|June 15, 2012||Vol 2, Issue 23|
Take A Fresh Look
Mayor Jean Quan
This week we received the final independent report on the October 25th police actions.
- This is a report that Chief Jordan, City Administrator Deanna Santana and I immediately agreed to commission from an unbiased third-party because we knew we could do better.
- As Chief Frazier raised issues during his investigation, the OPD has tried to immediately address the most serious policy, administrative and systemic flaws.
- All Oakland Officers have been retrained in crowd control policies and practices.
- 74% of the 68 recommendations are currently completed or in-progress. I believe this is why the OPD performance in handling the May 1st demonstration was very different.
- To view a copy of the report, a summary of report recommendations, and the status of our implementation, please visit the City of Oakland's website.
We also received criticism about the maps used to focus police work around violent crime. To that point:
- We believe the data we use is more current, more accurate, includes new data from tools like Shot Spotter and includes front-line police feedback.
- Even if you use their maps, the top ten neighborhoods from either set of data are the same except one.
- The city has never tried to focus both law enforcement, intervention and preventative resources this comprehensively before. We are almost five months into the approach and there are some encouraging trends, but it is really too early to tell.
- If there are better ideas, join in and let's work together to save the lives of the young people who are the main victims of violence.
West Oakland BART damage.
With summer here, fire safety is an important concern wherever you live in Oakland.
- If you have young children or physically disabled family members, take this time to discuss evacuation plans.
- During summer many youth are at home unsupervised. Talk to younger family members about fireworks, matches, BBQ safety, toys or other equipment that may cause sparks, etc.
- Check your smoke detectors.
- Do a perimeter check of vegetation, refuse, or other flammable materials near your house. The house in the center had relatively low vegetation on the down hill side of their home. This defensible perimeter probably helped firefighters protect their home. Home inspections in the Wildfire Prevention Assessment District started June 15.
580 fire started by an auto accident in East Oakland hills.
OAKLAND HOSTS NATIONAL PEACE CONFERENCE
This Friday, June 22nd, an interesting spectrum of local and national peace activists will be meeting in a two-day Global Peace Conference at the Scottish Rite Temple beginning with a "VOICES for PEACE" benefit concert from 7:30 -10:30 pm, featuring Maria Muldaur and Friends, Country Joe McDonald, the Vukani Mawethu Choir, Emmit Powell and the Gospel Elites, and Earth Amplified. Participants will learn practical approaches from experts in conflict-resolution and community building. Discount codes for their website include:
- Community Rate for the June 23rd Conference - $35 promo code: peace
- City and School District staff and their guests $10 code: cityofoakland (1 word)
- Youth under age 21 can attend the conference for FREE! promo code: genY
- Concert tickets: $25 each. City and School District staff and their guests - FREE!
ORGANIZING AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING
This week the city hosted the annual HEAT (Human Exploitation and Trafficking) conference, drawing over 400 law enforcement, health, and social service providers from around the state. Oakland has been at the epicenter of reform with multi-agency strategies ranging from legislation from Assemblyman Swanson, to aggressive prosecution of traffickers not the child victims by District Attorney O'Mally, to outreach programs funded by the city through Measure Y.
Chris Kelly, Safer California Foundation;Alameda County DA Nancy O'Mally
; Daphne Phung, California Against Slavery; actress/singer Jada Pinkett Smith; Chief Howard Jordan; actor/producer Will Smith and Mayor Quan (above) at reception supporting the CASE Act
-- the November ballot initiative that will strengthen laws on human trafficking & online sexual predators
ART & SOUL MOVES TO FIRST AUGUST WEEKEND
This is Oakland's biggest festival attracting nearly 100,000 visitors. It has been just named by Essence as Best 10 of the summer and even the Chronicle called it a "Must See Summer Festival." Help us build the local economy by encouraging friends and families to come to Art & Soul and stay for the weekend. Have them come early for First Friday on August 3rd. Saturday will now go into the night. Tickets remain a bargain, advance online: $10 adults; $5 seniors (65 and older) & youth (13-17).
If they are reluctant send them this video featuring many of best art, cuisine, and business innovators. Or send them a personal tour by Oaklanders like this one by Tim Westergren.
Finally, send these links to your friends for hotel discounts and more:
|This publication is not produced at public expense.|
Want to follow events as they happen?
During the week, I also post to my Facebook page: Facebook.com/jeanquan.
|In the News|
|Oakland Army Base Development Clears Hurdle|
Matthew Artz, Oakland Tribune
June 12, 2012
Prosecutors Gather in Oakland to Combat Sex Trafficking
Holly Quan, KCBS, June 13, 2012
Oakland Cops were Ill-prepared for Occupy
Mathai Kuruvila, Oakland Tribune
June 15, 2012
Building the Bridge to the Clean Economy
Mayors Lee, Quan & Reed
Silicon Valley Business Journal
Summer Solstice Music Festival
Saturday, June 23, 2012Like its inspiration in France, amateur and professional musicians perform for free in venues such as inside stores or cafes, or out on street corners and parking lots. The 2012 festival is going to have more of a local flavor and greater concentration in a few areas. It is sponsored by the Laurel Village Association. This year join us along MacArthur Boulevard, between Laurel and Brown Streets, in Oakland's Laurel District neighborhood.
|STATE OF THE CITY REPORT|
Good snapshot of economic growth, accomplishments and challenges.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or for some other time.
We are the ones we have been waiting for.
|1. Father's Day Picks.|
Father's Day BBQ, Sunday, June 17, 11 am-4 pm, Father's Day Solar Car Challenge, 1-3 pm; Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd.: Treat your Dad to a delicious BBQ lunch at the Skyline Bistro and spend the afternoon building and racing solar cars, testing dad's geek-factor, exploring our interactive exhibits, taking a hike, watching a show and looking through our telescopes. Advance Reservations: $14 Adults / $7 Children. Father's Day Walk-ins: $15 Adults / $8 Children Register: Call the Box Office at (510) 336-7373.
Father's Day Celebration at MOCHA, Sunday, June 17: Celebrate that special father in your life by creating wonderful gifts for dad on Father's Day at the Museum of Children's Art, 538 9th Street. (510) 465-8770. $8 per child * free to members. Celebrate Father's Day at MOCHA drop-in and make Dad a unique and special gift!
Father's Day at the Oakland Zoo, Sunday, June 17, 10 am-4 pm: To celebrate Father's Day, bring Dear Ole Dad to the Oakland Zoo! Fathers get to ride the train for free on Father's Day. Take a stroll to the Lion Deck, check out the Alligator exhibit, or see the Chimpanzees. Father's Day at the Oakland Zoo is a way to surprise Dad with a gift he will never forget. Nestled in the rolling hills of 525-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland off Highway 580, and is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. Call (510) 632-9525. Admission fee. Parking $7 for non-members; free for members
DADS & JAZZ, Father's Day, June 17, 2-6 pm, Dunsmuir Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court: Dads & Jazz Series will feature some of Oakland's most talented and versatile jazz artists performing on the lawn of the Estate. This year, Dads and Jazz will feature George Freeman and Band; Destiny Trio; and Daria Nile and Band. This program is held in partnership with the East Oakland Sports Center; Lake Chabot Golf Course; and the Oakland Fine Arts Summer School (OFAAS). Tickets are $20 and available by visiting www.dunsmuir-hellman.com or calling (510) 615-5555.
TAKE A BAY CRUISE: The range of options is as simple as taking a ferry from Jack London to SF or to Angel Island for history or a picnic. Or arrange a more exciting, close to the water tour with Bay Voyager. Their smaller boat will get you closer than any other method to the shore. The USS Potomac, FDR's former presidential yacht will have a special Father's Day cruise.
Less ambitious? There are Kayak options at Jack London Square, the romantic gondola ride on the Lake, and the very inexpensive Parks and Rec boats on the lake at the Lake Merritt Boating Center.
OAKLAND WINERY TOUR BY BIKE: The weather is great for biking. So you can take a guided tour by East Bay Winery Tours or you can make up you own tour by studying our Oakland Food Trail map.
Also, check out the wonderful new on-line bike trail maps; see #4.
2. More Events for This Week
NightSchool: Electives Where Social Meets Science, Friday, June 15 7-11pm, Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd: You choose! The first-come-first-served theory usually meant that there were a few of you who missed out on some of the cooler electives. At NightSchool, there's always room for one more, no counselor signature needed. Engage in a night of eclectic electives from shop to art, music to dance. Experience a café conversation on lust, sex and love with author Susan Kuchinskas. Electives: Music, Dance, Shop, Art, Band and Foreign Language. Adults 18+ $12 General Admission/$5 Members.
6th Annual East Bay AIDS Walk, Saturday, June 16, Registration 8:30 am; Walk Starts at 10:30 am, Gazebo at Lake Merritt: With 40,000 new infections each year, that is one new infection every 13 minutes. Approximately 700,000 to 900,000 Americans are infected with AIDS. 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection and 1 in 5 are unaware of their infection. Help fight AIDS by supporting this year's AIDS Walk.
Boy Scout Dragon Boat Regatta at Lake Merritt, Saturday, June 16, 9 am-Noon: The Lake Merritt Boating Center at 568 Bellevue Avenue will host the Regatta featuring four dragon boats racing a 500 meter-course on Lake Merritt. For more information please contact Kyle Winslow, Boating and Science Coordinator at (510) 238-2196.
AAMLO Presents Free Lecture by Bill Doggett, The Underground Railroad, Saturday, June 16, 2-4 pm: Bill Doggett, archivist and lecturer, will present a power point presentation that showcases the story of the Underground Railroad with special emphasis on the role of the Slave Song, Negro Spiritual as a coded language of resistance, motivation and as a signal device that conductors and anti-slavery abolitionists used in escape routes from Southern plantations. 659 14th Street. Call (510) 637-0200 for details.
Oakland Public Library's Summer Reading Program Begins Saturday, June 16: Dream Big - READ is the theme of the 2012 Summer Reading Program. Taking place at all branches of the Oakland Public Library, from June 16 through August 11, the Summer Reading Program encourages children to maintain their reading abilities after school is out. All library locations will feature live entertainment and fun activities to lure kids in. As added incentive, prizes will be given to all children who reach reading goals. Find out more (click here)...
Teen Summer Passport Program at Oakland Public Library, Starts June 16: Teens ages 12-18 can earn passport stamps by visiting Bay Area Hot Spots - museums, farmers' markets, art galleries, skate parks, swimming pools, and more. The more stamps you earn, the better your chances of winning a great prize, such as an iPad, an iPod Touch, or a computer! Find out more (click here)...
Voter Registration at Oakland Main Library, Saturday June 16, 9:30-1 pm: Update your Voter Registration status and get ready for the November election. Trained Alameda County Voter Registration Volunteers will be available Saturday June 16th to help with registration forms, answer questions and provide Voter Registration forms in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Tagalog.
Register if you've:
- moved recently
- changed your name
- want to change your party
- voting for the first time
- off parole for felony conviction
If you would like Voter Registration Volunteers to visit your local neighborhood library, email: Carolyn at BurdCarolyn@hotmail.com
Teens Hosting Culture Fest at Main Library, Saturday, June 16, Noon - 3 pm, Bradley Walters Community Room, 475 14th Street: The Youth Leadership Council is hosting the Culture Fest, June 16, 12 - 3 pm. The event will feature food from around the world, along with Junjabi folk dance, Mongolian dance, poetry, origami, and other fun programs. Click here for details.
Last Chance to Vote for Pet Mayor, Sunday, June 17, 1 pm: You thought the elections were over? The polls for the Montclair Pet Mayor election closed at the end of the Montclair Village Sunday farmer's market. While they will not disclose their party affiliations, it appears that the dogs always win. Three cats and a parrot are running a good race and at least one owner promised that there would be an upset. You don't have to shop at the farmer's market to vote, $1 per vote. You can cast your ballot online. All of the proceeds go to the Montclair Vet Pet and Wildlife Fund to provide medical care to injured wildlife and rescued pets. >>Dr. Gary Richter (right) at the polling booth.
Oakland Zoo's Senior Summer Free Day, Monday, June 18, 10 am - 4 pm: Oakland residents 65+ receive free admission to the Oakland Zoo. Seniors must be 65+ with valid identification and must be residents of Oakland.
Oaktown Jazz Workshops Benefit Concert Honoring Khalil Shaheed, Yoshi's Oakland, Monday, June 18, 8 pm: Trumpeter Khalil Shaheed passed away on Friday, March 23, 2012 at the age of 63 with a trajectory as a musical artist that spanned four decades. Stints included working with Buddy Miles, Woody Shaw, and other notables. Driven by his spiritual mission and musical vision, Khalil founded the Oaktown Jazz Workshops in 1994 and created a launching pad for a long list of now world class jazz artists and educators. The establishment of a home for Oaktown Jazz Workshops with the creation of Nadine's Concert Hall in Jack London Square was a dream come true. Now, OJW's longtime Educational Director Ravi Abcarian has assumed the reins as Executive Director and is committed to keeping the program and Khalil's vision alive. So to that end we gather at Yoshi's Oakland in a fundraising benefit for OJW to keep the flame lit for the next generation of young jazz musicians. Join Ravi Abcarian, Chuy Varela and other members of the OJW Board of Directors for a great night of Oaktown Jazz with the 2012 Oaktown Jazz Workshops Performance Ensemble, OJW Alumni Band, and the 57th Street Gallery All Stars, led by Calvin Keys. Special guests include jazz great John Handy. Tickets $20.
3rd Annual Oakland Rising's Young Progressive's Party and Townie Awards, Wednesday, June 20, 5:30-8 pm, Lake Chalet, 1520 Lakeside Drive: Nearly 4 years ago, Oakland Rising emerged into Oakland's social justice and electoral organizing landscape to align leaders and organizations for a broader vision of Oakland's progressive future. Attend their annual "Young Progressives Party" to learn more about social justice victories for Oakland communities, meet the leaders behind them , and hear about the most progressive fights for Oakland in 2012. For details and to purchase tickets, go to www.firstgiving/oaklandrising/young-progressives-party-2012.
AT & T Retail Hiring Fair, Wednesday, June 20/Thursday, June 21: Fill out an online application for Store Manager, Retail Sales Consultants and Sales Support Representatives. Go to connect.att.jobs/East-Bay/Retail.
Beat 13 Residential Burglary Prevention Workshop, Thursday, June 21, 7-8:30 pm, College Prep School (CPS), 6100 Broadway: Don't miss this opportunity to listen to a panel of experts in the home security industry (ADT, Bay Alarm, Reed Brothers Security) who will share valuable information and answer your questions about locks, doors and burglar alarms. Sponsored by Montclair Safety and Improvement Council (Beat 13Z) Greater Rockridge NCPC (Beat 13 X) North Hill Community Association (Beat 13Y). For more crime information, visit www.montclairsic.org.
Dancing Under the Stars at Jack London, Every Friday, 8:30-10 pm, during the summer starting tonight with Salsa lessons. Enjoy an evening of FREE dance lessons provided by the Linden Street Dance Studio. And enjoy a dance party to follow. Come back again and again on Friday evenings and learn something new each time. On June 22 you can learn how to Rumba!
Pacific Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival, Friday, June 22-Sunday, June 24, Montclair Village, 10 am - 6 pm: More than 80 artists from the Bay Area and beyond will be displaying their wares against the scenic backdrop of Montclair and the Oakland Hills. Details at www.pacificfinearts.com.
Movies in the Park at Redwood Heights Recreation Center, 3883 Aliso Avenue, at Dusk, Friday, June 22:
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and the whole family for these great family favorites: Friday, June 22, Puss In Boots.
Popcorn and hot chocolate for sale, proceeds support the Redwood Heights Recreation Center scholarship fund.
Voices of Peace, Opening Festival for The Summer of Peace 2012, Scottish Rite Temple, June 22 and June 23: The Friday evening concert will feature Maria Muldaur and Friends, the Vukani Mawethu Choir, Emmit Powell and the Gospel Elites, and others. The all-day Saturday conference will feature keynote speakers such as Marianne Williamson, Barbara Marx Hubbard, James O'Dea as well as other prominent world-renowned, local Oakland, and Bay Area peacebuilders. The conference will address such themes as Inner Peace, Forgiveness, Communicating Peace, Urban Peace, Healing Cultural Wounds, and more. Oakland peace-building organizations will be highlighted at the conference and the exhibition hall. The Shift Network has created a tiered pricing structure to encourage the participation of community leaders, activists, students, and all Bay Area residents committed to peace. The purchase of full price tickets will help support the benefit aspect of this event. All profits from the concert and conference go the Urban Peace Movement, one of Oakland's premier peace-building organizations. For more information and to register, go to www.summerofpeace.net/attend-an-event.html.
Walk on the Wild, Saturday, June 23, 5-10 pm:
100 years of Alameda County Fair, Centennial Parade, Saturday, June 23, 9:30 am, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton:
On Saturday, June 23, thousands of people from throughout Alameda County and the Bay Area will watch the fun, color and excitement of the Centennial Parade, to honor the second 100 years of the annual Alameda County Fair. The 2012 Alameda County Fair runs from Wednesday, June 20 through Sunday, July 8. There's always lots to see and do--pre-engineering students from Oakland Tech are featured in the drafting contest.
Walk to Talk, Saturday, June 23, 2012, 10 am: Walkathon sponsored by the Aphasia Center of California, a local community based organization providing services for people with aphasia, a communication disorder caused by stroke or other brain injury. In June, National Aphasia Awareness Month, our "Walk to Talk" around Lake Merritt increases public awareness and funding for aphasia, which affects more than 1,000,000 people in the United States. For more information, please click here.
Maxwell Park Mosaic Celebration, Saturday, June 23, 11 am - 1 pm: Join neighbors and friends in celebrating the completion of the beautiful walls in Maxwell Park (2 blocks south of High Street at Fleming.) Bring food to share. There will be a fire engine for kids to explore. As a council member, our office helped neighbors start the planning process for a range of park improvements, and contributed funds to help them design and implement the mosaic project. Their efforts serve as a tremendous role model for community organizing. Congratulations Maxwell Park!
Auditions for Sobrante's Got Talent, Saturday, June 23, 3 - 5 pm, Madison Middle School Auditorium: The Sobrante Park Resident Action Council and the Alameda County Public Health Department present the 2nd Annual Sobrante's Got Talent on June 23. $200 grand prize in each of four categories: Singing, Dancing, Other and Family. Contact Allen at (510) 636-4111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the Bay Area's finest bakeries, breweries, caterers, restaurants, and wineries for the Oakland Zoo's largest annual fundraiser. Guests of this unique event will stroll through the Zoo and enjoy delicious cuisine, libations, fabulous entertainment, and dancing under the stars. Due to the service of alcohol, adults only please. Guests under 21 will not be admitted. Tickets may be purchased at the door.The Great American Backyard Campout, Joaquin Miller Park, Saturday, June 23-Sunday, June 24: Turn off televisions, iPods, video games, computers and cell phones to connect with nature, family and friends at The Great American Backyard Campout at Joaquin Miller Park. Details at www2.oaklandnet.com/
Oakland marches together in the SF Pride Parade, Sunday, June 24, 10:30am-1pm: Join fellow Oaklanders as we march in the SF Pride Parade again this year. We are looking forward to celebrating this year's theme, Global Equality, with you. Contact my office to RSVP. You can call 510-238-7072 or email@example.com for more information.
4. City News: State Cuts, New Bike Lane Maps
State Budget Passed By Deadline without Details on Cuts, Negotiations with Governor Will Continue: The budget assumes another 5% cut from state workers but does not explain how. Brown has been pushing a 38-hour workweek for most employees that would put them on four 9.5-hour shifts and close most of the government on Fridays or Mondays. The budget also does not include about a billion of cuts for the elderly in-home services, welfare, and students that have been proposed. The Governor will veto the budget unless he gets more concrete cuts, so negotiations are expected to continue for a few more weeks.
The budget assumes the Governor's Sales Tax Initiative will pass, if it does not there will be new major cuts across the board including the schools, health care, and prisons.
$30 Million Affordable Housing funds likely to be taken by state. During the negotiations over Redevelopment, the legislature promised that affordable housing funds would be protected. It now appears that because of the state's larger deficit they will renege on that promise. The City has about $30 million which in some cases were set aside for planned projects, often as matching funds to leverage federal and other funds. In addition, the Controller is seeking legislation that would allow the State to take property and sales taxes when there is a disagreement.
Food Distribution for Low Income Families and Seniors Starts Friday, June 22: On Friday, June 22, the Department of Human Services' Hunger Program is sponsoring a food distribution for low income families and seniors at multiple sites throughout Oakland. Bags consist of frozen poultry, fresh produce and dried goods. Each bag weighs approximately 15 pounds. To be eligible, families must reside in one of the seven Community Development Districts in the City of Oakland and show proof of residence. Please visit www.oaklandhumanservices.org for specific site locations and check with the site for distribution times.
Oakland Shines Honored with Honorable Mention in Mayor's Climate Protection Award: On Wednesday, June 13, Oakland was selected by the US Conference of Mayors as a finalist for a Mayors Climate Protection Award in honor of its innovative Oakland Shines energy upgrade program. Through Oakland Shines, the City of Oakland teamed with QuEST, Community Energy Services Corporation and PG&E to help local businesses install advanced energy efficiency technologies like wireless controls for lighting, heating, and cooling, especially in older downtown buildings. About 200 businesses installed energy upgrades last year, saving over 4.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and more than 55,000 therms of natural gas annually, and creating utility cost savings of nearly $600,000 per year for these Oakland businesses. This energy savings is equivalent to the electricity use of about 1,000 homes, and reducing as much pollution as removing 250 cars from the road. The Oakland Shines program was made possible by a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission's State Energy Program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. For more information, please contact Susan Kattchee, Environmental Services at (510) 238-6382 or skattchee@Oaklandnet.com.
City Administrator Deanna J. Santana and Police Captain Jeff Israel Selected as the 2011 City of Oakland Employees of the Year by the Downtown Oakland and Lake Merritt-Uptown Community Benefit Districts: On Thursday, June 14, City Administrator Deanna J. Santana and Police Captain Jeff Israel were honored as the 2011 City of Oakland Employees of the Year by the Downtown Oakland and Lake Merritt-Uptown Community Benefit Districts at their 3rd Annual Breakfast Event. This award was given in appreciation of their outstanding contributions to the success of the Downtown Oakland and Lake Merritt-Uptown Community Benefit Districts.
Online Maps Highlight Extensive Oakland Bikeways: On Friday, June 8, the Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities Program, in partnership with the Department of Information Technology and Walk Oakland Bike Oakland, published online interactive maps highlighting Oakland's extensive bikeways and bicycle parking locations. The interactive maps were created using Oakland GIS data. These maps will encourage residents to bike rather than use their cars furthering the City's drive for sustainable and green transit. The maps are available at http://gismaps.oaklandnet.com/bike/ or http://sfgis.com/bikemap/ and have already garnered media attention. For more information, please contact Jason Patton, PhD, Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Manager, (510) 238-7049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 2012 Bulky Item Drop-Off Event: On Saturday, June 30, a free Bulky Item Drop-Off Event for Oakland residents coordinated by the Public Works Agency will take place at the Waste Management Davis Street Transfer Station in San Leandro from 9 am-Noon. Select items will be accepted including appliances, mattresses, passenger tires, computers and other electronics. Limits apply. Proof of Oakland residency required. For more information, please call Will Crowder, Recycling Hotline Coordinator, at (510) 238-7073 or email at email@example.com. Additional details can be found on the event flyer at http://www2.oaklandnet.com/w/OAK032240.
4. More City News
|Peralta Hacienda Historic Park one of 21 Landmarks of American History and Culture: How did Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, a modest 6-acre green space featuring a historic house and a playground, become one of twenty-one National Endowment for the Humanities workshop sites nationwide? Renowned scholars from across the country formed an unparalleled team of thinkers to explore a hot-button issue at the park this summer, and the National Endowment took notice.|
>>Wells Twombly II, Director of Public History Programs, explains the use of adobe to local students. Wells builds, schedules, and runs all of Peralta's hands-on history field trips for students from Oakland and beyond.
The issue is immigration and the Mexican/US border: one of the central divisive issues of the 2012 presidential election. Participants will learn the fraught history of this relationship, beginning before the inception of either country. Although the workshop only has 80 participants, it will serve an untold number of Americans: the participants are school teachers from across the country, who will return to their classrooms and teach more nuanced and sensitive history for years to come. The all-star cast of professors coming to Fruitvale to teach the course includes UC Berkeley's Alex Saragoza, University of Chicago's Ramon Gutierrez, and University of Colorado's Doug Monroy. Participants will spend nearly $100,000 in stipends at East Oakland businesses, and come to view Oakland as a center for educational development. Two receptions are open to the public: Sunday, June 17 and Sunday, June 24, 6 -7:30 pm.
Oakland Airport Noise Alert This Weekend: As a result of this construction, Runway 11/29 will be restricted on Saturday, June 16th from 8:00 p.m. to Sunday, June 17th at 6:00 a.m. and on Sunday, June 17th from 8:00 p.m. to Monday, June 18th at 6:00 a.m. As a result, some air carrier aircraft may use the North Field runways during this period. If this occurs, aircraft may overfly residential areas and residents may experience unusual aircraft noise. Aircraft noise concerns may be directed to OAK's Noise Hotline at (510) 563-6463.
Free Summer Lunch Program: Nearly one third of the children in this city live in poverty. With reduced summer school programs the City and others have stepped up to provide locations for the summer lunch program. Please help us spread the word. Free healthy lunches will be served to Oakland youth at:
Download the complete list of locations here.
- Brookfield Library, 9255 Edes Avenue Tues-Fri, June 18-August 17; 12:30-1:30 pm.
- Community Reform Church, 457 Capistrano Drive, Mon-Friday, June 18-July 27, Noon - 1 pm
- East Oakland Boxing Association, 816 98th Avenue, Mon-Friday, June 18-August 17, Noon - 1 pm, 4- 5 pm.
- Elmhurst Middle School, 1800 98th Avenue, Mon-Fri June 19-July 19, 8:30-8:45 am; 11:30-Noon
- Ira Jinkins Center, 9175 Edes Avenue, Mon-Fri, June 25-August 17: Noon -1 pm
- Madison Middle School, 400 Capistrano Drive, Mon-Friday, June 25-July 20;8-8:30 am; 11:50 am-12:20 pm
- Oakland Police Activities League, 9600 Sunnyside Drive, Mon-Friday, June 25-July 20: Noon - 1 pm; 2:30-3:30 pm.
- Paradise Baptist Church,9704 Empire Road, Mon-Friday, June 18-August 17; Noon - 1 pm, 3:30- 4:30 pm.
- REACH, 9860 Sunnyside Drive, Mon-Friday, June 25-July 20; 8:15-8:30 am;10:30-11 am.
- Sobrante Park Elementary School,470 El Paseo Drive, Mon-Friday, June 25-July 20; 8-8:30 am; 11:50 am-Noon.
- Acorn Town Center, 923 Adeline Street, Mon- Fri, June 18-August 17, Noon - 1 pm; 3-4 pm.
- Bay Community Fellowship. 1015 Campbell Street, Mon-Fri, July 1-August 17, Noon - 1 pm, 3- 4 pm.
- Campbell Village, 800 Willow Street, Mon-Friday, June 18-August 17, Noon - 1 pm, 3- 4 pm.
Vote for DeFremery Park in the National Sprite Spark Park Project:
Please visit www.SpriteSparkParks.com and use the FREE code SPRITEPARKSVOTE every day to help DeFremery receive new basketball courts. Unless you sign in with your Facebook account (then you can share it with all your Facebook/Twitter friends), you'll need to register, but it only takes a few seconds. Please share this link and code with anyone else you come in contact with to help increase the votes!
SEND A KID TO CAMP: Many cities have programs to send low income kids to camp. I am starting a modest effort aimed at the middle school students who live in the 100 block areas. We are asking middle school principals and teachers to nominate 100 to 200 young people. This summer we will use our PAL (Police Athletic League) Camp in the Oakland hills, and the YMCA has offered to provide slots in their camp if we reach over 100. The cost is about $340 per child. Next year we hope to increase the program and send those who successfully complete this year's camp to the city owned Feather River Camp. More information on my Facebook page 1000 Summer Jobs for Oakland Youth: Last year with only two months' notice Congress cut the Mayors Summer Jobs Programs. For decades Oakland received funding to employ about 500 low income youth each summer. The President had allowed us to double the number in 2010 because of the recession, then Congress brought it to zero in 2011. We scrambled last year and between the City and County came up with about 400 internships focusing on foster youth and private employers answered my call with about 200 more. This year we are aiming for 1000 jobs. I hope to hire at least half from the 100 block area. We need your help. A summer internship costs $1500-2000 per student to underwrite. If you can hire a student or are willing to take a student for the Mayor's Summer Jobs Program, contact John Bailey, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board, at (510) 238-6440.
5. Safe and Healthy Oakland
CORE Boot Camp--July 21, 28 and 29:
Too busy during the week to take part in the typical five-week series? CORE basic training is now available in a condensed three-day weekend format.CORE classes educate and empower citizens through lessons on personal preparedness, neighborhood organization and by providing hands-on tools for emergency response. CORE Boot Camp participants receive a certificate of completion, CORE ID card, hardhat and vest. Each session takes place at the Oakland Fire Department Training Division at 250 Victory Court. Saturday, July 21, 9 am-2:30 pm, CORE I and CORE II; Saturday, July 28 9 am-5 pm; CORE III (Emergency Response Hands-on Training- Day 1); Sunday, July 29, 9 am-5 pm, Emergency Response Hands-on Training - Day 2). Advance registration is required. Sign up early--class size is limited. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (510) 238-6351.
More on Statistics Released by the Oakland Police Department: The police department tracks crime stats on a monthly basis. One month's stats don't make a trend and citywide stats don't necessarily represent the situation in your neighborhood but the across the board drop last month did grab our attention . On Wednesday, June 6, the Oakland Police Department (OPD) publicly released a 30-day crime reduction report. The report was linked to recent crime reduction in part due to enhanced community involvement and improved coordination of enforcement strategies. A summary of crime for the city and each bureau was provided for the specified 30-day period, April 7, 2012 through May 4, 2012 compared to May 5, 2012 through June 1, 2012. The new citywide statistics provided are listed below:
OPD continues to have focused crime reduction operations citywide which have resulted in multiple arrests for burglary, robbery and parole violations, recovery of firearms and narcotics. With the community's help, and ongoing strategies to reduce violent crime, OPD is hopeful that preliminary and positive crime reduction results continue. For additional information, please contact the OPD media relations office at (510) 238-7230 or email@example.com.
-Murders are down 56%
-Burglaries are down 17%
-Robberies are down 7%
-Property Crimes are down 17%
-Violent Crimes are down 9%
-Part 1 Crimes are down 15%
-Murders are down 80%
-Burglaries are down 15%
-Robberies are up 14%
-Property Crimes are down 16%
-Violent Crimes are down 3%
-Part 1 Crimes are down 14%
-Murders are down 25%
-Burglaries are down 20%
-Robberies are down 24%
-Property Crimes are down 18%
-Violent Crimes are down 14%
-Part 1 Crimes are down 17%
OPD Conducting DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint at an undisclosed location within the city limits on Friday, June 29 between 6 pm & 2 am: Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough. Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint and looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000. If you see a drunk driver, call 9-1-1.
Grandparents Scam : The FBI is warning citizens to be aware of the resurfacing of the "Grandparent Scam" -- a con that targets elderly people and can cost them thousands of dollars. According to the FBI field office in San Diego, Calif., a typical scam goes something like this:
You're a grandparent, and you get a phone call or an email from someone who identifies himself as your grandson. "I've been arrested in another country," he says, "and need money wired quickly to pay my bail. And, oh by the way, don't tell my mom or dad because they'll only get upset!"
If you find yourself in a situation where someone is contacting you for money, the FBI advises you resist the pressure to act quickly and try to contact the grandchild or another family member to determine whether or not the call is legitimate. And, never wire money based on a request made over the phone or in an email. Wiring money is like giving cash -- once you send it, you cannot get it back. For more information on this and similar scams, visit the FBI's new E-Scams and Warnings webpage.
Never Leave Keys in Your Car:
Earlier this week, an Oakland parent reported that young man stole the family car from in front of the school. Mom had left the keys and her daughter in the car when she went to get her son, just inside the fence. The student got out of the car when the thief told her to. Please do not leave your keys in the car. Do not leave any visible packages or any valuables in the car. Please lock your car even when leaving it for a few minutes. Be alert when going to and from your cars.
Protect Your Children. Report Illegal Fireworks Before July 4 at 777-8814:
Selling, possessing or lighting fireworks is illegal in Oakland. Those caught with fireworks, even "Safe and Sane Fireworks," will be fined up to $1000. Possession of large quantities of fireworks carries a $5,000 to $10,000 fine. Drop off fireworks in collection barrels at the following locations:
- Fire Station 1: 1603 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
- Fire Station 3: 1445 14th Street
- Fire Station 4: 1235 E-14th Street
- Fire Station 5: 934 34th Street
- Fire Station 18: 1700 50th Avenue
- Fire Station 20: 1401 98th Avenue
City Launches Gun Tip Hotline (510) 517-8739. All Calls Considered Confidential if Caller Wishes to Remain Anonymous: In collaboration with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the Oakland Police Department has established a gun tip line. Citizens are asked to place calls to address the illegal possession and use of firearms within our community. Calls made to the tip line will be considered confidential if the caller wishes to remain anonymous. ATF will make available up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for firearm related homicides or other violence.
6. The 25% Shopping Solution--Find the Unusual in Downtown Oakland
Fueled by an influx of thousands of new residents, Downtown Oakland is re-emerging as a shopping destination. Scores of national chains and specialty shops can be found in Ogawa Plaza, City Center, Uptown, Old Oakland, Chinatown and Jack London Square. In addition, an eclectic array of unique boutiques and shops can be found along tree-lined 17th St., 20th St. (near Kaiser Center) and others locations throughout Oakland's central commercial district.
Apple Blossom Florist
410 13th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
No matter the reason, whether it's anniversary, a birthday or a get well gesture, Apple Blossom Florist can provide beautiful and inexpensive arrangements to suit your budget.
Bay Area Bikes
2424 Webster Street
Oakland, CA 94612
The downtown Oakland bicycle sales and full-service repair shop. Bike rentals at Jack London Square.
721 Washington Street in Old Oakland
Oakland, CA 94612
This old fashioned used book store is run by the Friends of the Oakland Public Library. All proceeds go to support our libraries. Bring some of your old books down or enjoy looking at the ever changing book selection.
Clean Skateboarding & Apparel
1432 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Established in 2005, Clean Skateboarding supports the skateboard scene in Oakland.
Oakland, CA 94612
Retail and wholesale store offering fine, imported furniture mainly from Egypt, South Asia and Italy.
Show & Tell Concept Shop
Oakland, CA 94612
Tucked inside the City Center complex, this hip store features hip clothes and housewares with an emphasis on locally made and green items.
Fashion & Art Revival
387 17th Street
Oakland, CA 946123
Designer women's clothing, resale, consignment, & new designer items. Jewelry, accessories, purses, shoes.
1438 Webster Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Oakland Unwrapped is an online local shopping website where people can buy online from lots of fun local, indie, and green businesses and artists. Find cool bags, clothes, art, and restaurant, spa and entertainment gift certificates.
oo la la! gift & accessories lounge
386 Seventeenth Street
oo la la! gift lounge offers fashionable & affordable gifts for women & men who love to shop for women!
If everyone in Oakland bought about 25% more from local stores, the city would raise millions more for community services and help our local economy. Each dollar spent locally with a independently owned business circulates
about 7 times in the community. This year's balanced budget came partially from increased sales taxes!
7. Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events
Rhythm 'N View on the Cathedral Plaza, Free Outdoor Exercise Classes Every Tuesday in June, 5:30-6:45 pm: Open to the public. June 19: Tai Chi; June 26: Circuit Training. Sponsored by The Cathedral of Christ the Light and the Downtown YMCA. Registration required at www.ctlcathedral.org. Must be 18 or older. Weather permitting. 2121 Harrison Street (at Grand Ave), Oakland, 94612.
Making Public Service Meaningful, Merritt College, June 27-29: A two-day seminar sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center and California State University Department of Public Administration to inspire and prepare employees to see themselves as servants of the public, to see the public as both essential partners in their interactions with the agency and as advocates for the mission of the agency. Wednesday, June 27 and Thursday, June 28, 9 am - 3 pm; Friday, June 29, 9 am to Noon. Open to public employees and the public. $150. Register here. Or call 434-3988.
Association of Realist Property Brokers 49th Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala, Thursday, June 28, 6 pm, Holiday Inn & Suites, 77 Hegenberger Road: Property Brokers recognize the achievements of those who have worked so hard within our community over the past year, and to help, with monetary scholarship awards for those who aspire to higher education. A monetary homebuyer grant to assist a lucky family with their purchase of a home. $45 per person, $50 if purchased after June 25. Click here for tickets.
Play Day on the Plaza, Friday, June 29, 11-2 pm, Frank Ogawa Plaza:
Fun activities for all ages and plenty of information about Oakland Parks & Recreations' Summer Activities throughout the city. Call 587-5042 for details.
Fiddler on the Woof -Oakland's unique evening under the stars for dogs and the people who love them, Thursday, July 12, 6 pm, Woodminster Amphitheater, Joaquin Miller Park: Enjoy a pre-performance picnic and silly party with your pup and then see the traditional Fiddler On the Roof in Full Dress Rehearsal at Woodminster Amphitheater in Joaquin Miller Park. Dogs are welcome at the picnic space. Thursday July 12, 6pm picnic and party / 8pm performance. Tickets at www.odogparks.org Adults $25 Kids $20 to help build a user friendly gate system at the dog park/ parking lot interface.
Movies in the Park at Redwood Heights: The Sand Lot on Friday, July 13; Bedtime Stories with Adam Sandler on Friday, July 27, 3883 Aliso Avenue: All movies begin at dusk. Be sure to dress warmly, bring a lawn chair, and/or blanket. Red Boy Pizza Fundraiser-- Eat in or take out dinners to raise money for the Center. Present the Red Boy Flyer and the Center will receive 15%. Call 482-7827.
Afro-Latino Presence in Early California, A National Endowment for the Humanities Workshop at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, 2488 Coolidge Avenue, Saturday,July 14, 6-7:30 pm: Join Peralta Hacienda Historical Park and the National Parks Anza Trail for an evening of discussion with Dr. Fisher., a professor of history at Mt. San Antonio College in Southern California. His research into the mixed ethnicity and cultures of California's settlers is supported by the National Parks Service. Fisher uncovers the great extent to which people of mixed African descent shaped our state history. Fisher's book will both be sold to benefit Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park.
FOSC's Annual Meet & Greet and Potluck, Wednesday, July 18, 6 - 8pm, Fern Ravine Restoration Area, Joaquin Miller Park: Bring a dish to share and your own reusable place setting. Meet Friends of Sausal Creek (FOSC) volunteers, board and staff and tour the wetlands and redwoods along Fern Ravine Creek. For more information, contact (510) 501-3672 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
50th Reunion, Oakland Tech/Skyline High, July 27-29: The details of the Oakland Technical High School / Skyline High School dual 50th class reunions for the Classes of 1962 are now available. The date is July 27-29th, 2012 and the location is the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, located at 200 Marina Blvd in Berkeley. http://oaklandtech.com/staff/blog/2012/02/28/class-of-1962-50th-reunion For more info: Kathy (White) Ryan at email@example.com or from Cindi (Schloming) Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org
8. Celebrate Oakland--Summer/Fall Street Fairs
|Got Fruit? Call PUEBLO's Urban Youth Harvest Program:
If you have more fruit, vegetables or herbs in your garden than you can handle, consider letting local youth from the PUEBLO Urban youth Harvest Program harvest your excess produce and share it with Oakland neighbors less fortunate. Call (510) 535-2525 or email email@example.com
4th of July Festival of Family Fun Celebration, Jack London Square, Wednesday July 4, 11 am - 4 pm: Celebrate July 4th with the entire family in a celebration of family fun and games! (No fireworks planned.) www.jacklondonsquare.com
Temescal Street Fair, Saturday, July 8, Noon - 6 pm: After last year's success, the Temescal Street Fair settles into its new July date. Details at
Waterfront Flicks We Bought a Zoo, Thursday, July 12, market Lawn, Jack London Square at sundown: Enjoy outdoor movies on the beautiful waterfront. Grab dinner at any Jack London Square restaurant or pack a picnic. Movies begin at sundown but the fun begins earlier with trivia questions and prizes as well as beer (New Belgium) with proceeds to Eat Bay Bike Coalition. www.jacklondonsquare.com
Art & Soul, Saturday, August 4, 2 pm to midnight and Sunday, August 5, Noon - 6 pm: Now in its 12th year of offering top-flight talent, food from all over the globe, hundreds of artisan booths, and the largest family fun zone of any festival in the Bay Area, the event this year adds a late-night bash and cutting-edge art show to the festivities. Named among the top 12 "must-see summer festivals" in Northern California by the San Francisco Chronicle-- slated for August 4 & 5 in downtown Oakland -- goes boldly into the night on Saturday, with audio-video art installations and multimedia performances to accompany DJ Dyloot. Waterfront Flicks, Moneyball, Thursday, August 9, sundown at Market Lawn, Jack London Square:
Bring a picnic dinner or eat at one of the many Jack London Square restaurants. Purchase New Belgium beer, proceeds to East Bay Bike Coalition. www.jacklondonsquare.comLaurel Street Fair, Saturday, August 11, 11 am-6 pm, MacArthur Blvd. between 35th and 38th Street:
Food, music and fun in the Laurel District. A family-oriented event that showcases amazing music and dance stage, huge kids land, creative crafts and merchandise, info booths, an impressive variety of food vendors and a spotlight on health and wellness. Sponsored by the Laurel District Association. www.laureldistrictassociation.org
.PedalFest, Saturday, August 18, 11 am-8 pm, Jack London Square
: 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. http://pedalfestjacklondon.com/.Waterfront Flicks, Princess Bride, Thursday, August 23, sundown, Market Lawn, Jack London Square:
Bring the family and enjoy a great movie on the waterfront. www.Jacklondonsquare.comChinatown Street Fest, Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, 7th to 11th Street and Broadway to Harrison:
Now in its 23rd year, enjoy Chinatown's unique ambiance, many restaraunts and colorful shops. Celebrating the Year of the Dragon along 8 city blocks with continuous live entertaniment on two stages, 250 vendor booths, community information, food, kdis' carnival and hands-on crafts for the whole family. Sponsored by the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. www.oaklandchinatownchamber.org/events/streetfest.html.
SEPTEMBER3rd Annual Oakland Pride, Sunday, September 2, 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.. www.oaklandpride.orgFall Boat Show, Thursday September 13 through Tuesday, September 18, Jack London Square:
Annual Northern California Fall Boat Show features nearly 100 yachts, power and sail. www.ncma.comTaste of Temescal, Tuesday, September 18, 6- 8:30 pm:
The fourth annual grazefest on Telegraph Avenue between 43rd and 51st Streets. Tickets are $30, proceeds benefit local schools and nonprofits. www.temescaldistrict.org
.Eat Real Fest, Friday, September 21, 3- 9 pm, Saturday September 22 and Sunday, September 23, 11 am - 9 pm, Jack London Square:
Eat Real combines a state fair, a street-food festival, and a block party to create a celebration of food. Attendance is free, all food costs $5 and less, and all food incorporates regionally-sourced, fabulous and sustainably-produced ingredients. www.eatrealfest.com
.Eighth Annual Major Motion Cycling Club, Oakland Grand Prix, Sunday September 23, 8 am - 4 pm, Snow Park, 20th & Harrison:
The strongest, most dynamic criterium racing event of the year. Bringing an unprecednted level of professional and amateur cyclists, the race will reach thousands of enthusiasts at this top-caliber event, and the finish of the Northern California/Nevada Criterium for 2012. www.majormotioncyclingclubnorcal.terapad.comSundays in the Redwoods, Woodminster Amphitheater in Joaquin Miller Park, Sunday, September 23 1- 6 pm:
Tickets $10. sundaysintheredwoods.com/Sundays in the Redwoods, Woodminster Amphitheater in Joaquin Miller Park,Sunday, September 30, 1-6 pm:
Tickets $10. sundaysintheredwoods.com/
Black Cowboy Parade, Saturday, October 6, 10 am to 4 pm
: Broadway to DeFremery Park. www.blackcowboyassociation.org/annualparade.html
.5th Annual Oaktoberfest, Saturday, October 6, 11 am- 6 pm, in the Dimond
: Oakland's family friendly craft beer festival. www.oaktoberfest.org.Out & About in Rockridge, Sunday, October 7, Noon - 6 pm:
Picnic in the Street & Chef Stage, Food Courts, Oaklandish Harvest Hoedown, 57th Street Gallery Stage, Musically Minded academy stage, Wellness Area, Kids' Court and Claremont Middle School State, Artisan Alley. rockridgeoutandabout.com/Sundays in the Redwoods, Woodminster Amphitheater in Joaquin Miller Park, Sunday, October 7, 1- 6 pm:
Tickets $10. sundaysintheredwoods.com/Pacific Fine Arts Festival, Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, 10 am - 6 pm, Montclair Village:
A great place to shop for one-of-a-kind hand-crafted jewelry, art and crafts. www.pacificfinearts.comSundays in the Redwoods, Woodminster Amphitheater in Joaquin Miller Park, Sunday, October 14, 1- 6 pm:
Tickets $10. sundaysintheredwoods.com/
Dia de los Muertos, Fruitvale BART area, usually last weekend in October. The Oakland Museum exhibit opens October 10: Days of the Dead: Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary People