We represent organizations and constituents who care deeply about our City, its future and the direction of Oakland – and the families, children, and men and women who comprise the fabric of our city and in many instances, provide the public safety, healthcare and other services that protect and maintain our local quality of life.
We are writing to request that the Oakland City Council take immediate and decisive action to address the crisis facing our City. Consider this:
As many as 1,000-1,500 Oakland tenants are being displaced per month.
Oakland rents are now the 4th highest in the country, with one- bedroom apartments costing over $2,500 per month – virtually half the average household income in Oakland.
We are losing Oakland’s racial and economic diversity before our very eyes. Low-income residents who have lived and worked in our City for years can’t afford to stay here.
Our teachers, nurses, restaurant and hotel workers, police officers and firefighters can no longer afford to buy or rent a home in our City.
Now is the time for strong leadership to expand access to housing more Oakland families can afford and end skyrocketing rents and illegal evictions.
The Committee to Protect Oakland Renters and our Coalition Partners request the following:
1. Support the Protect Oakland Renters Act Ordinance submitted to the City Council.
2. Agendize discussion of the Ordinance at the Council meeting in early May.
Your doing so will ultimately allow a transparent public discussion about whether Oakland’s voters should decide whether to address these urgent issues of displacement, housing, and the protections our renters desperately need. We urge the Council to act to place this Ordinance on the November 2016 ballot for Oakland’s voting public to consider and will expect a response by April 25th.
Angela Glover Blackwell, Treasurer
Committee to Protect Oakland Renters
Crocker Highlands Resident
Julina Bonilla, Vice President
Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees
Cat Brook, Founder
ONYX, West Oakland Resident
Josie Camacho, Executive Secretary-Treasurer
Alameda Labor Council
Dr. Arthur Chen, MD, Family Medicine
Asian Health Services
Rev. Dr. George Cummings
Imani Community Church
Rev. Damita Davis-Howard
First Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church
Reverend Billy Dixon
At Thy Word Ministries
David Kakishiba, President Emeritus
OUSD Board of Governors
Fr. Stephan Kappler
St. Jarlath Catholic Church
Fr. Aidan McAleenan
St. Columba Catholic Church
Rev. Ben McBride, Regional Director of Clergy Development
Rev. Monte McClain
College Ave. Presbyterian Church
Jahmese Myres, Planning Commissioner
City of Oakland
Arnold Perkins, Public Health Leader
Former Director, Alameda County Public Health Department
Jessica Pitt, Executive Director
East Bay Workforce Development Leader
Crocker Highlands Resident
Joshua Simon, Executive Director
East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC)
Rev. Michael Wallace
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church
*Organizations for Identification Purposes Only.