Stephanie Dominguez Walton is an active member of the Oakland community, where she has lived for the past 14 years with her family. Steph is not a career politician. She is running for office because she is deeply concerned about rising inequality in the Bay Area and believes local government can and should help people earn a living wage.
Steph is a pragmatic progressive who is more interested in results than rhetoric. She has over 25 years of experience negotiating radio, television and real estate transactions. She knows how to close a deal.
She is a tireless fundraiser, and is comfortable making the big ask. She is a relentless campaigner and has held numerous fundraisers for federal, state, and local officials.
Steph is a wife and mother of two exceptional kids. She is proud of her Mexican, Native American, and Italian heritage. Steph has hosted radio and television shows and podcasts. She is the lead singer of a rock and roll cover band. She is concerned about the future for all of our children and is determined to make a difference.
Issues & Priorities
I love being a member of this community - the energy and passion that Oakland residents bring to our town makes this one of the best places to live. We must bring that passion and energy to the table in order to face the major challenges we face as Oaklanders as our town continues to grow and change. As your council member, my number one priority will be serving you by being open and accessible to your concerns, complaints, and ideas. I believe our City Council has lost focus on community outreach and constituent service. As a resident of District 1, I have reached out to our officials and our city on a variety of issues that continue to go unaddressed. I am running to represent you in District 1 because you deserve a voice in our city budget and you deserve someone who will pick up your call on community-related issues. Our city council members should be public servants, not politicians. I look forward to hearing about what issues matter to you during this campaign, so check out a few of my top priorities below and give me a call at (510) 423-3084 to discuss your top issues.
Our community is facing a crisis of affordable housing, too many members of our diverse community are being forced out by skyrocketing rents and wrongful evictions. As your councilmember I will address this issue head-on by: one, streamlining the approval and permitting process to build more housing; two, strengthen and enforce tenant protects to retain residents; and three, encourage growth the smart way by increasing density by transit options like BART.
Housing is a critical issue that impacts everyone’s quality of life here in Oakland. If we can begin to build out in a thoughtful way that respects the integrity of our loved communities in District 1 we can take real steps to reduce our larger region wide issues like homelessness, rising greenhouse gas emissions from workers forced into long car commutes, and denying low income families the chance to participate in our communities wonderful public schools. Our community benefits greatly by being connected to excellent public transit options, this wonderful resource comes with the responsibility of growing our neighborhood in a respectful way that will address our region's biggest issues. We can no longer be a community that refuses to grow, I believe we can retain the qualities that make district one the best place to live in Oakland while allowing denser housing near transit and updating policies on condo conversions and single room occupancy buildings.
I believe everyone has the right to a quality public education where students feel safe and teachers feel supported. I will be a champion for our district's educators and will put a priority on education when it comes to our city's budget. I believe in a moratorium on all new charter schools until we bring them under the same rules our public schools play by and we have data based answers on their performance in Oakland. Our teachers face the incredible responsibility of raising Oakland’s next generation of leaders and they deserve the dignity of being able to live where they teach. I will work with our School Board to make sure that our city council is working to retain and attract the best teachers for our community.
Everyone deserves to live and work in a community where they feel safe, and to accomplish this we need to address public safety with community led solutions. District 1 has been victim to increased home and vehicle break-ins, a rise in violent crime on BART, and illegal dumping throughout our community. Oakland Police Department must take a new approach with respect to restorative justice, including conflict de-escalation training to build trust within our diverse community. I will support the independent, community led Oakland Police Commission and stand up for our community against bad-actors and the militarization of our local police. I will support our immigrant community and stand up for Oakland’s Sanctuary City status. I will fight to make sure that our first responders have an appropriate budget that allows them to reduce response times to better serve our community. As a person of color and mother, I feel strongly that I will be able to implement legislative and budget solutions that will begin to bridge the gap between our police and our community.
Addressing our homeless residents is a moral imperative that requires new thinking on our council. I believe in a housing first model that would transition our homeless population off of our streets and on to city-owned parcels for sanctioned camps until we can place them into more permanent housing. Mayor Libby Schaaf’s Tuff Shed Camp Program is an example of getting our neighbors off the street and into a temporary shelter that I would support as your councilmember. Addressing mental health and addiction problems within our community can help our homeless community members transition off of the street and into a life of dignity. Our city budget should reflect the compassion and values of this community and help our citizens into programs that can reduce homelessness. I will be a champion for mental health services that will make our community safer.
Thriving Local Economy
District 1 is home to the amazing Rockridge, Temescal, and Piedmont shopping districts that bring fantastic restaurants, shops, and specialty stores to our community. Our small business owners deserve a champion on our city council that will promote these unique homegrown establishments. I see too many vacant storefronts in our district for our small businesses to face unreasonable rent hikes that threaten to close the doors on some of our favorite restaurants and shops. I will fight for our business owners by creating a commercial vacancy fee that incentivizes keeping long term tenants and attract new businesses to serve our community. Any conversation about of local economy should focus on our workers, and I will fight to enforce our worker protections and make sure that wages start to rise with the increased cost of living in our region. Too many people in our community are working more than one job to remain in Oakland, our council must address the dignity of our workers.
People who teach our children in Oakland should be able to live in Oakland.
People who work in our local shops and restaurants should be able to live near their places of business.
Kids in our D1 public schools should not go without dinner.
Parents should not have to work two or three jobs to keep a roof over their children’s heads.
I believe union labor jobs will help build up our dwindling middle class.
I’m in favor a new A’s stadium that keeps them rooted in Oakland, built by local union labor.
The city council should not be a training ground for the political elite to make their way to Sacramento. It's time to put the citizen back into citizen-led government.