Councilmember Newsletter: Febraury 11, 2019


Dear Friend,
Happy Lunar New Year and welcome to my first District 2 newsletter. I kicked off the year with an energizing community meeting with 150 neighbors. You helped to shape my priorities for my first 100 days and first year on housing for all, a community budget, and services for every neighborhood. 
My first month in office has been filled with listening, learning, problem solving and meeting lots of neighbors. This newsletter will help me stay connected with you by sharing past activities and what's to come. You'll find information on: 
  • important policies and projects, like my March 2 Community Forum on the Kaiser Convention Center redevelopment,
  • activities I'm engaged in, like support for Oakland teachers, city workers and renters,
  • opportunities to make your voice heard on upcoming decisions and key issues,
  • community resources and opportunities, and 
  • community news.
In this issue, I also introduce the District 2 staff team who will work with me to serve our district and city. 
Please share your feedback on this newsletter, as well as future opportunities you'd like to share with our neighbors. 
With Oakland Love,


Nikki Fortunato Bas
Councilmember, City of Oakland, District 2


P.S. Please join me at my upcoming monthly office hours. They will be: 

  • Saturday February, 23, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
    Woody's Cafe, 1841 Park Boulevard

  • Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
    Gelato Firenze and QTea Bar, 478 Lake Park Avenue

P.P.S. I'm training for the Oakland Running Festival with my relay marathon  team, and my office will host a Water Stop at the event on March 24th from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Lake Merritt Boulevard. Can you join us as a crew volunteer (ages 14 and older)? Send us a note please! 


March 2: Community Forum
Kaiser Convention Center Redevelopment 

Did you know? The historic Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center is where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed 7,000 East Bay residents in 1962 on the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Now, Orton Development proposes to rehabilitate and adaptively reuse the center as a performing arts venue and office space for arts and non-profit organizations.

Councilmember Bas and Laney College Facilities Planning Committee will host a community forum so community members can hear plans from Orton and share feedback and questions:

Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon
The Forum at Laney College
900 Fallon Street, Oakland CA 94607

Orton Development will renovate the Calvin Simmons Theatre. Its adjacent Olympic, Gold, and Ballroom multipurpose spaces will be reused as performing art venues with rehearsal and event spaces, and include a new restaurant on the ground floor to serve building tenants and the public.

The Arena and basement will be converted to new commercial office, arts and/or educational uses with about 40,000 square feet of office space on the ground floor and an additional 40,000 square feet of commercial space located in the basement of the building. This space will be leased to non-profit and art organizations.


Join us in solidarity with Oakland
public school teachers, city workers, and renters.

[1] On February 5th, City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of Oakland public school teachers in their quest for a fair contract with living wages, more student supports, and smaller class sizes. I'm proud to have co-sponsored the resolution with Council President Rebecca Kaplan and  Councilmember Sheng Thao. Stay tuned for more information on resources for students and families if our teachers go on strike. Here's how you can pitch in.

[2] I stand in solidarity with city workers and was inspired by their leadership and perspectives at the recent IFPTE Local 21 rally. If we are going to move forward as a city, we must protect our working and middle class and our diversity. We must invest in the city workers who provide essential services to our residents and businesses.

[3] To help ensure everyone in Oakland has shelter and to protect our neighbors from displacement, on February 8th I introduced my first piece of legislation, co-sponsored by Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney.

It is an emergency ordinance to create a moratorium on rent increases for owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes. After hearing from the public the past few weeks, I introduced this ordinance to act immediately to protect tenants from potential displacement, as well as to ensure accurate information to tenants and landlords. 

Join us on Thursday 2/14 at 11:30 a.m. at City Hall when Council will discuss and vote on this issue.

If you can't attend, please share your comments here.


Make your voice heard on upcoming
decisions + projects that impact our communities. 

Public Hearing on AC Transit Fare Change Proposal. The AC Transit Board of Directors will be considering proposals for an upcoming fare change to keep up with rising operational costs to run the service efficiently.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
2:00 p.m. and at 5:00 p.m.
AC Transit General Offices
2nd Floor Board Room
1600 Franklin Street

First Oakland Police Commission Public Hearing on Policing in the Homeless Community. This will be the first occasion that an official city body has invited our unsheltered neighbors to describe their experiences on the street, specifically focusing on policing.

Childcare and Spanish translation will be provided. Click here for the Spanish language flyer to share.

Saturday, February 16, 2019
Lunch from 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Public Hearing from 1-4 PM
Taylor Memorial United Methodist
1188 12th St at Adeline

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.

AC Transit's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project. BRT is a $216 million investment set to begin service in December 2019. BRT will run the 9.5 mile corridor from downtown Oakland to San Leandro BART, arriving every seven minutes during peak times. Find out when construction crews will be working in your area and follow the project.

Oakland is hiring for Chief of Violence Prevention. The Chief is responsible for developing and providing the overall strategic direction toward eliminating violence in Oakland through a public health approach.

23rd Avenue Beautification Group (23ABG). Monthly on 4th Saturdays from 9-11 AM, 23ABG cleans sidewalks, street curbs, and storm drains beginning at 23rd Avenue and East 22nd Street. The City of Oakland Environmental Services provides gloves, tools, and safety vests; 23ABG provides water and snacks. The next three cleanups will take place on February 23, March 23, and April 20.

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

Bella Vista NCPC
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Bella Vista Elementary School

Grandlake NCPC 
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Lakeshore Baptist Church

Applications open for Port of Oakland Summer Internship Program. This is a summer-long paid internship for Bay Area students looking to expand their knowledge on divisions from aviation, maritime, HR, marketing, to government affairs and more.

BAMBDFEST:2019. This Festival is a multi-day, multi-venue celebration of the Black Arts Movement Business District (BAMBD) and Black arts, culture, and economics in Oakland. Events will include public performances by theater artists, musicians, dancers, comics, poets, youth groups and town legends.

BAMBD has produced art, sparked dialogue, and fought for and won truly affordable housing with community benefits. We hope you will join in the Festival to support the history, present, and future of our Black artists, culture workers, and community.

Oakland Unite 2019-21 Request for Proposals. The city seeks qualified agencies to form a network of community providers and system partners who strive together to support people at the center of violence. This RFP will provide approximately $10 million in funding for programs across four strategic investment areas. 


Constituent Corner

As part of the City of Oakland's relationship with Oakland Coliseum, Councilmembers receive tickets to sporting events and concerts. We are grateful for the opportunity to give away tickets to honor community members and their service to Oakland.

Meet Koleyna "Koli" Kohler, a Special Education teacher at Oakland High, who received free tickets from our office to see a recent Warriors game:

"I am a third year Special Day class teacher for students with Autism and Intellectual Disability. I learn from them daily and enjoy taking them out to the community to volunteer twice a month at an elderly home and a soup kitchen. I am thankful to be a part of the amazing community at Oakland High School and love dancing, singing and laughing with my teenage students."


In the News

  • San Francisco Chronicle // Oakland city workers rally outside City Hall, this time with council members
  • The Mercury News // At long last, Oakland’s Kaiser Convention Center could reopen next year in restored state
  • EdSource // Oakland teachers vote overwhelmingly to authorize a strike and win city council support
  • The Mercury News // Bay Area homeless count begins: Volunteers take stock of region's crisis
  • People's World // Oakland women’s marchers demand end to bigotry, surge for equality
  • // First Fil-Am elected to public post in Oakland believes in People Power
  • KTVU // Oakland's Laney football team ranked best junior college team in nation
  • Oakland Post // Nikki Fortunato Bas Holds District 2 Community Meeting

Connect with Team D2!

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

Miya Saika Chen
Chief of Staff
[email protected]
(510) 238-7246

Lia Salaverry
Policy Analyst, Community Liaison
[email protected]
(510) 238-7023

Linna Lin
Chinatown Liaison and Aide
[email protected]
(510) 238-7022

Tiffany Kang
Communications Specialist
Community Liaison
[email protected]
(510) 238-7022

Pamela Drake
Community Liaison
[email protected]
(510) 238-7022