Letter To Mayor & Council

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

Rachel Richman
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.