[Police Budget] What is safety? Investments in our community

To our Black brothers and sisters who are grieving and demanding change, I see and stand with you. To our community who has protested, testified at meetings, and sent thousands of messages to me and City leaders, I hear your calls for police accountability and for transformation of a system beyond reform.

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Small Business Reopening & Recovery, Your Input & Support Needed!

I’m inspired by how Oaklanders are staying strong, showing love and solidarity with the movement to support our Black brothers and sisters, continuing to shelter in place, and coming together to help our small businesses. 

In case you missed it, see my recent message on honoring George Floyd + Black Lives and working towards police accountability.

In this newsletter, you’ll find:

  • How my office, the City & community are helping small biz post-demonstrations
  • COVID-19 biz updates & resources for re-opening
  • Preview of Tuesday’s Council meeting

 

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Small Biz Tax Relief: My proposal for a progressive, fair change to our business tax

We’ve reached 3 months sheltering in place. As Black Lives Matter demonstrations continue nationwide, as we face an unprecedented health pandemic and economic recession, here in Oakland we must close a $120M budget gap.

I’ve heard loud and clear from hundreds of you: we must invest in visionary solutions that reimagine community safety and prosperity as the housing, jobs, and services we all need. 

The choices Oakland makes now about how to recover should focus NOT on “getting back to normal” but on moving towards a more just, fair, and equitable future, so that our children can live and thrive in our beloved Town, safely, affordably, and sustainably for years to come.

 

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Black Lives Matter - Honoring George Floyd + Supporting Small Businesses

With protests in our community over the last few days, what’s heavy on my mind and heart is the pain people are feeling because another Black brother / sister had their life unjustly taken. People across the country are saying his name: George Floyd. 

George was killed last Monday by the Minneapolis Police Department and it wasn’t until last Friday that one of the officers involved was arrested. People are protesting because they demand justice - that all four officers be arrested and charged. Until that happens we should expect more protests.

 

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Eviction moratorium extended to protect renters & small businesses

Heading into our 11th week sheltering in place, I'm inspired by recent wins for our community, such as the extension of my emergency eviction moratorium and a fall ballot initiative to provide Oakland youth with more political power!

In this newsletter you’ll find:

  • Updates on Oakland’s eviction moratorium extension
  • Efforts to grant youth voting power in school board elections
  • Local Health Emergency for Oakland’s Black Residents
  • COVID-19 Shelter in Place updates, moving to “Phase 2”
  • A preview of Tuesday’s Council meeting

 

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Eviction moratorium extension, parking & vending, new testing & more

As we enter our 10th week of sheltering in place, know that we are all helping to stop the spread. COVID-19 cases are still rising, and we need to stay vigilant, continuing to stay home unless it’s for essential business, covering our faces out in public, washing our hands often, staying 6 feet apart, and avoiding group gatherings. Oakland, together we can #BeatCOVID19!

In this newsletter, you’ll find: 

  • COVID-19 Updates on Sick Leave, Testing, Resources and More
  • City Parks Update
  • A Preview of Tuesday’s Council Meeting

 

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Emergency Paid Sick Leave, Celebrating Moms, Honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage

May -- Asian Pacific American Heritage Month -- is a time that means a lot to me. And May is also a time to celebrate mothers. Happy Mother’s Day! 

In this newsletter, you’ll find: 

  • Celebrating Mothers
  • Ways to support our APA Community & Report Anti-Asian Hate
  • Parks Ambassadors, Lake Merritt and 510 Day
  • A Preview of Tuesday’s Special Council Meeting

 

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[UPDATES] Safety changes at Lake Merritt, Free COVID-19 Testing, Emergency Paid Sick Leave & more

Like you, I’m grateful for the chance to enjoy the sun lately. I hope the weather has been helpful to your mental and physical health as we continue to stay at home. This update includes:

 

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TUESDAY COUNCIL MEETING: Tenant Protections, Homelessness, Protecting Incarcerated Individuals and More

Here's a preview of this Tuesday’s City Council meeting and the latest County Health Order to cover your face when outside. 

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Help Walden Pond Books survive, donate your stimulus check & more

The latest COVID-19 updates on:

  • An urgent ask to support Walden Pond Books
  • A spotlight on District 2 heroes on the frontlines
  • Oakland Slow Streets + request for your input
  • How / when the state will transition out of shelter-in-place
  • Supporting our undocumented community
  • Appreciating our healthcare workers

 

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