NOTICE: Due to changes in the weather forecast, PG&E no longer anticipates public safety power shutoffs in Oakland or Alameda County tomorrow, November 20.

Legislation authored or co-sponsored by Councilmember Bas and passed by City Council


July 2019: Ordinance to Increase Access to Housing for Low-Income Tenants Dependent on Housing Assistance and to Provide Remedies For Violations (PDF)

On July 16, 2019 Council unanimously passed an ordinance to ensure that landlords cannot turn away or discriminate against tenants who depend on housing assistance from programs like the Housing Choice Voucher program, also known as Section 8. Over the past year, the City has received many reports of landlords openly refusing to rent to Section 8 holders. This new law empowers the City Attorney’s Office, the aggrieved tenant or a tenants’ rights nonprofit organization to sue landlords for violations, among other actions. See full details on Ordinance #13559.


June 2019: Resolution Condemning Deportations of Southeast Asian Refugee Rehabilitated Community Members & Urging Alameda County District Attorney to Collaborate w/ Public Defender to Reopen Cases & Lower Offensives to Non-Deportable Charges (PDF)

On June 4, 2019, Council passed a resolution introduced by Councilmembers Bas and Thao condemning the deportations of Southeast Asian refugee community members in the Bay Area; urging Governor Newsom to grant pardons to these rehabilitated formerly incarcerated individuals being targeted for deportation by the Trump Administration's ICE; and urging Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley to collaborate with the Public Defender to reopen old cases and lower offensives to non-deportable charges. See full details on Resolution #87726.


June 2019: Ordinance Establishing Oakland's Policy Prohibiting Use of Neonicotinoid Pesticides to Protect Honey Bees and Other Pollinators (PDF)

On June 18, 2019, Council unanimously adopted an ordinance co-sponsored by Councilmember Bas establishing Oakland's policy prohibiting the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in order to protect honey bees and other pollinators; urging the adoption of state and federal restrictions on these pesticides; and urging retailers operating in the City not to sell neonicotinoids. See full details on Ordinance #13544.


May 2019: Resolution Supporting Community Requests for an Independent Audit of Alameda County Sheriff's Office to Increase Safety and Wellbeing of Oaklanders (PDF)

On May 21, 2019, Council unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Councilmember Bas joining countless community groups, Berkeley City Council, and Senator Nancy Skinner calling for an independent audit of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office to increase the safety and wellbeing of community members. Potential cost savings that may result from information provided in the audit could be redirected towards education, housing, public safety, and other critical community priorities. See full details on Resolution #87700.


May 2019: Resolution in Support of AB 362 Giving Oakland the Discretion to Authorize Qualified Entities to Operate Overdose Prevention Programs (PDF)

On May 21, 2019, Council unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Councilmember Bas and Mayor Schaaf in support of AB 362, aimed to give Oakland the discretion to authorize qualified entities to operate overdose prevention programs in our City. These programs have been shown to significantly reduce infectious disease transmission, increase the likelihood that people initiate drug treatment, and reduce syringe litter and improve neighborhood safety. See full details on Resolution #87683.


April 2019: Resolution Supporting the California Schools & Local Communities Funding Act of 2020 to Close Corporate Tax Loophole and Maximize Resources for Public Schools (PDF)

On April 16, 2019, Council unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Councilmember Bas supporting the California Schools and Local Communities First Funding Act of 2020, which would close a corporate tax loophole and raise billions for public schools and infrastructure. If this November 2020 ballot initiative succeeds, the potential increase in revenue generated is estimated at $192 million annually for Alameda County, $24.6 million for Oakland. See full details on Resolution #87612.