Mia Ousley for San Leandro City Council

Mia Ousley for San Leandro City Council Raise the Minimum Wage * Focus On Our Neighborhoods * Partner With Our Schools Mia Ousley moved to San Leandro 17 year ago to raise her children in a diverse and affordable community.

She serves on the Board of Directors of her neighborhood association and graduated from the Leadership San Leandro program. Mia led the community coalition that saved San Leandro Hospital, preserving our emergency room and hundreds of jobs. Today, Mia is running for City Council District 5. Please support Mia! There are numerous ways you support Mia:

* accept a campaign lawn sign,
* endorse her,
* volunteer on the campaign,
* share this page with others, and
* donate at https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=7BR7W5TP3XWX2

Contact Mia at [email protected]

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738 Victoria Avenue
San Leandro, CA 94577

11/18/2015

Raising $500 TODAY for highs school's Social Justice Academy. Email me at [email protected] if you'll give $50 or more. Tax-Deductible.

11/18/2015

Want a $15 minimum wage in town? Come to our meeting Tuesday, December 15, 5:00 p.m. at City Hall Sister Cities Gallery! Spread the word!

11/18/2015

Now lobby City Council to accept our proposals - Keep flat rate threshold, add duplexes, and punish landlords who don't show up to hearings.

11/18/2015

Victory for tenants last night - I led Rent Review Board in rejecting proposed anti-tenant changes to Rent Review Ordinance.

12/19/2014

Come on down to Police Plaza RIGHT NOW and help us celebrate Mike Katz-Lacabe Day in San Leandro. Participate in, or just watch, our FREE SPEECH FEST. Camera's rolling through 8:30 p.m.

11/08/2014

I'm sorry I can't post here a stunning victory, but San Leandro was like the rest of the country this election: apathetic voter turnout (less than 25% locally) and conservative political choices.

This campaign helped me learn to use Twitter and other new media so that I can continue keeping you all informed about important issues affecting our City. But I hope to continue hearing from all of you as well about what I might be missing.

And let’s be sure our new City Councilor knows, too. I visited with Corina Lopez after the election; she said she can only be as good as the people she represents and asked for our help to keep her abreast of issues needing her attention. I assured her we would.

As for me, your support and encouragement were great sources of strength, and I will continue to work hard for a Living Wage Ordinance, protection for renters, civil liberties, fiscal responsibility, transparency and accountability from our city government, continued protection for our hospital, assisting our schools, and strengthening our communities. I hope you will all join me in trying to do the same.

Keep the faith . . . I love you all!

11/03/2014

Thank you to the hundreds of people who have "liked" Mia Ousley for San Leandro City Council . . . you should "like" Mike Katz-Lacabe for City Council (District 1) as well, since we share the same philosophy.

Why vote for Mia? When it comes to Civil Liberties, my opponents don't stand up. Lopez supports the police at any cost (...
11/02/2014
A Quick Primer on San Leandro Candidates’ Attitudes Towards Civil Liberties » San Leandro Talk

Why vote for Mia? When it comes to Civil Liberties, my opponents don't stand up. Lopez supports the police at any cost (she's in their pocket), and both she and Hall won't even voice an opinion on other issues. I'm proud to say I've had people tell me they disagree with half of my opinions but will vote for me because they know where I stand.
http://sanleandrotalk.voxpublica.org/2014/10/31/a-quick-primer-on-san-leandro-candidates-attitudes-towards-civil-liberties/

A Quick Primer on San Leandro Candidates’ Attitudes Towards Civil Liberties A Quick Primer on San Leandro Candidates’ Attitudes Towards Civil Liberties Civil Liberties, Politics Add comments Oct 312014 The positions below are based on candidates’ answers to questionnaires and to questions ask…

10/31/2014

In response to the East Bay Express's endorsement list (they never contacted me), Marga Lacabe wrote:

"I appreciate that you have endorsed Mike Katz-Lacabe - my husband - for San Leandro City Council District 1. But I am puzzled as to why you did not give a nod to Mia Ousley for District 5. While Mia doesn't have the experience that Mike does - frankly, nobody does -, she shares the same values, the same willingness to stand up for what's right and a deeper engagement with the San Leandro community than any other candidate in the race.

Other than Mike, Mia has attended the most City Council, Committee and Commission meetings. She was key in creating an urban farming ordinance, and wrestling it away from the Police Chief when the Chief tried to turn it into an "animal control ordinance" that would give her broad rights to enter people's private property. Mia spoke out repeatedly against the ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, and collaborated in the process of forming a good ordinance allowing them. At numerous council meetings, she's spoken out against surveillance cameras, long-term retention of surveillance data, the purchase of an armored vehicle and military equipment, putting limits on police power, in favor of restoring minutes and increasing transparency, and many, many other progressive issues. The same cannot be said about any other candidate for any other Council seat (other than Mike).

Mia was also responsible for co-founding the successful coalition to Save San Leandro Hospital - at a time when pretty much everyone had accepted that Sutter would be able to close the emergency room.

What Mia doesn't have are strong ties to the political establishment. She is a citizen, an activist, someone who is willing to do the hard work of government. Indeed, her knowledge of the nitty-gritty details of the City's financial obligations gained her the endorsement of the Oakland Tribune, not a small feat for someone who is so unabashedly liberal.

Moreover, it was because of Mia's courage in making raising the minimum wage part of her platform, that other candidates were forced to come out in favor of supporting it.

It's a pity you did not meet with her, got to know her record and learned about her vision for San Leandro."

Thanks, Marga :)

Our parks need the money . . . yay!
10/30/2014

Our parks need the money . . . yay!

The City of San Leandro has been awarded $1.38 million dollars in new state grant funding that will be used to revitalize parks and recreational facilities in San Leandro to include: Siempre Verde Park and Thrasher Park, as well as to create a new science-based interactive art exhibit, in partnership with the Exploratorium, in the heart of downtown at Joaquin Plaza.

For more information about the Housing-Related Parks Program, please visit: http://www.hcd.ca.gov/hpd/hrpp/.

When I talk to people about my campaign platform I usually start out honestly with "I've been a bleeding heart progressi...
10/28/2014

When I talk to people about my campaign platform I usually start out honestly with "I've been a bleeding heart progressive all my life working to promote social justice." That has immediately won over 99% of the folks. So for those who want to know what that looks like, know that this is the kind of policy I'll be fighting for on City Council.

If you support this, then spread the word to your San Leandro friends to vote Mia Ousley for San Leandro City Council!

Thank you to my dear AnaSofia and to Kyrah Dinkins for spending hours at BART yesterday on behalf of my campaign. And th...
10/28/2014

Thank you to my dear AnaSofia and to Kyrah Dinkins for spending hours at BART yesterday on behalf of my campaign. And they have volunteered to do it most evenings this week.

10/27/2014

WHY ARE UNIONS NECESSARY?

The Oakland Raiders will pay $1.25 million to settle a class-action suit by its cheerleaders -- the Raiderettes -- who will NOW receive minimum wage..

The football team admitted in court to breaking a raft of state labor laws, including failing to pay minimum wage, withholding wages for months, and refusing to reimburse cheerleaders for their business expenses.

Instead of earning only $125 per game in a single paycheck delivered at the end of the season, Raiderettes will earn $9 an hour from now on, plus overtime, for the estimated 350 hours each cheerleader puts in each year, including rehearsals, practices and mandatory community and charity appearances. Their annual compensation will rise from about $1,250 to about $3,200.

AND -- OMG -- the team will NO LONGER ILLEGALLY DEDUCT wages for minor rules infractions like showing up a few minute late to rehearsals, wearing the wrong color nail polish or failing to bring the correct pom poms to practice. Cheerleaders will also be entitled to a 10-minute break during games.

I wonder how many Raiderettes owe their soul to the company store?

Electronics For Imaging paid foreign temp workers $1.21 -- YES, ONE DOLLAR & TWENTY-ONE CENTS -- per hour. Huffington Po...
10/27/2014
Company Finds Out The Hard Way It's Illegal To Pay $1.21 An Hour In America

Electronics For Imaging paid foreign temp workers $1.21 -- YES, ONE DOLLAR & TWENTY-ONE CENTS -- per hour. Huffington Post says their company's NET income last year was $109.11 million. Why isn't this a felony, with million-dollar fines?

This takes egregiously low wages to a whole new level. A Silicon Valley company that digitizes images said Thursday that an "administrative error" led to it paying eight workers flown in from Bangalore, India just $1.21 an hour to work 1...

10/26/2014

9 days until the election . . . I need volunteers EVERY DAY to:

(1) hand out flyers at BART in the mornings (6:00-9:00)
(2) deliver flyers to likely voters in specific neighborhoods
(3) buy my groceries, care for my animals, clean my house . . . oops, okay, I guess I'll handle THOSE tasks. But if you can help with the first two, then call me at 510-384-5457 or email me at [email protected]!

10/26/2014

Had a wonderful conversation this past Wednesday with the women and men of San Leandro's Breakfast Club. I spent 10 minutes just talking about myself and my past, giving them a sense of who I am as a person. Then they gave me all their questions, covering many important political issues in the City.

At the conclusion 20 minutes later, many of them came up to me saying that was the best and most interesting presentation ever given by a candidate. And two people who claimed to disagree with half of my political stances said they would vote for me anyway because:

(1) I actually told them my political stance, a rarity among politicians;
(2) I could defend my position knowledgeably . . . and interestingly (is that a word);
(3) I would listen and learn and change my views if someone gave me sufficient evidence; and
(4) I treated even those with dissenting viewpoints with respect and caring.

What more could a candidate ever dream of accomplishing?

10/26/2014

There's only 9 days until the Election. Please be sure to email all your friends and San Leandro friends and acquaintances to let them know why they should vote for Mia for City Council. If you're not sure why, just ask me!

10/26/2014
Why you should vote Mia Ousley for San Leandro City Council

Cindy Watter -- a former member of Napa City Council and former Chair of the Democratic Central Committee, both for Humboldt County and for Northern California -- speaks here in support of my candidacy for San Leandro City Council.

10/26/2014

I've been speaking with lots of San Leandrans as I campaign door to door. Even the real minority of folks who disagree with my views feel strongly about voting for me because of "my honesty, integrity, and willingness to discuss the issues."

What does it mean when I speak at a School Board meeting but my opponent -- the Trustee on the school board -- doesn't? It means I really do speak for the people.

Here's the latest newsletter!
10/22/2014
TWO WEEKS!. . . That’s all the time before election day to tell voters our story

Here's the latest newsletter!

So please meet me this Saturday, 11:00 a.m., at Zocalo Coffeehouse (645 Bancroft), to get flyers and routes to walk . . . and knock! We may cover less territory, but the impact will be greater. Of the hundreds of people I’ve spoken with, more than 95% are on board and want to vote for me. So clearly…

Serious lessons to learn from Denmark. Thanks to Craig Williams and Aileen Aidnik for sharing info on this country.
10/21/2014

Serious lessons to learn from Denmark. Thanks to Craig Williams and Aileen Aidnik for sharing info on this country.

I'm proud to be a liberal, a progressive.
10/21/2014

I'm proud to be a liberal, a progressive.

When they call you too progressive...

10/21/2014
What Happens When We Raise The Minimum Wage?

FACT: In January 2014, 13 states raised their minimum wage; since then these states added more jobs and have lower unemployment rates than the 36 states that did not raise the minimum wage.

FACT: The U.S. Government could save $7 billion dollars if companies just paid employees a higher minimum wage.*

FACT: Federal minimum wage is $7.25 – and some states actually have a lower state wage of $6.25 an hour.

How can anyone, alone or with a family, survive on minimum wage?

FACT: They can’t.

But together we are fighting to change this. In two weeks, states like Arkansas, Alaska, South Dakota, Nebraska and cities like Eureka and Oakland are casting their votes to raise the wage. And Brave New Films is continuing to expose the Koch brothers' fight against increasing the minimum wage.

Wages have not kept pace with the cost of living. For many people, the American Dream seems out of reach -no matter how hard they work. It's time to #RaiseTh...

Let's raise the minimum wage in San Leandro to a living wage. Vote for me this November, and ask all your friends and ne...
10/20/2014

Let's raise the minimum wage in San Leandro to a living wage. Vote for me this November, and ask all your friends and neighbors to do the same.

Please share with your friends: Why Vote for Mia for City Council
10/18/2014

Please share with your friends: Why Vote for Mia for City Council

The East Bay Express endorses Oakland Measure FF, saying it ". . . would raise the minimum wage for all employees in Oak...
10/16/2014
East Bay Express | Oakland & Berkeley News, Events, Restaurants, Music, & Arts

The East Bay Express endorses Oakland Measure FF, saying it ". . . would raise the minimum wage for all employees in Oakland to $12.25 an hour in March. Numerous academic studies have shown that increasing the minimum wage is one of the best ways to boost the local economy and close the income gap." Vote for me if you believe San Leandro should also raise the minimum wage.

News, arts, and dining coverage for Oakland, Berkeley, and the greater East Bay.

Mia Ousley for San Leandro City Council's cover photo
10/16/2014

Mia Ousley for San Leandro City Council's cover photo

San Leandro's Kinkini Banerjee, who works on local public health issues through the Alameda Health Systems, has some won...
10/16/2014

San Leandro's Kinkini Banerjee, who works on local public health issues through the Alameda Health Systems, has some wonderful ideas and lots of energy to help San Leandro become a healthy community -- physically, mentally, and sociologically.

Thank you to all the folks from our Building Healthy Communities sites who participated in this past weekend's 2014 BHC Convening: The Power of our Stories.

The goal of Building Healthy Communities is to empower community members in each of our 14 cites to take action and make their communities healthier by improving employment opportunities, education, housing, neighborhood safety, unhealthy environmental
conditions, access to healthy foods and more.

10/15/2014

Over the past month a neighbor has written online about Measure HH that:
(1) the increase in sales tax will impose a burden on low-income families, the disabled, and retires living on Social Security, which doesn't even keep up with inflation;
(2) the measure will harm these groups more than improved roads and expanded police services will help; and
(3) he would not be voting for me.

Over the past 2 weeks he and I have been having an online discussion, where we each shared our various reasons for supporting or opposing the Measure, addressing the issue from differing points of view but with respect for one another's view.

I believe our honest and respectful conversation is what led to his final quote: "Well, you've won my vote . . . and keep in mind after you win your seat on the council, if there is anything I can do for my hometown you only need ask."

It's because of people like this that I love San Leandro.

10/14/2014

My deepest of sympathies goes out to Rose Padilla Johnson, Director of the Davis Street Family Resource Center, whose husband passed away unexpectedly yesterday. I'm sure our entire city mourns for her and her family.

Naturally, the ribbon-cutting ceremony that was to take place today for the the Center's Primary Care Clinic has been postponed until further notice.

See my candidate profile on Voter's Edge - a partnership between the California League of Women Voters and MapLight.
10/12/2014
Mia Ousley | 2014 Candidate Information

See my candidate profile on Voter's Edge - a partnership between the California League of Women Voters and MapLight.

Get the facts on Mia Ousley before you vote for Council Member Council District 5's next Council Member. Explore candidate profiles, videos, and more for the 2014 Election with Voter's Edge. Share this information with friends before the 2014 Election.

10/06/2014
Drummond: Oakland's Measure FF a modest proposal to help working poor

I agree with Tammerlin Drummond: "Measure FF on Oakland's November ballot would require businesses to pay their workers a minimum of $12.25 an hour. It is a modest improvement from Oakland's current $9 minimum wage and an important first step in lifting the incomes of people at the bottom of the economic ladder." We should take the same action in San Leandro, and with your support on election day I will work to see that we raising the minimum wag in our city.

Measure FF on Oakland ballot will raise minimum wage to $12.25 an hour

Blessed are the children with special needs.
10/05/2014

Blessed are the children with special needs.

Just came across this and needed to share. Isabella, your photo and message say it all. Beautiful.

So much love!

Local high-end restaurants -- not just fast foods -- use these same abusive practices. You don't know until the night be...
10/02/2014
New Bill in San Francisco Takes Aim at Abusive Work Schedules

Local high-end restaurants -- not just fast foods -- use these same abusive practices. You don't know until the night before if you're working the next day, and can't make any plans in your life or with your family. These same restaurants have also threatened to fire food service workers if they stayed home due to the flu. These aren't second-hand stories, but my direct experiences, and it's why we need legislation like this here, too.

Yesterday, a new bill intended to curb abusive scheduling practices at chain stores, fast food restaurants and banks was introduced to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The Predictable Scheduling and Fair Treatment Ordinance, introduced by Supervisor David Chiu, would require employers at...

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