Please add Emerald New Deal to this agenda: this people-powered initiative is too important to continue to wait to hear it in committees, please start discussing it now, get it to full City Council, and place it on the ballot for Oakland voters to decide in November! Oakland will set a precedent across the country for bold action and policy on racial equity by investing the existing cannabis business tax in the communities that were targeted by the racist War on Drugs. Marijuana is legal, restitution for those harmed during its criminalization is needed now! Emerald New Deal will center impacted community members to invest in re-entry support, mental health, housing access, economic self-sufficiency, and community and economic development. Please act now!
The city-wide NEIGHBORS DEFENDING OUR HOMES COALITION (NDH) supports a truly equitable Progressive Business Tax. However, this proposal heavily discriminates against Mom & Pop rental providers, demanding a tax rate 35 times as much as grocers, for example. Small rental housing providers (5 units or less) must be separated from commercial landlords & added to the “N. Miscellaneous” tax category.
Hundreds of small, local rental providers are facing loss of their property, especially during this drastic Covid economic crisis. Yet under the proposal, rent from a duplex, triplex or the basement in your home, even from a family member, will continue to be taxed at the highest rate in Oakland. Other cities exempt such rental providers from local business taxes as responsible public officials understand such rental housing is more affordable & can slow displacement & homelessness, at NO cost to taxpayers. Yet this measure continues the sad history of discouraging & punishing providers of lower cost, naturally occurring housing unlike any other Bay Area city. The 2019 Bus.Tax Exemption is a sad hoax--only 60 people applying in 3 years?!?
The City Council & Mayor repeat concerns about the increasing, rampant displacement of long-time Oakland families, the crisis in affordable rental units, needs for ADUs, and homelessness. Why has the Oakland CC totally dropped their equity lens in the matter of taxing Mom & Pop rental providers!?!
The NEIGHBORS DEFENDING OUR HOMES COALITION
I Support Councilmember Gallo's request to require a Complete, Independent Financial Analysis made available to Public before the City agrees to any Deal using public funds to support Billionaire John Fisher's stadium, Luxury real estate & office development at Howard Terminal. Fact the Only financial analysis provided comes from the A's, and it Lacks Transparency or provide the Full picture of Public Resources needed for the project. Alvirdia Owens resident of District 3