This coming Tuesday, July 20 at 9 am, Council will have a Special Meeting to discuss terms to guide negotiations between the City and the Oakland A’s for the proposed Oakland Waterfront Ballpark project at Howard Terminal at the Port of Oakland. In case you missed it, read about our Council study session on the A’s project from SF Chronicle.
There are key issues to continue working on: financing of offsite infrastructure such as transportation, affordable housing, and funding for community benefits. The City remains dedicated to negotiating these points with the A’s.
I am committed to fighting for a responsible, beneficial deal for Oakland that keeps the A’s rooted in our hometown: that means compatibility with our marginalized neighborhoods that will be most impacted by the project -- Chinatown and West Oakland -- and with our Port economy, as well as urgently needed affordable housing, well-paying union jobs for local residents, and a responsible financial plan for our taxpayers and City.
I’ve heard loud and clear hundreds of your comments on both the importance of keeping the A’s rooted in Oakland for the long-term, AND of ensuring an equitable outcome that produces real, long-term community benefits with this project and holds developers accountable to meaningfully partner with our city government and community members. Learn more here about the needs and demands of community coalitions, as well as Alameda Labor Council’s position. Find details on the meeting here and send e-comments here.
In this newsletter, you’ll find information about:
- Previews of next week’s Council meetings
- City and District 2 news and resources
Spotlight on Youth Employment Partnership / YEP
Investing in Our Frontline Organizations to Promote Public Safety & Public Health
I was so inspired by my recent visit to YEP, where our youth and young adults -- especially those who've been involved with the criminal legal and foster systems, experienced homelessness, dropped out of school -- are provided with comprehensive employment & education services.
This is what powerful investments in our marginalized communities, in public safety, violence prevention can really look like to ensure young people have the tools and opportunities needed to thrive. I’m grateful that our budget allocated funding for community-based organizations like YEP doing incredible work on the frontlines.
Everything in these photos and videos was made by our youth, who receive training from YEP in a range of skills -- from building and rehabbing tiny homes to create affordable housing for low-income families, to warehouse training, culinary classes, mosaic-making, running and operating small businesses like cafes, and much more.
Thank you to YEP staff and it’s Executive Director Michele Clark who are developing the leadership and power of our young Oaklanders. YEP also offers a range of support services and referrals, including supports to help youth recover high school credits, earn their GED, enroll in college, and become self-sufficient adults.
Tuesday 7/20: Special Meeting on Howard Terminal
This coming Tuesday, July 20 at 9 am, Council will have a Special Meeting to discuss the term sheet with the Oakland Athletics to include terms for a financial plan, community benefits, and non-relocation, for the proposed Oakland Waterfront Ballpark District Project at Howard Terminal at the Port of Oakland. See my message above for more info.
Tuesday 7/20: Council Meeting Preview
Chinatown Business Improvement District, Coliseum Complex, and Affordable Housing Preservation + Production
At this coming Tuesday, July 20th’s 1:30 pm Council meeting:
- Item 3.2: We’ll have a public hearing and consider a resolution to enable the formation of the Chinatown Community Benefit Business Improvement District 2021, including approving the BID management plan and appointing an advisory board.
- Item 6: We’ll consider a resolution from Vice Mayor Kaplan regarding negotiating with the African American Sports and Entertainment Group (AASEG) the potential terms of a purchase and sale agreement to sell the City’s undivided 50% fee interest in the Coliseum Complex. AASEG is an Oakland-based developer focused on creating economic opportunity for the Black community in East Oakland and using the Coliseum Complex as a vehicle for economic equity and social justice.
- Item 7: We’ll consider a resolution authorizing our City Administrator to apply for, accept, and appropriate up to $5M from the state Department of Housing & Community Development under the Local Housing Trust Fund Program towards affordable housing preservation and production programs.
City + District 2 News and Resources
Indoor Masking, Cultural Arts Grants, and more
Tuesday 7/20: Council Meeting Preview
COVID-19 Updates: On Friday, July 16, Alameda County along with other Bay Area jurisdictions announced they are recommending masking indoors for all as a precaution against increased circulation of COVID, with cases rising locally and Delta variants infecting more individuals. Learn more here.
City Grants for Cultural Strategists: Apply by August 26 to infuse creative problem-solving in various City departments through the Cultural Strategist in Government program, which will advance equity and belonging for Oaklanders. Cultural strategies work in the realm of culture, art-making and aesthetic practices and could be artists, artist-activists, creative entrepreneurs, traditional culture bearers, community historians, and others knowledgeable about culturally specific practices, history or heritage relevant to Oaklanders. Learn more here.
Flex Streets Extended to March 2022: Through Flex Streets, all fees have been waived and permitting has been streamlined for business’ use of sidewalk, parking lanes, street closures and other public rights-of-way. Previously issued permits have been extended through March 31, 2022. Between now and March 2022, City staff will evaluate the Flex Streets program to determine the best path forward, post-health emergency, and will be reaching out to stakeholders via email to share updates and collect input.
Chinatown Volunteer Strolling Program: I’m grateful to have joined volunteers this past week with my staff & daughter to participate in Oakland Chinatown Coalition’s weekly Volunteer Strolling Program. We reported illegal dumping to 311, cleaned up litter, and greeted / escorted seniors to and from destinations as needed in Chinatown. Shoutout to Volunteer Coordinator Lisa and Asian Pacific Environmental Network for leading on these types of alternative community safety strategies that strengthen community relationships, increase eyes and ears on our streets, improve the built environment, and prevent harm and violence from occurring. Learn more in Chinese in World Journal and Singtao Daily. Sign up to volunteer here.
These and other programs are an important part of strengthening our community safety infrastructure together with police services. The recent violent robberies in Chinatown are intolerable. My love goes out to the victims, and my appreciation goes out to the officers who are investigating and responding to these and other violent incidents across our city.
Support Healing & Care for Sex Trafficked Youth in District 2: Join Beloved: An Insistence, an artistic outreach to trafficked children/youth on Thursday, July 29th from 3-9pm on International Boulevard between 22nd and 23rd Aves to provide love and care with garden altars, healing practices and art, music, and a COVID-19 testing / vaccination pop-up site at nearby Eastside Arts Alliance. Learn more here.
Join Monthly District 2 #MakeOaklandBetter Clean-Ups: Join Forever Oakland Inc. / Make Oakland Better on the 1st Saturdays of each month for COVID-safe efforts to pick up trash and feed our unhoused neighbors. Next clean-up takes place on Saturday, August 7th; meet at the corner of E. 12th St. and 18th. Ave, 1-3pm!
Franchise Fund for Minority-Owned Small Businesses: The Golden State Warriors and United Airlines have launched the Franchise Fund to support minority-owned, Bay Area small businesses. 25 minority-owned, Bay Area small businesses will be selected to join the initiative, which will offer resources to assist with business growth, mentoring and advising, a $1K stipend, and exposure to Warriors corporate partners for procurement. Learn more here.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan: March’s American Rescue Plan Act included additional aid for small businesses, including Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advances for those located in low-income areas. These “advances” are similar to grants, and do not need to be repaid. The Targeted EIDL Advance provides funds of up to $10K to businesses and nonprofits located in a low-income area that suffered a reduction in revenue of greater than 30 percent and have 300 or fewer employees. Check this map to see if you qualify. The Supplemental Targeted Advance provides an additional payment of $5K for those in low-income communities that suffered a reduction in revenue of greater than 50 percent and have 10 or fewer employees. The City is working with local partner organizations to schedule in-person workshops to help business owners apply online. Learn more here.