Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan Announces Committee Assignments

(Last Updated On: January 15, 2019)

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

The new 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 as Council President. I thank my colleagues for their confidence in my leadership and for the opportunity to serve . 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 ’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, , Nikki Bas

Public Safety

Chairperson: Noel Gallo

Members: , Nikki Bas, Loren Taylor

Rules and Legislation Committee

Chairperson: Sheng Thao

Members: , Dan Kalb, Lynette McElhaney

City Port Liaison Committee


Members: Nikki Bas, Sheng Thao, Noel Gallo

Education Partnership

Chairperson: Nikki Bas

Members: Dan Kalb, Sheng Thao, Loren Taylor

Rebecca Kaplan

By Rebecca Kaplan

Rebecca Kaplan is Oakland's 3-Term At-Large Councilmember


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