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.
Legislation authored or co-sponsored by Councilmember Bas and passed by City Council
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.
May 2020: Resolution Condemning COVID-19 Anti-Asian Sentiment & Reaffirming Oakland's Protection of APA Communities (PDF)
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.
April 2020: Resolution Urging Governor Newsom to Protect Our Lao, Hmong, Iu-Mien, Khmu and Immigrant Refugee Communities from Deportation (PDF)
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 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 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.
November 2019: Resolution Recognizing the Importance of the 2020 U.S. Census and Encouraging All Residents to Participate to Ensure an Accurate Count in Oakland (PDF)
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.
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 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.
May 2019: Resolution in Support of AB 392 to Strengthen Rules around Police Use of Force, Particularly Deadly Force (PDF)
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.
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.
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.
February 2019: Interim Emergency Ordinance on Rent Increases in Owner-Occupied Duplexes and Triplexes (PDF)
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.