Councilmember Dan Kalb

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Public Safety Plan

I am committed to supporting strategies and policies that prevent violent behavior, reduce recidivism, take violent offenders off our streets, and enhance overall public safety in Oakland. This is a budget priority!

Over the past few of months there have been a number of violent assaults, property crimes and other criminal activity in parts of North Oakland and in several neighborhoods throughout our city. At a recent community meeting on crime and violence that I hosted, we heard from hundreds of Oaklanders who bravely shared their stories as victims of crime and from neighbors who have been enduring a heightened level of fear. Most everyone is insisting that we as a city government take more actions to reduce crime and ensure public safety.

The Oakland Police Department (OPD) and our Department of Violence Prevention (DVP) certainly are aware of the serious and violent crimes in North Oakland and, while there is not a single trend or apparent single, underlying reason associated with these robberies and shootings, the City of Oakland is committed to fully investigating these incidents and working to substantially reduce these horrible incidents throughout the city.

My staff and I meet regularly with the OPD Area 2 Captain and DVP senior staff to discuss recent crime trends in D1 and the city as a whole, OPD response and investigation, and implementation of DVP short and long-term strategies.

I have consistently supported the programs housed in our Department of Violence Prevention, and in 2021 successfully advocated for doubling what was their rather modest budget at the time. Additionally, I drafted, along with Council President Bas, the initial legislation to create the city’s Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland (MACRO) program, which will both enable a timely response to nonviolent incidents and free up sworn officers to focus on more serious criminal activity.

That said, we must do more as a City to create actual safety for the people who live, work and visit here. Our Police response times are often lacking and violent criminal behavior continues to affect many of our neighborhoods. To address these realities, I have developed a number of budget and service priorities. Budget priorities include money that the City Council can dedicate during the budget process. Service priorities outline ways in which the Oakland Police Department and other departments/offices can focus resources to better ensure public safety for all. I’ve outlined these priorities here.

Covid-19 Information and Resources

Please visit Councilmember Kalb's Covid-19 Resources and Information page for a summary of resources and information on the COVID-19 health emergency in Oakland, compiled by the Councilmember and his staff.

District One Newsletter

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Councilmember Kalb's Budget Priorities FY23-25

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Legislative Priorities

D1 Mural Funding

I'm excited to announce that my office has additional mural funding to distribute! I've been able to partially fund murals in various D1 locations including on Piedmont Ave., San Pablo Ave, Market St., Lowell St., and Claremont Ave., and I'm looking forward to funding more. See here for details on eligibility and how to apply.

Constituent and Neighborhood Services

Your issues are important to us! Contact Councilmember Kalb's office (see "Contact Us' section below) to request information or support.

Many issues can be resolved by reporting to Oak311 (see Popular City Services section below). Once you have a case number please contact my office if the issue is not resolved within a reasonable amount of time and we can follow up.

District One residents can sign up for a meeting with Councilmember Kalb - now virtual - usually on the first Saturday of every month. Contact Keara O'Doherty at, or 510-238-7014 to reserve a 20-minute slot to speak on any issue.


Dan Kalb

First elected as Oakland District One City Councilmember in 2012, Dan Kalb has spent virtually his entire adult life as an environmental, public interest and social justice advocate. With a reputation as a proactive and effective local legislator, Dan authored the ordinance to ban the storage and handling of coal in Oakland, wrote the charter measure to create an independent Police Commission, and has been a long-time advocate for affordable housing.

Dan continues to promote data-driven solutions to the toughest challenges facing our communities—including combating climate change and its impacts, investing in public education and rehabilitation, promoting wildfire prevention and disaster resiliency, instituting meaningful government reform, and of course, resolving our region’s housing affordability crisis.

In 2023, Dan was selected by his colleagues to serve as is the City Council President Pro Tempore and serves on the following City Council committees: Community and Economic Development (Chair), Public Works; Rules and Legislation; and Education Partnership.

Dan and his wife Valarie live in North Oakland and enjoy hiking in our beautiful East Bay Regional Parks.

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