Dear Neighbor,


As your City Councilmember since January 2013, I have stood up with determination, focus and conviction to make serious progress in addressing the challenges we face in North Oakland and our entire city.


Working with community groups, experts, and my Council colleagues, I have authored and successfully passed transformative local legislation to enable more affordable housing, strengthen protections for renters, improve public safety, increase civilian police oversight, promote climate justice and clean energy, enact governmental ethics and transparency reforms; support pedestrian safety and other neighborhood infrastructure improvements; stand up to bigotry and combat hate, champion our libraries, and support programs for our youth.


In 2020, Oakland faces enormous challenges. Our residents yearn for a reimagination and top-to-bottom review of how we pursue public safety, and the COVID-19 pandemic is an existential threat to both public health and our economy. I bring 30+ years of problem-solving experience to the table, and I am already working to meet this moment.


I remain committed to listening to your concerns, and encourage you to contact me, get more information, and sign up for my timely updates at



Emergency Preparedness and the COVID-19 Crisis 

  • Co-authored Emergency Eviction Moratorium to prevent renter and small business displacement; 

  • Co-authored Expanded Sick Leave for Oakland workers; 

  • Authored Emergency Cap on food delivery fees to help our restaurants; 

  • Allocated funding to help small businesses/nonprofits renegotiate their rent to prevent them from permanently shutting their doors;

  • Secured additional money for increased trash collection and cleaning crews for homeless encampments; 

  • Distributed hundreds of face masks to grocery store and food service workers, and at homeless encampments

  • Volunteered to serve meals with OUSD, Meals on Wheels and the City’s Grab-&-Go food programs. 

  • Together with Council District 1 staff reached out to hundreds of senior residents to provide support and offer assistance.

Oakland’s Most Effective Affordable Housing and Tenants Advocate

  • Created new below market rate housing units by passing law that earmarked millions of dollars of former redevelopment funds into Oakland’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

  • Protected thousands of renters from unfair rent increases by authoring and passing Tenant Protection Ordinance in 2014, authoring and strengthening our anti-displacement laws in 2016 and 2020 and ensuring that tenants in buildings of all sizes are protected.

  • Supported additional funding for homelessness prevention; expanded funding in Oakland’s budget to increase trash collection and cleanings at homeless encampments

  • Increased funding for services to low income tenants facing risk of displacement 

  • Ensured safety by passing a law requiring lifesaving seismic retrofit of apartment buildings

  • Pushed for increase in housing supply by supporting laws to enable building of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

  • Working on a legislation to regulate Short Term Residential Rentals

  • Named 2020 Affordable Housing Champion by leading affordable housing advocacy group East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO)

  • Co-authored COVID Emergency Eviction Moratorium 

  • Co-sponsored Fair Chance legislation to help the people with criminal records avoid homelessness and reintegrate into the community.

Improving Public Safety and Police Accountability

  • Authored Oakland Charter law to create independent civilian Police Commission, and jointly authored Measure S1 this year to strengthen the commission. 

  • Prioritized OPD funding for investigations of serious and violent crimes

  • Helping lead effort to civilianize certain police functions that are better performed by civilian personnel

  • Supported regular police academies with improved recruitment strategies to fill vacancies

  • Successfully worked to pass smart-phone ‘kill switch’ bill to protect residents and reduce robberies 

  • Wrote the Oakland law requiring safe storage of guns in homes; co-authored law to ban unsecured firearms in vehicles.

  • Organized public hearings to bring attention to efforts to curb domestic violence and help victims

  • Supports increased funding for violence prevention/intervention strategies and reentry services

  • Led wildfire prevention efforts to ensure safe egress on streets in wildfire-threatened areas

Protecting our Environment and Promoting Clean Energy 

  • Chair, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), offering every Oakland resident access to 100% green renewable electricity

  • Led effort to ban storage and handling of Coal in Oakland 

  • Passed requirements to divest City holdings from fossil fuel companies 

  • Secured funding in ballot measure to improve Oakland’s aging stormwater infrastructure, reduce litter and help clean up the Bay

  • Diverted food waste from landfills by ensuring composting for all.

  • Past President of StopWaste—Alameda County’ Recycling & Waste Authority. Lead successful effort on the board to expand the County’s Plastic Bag Ban.

  • Former California Policy Director for the Union of Concerned Scientists, climate leader in passing strong statewide greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy requirements 

  • Fought for animal rights by leading and passing legislation to ban torture of circus animals

  • Wrote law to ban gas-powered leaf blowers in Oakland

  • Directed the City to invest more in vegetation management to reduce wildfire risk

  • Passed law to protect residents and vital local pollinators from harmful pesticides

Promoting Ethics, Transparency and Reform in Government 

  • Spearheaded and passed comprehensive Public Ethics ballot measure and local Government Ethics reforms  

  • Promoted increased transparency for City commissions and advisory boards 

  • Supported creation of ‘Rainy Day’ fund in City of Oakland budget 

  • Passed mandate to create user-friendly, online searchable agenda materials for official city business 

  • Co-authored measure to create independent redistricting commission to take drawing of district boundaries away from the elected officials

  • Named Best Good Government politician by the East Bay Express (2014)

  • Former California Common Cause staff organizer – worked to enact strong campaign reforms locally and statewide

  • Enacted tiered real estate transfer tax, which lowered transfer taxes on very small sales, increased first-time low-income homebuyer tax reduction, added a low to mod exemption for installation of seismic retrofit and/or solar, AND increased taxes on transfer over $2 million, raising millions every year for vital city services


Supporting Youth, Quality Public Education, and our Libraries

  • Created innovative partnership with school district to reduce chronic absenteeism and truancy in public elementary schools

  • Secured funding to preserve and expand public Library services 

  • Named California Public Library Advocates’ 2015 Outstanding Elected Official for advocacy on behalf of Public Libraries 

  • Served on Youth Leadership Strategic Planning Task Force for Oakland Fund for Children & Youth (OFCY)

  • Supported increased city funding for restorative justice and peer conflict mediation in schools

  • During COVID Shelter-in-Place, bagged and served meals to Oakland families


Enhancing Pedestrian Safety, Walkable Neighborhoods and Neighborhood Infrastructure

  • Promoted street safety enhancements, road diets and bike lanes to slow down traffic and increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. 

  • Supported major 3-year paving plan to get more of our streets in better condition.  

  • Supported multiple requests for speed bumps to slow down traffic along residential streets.

  • Supported implementation of Oakland’s Pedestrian Master Plan 

  • Advocated for new traffic signals to slow down traffic and provide safer options for pedestrians.

  • Funded several community murals in district one and pushed through the Paint the Town program after successful community-based pilot in Golden Gate neighborhood.

  • Supported shared mobility options so residents have multiple travel options. 

  • Provided for 4-hour parking zones to facilitate parking for school teachers.