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Mayor Libby Schaaf

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

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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. 12/14/18 UPDATE:  Maria will be home this weekend and this fund is to help her get back on her feet after all these months away, please help if you can:   Facebook page:  

Nancy MacKinnon
95,706 supporters
Petitioning Charles E. Schumer, Peter T. King, Nicole Malliotakis, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Animal ACTion Network, Eric Garcetti, Eric Johnson, Corey Johnson, Edwin Lee, Annise Parker, Li...

Grant retired military and police K-9's the same exemptions as service animals

The Retired Police Canine Foundation is supporting this petition and this is the goal: Give retired law enforcement, Military and off-duty k9s the same exemptions as service animals – let them live anywhere with their owners and accompany their owners on public transportation.   In most places an off-duty police or military k9 is considered a pet when not on duty but a service animal can accompany their civilian owner in public and on public transportation. An off-duty police or military k9 can be denied housing but a civilian service animal can not. These rules are doing a disservice to these American heroes and their handlers. Police and military k9s are highly trained and certified by state, local and in some cases national organizations. Police and military k9s off duty or retired are a deterrent to crime and terrorism. K9s are one of the most effective crime fighting tools. They are in most cases trained to search for lost children and the elderly. They faithfully serve our country and community. Having an off duty or retired k9 living in your building or riding on a train or airplane with you offers you and your community an extra layer of protection and safety.  Military personal are returning from serving our country suffering from PTSD and are unable to adopt there k9s because they cannot find housing that will accept the type of dog that they have. Police officers are experiencing the same resistance.These heroes  and their retired and off duty k9s protect your community and our nation from all kinds of threats.  Military working dogs fearlessly serve our nation saving thousands of lives each year. These animals deserve to remain with their handlers and need to be exempt from outdated housing rules and public transportation ordinances. These heroes deserve the same exemptions as civilian service animals when they are with their respective handler.    

Frank Rpk9f
7,890 supporters
Petitioning Mayor Libby Schaaf

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 Jung Jang Sun 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”

7,129 supporters
Petitioning Barbara Lee

Emergency financial relief for Tattoo Shops and Hair Salons in the Bay Area

Since March 16, 2020, the public health emergency that is Covid 19 has forced the closure of all tattoo shops and hair salons in the Bay Area. Most of these small businesses are run by one or two owner/operators and employ a team of   independently licensed contractors who are paid by commission and taxed through a 1099-misc form. Our artisans are not considered employees under the rules for financial relief to small businesses. Therefore, local tattoo shop and salon owners are ineligible for financial relief under the PPP.    We and our artists file our taxes under a schedule C and unemployment benefits are based on our net income, which after deductions, is usually very low in comparison to our adjusted gross income. We pay for our own health insurance, supplies, liability insurance, licensing, and marketing. Our artists and stylists depend on their shops being open to earn a living. We rent storefront retail space in the Bay Area in a very expensive rental market. Because there is no official moratorium on rent, we are at the mercy of our landlords, who themselves are eligible for mortgage forgiveness, but choose not to extend rent forgiveness to us, their tenants. We have continued to pay rent on these closed storefronts with no financial assistance from the federal, state, or local governments. Many of us have leases of 5 years or longer and are obligated by law to honor them to maintain our credit.    Local grants that have been offered through our cities, just like the PPP, require at least 2 full time employees who receive a W-2 and so are also not available to us. Most of us applied for the EIDL as early as March 17th with no word from the SBA. We are writing to ask for rent grants that will reimburse us for the rent we have to pay while unable to earn a living. Because our businesses are regulated by the department of environmental health, it is illegal for us to work anywhere but the physical shop itself. Even if we are allowed to re-open by June, we will still have lost a minimum of three months rent and utilities with no income whatsoever. For most of us, recovery will be extremely slow and financially difficult. Responsible shop owners who honor their leases and support their contractors with their own personal savings are left out in the cold.    Please consider carving out a modest grant fund or other form of financial relief to reimburse the business rent and utilities we shop owners have been paying since March 16,2020. The application should be available for licensed tattoo and salon business owners with contract labor only who can provide documented proof of rent and utilities payment. We are not asking for handouts. We are asking that the safety net for small businesses be extended to our unique industries for rent reimbursement and nothing more. We want to stay open so that, when it’s safe, our artisans can quickly get back to earning an income. Thank you.  

Karen Roze
2,461 supporters
Petitioning J. Nicholas Williams, Mayor Libby Schaaf, Rebecca Kaplan, Park and Recreation Advisory Commission (PRAC)

Build the Oakland Roller Skate Plaza

We, the undersigned, support the creation of a designated outdoor roller skating space in Oakland, California.  Roller skating is a fun, affordable way for the whole family to get active & connect to the community.  Skate plazas are a smart use of space & easy to build.  In cities like SF, LA, NY & WDC, skate plazas are not only local treasures but bustling tourist attractions and popular venues for planned events, vibrant with music, dance, joy, friendship & community.  We want the same for Oakland!  We need it and we deserve it!   People love Roller Skating!  Already a popular activity in the bay area (SF’s Skatin Place, various roller rinks, derby leagues and skate meetup groups), roller skating has seen a surge in new skaters as people look for ways to exercise while maintaining social distance during the pandemic.   In addition to all the new skaters, a large segment of experienced skaters that previously only skated indoors at roller rinks, have discovered & embraced outdoor skating.  All this interest and no place to call our own! Existing Skate Plazas are vibrant, beloved spaces that enjoy high public approval. Communities LOVE their outdoor roller skate spaces!   People not only come to skate but come to picnic & watch because it’s so joyful & entertaining.  Roller skate plazas are bustling destinations that combine many components of happiness: music, dance, art, expression, exercise, community, sunshine, laughter & more!  A few success stories: Skatin’ Place - San Francisco, CA Venice Beach Skate Dance Plaza - Los Angeles, CA Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion - Washington, DC The Skate Circle - New York, NY Black Skate Culture is a big deal!   Like other activities, roller skating trends up/down over the years.  Interestingly, the black community has held steadfast to skating regardless of trends.  Black skate culture has figured prominently in politics, the civil rights movement & new music.  So rooted, the connection among black skaters to each other & skating, “skate family” or “skate fam” is the vernacular. The most dedicated travel to rinks all over the country to attend their choice of close to 400 skate parties scheduled every year.  While Skate families are tight & involved as ever, they still fight to exist because roller rinks aren’t as profitable as condos & big box stores.  The HBO documentary, “United Skates” chronicles blacks skate culture & the steady shuttering of rinks to make way for more profit.  We believe with the leadership of organizations like parks & rec departments, we can keep this vital community alive & skating outside! In summary, an outdoor skate plaza would be a positive space for Oaklanders & a smart build for the City Asset to local business - Our skate plaza will be a popular destination & visitors will  visit local small businesses Positive Publicity for Oakland - Imagine the cool factor and positive publicity this will contribute to our city! Big bang for the buck - Relatively low build cost to create a high usage site  Uncomplicated & familiar construction -  A smooth level surface, similar to basketball court at Washington Sq Park in Alameda would suffice.  An open air roofed structure similar to The Rink at Thompson's Point in Maine, Anacostia Skate Plaza in WDC or Harris Pavilion, would support all season use. Inclusive activity - Recreation that serves a broad range of people: toddlers to seniors of all backgrounds and varying abilities. Relatively low risk - all activity has associated risks though roller skating at a plaza is lower risk than a number of activities supported by & occupying space in the park system. Community Builder - Site can host public events. Will strengthen local skate families who are involved community members that take care of each other & mentor their youth.  Educational possibilities - Potentially host K-12 STEM field trips. The STEM Roller Skating curriculum was created by RSA to be in line w/ Common Core lesson topics.  This Field Trip is currently offered at a wonderful but prohibitively distant rink, Paradise Skate Roller Rink in Antioch. Childcare possibilities - Location could be staffed to host After School & Summer Camp programs.  Similar programs exist locally,  “Skate Like a Girl”, for example. We truly believe this would be a wonderful addition to our unique city!  Thank you for your support.  

Donna Milich
2,024 supporters
Petitioning Ken Schwarz, Mayor Libby Schaaf, Dan Kalb, Abel Guillen, Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Noel Gallo, Sheng Thao, Larry Reid, Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland Fire Department

Save our forests

Our forests are in danger. The City of Oakland has released the draft of an environmentally catastrophic plan to chop down hundreds of thousands of healthy trees across 1,925 acres of public lands and 308 miles of roadway and to give city officials the unlimited discretion to clear cut any trees or forests they choose without public approval. It is a costly, destructive, and radical public land transformation that is predicated on the extensive use of herbicides and which will increase both the risk and severity of fire, imperiling public health and safety. And it will result in a whole host of additional and unavoidable harms including exacerbating climate change, destroying animal habitat, negatively impacting local businesses and property values, eroding community character, increasing the threat of landslides, and ruining the quiet enjoyment of people’s properties. Eventually, as a result of the impact of climate change and Sudden Oak Death Syndrome to which all oak trees are predicted to succumb, it will result in public lands that are barren and treeless.  Moreover, the Draft Vegetation Management Plan (DVMP) ignores the results of the city’s own survey which revealed that the public was against the use of herbicides and the destruction of healthy trees. In fact, Horizon, the consulting company which created the plan, refused to meet with citizens who opposed broadscale tree removal and pesticide use beyond cursory public meetings, while providing private access to those who supported them. As such, it is undemocratic and was designed to achieve a predetermined conclusion unrelated to its stated goals or the will of Oakland citizens. In that regard, it is also unlawful. To save our beautiful forests and the iconic local character, stunning vistas, shady hiking trails, and animal habitat they create, tell Mayor Libby Schaaf, the City Council, the Oakland Fire Department, and other city officials to reject the DVMP. Read our opposition by clicking here. Sign the petition. NOTE: After you sign this petition, will ask you for a donation. This money does NOT go to us. If you would like to donate to our efforts, you can do so instead at in the Take Action page.

Save the East Bay Hills
1,692 supporters
Petitioning Consumer Affairs Branch, Mayor Libby Schaaf, Barbara J. Parker, PG&E Tree Removal Program

Stop PG&E From Killing Healthy Trees

PG&E has embarked on an environmentally destructive plan to cut down healthy trees in neighborhoods throughout its 100,000 miles of transmission lines. In the San Francisco East Bay hills, for instance, there are some streets where the tallest trees on virtually every lot will be destroyed or radically cut back, devastation that will render such neighborhoods unrecognizable after PG&E crews sweep through with chainsaws to destroy the very thing that makes such neighborhoods so desirable: their natural beauty. In the place of soaring trees, large canopies, shade, and habitat for local wildlife, PG&E will leave tree stumps and empty sky, with many remaining trees being profoundly hacked without regard for beauty or symmetry. Not only will this loss take an emotionally devastating toll on many local residents, but by degrading landscaping and destroying property value-enhancing trees, it will also negatively impact what is for many residents their single greatest asset: their homes. Instead of allowing PG&E to kill trees, destroy local beauty and animal habitat, harm the environment, and degrade property values, the California Public Utilities Commission must force PG&E to eliminate the danger of fire by upgrading its equipment and putting lines underground. PG&E is sitting on over $1 billion in credit reserves to make these necessary upgrades. Instead of following the lead of other public utility agencies in California such as San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison which are already doing so, PG&E is determined to force local homeowners to bear the burdens associated with their attempt to limit liability from their own faulty and inadequate equipment instead. On behalf of the millions of Californians served by PG&E, we demand that the California Public Utility Commission immediately suspend the planned destruction of healthy trees growing on our properties and on our collectively owned public lands and demand that PG&E use its considerable financial resources to protect both the environment and public safety by upgrading their antiquated infrastructure instead. For more information, click here. NOTE: After you sign this petition, will ask you for a donation. This money does NOT go to us. If you would like to donate to our efforts, you can do so instead at in the Take Action page.

Save the East Bay Hills
1,546 supporters
Petitioning Mayor Libby Schaaf

Defund the Oakland Police Department and Invest in the Community

Dear Libby Schaaf, We, the undersigned Residents and Allies of Oakland, demand to Defund the Oakland Police Department and Invest in the Community. Reform is not enough. Let’s break it down… The Oakland Police Department's 2020-2021 budget is over $300 million dollars. Their budget is more than 1) Human Services, 2)Transportation, 3)Housing & Community Development, 4)Libraries, 5)Parks, Recreation, & Youth Development, 6)Economic & Workplace Development, And 7) Race & Equity budgets COMBINED!  In 2012, Skyline High School students were constantly around police officers that wore the same blue uniform as the murderer of Skyline senior, Alan Blueford. These children did not have the presence of a counselor, a nurse, a school psychologist, or social workers, and yet there continued, and continues, to be budget cuts from education. The Oakland School Police Department, on the other hand, currently costs over $6 million dollars a year.  Our Town is already expecting an $80 million dollar deficit due to one of the pandemics sweeping our nation, Covid-19. If you defund the police budget by half, this monetary problem can be solved with tens of millions of dollars to spare. Oakland’s current budget shows the people who you and your colleagues prioritize. Stop this trend of funneling disproportionate amounts of taxpayer money to the police (many of whom are not Oakland residents) and prove to us that you are not a Performative Ally. Initiate this change to support and build up our youth, our neighborhoods, and our communities, in order to heal ‘Your’ Town. List of demands: - Reduce Oakland Police Department’s General Fund Budget by at least 50%- Remove police from the Oakland Unified School District and disband their contract- Invest in community budgets that benefit public health, race and equity, housing for all, and education- Do not use these community-based budgets to cover for the Covid-19 deficit Sincerely, Residents and Allies of Oakland  

Residents and Allies of Oakland
1,469 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
1,462 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

3 years ago