On March 16, 2021, Council unanimously passed my resolution with CM Kalb to support rapid, community-informed implementation of MACRO, which centers input from Oakland communities most impacted by violence, including individuals who have been involved in the criminal legal system, unsheltered individuals, domestic violence survivors, youth, and survivors of state violence, among others, and provides direction to the City Administrator to:
- Expedite the one-year pilot phase of MACRO within the Oakland Fire Department with City employees
- Contract with Alameda County for mental health specialists and civilian emergency medical technicians (EMTs)
- Return to Council by April 20, 2021 with any necessary legislation to allocate funds for 1 FTE to manage MACRO
- Provide Council with monthly progress reports, and create a set of community-informed recommendations for additional categories of calls for service for MACRO after the pilot phase
- Retain an independent consultant to evaluate MACRO’s pilot phase
Council also unanimously passed an ordinance I authored with CM Kalb to amend the Oakland Fire Department’s duties to include administering MACRO / Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland.
See full details on the MACRO Resolution and MACRO Ordinance.
On February 2, 2021, Council unanimously passed my ordinance with CM Gallo to require large grocery stores in Oakland to pay employees an additional $5/hour in hazard pay during COVID-19 until Oakland reaches the Minimal / Yellow tier. In Oakland, covered employers are Cardenas Markets / Mi Pueblo, Foods Co., Whole Foods, Grocery Outlet, Safeway, Smart and Final, Sprouts, Target, Trader Joe's, Lucky's / Save Mart / Food Maxx. See full details on Ordinance #13639.
On December 16, 2020, Council passed a resolution I co-sponsored with CM Kalb, Mayor Schaaf, and the Planning and Building Department to amend the Oakland Municipal Code to prohibit newly constructed buildings from connecting to natural gas or propane infrastructure. Going forward, electric infrastructure and appliances will be used in newly built homes, restaurant and shop buildings, and offices throughout Oakland. This is an important step to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve public health -- with natural gas linked to poorer ventilation + respiratory health -- and earthquake safety, using a safe and inexpensive alternative. See full details on Ordinance #13632.
On October 6, 2020, Council passed a resolution I co-sponsored with Mayor Schaaf, CMs Kaplan, Thao, and McElhaney to establish a city policy to conduct city affairs in a manner using gender-inclusive and gender-neutral language in legislation, policies, and other city communications and writings. See full details on Resolution #88320.
On July 28, 2020, Council passed a resolution I co-sponsored with CM Taylor to create the Reimagining Public Safety Task Force to shift city resources from law enforcement and punishment and reinvest them in prevention, wellness, and services/programs to address the root causes of crime and violence for the FY 2021-23 budget. See full details on Resolution #88269.
On July 21, 2020, Council passed an ordinance I co-sponsored with City Attorney Parker and CM Kalb to amend the Oakland Municipal Code to: limit the maximum rent increase in any one year to conform with state law; make failure to pay required relocation benefits an affirmative defense to eviction; limit late fees; prohibit unilaterally imposed changes to terms of tenancy; add 1:1 replacement of roommates to the definition of housing services; prohibit eviction based on additional occupants if a landlord unreasonably refused a tenant's written request to add occupant/s; and strengthen tenants' rights and enforcement of tenants' rights under the Tenant Protection Ordinance. See full details on Ordinance #13608.
On June 16, 2020, Council passed my resolution urging the city to immediately halt the use of tear gas for crowd control during COVID-19 and requesting the Oakland Police Commission to immediately review and propose changes to OPD's policy in order to halt such use. See full details on Resolution #88168.
On May 12, 2020, Council passed a resolution I co-authored with CMs Taylor and Reid to allow businesses along the Bus Rapid Transit / BRT route to apply for business assistance fund grants due to impacts from the COVID-19 crisis.
See full details on Resolution #88116.
On May 19, 2020, Council approved a resolution I co-authored with CM Kaplan to add a ballot measure to the November 2020 General Election allowing Oakland voters to decide on whether to enable eligible Oaklanders ages 16 and above to vote in OUSD school board elections. See full details on Resolution #88117.
On May 19, 2020, City Council extended the emergency eviction moratorium I authored and which passed unanimously in March 2020. The moratorium protects our community members struggling with the economic and health impacts of COVID-19. Thank you to CM Dan Kalb and City Attorney Parker for partnering with me. Learn more here about the eviction moratorium and see full details on Ordinance #13594.
On May 12, 2020, City Council passed an emergency ordinance I co-sponsored with CM Sheng Thao to establish emergency paid sick leave for Oakland employees during COVID-19 and delegate enforcement to the Department of Workplace and Employment Standards. See full details on Emergency Ordinance #13592.
On May 12, 2020 City Council unanimously passed my resolution with CM Sheng Thao in support of House Resolution 908 condemning all forms of anti-Asian sentiment related to COVID-19, reaffirming Oakland's protection of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and recognizing May 2020 as Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. See full details on Resolution #88106.
On April 21, 2020, Council passed a resolution I co-sponsored with CMs McElhaney, Taylor and City Attorney Parker to call upon the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, Alameda County Probation Department, and other County officials to release incarcerated individuals with 6 months or less time remaining at Santa Rita Jail, and to take other necessary measures to protect the health and safety of individuals detained in / staffing Santa Rita Jail and Alameda County juvenile detention facilities. See full details on Resolution #88103.
On April 7, 2020, Council passed a resolution urging Governor Newsom to grant pardons to Sakhone Lasaphagthong and Somdeng "Danny" Thongsy, to protect our Lao, Hmong, Iu-Mien, Khmu, and immigrant refugee communities. Learn more about Sakhone and Danny's leadership in our community and District 2. See full details on Resolution #88093.
On March 3, 2020, Council passed my resolution honoring Cleveland, Crocker Highlands, and Lincoln Elementary Schools -- all located in District 2 -- for being recognized as 2020 California Distinguished Schools due to their great progress closing the achievement gap and achieving exceptional student performance; and creating outstanding learning environments / school climate for students. See full details on Resolution #88052.
On March 27, 2020, Council unanimously passed my emergency eviction moratorium, California's strongest city-level moratorium in response to COVID-19. Renters cannot be evicted through May 31, 2020 if you live in a unit covered by Oakland’s Just Cause Ordinance. Your rent may not be increased beyond the Consumer Price Index if your unit is covered by the Rent Adjustment Ordinance. You cannot be charged late fees during this local emergency. The ordinance also applies to nonprofits and small businesses with 100 employees or less. See full details on Ordinance #1359.
On February 18, 2020, Council passed my ordinance to reauthorize the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY / Kids First) which in 2019 alone served over 25,000 kids and 2,000 families and caregivers across 200 programs sites. OFCY funding supports hundreds of playgroups, after-school, summer, leadership, job training, and work programs. In District 2 for example, it makes possible the play group of 100 families with babies and toddlers at San Antonio Family Recreation Center who getstogether for play-based learning and help navigating school, housing, and family issues. OFCY also impacts Oakland High, where funding has supported case management with hundreds of students to address homelessness, home violence, community violence, and challenging family dynamics. See full details on Ordinance #13588.
On January 21, 2020, Council unanimously passed an ordinance to remove barriers to housing for community members returning from the criminal justice system, making it possible for them to live with family members and access all forms of housing like everyone else needs and deserves. 73% of Oakland's homeless encampment residents are formerly incarcerated. This legislation is critical to lowering barriers to housing, reducing homelessness and recidivism. See full details on Ordinance #13581.
On January 14, 2020, City Council's Public Safety Committee approved recommendations my office co-created with CM Gallo's office on strategies to improve the city's response to address human trafficking, including better supporting victims, survivors and impacted communities; focusing on the 'demand' for human trafficking; and structural and policy changes within city departments. See full details on the recommendations, as well as the initial informational report we requested in November 2019 on human trafficking from various departments including OPD, Human Services, and Department of Violence Prevention.
On November 5, 2019, Council unanimously passed a resolution regarding the use of the City's Fire Alarm Building in District 2. In accordance with the State Surplus Lands Act, Council authorized City negotiations for the property's lease and development with Oakland-native, Black-operated & -led nonprofit Museum of Jazz & Art. Councilmember Bas partnered with Councilmember McElhaney on this resolution to support MOJA in providing Oakland with a strong opportunity to fight displacement, prioritize cultural equity, and to be a beacon of light for Black and Brown artists especially, a place to learn and dream for our youth, and a new source of economic opportunity for residents. See full details on Resolution #87903.
On November 5, 2019, Council unanimously passed a resolution recognizing the importance of the 2020 US Census, supporting outreach to help ensure a complete, fair, and accurate count, and encouraging all residents to participate. See full details on Resolution #87908.
On October 15, 2019, Council passed an emergency ordinance introduced by Councilmember Bas and President Kaplan declaring a shelter crisis in Oakland, authorizing the City Administrator to suspend provisions of state or local regulatory statues, regulations, and ordinances prescribing standards of housing, health, or safety for additional shelter facilities if needed -- aimed at enabling the City to take strong measures and actions to address the crisis. See full details on Ordinance #13564.
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.
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.
On June 18, 2019, Council unanimously adopted an ordinance co-sponsored by Councilmember Bas with Councilmember Dan Kalb 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.
On May 7, 2019, Council unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Councilmember Bas in support of AB 392, known as the California Act to Save Lives, aimed at strengthening the rules around police use of force, particularly deadly force. See full details on Resolution 87645.
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.
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.
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.
On April 16, 2019, Council adopted a resolution co-sponsored by Councilmember Bas endorsing the Public Banking Act AB 857 and urging the California State Legislature and Governor Newsom to support its enactment into law. A public bank will allow jurisdictions like Oakland to have more local control, transparency, and self-determination, and allow us to move in a direction to achieve sustainable community investments such as affordable housing, small business development, loans to low-income households, public transit, infrastructure, and renewable energy. See full details on Resolution #87607.
On February 14, 2019, Council unanimously passed an emergency moratorium on rent increases in owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes, introduced by Councilmember Bas, to protect tenants from potential displacement and to ensure accurate information to tenants and landlords. See full details on Ordinance #13519.