Alyssa Victory Villanueva

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger

Background

Alyssa Victory Villaneuva was born and raised in North Oakland. Victory holds a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and a minor in Black Studies from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) as well as a J.D. concentrated in Government Law from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (UC Hastings). Victory has previously worked as a Law Clerk and Legal Extern as well as as a Research Assistant and College Advisor at UC Hastings and UCSD, respectively. Victory has also worked as a Bar Exam Success Tutor and attorney at various Northern California law firms. Victory currently practices in policing and labor law and is an elected ADEM Delegate to the CA Democratic Party for Assembly District 18 as well as a Police Practices/Criminal Justice Attorney for the ACLU of Northern California [1, 2].

Key Issues

Housing

Victory wants to create down payment assistance programs, housing rehabilitation programs, and local market controls to fund social housing including the vacant parcel tax, publicly-owned lands, and affordable housing impact fees. She also wants to implement cooperative-ownership models, limited equity ownership models, residential and commercial land trusts, and individual ownership [1].

Homelessness

Victory advocates for health, legal, educational, and employment resources for unhoused people [1].

Public Safety

Victory wants to partner with law enforcement to engage in constitutional policing. She also wants to use the MACRO (Mobile Assisted Crisis Response Oakland) pilot program and transfer special events permitting to administrative staff. Victory hopes to improve police response times to violent emergencies and crime solve rates by reprioritizing police staff and responses on areas with the highest service calls for violent crime. She also wants to partner with our Alameda County Sheriff to prevent youth incarceration [1].

 

Economy

Victory wants to increase staff and resources for the Department of Workplace & Employment Standards to enforce all workers’ rights laws, provide public education, and conduct community outreach and engagement. She also wants to increase development of City infrastructure [1]. 

 

Community

Victory wants to create an Oakland Hall of Fame and City Performance Center and invest in public art programs and public art installations. She also wants to increase funding and partnerships for art programs for Oakland’s youth, students, and seniors [1]. 

 

Environment

Victory wants to execute the 2030 Equitable Climate Action plan, expand partnerships with local indigenous tribes, and expand public access to local parks, green spaces, non-car travel access, and waterways including through public transit [1].

 

Government

Victory supports a city-wide project labor agreement to legislate a strong public lands policy. She also advocates for more access, transparency, and public participation to City meetings as well as translation and childcare services for City meetings [1].

 

Endorsements

Communications Workers of America Local 9415, labor union spanning CA, Guam, and Hawai’i; Victor Aguilar, Vice Mayor of San Leandro James Aguilar Jr., San Leandro Unified School District Trustee; Angela Andrews: Hayward City Councilmember; APEN (Asian Pacific Environmental Network) Action; Brown Berets – Oakland chapter; Valarie Bachelor: Candidate for OUSD Director for District 6; Doug Blacksher: Alameda County Democratic Central Committee alternate & co-host of the Black Business Roundtable; Jennifer Brouhard: Candidate for OUSD Director for District 2; Wisdom Cole: national civil rights leader with focus on youth & college; Shaylah Ellis: Oakland educator; Jennifer Esteen: RN, Community Leader, former VP Organizing for SEIU 1021; Ge’Nell Gary: Mayor of Albany; Refilwe Gqajela: AFSCME 3299 External Organizer and Political Organizing Director of the Afrikan Black Coalition; Yoel Haile, Oakland resident and Criminal Justice Advocate; Asha Hannah: Oakland resident, educator, and union organizer with East Bay Educators United; Mike Hutchinson: OUSD Director for District 5; Latine Young Democrats of the East Bay; Andrea Luna Bocanegra: Elected member of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee; Devin T. Murphy: Mayor Pro Tem of City of Pinole; Rodney Nickens Jr.: Elected AD18 ADEM Delegate and member of Oakland Housing, Residential Rent, and Relocation Board; Max Orozco: Candidate for OUSD Director for District 2; Ndidi Okwelogu, Housing Advocate; Our Revolution East Bay, regional organization; Richard Santos Raya: Elected AD18 ADEM Delegate; Run for Something, National organization supporting young progressives already making change at the state and local level; Barisha Spriggs, Elected Alameda County Democratic Central Committee Member and Executive Board Member of the CA Democratic Party; Mel Shuen-Mallory: New Haven Unified School District Trustee; Austin Tam: Elected Alameda County Democratic Central Committee Member; Chaney Turner: Chair of Oakland Cannabis Equity Commission; Scott Turner: CWA District 9 Political Lead; Joel Velasquez: Candidate for OUSD Director for District 6; Mar Velez: Health Policy Advocate; Carina Vinh Lieu: Public Servant and Youth Advocate; Mark Williams: AC Transit Director – Ward 4; Melvin Willis: Richmond City Councilmember; Working Families Party of CA

Sources

1 Official Website
2 LinkedIn
3 Oakland CA Gov
4 ACLU
5 Facebook
6 Instagram
7 Ballotpedia