For two decades, Councilmember Nikki Fortunato Bas has been an advocate for working people, leading the passage of policies in Oakland to create the building blocks for regional, state, and national change.
A resident of District 2 for over 20 years and a lifelong community organizer, Councilmember Bas started out in Chinatown organizing Chinese immigrant garment workers to win their wages back. She also worked in coalitions to raise Oakland's minimum wage with paid sick leave, create living wage jobs on the old Oakland Army Base, and reduce diesel truck pollution at the Port of Oakland. Click here to learn more.
Councilmember Bas and her team are focusing on four themes in her second term. These priority areas were developed during her campaign and first year in office by engaging thousands of Oaklanders, and will continue to be informed by community leadership and input.
1. Housing is a Human Right. A key function of our city government is to make sure that everyone has shelter. We must provide essential services and shelter for our unsheltered neighbors, treating people with compassion and keeping families and communities together. We must create more affordable housing to keep working and middle class Oaklanders here. We must protect renters who are the majority of Oaklanders. And, we must create long-term stability for Oakland's homeowners so they and future generations can stay here.
2. Supporting a Just Recovery: To meet the immediate needs of residents, workers, and businesses while laying a foundation that will support the economy and the community long term. Also, to create safer & cleaner business corridors as well as supporting vibrant programming in our parks and other public spaces.
3. Reimagining Public Safety. We aim to create a comprehensive community safety infrastructure that focuses on healing and prevention, alternatives to policing, and effective & accountable policing, with indicators for success, and partnerships with all necessary stakeholders, such as MACRO, the Department of Violence Pre (add indicators for success of MACRO, DVP, OPD)
4. Delivering Equitable Services. Our city must provide equitable services that create healthy, clean, safe environments for all of our kids to play and walk to school.
Council President Bas serves on these City Council Committees: Finance & Management; ; Rules & Legislation; and City Port. For more information on City Council and Committee meetings, visit Legistar.
Councilmember Bas' hosts office hours by appointment. Please use this form to schedule a 20-minute 1:1 appointment.