FAQs Regarding the City Council’s (and Other Local Legislative Bodies’) Return to In-Person Meetings and Their Members’ Participation by Teleconference under the Ralph M. Brown Act, California’s Open Meeting Law (March 30, 2023)
The Oakland City Council amended the Oakland Municipal Code (“OMC”), to require certain travel and hospitality businesses to rehire their laid-off workers before offering workers’ positions to new hires. The ordinance requires employers who are rehiring for laid off positions to offer the positions first to laid-off employees who are qualified for the positions and allow them at least ten days to respond to the offer.
The Oakland City Council passed this emergency ordinance in response to the extraordinary public health threat caused by COVID-19 and the urgent need to limit its spread. The ordinance sets forth sick leave requirements for employees in Oakland not covered or inadequately covered by the federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act.
We know that hundreds, if not thousands, of residents across California — particularly Californians of Asian heritage and residents with disabilities — have reported harassment, discrimination, and assault related to COVID-19. It is important during this public health emergency to continue to be vigilant in complying with and enforcing prohibitions against all forms of discrimination, prohibitions which remain enforceable and in place. These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are offered to (1) make sure all Oaklanders know their rights with regard to harassment and other forms of illegal discrimination; (2) explain to all locally regulated entities — such as landlords, businesses, and contractors — what their responsibilities are with respect to harassment and discrimination; and (3) affirm the City Attorney Office’s commitment to addressing instances of illegal harassment or discrimination.
In response to the current pandemic of novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”), on March 16, 2020 the Alameda County Public Health Department issued a Shelter-In-Place Order requiring Alameda County residents, including the residents of Oakland, to remain in their homes except for certain designated exceptions. While these measures are necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19, they can pose serious risks for residents who are experiencing domestic and/or interpersonal violence while sheltering in place. These Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) are intended to clarify the current shelter-in-place requirements as they relate to residents facing domestic or other interpersonal violence.
FAQ regarding Protecting Survivors of Domestic and Other Interpersonal Violence or Abuse During Shelter in Place (April 8, 2020) (Revised June 23, 2020)
In 2018, Oakland voters overwhelmingly passed Measure Z, establishing workplace protections for hotel workers.
The measure, passed by voters in 2004, established a policy making private adult cannabis offenses Oakland’s “lowest law enforcement priority,” and created an 11-member committee to oversee the policy’s implementation. This FAQ provides updated general information about the committee’s authority and duties.
FAQ Cannabis Regulatory Commission (April 17, 2019)
On January 16, 2018, the City Council adopted an ordinance (Ordinance No. 13468 C. M.S.) which requires that rental property owners covered under the Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance (OMC 8.22.300) pay relocation benefits to tenants when the owner seeks to evict the tenant to move the owner or qualifying relative into the unit.
Read the FAQ regarding owner/relative move-ins (Issued March 6, 2018; revised issued May 29, 2019
In November 2016, Oakland voters passed Measure LL, an amendment to the Oakland City Charter adding new section 604 to Article VI, which establishes a 7-member Oakland Police Commission and the Community Police Review Agency. This memorandum answers frequently asked questions about the Charter amendment.
Read the FAQ regarding the Police Commission Charter Amendment (October 10, 2017)
This FAQ is a supplement to the March 29, 2017 FAQ regarding Non-Conforming Residential Units in Light of the December 2, 2016 Warehouse Fire.
Read the Supplemental Questions (Sept 1, 2017)
This memorandum answers frequently asked questions arising from the December 2, 2017 warehouse fire at 1315 31st Avenue regarding the rights and protections of people who may be living in non-conforming residential units.
Read the FAQ regarding non-conforming residential units (Mar 29, 2017)
The City Council’s Rules of Procedure Resolution establishes a Code of Conduct for Councilmembers, as well as policy and procedures to censure (reprimand) a Councilmember for conduct that violates federal or state law, the City Charter or City policies. This memorandum answers frequently asked questions about the Council’s censure policy and procedures.
In November 2014, Oakland voters overwhelmingly passed Measure FF, an amendment to the Oakland Municipal Code establishing a minimum wage, requiring payment for accrued sick leave and requiring payment of service charges to hospitality workers. This memorandum answers frequently asked questions to help business owners, employees and others understand and follow the law in Oakland.
Read the Minimum Wage Law FAQ (Feb 5, 2015)
The City Attorney’s Office and the Public Ethics Commission receive many requests for advice about laws regulating campaign-related and other political activity by elected officials, City officers and City employees and candidates for City elected offices. To ensure that the public, City employees and officials and candidates have the same information, the City Attorney and the Public Ethics Commission provide answers to frequently asked questions in the three areas identified herein.
Read the Campaign Activities FAQ (Apr 28, 2014)