Councilmember Kalb's Environmental Legislation

Climate Change and helping our community adjust and become safer in the wake of its consequences is one of Councilmember Kalb’s top priorities.

Councilmember Kalb has consistently advocated for budget to support environmental protection priorities in Oakland such as:

> Keeping local waterways clean of debris and toxic waste

> Enforcing illegal dumping

> Maintaining Oakland’s parks and open spaces and protecting Oakland’s tree canopy

> Updating and implementing Oakland’s Equitable Climate Action Plan

> Reducing waste and increasing reuse / recycling

> Strengthening code enforcement to reduce blight

Councilmember Kalb has also helped to create, cosponsor, and is continuing to work on numerous pieces of local environmental legislation including:

> Divesting Oakland from the fossil fuel industry

> Banning coal in Oakland (in litigation)

> Establishing community choice energy in Alameda County (EBCE)

> Protecting pollinators by prohibiting toxic pesticides

> Banning natural gas in new construction, and gas-powered leaf-blowers

> Countywide ban of single-use plastics in restaurants


Neonicotinoid Restriction To Protect Pollinators (2019) (PDF)

Oakland policy that (1) prohibits the city’s use of neonicotinoid Pesticides (neonicotinoids) in order to protect honey bees and other pollinators; (2) urges the adoption of state and federal restrictions on neonicotinoids; and (3) urges retailers operating in the City of Oakland to not sell neonicotinoids.


Support For Community Choice Energy (2015) (PDF)

Confirms the Oakland City Council support for Community Choice Energy in Alameda County in order to secure (1) More stable and reliable power supplies, (2) Opportunity for general fund revenue, (3) Greater use of renewable energy resources compared to those planned by PG&E, and (4) Ratepayer access to a democratically elected governing body.


Ban Of Bullhook Use On Elephants (2014) (PDF)

Prohibiting the use of a bullhook, ankus, or other implement or tool designed to inflict pain on elephants to train them or to control their behavior, and prohibiting the use of baseball bats, axe handles or pitchforks to train and/or control elephant behavior in the City of Oakland