Councilmember Newsletter Vol. 2 No. 1: January 17, 2020

 

  

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Dear Friend,
Wishing you and yours well this Lunar New Year and MLK Day of Service -- check out the volunteer opportunities happening Monday!

As your District 2 representative, I am committed to ensuring our neighborhoods are safe, clean and prosperous for all Oaklanders.

We rely on you, our community members, to help inform our city’s priorities to ensure public safety. And it will take all of us working together to achieve this.

I have heard an outpour of grief regarding the death of Mr. Shuo Zeng. I too, am grieving for him and his family, as well as the tragic deaths that occurred in District 2 last year of Ms. Martha Casiano from a stray bullet and Ms. Huong Thi Troung from a terrible traffic incident near Garfield Elementary -- both in San Antonio.

My office is dedicated to continuing to bring together city departments, OPD, social service providers, self-organized neighbor groups, and Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils to coordinate solutions to the main issues you’ve raised:

  • Smash and grab theft and muggings on streets and in City parking lots
  • Safety and quality of life in and around our parks
  • Illegal dumping and illegal gambling
  • Human trafficking and drug dealing
  • Speeding and other dangerous traffic violations

Our solutions have focused on partnerships with:

Community Resource Officers (CROs): My office is working to reinstate CRO walking patrols in our business districts and neighborhood crime “hot spots”; and co-develop neighborhood specific plans with the community. We can work together with OPD to increase education/engagement among neighbors and businesses and to assess environmental deterrents such as signage and lighting. We’re also supporting full OPD staffing of vacant positions including patrol, dispatch, and traffic safety.

Oakland Department of Transportation: We’re working to implement license plate readers (vetted by the Privacy Commission), lights, signage, and cameras to increase safety in City parking lots and address traffic/parking concerns. And we're continuing to partner to improve pedestrian/cyclist safety. 

Merchant Associations: We’ve been meeting with the Lakeshore Business Improvement District, Grand Avenue Business Association, Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce, Embarcadero Business Group, as well as with individual businesses. We have conducted retail walks and merchant-based office hours in Chinatown and Eastlake to understand and address merchant concerns and customer safety. We will work together for safety solutions.

Grassroots Neighbor Groups: We’ve met regularly with groups like Lake Neighbors around issues at Lake Merritt and San Antonio neighbors to address human trafficking and implement recommendations which we brought to our Public Safety Committee meeting this week. We have also convened with you to co-create spaces of healing and problem-solving as a response to tragic incidents and challenging, ongoing issues, such as the fatal traffic accident at Garfield and to address human trafficking and associated activities on E 15th.

You can get involved by joining your local Neighborhood Council to connect with my staff, your CRO, Neighborhood Services Coordinator, and neighbors, and attending Council’s biweekly Public Safety Committee meetings:

  • Cleveland Heights (Beat 15X): 2nd Tuesdays on odd months at FM Smith Rec Center (1969 Park Boulevard) from 7 - 8:30 pm
  • Bella Vista (Beat 17XY): 2nd Wednesdays at Bella Vista Elementary (1025 E. 28th St) from 7 - 8:30 pm
  • San Antonio (Beats 18XY, 19X): 2nd Wednesdays on odd months at Word Assembly Church (1445 23rd Ave) from 6:30 - 8 pm
  • Chinatown (Beat 3X): 3rd Wednesdays from 4 - 6 pm at Lincoln Square Rec Center (250 10th St) on even months and Hotel Oakland (270 13th St) on odd months
  • Grand Lake (Beat 14Y, 16X): 3rd Wednesdays at Lakeshore Ave. Baptist Church (3534 Lakeshore Ave) from 7 - 8:30 pm
  • For more information, contact Neighborhood Services Coordinators Jason Wallace (Beats 15X, 17XY, 14Y, 16X), Judy Christopher (Beats 18XY, 19X) and Annie Sloan (3X).

Together, we can ensure that everyone feels safe and connected, using a public health, restorative justice, and community-driven approach. 

With Oakland Love,

 

Nikki Fortunato Bas
Councilmember, City of Oakland, District 2

#LoveLife 

P.S. Tomorrow, join myself, Council President Rebecca Kaplan, and District 4 Councilmember Sheng Thao as we join forces to march for Oakland values at the annual Oakland Women's March. Meet us at 11 am at 14th & Broadway in Frank Ogawa Plaza. 


Housing is a Human Right + Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Makes Our Laws More Humane 

Throughout history, what is just, moral, and humane has not always aligned with the law. It was once legal to redline Black communities and families, preventing them from accessing mortgage loans to buy homes.

I stand with Moms 4 Housing who are following the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. whose birthday we celebrate this weekend. Dr. King taught us that sometimes breaking an unjust law is the right thing to do. The moms are engaging in an act of nonviolent civil disobedience to bring attention to the civil rights issue of our time: housing is a human right.

Text 510-800-7810 for updates on how to support the Moms.


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.

Oaktown PROUD -- City Action Campaign to Combat Illegal Dumping. City and community leaders have come together to launch the Oaktown PROUD campaign, which introduces new educational and enforcement programs, and emphasizes the essential roles of community leadership and partnership with local government. It includes a Student Ambassador program, Environmental Enforcement Officers Unit, expansion of Garbage Blitz crews, and more. 

Winter Shelters and Warming Centers in Alameda County. If you or someone you know is in need of a warm, dry place to stay, see this list of countywide Winter Shelters (open every night during the winter months) and Warming Centers (open in rainy or cold weather) operated in Alameda County. Call 211 for additional information about accessing shelters, transitional housing, and other emergency housing.  

Winter Drive for Unhoused Neighbors. The East Oakland Collective continues to collect winter items for our unhoused neighbors, including blankets, jackets/coats, socks, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping, and hygiene items. Send an email to info@eastoaklandcollective.com to coordinate drop-off.  

New Year, New You Community Fitness Challenge. Join Oakland Parks, Recreation and Youth Development for weekly, FREE, family-oriented fitness and introduction to Tai Chi from 6-7:30 pm at various rec centers across the city! Councilmember Bas will be at the January 30th session at Lincoln Rec Center.  

Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) Meetings. Get involved with your local NCPC or Neighborhood Council to help make our communities safe and connected. 

Friends of Cleveland Heights
Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2020
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
FM Smith Recreation Center
1969 Park Blvd.
2nd Tuesdays, odd months 

Bella Vista NCPC
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Bella Vista Elementary School
1025 E. 28th St.
2nd Wednesdays

San Antonio NCPC
Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2020
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Word Assembly Church
1445 23rd Ave. 
2nd Wednesdays, odd months

Chinatown NCPC
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
Starts at 4:00 p.m.
250 10th St. Lincoln Rec Center
3rd Wednesdays

Grandlake NCPC 
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Lakeshore Ave. Baptist Church
3534 Lakeshore Ave.
3rd Wednesdays

City of Oakland Job Opportunities. Visit the City's Employment Information page to learn more and apply -- there are several job openings! For more information, please contact the Human Resources Management Receptionist at (510) 238-3112.

Oakland Restaurant Week. ORW ends Monday! Some of the fabulous District 2 restaurants participating include Aburaya GO, Almond & Oak, Bardo, Binney Park Sandwich Shop, Brotzeit Lokal, Caña, CHICA, Lake Chalet, Mockingbird, Shakewell, Shiba Ramen, Sobo Ramen, Tay Ho, The Star on Grand, The Terrace Room, Tribune Tavern, Vegan Mob, and Zachary's Grand Lake.

Oakland Unite Community Healing Mini-Grants Spring Cycle. The spring cycle of mini-grants funding, in partnership with Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, Urban Peace Movement, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, BOSS, and Roots Community Health Center is now open. Applications are due by 11:59 pm on Monday, February 3rd. Contact oaklandunite@oaklandca.gov for more information. 

Join an informational session next Thursday, January 23rd at Urban Peace Movement (1203 Preservation Park, Suite 103) from 6-7 pm.

Join the 2020-21 Redistricting Commission. The City is accepting applications to serve on the Redistricting Commission, which will approve boundary lines for City Council and School Board districts. It's critical that Commissioners reflect the geographic, racial, ethnic and economic diversity of the Town.

Oakland Asian Cultural Center Lunar New Year Celebration. Join OACC on Sunday, February 2nd from 11 am - 3 pm to welcome the Year of the Rat with live cultural performances, interactive workshops, arts and crafts activities, and fun for the whole family! Admission is FREE.

Help Find Jonathan Bandabaila. Please support Jonathan Bandabaila's family in helping to locate their son, who was last seen wearing grey soccer warm-up gear in May. Jonathan is 20 years old, 5'7, 175 pounds. The Bandabaila family has offered a reward of  $10,000. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Oakland Police Department Missing Persons Unit at (510) 238-3641.

 


In the News

HOUSING & HOMELESSNESS

  • Oakland Post // "Oakland Moves to Prohibit Landlords from Considering Criminal Histories in Rental Housing" 
  • KPIX // "Oakland Launches Homelessness Audit"
  • SF Chronicle // "Oakland gets FEMA trailers to house 70 homeless people, plus state funds"
  • The Guardian // "The Oakland women who took over a vacant lot to house the homeless"
  • Good News Network // "Oakland Residents Transform Abandoned Lot into Sanctuary for Camping Homeless Women"

Moms 4 Housing

  • KQED // "'We're Not Leaving': Homeless Mom Says After Judge Orders Oakland Home Vacated"
  • NBC Bay Area // "Examining Wedgewood: A Look at the Home-Flipping Giant in Battle With Homeless Mothers"
  • KCBS Radio // "Case Of Homeless Moms Draws Attention To Bay Area's Vacant Houses"
  • The Intercept // "Oakland's Moms 4 Housing were Evicted by a Gian Corporation that Runts National Home-Flipping Operation"
  • SF Chronicle // "2 Oakland moms take radical stand in battle for housing"
  • VICE // "The Black Moms Who Occupied a Vacant House and Became Icons of the Homelessness Crisis"
  • The Bold Italic // "Oakland’s Homeless Mothers Spark a Movement" 

COMMUNITY SAFETY

  • Oakland Post // "Remembering Oscar Grant 11-Years after Fatal Fruitvale BART Police Shooting"
  • SF Chronicle // "Vigil held for man killed in laptop heist at Starbucks in Oakland"

Connect with Team D2!

D2 Office: (510) 238-7002

Miya Saika ChenChief of Staff (POLICY LEAD)
mchen@oaklandca.gov, (510) 238-7246

Lia Azul SalaverryPolicy Analyst, Community Liaison (NEIGHBORHOOD/SERVICES LEAD)
lsalaverry@oaklandca.gov, (510) 238-7023

Linna LinChinatown Liaison and Aide (SCHEDULING LEAD)
nlin@oaklandca.gov, (510) 238-7022

Tiffany KangCommunications Specialist, Community Liaison (MEDIA LEAD)
tkang@oaklandca.gov, (510) 238-7022

Pamela DrakeCommunity Liaison
pdrake@oaklandca.gov, (510) 238-7022

 


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