Dan is hard at work as your City Councilmember working on the array of important issues facing District 1 and all of Oakland. Affordable Housing, Renter Protection and Homelessness, Violence Reduction and Public Safety, Wildfire Prevention, Climate Justice and Clean Energy, Education and our Youth, Government Ethics and Transparency, Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety, and more.
Some of my priority issue areas are (These pages will be updated over the weeks and months ahead):
Dan has spent much of his career developing policy and leading advocacy campaigns to promote clean energy, implement effective climate solutions, reduce air pollution, fight for environmental health and justice strategies, defend the rights of animals, and protect our parks, waterways and open spaces. Dan also believes that by growing our clean economy, we can create more good, green jobs for residents while protecting the environment for generations to come.
Dan knows that soaring housing prices and rents are displacing long-time residents in the 15th Assembly District – changing the character of our communities and making it harder for people who work here to live here. Dan has been, and continues to be, a strong and consistent leader in the fight to bring more housing to the East Bay, especially for our lower and moderate income residents, and to make sure our renters are protected from unfair displacement.
We are living in challenging times with many of our neighbors under attack from the Trump Administration just because of who they are. Dan believes we must step up our efforts to protect immigrants, stand up to subtle and not-so subtle forms of racism, and combat discrimination and hate in all its forms.
Dan knows that keeping our communities safe requires smart investments in effective rehabilitation programs that provide education, job training and other resources to people emerging from the criminal justice system. Dan has consistently supported community-focused policing and increased funding for violence prevention. Moreover, he authored the measure to create a civilian police commission in Oakland.
Dan is passionate about public education and has worked hard to make Oakland City Hall a better and more engaged partner with our public schools. Before his election, Dan served on the Youth Leadership and Community Safety Strategic Planning Task Force for the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth.
Californians rightfully want a government that they believe listens to them and makes policy decisions based on what is best for our residents. Increasing the public’s trust in government has been a fundamentally important cause for Dan throughout his career. As a staffer for California Common Cause, Dan successfully advocated for strong campaign reform and open government laws.