Dan knows that soaring housing prices and rents are displacing long-time residents in Oakland – 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.
As a City Councilmember, Dan Kalb has been successful in securing millions of dollars for affordable housing and passing laws that provide protections and services for Oakland renters to help prevent displacement.
Housing Affordability – Working to Protect the Fabric of Our Communities
With the dissolution of Redevelopment Agencies throughout California, cities lost millions of dollars in development resources that had in years past helped with building more affordable housing. This, along with other factors including the increase of people moving to parts of the East Bay, have led to a shortage of available and affordable housing in our East Bay cities. Dan has been a consistent champion of affordable housing in Oakland and the East Bay.
The first law Dan authored as a new Councilmember in 2013 was allocation of 25% of the annual ‘boomerang’ tax funds toward affordable housing. That action alone secured millions of dollars that is now being used for new affordable housing construction.
Protecting Our Renters
Dan authored Oakland’s Tenant Protection ordinance and has consistently and successfully secured funds in the city’s budget for legal services for lower income renters. He successfully pushed for reforms that will limit rent increases even when upgrades are performed. He also supports changing state law to give local cities more authority to protect their renters as they see fit.
Working in Sacramento
As a Councilmember and the official representative to the League of California Cities, Dan sponsored resolutions in support of State housing bills and lobbied and testified at the State Capital. Last year, fifteen bills that seek to increase housing supply and affordability around the state were signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
On the Oakland City Council, Dan:
Secured millions of dollars towards affordable housing by allocating an amount equal to 25% of the former redevelopment tax ‘boomerang’ funds towards affordable housing
Authored Tenant Protection Ordinance in collaboration with Causa Justa : Just Cause
Collaborated with the city staff on the Housing Equity Roadmap, which outlined policy options and strategies to help guide the city in addressing housing crisis
Authored reforms to limit rental pass-throughs so tenants would not receive large rent increases that could lead to displacement
Spearheaded adoption of first-ever development impact fees in Oakland on market-rate developers to mitigate the impacts of new development by providing additional funds for affordable housing, transportation and city infrastructure (parks, libraries, etc)
Advocated for several key state Affordable Housing bills—including inclusionary zoning, the upcoming affordable and veterans housing bond on the November ballot, and the improving specific planning process for new affordable housing plans
Serves as an active member of the League of California Cities Housing and Economic Development policy committee
Is leading the effort to require seismic retrofitting of soft-story apartment buildings
Campaigned for the county’s Affordable Homes Bond measure to provide more funding for affordable housing in the East Bay