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Mayor Libby Schaaf

  • Mayor of Oakland, California

Former member of the Oakland City Council, Libby Schaaf has served as Oakland's Mayor since 2015.

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Petitioning U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Barbara Lee, Dianne Feinstein, Mayor Libby Schaaf

Urge congress to return ICE deported oncology nurse Maria Mendoza Sanchez to U.S. (S.1763)

Maria Mendoza Sanchez started as a nursing home housekeeper and became a respected oncology nurse serving underprivileged patients at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA.  She and her husband have lived in the U.S. over 20 years, raised their 4 children here, bought a house and had been good members of the community with no criminal records.  After 15 years of attempting to achieve permanent resident status, on August 17, 2017, ICE  deported Maria to Mexico with her husband, Eusebio, a truck driver.   Maria was forced to break up her family, leaving her 16-year-old daughter in the U.S. to finish high school in the care of her 23-year-old daughter.  Too young to not be in the care of his parents, her 12-year-old son, who is a U.S. citizen and has only ever known California as his home, had to move to Mexico with Maria.  12/21/17 UPDATE:  Maria’s 12-year-old son returned to Oakland, CA as he was unable to adjust to life in rural Mexico. He has returned to his family home and the care of his sisters. Heartbreaking.  This is a travesty of justice and should never happen in the United States of America. What happened to only deporting criminals? Dianne Feinstein has introduced a Senate Bill, S.1763 and Barbara Lee has introduced a House Bill, H.R.3818, to grant Maria, her husband and oldest daughter permanent residency.  Signing this petition shows your support for these bills Maria’s family is very proud and reluctant to ask for help, but these heartless immigration policies have broken up their family and decimated their ability to support this once thriving family of 6. If you can help with a donation to their GoFundMe account, it is desperately needed. Thank you.  Facebook page (please like):  

Nancy MacKinnon
92,675 supporters
Petitioning Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland, California

Tell Friendship City, Pyeongtaek, Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture/Eating of Dogs.

For more actions you can take please visit: Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland, California: Tell Friendship City, Pyeongtaek, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats. Oakland has become Friendship City with Pyeongtaek, South Korea.  This relationship was no doubt formed in the spirit of friendship and for your mutual benefit, for business links and trade etc.  And, while Oakland would have expected to learn about the differences in cultural practices of the Pyeongtaek citizens, we feel certain that your city would have hesitated to form such a Friendship City relationship had your city known about the aberrant and cruel practices routinely carried out in the dog and cat meat trades in Pyeongtaek and all over South Korea.  Lucrative, but illegal trades which carry on unchallenged: with no enforcement of the laws and no punishment for those violating them. South Korea is the home to global companies, such as Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK and POSCO, which is why it is so shocking that an estimated 2.5 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year within South Korea, because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry; while the majority of those Koreans, who don’t actually participate in this offensive trade, show a profound indifference by doing nothing at all to stop it. We know how loyal and faithful our dogs across the world are; and we all ask a lot of them - they serve us in innumerable ways: farm work, war work, police and guard duties, search and rescue, help for the disabled, guiding and guardianship, and, of course, as our loving and trusting companions. Dogs were first domesticated many thousands of years ago, and so much do they want to be part of our ‘human’ family that they have learned to understand our gestures and our language - the language of another species, which shows remarkable willingness and intelligence. In Pyeongtaek there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging or beating; and then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. In many places, dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs; and this takes place in public and in broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry, and are subjected to the same cruelty. Please watch this undercover video by animal rights activists in South Korea: There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for human consumption yet these laws are routinely and blatantly ignored. We believe that there must surely be some social responsibility for the representatives of one city to take a stand against any wrongdoing being sanctioned or ignored by their Friendship City.  As such, we ask you to please urge Pyeongtaek Mayor Jae-Kwang Kong to take action, and to state that Oakland and its citizens demand that Pyeongtaek issue an official document mandating that the following existing Korean laws be enforced by its government officials, police and judges: Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3.  Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation. Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2.  Unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation. Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11.  The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area. The act of slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of slaughtering of a dog, without a justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment, or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm or damage to human life or property, is a violation. The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1.  Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally. Slaughter of dogs from unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article 7 Section 1.  The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law. Slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of Animal Protection Act, Article 10.  The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act.  This is also a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2.  According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publically announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here. Display and sale of dog carcass in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5.  Violation of laws banning sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcass are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning which can lead to serious and life threatening health complications.  There are also strict laws which ban the sale of meat from sick animals, due to the fact that there is no quality control or formal monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade it is very likely that violation of these laws is happening routinely. Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcass from an unknown source is a violation of Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold or used for manufacturing or processing of food for human consumption. Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates): We believe these demands are in line with the spirit and goals of Friendship cities to establish friendly communications in the areas of tourism, commerce, cultural exchange and public health. Your action is important; it can and will help save the lives and reduce the suffering of animals tragically caught up in the South Korean dog and cat meat trades.  Many Mayors from around the world have supported our campaigns by reaching out to their various counterparts within South Korea.  Take Bucheon, for example, such action really made a difference: they are now working hard towards becoming the first ‘dog meat free’ city in South Korea, by closing down illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, and mandating that restaurants stop selling dog meat dishes!  Inspiring news, resulting from direct action by inspiring people, like yourselves. International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained Pyeongtaek, South Korea’s image.  Don’t let it also tarnish your City’s Friendship city relationship. The time to end this tragedy is now.  The favor of your reply is requested. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Photos: The Korea Observer’s documentary “The Dog Meat Professional: South Korea”

5,699 supporters
Petitioning Dan Kalb, Abel Guillen, Desley Brooks, Larry Reid, Rebecca Kaplan, Noel Gallo, Annie Campbell-Washington, Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Mayor Libby Schaaf

Support A New Facility for Aspire ERES Academy in Oakland

Aspire ERES TK-8 Academy, a public charter school serving 220 students in the Fruitvale neighborhood, has been located in a constrained and cramped facility with extensive maintenance issues for the past nine years. Our students have very limited play space and endure maintenance issues on a regular basis. Aspire has received a $30M grant from the state of CA to build a new facility, which is just 1.1 miles away.  Our new facility will include science labs, art studios, indoor/outdoor play areas, a middle school rooftop lounge and spacious classrooms for our students to learn and thrive!  Support this project and give a traditionally under-served community the world-class education facility they deserve!  Support this project and enable Aspire ERES to enrich the surrounding area through our continued commitment to work collaboratively with OUSD, the surrounding neighborhood schools, community organizations and businesses. Charter schools are public schools!  We are proud to serve 95% students who qualify for free/reduced lunch, 13% of students who receive Special Education services and 100% on a road to College for Certain.  ERES is proud to serve a racially diverse community that closely reflects the demographics of the neighborhood.  Support our amazing Aspire students, educators and families!

Aspire ERES TK-8 Academy
954 supporters
Petitioning City of Oakland, Mayor Libby Schaaf

Sue to keep the Raiders brand in Oakland.

Mark Davis along with the NFL have lied about the viability of a new stadium in Oakland and haven't made every effort to keep the team in Oakland.  Rather than acknowledging that Oakland has come up with viable proposals for a new stadium and moving forward with those options, Mark Davis, along with the NFL, decided they would relocate the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas so that they may fleece the state of Nevada for over $750 million.  As there are viable and ready stadium options in Oakland, the city of Oakland should file suit to keep the Raiders brand, logo, name, colors, etc. in Oakland as Cleveland did with the Browns in BEDER et al. v. CLEVELAND BROWNS, INC.

Frederick Naujoks
866 supporters
Petitioning Libby Schaaf, Sabrina Landreth, Darin Ranelletti, Claudia Cappio, Dan Kalb, Abel Guillén, Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Annie Campbell-Washington, Noel Gallo, Desley Brooks, Larry Reid, Rebecca Kaplan,...

Demand Mayor Schaaf & City Council Choose Leaders for Equitable Development in Oakland

NO MORE DEVELOPERS & PROFITEERS on the OAKLAND PLANNING COMMISSION! Other community stakeholders deserve a voice, too! Residents of Oakland are fed up with seeing our loved ones pushed out of Oakland and facing homelessness due to rising rents. We demand progressive and visionary leadership now for the Planning Commission and the new Planning Director being hired soon! Mayor Schaaf is trying to push through yet another developer, Jonathan Fearn, onto the Planning Commission, with limited time for the public to vet, comment, learn about this candidate and have the Mayor consider other candidates, before City Council has to approve the Mayor's 2 nominations soon. We demand more time to review Fearn’s history and talk about the balance on the Planning Commission, which is already dominated by developers and people who financially benefit from development, with few voices for other residents of Oakland. We demand that Mayor Schaaf re-appoint Commissioner Jahmese Myres, who has shown exemplary leadership in making sure community is at the table in planning decisions. We demand that Mayor Schaaf also appoint the candidate put forth as a labor representative by building trade unions, Nischit Hegde,  since the workers who build new developments are not currently represented.   We ask that the Oakland City Council not allow more developers and those who profit from development to dominate the Planning Commission any longer.  We need balanced planning and leadership to stop the wave of displacement and gentrification pushing Oaklanders out of our hometown. We support diverse representation on the Planning Commission: Diversity of Industries, Experience & Geographic Representation on the Commission No more than 3 seats of people who profit from development 2 seats for community, 1 seat for labor, 1 seat for small/micro business owners Each commission seat to be filled by people who live or work directly in each of the 7 Council Districts We support progressive and diverse leadership for the Planning Department: We demand the City of Oakland formalize a process for community participation in the hiring of the city’s new Director of Planning & Building. Planning Department to commit to a process of equity in its hiring and retention practices and build a diverse leadership pipeline, as its staff is currently overwhelmingly majority white and not reflective of Oakland’s population. Background Information: The Planning Commission and Planning Department lead strategy for  development projects that shape our neighborhoods and access to affordable housing, good-paying jobs, public transportation, small business ownership, public open space, and the diversity of arts and culture that makes Oakland special. The Planning Commission has historically been weighted to prioritize developers, architects and others who have a financial interest in fast-tracking development, most of whom come from wealthier neighborhoods. These commissioners too often have to recuse themselves from votes because they are in close partnerships with the developers applying for projects, and financially benefit from the approval of developments. Already on the Oakland Planning Commission are 2 developers, 1 developer’s attorney, 1 real estate broker, 1 architect who works with developers, and the only seat for residents is up for re-appointment.  Having a biased Commission will only lead to more public fights and appeals over projects. More progressive planning commissions in other cities have designated seats for community representatives, and we believe that equal geographic representation is also critical. Commissioners who live in the Rockridge don’t necessarily understand community needs in Elmhurst or Havenscourt. In December, several community organizations sent letters to city leaders asking for community input in the hiring of the new Director of Planning & Building, and they still have not received a response.  We believe that a long history of disconnection between the Planning Department and Oakland residents requires community engagement in the process, and the hiring of a progressive leader who will innovate inclusive and equitable policies to build Oakland for all.    

Communities for Equitable Development in Oakland
576 supporters
Petitioning Oakland Unified School District, Kyla Johnson-Trammell, Tara Gard, Gil Echeverria, Sondra Aguilera, Jody London, Aimee Eng, Jumoke Hinton-Hodge, Roseann Torres, Shanthi Gonzales, James Harris, Neen...

We Demand That OUSD Properly Fund Our Special Education Programs NOW!

The special education programs; Inclusion, Resource & Special Day Class, in Oakland Unified School District are in deep trouble. Children are suffering and being left behind. While this is most tragic for special needs children, this situation is impacting every child in OUSD. Our special education programs are not being supported or staffed sufficiently by the district. This has resulted in system wide non-compliance with our special education students’ IEPs & 504s (contracts that detail the essential services that are to be provided to children who need extra support to be successful). The special education teams are doing the absolute best they can with the subpar resources they have been given, but this cannot continue. Not only is it a violation of federally mandated IDEA laws it is a violation of our core mission and values. Special education programs are an essential component to an education system. For instance, we believe that a properly supported inclusion program serves the whole community and makes education better. It improves the quality of education by bringing innovative and differentiated teaching strategies in to the classroom among many other benefits. It also allows our children real world opportunities to learn and practice empathy, inclusivity, and embracing differences. On the other hand an inclusion program that is not properly supported, which is the current state we are in, is an absolute drain on resources for everyone. Everyone, including non-special education students suffer. It is unfair and an outright injustice for all students and all educators alike. Many of our special education programs are out of compliance. Many general education classrooms lack adequate support staff to serve their special education inclusion students. These classroom teachers are expected to do the job 2-3 people with different specialties. This is not sustainable. Until now, the District has not addressed this situation. We must to continue to put pressure on them to do the right thing and fund special education across all of OUSD. Join the Joaquin Miller Elementary PTA Board, PTA, and community in demanding that this situation be addressed and rectified immediately!! Please share our petition with your community: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more. #SupportOUSDSpecialEducation #SpecialEducation #InclusionSchools

Joaquin Miller PTA
379 supporters
Petitioning Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Oakland City Councilmember Dan Kalb

Banning single-use Plastic Water Bottles in Oakland

Dear Mayor Schaaf and Councilmember Kalb,We ask that the City of Oakland ban the sale of plastic water bottles. For years now, the entire planet has been experiencing extremely fast climate change caused by human generated pollution. Much of this pollution is created by wastefulness and garbage that we don’t use or need. Every year, enough plastic is thrown away to circle the earth four times. It takes between five hundred and one thousand years for plastic to decompose, so the lifespan of our plastic products are longer than our own. There are approximately 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of the world’s oceans. Because plastic doesn’t biodegrade, many animals in the ocean end up ingesting it, making them very sick or sometimes killing them. Over 100,000 animals die every year because of plastic. But plastic doesn’t only bring harm to animals. 93% of Americans above the age of six test positive for BPA. BPA, or bisphenol A, is a chemical used to harden plastic. Although no evidence is final, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued some concern on how BPA can affect your brain, behavior, and hormone levels. A few animal studies have also shown that there may be a link between BPA and cancer. Plastic doesn’t only hurt animals and our health; it also harms our environment. Every year, according to the Environmental Working Group, the U.S. manufacturing process of plastic water bottles takes the same amount of oil to fuel one million cars. It takes a lot of oil to make plastic, raising the possibility of oil spills. As I mentioned before, plastic is one of the biggest contributors to climate change. 90% of the trash floating on the surface of the ocean is plastic. Ten metric tons of plastic fragments in just the Los Angeles area alone are carried into the Pacific every single day. Oakland is a huge city, consisting of about 400,000 people. Although plastic waste is caused by the entire planet, cutting down plastic use by one city is a great starting point. There are many alternatives to using plastic water bottles. Simply buying a reusable non-plastic water bottle or thermos is enough. This also saves you money because you won’t have to buy a new bottle every time you want water; you’ll only have to refill it. Another alternative is using boxed water. Instead of the container becoming landfill, it will be recyclable. We are all guilty of overusing plastic and taking it for granted; I have used countless plastic bottles, bags, and other items. By switching out one frequent item that we use with something that doesn’t produce as much waste, we are already helping the reduction of climate change. Americans alone throw away 35 million plastic bottles every year, and although that may seem like too many to eliminate, cutting out our contribution of unnecessary waste is still a step forward. The consumption of plastic affects every single person because although we have different beliefs and perspectives, we all live on the same planet and share equal responsibility to take care of it. In conclusion, plastic waste is a major problem that affects our health, environment, and harms animals, but by making one simple change like this, we are making the world a better place. Sincerely, Arianna Moussavi9th grade student at Oakland Technical High School  

Arianna Moussavi
334 supporters
Petitioning Abel Guillén, Annie Campbell-Washington, Dan Kalb, Libby Schaaf, Larry Reid, Lynette Gibson-McElhaney, Rebecca Kaplan, Desley Brooks, Noel Gallo

Re-Fund Good Housing, Good Jobs, Public Services & Culture in Oakland NOW

We are living in a time of unprecedented growth in our city.  It’s time that long-term residents benefit from that growth and the city choose the side of our communities over big developers and wealthy interests. We are calling on the city to truly reinvest in our communities by redirecting money that criminalizes our residents back into public services. We are calling on the Council to stand up to Big Developers who are profiting off of displacement and instead reinvest in acquiring properties to house our homeless and invest in truly affordable housing for very low to moderate income families. It is time for our city to have the audacity to redirect money away from large developers who are displacing our communities & redirect resources away from criminalizing our homeless and unhoused and the city’s young people and reinvest those dollars into stopping displacement, protecting workers & maintaining our city’s rich and diverse arts and cultural movement. As we all know, Oakland is at the height of gentrification and displacement.  Long term residents are being pushed out of our homes, jobs are not paying nearly enough to match the cost of living, and everyday we see more and more tents popping up as the number of homeless people grows.  But you all are proposing to fill budget gaps by selling public lands to build luxury housing, instead of pressing developers to create housing and jobs that will actually benefit long-time Oakland residents and address the homeless crisis. Therefore, we the ReFund Oakland Community-Labor Coalition propose this Community-Labor Budget Priority for 2017-19: 1. Reinvest in Housing for ALL Reinvest in  long-term residents in Oakland by directing resources, including Measure KK Bond Measure funds, to create a “Building Acquisition Fund,” to preserve long term, affordable housing throughout Oakland  including “Single Resident Occupancy” Hotels (SROs) and/or rehab of of underutilized or vacant properties to house homeless populations currently living  under increasingly  dangerous conditions and acquiring tenant-occupied buildings to prevent renter displacement  ReInvest in housing for all by supporting the  development of Homeless “Navigation Centers” or one-stop shops that combine shelter with access to resources and assistance in targeted parts of the City, beginning with East Oakland, West Oakland & Downtown that can be funded using County dollars Divest from criminalization of the homeless and unhoused and ReInvest in services by redirecting funds from the OPD that dehumanize citizens and destroy encampments to funding activities that  connect unhoused people to resources and housing including counselors, health care and general assistance   ReInvest in keeping Renters in Oakland by ensuring enforcement of all tenant protection ordinances and Measure JJ including:  1) Funding multi-language, housing counseling, education, and outreach for tenants, including adequate funding to ensure access to all limited english-speaking communities ($270K);  2) legal eviction defense for tenants & enforcement of the Tenant Protection Ordinance ($1.45M); 3) emergency rental assistance for low-income renters ($500K); 4) housing counseling and legal services for at-risk low-income homeowners ($100K); and 5) emergency housing assistance for at-risk low-income homeowners ($500K). Ensure public land for the public good.  If after a community process, any public land is sold or leased, all proceeds must go to affordable housing and community benefits.   ReInvest money collected from the “Transient Occupancy Tax” of companies like AirBnB, that extract from our economy and increase displacement, towards production & preservation of affordable housing, enforcement of short-term rental regulations and tenant legal services. ($2.4M) 2. Reinvest in Oakland’s Workers Protect low wage workers of color by fully enforcing the City’s Minimum Wage & Paid Sick Day law including the renewal of funding for community-based enforcement and education of workers throughout the City (renew $500K contract; $250K per year for worker education, outreach, and reporting support) Increase workforce development funding to ensure local residents are prepared, placed and retained in family-sustaining careers by fully funding Workforce Development organizations in East & West Oakland including the West Oakland Jobs Resource Center ($900K).  Provide adequate funding for the Day Laborer Program to protect our city’s most vulnerable, low wage workers  ($340K) 3. Reinvest in Public Services ReInvest in infrastructure by  prioritizing repair of crumbling streets and infrastructure in flatland communities that have suffered from years of economic and civic divestment  ReInvest in a livable City by adequately staffing the Public Works Department to pre-recession levels & prioritize addressing blight in flatland communities using a hybrid approach of both proactive and complaint based enforcement ReInvest in accountability, fully and adequately staff the newly established Police Commission by adding $368K to the budget for Police Commission/ Civilian Police Review Agency budgets ReInvest in our youth and young people by increasing funding of Summer Youth Programs. Say YES to more recreation/parks and jobs for youth & provide pathways to future employment! ($320K)  4. Reinvest in Equity + Culture Reinvest in racial and economic equity by prioritizing additional funding to adequately staff the Department of Race and Equity ReInvest in preserving Oakland’s rich and diverse culture by increasing funding for arts and culture  ($3M over two years for the City’s Cultural Funding Program grantmaking budget) Reinvest in preserving our City’s rich culture by re-establishing Oakland’s Arts and Culture Commission and budget for its operation ($165K) Fund a feasibility and implementation study to establish a Public Bank in Oakland (100K) The ReFund Coalition is a subcommittee of the The Oakland Citywide Anti-Displacement Network and includes: ACCE Action, APEN, SEIU 1021, IFPTE Local 21, Causa Justa :: Just Cause, CBE, EBASE, EBHO, Oakland Rising, Unite Here 2850, East 12th Coalition, Public Advocates, CURYJ, Street Level Health Project, APTP, Pueblo, Oakland Tenants Union, Our Beloved Community, Oakland Creative Neighborhoods Coalition, and many others

Refund Oakland: Community & Labor Coalition
128 supporters
Petitioning Mayor Libby Schaaf

Mayor Schaaf Help Your Oakland Residents

Gentrification in Oakland is forcing low income folks to leave their homes and allowing rich folk who know nothing about the city or the culture to come in and change it all. Gentrification is “the buying and renovation of houses... in deteriorated urban neighborhoods by upper- or middle-income families or individuals, raising property values but often displacing low-income families”. Gentrification hurts working families. Gentrification causes cost on housing to go up which then leads to low income people or families to leave their homes or sometimes the city they know and love because they can’t afford it. The house cost rises because as those who can’t afford the housing leave people who can afford it start moving in and people selling their homes raise the prices because they know people who can pay the price are coming in. This phenomenon is slowly moving across the Bay Area and is now hitting Oakland hard. The rapid gentrification of Oakland is forcing working low-income people out of the city, which is dramatically changing Oakland’s culture. Since gentrification is affecting Oakland and it's residents, it is only right that the Mayor steps in to help. These people are losing their homes over something out of their control. A solution to this issue may be Mayor Schaaf creating subsidized housing for long-term residents being forced from their homes due to housing cost rising. Mayor Schaaf must create 150 units of subsidized housing by the end of 2018. That way people will be able to stay in the city they know and love. Keep the people and the culture of Oakland!      

Lavinia Saafi
123 supporters
Petitioning Oakland District 2 Council Member Abel Guillen, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

Keep Current Managers at Oakland's Grand Lake Market

The problem and the solution: A neighborhood group with fewer than a dozen members is trying to oust the Agricultural Institute of Marin as manager of the Grand Lake Farmers Market held each Saturday in Splash Pad Park. Meanwhile, Oakland Councilperson Abel Guillen is awaiting a recommendation from his staff whether to extend AIM's contract. (City staff in January already recommended such an extension.)  Both local politicians and city staff need to hear from those who over the years have enjoyed and appreciated the market. Sign this petition if you think that AIM has done a good job and that pushing them out and replacing them with another group - possibly one with no experience running a farmers market - is a bad idea.  Certainly the market might be improved in small ways, but those improvements should be negotiated with AIM, a group that has acted with competence and in good faith for nearly two decades. A signature on this petition is a vote of confidence in AIM and for the future of the Grand Lake Farmers Market.  Who has created this petition: Edith and Michael Robertson, who have lived in Oakland for 37 years and in the Grand/Lakeshore neighborhood for 26 years. Why we care: When we moved into this neighborhood, Lakeshore was a "ghost street," and Grand Avenue wasn't much better. When in the late 1990s Oakland Councilperson John Russo attempted to plant a Trader Joe's in Splash Pad Park, we were part of the resistance, which ultimately repelled Russo and saved the park for the people. A key part of that resistance was the creation of the farmers market. We were part of the committee that selected the group now known as AIM to help create the market. They made many promises about how the market would be organized and supported, and about the benefits it would bring the neighborhood as people were brought into shop on Saturday and would stay to shop at existing merchants - and come back the other six days of the week. They carried out their promises, and their prediction has proved true: Lakeshore and Grand avenues are now thriving, and AIM deserves substantial credit.  Tossing them now would be unfair. More to the point, it would be unwise. They know how to run a challenging, complicated market.  That newcomers would run a market as good, much less better, is unlikely. That it would be inferior is likely. The neighborhood can't afford the risk. Sign if you support AIM's continued management of the market.

JM Robertson
79 supporters
Urge congress to return ICE deported oncology nurse Maria Mendoza Sanchez to U.S. (S.1763)

Maria represents the best of Oakland – a dedicated registered nurse at Highland Hospital who has cared for our residents in their most vulnerable moments, as well as a loving wife and mother of four children. She and Eusebio epitomize the Oakland spirit; they are devoted members of our community, proud parents of highly accomplished students, and we honor and support their family as they face this life changing moment. As mayor of Oakland, I believe in keeping families together. The Trump administration’s arbitrary and cruel enforcement of immigration policies tears families apart. Our community needs Maria and Eusebio Sanchez. We will do everything in our power to reunite Maria with her family, her patients, and our fellow Oaklanders. Sincerely, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

6 months ago