Shuumi Land Tax, Reopening Rollback, Housing for Teachers & more

Like many of you, I’m relieved and grateful for the election outcomes. Thank you to all who voted, got out the vote, and organized for these wins. Congratulations to my City Council colleagues — Councilmembers-Elect Carroll Fife and Treva Reid and Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan, Dan Kalb and Noel Gallo, as well as City Attorney Barbara Parker. Together, let’s keep moving forward for democracy and justice.

We are now under a limited state-issued Stay at Home Order. It  requires that non-essential work, movement, and gatherings stop between 10pm and 5am for Purple Tier counties, which includes ours. Please protect all of our health and reduce the spread of COVID-19 by restricting interactions with people outside of your households for non-essential activities and social gatherings.

During this time of year when we give thanks, I hope we also reflect on the legacy of settler colonialism and systemic violence + erasure of our Native and Indigenous brothers and sisters. 


Oakland is on stolen Ohlone land. Consider joining my family in our annual Shuumi Land Tax payment to the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust. It will help return land to Indigenous people, establish a cemetery to reinter ancestral remains, and build urban gardens, community centers, and ceremonial spaces for current and future generations of the Bay Area’s Indigenous people.

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Defending Our Democracy, Lake Merritt COVID Testing, Public Safety Survey & More

What a joyous day as our nation celebrates democracy and looks forward to continuing our struggles for justice. Congratulations to Oakland's own Vice President Elect Kamala Harris, making herstory as the first Black and Asian woman elected to the White House with President Elect Joe Biden. 

While Oakland votes are still being counted, I want to offer my congratulations to the likely winners: Councilmembers Elect Carroll Fife and Treva Reid; Councilmembers Dan Kalb, Noel Gallo and Rebecca Kaplan; and City Attorney Barbara Parker. See Oakland election coverage from Oaklandside.


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Moms 4 Housing Wins Community Victory, Public Health at the Lake & more

As we head into the Fall of this rough year of 2020, I hope you are surrounded by care and support. And as the election draws near, I hope you have the information you need to cast an informed vote. 

In this newsletter, you’ll find information about:

  • Historic win with Moms 4 Housing
  • Lake Merritt Vending Pilot Program Update
  • Tuesday’s Council meeting and agenda highlights
  • “Know Your Rights” materials for Oakland workers
  • Important news and resources, including COVID grants and voting information


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Pilot Program at Lake Merritt, Wildfire Resources & More

I hope you are staying safe and healthy. I also want to usher in Filipino American History Month and appreciate the contributions of my Filipinx community. 

In this newsletter, you’ll find information about:

  • Next steps to increase safety, health, and inclusivity at Lake Merritt
  • How to prepare for wildfires and tips on keeping your home and community safe
  • Monday’s Education Partnership Committee meeting focused on school and public safety planning
  • Tuesday’s Council meeting and agenda highlights
  • News and resources


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Launch of Reimagining Public Safety Task Force, CARES Grants & More

I hope that you’ve had the chance to enjoy the beautiful weather and fresh air that has finally returned. I’m grateful for our natural environment but reminded that we can’t take its resilience for granted and must work together to care for her.

And, like many of you, I’ve been grieving the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who pushed fiercely for a more just world through our legal system. In processing, I’m channeling sorrow to recommit to fighting for more just communities here in Oakland.

In this newsletter, you’ll find information about:

  • Tuesday's Council meeting on next steps to transform our public safety system
  • District 2’s Multilingual Family Forum
  • Traffic Safety in District 2
  • New grant opportunities for small businesses, nonprofits, artists
  • Applications for the City's Homeless Advisory Commission


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Safety Recommendations for Lake Merritt, Emergency Response, MACRO & more

I hope you and your loved ones are safe as we battle both wildfires and COVID. Let’s be sure to appreciate our firefighters, first responders and health professionals during these challenging times, as well as our educators and childcare workers who teach and care for our children. 

City Council’s legislative session starts on Tuesday. In this newsletter, you’ll find information on:

  • Oakland Pride
  • Wednesday, 9/16 Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission meeting on Lake Merritt
  • September City Council meetings
    • Tuesday, 9/15 City Council meeting including reports on emergency response and public safety
    • Monday, 9/21 Life Enrichment Committee meeting on homeless encampment management policy
    • Tuesday, 9/22 Community Economic Development Committee meeting on affordable housing impact fees
    • Tuesday, 9/29 Joint meeting of City Council and Public Safety Commissions including the new Reimagining Public Safety Task Force


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Reopening Changes, $ for Renters & Homeowners, Mental Health Hotline & More

This Labor Day weekend, I hope you and loved ones are able to connect in a safe, healthy and joyful way. Please keep in mind that the U.S. Weather Service has declared an Excessive Heat Watch in effect Saturday 11AM until Monday 9PM. 

Stay informed of unfolding weather / air quality updates by signing up for AC Alerts and learn about power outage safety tips, back-up power options, and potential wildfire preparedness with resources from Oakland Firesafe Council and Oakland Community Preparedness & Response. 

In this newsletter you’ll find updates on:

  • Direct COVID-19 financial assistance for renters and homeowners, and COVID-positive residents
  • Alameda County’s reopening plans
  • New mental health hotline in Oakland
  • Local updates and resources


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New Chinatown Test Site, Red Flag Warning, Spare the Air

I hope you and your loved ones are hanging in there as we contend with wildfires in addition to COVID. Big appreciations to our firefighters, first responders and health professionals during these challenging times. 

In this newsletter, you’ll find information on these topics:

  • New multilingual, multicultural COVID Test Site in Chinatown
  • Red Flag Warning (UPDATE: Cancelled Monday morning)
  • Spare the Air Alert through Wednesday
  • Emergency Preparedness


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LAKE MERRITT: Safety, Health & Inclusive Shared Space

As we near the end of five months sheltering in place, I truly hope you and your loved ones are healthy.

Thanks to your participation and power by the thousands, City Council recently committed to create a Task Force to Reimagine Public Safety. The goal of the task force is to make recommendations to City Council that will reinvest in community programs and services that address the root causes of violence and increase community safety, developing alternative responses by divesting 50% of traditional policing resources in the next FY 2021-23 budget cycle -- see more below.

In this newsletter, you’ll find information on these topics:

  • Updates on creating a healthy, safe, and inclusive environment at Lake Merritt
  • Shifting half of policing resources to community needs & how to get involved
  • Updates including OUSD First Day of School, Housing Resources, AC Transit BRT, Chinatown StreetFest, Black Arts / Black August, COVID businesses resources


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COVID Cases Surge, Eviction Moratorium Extended & More

This week, I was alarmed to learn about new COVID data from Roots Community Health Center that shows COVID cases are surging and many infections are from parties and social gatherings. This is a sobering reminder to continue to shelter in place and follow guidelines to protect everyone’s health. And, as rent becomes due on the 1st soon, I’m glad to share that my eviction moratorium extension passed unanimously. Oakland has the strongest eviction moratorium in the state, and it will last through the end of the Local Emergency. The City will also provide millions in rent and mortgage relief with federal CARES Act funds.

In this newsletter, you’ll find important policy updates and neighborhood news:

  • COVID cases surge, many linked to parties/gatherings
  • Eviction moratorium extended until end of Local Emergency
  • Preview of Tuesday’s Council meeting
  • News on homelessness, the Ghost Ship tragedy and more


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