BUDGET WINS For Little Saigon, Chinatown, Our Youth, Unhoused, Renters & City Workers!

Last week, we united as a Council, unanimously passing a balanced mid-cycle budget that continues the work to shift our City resources more equitably to our flatland communities, and to expand our public safety infrastructure to address residents' holistic wellness and solve serious and violent crime.

This budget keeps Oakland focused on our core goals — housing people, providing economic opportunities, creating safer neighborhoods, cleaning our streets and parks, programming our libraries and recreation centers, and providing quality services by our valued city workers.

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Join Our Staff, New School Speed Limits, Council Preview & more

As we celebrate the Juneteenth holiday, let us not forget that true racial, social and economic justice is still a goal to be achieved, not one that has been met. Let’s renew our call to action for justice, continue the struggle for liberation, and keep building Black, Asian and multi-racial solidarity.

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A win for Oakland after 2 years of dedication!

We did it -- I am so proud of us, Oakland! 

After two years of organizing, research, and consensus-building, Council voted to put my Progressive Business Tax on the November ballot. 

 

My proposal with CMs Fife, Thao, and Kalb will raise nearly $22M in new revenue annually for critical city services, relieve our smallest businesses, and ensure Oakland's long-term economic health. 

Learn more in our press release and the East Bay Times.

Thank you to the many groups -- across Oakland neighborhoods, our business community, labor unions and inside City Hall -- who have worked with us to get here. I look forward to getting out the vote with you to ensure we get these much needed resources to our city!

 

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Vote on June 7th + Join me in supporting Rebecca Kaplan for County Supervisor

Did you get your ballot for the June 7th Primary Election? I did. I am supporting Rebecca Kaplan for Alameda County Supervisor and I hope you will too. 

Read more about Rebecca and other resources for the election. 

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[LAKE MERRITT] Response to Recent Violence, Proposed Parking Changes + AAPI Heritage Month

The heartbreaking violence in our neighborhoods — particularly, recent tragedies at Lake Merritt in the Lakeshore cul-de-sac — cannot be tolerated.

We all deserve to feel safe in our public parks and neighborhoods across the city.

Earlier this month, we lost a community member and beloved brother to many, Muhammad Magbool, to violence at the Lakeshore cul-de-sac. 

Please join me in supporting Muhammad's family to lay him to rest and heal from this tragic loss. Muhammad leaves behind his mother Rosalind, brother Naazir and nephew, who misses his after-school buddy. They need our community's support right now.

 

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Update on Efforts to Address Violence at the Lakeshore Ave Cul-de-sac

Dear Neighbors,

The senseless violence in our neighborhoods will not be tolerated. We all deserve to feel safe. I called for immediate action last week, like many of you, and I'm writing to share an update on our efforts at the Lakeshore Cul-de-sac. We have been working together with the City Administrator's Office, OPD, OakDOT, and other departments through the City's Lake Merritt Working Group to address your concerns and suggestions, and take short-term action as well as make longer-term changes to improve safety in the area.

Efforts this past week have included: increased patrols and having officers visit and use the area for remote lineups and report reviews. OPD also posted temporary “no parking” signs and a variable message sign on the cul-de-sac, warning drivers that the overnight parking restriction that is in effect from 2AM to 6AM will be strictly enforced.

This weekend, OPD will deploy additional resources as they are available to address overnight parking in the cul-de-sac. Beginning as soon as next week, the Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT) will remove the “no overnight parking signs,” reduce the number of parking spaces, and install brighter lighting as quickly as possible using existing violence prevention funding.

Please see the update below for more information.

Thank you for your partnership as we work together to make our community safer and ensure safe, accessible and equitable use of our public spaces for all.

Sincerely, 

Nikki Fortunato Bas
Council President + District 2 Councilmember

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AAPI Heritage Month, Public Safety Updates, Earth Day Recap & more

This May 1st marks the beginning of Asian American & Pacific Islander History & Heritage Month, and I'm grateful for the countless AAPI leaders in Oakland and beyond whose service and leadership have made our communities more vibrant and just.
At Tuesday's Council meeting, we will hear my resolution to rename Chinatown's Madison Park to Wilma Chan Park, in honor of Supervisor Chan's dedication and service to Chinatown, AAPI, and Oakland communities.
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New Community Safety Improvements for San Antonio!

We are thrilled to announce that our advocacy and budget wins are moving forward in the next two weeks to address critical public safety issues and human trafficking in San Antonio! 

This coming Monday, April 25th, OakDOT crews will begin work to upgrade and convert the existing street lighting with new, higher wattage LED lights on E 15th St. and by May 6th, seven (7) new speed bumps will be installed on E 15th St. from E 15th Ave. to 22nd Ave. 

 

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Safety + MACRO Launch, Earth Day Clean-Ups, Council Preview & more

I wish you and yours who celebrate a peaceful Easter, Passover and Ramadan. 

These past weeks, we have lost more lives to gun violence, including in the Lakeshore cul-de-sac and San Antonio neighborhood

My condolences go out to their loved ones, and my support to neighbors impacted by this incident and past traumas.

These senseless acts must not be tolerated — we all deserve safe neighborhoods.

We need gun control reform at the national level, and we must continue our work in Oakland to get illegal and ghost guns off our streets. I remain committed to greater investment into:

  • accountable, neighborhood-based policing;
  • effective investigations that solve crimes;
  • alternative crisis response;
  • violence prevention through violence interrupters, outreach workers, and mentors, as well as
  • root cause investments — stable housing and good jobs.

 

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Welcoming Debra Israel! New Restrooms, Proposed Lake Parking & More

I'm thrilled to introduce a new, talented member of my District 2 team, Debra Israel!

Debra will be leading on community engagement, working with residents and small businesses to address challenges and improve our community. She brings deep experience in neighborhood organizing and relationship-building, as well as working in government and with youth and families.

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