I’m thankful for so many of you who’ve been engaging on our city budget and who attended this week’s hearing on the Mayor’s proposed budget. In case you missed it, check out my initial analysis of the proposed budget and Capital Improvement Plan.
As I’m leading our Council amendments to the Mayor’s budget, I'm hopeful because we have already achieved initial wins and progress on an equitable City budget:
- We are seeing initial increased investments in violence prevention and alternative responses to calls for service, which will improve community safety.
- We are building support to prevent the elimination of 29 firefighter positions.
- We are building support for equitable pay for frontline city workers, many of whom were not able to shelter in place, and who have continued to clean up our streets, fill potholes, and serve Oaklanders throughout the pandemic.
It’s critical that we continue to work together to achieve community support for a people-centered budget that funds the housing, jobs, and services we truly need for all Oaklanders to recover and thrive. Here are two ways you can get involved:
 Can you help by volunteering to door-knock our neighbors in District 2 at an event put on by our community and labor partners next Saturday, June 5th? You’ll engage residents and voters on advocating for our people-centered priorities in the city budget — investments in affordable housing and immediate homelessness solutions, critical public services to keep our neighborhoods clean, protect our frontline workers, lift up arts and culture, and prevent violence and make our communities safer.
 Join my D2 Virtual Budget Town Hall this coming Wednesday, June 2 from 5:30-7pm. Join the Zoom Webinar at this link (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86770934270) or via Facebook Live. Submit your questions in advance through our budget survey here.
In this newsletter, you’ll find information about:
- Important items for Tuesday’s Council meeting such as next steps on homeless interventions, independent analysis of the Mayor's budget, a new Chinatown Community Benefits District, and extending our "flex streets" program which has promoted outdoor dining
- City and District 2 news and resources
Council President + District 2, City of Oakland
Tuesday 6/1: Council Meeting Preview
Next Steps for Homeless Interventions, Independent Analysis of Mayor’s Budget & Chinatown Community Benefits District
At this coming Tuesday, June 1, 1pm City Council meeting:
Item 6: Authorize homelessness interventions including site preparation and operation of co-governed encampments and safe RV parking on sites across the city.
- I’m championing the E12th Parcel (across from Lake Merritt), which has been vacant and languished for years, for an immediate compassionate care tiny home village to serve and shelter our unhoused neighbors in D2.
- Item 7: Independent analysis of the Mayor’s proposed FY 2021-23 city budget by consultant Harvey Rose Associates.
- Item S18: I requested a report from the City Administrator on city reopening plans in light of the state’s full reopening on June 15, including resuming public services, reopening facilities, and updated emergency operations.
- Item 2.14: Authorization of the process for creation of a Chinatown Community Benefits District. Thank you to the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce for your leadership and community engagement to make this happen. With this designation, more resources will be available to create safety, beautify the neighborhood, and serve Chinatown merchants, customers, and residents.
- Item 12: Oakland Fund for Children and Youth grant renewals for programs this summer and next school year.
- Item 14: Extension of Flex Streets Program to expand restaurant, retail, cafe, parklet and mobile food vending temporary uses of outdoor private spaces and public right-of-ways to encourage healthy outdoor use and enjoyment of businesses.
City + District 2 News and Resources
COVID-19 Updates: Vaccine appointments are available at MyTurn.ca.gov or by calling 833-422-4255. You can also drop into one of Alameda County's community based sites. Until June 15, when the State plans to fully reopen the economy, the existing guidance for face coverings remains in effect. On June 15, the State plans to implement the CDC’s guidelines around face coverings to allow fully vaccinated Californians to go without a mask in most outdoor settings.
Oakland A's Update: This week, the City Administrator reached out to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors requesting that they join a regional collaboration for the Waterfront Ballpark District at Howard Terminal. The specific request is to “opt in” to an Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District (EIFD) that would cover the waterfront ballpark site and vote by June 15. Read more here.
Grand Lake Theatre Reopens: Oakland's beloved Grand Lake Theatre in D2 just reopened! Operating days for this transition reopening period are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Learn more on reopening, movie times and the films being shown. Read about the reopening in Oaklandside.
Franklin Elementary Seeking Noon Supervisors: Franklin is looking to hire two new Noon Supervisors for support during recess/lunch next school year. Ideally, applicants are Franklin parents, family, or nearby community members. The hours are during recess/lunch from 11am-1:15pm, so this role is great for someone looking to pick up a little extra work mid-day. Learn more and apply.
Oakland Public Library’s Kids Summer: OPL’s Kids Summer Programming kicks off on Saturday, May 29 at 10:30am with a Family Dance Party aka "Baby Rave" hosted by Bay Area Children's Theater. Check out the programs here, including virtual programs every Saturday at 10:30am which will include music, storytime, and bats, hands-on learning every Thursday at 4pm, and Family Yoga with Misty on Tuesdays at 10:30am.
Save the date - San Antonio Fire Station Community Meeting: I have been working with many San Antonio neighbors and the Friends of San Antonio Park to improve community engagement and transparency in plans for the Park and Fire Station. Together, our advocacy has extended the community engagement period by three more months and the City will conduct a community meeting specifically on options for Fire Station 4. Please save Wednesday, June 16, 4-5pm for a meeting at San Antonio Park, event lawn (with option for virtual participation via Zoom). Details will follow.
Go Oakland Youth! I was so honored to join the Oakland Youth Advisory Commission to cap off the school year with the theme "Defining Our Moment". These powerful young people have made their voices heard, represented the neighborhoods and people they come from and love, and persisted through an incredibly difficult year of hardship, uncertainty, and loss. I’m grateful to all of you for being voices of truth and change in our communities. You are already making a real difference and defining this moment for Oakland and beyond.
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, June 5th; meet at the corner of E. 12th St. and 18th. Ave, 1-3pm!