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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
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Ciudad de OaklandCandidato para Consejo Municipal, Distrito 2

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Nikki Fortunato Bas

Non-Profit Executive/Mother
11,310 votos (53.9%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Drive real solutions to our housing crisis so that we all have an affordable place to live
  • Shift to a community-based approach to policing and safety, and invest in education and job training
  • Create a values-based city budget that prioritizes residents over developers and corporate interests

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Nonprofit executive/community organizer/mother
Executive Director, Partnership for Working Families (2014–2018)
Executive Director, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) (2006–2014)
Executive Director, Sweatshop Watch (1997–2005)

Educación

University of Virginia Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Economics (1990)

Actividades comunitarias

Board member & Secretary, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (2014–2017)
Board member, Chinese Progressive Association (2010–2016)
Chair, Board of Directors, Partnership for Working Families (2013–2015)
Advisory Board Member, Oakland Rising Action (2010–2014)
Organizing board member, Political Ecology Group (1995–2000)

Biografía

I’ve lived in District 2 for over 20 years, in the Crocker Highlands neighborhood. I’m a lifelong community organizer and got my start in Chinatown, organizing Chinese immigrant garment workers to win their wages back. And, I’m a working mother who will do whatever it takes to keep our kids safe and make sure their future is bright.

I share your love for Oakland's community, diversity, and rich cultural heritage, and I also share your fear that displacement, gentrification and growing inequality are threatening our very identity as a city. The #BBQBecky and #JoggerJoe incidents at Lake Merritt are wake up calls for all of us. We must come together to build an inclusive, just and equitable city, and we need independent leaders, rooted in our communities, who will take action. It starts with acknowledging that housing is a human right and prioritizing housing solutions for all Oaklanders. 

I’m running to bring bold, innovative and proactive leadership to make Oakland work for all of us. I will tackle the critical issues facing our city and District 2 and bring accountability to City Hall. I will listen and bring people together, and I will have the courage to stand up and fight for real solutions — just as I have as a community organizer. 

 

I’m guided by values I learned from my parents, both immigrants from the Philippines. Witnessing their struggles taught me the importance of integrity, honesty and fairness. I would be proud to be Oakland's first Filipina Councilwoman and give voice to our diverse Asian Pacific Islander community at City Hall.

I got my start organizing in Oakland Chinatown 25 years ago, when I met brave immigrant women garment workers who were cheated out of their wages by a fancy dress maker. They showed me the meaning of justice by standing up for their rights, over four long years, until they won. Since then, I have been learning from and standing with women, immigrants, and communities of color to work for justice.

 

For two decades, I’ve been an advocate for working people, leading the passage of policies in Oakland to create the building blocks for regional, state, and national change:

  • Raising Oakland’s minimum wage with paid sick leave by passing Measure FF which won with 81% voter support.
  • Bringing City government and developers to the table with community groups to secure a ground-breaking good jobs policy for the Oakland Army Base redevelopment, which is putting Oaklanders to work and exceeding its 50% local hire goal.
  • Partnering with neighborhood and environmental groups on a Port of Oakland Clean Trucks Program to reduce diesel emissions and create healthier neighborhoods.

I want Oakland to be a model city for all of us. My campaign has knocked on thousands of doors asking District 2 neighbors about their concerns and their vision for Oakland. My platform is the product of hundreds of conversations in people’s homes, in our neighborhoods, at farmers markets and City events, and with organizations that serve our communities every day. I look forward to working on these issues with you to advance our vision for Oakland.

  • Prioritizing housing for all Oaklanders
  • Establishing a community approach to policing and safety
  • Tackling illegal dumping and other threats to quality of life
  • Promoting a values-based City budget & thriving economy
  • Preserving our cultural heritage & districts
  • Protecting our environment and our residents’ health

Please join me in my campaign to build an Oakland for all of us!

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Featured Endorsements

  • Hon. Rob Bonta, Assemblymember, California State Assembly
  • California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC) PAC
  • Rebecca Solnit, writer, historian and activist

Organizaciónes (20)

  • Oakland Rising Action
  • California Nurses Association
  • Alameda Labor Council AFL-CIO
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW)
  • Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021
  • International Federation of Professional & Technical Employees (IFPTE) Local 21
  • Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club
  • Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) Action
  • Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) Action
  • International Union of Painters & Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 16
  • International Federation of Professional & Technical Employees (IFPTE) Local 20
  • UNITE HERE! Local 2850
  • John George Democratic Club
  • Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 192 - AC Transit
  • Bay Rising Action
  • Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1555 - BART
  • Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, Alameda County Chapter
  • Block by Block Organizing Network (BBON)
  • Oakland Justice Coalition

Funcionarios electos (16)

  • Hon. Nate Miley, Supervisor, Alameda County Board of Supervisors
  • Hon. Melvin Willis, Councilmember and Vice Mayor, Richmond
  • Hon. Lateefah Simon, BART Board of Directors
  • Hon. Julina Bonilla, Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees
  • Hon. Dee Rosario, East Bay Parks District Board of Directors
  • Hon. Marguerite Young, East Bay Municipal Utility District Board of Directors
  • Hon. Maria Poblet, Berkeley Rent Board Commissioner
  • Hon. Jovanka Beckles, Councilmember, Richmond
  • Hon. Richard Valle, Supervisor, Alameda County Board of Supervisors
  • Hon. Rebecca Kaplan, Councilmember, Oakland
  • Hon. Jose Esteves, former Mayor of Milpitas
  • Hon. Jim Prola, former Mayor of San Leandro
  • Hon. Rebecca Saldaña, Senator for Washington State
  • Hon. Eric Mar, former San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Hon. John Avalos, former San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Hon. James Chang, Berkeley Rent Board Commissioner

Individuos (55)

  • Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter
  • Lora Jo Foo, co-coordinator, No Coal in Oakland (Org for ID purposes only)
  • Cat Brooks, community activist
  • Reverend Daniel Buford, Prophetic Justice Ministry at Allen Temple
  • Tom Rankin, president emeritus of the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
  • Josie Camacho, secretary-treasurer emeritus of the Alameda Labor Council AFL-CIO
  • Lailan Huen, co chair of Oakland Chinatown Coalition
  • Bobby Seale, Co-founder of the Black Panther Party
  • Dana King, former broadcast journalist
  • Zachary Norris, Executive Director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (Org for ID purposes only)
  • Dr. Steven Pitts, PhD, Economist & Associate Chair, UC Berkeley Ctr for Labor Research (Org for ID purposes only)
  • Alicia Caballero-Christenson, Department Chair of Ethnic Studies at Laney College (Org for ID purposes only)
  • Elena Serrano, Program Director, EastSide Arts Alliance (Org for ID purposes only)
  • Chaney Turner, small business owner, Town Biz
  • Miya Yoshitani, Executive Director, Asian Pacific Environmental Network Action
  • Marco Cuerdo, small business owner, Grand-Piedmont Liquors
  • Jessamyn Sabbag, Executive Director, Oakland Rising Action
  • Joel Ramos, transit advocate
  • Michael Green, environmental health advocate
  • Gabriel Haaland, labor organizer
  • Kimi Lee, Executive Director, Bay Rising Action
  • Jakada Imani, social justice advocate
  • Eveline Shen, reproductive justice advocate
  • Carlo Gomez Arteaga, Executive Board Member, Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club of SF
  • Dan Siegel, civil rights attorney
  • Anne Weills, civil rights attorney
  • Jeff Perlstein, small business owner, Solespace
  • Reem Assil, restaurant owner, Reem's California and Dyafa
  • Kim Huong, restaurant owner, Kim Huong Vietnamese Cuisine
  • Veronica Anaya, small business owner, Aloha Market
  • Kenneth Boozer & Kevin Pete, co-owners, Family of Choice Homecare
  • Reverend Sandhya Jha, Director, Oakland Peace Center
  • Reverend Kurt Kuhwald, Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy, Decade Zero Ministries
  • Servant Brian K. Woodson Sr., pastor/founder of The Bay Area Christian Connection
  • Connie Perdomo, restaurant owner, Connie's Cantina
  • Hyun Sook Lee, small business owner, Samurai Sushi Boat
  • Babas Waseem, small business owner, Grand Lake Sew & Vac
  • Alvina Wong, housing advocate
  • Nicole Lee, youth advocate
  • Bella Comelo, Senior Commission, City of San Leandro
  • Sokhom Mao, Former Chairman of the Citizens’ Police Review Board of the City of Oakland
  • Mike Nisperos, City of Oakland Police Commission
  • Jazy Bonilla, Former City of Oakland Planning Commissioner
  • Nischit Hedge, City of Oakland Planning Commission
  • Jahmese Myres, Chairperson, City of Oakland Planning Commission
  • Carroll Fife, community organizer
  • Rabia Keeble, Muslim community organizer
  • John Stead-Mendez, Executive Director, SEIU Local 1021
  • Pamela Drake, Drake Talk Oakland
  • Dr. Floyd Huen, physician
  • Debra Grabelle, Executive Director, IFPTW Local 21
  • Lillian Galedo, founder of Filipino Advocates for Justice
  • Quinn Delaney, founder of Akonadi Foundation
  • Steve Phillips, founder of Color of Democracy
  • Antonio Diaz, environmental justice organizer

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de League of Women Voters of Oakland (2)

Q1

Which of the local Oakland ballot measures do you think is the most critical and why?

1) Eviction controls, 2) Tax on vacant property, 3)  Increased/graduated real estate transfer tax, 4) Cannabis tax, 5) Hotel wages & work requirements, 6) Children’s Initiative.

No se proporcionó respuesta.
What can you do as a City Council member to address the issue of homelessness in Oakland?
Respuesta de Nikki Fortunato Bas:

Oakland’s housing crisis is out of control and we need experienced, compassionate leadership that recognizes housing is a human right. The need to improve and increase affordable housing and provide options for the growing homeless population requires a champion who can bring residents, developers, and housing advocates together—and collaborate with the county and state—for win-win solutions.

I will:

  • Strengthen and enforce tenant protections to put a stop to unjust evictions and illegal rent hikes.
  • Support the state Affordable Housing Act to repeal Costa-Hawkins, allowing Oakland and other California cities the flexibility to create smart renter protections that work for us.
  • Ensure our public lands are used for public good by supporting a public lands policy that prioritizes affordable housing and permanent supportive housing projects, and designating city-owned parcels for sanctioned camps that move homeless neighbors off dangerous streets.
  • Increase resources to provide our homeless neighbors with rapid measures that move people into stable temporary housing while we work toward permanent housing solutions, as well as provide increased health services and sanitation to our homeless community.
  • Bring developers, community members, labor leaders, and other stakeholders to the table to negotiate community benefits for any development deals.
  • Ensure that development “Impact Fees” which are meant to generate funds for affordable housing adequately serve our communities by updating the existing rules to make sure they are properly and equitably utilized.
  • Preserve existing affordable housing by updating policies on condo conversions and single room occupancy buildings (SROs) and adopting a policy on short-term rentals.
  • Advance longer-term housing policies that support ownership, including community land trusts, tenant ownership, and low-interest loans for repairs and maintenance.

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Platform

Summary

Plan to drive real solutions Oakland's housing and homelessness crisis, establish community based approach to policing and safety, tackle illegal dumping, promote values-based budget, protect environment and preserve cultural heritage.

Platform: An Oakland for All of Us

Oaklanders across the City agree: we love our community, diversity, and rich cultural heritage. Development is booming, and our City’s thriving arts scene, great food, and natural beauty have made it a world-class destination. But there are downsides to this rapid change.

Oakland faces an unprecedented housing crisis; long-term residents have been pushed out of their homes, with far too many landing on the streets. In the midst of riches, our resources are mismanaged. We under-invest in our youth, small businesses, and quality jobs. This public crisis is creating real tension between old residents and new, dividing residents across racial lines. Because City Hall has failed to take action, Oakland may lose its heart and soul forever.

It’s time for Oaklanders to come together to face this crisis. Black, white, brown, and API neighbors must join forces and work to create a just and equitable city. Together, let's ensure everyone – particularly Oakland's working class and communities of color – has access to a decent place to live, quality education, a good job, and can share in the culture we all love. Let’s rebuild Oakland as a community where we have each others’ backs.

Oakland deserves better. District 2 deserves better. We need independent, progressive leadership that will stand up for our working families; our youth and seniors; our communities of color; our immigrants and refugees; our LGBTQ community; and our small business owners, artists, and performers.

District 2 needs a leader who will prioritize the well-being of all residents with equity and compassion, a leader who is not beholden to millionnaire outsiders and corporate developers that seek to profit without contributing their fair share so that all can thrive.

As your District 2 Councilmember, I will:

  • Prioritize housing for all Oaklanders
  • Establish a community approach to policing and safety
  • Tackle illegal dumping and other threats to quality of life
  • Promote a values-based City budget & thriving economy
  • Preserve our cultural heritage
  • Protect our environment and our residents’ health

 

Partnering with constituents like you, I will bring people together to create comprehensive solutions to root problems so that we can be an Oakland for all of us.

Over the past few months, my campaign has knocked on thousands of doors asking District 2 neighbors about their concerns and their vision for Oakland. This platform is the product of hundreds of conversations in people’s homes, in our neighborhoods, at farmers markets and City events, and with organizations that serve our communities every day. I look forward to working on these issues with you to advance our vision for Oakland.

Oakland’s housing crisis is out of control and we need experienced, compassionate leadership that recognizes housing is a human right. The need to improve and increase affordable housing and provide options for the growing homeless population requires a champion who can bring residents, developers, and housing advocates together—and collaborate with the county and state—for win-win solutions.

I will:

  • Strengthen and enforce tenant protections to put a stop to unjust evictions and illegal rent hikes.
  • Support the state Affordable Housing Act to repeal Costa-Hawkins, allowing Oakland and other California cities the flexibility to create smart renter protections that work for us.
  • Ensure our public lands are used for public good by supporting a public lands policy that prioritizes affordable housing and permanent supportive housing projects, and designating city-owned parcels for sanctioned camps that move homeless neighbors off dangerous streets.
  • Increase resources to provide our homeless neighbors with rapid measures that move people into stable temporary housing while we work toward permanent housing solutions, as well as provide increased health services and sanitation to our homeless community.
  • Bring developers, community members, labor leaders, and other stakeholders to the table to negotiate community benefits for any development deals.
  • Ensure that development “Impact Fees” which are meant to generate funds for affordable housing adequately serve our communities by updating the existing rules to make sure they are properly and equitably utilized.
  • Preserve existing affordable housing by updating policies on condo conversions and single room occupancy buildings (SROs) and adopting a policy on short-term rentals.
  • Advance longer-term housing policies that support ownership, including community land trusts, tenant ownership, and low-interest loans for repairs and maintenance.

Oakland needs neighborhoods and commercial districts where everyone feels safe and enjoys a sense of belonging. This can only be achieved when we take a holistic approach to safety. First, we must increase resources to support education, employment, and public health services to address the root causes of crime. And second, we must shift the culture of policing so all residents feel that officers are working with the community, not against it. District 2 problems such as illegal dumping, theft, car break-ins, sex trafficking, and other crimes need a better approach than business as usual. Oakland Police Department (OPD) must serve with the highest community standards, end the targeting of people of color, and "bad cops" must be appropriately disciplined or removed.

I will:

  • Take a different approach to crime and policing, one that incorporates restorative justice, conflict de-escalation training for police officers, and disrupts the school-to-prison pipeline through programs that keep youth in school and on paths to employment and higher education.
  • Strengthen Oakland’s protections for vulnerable communities, safeguard our status as a Sanctuary City, and stand up to the inhumane and unjust practices of the Trump administration.  
  • Prioritize public safety by increasing police response times while rebuilding community trust with OPD.
  • Ensure that the voter-approved, community-led Oakland Police Commission is fully staffed and resourced to hold OPD accountable and do what voters have mandated without interference.
  • Support an independent, thorough cost-saving audit of OPD spending to ensure our resources are most effectively utilized. 

District 2 residents deserve equitable and effective City services that address the needs of all neighbors and improve our quality of life. For too long the City has failed to deliver essential City services to address illegal dumping, hazards on streets and sidewalks, and unsafe conditions with unmaintained City trees. The needs of District 2 are as diverse as the neighbors residing here, and the solutions should be equally creative and diverse. No more can the City hide behind poorly crafted budgets and poorly designed programs.

I will:

  • Prioritize funding for essential City services that address the needs of District 2 residents from the flatlands to the hills.
  • Stop illegal dumping in its tracks by increasing ways for residents to dispose of waste (especially bulky waste), preventing known hot spots from piling up, and providing education and resources about City waste and recycling services.
  • Maintain the beauty, accessibility, and safety of City parks and ensure that all residents can recreate without worrying about litter, lighting, or other quality of life issues.
  • Increase City resources to respond to the requests of residents in a timely manner, with built-in tracking and accountability.
  • Take District 2 resident feedback seriously and take a proactive approach to addressing quality of life issues.

Oakland and District 2 are experiencing explosive growth. We must take a balanced approach to accommodate new businesses and new opportunities while protecting long-standing businesses, cultural institutions, and residents who should benefit from this growth and the jobs it brings. Employers in the City of Oakland must be responsible for ensuring fair pay and treatment of workers, and the City must enforce existing protections for people who work here.

I will:

  • Support a community-based budget and budget process that includes input from residents and stakeholders to ensure that the City budget reflects the values and needs of all of District 2 and Oakland.
  • Attract businesses to Oakland that provide quality jobs and benefits while providing the services and products that residents need and want.
  • Ensure all businesses pay their fair share for infrastructure to preserve Oakland’s quality of life for old and new residents.
  • Increase enforcement of Oakland’s worker protection laws and ensure that businesses are responsible neighbors.
  • Reduce barriers to employment for Oakland residents and build a future for Oakland residents and businesses by ensuring a fair chance at employment and housing for formerly incarcerated neighbors, investing in youth employment programs, and supporting English language programs for immigrants and refugees.
  • Champion Oakland’s small businesses that have served as beloved and iconic institutions for decades. Confront unfair practices head-on by creating commercial vacancy fees that will improve rental stability for Oakland businesses and by improving services for immigrant and refugee-owned businesses.
  • Keep the As in Oakland, ensuring that the Coliseum project includes meaningful community benefits that serve existing residents and workers. 
  • Support the creation of a public bank for Oakland that would invest in the community. 

Oakland and District 2 have a deep history of culture and the arts that reflects the great diversity of our City. As our City grows, we must ensure that our culture is not erased and that we preserve and grow our local art scene, artists, and cultural workers. From Chinatown to Grand Lake to San Antonio to Trestle Glen, District 2’s heritage, landmarks, cultural practice and performance spaces, and murals should be cherished and expanded. Through spaces of art and culture, we create bonds between neighbors that contribute to community safety and well-being.

I will:

  • Work with community-based groups, residents, artists, and performers to preserve local culture through education and outreach to create broader community involvement.
  • Support growing community interest in festivals, gatherings, and more cultural spaces.
  • Find creative funding opportunities and resources for District 2’s long-standing and emerging cultural treasures, institutions, and artists.
  • Ensure that development agreements and policies help increase investment in arts and culture.

Oakland and the Bay Area are at the forefront of creating solutions to address the challenges we face with climate change. With more than 140 parks and 2,500 acres of open space, Oakland’s natural beauty must be cared for and maintained. Oakland must address the health concerns arising from expansion, industry, and business that operate in and near our communities.

I will:

  • Keep our open spaces beautiful and available for generations to come by ensuring robust maintenance programs that keep trails open and parks well-maintained.
  • Prioritize investments in key parks and open space to ensure equitable use in all our neighborhoods, and make sure that existing investments are implemented.
  • Ensure that District 2 and all Oakland residents are protected from pollution-related health risks by pushing for stricter environmental and anti-displacement protections for residents and families living near industry. Support Oakland’s ban on coal storage and handling, a critical issue facing Oakland.
  • Ensure that health concerns with existing and new developments are adequately mitigated through tough guidelines and robust community benefits agreements.
  • Keep Oakland on the cutting-edge of new innovations that will help battle the effects of climate change, reduce Oakland’s carbon output, and create jobs in the low-carbon and clean energy economy.

Videos (3)

Residents over developers and corporate interests — September 23, 2018 Nikki Fortunato Bas for Oakland City Council District 2

30 second video highlighting Nikki's committment to drive solutions for Oakland residents.

A Greener Oakland — September 23, 2018 Nikki Fortunato Bas for Oakland City Council

Author and environmental activist Rebecca Solnit introduces Nikki's extensive environmental track record.

Down for the Town — September 23, 2018 Nikki Fortunato Bas for Oakland City Council District 2

Former broadcast journalist and District 2 neighbor Dana King introduces Nikki's deeply rooted Oakland leadership on jobs, the environment and for women.

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