Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan Announces Committee Assignments

OAKLAND, CA – last week, in a unanimous vote, Councilmember At Large Rebecca Kaplan was elected Oakland City Council President. Kaplan is the first openly LGBT+ Council President in Oakland’s history.

The new Oakland City Council President opened her statements with 1 Kings 3:9 “Give Thy servant therefore an understanding heart to judge Thy people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to judge this Thy great people?” She also thanked Vice Mayor Larry Reid for his leadership and for his support and looks forward to a smooth transition and his continued mentorship. Also confirmed in unanimous votes, Councilmember Larry Reid was named Vice Mayor and Councilmember Dan Kalb was named President Pro Tempore.

Said Kaplan, “I am honored to serve the people of Oakland as Council President. I thank my colleagues for their confidence in my leadership and for the opportunity to serve Oakland. We have many challenges. We must acknowledge injustice and prejudice exist and we need leaders to assure we work together to move our city forward. I believe in giving all Councilmembers the opportunity to affect change, and all council members will have an opportunity to chair a committee I look forward to working together in coalition with community to advance Oakland’s vital needs.”

Committee assignments are as follows:

Finance and Management

Chairperson: Lynette McElhaney

Members: Sheng Thao, Nikki Bas, Dan Kalb

Public Works

Chairperson: Dan Kalb

Members: Larry Reid, Sheng Thao, Noel Gallo

Community and Economic Development

Chairperson: Larry Reid

Members: Nikki Bas, Loren Taylor, Noel Gallo

Life Enrichment

Chairperson: Loren Taylor

Members: Lynette McElhaney, Rebecca Kaplan, Nikki Bas

Public Safety

Chairperson: Noel Gallo

Members: Rebecca Kaplan, Nikki Bas, Loren Taylor

Rules and Legislation Committee

Chairperson: Sheng Thao

Members: Rebecca Kaplan, Dan Kalb, Lynette McElhaney

City Port Liaison Committee

Chairperson: Rebecca Kaplan

Members: Nikki Bas, Sheng Thao, Noel Gallo

Education Partnership

Chairperson: Nikki Bas

Members: Dan Kalb, Sheng Thao, Loren Taylor

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