Rebecca Kaplan 
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Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

Yes, I (and others) are pushing to get the advisory board set up immediately. If you are interested in serving on the soda tax advisory board please send your information to my Chief of Staff at SThao (at) Oaklandnet (dot) com.

-Rebecca Kaplan

P.S. Some asked about Oakland's process to appoint Boards. Here is that law:

Section 601. Boards and Commissions.

Members of boards and commissions shall be appointed by the Mayor subject to confirmation by the affirmative vote of five members of the Council and may be removed for cause, after hearing, by the affirmative vote of at least six members of the Council. Vacancies shall be filled for any unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointments were made; provided, however, that if the Mayor does not submit for confirmation a candidate to fill the vacancy within 90 days of the date the vacancy first occurred, the Council may fill the vacancy. If the Mayor does submit for confirmation a candidate to fill a vacancy within the 90-day time frame and the Council does not confirm the candidate, the 90-day period shall commence anew.

Posted by Rebecca Kaplan on 05/01/2017 at 6:05 PM

Re: “West Oakland Fire Survivors Say City's Response Is Unacceptable and Victim Assistance Is Lacking

Many thanks to everyone who has stepped up so far to help the San Pablo fire victims, including our first responders, housing staff, the Oakland Warehouse Coalition, and multiple faith leaders and Congregations. And, I wanted to share an UPDATE: There is now a method to make Tax-Deductible contributions online to help the unmet needs of those who have been displaced. Thanks to First Presbyterian Church of Oakland for setting this up. To make a tax deductible contribution, visit:…

Posted by Rebecca Kaplan on 04/04/2017 at 7:26 PM

Re: “As Trump Advances Pipelines, Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Calls on CalPERS to Divest

Thanks for the story -- if people want to join us in asking CalPERS to take our money out of DAPL, you can sign the petition online at:

Posted by Rebecca Kaplan on 01/25/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Mayor's Power Will Grow if Voters Approve Oakland Police Commission

FYI -- I am still voting for the Police Commission Measure

I was proud to stand together with a broad coalition of community, and make the motion in support of the requested Amendment, to have all Commissioners appointed independently. I believe this was the right way to go, to maximize public trust and reduce fear of political influence. Although it didn't pass, I wanted to say that I will still be voting for the Police Commission Measure this fall. I have great appreciation for the grassroots organizers who have been working on this for years, and for the significant progress the Measure represents. It contains important steps forward -- including on the specific issue debated here -- because without the ballot Measure, the Mayor gets to appoint 100% of Commissioners. So moving to a majority of community-appointed Commissioners (in this case, 4 out of 7) would make a difference. In addition, other issues, such as to better deal with use of force, racial profiling problems, handling crowds and more, also make it worth supporting.

Rebecca Kaplan

Posted by Rebecca Kaplan on 08/01/2016 at 3:12 PM

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