Councilmember Newsletter: Febraury 24, 2019


Dear Friend,

A lot has happened since I shared my first newsletter two weeks ago. 

  • I passed my first ordinance, a moratorium for up to 180 days on rent increases beyond the consumer price index for owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes. This ordinance will help protect renters from displacement while the Council considers a permanent policy. 
  • Oakland public school teachers went on strike last week for a living wage, smaller class sizes and student supports. The City has opened its recreation centers and libraries as safe spaces for students and parents who are honoring the picket lines. 
  • I also held my first office hours in the district at Woody's Cafe. Twenty people dropped by to talk about our parks, safety, affordable housing, walking/biking and more. We'll keep you posted on my next office hours on March 9th.

There is a lot ahead for the district and Oakland including: 

  • March 2nd community forum on the Kaiser Convention Center redevelopment. Please join us. 
  • March 4th hearing and information meetings about plans for the Parkway Theatre to become a cannabis dispensary and movie theatre / lounge with on-site cannabis consumption. Please weigh in - we'll be sharing a poll on social media soon. 
  • This Thursday, I will also chair the first meeting of the year of the Education Partnership, a joint committee with the OUSD Board. I hope this will be a space to align our efforts and collective assets to better support our students and build full service community schools, with an immediate focus on our budgets. 
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. We are working with District 3 and District 5 offices to collect blankets, socks, and hygiene kits for our unhoused neighbors. You can drop off items at Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church at 3534 Lakeshore Avenue or the office next door when the church is closed.

P.P.S. We continue to recruit crew volunteers (ages 14 and older) for the Water Stop my office will host at the Oakland Running Festival on March 24th from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Lake Merritt Boulevard! In the meantime, I have been training hard with my relay marathon team, Down for the Town, and hope you will sign up to volunteer with us. 


More than 80 people have registered.
Will you join us this Saturday? 

Orton Development proposes to rehabilitate and adaptively reuse Kaiser Convention 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 Development and share feedback and questions. We look forward to hearing your ideas on this important project.

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

If you can't make it to the forum, please share your opinion here

Standing with Oakland teachers at the picket lines, in our first Education Partnership Committee Meeting with OUSD, and with the Schools & Communities First Funding Act of 2020.

[1] My team and I were so inspired by Oakland public school teachers and families as we joined the picket lines and in the rallies outside City Hall last week. We continue to stand with our teachers in their quest for a fair contract with living wages, more student supports, and smaller class sizes. If you haven't already, check out the ways you can join in solidarity and follow updates on the strike.

During the strike, Oakland Parks, Recreation & Youth Development (OPRYD) is opening the 15 recreation centers listed below between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Oakland Education Association will provide staffing and volunteers to facilitate each day and provide food for our students. For more details, or if you would like to volunteer, contact OEA at (510) 763-4020.

Arroyo Viejo
Carmen Flores
Ira Jenkins
FM Smith
Golden Gate
San Antonio
Redwood Heights

Click here to learn about AC Transit services to Oakland schools during the strike.

[2] I am committed to working in collaboration with OUSD, the County and State to maximize resources for public schools. It will take all of us working together to create solutions that honor our teachers, our students, and our shared future as Oaklanders. 

Join us this Thursday 2/28 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall for the first Education Partnership Committee meeting, a joint meeting between Oakland City Council and Oakland Unified School District Board. 

At this meeting, OUSD Superintendent will brief the Council on the Citywide Plan and Budget Reductions. I will also introduce my first resolution calling on the City Council to support the California Schools & Local Communities First Funding Act of 2020, which would close the Proposition 13 corporate tax loophole and restore millions of dollars in funding for our public schools. This ballot measure has gathered enough signatures and is slated for November 2020. 

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

Apply to serve on the Oakland Police Commission. The Police Commission oversees the Oakland Police Department's policies, practices and customs to meet national standards of constitutional policing, and the Community Police Review Agency that investigates police misconduct and recommends discipline.​

The Selection Panel strongly encourages formerly incarcerated individuals to apply. Applications will be accepted until March 30, 2019, when the Selection Panel will begin to interview candidates.  

Give Feedback on Downtown Oakland Specific Plan. preliminary draft plan to guide development and growth downtown has been released. Help prioritize strategies for downtown’s economic development, culture, housing, transportation, environment and infrastructure by submitting comments by March 1, 2019.


Public Hearing on Cannabis Dispensary at the Old Parkway Theater. Telegraph Patients Group (TPG) has filed an application with the City Administration for permission to move its cannabis dispensary from 3003 Telegraph Avenue to the Old Parkway Theater at 1836 Park Boulevard and for an on-site cannabis consumption permit. TPG has organized a series of informational meetings. See the flyer below to learn more.

Monday, March 4, 2019
Begins at 3:00 p.m. 
Hearing Room 1 at City Hall
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza

If you are unable to attend the hearing, email Nancy Marcus at [email protected] Stay tuned for a survey our office is conducting on this issue - we'll post it on social media.



I hope you'll participate in 
upcoming City Council activities.

Council begins process of developing Oakland's 2-year budget. Tomorrow, Monday 2/25 from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., there will be a special meeting on the budget. Council will be briefed on the Budget Priorities Poll Results, and discuss the Capital Improvement Program, revenues and expenditures, and the Mayor and Council's priorities


Preview of key events at this week's Council meeting. At the next meeting on Tuesday 2/26 at 5:30 p.m., key agenda items are a resolution declaring a local emergency on the City's homelessness crisis, next steps on a public hearing regarding the Mandela Parkway hotel appeal, and a quarterly report on Oakland Police Department overtime costs and policies. 

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.

Tax-Aid Program. Tax-Aid provides year-round free tax services in multiple languages on federal and state tax returns to community members who made under $55,000 in 2018. You can also sign up to be a volunteer with Tax-Aid.

Registration is now open for Town Camp. Oakland Parks, Recreation, and Youth Development (OPRYD) has opened registration for Oakland's 2019 youth summer camps.  

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

Bella Vista NCPC
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Bella Vista Elementary School (1025 E. 28th St.)

San Antonio NCPC
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Word Assembly Church (1445 23rd Ave.) *NOTE: Nikki will be on the agenda to listen & share priorities.

Chinatown NCPC
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Starts at 4:00 p.m.
270 13th St. (Hotel Oakland)

Grandlake NCPC 
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Lakeshore Ave. Baptist Church (3534 Lakeshore Ave.)

City Council Committees to Discuss State of Maintenance in Oakland's Parks. Join the Public Works and Life Enrichment Committee meetings on Tuesday, March 5 to show support for the Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation's goals to increase budgeting for park maintenance and address homelessness and inequities in our park system. 

Sustainable Oakland Report 2017-18 now available. This is an annual report published by the City of Oakland’s Sustainability Program summarizing Oakland’s recent work to tackle the interconnected issues of climate change and social equity.  

Chinatown PickItUp Monthly Clean Up. On second Sundays, join 60-80 youth, neighbors, and volunteers to help clean up the streets of Chinatown and build community participation. The group meets at T4 at 1068 Webster Street. The next clean up will be on Sunday, March 10 at 11 a.m.

Alameda County Fatherhood Summit 2019. The Summit will showcase a variety of workshops sessions discussing Father's Rights and Responsibilities, Men's Health and Wellness, Education Is Power, Exploring the Skills Needed for Today's Workforce, Strategies for Fathers to Reengage Their Families and Communities.

Saturday, March 16, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Merritt College
12500 Campus Drive
Oakland, CA 94605


Join Lake Merritt Advocates, Adams Point Neighborhood Group, St. Paul’s Towers and The City of Oakland District 3 to hear and determine procedures following closure of homeless encampments at Lake Merritt. District 3, in partnership with community organizations, is hosting this meeting to inform community members of commitments that the City Administration has made in regards to camping rules around Lakeside Park and Lake Merritt. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
St. Paul's Towers
100 Bay Place
Oakland, CA 94610

Honoring Black History & Heritage Month 

Councilmember McElhaney, with Vice Mayor Reid and Councilmember Taylor, are introducing a Black History and Heritage Month ceremonial resolution at the February 26th City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m.

District 2 is honoring Tonya Love, a dedicated advocate for local democracy and citizen participation. Ms. Love has championed voter education and government transparency, using the hashtag #OakMtg on Twitter to report on city meetings.

She currently serves as Co-Vice Chair of the Oakland Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax Community Advisory Board, contributing her experience as a public health professional addressing health disparities as a social justice issue. She has also served in Assemblymember Rob Bonta's office, representing Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro. She advocates for criminal justice reform, affordable housing and the needs of low income renters of color in Oakland and beyond. Join us in celebrating Tonya for her powerful contributions to and for the Oakland community!

In the News

  • East Bay Times // Oakland owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes temporarily barred from raising rents above 3.4 percent
  • In These Times // “Out Here Because I Love Teaching”: The Oakland Teachers Strike, In Photos
  • East Bay Times // Oakland offers rec centers for students cutting classes if teachers strike
  • SF Chronicle // Scooter companies tussling with Oakland over who pays for injuries
  • Balitang America // Nikki Fortunato Bas becomes first Filipina on Oakland City Council

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 Azul 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


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