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City of OaklandCandidate for Mayor

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Libby Schaaf

Mayor of Oakland
84,502 votes (53.2%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Fighting displacement and housing our most vulnerable citizens
  • Keeping the Oakland Promise
  • Holistic Community Safety



Profession:Mayor of Oakland
Mayor, City of Oakland — Elected position (2014–current)
District 4 Councilmember, Oakland City Council — Elected position (2010–2014)
Senior Policy Advisor for Community & Economic Development to the City, Oakland City Council — Appointed position (2009–2010)
Director of Public Affairs, Port of Oakland (2006–2008)
Special Assistant, Office of Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown — Appointed position (2004–2006)
Legislative Aide, City Council President De La Fuente — Appointed position (1999–2004)
Program Director, Marcus A. Foster Educational Institute (1995–1998)
Attorney, Reed Smith (1992–1995)


Loyola Law School Juris Doctor (J.D.) (1993)
Rollins College Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science (1987)


Oakland native Libby Schaaf was elected as Mayor in 2014. Since then she has taken dramatic steps to offset the cost of living crisis, address and reduce crime, increase educational opportunities for students across the city, and improve our city’s infrastructure and transportation system.

As Mayor, she helped to develop unique housing plans to protect existing housing and produce more transitional housing for our most vulnerable residents. She also created the first Department of Transportation and passed a $600 million infrastructure and affordable housing bond. In 2017 alone, the bond filled nearly 20,000 potholes.

Mayor Schaaf also launched the Oakland Promise, which has received national attention for its efforts to triple the number of college graduates from Oakland by 2025.

Prior to being elected Mayor, Libby represented District 4 on the Oakland City Council in 2010. Bringing a lifetime of volunteerism and over fifteen years of executive and legislative experience in Oakland city government, she has focused her entire life and career on making Oakland better.

Libby began her career as an attorney at the largest law firm in Oakland, but left her legal career to build and run the first centralized volunteer program for Oakland public schools at the Marcus Foster Educational Institute.

Libby has served as Chief of Staff to the Oakland City Council President, as a top aide to Mayor Jerry Brown, and as Public Affairs Director for the Port of Oakland.

Among Libby’s many accomplishments as an Oakland City Councilmember, she submitted the application that brought Code for America’s civic innovation fellowship to Oakland. Along with City Attorney Barbara Parker, Libby made Oakland the first city to serve as a Kiva Zip micro-lending trustee supporting small Oakland-grown businesses.

A relentless advocate for a safer Oakland, Libby is the author of the Full Police Staffing legislation that requires the city of Oakland to hire all the officers that the city budget has promised to the citizens of Oakland. She has also sped up new officer recruitment, increased the use of civilian police staffing, and pushed through plans to partner with other law enforcement agencies to supplement officer presence on Oakland’s streets.

In step with her belief that a more open government is a better government, Libby has written laws to shed light on budget deliberations and campaign donations, as well as crafting Oakland’s open data policy. She is currently leading the good governance ballot measure to create a citizen-led redistricting committee, taking the power away from elected officials and giving it back to the citizens.

Libby lives in Oakland's Dimond neighborhood with her husband Sal and their two young children who attended the same public elementary school that Libby attended.


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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

The Oakland Mayor should restore public trust in our local government and work to improve the quality of life for every Oaklander in every neighborhood. As your Mayor my top priorities are:


1) Addressing Housing Affordability & Homelessness: Oakland is facing a housing affordability crisis. We’ve already seen too many Bay Area communities become unaffordable for middle and low-income residents, and our most vulnerable residents suffer in unsafe and overcrowded conditions as well as in growing homeless encampments. That’s why we came together in 2016 to pass city and county measures that protect Oaklanders from being forced to move out of affordable housing as well as building more housing for our most vulnerable – including more transitional and permanent housing for the homeless.

As your Mayor, I have fought tirelessly to both increase the supply of new and affordable housing and protect Oaklanders from getting evicted or displaced from their homes. That’s why I launched the 17K/17K plan, which is on track to provide 17,000 new units of housing and protect 17,000 residents from displacement by 2024.

We’ll pull in regional partnerships to bring an end to homelessness. This includes preventing homelessness in the first place with emergency rental assistance, as well as building more permanent supportive and affordable housing for our lowest income residents. It also includes an effective and compassionate approach to street-level homelessness, including mobile outreach and sanitation services, opening a new Rapid Rehousing Center, as well as innovations like our Tuff Shed Shelter program.

I will also fight to protect our small Oakland-grown businesses, artists and non-profit organizations from displacement. As an Oakland native, I’m passionate about protecting what makes Oakland, Oakland.

2) Clean and Safe Streets: Everyone deserves safe, clean streets. The recent explosion of illegal dumping in East and West Oakland is completely unacceptable and threatens residents’ public health. I am committed to ensuring everyone lives in a beautiful neighborhood with safe, clean public spaces and streets by working towards putting an end to illegal dumping in our city. That’s why we’ve added more pick up crews and added more trucks and specialized equipment to remove trash from dump sites. We’re also working to prevent dumping in the first place by restoring litter enforcement officers and launching informational campaigns. We also passed $350 million in bond funds to fix local roads  and make them safer with Measure KK. These funds are not only being spent according to an equity analysis, they also are allowing the City of Oakland to bring more street work in-house with permanent city workers, rather than contracting work out. We’re making long overdue street repairs like repaving and filling potholes. We started Oakland’s first Department of Transportation with equity as a guiding principle to make sure our hard-won infrastructure resources are maximized to create safe and sustainable access and mobility for all residents.


3) Keeping the Oakland Promise: We will employ all proven best practices to ensure more children in Oakland graduate high school with the expectations, resources, and skills to complete college and succeed in the career of his or her choice. The Oakland Promise is a cradle-to-career initiative to triple the number of college graduates from Oakland within the decade. In the past, only 10% of OUSD 9th graders were earning college degrees by age 23. In 2017 we awarded 5,000 early scholarships to kindergartners, connected 3,800 middle and high school students to internships and college resources through Future Centers, and sent 400 public school graduates to college with more than $3 million in multi-year scholarships, as well as with persistence supports like peer support groups and personal mentors. I will fight to see that the Oakland Promise’s vision is fulfilled for every public-school student. Along with SEIU, I helped write the Oakland Children’s Initiative that will ensure our early educators better work protections and wages, as well as dramatically increase access to and quality of preschool for Oakland’s most struggling families.

4) Holistic Community Safety: Oakland has seen improved safety – last year was our safest since 2005 – but we still have work to do. I will continue to strengthen neighborhood policing that prevents crime by building trust, identifying the specific needs of our neighborhoods, and intervening before crimes even occur. I’ll take on racial disparities in policing with our innovative partnership with Stanford University, as well as continue our 5-year trend of 72% reduction in police use of force. As Mayor, I’ll continue to double down on addressing the root causes of crime by creating better education and employment opportunities, particularly for our youth.

5) Responsive and Trustworthy Government: I have always fought to make Oakland a more transparent and responsive city – from holding community budget meetings across the city so that more Oaklanders have a say in how their tax dollars are spent to partnering with Code for America to make Oakland city government more transparent and user-friendly. I will continue to make it easier for residents to report problems like potholes and broken streetlights and hold managers accountable for fixing them with our new 311 system.  I will also celebrate the successes of our City employees working hard to represent all Oaklanders and continue to prioritize getting Oakland on sound financial footing so we can continue to pay our employees what they deserve while providing high quality services to our residents.

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