and all skill levels are welcome! Sign up at your local rec center or online. Volunteer youth sports coaches are needed, too! Contact Recreation Leader II, Tony Sirivongsa at [email protected] or (510) 238-2952 or Sports Coordinator, Frederick Morris III, at [email protected] or (510) 238-3496.

Three District 2 OUSD Schools Honored by 2020 California Distinguished Schools Program. Join me in congratulating the incredible educators, school staff, students, and families of Cleveland Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, and Crocker Highlands Elementary for their work closing the achievement gap and achieving exceptional student performance this past school year.

Chinatown Loading & Parking Pilot Project - Split Loading Zone. The Pilot project responds to community concerns around 
the lack of parking and access to key facilities, double parking and loading challenges, and disabled parking placard misuse in Chinatown. Our partners at OakDOT have released new information about the Split Loading Zone, effective at the end of January 2020.

3rd Annual Shattering Barriers Symposium: The Color of Human Trafficking. S.H.A.D.E., (Survivors Healing, Advising and Dedicated to Empowerment) Movement is a survivor based advocacy organization that empowers survivors of sexual exploitation, human trafficking, and domestic violence. On Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at the Trans Pacific Center (1000 Broadway), join S.H.A.D.E.'s 3rd annual symposium, the first of its kind to provide the public with 100 percent Survivor-thriver led, Survivor-thriver organized, and Survivor-thriver speakers.

Around the Neighborhood

Proud to stand with ACCE, Moms 4 Housing and a coalition of youth, labor, faith and advocacy organizations marching for deeply affordable housing and for the City to use public land for public good to house Oaklanders immediately.

What an incredible evening celebrating the grantees of the Community Coalition for Equitable Development's (CCED) Community Anti-Displacement and Stabilization Fund. The Fund was created by CCED through community benefits agreements with private developers building in Oakland. A total of $150,000 has been awarded to grantees working in  Chinatown and the Black Arts Movement Business District to support and preserve housing, jobs, arts & culture, small businesses, services, youth and seniors in these neighborhoods.

On the first night of Hanukkah, I joined our community's gathering with the Chabad Jewish Center to light Oakland’s largest menorah for the 14th year. Thank you for the opportunity to begin the festival of light by the Lake’s circle of lights.

At our Life Enrichment Committee, many young Oaklanders, parents, teachers and providers came out to support the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY), which provides crucial resources to afterschool programs, parent support groups, early childhood care programs, and much more. I pledged my support for extending OFCY another 12 years and will introduce legislation in February. 

In solidarity with Kaiser mental healthcare professionals and National Union of Healthcare Workers as they strike for a fair contract that ensures quality, timely care for patients.

Thank you to the Alameda County Community Food Bank and volunteers at the Lake Merritt United Methodist Church for your ongoing programs to bring food and supplies to our unsheltered neighbors. 

Thank you Just Cities for organizing a townhall on the impacts of the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) on merchants and residents. We appreciate your voices and research and look forward to partnering on recommendations. 

Congratulations to the Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA) on 36 years of empowering women, youth and families. I'm grateful to have learned about organizing alongside you in Chinatown as a young activist. 

Congratulations to the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) on 20 years of building power and winning justice at work and in our neighborhoods. I'm so proud to have been one of its Directors and grateful for all I learned about organizing and policy advocacy to serve Oakland. 

At the Friends of Lakeview Library meeting, we discussed homelessness solutions and ways the City can support library staff and services.    

Thank you to the nearly 40 neighbors and merchants, our hosts Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay, OPYRD, Housing Consortium of the East Bay, Operation Dignity, OPD, and AC Transit who joined us to discuss how we can together care for Clinton Square Park and the surrounding neighborhood. We talked about ways to help maintain the park, create community-led public safety measures, support nearby nonprofits, and meet the needs of local merchants in providing parking and cleanliness to customers.        

I enjoyed the opportunity to learn about and visit Cool Port Oakland which  has greatly broadened the Port of Oakland's ability to handle frozen and chilled foods. The state of the art facilities employ hundreds of local workers and support our critical Port economy.

Miya and I were so grateful and inspired by the incredible community of local artisan vendors and performers who shared their artistry and masterpieces at EastSide Arts Alliance's Annual Holiday Art & Book Fair! Shout out to activist artist Melanie Cervantes with Dignidad Rebelde.          

What a joy checking out AYPAL's 5th Annual Fresh Off the Block visual arts exhibit, which celebrated and lifted up the voices of Oakland's Asian diaspora youth through free food, performances & showcases of our young people's talents in ceramics, paintings, video, and photography.

Our Lakeshore Avenue merchants really threw down for this year's Lakeshore Business Improvement District Shop, Dine and Stroll holiday event! It was a magical evening of community-building, complete with carolers, merchant specials and extended hours, gift baskets with local goodies, and raffle prizes. Lin Jia restaurant was among many merchants who participated. 

In the News

  • Street Spirit / Law at the Margins // "Oakland’s Homeless Community Knows How to End the City’s Housing Crisis. Will Its Leaders Listen?"
  • The Bold Italic // "This Oakland Neighborhood Is Supporting a Community for Unhoused Black Women" 
  • The Guardian // "Supreme court won't revive homeless camping ban: Supreme court declines to review case over homeless people’s right to sleep on streets"
  • SF Chronicle // "Tensions in Oakland over homelessness hinder solutions"
  • New York Times // "Among the World's Most Dire Places: This California Homeless Camp"
  • People's World // "Oaklanders March Against Homelessness and Displacement"
  • SF Chronicle // "Oakland’s rapid transit buses delayed — again"  
  • People's World // "Kaiser Permanente mental health clinicians strike for patient care"

Connect with Team D2!

D2 Office: (510) 238-7002

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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