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

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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. In most of these cases, it has turned out that White people called the police, and asked them to intervene, when seeing Black people doing things like checking out of an Airbnb, or napping on a dormitory couch, or meeting a colleague at a coffee shop. Recently, this took place in Oakland, when police were called to respond to African Americans having a BBQ by Lake Merritt.
This issue has a long and troubling history, and is interconnected with other forms of prejudice and disrespect towards Black people. It is important to ensure that we provide a community that is welcoming to all people, and that we build a shared understanding that allows for the respectful use of our shared public spaces.
Lake Merritt has been the intersection between 580 and 880. Between rich, poor, black, white, LatinX and Asian. A place where we saw Black Cowboys like never seen out West. A place where Festival at the Lake was the go to for African Americans. We’re now at a crossroads with a rich multicultural history, needs to remain a place that is welcoming and inclusive for all of the people of Oakland.
The recent event that took place at the Lake doesn’t embody the Oakland that we need to protect. The Oakland WE strive for is inviting, loving, respectful and accepting.
And so, it feel important to share some suggestions:
1) On the Public Policy side, I encourage that we, in the Oakland City Government, clarify and simplify our requirements, including allowing reasonable space for BBQ activities, with less restrictions, to reduce potential tensions. And, we should seek to expand use of civilian (non-police) staff to handle questions and concerns about minor administrative issues that do not involve risks to public safety.
And, 2) on the Interpersonal side:
"Dear White People,
Please think carefully before calling the police, and be aware of the potential for issues of racial privilege and prejudice. If there is a gun involved or imminent risk of harm, then it is reasonable to call the police. But for minor community disagreements, we need to be careful and consider our actions before resorting to calling for an armed police response. We need our police to be able to focus on pursuing and solving serious violent crimes. On an interpersonal level, we should seek to reduce, not escalate, tensions. And to maintain and improve our awareness of the widespread racial disparities in law enforcement response, which continue to need to be remedied."

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Fighting to protect Oakland tax-payers!

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Protect renters from displacement and excessive rent increases -- rally to repeal Costa Hawkins

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Kaplan Submits Mid-Cycle Budget Proposals

OAKLAND, CA – The City Council will hear the Mayor’s budget proposal at a special meeting on Tuesday May 29th at 5pm in Council Chambers.

In preparation for this public discussion of Oakland’s budget priorities, Oakland city-wide Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan submitted her requests for the City's mid-cycle budget review.

Kaplan's requests are aimed at many of the important issues that are troubling Oakland.
It includes, resources for homeless solutions and sanitation, illegal dumping abatement and enforcement, transferring personnel funding to Oakland Animal Services to support OAS’ transfer out of OPD, funding options for job training and apprenticeship programs, and more. (Read the complete list here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/132cleZIP9BGxM5yb2jyt0bHb6Ccs3Cwe/view)

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