Eli will fight for Oakland families and underserved communities.
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MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE RESPONSIVE TO THE NEEDS OF WORKING FAMILIES
The City Attorney’s Office must apply an equity lens in all of its work from legislative recommendations, policy, and enforcement in order to dismantle institutional racism embedded within the City of Oakland. As your City Attorney, I will accomplish this task by:
The CAO will work with the Department of Race and Equity to identify pieces of legislation and policies that perpetuate structural racism across City services and programs in order to change them.
Provide a robust racial equity training for all staff to better ground the CAO’s work in racial equity and social and economic justice.
Reevaluate the CAO’s equity metrics to ensure that our work shifts its emphasis from punitive measures to restorative justice. If we are intent on creating a more just and equitable Oakland, we have to make sure the City’s policies are not inadvertently adding to the burden already experienced by our communities, especially low-income people of color.
PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF OUR MOST VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES
The City Attorney’s Office can be a powerful tool against all forms of injustice by proactively upholding the law. As your City Attorney, I will investigate and prosecute those seeking to inflict harm on our communities: from employment and housing discrimination to environmental degradation, from wage theft to consumer fraud.
Investigate and prosecute consumer fraud, especially fraudulent COVID-19 products, targeting the elderly and our most vulnerable residents.
Fight unjust housing conditions and landlords who discriminate against tenants -- Section 8 holders, LGBTQ, low-income people of color.
Hold accountable big polluters that disproportionately diminish the air quality in communities of color.
Target corporations and employers that discriminate against non-white employees and create unsafe working conditions.
PROVIDE STRONG GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT & ACCOUNTABILITY
At a time when bad actors are eager to exploit this pandemic for personal and financial gain, often at the expense of Oakland's working families and hardworking taxpayers, the City Attorney can be instrumental in creating more transparency and bringing more accountability in government:
Implement a zero-tolerance policy for all sorts of misconduct.
Investigate police misconduct.
Improve intergovernmental communication to better uphold ethical and legal standards across the CAO & city departments.
BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN COMMUNITIES & THE CAO
The City Attorney’s Office should inform residents, business owners, and stakeholders about current and new regulations through regular community meetings throughout Oakland and actively enforce laws. As a hands-on leader, who believes that communities should have a say in decisions that affect them, I will work tirelessly to:
Foster a meaningful and open relationship between the CAO and communities, many of whom often feel unheard, through regular multilingual community outreach.
Improve reporting mechanisms around workplace discrimination, housing violations, etc.
Improve Code Enforcement and Fire Vegetation notices.
Streamline administrative appeal process for Civil Penalties and Administrative Citations.
Prioritize the enforcement of property blight, encroachments, illegal dumping, and other Municipal Code violations.
Enhance our capacity to meet the needs of our communities by promoting the Neighborhood Law Corp (NLC) attorneys to permanent Deputy City Attorneys.
IMPROVE GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY & EXPAND OFFICE CAPACITY & RESOURCES
The City in general and the City Attorney’s Office in particular must be prepared to weather economic and natural disasters. With the current stakes so high, we cannot remain complacent especially with bad actors eager to exploit the challenges posed by this pandemic. Now more than ever, we have to improve government efficiency and improve our capacity to protect and empower Oakland residents. As your City Attorney, I plan on improving the efficiency in the City Attorney’s Office by:
Reorganize the City Attorney’s Office by designating Deputy City Attorneys’ dedicated to the following:
The 2003 Negotiated Settlement Agreement Compliance.
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) issues.
Intergovernmental Liaison for regional cooperation.
Each City Department for direct interaction.
Reduce office costs by preventing high office turnover, which often leads to loss of institutional knowledge and talent.
Recalibrate and streamline the CAO’s hiring and recruitment process by creating a diverse pipeline of young and talented attorneys while dismantling barriers to public interest law that far too often plague first-generation non-white lawyers from low-income backgrounds.
Efficiently use outside counsel to reduce costs.
STREAMLINE HOUSING REGULATIONS WITH INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS
The affordable housing crisis is not only an Oakland problem, but a regional problem that affects everyone and requires regional and state-wide cooperation and solutions. The City can improve the elements within its control such as the zoning and permitting process. As your City Attorney, I will accomplish this by the following:
Establish a dedicated California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) attorney within the City Attorney’s Office.
Recommend California Building Standards Code amendments to the California Building Standards Commission.
Review and update regulations affecting the Planning & Building Department.
Create and implement a faster Planning & Building Department permit process.
Streamline the process for building accessory dwelling units (ADU’s).
Effective use of state density bonus rules for new housing.