Morning stretch before Walk about the Lake--Part of a Neighborhood Party organized by  Lotus Bloom Family Resource Center and Trybe, two great organizations building community  in the Eastlake/Parkway neighborhood.
Reports
Congratulations! Lincoln Elementary School Wins National Award for Academic Excellence
"Oakland Turns Over A New Leaf": Recent Wall Street Journal Article
LGBTQI Survey
City and County Inquiries about Gas Transmission Lines
Oakland Public Ethics Commission Seeks Candidates for Commission Vacancies - Application Deadline Friday, October 29, 2010
OPD Online Crime Reporting
September Food & Drink News in Oakland
Reporting Problems at Your Bus Stop
Fall CORE Training Schedule, Commercials and Training Videos On-Line
Low Cost Pet Vaccine and Microchip Clinic
Events
Saturday, September 25
Oakland's 15th Annual Creek to Bay Day
Saturday, September 25FREE Bulky Item Drop Off Event
Saturday, September 25Lake Merritt Deadheaders Kick-Off
Saturday, September 25DEA-Sponsored Free Drug "Takeback"
Saturday, October 2
5th Annual Love Your Park Day
Saturday, October 2
Asian Health Service's Second Annual Yogathon for HIV/AIDS Awareness
Saturday, October 2Lake Merritt Clean-Up, Sponsored by Hands On Bay Area
Sunday, October 3Splash Pad Park Volunteer Work Session
Saturday, October 9Annual Fall Plant Exchange
Saturday, October 16

Oakland Asian Cultural Center's Special Performance and Annual Gala

 
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Congratulations! Lincoln Elementary School Wins National Award for Academic Excellence
 
We are so proud of Lincoln Elementary School, located in the Chinatown neighborhood of District 2. Lincoln is the first public, non-charter school in Oakland to receive a National Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education. It is one of just 21 public or private schools in California to be honored this year for academic excellence, and among 304 nationwide. That is an extraordinary honor. Congratulations to the students, teachers and parents of Lincoln Elementary School for their hard work and great success!

Read the story here.
 
"Oakland Turns Over A New Leaf": Recent Wall Street Journal Article
 
Oakland continues to draw positive press in national newspapers. To read the article, go here.
 
LGBTQI Survey

I joined the Pride celebration with the Eastbay LGBTQI community on Labor Day weekend. With more than 15,000 people attending the event in downtown Oakland, it is apparent that the East Bay has a vibrant and thriving LGBTQI community. The 2000 Census indicated that Oakland has the third largest population of gays and lesbians in the country.

The City of Oakland is interested in knowing how to better serve the community and, toward that end, has put up a survey on the City's website.

Click here to read more...
City and County Inquiries about Gas Transmission Lines
 
Many city officials and residents across PG&E's service area have requested maps of its gas pipeline system following the San Bruno incident. The National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) website, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, allows visitors to check the proximity of specific locations to gas and hazardous liquids transmission pipelines. Due to the recent high volume of traffic, the site has been experiencing some access issues, but it remains one of the most comprehensive resources for pipeline information.

----- from PG&E's East Bay Government Relations Team  
Oakland Public Ethics Commission Seeks Candidates for Commission Vacancies - Application Deadline Friday, October 29, 2010

The City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission is accepting applications for the position of Commissioner. The PEC consists of seven members -- three nominated for appointment by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council, and four selected by the Commission as a whole. Currently the PEC seeks applications to fill two of the Commission-selected seats. The terms will begin on January 22, 2011, and will expire on January 21, 2014. Commissioners receive no compensation and may serve no more than one consecutive three-year term.

The Commission was created by a voter-approved City Charter amendment in 1996 to "assure fairness, openness, honesty and integrity in City government."

For information on how to apply, go here.

 
OPD Online Crime Reporting

As of July 23, 2010, you may file nine additional report types ONLINE, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

File a crime report online here or go here. In left hand column, find "Submit a Crime Report."

You can report illegal dumping to Public Works through Keep Oakland Clean and Beautiful.

You can make a complaint about a barking dog or request that a dead animal be picked up through Animal Services. If your pet is lost, go to Animal Shelter Lost & Found.

September Food & Drink News in Oakland
 
Go here for top places to eat in O-town. 
Reporting Problems at Your Bus Stop
 
In March, AC Transit underwent a major service change. During this change, many new lines were introduced, old lines discontinued, and stops moved or removed, requiring information on thousands of stops to be updated. If AC Transit missed your stop and you notice incorrect or missing information at your stop, you can help get that corrected by going here to report the problem. Anything from missing line numbers on the bus flag to a damaged schedule sign can be reported. Please describe the stop by identifying the intersection at which it is located and the direction in which the bus is going.
Fall CORE Training Schedule, Commercials and Training Videos On-Line
 
The fall schedule of the City's free CORE (Citizens of Oakland Respond to Emergencies) emergency preparedness and response training is available online. Register soon, because classes are filling up!

Several CORE training videos, new and old, have been uploaded to the CORE website. This includes the "old" CORE II video that has been shown in class for years, along with a newer five-minute CORE outreach video and two short tutorials on Neighborhood Emergency Communications.

The videos have been made accessible to non-English speakers and individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing by adding Spanish, Chinese and English subtitles to each video. This is a great accomplishment for the Office of Emergency Services aimed at increasing public outreach by making these videos available online, and with subtitles, and for various language groups.

This summer CORE also ran two TV commercials on KICU, channel 36. Although they are no longer in rotation on television, you can play the commercials directly from the CORE website. Simply go here and click on "CORE Commercial" and "Medical Reserve Corps Pet Safety Commercial" to watch the short videos.You can also view several of CORE's older public service announcements while you're there. 
Low Cost Pet Vaccine and Microchip Clinic
 
Click here (English) and here (Spanish) for information about a low cost (or free to those who need it) pet vaccine and microchip clinic - a partnership between Berkeley East Bay Humane Society and Berkeley Animal Welfare Fund. Available to residents of all East Bay cities.