Monday is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. Though the service events we’d planned at District 2’s Bella Vista Park and Morcom Rose Garden were cancelled due to COVID, we can still honor his legacy of revolution, reimagining, and healing.
Tap into these virtual volunteer opportunities, as well as Anti Police-Terror Project’s 7th Annual Reclaim MLK’s Radical Legacy Weekend workshops and car caravan march on Monday -- I’ll be there and hope to see you.
I’m also happy to share that at last week’s Council meeting, we unanimously voted to create a Blue Ribbon Task Force to move forward my proposal to put a Progressive Corporate Tax measure on the November 2022 ballot!
This means that Oakland voters will have the opportunity to invite the largest corporations here to make a deeper investment in our city, pay their fair share, and support a just and equitable recovery from this pandemic.
The Task Force will be composed of 11 members with deep expertise in supporting the health of our local economy, workers, and small businesses. They will provide recommendations to Council on the proposed tax rates to ensure our city’s economic vitality, support small businesses, and generate increased revenue to better meet Oakland’s service needs.
In this newsletter, you’ll find information about:
- Important items for Tuesday’s Council meeting
- This week’s #RoseBudThorn video update, Episode 2!
- City and District 2 news and resources
Tuesday 1/19: Council Meeting Preview
Extending COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave + Eviction Protection
This coming Tuesday, January 19th’s 1:30pm Special Council meeting will include the following important agenda items:
- Item 6: We will vote on adopting an emergency ordinance to extend and amend Oakland’s Emergency Paid Sick Leave policy passed last May to protect workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Item S2.14: We will vote on my resolution endorsing AB 15, the Tenant Stabilization Act of 2021 which would extend the state eviction moratorium until December 31, 2021 and would not limit cities’ abilities to further protect its residents.
- Item 7: We will receive an informational report from the City Administration on COVID-19 Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act relief fund expenditures.
See details to join the meeting and provide public comment.
Nikki's Rose Bud 🥀 Thorn
Tune into Episode 2!
Thank you to the 1,000+ of you who tuned into last week’s launch video and dozens who provided positive feedback!
I’ve just posted the second episode of my #RoseBudThorn video series. It’s a way for us to connect more directly and casually, and to provide you with regular updates about our work serving D2 and Oakland by sharing a rose (inspiring, joyful news), a bud (opportunities coming up to keep on your radar), and a thorn (challenges that we can overcome together).
Please check out this week's video on Facebook or Instagram.
City + District 2 News and Resources
Plans for San Antonio Park, Residential Permit Parking and more
Make Your Voice Heard -- San Antonio Park Master Plan: Please join the City’s upcoming virtual community meetings to help plan for the improvement of San Antonio Park to meet neighbors’ needs and set shared priorities for park services and programming. This feedback will inform the city to develop a Capital Improvement Plan for future implementation.
- Wednesday 1/27, 4:30 PM (English / Spanish)
- Friday 1/29, 4:30 PM (English / Chinese)
- Saturday 1/30, 9:30 AM (English / Vietnamese)
San Antonio Kid’s Self Defense Camp: You may have seen youth learning to box in District 2’s San Antonio Park recently. Dalia Gomez -- a professional boxer, motivational speaker and OUSD P.E. teacher -- founded Vertical Skillz in 2004 to serve our youth by helping to build their physical, mental and character strength. Recently, she began running a free outdoor kid’s self defense / boxing camp using one of the park's tennis courts. Learn more from The Oaklandside. Photo by Amir Aziz.
Alameda County Vaccine Updates: Vaccine administration began in Alameda County in mid-December. Healthcare workers are currently receiving vaccines as part of Phase 1a. Phase 1b is anticipated to begin in the coming weeks, which covers those 65+, essential workers, and those living in congregate settings. See the County’s full plan here and sign up to be notified when the vaccine could be available to you here.
Residential Permit Parking Enforcement Resumes Next Month: OakDOT will resume enforcement of residential permit parking (RPP) areas on February 1. Each vehicle will be eligible for one no-fine warning citation for RPP violations through the end of February. Learn more here.
Grand Lake NCPC Meeting: This coming Wednesday 1/20 from 7-8:30pm, join Grand Lake Neighbors at this Zoom link. Neighborhood Councils bring residents together to increase quality of life and address issues such as safety, emergency preparedness, beautification projects, and more.
$5K-$50K Grants for Individual Artists: California Arts Council is providing grants through the Individual Artists Fellowship grant to support emerging, established, and legacy artists whose work addresses themes such as race, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Learn more and apply by April 1.
Survey on Local Hazard Mitigation Plan: The city is updating its 2016-2021 LHMP, which guides Oakland’s resilience in the face of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, extreme heat and fires. Take a 10 minute survey to help the city understand what hazards impact you most and your perspective on increasing our resilience.