Wishing you and your loved ones peace during this time.
As we celebrate Latinx Heritage Month, I'm honored to uplift the work of Latinx leaders across Oakland and District 2. I'm proud to honor Laura Rivas for her critical work at Garfield Elementary School as the Community Schools Manager where she has brought significant change and access to the surrounding community.
Laura is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrant parents who were undocumented for most of her childhood, and were dealing with their own unresolved trauma. As the parent of two precious seeds (children) ages 9 and 13, Laura is committed to breaking generational curses and paving the way toward healing from the violence of colonization and displacement of brown bodies. Laura enjoys dancing to cumbias, hikes in the redwoods and cuddling with her two kids and their kittens. District 2 is grateful for Laura’s service, vision, and love for our community.
Council and Community Safety Updates
Community safety continues to be my top priority. I share your concerns and anger, and want you to know that your City is working hard and collaboratively for a safer Oakland. I remain committed to comprehensive safety solutions that I shared in my August newsletter:
At our October 3rd Council meeting, the City Council took these actions:
At Tuesday's October 17th Council meeting, Mayor Sheng Thao will give her State of the City address. I anticipate that she will address both short- and long-term issues, working to lay the foundation for a stronger City even as we stand together to meet the challenges of today. You may join us at 2pm at City Hall or watch on KTOP or Zoom. See the agenda for details. Some important items on our agenda include:
View and download the meeting agenda here for information on attending/commenting in person or Zoom. Share E-comments here. E-comments are an official part of the public record, and close 24 hours prior to the meeting.
Law Enforcement Updates
In case you missed these updates, the City and OPD are focused on improving response and solving more crimes:
Traffic Safety Updates
We are heartbroken by the five lives lost to recent traffic violence. 128 people were killed by traffic violence between 2019 and 2022 in Oakland. To address this safety problem, Oakland launched the Safe Oakland Streets (SOS) initiative. These recent tragedies underscore the urgency of traffic safety solutions, especially along our High Injury Network which has the highest levels of traffic injuries and fatalities.
Oakland and California are addressing one of the primary factors contributing to traffic violence — speed.
Oakland is also improving our infrastructure as OakDOT implements near and long-term capital projects that equitably address traffic safety.
Thank you for your continued partnership with me, my Office and Oakland to improve our City.
AROUND OAKLAND & D2
9/29 Joining Assemblymember Mia Bonta at Fire Station 4: Oakland scored a big win in our State budget, thanks to Asm. Mia Bonta. Our collective advocacy resulted in $5 million to support a new Fire Station 4 to serve Central Oakland and create a permanent homebase for MACRO. Asm. Bonta and I joined Interim Fire Chief Damon Covington and the station's firefighters. We toured the over 100 years old fire station where horse-drawn fire trucks were first used and had a great history lesson. I look forward to working with the Oakland Fire Department and MACRO to ensure greater community safety as we work to build a new home for our firefighters and MACRO responders. Thanks again for championing this effort at the State, Asm. Bonta!
10/5 Kaiser Healthcare Workers Strike: I’m proud to have stood in solidarity with striking Kaiser workers. This was the largest healthcare workers strike in US history. Their goals are simple: bargain in good faith, respect workers, and ensure safe staffing to protect patient care. Congrats on reaching a tentative agreement!
10/6-7 St. Vartan’s Armenian Food Festival: Due to an unfortunate power outage, the Armenian Food Fest had to change programming, however, the community still came together to make it work! I want to send a huge shout out and thank you to Kim Bardakian, who went above and beyond to make sure that the Festival came to fruition, and still made it happen in the face of a power outage. Thank you for all your hard work bringing our community together!
10/8 Little Saigon Monthly Cleanup: My staff joined a small but mighty volunteer crew at the monthly Clinton Park/Little Saigon Adopt-A-Spot Cleanup, which was hosted by the Oakland Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce and the Tzu-Chi Buddhist Foundation. A huge thank you to everyone who came out to beautify our neighborhood.
10/9 MACRO Completes 18 Month Pilot:
It was remarkable to be able to share space with the dedicated first responders of MACRO and the Oakland Fire Department to celebrate the completion of the 18 month pilot. We have come this far thanks to the advocacy of community members and the leadership of Councilmember Kaplan who championed this pilot.
When Councilmember Kalb and I wrote the original ordinance to create MACRO in the Fire Department, we were thoughtful about ensuring that this extremely necessary resource becomes an ongoing part of the City. We know that more than 60% of the calls that our 911 call center receives are non-violent, which only proves how important alternative methods to crisis response are.
I deeply appreciate the work, effort, energy, and spirit that our first responders have put into MACRO over the last 18 months. Let’s continue to learn and grow MACRO to be an effective resource for Oaklanders who need care and attention. Thank you to our MACRO team, Program Manager Elliott Jones, Division Manager Vena Sword-Ratliff and Interim Fire Chief Damon Covington! CM Reid and I appreciated joining you to mark this milestone.
10/10 SAHA E. 12th St. Affordable Housing Project Community Meeting: What a joy to join Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA), their design team, and Eastlake United for Justice at Dewey Academy for a community meeting on the E12th St. People’s Development Proposal. As one of two 100% affordable housing projects planned for the E. 12th St. parcel, this project has been a long-time coming, and is continuing to incorporate community input at this early stage. For more information on the project and to get involved, contact Edward Horn, [email protected] or visit www.e12parcel2.org.
10/10 DA Price Launches Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign:
I joined District Attorney Pamela Price and community advocates to launch an awareness campaign to end human trafficking, with new billboards at Oakland Airport.
Trafficking of people for their labor has gone on for generations — from slavery, to workers in our fields and garment factories, to sexual exploitation. We need to call it what it is — human exploitation, and address the root causes that perpetuate this harm, as well as the shorter-term interventions that disrupt it.
Human trafficking exploits our children and primarily Black and Brown women. It impacts our communities in our homes, schools, churches, parks and businesses. Today, we are witnessing increasing gun violence that accompanies trafficking, which has resulted in lives lost. All of this is unacceptable.
As Councilmember for Oakland’s District 2 where street level human trafficking persists, I’ve worked with OPD to focus operations on the exploiters; with the Department of Violence Prevention to increase outreach and services to women and children; and with OakDOT to make environmental improvements including better lighting, speed bumps and traffic diverters.
And all of us must do much more. We need to ensure justice and accountability for those harming others, and resources and diversion for those being exploited — providing food on the table, a roof over one’s head and a job to pay the bills.
I’m looking forward to more action as Mayor Thao convenes her Advisory Council on Human Trafficking on October 18, 3-5pm at 300 Frank Ogawa Plaza. Community members who work to address human trafficking and/or are impacted by human trafficking directly are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP here.
10/12 Broadway Streetscape Open House: I appreciated everyone who joined the OakDOT Broadway Streetscape Open House to learn about the projects and share your input. These transportation improvements are an important way to address traffic safety. Your voices are critical to shaping the projects to best meet community needs. Learn more at the links below:
10/12 Farewell To City Auditor Courtney Ruby: I was happy to share my thanks and farewells with Courtney Ruby, who is departing as the Oakland City Auditor. We appreciate Auditor Ruby for all of her service to Oakland residents, especially her partnership with me to complete two important audits of Oakland's homeless programs. Learn more about her 13 years with Oakland from The Oaklandside.
10/12 Lincoln Summer Nights Finale - Fall Harvest Festival: With the October Harvest theme, I am grateful for the community in Chinatown including the Oakland Chinatown Coalition, Friends of Lincoln Square Park, APEN, Director Gilbert Gong, and the staff and volunteers at the Lincoln Recreation Center for finishing out our 7th year of Lincoln Summer Nights! I’ve enjoyed coming to several of the Lincoln Summer Nights, including the Back to School and Mid-Autumn Festival themed events. I love seeing our community — old and young, families and friends, locally and from across our beloved Oakland, coming together to be in community — all the more important as we come out of COVID and safely reconnect with one another while enjoying music, arts and crafts, community resources, and more.
10/12 Youth Vote @ Fremont High School: My staff was glad to attend and support the Youth Vote educational candidate forum for the District 5 seat for Oakland Unified School District. It was amazing to see the number of young people and families that came out to hear the candidates speak, and ask hard questions about candidates that youth may have the opportunity to vote for in the upcoming 2024 school board elections. As a co-author of Measure QQ, which enables the City of Oakland to amend the City Charter to allow for youth aged 16 - 17 to vote in their local school district elections, I am proud to see the work of engaging and uplifting the leadership of young people in our communities, and look forward to seeing Youth Vote implemented for both Oakland and Berkeley.
10/13 Autumn Lights Festival: I had an amazing time, as always, at the Autumn Lights Festival, where I participated with others in awarding the incredible artists for their intricate and mesmerizing illuminated garden installations. Two of the awardees were Clive Brown (left, honored by me for Garden Queen) and Erin St. Blaine (right, honored by CM Kalb for Mermaid Glimmer's Jellyfish Grotto). A huge thank you to the Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt and all the volunteers for hosting another amazing event in service of maintaining our beautiful gardens at Lake Merritt!
Tuesday 10/17: Council Meeting Preview
Mayor's State of the City, Latinx Heritage Month, Safety Ambassadors, Citywide Safety Cameras, and more!
Our next Oakland City Council meeting is on Tuesday, October 17 at 2pm. Highlights include:
Upcoming Committee Meetings:
10/16 HAWG Meeting: The next Homeless Advocates Working Group meeting will be held over Zoom from 4 - 6pm. On this week’s agenda is a presentation from Assistant City Administrator LaTonda Simmons, who oversees and runs the Encampment Management Team.
10/16 Oakland Love Life Kick-Off Press Conference: At 9:30am at Frank Ogawa Plaza, the City of Oakland is kicking off Love Life Week with an inaugural press conference to share the events for the week, and to celebrate and continue the work of violence prevention and healing.
10/17 Cleveland Heights Neighborhood: The Cleveland Heights Neighborhood Council will re-start and meet on October 17th from 6-7:30pm on Zoom. For more info and the Zoom link, contact Jason Wallace, Neighborhood Services Coordinator at: [email protected].
10/17 AC Transit’s Redistricting Workshop: These virtual workshops will offer insights into the Board’s guidance and decisions from the October 4 redistricting hearing. The workshops will also provide a platform for further public feedback, suggested revisions, alternate plans, and election sequencing. A significant public hearing is also scheduled for October 25 at 6pm, where the Board is expected to provide final direction on the selection of one map with new ward boundaries and sequence of elections. Your insights and feedback will be invaluable in the selection of a final seven-ward map! Join on October 17 at 6:30pm, Virtual via Zoom.
10/18 Grand Lake Neighbors Meeting: The next Grand Lake Neighbors meeting will be at Barnett Hall at the Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church from 7 - 8:30pm. All neighbors are welcome! For more info, contact: [email protected].
10/18 YEP 50th Anniversary & Dorm Opening: The Youth Employment Partnership is celebrating their 50th anniversary by unveiling and opening their Transition Aged Youth Housing Dorms in the San Antonio neighborhood! This is a huge step forward in ensuring that our youth are resourced, employed, and protected against the circumstances that would leave them houseless. Learn more about YEP's housing work here.
10/18 Mayor’s Advisory Council On Human Trafficking: The Mayor’s Advisory Council on Human Trafficking will launch on October 18, 3-5pm at 300 Frank Ogawa Plaza. Community members who work to address human trafficking and/or are impacted by human trafficking directly are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP here.
10/18 Oakland Love Life Week Community Day of Service: In collaboration with local organizers, the City will partner and support a day of community service, which will include feeding those in unhoused encampments in Oakland, sponsoring a clothing drive, and distribution of resources.
10/19: Oakland Love Life Week Community Healing Summit: Make sure to get your tickets for the Community Healing Summit, taking place on Thursday, October 19 from 6-8pm at Oakstop, 2323 Broadway. This summit is a fantastic opportunity for solution-oriented individuals, passionate about restorative justice, violence prevention, and public safety to come together and share ideas. With a diverse group of speakers, the summit aims to empower attendees with practical tools and strategies for creating positive change in their communities. Don't miss out on this unique gathering of civic and community leaders, who are committed to making a difference.
10/20-21 Civic Design Studio, CURYJ, & E14 Gallery - Honoring Our Ancestors: Community! You are cordially invited to the 4th Annual Honoring Our Ancestors 2-Day event co-hosted in Old Oakland by E14 Gallery, with support from CURYJ and a host of organizations and community members. The 2-Day event spans Friday, Oct 20 5-8pm, to Saturday, Oct 21, 12-4pm at 9th and Broadway, and will even have the street closed overnight! The focus of this year's celebration is to Honor Our Ancestors, and foster unity & respect in our Oakland community. There will be Aztec, Cambodian, Chinese and other ceremonies throughout the 2 days, and 20+ altars from the community on the street. If you or anyone you know are interested in participating by hosting an altar, please sign up here to reserve a spot. The street parking spots on 9th St. will be used for altars, one space per sign up. Can’t wait to see you all there!
10/20 Oakland Love Life Day of Celebration: The 2nd annual celebration will uplift the City’s official motto of “Oakland Love Life”, with music, art, culture, honoring community leaders, community resources, food and fun. This year's event will include a presentation of “Oakland Love Life Hero Awards” by Mayor Sheng Thao, live performances from Digital Underground, Kev Choice, Oakland Poet Laureate Ayodele Nzinga, and special guests.
10/21 Grand Lake Farmers Market/AIM 25th Anniversary: Stop by the Grand Lake Farmers Market from 8am to 1pm to celebrate its 25th year! Operated by the Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM), the Grand Lake Farmers Market at Splashpad Park is an amazing space for fresh foods, vendors, and community. Stop by!
10/21 D2 Office Hours: While you are at the Grand Lake Farmers Marker, come out to my next Office Hours from 11:30am - 1:30pm. Sign up here to make an appointment.
10/21 Love Life Foundation Gala: Join in community as we end Love Life Week with it’s Foundation Black Tie Gala! The Silent Auction and cocktails start at 5pm, and the program begins at 6pm. There’s dinner, live entertainment with Ariel Marin and DJ dancing to follow, plus surprise guests and honorees Emory Douglas, Council Members Carol Fife and Treva Reid, Ahmed Ali Bob, Kev Choice and more. Make sure to bring an unwrapped toy for the toy drive! Donations can be made at www.lovelifefoundation.org. Please call 510-473-5997 for more information
10/21 The Oakland Symphony’s signature Playlist returns to celebrate Angela Y. Davis. Activist. Educator. Conscience of a generation. She will share the music that inspired her courage and her commitment. Hosted by W. Kamau Bell. Information and tickets here.
10/22 Splash Pad Park Monthly Volunteer Day: A monthly work day in Splash Pad Park’s California Native Garden (across from the Grand Lake Theatre), the Volunteer Day is the 4th Sunday of every month from 9 am - 12 noon. Gloves and tools will be provided or you can bring your own. For more information, reach out to [email protected].
10/22 Lincoln Elementary School Walk-A-Thon: Come out and participate in the 14th Annual Lincoln Elementary School Walk-A-Thon from 9:45am - 12noon! Hosted by the PTO at Lincoln, the event will also feature a rededication of a relocated mosaic mural honoring Caroline Yee during the opening ceremony.
10/24 Jack London Neighborhood Council: The Jack London NC will meet on from 6:15pm - 7pm. You can sign up and get more information for your NC here.
10/25 Sherry Hirota Street Unveiling: Sherry Hirota Way, the block of Alice Street between 9th and 10th Street, is named as a tribute to Asian Health Services’ five decades of community impact and engagement, and its mighty team of professionals and their leadership, service, advocacy, and compassion, then and now. Come celebrate with us! The event will be held at Sherry Hirota Way between 9th and 10th Streets, (formerly known as Alice Street), Oakland on October 25 from 11am - 1pm.
10/28 Bella Vista Halloween Block Party: Neighbors! Make sure to come out to the Bella Vista Halloween Block Party, held on 11th Ave between E. 19th St. and E. 20th St. from 5 - 8pm, to show off your costume, grab some candy, and have some fun!
10/29 Dia De Los Muertos Celebration: For 28 years, the annual Oakland Día de los Muertos Festival has welcomed tens of thousands of visitors to the vibrant, culturally-rich Fruitvale neighborhood for a free, outdoor, family-friendly event taking place to commemorate the Mexican traditions around the Día de los Muertos. Festival attendees enjoy world-class live music, family-friendly games, rides and activities, traditional Latin American artisans, and the stunning altares created by community members paying homage to los Muertos. The 2023 Oakland Dia de los Muertos will take place on Sunday, October 29th from 10am to 5pm on International Blvd. between Fruitvale Avenue and 42nd Avenue.
10/29 3rd Annual Street Soccer USA Cup Oakland Unity Match: On behalf of Street Soccer USA, the Oakland Roots and Soul, and The Unity Council, residents are cordially invited to participate in the event from 2-3pm at the Dia De Los Muertos Celebration!
10/31 San Antonio’s “Halloween On E. 15th St.: Come celebrate and have a family-friendly, spooktakular time at the San Antonio Neighborhood Trick Or Treat on E. 15th St. from 4 - 7pm, between 16th Ave and 22nd Ave! Get your costumes and candy bags ready, and we’ll see you there!
11/2 Grand Ave Art Walk: Residents! Come out the Grand Avenue Art Walk and see art from local artists, grab cool wares from merchants, and let’s make this a beautiful evening of art, community, joy and support. Festivities start at 6pm through 8pm!
11/3-4 Luna Mexicana: Oakland Ballet will perform Luna Mexicana, one of the Bay Area’s most elaborate and inclusive Dia de los Muertos events. Like the celebration that inspires it, Luna Mexicana is a beautiful blend of exuberant dance, joyful music, colorful costumes, flowers, candles, food, and – most of all – celebration of family. Information and tickets here.
🏛 City & District 2 News and Resources 🏛
Downtown & Jack London
Chinatown, Clinton/Little Saigon
Urban Forest Plan: The City of Oakland is creating its first Urban Forest Plan -- a document that will guide the care of Oakland's Trees over the next 50 years. Learn more at: oaklandca.gov/trees.
Oakland Library Feasibility Study: The Oakland Main Library Feasibility Study Team has a series of upcoming events! Community Workshops are coming up in Chinatown, West and North Oakland, along with Street Labs across the city. The next workshops will be at East Side Arts Alliance on October 19th & at deFremery Park on October 25th! For more information on upcoming events and to sign up for updates, please visit the City of Oakland website.
Sidewalk Parking: At the September 12, 2023 Public Works and Transportation Committee meeting, the Committee received an informational report on sidewalk parking that clarifies parking on sidewalks is illegal under federal, state and local laws; this ensures that the public right of way is available to pedestrians. This issue impacts narrow streets across the City including in District 2, where streets such as Underhills and Hillsborough have engaged with our office. This Fall, OakDOT will conduct education and engagement, and work to ensure consistency in enforcement. In November, staff will issue warning citations. Full enforcement will resume on January 1, 2024. Please stayed tuned for Neighborhood Council meetings where OakDOT will engage to address issues, such as ensuring the passage of emergency vehicles, which require 14 feet of access according to the Fire Department. View the reports here, and watch the Committee meeting here (minute 12:45).
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