Building on this year's work for a cleaner, safer, more equitable Oakland + D2

Having recently approved a balanced budget, I want to look back at our collective work over the past six months. There is clearly more work to be done to house our neighbors living on our streets and ensure more working families do not lose their homes; to prevent senseless gun violence like the shooting that injured an 8 year old child on the freeway; and to keep our neighborhoods and business corridors clean, safe and thriving. 

I will continue working with our community partners to advance an equitable Oakland for all of us, building on the foundation of our work during our first term. Here are some highlights from 2023 so far. My team and I look forward to building on this work with you. 

Housing Is a Human Right 

  • Affordable Housing
    • Our balanced budget makes a record $216 million investment, mostly from Measure U, for the creation, acquisition and preservation of affordable housing, plus a Council-created Rapid Response Homeless Housing Acquisition Fund with $8.8 million to more rapidly create housing for unhoused residents.
    • Two 100% affordable housing projects are moving forward on the East 12th Parcel by Lake MerrittEast Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) will hopefully break ground next year with a 91-unit, 100% affordable housing project. Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) is planning an 84-unit 100% affordable housing project. 
    • The Brooklyn Basin Project has completed two affordable housing projects that add 341 affordable units. With the recent expansion of Brooklyn Basin, the committed community coalition negotiated new community benefits including: $9 million towards the preservation and acquisition of affordable housing in the nearby neighborhoods of Chinatown, Eastlake, and San Antonio; 20% local hire for the additional 600 housing units; and an additional $350,000 to the West Oakland Jobs Resource Center for job training to nearby residents. 
  • Tenant Rights
    • Earlier this year, Council passed my legislation to end the COVID Eviction Moratorium on July 15th, 2023 and improve the Just Cause Ordinance.
    • Our balanced budget allocated $1 million a year for tenant legal services, especially important as the COVID eviction moratorium expires July 15th.
  • Homeless Solutions
    • Two years ago, my team worked with the community and City to develop an innovative, interim use on city-owned land at the East 12th Parcel by Lake Merritt. We created a tiny home program on public land with improved services and infrastructure such as electricity, plumbing, storage and room for pets. 
    • On June 30th, the City of Oakland and the Housing Consortium of the East Bay successfully concluded the LakePoint Tiny Home Community program after almost two years of serving over 80 houseless individuals with resources, shelter, and community. All participants transitioned into other housing and shelter programs, including many now in permanent housing thanks to our partnership with Oakland Housing Authority. The unoccupied site will be cleaned and secured, while the structures will be moved to other homeless programs.
    • In the new year, construction is anticipated to start on the first of two 100% affordable housing projects. Stay tuned for community meetings later this summer about the projects. My team and I are proud of this historic step forward in using public land for public good –  ensuring that our most vulnerable are sheltered and served, and creating more deeply affordable housing.


Community Safety for All

Our adopted budget continues to invest in holistic community safety, despite closing a huge deficit. Here are some key investments that seek to prevent violence, activate safe public spaces, effectively respond to crisis, and solve crime. 

  • Violence prevention: Council added $2.85 million more for violence prevention programs, including $600,000 focused on sex trafficking; and also funded 24/7 crisis response to gun and gender-based violence. 
  • Activate Oakland Initiative: This new program dedicates $434,000 to revitalize downtown and neighborhood commercial corridors by activating public spaces, incubating events, and promoting public safety awareness. The event program will offer sponsorships of $1,000 to $10,000 and will be administered by Visit Oakland.
  • Community Safety Ambassadors: $1 million per year will support community safety ambassadors in commercial corridors, building off the Holiday Shop Safe initiative. 
  • Crisis and emergency response: MACRO (Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland) will expand its hours and locations of coverage to support OFD response to non-violent 911 calls; and the City will prioritize filling vacant 911 dispatcher and MACRO crisis responder positions.
  • Effective policing: The Council approved Mayor Thao’s police staffing plan — setting the number of officers to realistically account for the actual time it takes to recruit, train and graduate new recruits. 712 officers are authorized in FY 2023-2024 and three (3) academies will graduate new officers, estimated at 20-25 graduates per academy. In FY 2024-2025, another three (3) academies will graduate new officers.
  • Civilianization of certain police functions: Oakland will continue to civilianize certain police functions to enable police officers to focus on serious and violent crime. (Special events and certain traffic enforcement are now handled by civilian staff.) With the new budget, two (2) new civilian investigators will help solve missing persons and traffic/vehicle collision cases, among other things, so police investigators can focus on solving violent crimes. OPD Internal Affairs will be transferred to the independent Community Police Review Agency to ensure greater accountability. 
  • Traffic safety: More than $10 million is dedicated for traffic safety improvements to prevent injury and fatalities on city streets, on top of millions for street paving and sidewalk repair. Council added $800,000 to be allocated evenly by each Councilmember ($100,000 each) for traffic safety improvements plus $770,896 for violence prevention/sideshow prevention.
  • Lake Merritt equity and access: The new Lake Merritt Parking Management Plan will generate $1 million to support equity and access at Lake Merritt and fund a Lake Merritt vending program and events, expansion of the park stewards program, park maintenance, traffic safety improvements, and compliance with park and other rules. 


Equitable Services and Infrastructure Improvements

  • The Capital Improvement Project Budget via Measure U is funding the renovation/expansion of the Lincoln Recreation & Resilience Centera feasibility study to kick off the master planning for San Antonio Park and a future Community Library and Resilience Center; and the renovation of Fire Station 4 in Central Oakland. 
  • Clinton Park in Little Saigon is getting a boost of parks improvement funding from Measure Q ($100k+).
  • For Lake Merritt, we’ve allocated $1 million per year in parking revenue for Lake Merritt to advance equity and inclusion, including supporting the Lake Merritt Freedom Market and other activities/events ($200k+), as well as park improvements ($150k) and expanding the park ambassadors program ($150K).


Just Economic Recovery

  • Small business support: The small business Facade Improvement Program will continue with $200,000 to support physical and safety improvements; and a critical staff position for multilingual business assistance will be filled.
  • Arts and culture: Council increased Cultural Affairs grants by $300,000 each year, added $100,000 for the activation of Frank Ogawa Plaza, and unfroze Program Analyst II and the Special Events Coordinator, who support special events and cultural affairs.


I am proud of and humbled by the work that we’ve accomplished in District 2 and across Oakland, which will continue to encourage and grow our vibrant cultures and communities. From ensuring that every person has access to shelter, housing and food, to creating a community where all people access the opportunities and resources they need, I will remain active in pushing forward progressive change for the most vulnerable and marginalized. This progress has only been made possible through the  collaboration and partnership with our neighbors, community-based organizations, and my colleagues at the City of Oakland. I look forward to strengthening our work together for all of Oakland.



P.S. – In case you missed it, please click here for our budget update and summary

P.P.S. – For the latest on the Oakland A’s saga, check out this story on the Mayor’s meeting with MLB in The Athletic

Around D2 & Oakland

Draft San Antonio Park Master Plan Moves Forward
On June 20th, the City published the revised draft of the San Antonio Park Master Plan. I am so grateful to the community for your engagement and input, especially to Friends of San Antonio Park for designing a multi-lingual, participatory community engagement process, which my office was proud to support.

On July 10th, representatives from the Friends of San Antonio Park (FOSAP) Coalition, along with staff from the Department of Public Works and District 2 Office, presented the updated San Antonio Park Master Plan Capital Improvement Projects, which include a renovated play structure, and most importantly, a proposed Community Library and Resilience Center. The Board commented on the positive impacts that the projects would have on the surrounding community, and gave presenters a thumbs up. Next, the Master Plan will go to the Planning Commission on August 2nd for more review and approval, and then will go to Council for final approval. A huge thanks to Miya Sommers for presenting beautifully on behalf of FOSAP!

Learn more about the Draft Master Plan here and share comments with [email protected]. Get involved with FOSAP here.



MACRO Ride-along and Hiring!

My staff and I joined MACRO (Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland) on a ridealong this past week and met with Interim Fire Chief Damon Covington. We observed first hand how MACRO responders address non-violent, non-emergency 911 calls for service and build relationships in our neighborhoods with houseless residents, businesses and community members. I was moved by the care of the conversations I witnessed, and deeply appreciate the compassion, dedication, and expertise of our MACRO responders who are making Oakland a safer place. 

The City of Oakland is now accepting applications to fill 18 MACRO positions! The MACRO Program is a community response program within the Fire Department responsible for responding to non-violent, non-emergency calls for service. The purpose of MACRO is to meet the needs of the community with a compassionate, care-first response model grounded in empathy, service, and community. MACRO's goal is to avoid diverting police to inappropriate uses by providing civilians who can respond to issues related to mental health and other non-violence matters, resulting in fewer negative interactions and increased access to community-based services and resources for impacted individuals and families, especially for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). This program also frees up police officers to respond to violent crimes.

MACRO is hiring:

  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), who participate as a member of a Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland (MACRO) crew, partner with the Community Intervention Specialist (CIS) and perform Basic Life Support and low-level emergency and non-emergency medical care.
  • Community Intervention Specialists (CIS), who participate as members of a Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland (MACRO) crew, partner with the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and serve as a liaison between health/social services and the community member as needed.


The department is looking for people who are:  

  • Committed to providing high-quality, empathetic service to the Oakland community
  • Familiar with Oakland (Personally or Professionally)
  • Knowledgeable about the services and resources available in Alameda County
  • Customer Focused; attentive to the needs and expectations of customers
  • A team player that will create a positive work environment in which all are motivated to succeed
  • Willing to lead, guide, and encourage others to accomplish a common goal


If you are interested, or know someone who could be, share the info to apply at: 


The Fire Department is also recruiting for Entry Level Firefighter EMT & Paramedics. The Application Period is August 3 - August 9, 2023. Learn more here. 


MISSSEY Film Screening & Panel “The Wisdom of Trauma”
I want to thank MISSSEY for organizing this important and timely panel discussion and film screening about what we can do collectively to create a compassionate and transformed society. I especially appreciate the conversation elevating the trauma that Black women and girls face, and encourage everyone to get connected with the work of MISSEY and other organizations that are bringing these stories and experiences to the forefront. My team and I are committed to partnering with our  community to end gender-based violence and commercial sexual exploitation. 


Town Nights — San Antonio Park & Lincoln Square Park
Town Nights has been an amazing success across the multiple sites in District 2! At Lincoln Square Park, the events so far have included community performances, sports, music, games and food for youth and seniors alike! At San Antonio Park, Trybe and partners have served more than 1100 meals, hosted a wellness fair and a vintage car show, and featured amazing performances from salsa and soul to rap and turf dancing! The work of the many organizations putting together Town Nights across the City is integral to creating the safer Oakland that we want, and I am extremely grateful to the Department of Violence Prevention for spearheading this initiative. Make sure that you check out one of the great Town Nights events happening near you! Friday, July 21st will be the final events.


Lincoln Summer Nights 
Now In its 7th season, Lincoln Summer Nights on the 2nd Thursday of each month through October has been put on by and for the community, entirely by volunteers including the Oakland Chinatown Coalition and Friends of Lincoln Square Park! We’ve enjoyed the performances, resources, activities and food for all ages each month. This past Thursday we especially enjoyed the entertainment and acrobatics by Circus Bella. The park was packed and there were smiles all around. 


The LakeFest this year was a smashing success, with more than 15,000 attendees of every age! Vendors and businesses were out, the music was great, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I deeply appreciate the cultural value that festivals like LakeFest bring and maintain for Oakland, and I’m looking forward to LakeFest 2024! A huge shoutout to founder Trevelon Adanandus, his team, and all of the organizations, staff and volunteers that worked on bringing this back for another year!

Tuesday 7/18: Council Meeting Preview

Activating San Antonio Park, Brooklyn Basin Community Facilities District, General Plan Update & More

Highlights for this coming Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, July 18th at 2pm (our last Council meeting before the summer recess): 


For more information including how to share public comment for those items you care about, see the agenda for instructions — or submit an e-comment (24 hours before the meeting). We look forward to seeing and hearing from you!

Community Calendar

National Night Out is Almost Here!
National Night Out is Tuesday, August 1st! Organize a block party, BBQ, ice cream social, or other outdoor event that brings neighbors together. This year, the first 50 hosts to register will receive two A's tickets against the Baltimore Orioles. Register here. 

Oakland Municipal Band on Sundays 
Since 1912, the Oakland Municipal Band has been presenting free concerts at Lakeside Park in the heart of Oakland. You can continue the fun this summer with their Lakeside Park performances, the next of which are July 16th, 23rd and 30th! It's free and fun, so don't forget to bring your blanket to enjoy comfortably on the lawn! Check out more information here.

Asian Resource Center 48th Annual Gala Celebration; Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Center Building on July 22nd
Nearly 50 years ago, EBALDC was founded and shortly thereafter, they got to work and acquired the Hebern Electric Code Building so it could house nonprofit organizations and community-serving businesses and medical facilities that could provide the essential services for Oakland’s Asian American community. Today, the Asian Resource Center continues to be an institutional hub in Oakland Chinatown. Join us as we celebrate with The Oakland Heritage Alliance and the East Bay Photo Collective the 100th Birthday Celebration of the Asian Resource Center (310 8th Street) on Saturday, July 22 from 11am – 1pm. The event will include an unveiling of a plaque from the Oakland Heritage Alliance and a tour of the current exhibit, “Asian American Elder Voices.” The Center is especially important to me as I have worked in the building many years with various nonprofit organizations. More information here.

Children’s Fairyland Sleepovers
Camp out at Children’s Fairyland! Join fellow Oaklanders this summer for magical themed nights under the stars where you and your family will enjoy rides, special performances, storybook sets, dinner, and an unforgettable outdoor overnight experience! Bring a tent and sleeping bags—let them do the rest! Tickets: $65 per person. Includes dinner and continental breakfast! Space is limited so reserve your spot today! The next two dates are: July 22, (Puppets), and Aug 4 (Fairies). Tickets and more information here.

Oakland United Rowing Team High School ‘Learn To Row’ Classes Starting Soon!
The Oakland United Rowing Team’s High School ‘Learn To Row’ class is about to start! No experience is required to become a part of this great Oakland team that introduces Oakland Unified School District High School students to rowing in a fun, on-the-water environment. You can learn about the Oakland United Rowing programs and more here.

Cycles of Change 4th Annual Bike-A-Thon | August 25th, from 1 - 2pm
Cycles of Change’s fourth annual Bike-a-Thon is coming up on Friday, August 25. This event will gather cyclists of all backgrounds to ride around Lake Merritt for one common goal: to support Cycles of Change’s transportation justice and youth empowerment work! For this year’s Bike-a-Thon, they are honoring their 25 years of community based work and harnessing community power to ensure the coming 25 years of Cycles’ work in East Oakland. You can sign up to be a rider, make a pledge, and more here.

Trybe Summer Events and Town Nights
Oakland TRYBE’s Town Nights at San Antonio Park kicked off with an amazing display of music, art, community, and fun! Hosted during the summer months to encourage peace and discourage violence, Town Nights programming allows community based organizations and the City to work together through the Department of Violence Prevention to support each other and create a safer and more inclusive Oakland for ALL. More at


Chinatown Town Nights (“C-Town Nights”) | Fridays from 6-10pm at Lincoln Square Park
Get ready for another Town Night in Chinatown! C-Town Nights is a Town Nights program led by Family Bridges in Chinatown. Free for the community, Town Nights are all about having fun, meeting neighbors, and activating our public spaces. Check the fliers below for more information or go to


Lincoln Summer Nights - monthly on 2nd Thursdays, next is July 13th
Lincoln Summer Nights is an amazing community program at Lincoln Square Park happening every 2nd Thursday from 5 - 8pm. For the past 6 years, Friends of Lincoln Square Park has held Lincoln Summer Nights, a monthly multi-generational (seniors and youth) community building event in partnership with many other Oakland Chinatown organizations. The goal of the series is to strengthen community bonds by co-creating a shared sense of belonging between generations and across racial and socio-economic divides. The event series focuses on bringing art, culture, games, and other services and resources to youth, families, seniors, and the community. See you all there!


Lake Merritt Freedom Vendor's Market | Saturdays and Sundays @ El Embarcadero

It's been great to see all of the different vendors out around the lake with their wares, and to see the intergenerational crowd enjoy food, music, and community outside! I’m hopeful that the Freedom Vendor’s Market will become a staple opportunity for Oaklanders to support our local vendors, enjoy our lake, and enjoy our community! Join us on Saturdays & Sundays at El Embarcadero. 

Bulky Block Party - Every last Saturday of the month

Oakland residents! Do you have bulky items that you just can't seem to get rid of? Let the City help! Come to one of our Bulky Block Parties every last Saturday of the month. 

Who can participate?

  • All Oakland residents, including home owners and renters.
  • Who cannot come: businesses, for-hire haulers, contractors, painters, organizations, apartments & condominium managers, clubs, and non-profits.


For more information, check out the website here, or see the flyer below for more info.

City & District 2 News and Resources


  • Learn more about the changes coming to Oakland’s Main Library. “It wouldn’t be a library redesign without a storytelling element. At a second workshop on Aug. 5, participants will learn about the building blocks of a narrative, then share personal stories about “what a new branch library means to you and your community.” These stories will help inform a video that BAVC Media will make as part of the feasibility study.” More here from the Oakland Public Library and in the Oaklandside
  • Broadway Streetscape Improvements
    The Oakland Department of Transportation’s (OakDOT) Major Projects Division is working to deliver projects that will strengthen connections between West Oakland, Chinatown, Downtown, Old Oakland, and the Jack London District.
    • Staff are starting outreach and design for the Broadway Streetscape Improvements, which is focused on Broadway between 2nd and 11th Street and between 20th Street and Grand Avenue. The project aims to improve safety and accessibility for people who walk, roll, and take transit along Broadway. The scope of improvements has been informed by previous community engagement and adopted plans. Improvements may include curb extensions, ADA curb ramps, high visibility crosswalks, bus-only lanes, and improvements to the Broadway/I-880 underpass (such as pedestrian lighting).

Your input is needed! Fill out a short survey to tell the project team about your priorities for traveling along Broadway and what types of improvements you're excited about. The survey is available in English, Chinese, and Spanish. More information about the project can be found at: For questions, contact the project team at [email protected].

  • Our Boards & Commissions have vacancies! Join today! 

    To advance a #PeoplePoweredGovernment, we need residents like YOU to be a part of our Boards and Commissions! There are over forty boards and commissions, each with a specific stake in keeping Oakland running. Check out vacancies and apply today! Some Boards and Commissions you may be interested in are:

    • Police Commission Selection Panel
    • Community Policing Advisory Board
    • Children’s Fund Planning & Oversight Committee
    • Affordable Housing & Infrastructure Bond Public Oversight Committee
    • Commission on Persons with Disabilities
    • Public Art Advisory Commission
    • Library Advisory Commission


  • Learn about the latest developments in the fight to keep coal out of Oakland as the trial began. Read more in the Oaklandside.  
  • We were warmed to see so much kindness and community support for our beloved Colonial Donuts after another tragic robbery. Our office continues to support the shop and our businesses along Lakeshore and other corridors. Watch the story here on KTVU
  • Great to see Oakland Community Land Trust and East Oaklanders in the New York Times! “Born of the Civil Rights Movement, community land trusts are working to preserve neighborhoods and create new homeowners from New York to California.” Read more in the New York Times.  


  • Oakland Fire is Now Recruiting for Entry Level Firefighter EMT & Paramedics

Application Period: August 3 - August 9, 2023. Are you ready to serve Oakland by helping fight fires and keep our community safe? Then you should apply to be a part of the Oakland Fire Department. 


  1. High school diploma or GED
  2. EMT or Paramedic License
  3. Driver’s License 
  4. CPAT within last 6 months 

Learn More -- Watch:

  • Home Electrification Resources: In December of 2020, the City started requiring all new buildings to be all electric, which will create safer homes, more jobs, and an overall better Oakland. Learn more about the timeline and resources & benefits to electrifying your home here:

  • Clean Cars for All and Charge Program: The Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Clean Cars for All program provides up to $9,500 for income-qualified members of communities disproportionately affected by air pollution to retire older vehicles and replace them with a new or used hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric, or fuel cell vehicle, or get a transit card or e-bike. Additionally, up to $2,000 in funding is available for home-charging equipment and installation for purchasing a plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle. Applicants must live in a designated, eligible community in the Bay Area and their household income must fall under a specified limit based on their household size. For more information or to apply for Clean Cars for All, visit

  • Does your business have compost and recycling services? Fines to Businesses for lack of compost and recycling service started January 2023: If your business fails to establish compost and recycle collection or get an approved waiver, StopWaste, the Alameda County public agency working on behalf of the City of Oakland to enforce the law, will issue citations for non-compliance. Starting fines range from $50 to $100, depending on the size of a site’s trash service and will increase every 60 days up to $500 if a site continues to not have the required service. Actions to comply with SB 1383 and avoid fines:

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Find City of Oakland Jobs here!