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Vice Mayor Kaplan Responds to National Rifle Association Attacks
December 14, 2015
OAKLAND, CA – On Tuesday December 15, Oakland’s Public Safety Committee will hear new proposals requiring stricter gun safety.
In the past days, the NRA has attacked Oakland Vice Mayor Kaplan for her leadership in support of gun safety, asking supporters to speak-out against the measures.
The Ordinances, co-authored by Vice Mayor Kaplan, City Attorney Barbara Parker and Councilmembers Kalb and Campbell Washington, will include requirements to secure all firearms and ammunition in unattended vehicles, and for gun owners to keep their firearms secured with a trigger lock or in a lock box.
Recently, several horrific murders have been committed with guns stolen from vehicles.
Vice Mayor Kaplan responded to NRA’s attacks stating, “The NRA claim that they are for responsible gun ownership. But leaving a gun loose in the backseat of an unattended car is incredibly irresponsible. Does the NRA really defend having people leave guns loose where they can easily get into the hands of criminals and end up with people killed -- including Ramos and Steinle? Letting guns be left where they can so easily be stolen is bad for public safety. And if the NRA wants guns to be easily stolen then they don't care about safety -- just about selling more guns.”
Last week, the Oakland City Council unanimously passed Vice Mayor Kaplan’s proposal to support the 2016 California ballot initiative “Safety For All Act” by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom – which would include running background checks for all firearm and ammunition buyers, reporting lost and stolen firearms, and other common-sense gun safety measures.
December 15 Public Safety Committee commences at 6pm in Oakland City Hall. Click here for Public Safety Committee agenda – see item #10.
Oakland City Council Unanimously Passes Kaplan's Gun Safety Proposal to Support The "Safety For All Act" 2016 Ballot Intiative
Ari Freilich, staff attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, spoke in support of Vice Mayor Kaplan’s proposal, “Nearly 9,000 Californians were killed or seriously injured by firearms in 2013. Gun laws matter and community leaders and elected officials here in Oakland are leading the way”.
Vice Mayor Kaplan's Gun Safety Proposal Passes Unanimously
November 17, 2015
OAKLAND, CA – Following a passionate and heartfelt discussion about the impact of gun violence on Oakland residents Oakland’s City Council unanimously approved Vice Mayor Kaplan’s gun safety proposal, which creates implementation plans to stop illegal guns and gun violence in Oakland.
Paula Hawthorn, co-chair of the Oakland/Alameda County Brady Campaign, thanked the Council and especially Councilmember Kaplan for their leadership in getting the guns off the streets of Oakland, “This $500,000 per year, for a two year pilot program, will help prevent deaths in Oakland by funding innovative programs, including Social Network Analysis, which is necessary to shut down the illegal selling of guns”, Dr. Hawthorn said in expressing her appreciation that this is being approved by the Council.
This past summer, Vice Mayor Kaplan secured $1 million dollars in the new City of Oakland budget to fund special gun investigations. Last week, the Public Safety Committee unanimously approved implementation plans for these funds. "We know these crimes are happening with illegal firearms," Kaplan said. "If we can better control the number of guns coming into our city, then we can actually do something about reducing gun crime."
The implementation plan includes, updating technology and staffing for gun tracing efforts -- which are aimed to improve solving gun crimes, tracing illegal guns and, in-turn, shutting down more illegal gun dealers. It will also fund the launch of a new pilot program to immediately provide police response to notifications of gunshots. “By responding immediately to notifications of shots fired, we will help send a message to the community that we care about stopping gun violence – and send a message to criminals that if you take a shot, you will get caught!”, Kaplan said. "Police showing up could encourage a neighborhood, letting them know that somebody is serving and protecting them, and increase the odds of catching and stopping the shooters.”
Prior to Kaplan’s budget amendment, the City of Oakland devoted minimal resources towards specifically stopping gun crime and illegal gun dealing. “If we are serious about stopping gun violence, we need to take action against the proliferation of guns and illegal gun dealing. We have learned that the overwhelming majority of gun crimes are being committed by people who obtained their guns illegally. Shutting down access to illegal guns is a necessary step in reducing gun violence. In Oakland, we need to make sure we are devoting our vital public safety resources to stop the spread of illegal gun dealing and gun violence”, says Vice Mayor Kaplan.
Speaking to the disproportionate destruction that the toll of gun violence has on young people, Council President Gibson McElhaney expressed her enthusiastic support for Vice Mayor Kaplan’s proposal noting that the leading cause of death for African American youth was gun violence and that this law was an important step in addressing our gun crises.
Oakland's City Council Passes Funding For Housing Displacement and MTC-ABAG Resolution
October 21, 2015
OAKLAND, CA – Last night, Oakland’s City Council unanimously passed two important resolutions, a resolution amending the City’s budget to allocate $340,000 to fight against displacement and a resolution that opposes MTC’s withholding of ABAG funds, pending a partial merger.
Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan and Councilmember Brooks co-authored the Brooks-Kaplan Budget Amendment. The proposal allocates funding towards 2 vital community based enforcement, including: the minimum wage & paid sick-days law in the amount of $240,000, and outreach and education of the Tenant Protection Ordinance and Just-Cause Eviction law in the amount of $100,000. As part of the proposal, staff is to begin the RFP process for implementation of these programs immediately.
“What this means is that, by enforcing the minimum wage and paid sick-days law, it will ensure that employees are not being shortchanged, and by educating tenants of their rights around eviction laws, displaced tenants will have a better understanding of their rights and of the various reliefs that they are legally entitled to.” says Vice Mayor Kaplan.
The passing of the MTC-ABAG resolution, co-authored by Vice Mayor Kaplan along with Councilmember Brooks and Councilmember Kalb, is in response to MTC’s threat of a hostile take-over of ABAG. The resolution illustrates that the City of Oakland is not in support of MTC’s threats of withholding funding to ABAG, instead, the Council is urging the release of ABAG’s full funding. The resolution, however, supports a transparent discussion which should include all stakeholders on restructuring of the relationship, including a possible full merger.
Vice Mayor Kaplan, stated last night during the City Council meeting that, she has served on a special committee which successfully merged two government agencies before, and is not against a full merger, that in fact, a full merger makes sense in order to cut down costs and inefficiencies, but it must not involve threats or bullying. The Alameda CTC, which is the merger that Vice Mayor Kaplan successfully assisted with, is given the highest possible bond rating, for more information click here.
MTC will be hearing this item at their next scheduled meeting next Wednesday, October 28th at 9:45am in the MetroCenter Auditorium at 101 Eighth Street, Oakland 94607. For a list of MTC leadership, click here.