Council President Bas - Working for You!

As your Councilmember, I am honored to work with my team to focus on the priorities identified by the thousands of Oaklanders our office engages with, including:

Housing as a human right.  While we have made significant strides, pushing the envelope on truly affordable housing remains one of my top priorities. As your Councilmember, I will continue to deliver on:

  • Creating more affordable housing to keep working and middle-class Oaklanders here
  • Protecting Oakland’s renters from unfair rent hikes and evictions
  • Providing shelter and services for unhoused Oaklanders with a path to permanent housing
  • Expanding ownership opportunities for any Oaklander with a dream of buying a home

Safe, Healthy Neighborhoods. Every Oaklander deserves safe neighborhoods, fair treatment under the law, and results. To address crime and violence, I support a holistic approach including:

  • Increasing neighborhood beat patrols
  • Investing in culturally competent community resource officers
  • Expanding violence prevention programs that address sexual exploitation, human trafficking and the root causes of violence and inequality
  • Getting guns off the street

Responsible, community-empowered budgeting. As your Councilmember, I’m proud to have passed a budget that prioritizes our human needs, including:

  • Affordable housing and homelessness solutions
  • Job training and youth programs
  • Support for local, neighborhood-serving businesses
  • Public safety/crime prevention services
  • Expanding violence prevention programs
  • Investing in our parks, libraries, arts and culture
  • Funding programs that fight blight, litter, and illegal dumping


While there is more work to be done, I want to thank the hundreds of residents whose input helped make our most recent community-centered budget possible. Read more here - Budget Highlights