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This past Tuesday, the City Council took action on many different issues, including action on policies that directly affects District 4. I am proud to have worked hard on behalf of the residents of District 4 to advocate for policies that will uplift our District and all of Oakland.
You can see the full agenda of the Council Meeting here. Below are some highlights that directly impact District 4.
Prioritizing Wildfire Prevention
Climate change is changing our weather patterns, we’re seeing throughout the world increased flooding, warmer weather and here in Oakland, a longer dry season coupled with high winds, creating high fire risk days.
This is why I worked closely with stakeholders, including the Oakland Firesafe Council and co-sponsored by Councilmember Kalb, to write a Resolution calling for the City Administrator to present a report to the Public Safety Committee highlighting how the city will prioritize wildfire safety and response. I am pleased to announce the Resolution passed unanimously.
You can read the language here.
Some of the things that the City Administration’s report should cover are:
1) the extent to which the strategies will involve multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams in the development of pre-fire plans,
2) what wildfire prevention plans will include such as home hardening, evacuation and other wildfire prevention strategies for both private and public properties, and public communication strategies, before, during and after a wildfire event, and
3) the extent to which wildfire prevention will be addressed in the next updates to the City’s General Plan, Safety, Open Space, Hazard Mitigation Plans and other similar plans.
Business Tax Exemption For Small Landlords
We're in a housing crisis and we must do everything we can to maximize the number of affordable units available. This means thinking creatively and helping homeowners maximize their homes, if they so choose.
Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo drafted an Ordinance that would allow for homeowners who rent rooms in their residences or own an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU - also known as In-law unit) receive business tax exemption if they lived in Oakland for 2 years or more. I pushed for an Amendment to decrease the 2 years of residency in Oakland to 1 year because we’re in a housing crisis, we must increase our housing stock and allow for housing opportunities. One of the quickest way to increase our housing stock is to create incentives for Oaklanders to rent out rooms, put in place ADU’s and rent them out. However, I would have liked for the minimum residency qualifying factor to not be a variable at all, it does take an aye vote of the majority of the Council.
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