Experienced Leadership Matters

On the Alameda City Council, Malia has prioritized equity in policy decisions, addressing housing insecurity and ensuring a just economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are a few of her accomplishments.

COVID-19 Response


Secured and distributed hundreds of free masks to Alameda residents, KN95 masks to Alameda Hospital essential workers and face shields to the Alameda Fire Department.

Senior Services

Created a volunteer program to check in with seniors by phone and connect them with essential services.

Serves on the Board of Spectrum Community Services, which runs Meals on Wheels and provides senior meals in Senior Centers throughout AD 18 (Alameda, Oakland & San Leandro).

Small Business

Supported $600,000 in one-time grants and rent relief programs to small businesses and nonprofit organizations to keep them afloat and easing permitting and other restrictions to open up more outdoor spaces for small business operations and to allow businesses to adapt quickly to changing health directives.

Tenant Protections and Rent Relief

Protected tenants from steep rent hikes and unfair evictions and supported a rent hike and eviction moratorium for both residential and commercial tenants during the pandemic.

Funded legal services for low-income tenants.

Created rent relief program to provide up $3,500 grants to residential tenants.

Established a Safe Parking Program to provide a safe and welcoming space for people living in cars or vans parked at night. Services include bathrooms and washing facilities.

Provided shelter for elderly and medically-compromised individuals at-risk for COVID-19 using FEMA Trailers from the State.


Supported Slow Streets Alameda to limit automobile traffic on city streets to create more places to safely walk, run, bike, scooter, and roll to facilitate physical distancing and installed hand sanitizer stations around the city.

Supported $5 hour hazard pay for grocery workers during the pandemic.

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Police Reform

Encouraged the creation of a community-led effort to make recommendations for police reform and racial equity in police policy.  Adopted reforms include shifting response to mental health crises from the Police Department to social workers and other mental health agencies, developing a Citizens’ Police Accountability Commission, improving transparency in policing policies, and requiring police participate in bi-annual mental health and de-escalation training.

Housing and Neighborhoods

Ensured all people are treated fairly and that housing policies work for everyone, including protecting tenants from steep rent hikes and unfair evictions, breaking ground on the Alameda Point Site development that includes middle-income housing and 25% affordable housing, and working to keep neighborhoods distinct. This includes solutions to mitigate traffic and improve pedestrian and bike safety.

Implemented Vision Zero as the guiding principle behind transportation design to make streets safer by increasing safe, healthy equitable mobility for all.

Extended network of protected bike lanes.

Supported the Oakland Alameda Access Project to improve access along I-880 and in and around the Posey and Webster Tubes, City of Oakland downtown and Chinatown neighborhoods, and the City of Alameda.

Improved transit opportunities for commuters and expanded ferry service by adding a new ferry terminal at Alameda Point’s Seaplane Lagoon to help reduce cross bay traffic.

Supported making Alameda a sanctuary city.

Serves on the League of California Cities Housing and Economic Development Committee, advocating on state housing policy.



Established a interdepartmental and interagency collaboration with non-profits, community and faith-based organizations to provide support and services for Alameda’s homeless.

Funded a program to provide outreach and support to homeless individuals and families.

Funded one-time payments to unhoused or people in threat of becoming homeless.

Provided funding for seasonal warming shelters and a day center to connect clients to housing, health, mental health, substance abuse, and social services and supports.

Supported efforts to expand temporary and permanent housing options offered by non-profits including a proposal to redevelop vacant federal buildings as a wellness center for seniors and unhoused individuals.

Funded a pilot project to provide restaurant-prepared meals to homeless individuals; this also supports restaurants impacted by the pandemic

Provides mobile hygiene services including showers and laundry.

Supported establishment of a homeless hotline to connect unhoused residents with services.

Family Friendly

As the first person to ever be pregnant while serving on the Alameda City Council, Malia led the effort to bring lactation and diaper changing stations to city buildings.

Voted to raise the minimum wage.

Fought for lead testing in young children throughout Alameda County and to require the FDA change baby food requirements to completely ban any products that include any levels of lead or heavy metals as a member of the Alameda County Lead Abatement JPA

As a board member of Alameda Family Services, provided school-based health services to Alameda students and counseling services to youth and adults.

Canceled out-sourced contracts for fire inspections with private vendors and created the Fire Protection and Inspection Bureau, saving money and increasing accountability to avoid unsafe construction conditions like those that led to the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland.

100% pro-choice and supports everyone’s right to reproductive freedom.



Passed an award-winning Climate Action and Resiliency Plan in 2019 that is aimed at reducing emissions by 50% below 2005 levels by 2030 and becoming carbon neutral as soon as possible through equitable improvements to transportation, buildings, energy use, and waste management.

Took action to address sea level rise.

Worked with Alameda Municipal Power to provide 100% clean energy to all customers starting January 1, 2020, placing Alameda in a select group of cities leading the nation in the transition to green power. AMP has achieved this milestone decades ahead of California’s goal of 100% clean power by 2045.