Nikki Fortunato Bas, Councilmember

Nikki Fortunato Bas, Councilmember Oakland City Councilmember for District 2. Building an Oakland for all of us.

Representing District 2 neighborhoods including Grand Lake, Eastlake, Chinatown and San Antonio. #PeoplePoweredGovernment Serving on these City Council Committees: Finance & Management; Community & Economic Development; Life Enrichment; Public Safety; and Education Partnership (Chair).

🚔🅿️ HEADS UP ON PARKING CHANGES: In about three weeks starting Monday, July 6th, the City will restore parking meter ope...
06/18/2020

🚔🅿️ HEADS UP ON PARKING CHANGES: In about three weeks starting Monday, July 6th, the City will restore parking meter operations. Each vehicle will receive one warning ticket as a courtesy to educate the driving public of the change. After the initial courtesy warning, vehicles in violation will receive a regular parking citation. The courtesy warnings will only be given during July.

Meanwhile right now, the City continues to enforce red, yellow, white and green curbs; blue curbs / spaces; fire hydrants; sidewalk and crosswalk blocking; double-parking and bike lane violations; wheelchair ramp obstruction; essential construction work; unauthorized use of disabled person parking placards.

Until we're otherwise informed, the City will continue NOT to enforce: time-limited parking (example: one-hour or two-hour zones); residential permit parking; street sweeping parking.

💚🎁 SUPPORT LAKESHORE BUSINESSES: The Lakeshore Business Improvement District has created a fun way for us to show our lo...
06/17/2020

💚🎁 SUPPORT LAKESHORE BUSINESSES: The Lakeshore Business Improvement District has created a fun way for us to show our love for local businesses and score a chance to win one of over 30 local prizes!

If you make three purchases of $10 or more from different businesses in Lakeshore by July 12, you'll be entered into the prize drawing. If you make six purchases, you can enter the drawing for the grand prize of $100 worth of certificates and more from Lakeshore businesses.

Details on how to enter the drawing at lakeshoreavenue.com/lakeshore-love. See a list of Lakeshore businesses that are open at bit.ly/lakeshorebizopen.

We condemn hate + racism in our town. Hanging a noose at Lake Merritt is an anti-black threat of racist violence. This i...
06/17/2020
Reported Hangman Noose In Oakland At Lake Merritt Not First Time

We condemn hate + racism in our town. Hanging a noose at Lake Merritt is an anti-black threat of racist violence. This is intolerable in the wake of the suspected lynchings of #MalcolmHarsch & #RobertFuller in So Cal. #BlackLivesMatter

UPDATE: Statement from OPD - bit.ly/30ZAMc2

Oakland news - On Tuesday via Twitter came news of the siting of a hangman noose on a tree near a walk path along Lake Merritt. It was the focus of this Zennie62 on YouTube video blog and Oakland News

🌻🌼🌷 COMMUNITY GATHERING: Next Saturday 6/27, join Eastlake neighbors for a physically distanced resiliency & mutual aid ...
06/16/2020

🌻🌼🌷 COMMUNITY GATHERING: Next Saturday 6/27, join Eastlake neighbors for a physically distanced resiliency & mutual aid get-together at Park Boulevard Plaza Park (2100 Park Blvd @ E 21st St). Come anytime between 11am and 4pm -- tables will be set up to give away vegetable plant seedlings, neighborhood resource guide, kits with hygiene essentials, posters, and stickers. You can leave behind a message, a token or a gift for others in your neighborhood.

This is a child friendly and free event. Shout out to the Friends of Cleveland Heights Neighborhood Council for helping to organize & fund!

Artwork by Lacey Johnson.

💲🚨 REDISTRIBUTING OUR BUDGET TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITY SAFER: I’ve heard from thousands of you in the past two weeks express...
06/15/2020

💲🚨 REDISTRIBUTING OUR BUDGET TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITY SAFER: I’ve heard from thousands of you in the past two weeks expressing concern that 44% of our general purpose fund budget goes towards policing while 2.4% goes to Parks and Recreation, 2.3% to Human Services and less to other important services. The calls to divest in policing and invest in community recognize that communities of color have been historically over-policed and under-resourced.

We know that a living wage, access to holistic health services and treatment, educational opportunity, and stable housing are far more successful in reducing crime than police or prisons.

We must ask: how much of a police budget and how many officers do we need to keep our communities safe?

MY PROPOSAL: By taking a hard look at our police budget, I am proposing a set of initial ways to reallocate at least $25 million towards improving safety and providing the services our residents really need.

These reallocations include -- expanding housing and supports for community members coming home from incarceration by shifting $900K that the proposed budget allocates for OPD’s Homelessness Unit with Measure Q funds; $2.5M for a homeless outreach team as an alternative to OPD, encampment leadership stipends, motel vouchers and funding for successful exits from motels into housing; $1.5M to pilot the Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland (MACRO) program in East Oakland in partnership with community organizations to enable a crisis worker with mental health training to be dispatched to 911 calls for mental health crises; $2.5M to support OUSD in replacing school police with school-site based life coaches, violence prevention / crisis intervention teams, and gender-based specialists.

See my full list of proposed initial budget reallocations at nikki4oakland.com/safety.

Please continue to make your voices heard & support my proposal at this Tuesday’s City Council meeting at 1:30pm: https://bit.ly/oak516mtg.

🎷🎹 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TOMORROW: Come out to support #BlackMusicMatters -- a safe, outdoor jam session for & by Oakland's ...
06/13/2020

🎷🎹 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TOMORROW: Come out to support #BlackMusicMatters -- a safe, outdoor jam session for & by Oakland's Black music / artist community, organized by @kevchoice, @msryannicole, @aquariusjohns -- tomorrow, Sunday from 2-6 pm at Lake Merritt's Edoff Bandstand (pictured here, it's on the Children's Fairyland side).

It's intended to be a gathering for local black musicians to share, heal and contribute to the current movement with song and joy.

Can you help with event set-up at 10am and breakdown around 6pm? Email [email protected] to respond.

Performances to include Zion I, J. Walt, Neteta Brielle, and Warriors D Sharp! There will also be voter registration & sanitization stations.

🚫🍎🤝 REMOVING POLICE FROM OUR SCHOOLS: This week I sent a letter of support to Oakland Unified Superintendent and board m...
06/12/2020
Oakland Unified to shed police department in wake of George Floyd’s death

🚫🍎🤝 REMOVING POLICE FROM OUR SCHOOLS: This week I sent a letter of support to Oakland Unified Superintendent and board members for the "George Floyd Resolution to Eliminate the Oakland Schools Police Department" brought forth by board members Shanthi Gonzales and Roseann Torres, in partnership with the Black Organizing Project's coalition of students, teachers, parents and community.

While Black students are 26% of OUSD students, they represent 73% of all students who are arrested. In the last four years, there were over 9,000 calls for service to the police on students. This is unacceptable, and we must reverse these inequities that disproportionately punish and arrest Black students, forcing them into the criminal justice system.

Removing law enforcement from our K-12 schools is a crucial step in dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, repairing systemic racism, and healing the historic trauma of over policing and brutality faced by our Black and Brown youth here in Oakland.

I fully support the George Floyd resolution, which also proposes reallocating funds toward student support positions such as school-based social workers, psychologists, restorative justice practitioners, or other mental or behavioral health professionals; and launching a community-driven process for a revised District safety plan.

Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell says “alternative safety plan” will be ready by year’s end

🙏 Thank you to the frontline healthcare workers who keep us all safe and healthy. Highland Hospital in District 2 and Al...
06/12/2020

🙏 Thank you to the frontline healthcare workers who keep us all safe and healthy. Highland Hospital in District 2 and Alameda Health System provide a vital service for our community as a safety-net hospital system there to serve our neighbors without health insurance.

I was inspired and proud to stand today with Highland and Alameda Health System workers in their call for county control of this hospital system now, proper COVID-19 testing and adequate PPE for all hospital staff to keep all of us healthy, and fair contract bargaining with SEIU 1021 members.

📝💡 SURVEY FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS: Please complete a quick survey to help inform how the City can best support & meet ...
06/10/2020

📝💡 SURVEY FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS: Please complete a quick survey to help inform how the City can best support & meet the needs of Oakland's small businesses in reopening and recovering at bit.ly/oakreopening.

Help spread the word and share the link! The survey is in English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese.

🏥🚨✊ ACTION ALERT: Tomorrow, join SEIU Local 1021 at 4pm for a rally & #CarCaravan action at Highland Hospital to help ou...
06/10/2020

🏥🚨✊ ACTION ALERT: Tomorrow, join SEIU Local 1021 at 4pm for a rally & #CarCaravan action at Highland Hospital to help our frontline healthcare workers to get proper COVID-19 testing, PPE and more necessary supports!

Highland Hospital is part of Alameda Health System, which serves the poorest of our East Bay communities, overwhelmingly black and brown. It is critical that workers have the resources needed to stay safe and provide quality care to our community members during these challenging times and year-round.

🍎🍏 VOLUNTEER FOR FOOD DISTRIBUTION: Can you help on Mondays and/or Thursday mornings to distribute summer meals to famil...
06/09/2020

🍎🍏 VOLUNTEER FOR FOOD DISTRIBUTION: Can you help on Mondays and/or Thursday mornings to distribute summer meals to families and our community?

Sign up in English bit.ly/37dOJED or Spanish bit.ly/3f9pkPe. You'll be sent another sign-up form for specific shifts. Email [email protected] if you have questions!

YOUTH SUMMER EMPLOYMENT: Youth Employment Project has devised plans to train & employ 250+ Oakland youth and young adult...
06/09/2020

YOUTH SUMMER EMPLOYMENT: Youth Employment Project has devised plans to train & employ 250+ Oakland youth and young adults through a mix of online training, smaller group sizes & outdoor work with physical distancing.

For Oakland teens not comfortable going to worksites in July and August, they'll still be able to earn $250 in compensation by completing 10 remote employability workshops.

There are also 150+ other summer job opportunities for Oakland youth. Sign up at www.yep.org/how-you-join/summer-application.

TOWN HALL: Tonight at 6pm, Oakland Police Commission Town Hall re OPD response to demonstrations + review of policies. I...
06/08/2020
Oakland Police Commission to host town hall over protests, tear gas

TOWN HALL: Tonight at 6pm, Oakland Police Commission Town Hall re OPD response to demonstrations + review of policies. I'm urging the City to immediately halt the use of tear gas for crowd control during #COVID19. It impacts peaceful demonstrators and residents + increases spread. We also need answers to whether tear gas + other weapons were used legally in accordance with Oakland's policies.

See info on meeting and how to join here: go.aws/3dLm9N3

KTVU spoke to at least 10 people who were at the youth-led demonstration by police headquarters at 8th and Broadway on June 1 when the tear gas was deployed before the 8 p.m. curfew. All of them insisted they witnessed no violence or threats toward police.

Joining 100s of people this weekend to care for our small businesses and streets was uplifting. We are building Black-As...
06/08/2020

Joining 100s of people this weekend to care for our small businesses and streets was uplifting. We are building Black-Asian Unity and supporting the Movement for Black Lives. Also admiring the art and imagining more murals.

In Chinatown, I talked with business owners and neighbors, helped clean graffiti with Mayor Schaaf, and met Tarika Lewis who designed the *Asian Black Unity* art that we see in Chinatown with organizer Tommy Wong. Lewis was the first female member of the Black Panther Party. Thanks to the 300 volunteers and the organizers including OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates: East Bay Chapter, Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, Oakland Chinatown Coalition, and many others.

In Eastlake / Little Saigon, Oakland Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce, volunteers and donors cleaned and painted the Clinton Park Little Saigon community.

In Downtown, volunteers painted 3 street blocks with BLACK LIVES MATTER on 15th Street between Harrison and Broadway. Organized by @thehatchoak and Good Mother Gallery.

See my newsletter for more on supporting small businesses: nikki4oakland.com/small_biz_reopening

⚖️🏦💚 MY PROPOSAL FOR A FAIR CHANGE TO OUR BUSINESS TAX SYSTEM: As Black Lives Matter demonstrations continue nationwide,...
06/05/2020
Oakland tax changes proposed to help small businesses

⚖️🏦💚 MY PROPOSAL FOR A FAIR CHANGE TO OUR BUSINESS TAX SYSTEM: As Black Lives Matter demonstrations continue nationwide, as we face an unprecedented health and economic crisis, here in Oakland we must close a $120M budget gap.

You've made it clear: we must invest in visionary solutions that reimagine community safety & prosperity as the housing, jobs, and services we all need.

Right now, one of the opportunities we have to choose a recovery that is truly healing -- NOT just "going back to normal" -- is how we support small business.

1. WHAT DO WE HAVE NOW? Our business tax system is outdated, placing most of the burden on Oakland’s small businesses, many owned by women, African Americans, and people of color. Unlike other CA cities, we have a flat tax rate: Oakland businesses pay the same tax % no matter how much $ they bring in.

2. WHAT DO WE HOPE TO CHANGE? We propose making the business tax structure progressive, meaning it would progressively increase tax rates for businesses w/ higher gross receipts. This change would increase fairness, support our struggling small businesses, and raise new $ for vital services.

3. WHEN & HOW EXACTLY? The proposal would seek City Council support to put a measure on our Nov. Ballot to give Oaklanders the chance to vote to: provide our smallest businesses tax relief (boosting up to 24K businesses earning

Three Oakland City Council members are supporting a potential ballot measure that would change the. way businesses in the city are taxed.

🚨BREAKING--CURFEW LIFTED: Effective immediately, Oakland and Alameda County have rescinded their curfew orders.Please co...
06/04/2020

🚨BREAKING--CURFEW LIFTED: Effective immediately, Oakland and Alameda County have rescinded their curfew orders.

Please continue to shelter in place and physically distance as we work to stop the spread of COVID-19 and show our love and solidarity with the movement to support our black brothers and sisters. Stay safe!

🐉🖤 AFRO-ASIAN SOLIDARITY x YOUR SUPPORT NEEDED: As an Asian Pacific American, I acknowledge anti-blackness and historica...
06/04/2020

🐉🖤 AFRO-ASIAN SOLIDARITY x YOUR SUPPORT NEEDED: As an Asian Pacific American, I acknowledge anti-blackness and historical tensions in our communities which have impacted our Black brothers and sisters. Afro-Asian solidarity & community building are critical to seeing the changes we need.

Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce has declared solidarity along with the citywide business community to building trust and forging new partnerships to reduce racial inequalities, and to advance just practices that contribute to the vitality of all communities regardless of race, class, gender, national origin, and sexuality.

SUPPORT: Help the Oakland Black Business Damage Fund at bit.ly/oakblkbiz & the Oakland Chinatown Recovery & Resiliency Fund at oaklandchinatownchamber.org to remove graffiti, fix broken windows/gates and clean the streets.

OAKLAND SHOULD IMMEDIATELY HALT USE OF TEAR GAS: I have heard from so many people since Friday concerned about the use o...
06/04/2020
Oakland councilmembers ask for immediate halt to police use of tear gas

OAKLAND SHOULD IMMEDIATELY HALT USE OF TEAR GAS: I have heard from so many people since Friday concerned about the use of tear gas on crowds of protesters. Oakland should protect peaceful people - protesters, residents, students, vulnerable people - and #StopTheSpread of #COVID19. Thank you to everyone who has shared their experiences and concerns with me and my team.

Today, I urged the Mayor, Police Chief and City Administrator to immediately halt the use of tear gas for crowd control at #GeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter protests during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you Rebecca Kaplan and Councilmember Sheng Thao, District 4 for joining me in this request.

Experts say using tear gas for crowd control during the pandemic will likely damage people’s lungs, making them more susceptible to respiratory illness and might catalyze a new wave of COVID-19.

Our Black residents, who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 in Oakland and Alameda County, are at serious risk, as they also disproportionately experience pre-existing conditions like asthma that could make tear gas lethal, according to experts.

My office is advocating for the immediate halt of the use of tear gas for crowd control at protests during COVID-19. Please continue to make your voices heard with City leaders. And stay safe.

See reports from KTVU for more: bit.ly/3gNJ78h.

UCSF Dr. Peter Chin-Hong aid that tear gas makes people cough a lot and that people at protests are shouting and possibly projecting the virus droplets at farther lengths.

♻️✋💙 VOLUNTEER TO HELP SMALL BIZ: This Sunday 11am, please join a physically distanced Rapid Response Chinatown "PickItU...
06/03/2020

♻️✋💙 VOLUNTEER TO HELP SMALL BIZ: This Sunday 11am, please join a physically distanced Rapid Response Chinatown "PickItUp" clean-up with OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates: East Bay Chapter. Email [email protected] or call 510-306-1866 to RSVP. Meet at Pacific Renaissance Plaza fountain.

You will help pick up trash, sweep broken glass, inspect public assets that may have been damaged, help report issues to OAK311 (as Chinatown has seen underreporting in the past), help with graffiti abatement. If you want to help paint, wear clothes you don't mind ruining with paint.

Photo taken pre-COVID-19.

🚫😷 STAND WITH US TO OPPOSE TEAR GAS: Last weekend, I reached out to the Mayor, Police Chief and City Administrator expre...
06/03/2020
Infectious disease specialists call for an end to tear gas during COVID-19 pandemic

🚫😷 STAND WITH US TO OPPOSE TEAR GAS: Last weekend, I reached out to the Mayor, Police Chief and City Administrator expressing serious concern about the use of tear gas, particularly given that COVID-19 is a respiratory illness. I shared that the use of gas could worsen conditions for those exposed on the streets and it reaches into homes downtown impacting residents who may be vulnerable. I expressed that I did not understand why it was used and urged OPD to not use it in the future.

We've learned from residents who live a block away from the police headquarters in District 2 that the gas rises up to the 14th floor and rooftop of their buildings.

Unfortunately, tear gas was used again yesterday. My office will continue to advocate. We also encourage you to help by reaching out to other City leaders to push for stopping the use of tear gas.

See this article from KTVU on how infectious disease specialists are calling for an end to tear gas especially during COVID-19: bit.ly/ktvuteargas.

When people are in these crowded and emotional settings, they tend to shout and "project the virus more than three feet," UCSF Dr. Peter Chin-Hong said.

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🙏 Wins for our community in 2019

Looking back on 2019, one thing is clear: we would not have achieved wins for Oakland, especially our community's most underserved, without you.

We appreciate your love and hope for the Town, whether you met with us to share ideas and ask us to champion a policy change; organized neighbors to be part of solutions; shared resources and opportunities with community groups and those in need; and much more.

Looking ahead to 2020, our policy and neighborhood priorities will continue to focus on deeply affordable housing, homeless solutions and community safety. Your continued support will help my office partner with community organizations on projects that directly support District 2's children, low-income families, unhoused neighbors, survivors of human trafficking, and clients of local domestic violence service providers.

Supported by the organizing, advocacy, research, and experiences of Oakland's powerful ecosystem of grassroots organizations and coalitions, we introduced and co-sponsored several policies and secured budget resources to:


  • protect tenants in owner-occupied duplexes & triplexes from displacement

  • take housing off the speculative market and preserve it for permanent affordability & community ownership with land trusts and co-ops

  • facilitate a community benefits agreement for the renovation of the Kaiser Auditorium

  • call for improvements and an independent audit of the City's Homeless Encampment Management Program and solutions to homelessness

  • prevent the deportation of rehabilitated, formerly incarcerated residents

  • upgrade facilities and infrastructure at San Antonio Recreation Center and Head Start, Lincoln Recreation Center, Madison Park, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Main Branch Library, and Oakland Museum of CA
  • Behind-the-scenes, so many played critical roles to ensure that Oakland takes care of everyone, not just a lucky few. These appreciations by no means cover all who deserve our heartfelt thanks. We want to especially shout-out:


  • San Antonio neighbors for organizing solutions to promote safety, healthy activity and combat human trafficking

  • Chinatown neighbors for organizing solutions to parking, mobility management, and neighborhood cleanliness

  • Grand Lake neighbors for volunteering to keep Splash Pad Park, the Rose Garden, and our streets safe and clean, and to support businesses along Lakeshore and Grand Avenues

  • Eastlake neighbors for leading efforts to push for equitable development that preserves our arts and culture and creates deeply affordable housing

  • D2 Business Improvement Districts, Chambers of Commerce, and merchant associations for their hard work supporting merchants

  • Our hard-working City workers who fix our streets, service our parks and facilities, address illegal dumping, improve traffic safety, and staff our libraries

  • Our Recreation Center leaders and staff who put on so many fun and engaging low-cost/free programs for families & community members

  • Countless volunteer-led neighborhood groups who help keep our streets, parks, schools, and gardens clean and beautiful

  • OakDOT and neighbors for stepping up in the wake of a pedestrian fatality to make swift safety improvements around Garfield Elementary

  • Staff throughout City Hall who have supported our team's work with meaningful guidance, consultation, and connections
  • I'm hopeful that we can and will do more and better for Oakland in 2020. Wishing you and your loved ones abundance, joy, and fun in the New Year!

    With Oakland Love,

    Nikki

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    CoCo County now offering free testing--super important given that only folks w/severe sx were getting tested. Is there an ETA for Alameda County? #TestTraceIsolate #StayingHomeSavesLives #Testing
    Offer a reward for those sick with coronavirus, to make them come out from hiding...no one is going to tell they are infected
    It's almost 2 in the morning and there is heavy construction noise in Chinatown / Lake Merritt - where were the notices about this construction??? This is incredibly disruptive and upsetting and was clearly not shared with the community. I'm disappointed in your leadership in informing our district about this event.
    I am a Oakland resident. WE work in Oakland and my kids go to public school here. We bought a small duplex building to help my kids with college and for our retirement. We put everything we had into our small duplex. YOU!!!! Nikki Fortuna have no right to tell me who I can sell my property to!! YOU!!!! NIkki Fortuna have no right to take what my family has worked so hard to tell us what to do with our investment that is mine, not yours. I worked hard for this and you have no right. I have rented to sec 8 tenants have rented to teachers> i support my community. I will not allow you to take away my families hard work away!!!
    Honor and privilege to serve on host committee. Floyd huen MD and former mayor jean Quan
    No new taxes.. i'm tired that property owners get taxed to death. I worked hard for my money and be able to buy a home in Oakland.
    Is there ANYONE at "The City of Oakland" working to insure that Xfinity is complying with their franchise agreements? Is that agreement available online? Perhaps a FaceBook group that leverages a group effort to get the infrastructure updated would help. We can ask for people to tell us about their cable problems with will tell us which neighborhoods are suffering the most due to Comcast's failure to invest in our community. I realize that this may not seem like exciting work but it is important to me. If you need help, support or just need to demonstrate that you have pissed off constituents do not hesitate to contact me.
    Let the moms move into your house
    Mind your own business and keep your nose out of the eviction on the property on Magnolia st. They are squatter.
    I think you need to mind your own business and keep your nose out of the eviction going on in the property on Magnolia street. They are squatters have no business occupying that house. If you think The city of Oakland is going to seize this house you are mistaken. You will be the subject of the biggest lawsuit the city has ever seen. If you want them to live there YOU BUY IT and let them live RENT FREE while you pay the property taxes and insurance.
    Hi Nikki Can you give us an idea of what's going on with the Lower Park Boulevard road diet? I haven't heard much about this project since you've taken office. Doesn't mean you haven't spoken about it or covered it, I just haven't heard anything.
    I keep gettin jury summons, why am I being profiled by a clearly broken selection system; I am Native American, noncombat vet, I voted GOP/DEM (I'll never vote and recommend all natives quit voting)...their software is broken...they know it is broken and they keep using...I get several of these jury summons a year...I want you to make so Native Americans that have fought against the United States and destroyed such forces, make it so we don't have to participate in this mockery and scorn...I already went to one jury selection where I unequivocally stated my opposition, especially since I keep getting these....