Crime: What the City is doing to reduce it
Online Maps Highlight Extensive Oakland Bikeways
East Bay Refugee Forum Celebrated the World Refugee Day
San Antonio neighborhood churches band together to fight blight and reduce crime
District 2 Appointments to City Boards & Commissions


Sundays, August 5: Oakland Municipal Band's 101st Season of Concerts - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm


Oakland Municipal Band  



Friday, August 3: Game Night at Bella Vista Park - 2631 11th Ave - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm


BBQ, Ping Pong, Soccer, Capture the Flag, TugofWar, basketball and other games,

Music and Salsa/Line Dancing.  Bring blanket or lawn chair, food to grill, potluck dish to share if you wish.



Saturday, August 4: Buddhist Church of Oakland's Obon Festival - 825 Jackson St - 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm with Obon Odori (dancing) on Jackson Street starting at 7:30 pm.


Festival includes cultural exhibits and performances including tea ceremony, koto recital, ikebana (flower) exhibits; taiko performance by the Eden Aoba Taiko Group and live music by the Chidori Band from San Jose.



Saturday and Sunday, August 4 & 5: 12th Annual Art & Soul Oakland


Lots of great new acts in store this year, including a late night party on Saturday with cutting-edge multimedia show from Ex'pression College projected onto City Hall with DJ Dyloot spinning from the rooftop - wow!




$10 Advance Tickets Now On Sale Online at

$15 at the Door. Check out Festival. 


Every Friday a pair of tickets are given away to a random selection of the the first 15 fans who post their favorite memory from attending previous Art and Soul Festivals.



We're excited to showcase new work from a variety of innovative Bay Area artists at this year's Festival. Before you get out in the sunshine, check out a few minutes of this unique collaborative project from Suki O'Kane. She'll be bringing her ever-changing Illuminated Corridor to Art & Soul this year.


2008 Illuminated Corridor Pt3
2008 Illuminated Corridor Pt3



Music for all ages--here's a video featuring talented teen Zendaya, well known to the younger set via the Disney Channel's "Shake it Up". We just announced that this talented teen, born and raised in Oakland, will be the opening act on the Sunday Main Stage at 12:15. 



Long established as one of the top music festivals in the region, Art & Soul Oakland will again deliver nonstop music as diverse as the city itself, this year showcasing the Bay Area's best talent in rock, R&B, jazz, soul, folk, E.D.M., punk, honky-tonk, metal, blues, gospel, world, and Latin. Also new this year is a stage dedicated to the region's hottest youth rock bands.



New this year, some of the Bay Area's hottest mobile food trucks will join favorite festival vendors, bringing a wide array of American and global gourmet eats. Beer, wine, and other beverage concessions will also be offered. 





A family paradise, Art & Soul Oakland boasts the largest Family Fun Zone of any festival in the Bay Area, complete with kid-friendly rides and carnival games, inflatable bounce houses, interactive arts, and free festival admission for ages 12 and under     



Admission:   Date and Time: Saturday, August 4, 2 pm until Midnight; Sunday, August 5, Noon to 6 pm


Location: Centered in Frank Ogawa Plaza and City Center, encompassing 10 strollable city blocks.


Travel: Northern California's most accessible festival, Art & Soul Oakland offers direct service from BART (12th Street - Oakland City Center Station) in addition to free parking for cars and bike valet parking.


Visit or call 444-CITY.  




Tuesday, August 7: National Night Out Parties - Various locations throughout Oakland - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm


Statistics show that when neighbors know each other, neighborhoods are safer. National Night Out parties are a great way for neighbors to become acquainted. The parties come in many shapes and sizes with neighbors meeting on their street, in their apartment complex, or at their neighborhood park, church or library. Last year there were 560 National Night Out parties in Oakland. This year's goal is 600 parties.


Do you want to host a National Night Out event this year? If you hosted a party last year, consider reaching out to neighbors on your block to do it again. City staff will pay a visit to each registered party and provide a small gift to each party host. For more information or to register online, simply go to or call 510.238.3091.


Friday - Monday, August 17 - 20: Oakland and Fukuoka, Japan, Celebrate 50 Years as Sister Cities


Oakland, Japanese Sister City Mark 50 Years with visit of Mayor of Fukuoka and Many Events: This year, Oakland and Fukuoka, Japan celebrate the 50th Anniversary of establishing a Sister City relationship with events here in Oakland August 17-20. In 1962 the city of Oakland formed a sister city relationship with Fukuoka, Japan. On the heels of World War II, then-President Eisenhower encouraged these connections to foster international understanding and harmony between cities and nations.  



Fukuoka, Japan's new 38-year-old mayor, the Hon. Soichiro Takashima leads a delegation of 30 officials and citizens to Oakland.


To celebrate this milestone and what it represents, Oakland is pulling out the stops with four days of celebratory events, showing off our city and sharing it with the delegation from Fukuoka. And they're inviting the public to join in the fun: 

  • First-ever art exchange between Oakland artist James Gayles and Fukuoka artist Hiroko To. The 38 pieces, first shown in Fukuoka, will be displayed at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 Ninth Street, in Oakland's Chinatown. An opening reception will take place the night of Friday, August 17, 6-8 pm. Reception is $10 per person. 
  • Hiroshima at Yoshi's Jazz Club, Saturday, August 18, 8-10 pm, Tickets $35 each.  
  • Dedication of 10 Japanese lanterns at the Torii Gate at Lake Merritt. Copied from a lantern design at Kashii Shrine in Fukuoka, the project is funded by local support. Sunday, August 19, 8:30-9:30 am. Reception follows at Children's Fairyland, Bellevue Avenue, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Free event is open to the public.
  • Oakland A's versus Cleveland Indians: Sunday, August 19 from 1:05-4 pm; pregame meal and seats at private seating Barbecue Terrace. Tickets are $50 and limited to 50 seats. 
  • Disaster Preparedness Panel: Monday, August 20 from 8:30 am - Noon, Oakland City Hall City Council Chambers. Free event is open to the public. 
  • Gala and Farewell Dinner:  Monday, August 20 from 6-9 pm, Sequoyah Country Club, 4550 Heafey Road. Tickets are $75 per person, $125 per couple.

For more information on scheduled events or to make a donation to have your name placed on a lantern plaque go to Emails can be directed to or call 510.638.7276.  



Saturday, August 18: Pedalfest, A Celebration of bikes, cycling, family, food & fun to support the East Bay Bicycle Coalition - 11 am-8 pm - Jack London Square - 11:00 am to 8:00 pm


Throughout Jack London Square in collaboration with the East Bay Bicycle Coaltion (EBBC) and Bay Area Bikes, this amazing family festival celebrates all things bicycles! Live music, bike demos, stunts, pedal powered stage, rides, art and food.


The line-up of activities and programming offers something for everyone:

  • Pedal-powered sound stage
  • Vintage Bikes | Handmade Bikes
  • Women's bicycle clinic
  • Kids' bike rodeo
  • Safety training
  • New Belgium Beer
  • Stunts! Shows! Demos!
  • Whiskeydrome entertainment
  • Live music
  • Bike-powered kids' rides
  • Pedal powered food vendors
  • An eclectic array of bicycle vendors featuring bicycles, accessories, art and clothing

    Go here for more detail.

Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26: Chinatown Streetfest - 7th to 11th Street and Broadway to Harrison
Now in its 23rd year, enjoy Chinatown's unique ambiance, many restaurants and colorful shops. Celebrating the Year of the Dragon along eight city blocks with continuous live entertainment on two stages, 250 vendor booths, community information, food, kids' carnival and hands-on crafts for the whole family. Sponsored by the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. Visit




Sunday, September 2: 3rd Annual Oakland Pride - Uptown Oakland/20th and Franklin Street


One of the most diverse pride celebrations in the country and the second largest pride in Northern California. This year's theme, "It's a Celebration," celebrates the accomplishments of the community in Oakland and across the world.  




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Crime: What the City is doing to reduce it
Dear Neighbors,

We all know that crime and violence in Oakland are up markedly this year. Year-to-date as compared with 2011, homicide is up 5% (63 so far), shootings up 5% (319), robbery up 24%, residential burglary up 32%, auto burglary up 67%, and auto theft up 19%. (data as of 7/22/12). Citizens justifiably expect their elected leaders to make sure a plan is in place to deal with this crisis. Below I will talk about the plan that OPD is rolling out this fall in phases and the extra resources that they brought in over the past six months.

My strong belief is that crime in Oakland will not come down to ordinary proportions until we have substantially more police officers on the street and in the investigations unit. (Yes, I believe in creating more jobs, counselors in grade schools, programs for teens, etc., but those things are not going to bring relief in the short term.) Oakland ranks at the bottom in officers-per-capita as compared with other California and U.S. major cities. My main goal as a Councilmember is to find a way to get more officers in the Oakland Police Department and technicians in the crime lab.
The Council has taken steps within the limited budget that we have now to grow the department a bit. In the amended budget passed last month, we authorized two more police academies in addition to the one that was slated to start this August. The second academy will start in January and the third will start in July 2013. The cost to recruit and run an academy exceeds $1.5 million. The net result after all three academies will be a department that has 30 or 40 more officers than we have now. The net growth is relatively small as the number of new officers is offset by continuous attrition through retirements and resignations.

To field the number of officers that we really need will require dramatically more money than is currently available. $1 million dollars a year pays for six officers (at most). So to get the 200 more officers that would be necessary to substantially reduce crime would cost about $33 million per year. Where to get that huge amount of money on an annual basis will be the subject of a many future discussions and much effort. Suffice it to say that it would have to include a new tax measure--and the passage of a new tax is quite unlikely in the next year or two because of the public's disappointment in how the City handled Measure Y (which, by the way, is still paying the salaries of 63 officers and contributing $4/year to the Fire Department).

So while we work on getting the resources to hire more officers, we need to make the most of what we have. The Police Chief has come up with a well-thought-out plan to re-structure the way his staff are deployed and organized, which he will be presenting to the Council and public in September. A key aspect of the re-organization is that there will once again be more pro-active teams (called CRTs) to investigate and enforce against criminal operations. Aspects of the new system are being phased in over six months, starting next week. I am optimistic that this will make a difference.

Chief Jordan has already been been very successful at gaining the assistance of outside law enforcement agencies. This year for the first time, the federal ATF was conducting operations in Oakland, which resulted in the arrest of over 60 serious offenders and broke up several gun-trafficking rings. We also had aid from the U.S. Marshall, the DEA, and the CHP. District Attorney Nancy O'Malley has also assigned a special DA to work full-time at OPD to help police officers charge crimes quickly and effectively. Though our overall crime rate has not decreased yet, I think this much appreciated assistance may have longer term benefit and has prevented crime that otherwise would have occurred.

Also set to kick off soon is the much-touted Ceasefire program, in which identified violent offenders are "called in" to get a warning from multiple law enforcement agencies that if they continue to commit crimes, especially violent ones, they will be prosecuted with certainty by state and federal authorities. This program has been very effective in reducing violence in several other cities over the past decade. OPD has been working directly with David Kennedy, the originator of the program, so that we implement it correctly and effectively.

Finally, I want to comment on the use of policy ideas such as curfews and gang injunctions. Many citizens hold out great hope that these measures will be the solution to our crime problem. I am not opposed to such measures philosophically, but I want to caution people that they are not likely to be a "quick fix". Oakland has had a gang injunction in place for six months in the Fruitvale, and crime is still outrageously high in that neighborhood. There was a gang injunction in North Oakland, which had mixed results. It removed drug-related violence from one neighborhood, but did not bring down the overall crime rate in North Oakland. If measures such as gang injunctions or curfews are to be effective, they need sufficient personnel to enforce them.

The Council will be considering curfew legislation this fall. The police commanders think it could be helpful, but only if they have enough resources to implement it--both sworn officers and a social services agency to provide supervision for the youth that are picked up late at night and don't have a safe home to go to. Stay tuned for those discussions.

In summary, I believe our task is to find the funds to enable us to hire substantially more police officers. That will doubtless make for some hard decisions in the future. In the meantime, we need to use the police resources we do have in smart strategies that are initiated by the Police Chief. (Beware of catchy ideas concocted by politicians who are in campaign mode.) I will keep you posted as the new plans are aired in September.

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Pat Kernighan

District 2 Councilmember   

Online Maps Highlight Extensive Oakland Bikeways

The City's Department of Information Technology and Walk Oakland Bike Oakland, have published online interactive maps highlighting Oakland's extensive bikeways and bicycle parking locations. The interactive maps were created using Oakland GIS data. These maps aim to encourage residents to bike rather than use their cars furthering the City's drive for sustainable and green transit. The maps are available at or and have already garnered media attention.


For more information, please contact Jason Patton, PhD, Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Manager at 510.238.7049 or


East Bay Refugee Forum Celebrated the World Refugee  Day

On June 22, the East Bay Refugee Forum hosted the World Refugee Day at the San Antonio Park to honor the refugees around the world and right here in Oakland. The event raised awareness on the 15.4 million estimated refugees worldwide who fled from their countries. Less than 1% live in the United States and many live in unsafe and sub-standard conditions.

World Refugee Day

Oakland's celebration of World Refugee Day in San Antonio Park was a reminder that rebuilding a new and stable life is possible for the almost 800 refugees and asylees in attendance. The event hosted resource outreach by more than 20 East Bay agencies and 30 member agencies and community advocates. Food vendors served Chinese, Laotian, Bhutanese, Burmese, and Eritrean food and the event featured performances by rappers from Burma and Cambodia and ethnic dancing. There were children's activities, a volleyball game and soccer organized by Soccer Without Borders. For more information on the East Bay Refugee Forum programs, call Blythe Raphael, 510.717.3100 or email


San Antonio neighborhood churches band together to fight blight and reduce crime


On June 21, I attended an event sponsored by seven churches in the San Antonio neighborhood. It was hosted by the Israelite Mission Baptist Church on E. 21st Street. The event was organized by Reverend Ken Chambers of Oakland Community Organizations. The focus of this new coalition of churches is on job training and neighborhood safety.  Reygan Harmon, the Mayor's Senior Policy Advisor for Public Safety, Lieutenant Leronne Armstrong of OPD, Troy Flint of the school district, and I were the City and school officials who attended and spoke.


To date, three Oakland businesses have committed to five unpaid internships with subsidized lunches and bus fares provided, beginning late August to early September. The interns will be trained by either the Private Industry Council or OCCUR.

I am excited that the pastors of these churches have organized together under the auspices of OCO to work on improving safety and providing guidance to youth in the neighborhood.  I look foward to working in partnership with them.


Thank you, faith-based community, OCO and San Antonio merchants for stepping up to keep the neighborhood safe and train future leaders!



District 2 Appointments to City Boards & Commissions 


Pat is looking for several District 2 representatives for appointments to several important City boards. Please contact Jennie Gerard ( or 510.238.7023) if you are interested in being considered for an appointment.



Community Policing Advisory Board (CPAB) - Our thanks go to Debbie Taylor for ably serving as the District 2 rep on the CPAB until her term ended recently. The CPAB's charge is to provide oversight to the City's Community Policing Program. Ideally the new rep would have experience participating in a Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council or similar neighborhood activism on public safety issues.  Go here for the Council resolution on community policing. The CPAB meets the first Wednesday evening of the month.



Alameda County - Oakland Community Action Partnership Administering Board  (CAP) - Don Davenport served with dedication as the District 2 representative until he passed away recently. The new representative must be a resident of the Community Development Block Grant area of District 2, which includes Chinatown and most of the area east of Park Blvd. The representatives must be at least 18 years old and low-income where feasible.


The AC-OCAP Board members are responsible for planning, developing, and executing the Community Action Partnership plan for alleviating poverty and working toward institutional change to enhance the ability of low-income residents to achieve self-sufficiency throughout Alameda County. AC-OCAP's priority areas are: family self-sufficiency, community economic development, job training/education/employment, supportive services, advocacy, capacity building and various anti-poverty initiatives.


The CAP meets the second Monday evening of each month. For more information about the CAP, go hereFor additional information, call Alameda County - Oakland's Community Action Partnership at (510) 238-2362 or visit us on the web @



A Youth Representative for the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY) Planning and Oversight Committee (POC) - The POC provides oversight to the "Kids' First!" Oakland Childrens' Fund. Jimmy Matthews currently represents District 2 ably but will no longer be able to do so after September because the Youth Representative must be between the ages of 14 and 20.  The POC representatives (adult and youth) actively participate in making policy and evaluating the program applications in the competitive process for this $9 million annual funding.  It is a serious responsibility and a significant time commitment.  The POC meets the first or third Wednesday evening of every month and has sub-committee meetings as well. Go here for details about the POC.