Recent Accomplishments | Kaplan for Oakland

On top of being the Council President and all the responsibilities that brings, Rebecca Kaplan is a prolific legislator, who works effectively with colleagues and stakeholders to bring results for our community. This is why she has the endorsement of the majority of the City Council and the majority of the County Supervisors as well as our grassroots community.  Here are a few of her recent achievements:

  • Author of Measure S1 This Measure ensures the effective independent oversight of police misconduct. It passed Council unanimously.

  • Author of Measure QQ Rebecca met and worked collaboratively on this legislation with high school age youth to create a ballot measure to lower the voting age for Oakland school board elections to 16. Passed Council unanimously.

  • Advocated for and won funding for COVID response for our communities, including local small business assistance in partnership with our ethnic chambers of commerce, free WiFi in communities of concern, testing sites, tenant assistance and other programs.

  • Ordinance to Create a Commission on Homelessness. We met with homeless advocates on multiple occasions to craft legislation that would ensure we are responsive to the crisis on our streets. The Commission also has a say in spending of Measure W funds (vacant property tax also written by the Council President) and Measure Q allocated for homelessness.

  • Resolution to provide better strategies for homelessness including authorizing regulated co-governed encampments, funding expanded trash removal, sanitation, and public bathrooms, allowing property owners to allow an RV on their property, identifying and replicating the most successful interventions/navigation centers by funding for properties that will provide rooms on site along with services, including the Holland hotel, and purchase of a dormitory building in Rockridge.

  • Resolution pushing for proactive pick-up of illegal dumping and the funding for it.

  • Winning funding for air quality improvements in our hard-hit communities, including hybrid-electric cranes, cleaner trucks and trains, and free green shuttle.

  • Fighting for and winning action to crack down on illegal gun dealing, and to provide the technology and staffing to trace sources of illegal guns and help stop gun violence.  

  • First person in a generation to win a seat for Oakland on the important Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board (BAAQMD), passing new law to remedy concentration of toxins on our communities.

  • Advocacy, Research and Funding of Alternatives to Policing.

Even before the 2020 outcries on the streets demanding alternatives to police,  President Kaplan helped to research and then fund a pilot program to have civilian mental health responders, for certain 911 calls instead of police officers. She was a co-sponsor of an event where representatives from Eugene Oregon (Cahoots) came to discuss their mobile crisis intervention team.

  • Face Recognition Ban Ordinance. We worked closely with the Cities of Berkeley and San Francisco, privacy rights groups, and the Muslim-American community to create the a ban of this problematic technology, being the third city in the nation to do so.

  • Resolution renaming a street next to BART station as “Oscar Grant Way”

  • Resolution for funding vitally needed programs facing cuts at OUSD to save the restorative justice programs, restore some funding to libraries and for foster care youth and food programs

  • Housing and Transit

    • Moved forward a Resolution To Speed-Up and streamline transit oriented development;

    • Council President Kaplan stood with Moms for Housing in urging sale of properties through community land trust to serve community, sending a letter in December 2019 with Councilmember Bas;

    • Resolution advocating for a Bay Bridge dedicated bus lane and access lanes;

    • Ordinance lowering ceiling heights to state standard to allow for easier legalization of housing units and creation of ADUs;

    • Spearheaded accountability efforts on finding unaccounted for affordable housing impact fees by working with the city administration and which resulted in a commitment by the administration to do an audit; and

    • Supported eviction moratorium and tenant protections during COVID, with protections to prevent wave of evictions at the end of moratorium

    • Declaration of Homelessness Emergency

  • Co-sponsored Resolution Supporting the Green New Deal

  • She spearheaded the City Council’s Responsibilities To Pass The Budget:

    • She accomplished this in partnership w/ her budget committee composed of herself and Councilmembers Thao, Bas, and Taylor. She enlisted a respected third party accounting/research firm to review the City’s budget. Attached is the approved Resolution and spreadsheet of this budget cycle with highlights:

      • $12,000,000 for or community land trusts to take property off the speculative market;

      • $3,000,000 on a homeless navigation center;

      • $1.3 million on an additional cleaning crew to take on illegal dumping;

      • $1 million for traffic lights for the Fruitvale;

      • $900,000 additional monies for wildfire prevention;

      • $400,000 additional for mobile showers and restrooms for unhoused;

      • $360,000 for a Tiny Home Village for the unhoused;

      • $294,000 on a mobile homeless outreach team;

      • $250,000 for ADU technical assistance; and

      • $40,000 to study alternatives to policing for mental health response, that would become $1.5 million to start a pilot program for civilian mental health responders.