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


Help Walden Pond Books Survive

This is a very personal appeal. Throughout my 20+ years in the Grand Lake neighborhood, Walden Pond Books is where I've taken my daughter for books since she was a toddler, where my husband -- a college educator -- orders for his classes, and where we've shopped for ourselves, family, and friends.

Walden Pond may have to close permanently. Local independent bookstores have already suffered due to online retailing. We can't let this crisis close one of Oakland’s last community bookstores.

Please consider contributing to the GoFundMe, ordering books by phone or online. More info at

Asian Health Services

Asian Health Services (AHS) staff have been working tirelessly on the frontlines to continue to provide needed healthcare services to our community members during this time.

A community health clinic founded in 1974 in Oakland Chinatown, AHS provides health, social, and advocacy services for all regardless of income, insurance status, immigration status, language, or culture. In addition to primary care services, they provide mental health, case management, nutrition, and dental care to more than 50,000 patients in English and over 14 Asian languages.

They've launched a $1M campaign to raise funds to:

  • address emergency hardships faced by patients due to COVID-19,
  • obtain personal protective equipment to protect frontline staff, and
  • obtain tele-health equipment to maintain critical lifelines of support for their most vulnerable patients.


Please consider contributing to their fundraising campaign here. 

Slow Streets Update

To prevent overcrowding of people taking walks and exercising and to ensure physical distancing, the City recently launched “Oakland Slow Streets” with 74 miles of low-traffic, low speed streets. A few additional miles of potential slow streets have been identified for implementation. 

Please provide your feedback here on existing and proposed slow streets. You can also contact OAK311.

Note that these "soft closures” of streets DO NOT restrict the streets to residents’ vehicles, emergency vehicles, AC Transit, and service and delivery vehicles.

For more information and the map, visit

District 2 streets being implemented this weekend include:

  • 11th Ave (E 8th St to Bayview Ave)



Shelter-In-Place Transition

Governor Newsom shared new information about how the state will decide when to begin gradually lifting the shelter-in-place order. Six indicators will be used to make this decision:

  1. The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed;
  2. The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19;
  3. The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges;
  4. The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand;
  5. The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing; and
  6. The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.

The Governor stated there is not a precise timeline for modifying the stay-at-home order, but that these six indicators will serve as the framework for making that decision.

Financial Assistance for Undocumented Communities

California has created a $125M disaster relief fund for undocumented workers, who make up 1 in 10 workers statewide and are essential to the fabric of our economy and society. Thank you Governor Newsom and philanthropic partners for working with community advocates statewide to create this important source of relief.

Undocumented workers are on the frontlines of the pandemic but have been nearly entirely left out of federal aid packages. There is more work to do to adequately support our immigrant families and we applaud Governor Newsom’s leadership and swift action.

Adults will receive a one-time $500 payment and families can receive up to $1,000 in relief. Learn more here. 

Here in Oakland, OUSD teachers have pledged their federal stimulus checks to undocumented families left out of COVID-19 aid -- you can join.

This grassroots campaign has partnered with the Oakland Education Fund to support undocumented OUSD families ineligible for unemployment insurance benefits and disaster relief, including the CARES Act, due to their immigration status.

You can pledge to donate your entire stimulus check, a percentage of it, or make a separate donation. Learn more at

Appreciating Our Healthcare Workers

I visited two of our hospitals to appreciate our frontline healthcare workers and delivered 1,000 donated masks.

Thank you to the emergency staff at Highland Hospital and all the staff who care for our community in our public healthcare system, and to SEIU 1021 who represent the workers.

Thank you to Remigius Ihe, Sterile Processing Technician and SEIU-UHW leader at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, and to all the Kaiser staff.

And thank you to California Waste Solutions for partnering with my office to donate these masks. The care and generosity in our community is inspiring!



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