Kaplan for Oakland | Rebecca Kaplan - Oakland Councilmember

Welcome, and thanks for joining us. My name is Rebecca Kaplan and I serve as City Councilmember At-Large, elected citywide in Oakland. I am honored to have the opportunity to work to support real solutions to our homeless crisis, fight for zone-based cleanup and enforcement of illegal dumping, get guns off the streets of Oakland, strengthen housing for all income levels, improve our air quality, transit, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and racial and economic justice.

Welcome, and thanks for joining us. My name is Rebecca Kaplan and I serve as City Councilmember At-Large, elected citywide in Oakland. I am honored to have the opportunity to work to support real solutions to our homeless crisis, fight for zone-based cleanup and enforcement of illegal dumping, get guns off the streets of Oakland, strengthen housing for all income levels, improve our air quality, transit, pedestrian and bicycle safety and more.   Please join us, and be a part of the solution.

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“A broad community coalition has been working on a public lands policy, which I have also been involved with, to include issues such as prioritization for affordable housing, as well as jobs policies and other community benefits,” Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan wrote in an email. “This proposed sale disregards those goals as well.”  READ MORE

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Kaplan Comments on Recent Situation of BBQ-ing while Black at Lake Merritt

Recently, throughout the nation, there have been a variety of incidents which received media attention, in which African Americans have been subjected to police intervention, while engaged in ordinary every day activities.READ MORE

Rebecca Kaplan

1 week 13 hours ago

Update: Tomorrow's Rules Committee has been cancelled.

Rebecca Kaplan

1 week 13 hours ago

Tomorrow, the Rules and Legislation Committee will hear my ballot measure proposal to tax Transportation Network Company (TNC) trips, generating important revenue for public services and infrastructure. The Rules Committee begins Thursday, June 14th, at 10:45 am at Oakland City Hall, Council Chambers, 3rd Floor.

My proposal to tax Transportation Network Company (TNC) trips, which can be read below, would impose a 50-cents per pickup charge on TNC trips originating within the City of Oakland, and authorize City Council to adopt by Ordinance reductions in the rate, such as for "pool" (multi-user) trips, low-income passengers, and late night rides. Currently, TNC trips do not pay taxes to the city of Oakland. Other jurisdictions have begun to impose fees and/or taxes on the trips of TNCs. This is similar to the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) that is collected and remitted by Airbnb from hosts, in which the company collects and remits the tax to the City.

I have been encouraging Oakland to ensure tax fairness and adequate revenue for vital public needs, by working to make sure that we tax those goods/services that have not been paying taxes. Using an internet app to provide a good or service should not allow those businesses to avoid paying taxes while the rest of the community pays. We have successfully fought for fair tax collection for short-term residential rentals, cannabis businesses, and others who were not paying taxes previously - to help ensure public services are funded. The proposed TNC per-trip tax of a maximum of 50 cents per ride, is the same amount charged in Portland, Oregon, and less than the amount charged in Chicago. We are also proposing that shared "pool" trips pay a lower rate. Many other jurisdictions throughout the United States do put a charge on TNC trips. If adopted, the City Council would have authority to amend or reduce the tax, but not to increase it.

If you have any questions or would like to connect with my office, please email us at atlarge@Oaklandnet.com or call us at 510-238-7008.

Rebecca Kaplan

1 week 2 days ago

Due to the Warrior's Parade, tomorrow's Committees have been cancelled, and all items, including my proposed tax on Transportation Network Company-trips, my resolution to remedy the under-representation of Women, Oaklanders, and African Americans in the Oakland Police Department, and the resolution approving a 180-day moratorium on the sale of public lands, will instead be coming to Committees on June 26th.

Rebecca Kaplan

1 week 6 days ago

Rebecca Kaplan was live.

Rebecca Kaplan

1 week 6 days ago

Rebecca Kaplan was live.

Rebecca Kaplan

2 weeks 1 day ago

Tonight, Oakland City Council will vote on authorizing the City Administrator to negotiate and execute an agreement with MUFG Union Bank to provide primary depository services for the City for a 5-year period. While it is necessary for the City to secure banking services, Council’s ultimate goal should be to secure banking services that reflect the City’s values, and enrich our community. For this reason, tonight I will make a motion for the Union Bank contract to be for a 3-year period, rather than a 5-year period. The sooner that we hear the feasibility study, the sooner we can get started on the creation of a public bank – and we should not wait 5 years to invest the City’s money in banking services that give back to our community.

This item is 7.11 on tonight’s agenda, and the meeting starts at 5 pm at Oakland City Hall.