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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California

Ciudad de OaklandCandidato para Consejo Municipal, Distrito 3

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Lynette Gibson McElhaney

Oakland City Councilmember
13,147 votos (56.5%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • HOLISTIC PUBLIC SAFETY: Through the establishment of a dedicated Department of Violence Prevention invest in crime prevention and restorative justice programs that will radically reduce homicide and domestic violence
  • AFFORDABLE HOUSING & EQUITABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH: By increasing housing production, strengthening local hire, expanding international trade, redressing homelessness and chronic unemployment and supporting small business enterprise
  • PROTECTING DIVERSITY & IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE: Protecting Oakland's historic cultural institutions, supporting Oakland artists and arts organizations and redressing blight and environmental harms



Profesión:Oakland City Council President
Councilmember, District 3, City of Oakland (2013–current)
Board Member, Alameda County Oakland Community Action Partnership (AC-OCAP) — Cargo designado (2013–current)
Executive Committee / Board Member, East Bay Economic Development Alliance — Cargo designado (2013–current)
Executive Committee, Board Member, Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) — Cargo designado (2013–current)
Advisory Board Member, Boys & Girls Club of Oakland — Cargo elegido (2016–current)
Executive Director/CEO, Neighborhood Housing Services of the East Bay (2001–2015)


UC Berkeley B.A., Political Science (current)


As a West Oakland resident, I know too well the personal toll exacted upon or families suffer as a result of decades of systemic government neglect and indifference.  We endure environmental and economic injustice, high unemployment, high crime, inadequate policing and know the pain of both displacement and disinvestment.  As hordes of our family members and friends left in search of safer neighborhoods and better schools my husband and I were determined to stay to make Oakland better.

I am dedicated to public service. For two decades I dedicated my life to developing affordable housing and advocating for the needs of low income residents. In 2012, with no prior political experience, I ran for office to bring my skills and experience as a non-profit affordable housing administrator to work on challenges confronting my community. While others made big promises of rapid change, I humbly committed to work build consensus across political ideologies, economic and ethnic groups in order to solve our most pressing problems: jobs, housing, safety and our environment. 

I am an effective leader with a strong track record of tangible results.  Since taking office in 2013, I have emerged as a unifying voice among progressives on the Oakland City Council - an effective bridge builder that balances the needs of the neighborhood with the need to grow the local economy to create jobs, housing and access to retail and services. I have lead Council's efforts to restore municipal services to our neighborhoods, foster equitable economic growth and improve Oakland’s standing in the region. We have made significant inroads. Earning the trust of my colleagues, in 2015 I was elected President of the Council, becoming the only first-term legislator and African American woman to hold this critical position.  That same year I was named San Francisco Business Times’ “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business” and was also awarded a “Talented 25” leadership award by the SF Sun Reporter an honor I share with Attorney General Kamala Harris. 

The current city council is the most progressive that we’ve seen in decades. I led the budget that restored basic municipal services to pre-recession levels, increased funding for affordable housing and jobs programs, opened the long-anticipated West Oakland Youth Center, established the West Oakland Jobs Resource Center, raised over $3 Million to restore the historic deFremery Park, saved Head Start, led the effort to secure Measure Z - the $30M measure to fund community policing and restorative and launched the Compassionate Communities Initiative to end homelessness. The Council also created a Department of Race & Equity to confront historic inequality in the City’s practices; established a new Department of Transportation to improve pedestrian, cyclist and motorist safety; completed four area specific plans to stimulate positive economic growth; voted to raise the minimum wage; and set out ambitious plans to make the city more safe, and prosperous, by authoring Measure HH – a soda tax to combat health disparities, Measure JJ – the Protect Oakland Renters Act, and Measure LL – establishing an Independent Civilian Police Commission. 

In a poll taken just a few months ago, a majority of Oakland voters believe that City Hall is moving in the right direction, on the right track. This is why I've decided to seek a 2nd term. I want to continue to provide the thoughtful, strategic leadership that builds bridges internally and partnerships externally so that Oakland realizes our vision of being the most diverse and inclusive place to live, work, worship and play.

Now is the time to sustain our gains.  Below is a list of legislation that I have led or co-authored: 

• Led the City Council effort to ban the transport of coal in Oakland

• Led the fight to create an impact fee on development which requires developers to dedicate funding for affordable housing, parks and libraries

• Pushed to increase tenant protections to stabilize rents and keep Oakland affordable and diverse

• Voted to place a major bond measure on the Oakland ballot to fund affordable housing and fix our local streets and sidewalks

• Led the effort to pass Measure Z a vital investment of $25 million to fund youth programs and community policing programs that have decreased crime and recidivism

• Led the fight to fund the West Oakland Job Resource center that is combatting chronic unemployment and working to get Oaklanders jobs at the new development at the former Oakland Army Base

• Funded training on implicit bias and excessive force to limit police misconduct and improve police-community relations

• Established the first inter-jurisdictional task force to end the commercial sexual exploitation of our youth 

• Stimulated a multimillion-dollar investment in rehabilitation and improvements at historic deFremery Park ending a 20-year pattern of systemic neglect

• Passed legislation that made illegal dumping a crime, doubled the number of crews dedicated to clearing the debris and established a rewards program to catch those who trash Oakland

• Eliminated furloughs for City staff and provided long overdue raises after an extensive period of cuts.

• Established the West Oakland Educators Roundtable and supported efforts to triple the number of youth that graduate high school on time ready for college or career

• Voted to increase funding for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund 

• Co-authored the Protect Oakland Renters Act (Measure JJ) - a ballot measure that will significantly increase voter and funded improvements to the Rental Adjustment Program.

• Increased funding for the Workforce Investment Board, Day Labor Centers and established a fund to train formerly incarcerated residents. 

• Attracted the first full service grocer to District 3 in over 10 years, with two more in the planning stages

• Increased funding for Head Start, Public Libraries and funded a pilot program with the Oakland Unified School District to reduce truancy

• Intervened to stop HUD from devastating cuts to critical housing supports for Oakland’s low-income families

• Led the effort to establish the Black Arts Movement and Business District along the historic 14th Street corridor 

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Featured Endorsements

  • Sierra Club - S.F. Bay Chapter
  • Alameda County Democractic Party
  • Pastor Zachary E. Carey, True Vine Ministries

Organizaciónes (11)

  • Firefighters, IAFF 55
  • Teamsters Joint Council Local 7
  • Building Trades Council of Alameda County
  • Transport Oakland
  • East Bay Times
  • East Bay Young Democrats
  • East Bay Women's Political Caucus
  • East Bay Small Business Council
  • Oakland Latino Task Force
  • MGO Democractic Club
  • East Bay Forward

Funcionarios electos (21)

  • Port Commissioner Michael Colbruno
  • President Pro Temp Larry Reid
  • Senator Loni Hancock
  • Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson
  • Assemblymember Rob Bonta
  • Assemblymember Tony Thurmond
  • OUSD Board President James Harris
  • Peralta Trustee Julina Bonilla
  • Peralta Trustee Meredith Brown
  • Peralta Trustee Dr. Bill Riley
  • Peralta Trustee Linda Handy
  • Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington
  • Councilmember Dan Kalb
  • Councilmember Abel Guillen
  • Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan
  • Fmr. Assemblymember Nancy Skinner
  • BART Director Robert Rayburn
  • EBMUD Board Director Marguerite Young
  • BART Director Rebecca Saltzman
  • EBMUD Board Director William "Bill" Patterson
  • OUSD Director Roseanne Torres

Individuos (24)

  • Port Commissioner Ces Butner
  • Dr. Donna White Carey, Chief of Pediatrics, Highland Hospital
  • Pastor Gerald Agee, Past President, Pastors of Oakland
  • Dr. Michael Bell, Children's Hospital
  • Dr. Bert Lubin, CEO, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
  • John Burris, Esq,
  • Greg Hodge, fmr OUSD School Board member / District 3 Resident
  • Arnold Perkins, Director Alameda County Public Health Department (retired)
  • Ken Houston, Son of Oakland
  • Adamaka Ajaelo, Founder SelfEstem
  • Joey & Rose Lovett
  • Pastor Gregory Payton, Sr. Pastor, St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Oakland
  • Pastor Curtis Flemming, Bay Community Fellowship / District 3 Resident
  • Pastor Joseph Simmons, Sr. Pastor, St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church
  • Pastor Lawrence VanHook, Sr. Pastor, The Community Church / CEO Patton University
  • Brian & Relonda McGhee, McClymonds Alumni
  • Mr. Henry Linzie, McClymonds Alumni / Oakland Black Cowboys Association
  • Brigitte Cook, Constituency Services Director/Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Jazz Monique Hudson, District 3 Resident
  • Renia Webb, District 3 Resident
  • C.J. Hirschfield, CEO Fairyland / District 3 Resident
  • David Stein, Esq, Donahue Fitzgerald / District 3 Resident
  • Brian Stanley, CEO, Oakland Ed Fund / District 3 Resident
  • Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre, Chancellor, Peralta Community College District

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de League of Women Voters of Oakland (3)

Describe three major issues facing District 3, and touch briefly on how you would try to deal with them
Respuesta de Lynette Gibson McElhaney:

Priority #1 - Establish a Department of Violence Prevention

While Oakland honored a decrease in violent crime in 2015, homicides in District 3 were up 125%.  My 17 year old grandson was among those killed in the district, revealing that the city must do more to focus it's outreach efforts strategically.  The majority of the children killed by gunfire in Oakland lost their lives in District 3. Oakland is the 9th most violent city in the US.  This is the critical issue of our time.

Richmond CA saw more than a 70% decline in gun related homicide after establishing the Office of Neighborhood Safety.  Oakland voters have already provided the dedicated resources by approving Measure Z. The Administration now needs to create a department to strategically invest these critical resources, appointing a Chief of Violence Prevention that will report directly to the City Administrator and be responsible for coordinating Oakland's restorative justice, crime prevention and intervention efforts.

Priority #2 - Affordable Housing and Equitable Economic Development

District 3 is an area I affectionately call the Heart & Soul of the Town.  With it's robust transit inear structure, District 3 is home to downtown and the beautiful historic neighborhoods of West Oakland, Adams Point and North Oakland that are increasingly desirable to today's workers.  

Several projects that we've initiated in 2014 - 2016 that need to be nurtured to implementation.  

  • 3 affordable housing communities are under construction
  • 2 major office/hotel/retail projects that will result in several 100 permanent jobs and neighborhood serving retail and restaurants
  • Relocation of the industrial recycling centers from the neighborhoods to the former Oakland Army Base
  • Funding and program planning for the Black Arts Movement and Business District

Priority #3 - Full Implementation of the Compassionate Communities Inititative to decommission unpermitted tent communities and securing shelter and interim housing solutions for District 3's unsheltered residents.

Describe three major ways in which life is better in your district than it was 4 years ago.  
Respuesta de Lynette Gibson McElhaney:
  • We have significantly increased the resources dedicated to the residents of District 3.  From the $3M investment in the historic deFremery Park, to infrastructure improvements along key corridors and improved air quality at the Port of Oakland and adjacent former Oakland Army Base.  We have fought for and obtained a dedicated crime reduction team, a metro division of policing for downtown/Jack London Square and have been able to direct additional resources to non-profits who are working employment, youth development and anti-violence initiatives.
  • We opened the first full-service grocery store and pharmacy in over 10 years - The opening of Sprouts and CVS was a top priority for the mostly elderly residents that reside in District 3. I am extremely proud of our efforts to secure these two retailers along with other neighborhood serving retail and restaurants including Sleep Train, Chipotle and Starbucks.  This economic stimulus not only brings in much-needed revenue to the City of Oakland, it provides good food options in walking distance to over 5000 residents and workers.
  • We replaced Jackson Street - For nearly 30 years Jackson street was considered among the worst streets in the Bay Area, costing Oakland residents and workers thousands of dollars in auto and bike damage repairs, injuries and fatalities.  In addition to the major repair on Jackson Street, Embarcadero Street in Jack London has seen considerable improvements and we worked to enhance the underpass between Old Oakland and Jack London Square to improve sanitation and safety.
Which of these local Oakland ballot measures do you think is the most critical one; why do you choose that one?  a) Tax on distribution of sugar-sweetened beverages, b) Just Cause Ordinance amendment, c) infrastructure bond/affordable housing, d) citizen police commission  
Respuesta de Lynette Gibson McElhaney:

I am honored to have co-authored Measure JJ - the Protect Oakland Renters Act 2016 and Measure LL - Independent Citizen Police Oversight Commission and to have voted to pass both Measure HH - Sugar-sweetened beverage tax and Meausre KK - the Infrastructure Bond.  While each of these measures is critically important I believe Measure LL is the most critical measure before the people this year.  

If passed, Measure LL promises to create a more just and trustworthy means to address issues of police misconduct.  In addition to the ability to impose corrective actions on officers and executive leadership, Commissioners will provide guidance on policy including recruitment, hiring and promotions.

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