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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of OaklandCandidate for City CouncilAt Large

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Rebecca Kaplan

Oakland City Councilmember, At-Large
83,365 votes (52.1%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Police Reform: Greater community oversight of police and improve hiring practices.
  • Addressing Our Affordability Crisis: Continue to increase renter protections and affordable housing.
  • Safer Communities: Continue my work like banning coal and passing gun legislation.



Profession:Oakland City Councilmember
City Councilmember, Oakland (2008–current)


As a Councilmember, I’ve fought to protect and strengthen our community.  I led efforts to protect renters from displacement, expand affordable housing, support community oversight of our police department, protect our community from coal, and crack down on illegal guns. Here is more information on my accomplishments:

For Safer Neighborhoods

No Coal in Oakland– Rebecca helped to get the Oakland City Council to ban the loading and storage of coal in our community.

Gun Control– She passed gun legislation including banning leaving guns loose in unattended vehicles where they can easily be stolen, and added funding to crack down on shootings and illegal gun dealing.

For a Stronger Community

Police Accountability– Kaplan helped to fight for a strong police oversight commission, and authored a proposal to hire more people from Oakland, and address the under-representation of women, LGBT people, and people of color in our police department.

Protecting Renters– As housing displacement is hurting our community, Kaplan authored a Measure for the November ballot to protect renters from excessive rent increases and wrongful evictions.

For a Dynamic City

Uptown Bike Station and Broadway Shuttle– Rebecca launched and secured funding for the Uptown Bike Station at 19th St, and the Free Broadway Shuttle that serves the core of Oakland and connects vital destinations to BART, Amtrak, the Ferry, and more.

Fixing our transportation infrastructure– Kaplan helped write and pass Measure BB to expand pothole repair, increase transit service, provide free bus passes for our school kids, improve bicycle and pedestrian safety, and create thousands of good-paying local jobs.

New Industries– Kaplan leads Oakland’s successful effort to legalize, tax, and regulate cannabis, and has passed laws to enable backyard gardens, mobile food vending, and other sustainable industries.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Loni Hancock, California State Senator
  • Sierra Club
  • Democratic Party of Alameda County

Organizations (12)

  • Oakland Justice Coalition
  • Alameda Labor Council
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)
  • Oakland Firefighters IAFF Local 55
  • Wellstone Democratic Club
  • John George Democratic Club
  • League of Conservation Voters East Bay
  • Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) Action
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • California Nurses Association
  • Building & Construction Trades Council of Alameda County, AFL-CIO

Elected Officials (24)

  • Rebecca Saltzman, BART Board Director
  • Sandré Swanson, Former California Assemblymember
  • Scott Haggerty, Alameda County Board of Supervisors
  • Keith Carson, Alameda County Board of Supervisors
  • Eric Mar, City and County of San Francisco Supervisor
  • Dan Kalb, Oakland City Councilmember
  • Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Oakland City Councilmember
  • Noel Gallo, Oakland City Councilmember
  • Larry Reid, Oakland City Councilmember
  • Annie Campbell Washington, Oakland City Councilmember
  • Jim Prola, San Leandro Vice Mayor
  • Trish Spencer, Alameda Mayor
  • Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Alameda Vice Mayor
  • Jumoke Hinton-Hodge, Oakland Unified School District Member
  • Sheila Jordan, Former Alameda County Superintendent of Schools
  • Corina Lopez, Democratic Central Committee
  • Andy Katz, East Bay Municipal Utility District Director
  • Doug Linney, East Bay Municipal Utility District Director
  • Liz Figueroa, Former California State Senator
  • Don Perata, Former State Senator
  • Jim Frazier, California Assemblymember, Chair, Transportation Committee
  • Rob Bonta, California Assemblymember
  • Bob Wieckowski, California State Senator
  • Mario Juarez, Democratic Central Committee

Individuals (2)

  • Van Jones, Prominent Social Justice and Environmental Advocate
  • Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Sr., Emeritus Pastor, Allen Temple

Who gave money to this candidate?

To see who is funding campaigns in Oakland, visit Open Disclosure Oakland.

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LWVO Videos — October 23, 2016 League of Women Voters Oakland

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