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Tomorrow's Council meeting has a full agenda, including a Ceremonial Resolution in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month introduced by Councilmember Thao and I, as well as two resolutions I introduced that are up for approval:
Other important items on tomorrow's agenda include:
Regarding the paving plan, our roads are in desperate need of repair and must be repaved as soon as possible. I support the Department of Transportation's 3-year paving plan, which Council approved unanimously on May 7. Tomorrow, May 21, Council will vote on $35 million in paving contracts, which I support. Also, Council has dedicated $7M in state funding towards completing 311 community service requests for Priority 1 and 2 pothole and concrete repair submitted to 311/SeeClickFix. Today, the City announced its “pothole blitz” and District 2 potholes will be filled June 12-14. Be sure your potholes are reported on 311.
Last, thank you to the 200+ neighbors who joined my office's District 2 Budget Forum (watch here) last Thursday to weigh in on my budget priorities and help shape how the City spends its resources in service of Oaklanders. Read more in the section below and stay tuned for a recap of the community's questions, ideas, and concerns soon.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming dates to make your voice heard in the City's budget process:
As always, please share your feedback on this newsletter, as well as future opportunities you'd like to share with our neighbors.
With Oakland Love,
Nikki Fortunato Bas
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Community Resources + Opportunities
Report issues or services needed using OAK 311. 311 is an easy-to-remember telephone number that connects you with highly trained City of Oakland Call Center representatives ready to help you with requests for non-emergency City services and information. You can also report issues online or on the OAK 311 mobile phone app.
ECAP Community Workshop. The City's Equitable Climate Action Plan (ECAP) aims to identify how to equip Oakland businesses and residents to take action to stop climate change and adapt to a changing climate. Join the Oakland Climate Action Coalition at the District 2 Community Workshop to share your vision and solutions for Oakland’s 2030 ECAP.
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Free Preparation for Apprenticeship and
Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) Meetings. Get involved with your local NCPC or Neighborhood Council to help make our communities safe and connected.
Bella Vista NCPC
San Antonio NCPC
Cleveland Heights / Beat 15X recently voted to formally establish a Neighborhood Council at its first well-attended meeting at FM Smith Rec Center. We will share information about upcoming meetings when it becomes available.
Helmet Give Away with the City of Oakland Department of Transportation. Bring your pre-reading child to celebrate National Bike Month with a bicycle themed 10:30 a.m. story time and a free helmet give away afterwards (while supplies last) sponsored by Oakland's Department of Transportation.
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Town Camp. Registration is open for Oakland Parks, Recreation, and Youth Development's (OPRYD) annual Town Camp, which offers youth an opportunity to learn leadership skills and develop self-confidence in a safe and inclusive environment. Each week of camp has an exciting theme including activities such as swimming, field trips, crafts, games, and cooking projects.
Rent Adjustment Program Trainings and Workshops. The City is hosting a series of trainings and workshops for landlords and tenants. Upcoming topics include tenant rights, evictions, security deposits, and owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes. The next one is for small property owners on Tuesday, March 26 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at City Hall.
FM Smith Recreation Center Basketball Court Project. Project Backboard is collaborating with local artist Alicia McCarthy to design the graphic for the rec center's basketball court resurfacing project. Provide your input on the graphic design concepts at the following community engagement meetings:
Wednesday May 22, 2019
4th Annual Older Americans Month Reception. Join Warren Publishing Group and the City's Aging and Adult Services to honor healthcare agencies providing services to seniors over 50.
Downtown Oakland Senior Center
Get Help from the Homeless Action Center. On Tuesday, May 21 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., drop by the Main Library’s Community Kiosk and Veterans Center (125 14th St.) to get help, say hi, or enjoy free coffee. The Homeless Action Center provides legal services in the area of public benefits, including help with applications and appeals for Food Stamps, General Assistance, and Medi-Cal benefits in Alameda County; with applications and appeals for Social Security disability benefits & SSI; with legal information about public benefits issues, and referrals for other issues.
Scholar Athlete Coding and Basketball Youth Camp. From June 3 to June 7, Willie Keyes Recreation Center will offer a sports and technology camp; The Scholar Athlete Coding and Basketball Camp is a one-week camp combining technology, academics and sports for youth age 8-12 sponsored by Antonio Davis and Jason Kidd.
Oakland Launches Adaptive Bike Share. The newly launched program will provide people with disabilities an accessible bike share transportation option in Oakland. The program will include handcycles, adaptive trikes, and a side-by-side tandem bike, which will be available at Lake Merritt on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
23rd Ave Street Cleanup. Join the 23rd Avenue Beautification Group (23ABG) for its monthly cleanup on Saturday, May 25th from 9-11 a.m. Meet at 2209 23rd Avenue. Tools, gloves, and safety vests will be provided.
Expanded Oakland Public Library Hours. Thanks to the passage of Measure D, all library locations increased their hours since April 1 and will now be open on Mondays. Previously, only three branches were open Mondays. In addition, the Main Library and 81st Ave Branch are open 7 days a week with full days on Saturday and Sunday.
Around the Neighborhood
Joining the Multi-Cultural Chambers' Members of the Year Awards Reception to honor the diverse small businesses that contribute to our city. Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce honored home remodeling material supplier Sincere Home Décor.
Thank you, Alameda Labor Council and Executive Secretary-Treasurer Liz Ortega for supporting leadership for change. I am proud to stand with labor and working families and work together to change our future.
Congratulations to the community organizers and groups who celebrated the groundbreaking of affordable housing at Brooklyn Basin after 16 years of advocacy. All 465 units will be affordable to households earning 25-60% AMI with units for families, seniors, and homeless folks.
Standing with the API community and allies to call on Alameda County to fully investigate and take action in response to the racially offensive new year card from the Alameda County Fire Station and further a work environment that is centered around equity, fairness and respect.
District 2 had the honor of celebrating Arizmendi Bakery on Lakeshore for Small Business Week! Other honorees across Oakland included Ruby's Garden, Uncle Willie's BBQ and Fish, Delightful Foods, Taqueria La Casita, Leona's Soul Food Cafe, Paul Cobb / Post News Group, and Clean360.
A great Bike to Work Day 2019 with neighbors and kids from Grand and Lakeshore to City Hall, with District 2’s representative on our Bike & Pedestrian Advisory Commission Andy Campbell and our Grand Lake NCPC co-chair Eric Hughes. Thanks Walk Oakland Bike Oakland, Bike East Bay, The Original Scraper Bike Team, OakDOT and Blackberry Soul!
Congratulations to EBHO (East Bay Housing Organizations) on 35 years of creating, preserving and protecting affordable housing. It was great to celebrate the kickoff of Affordable Housing Week with many community groups and advocates.
With partners like the Harm Reduction Coalition, Drug Policy Alliance and HEPPAC (HIV Education and Prevention Project of Alameda County) introducing a resolution with the Mayor calling for the City Council to support AB 362 and amend it to allow Oakland the discretion to authorize overdose prevention programs. These programs have been shown to significantly reduce infectious disease transmission, increase the likelihood that people initiate drug treatment, reduce syringe litter and improve neighborhood safety. Council votes tomorrow May 21 on this effort.
At the city's Family Legacy Business Awards Celebration of Small Business Week, we were excited to honor Lake Merritt Optometry, a 3rd generation family-owned small business which first opened in Chinatown in the 1930s.
As part of the City's relationship with the Oakland Coliseum, Councilmembers receive tickets to sporting events and concerts. We are grateful for the opportunity to honor community members with these tickets.
Join us in recognizing Vivian Huang, Kenneth Tang, and Jessica Guadalupe Tovar for their work supporting Oakland.
Vivian and Kenneth organize with low-income Asian immigrants and refugees to advance environmental and social justice with Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN). We appreciate all you and APEN do to build healthy, fair, and just neighborhoods and bring change to economic and social institutions to prioritize public good over profits.
"I love Oakland for its strong legacy of people power and all the dedicated people who are advancing wins for workers, immigrants, educators, and the environment!" -- Vivian
"Oakland has this natural charm that makes the Town so likable and irresistible. The locals, all its cultures and don't get me started on the food! I love all of it!" - Kenneth
Jessica is an organizer with the Local Clean Energy Alliance, promoting “Clean Power to the People” as coordinator of the East Bay Clean Power Alliance, which advocated for the establishment of East Bay Community Energy, Alameda County's Community Choice energy program. Local Clean Energy Alliance is currently organizing to implement a Local Development Business Plan -- A Green New Deal for Alameda County to create clean energy jobs and resources in the East Bay Area that benefit low income, people of color, renters and small businesses who are often left out of the clean energy economy. Thank you, Jessica, for your important work.
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