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Oakland Council Speaker Bas Convenes City Council to Unanimously Pass a Balanced Budget That Invests in the Critical Needs of Oaklanders

Oakland, California — At today’s special meeting of the Oakland City Council, the council unanimously passed mid-cycle budget amendments for the 2022-23 fiscal year proposed by Council Chair Nikki Fortunato Bas and its budget team made up of council members Carroll Fife, Noel Gallo and Dan Kalb. Their proposal reflects the advocacy and priorities of the eight Council members and thousands of Oakland residents and community organizations. The final vote was 7 yes and 1 Council member (Thao) excused.

Today’s budget builds on the two-year budget, passed last year, by continuing to redirect investments from Oakland to our Plains communities disproportionately impacted by historic divestment and COVID, and to expand our public safety infrastructure to include more violence prevention and alternative crisis response programs to address non-violent issues and low-level crime, with the goal of enabling the Oakland Police Department to focus more effectively on responding to and solving serious and violent crimes.

See CP Bas’s budget memo here and the council budget team’s amendments to the mayor’s proposed mid-cycle budget here. Final approved changes will be available shortly. Additional budget items will be discussed July 11 at 1:30 p.m.

“This budget keeps Oakland focused on our core goals – housing people, providing economic opportunity, creating safer neighborhoods, cleaning up our streets and parks, programming our libraries and recreation centers, and providing quality services. to our valued municipal workers,” said council chairman Nikki. Fortunato Low.

With this budget, which includes eight new human resources staff proposed by Mayor Schaaf as well as funding for salary increases proposed by CP Bas, the Board hopes to fill hundreds of vacancies to better serve the Oaklanders.

Highlights of the Council’s budget include:

  • An additional $750,000 for legal services for low-income tenants, on top of the $1M already provided for in the proposed budget

  • $1.1 million to fully fund the 66th Avenue secure RV parking site for the homeless community

  • $1.25 million for Job Readiness Programs, targeted grants to improve job readiness for Oakland residents who have been impacted by the War on Drugs

  • $350,000 for a youth-centered planning process to develop a robust, full-service Vocational Technical Training (CTE) center in Oakland for transitioning youth (TAY)

  • Creation of a reserve fund for City workers to support COLAs and new collective agreements

  • Several grants to support violence prevention and homelessness services

  • $180,000 in matching funds for a potential state grant for the Oakland Gun Buyback Program

Deepen our investment in the well-being and safety of the AAPI community

CP Bas’s budget allocations in District 2 address urgent needs for public safety, small business support, park improvements, and community programs in the largest AAPI communities of Oakland, Little Saigon/Clinton, and Chinatown.

In Little Saigon, we allocated:

  • $110,500 to improve security and support for small businesses to deal with unprecedented levels of crime in Little Saigon, including the reinstatement of $62,500 for a business improvement district (earmarked for the first times by CP Bas in the city’s fiscal year 2019-21 budget), establishing a temporary and longer-term OPD substation in the neighborhood, identifying Vietnamese-speaking officers to supplement the efforts of the OPD’s Asian liaison, and increasing access, security and programming at Clinton Park.

  • See CP Bas’s recent statement on actions to improve conditions in Little Saigon.

In Chinatown, we allocated:

  • $100,000 to improve the newly renamed Wilma Chan Park (formerly Madison Park), including expanding city-supported community programs and activities at the park.

  • $35,000 for a critical leaky roof repair at the Chinese Garden facility, operated by Family Bridges and providing childcare and eldercare services to the community.

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About Nikki Fortunato Bas, Council Chair and District 2 Council Member

Nikki Fortunato Bas is Oakland City Council President and represents District 2, one of the most diverse districts in the city. Since taking office in 2019, she has championed community-centered policies and budgeting. She led the passage of the state’s strictest COVID-19 eviction moratorium and a risk for COVID-19 grocery workers to pay a $5 wage premium covering 2,000 workers in Oakland’s largest grocery stores. She created a fund for community land trusts to prevent displacement and create permanently affordable community housing, introduced a progressive corporation tax to be voted on in 2022, and led a task force to reinvent public safety. in Oakland. She led a budget team that passed a two-year budget that invests millions in violence prevention and alternative crisis response. She also serves on the National League of Cities’ first Public Safety Reinvention Task Force. For two decades before being elected in 2018, Bas pushed for labor, environmental, gender and racial justice. She organized immigrant garment workers to get their wages back in Chinatowns in Oakland and San Francisco, and she worked in coalitions to raise Oakland’s minimum wage with paid sick leave, create paid jobs on the Oakland Army Base Redevelopment Project and reduce pollution from diesel trucks at the Port of Oakland. Learn more at oaklandca.gov/officials/nikki-fortunato-bas.

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