November 2012  
Operation Ceasefire Launched in Oakland
City's Five-Year Financial Plan Previewed
New Graffiti Ordinance Coming to Public Works Committee on November 27
The Role of the City Council and City Attorney in Settling Lawsuits
City Proposes New Plan to Prevent Home Foreclosures
Walk Oakland-Bike Oakland (WOBO) Celebrating its Fifth Anniversary
PG & E and City of Oakland Begin Energy-Efficient LED Streetlight Upgrade: New Lights Will Improve Public Safety and Reduce Energy Costs
New School for La Escuelita Celebrated + Phase II Construction Begins at 2nd Avenue OUSD Education Complex
Grand Opening of Clinton Commons Located at 720 E. 11th Street
The Oakland Raiders' Visit to Garfield Elementary School
The Oakland Chinatown Citizens on Patrol (OCCOP) Public Safety Fair
Oakland Fire Prevention Bureau's Resource Fair at the Garden Center
Nominate Someone for Making Democracy Work Award at the League of Women Voters
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November Events


Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4: You can Vote Early!At Registrar of Voters Oakland Office, 1225 Fallon Street in Room G-1 (see map below), 9:00 am and 5:00 pm:


You can pick up and return your Vote By Mail Ballot for the November 6, 2012 General Election at the following location:

Alameda County, Registrar of Voters Office
1225 Fallon St. Rm. G-1
Oakland, California 94612

8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday, PLUS this Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4.


The Alameda County Registrar of Voters' office will be open Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4, to allow voters to vote early for the November 6, 2012 General Election. Office hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday.


How to Return Your Vote by Mail Ballot:


Voted ballots must be received by the Registrar of Voters Office no later than 8:00 pm on Election Day, November 6, 2012. Postmarks do not count.
By Mail or In Person to:

Alameda County Registrar of Voters
1225 Fallon Street Room G-1
Oakland, CA 94612


Voted ballots can be returned at any Polling Place on Election Day. 

(Polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm)


Visit for information:


Court Map


There are blue drop boxes located at the security checkpoint, at the bottom of the 12th Street ramp and at the corner of 12th and Oak Streets, in front of the County Administration Building (see blue stars on photo below). The boxes are available 24-hours a day.





Various Dates from Tuesday, November 6 to Saturday, December 1: CORE Classes - Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Boulevard, various hours.


Learn practical skills on how to take care of yourself, your family, and your neighborhood in the event of an emergency of disaster. You can register for CORE I and II classes only. For more information, please visit, email or call 510.238.6351. Limited space available.


CORE classes are offered free of charge to anyone who resides in the City of Oakland.


The dates for this class series are as follows:


CORE II                       Tuesday Nov 06                6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

CORE IIIA                    Tuesday Nov 13                6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

CORE IIIB                    Tuesday Nov 20                6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

CORE IIIC                    Tuesday Nov 27                6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

CORE III Hands-On        Saturday Dec 01               9:30 AM - 3:30 PM           


See below for the CORE fact sheet:


You may also schedule a Cantonese CORE, fire training/911 Registry workshop with the Department of Human Services by calling 510.238.2382 or email All classes are free to Oakland residents.



Wednesday, November 7 and Tuesday, November 18, etc: Community Meetings on the Bus Rapid Transit Facilities, hosted by AC Transit


Community input is sought on design, station and landscape architecture, parking, public art and construction. The input received will be considered along with other local, state and federal requirements regarding safety and accessibility for riders and BRT operations. Residents can view and comment on the project design features, proposed architectural designs and learn about crosswalk treatments and other amenities at the following workshops:


Project Design: View neighborhood-level maps showing dedicated lanes, stations, and changes to circulation

Station and Landscape Architecture: Review the status of the station architecture design and proposed landscape architecture

Parking: Review changes to parking, including provision of replacement parking

Public Art: Learn about the process to choose public art in 2013

Construction: Review construction timelines


All input will be considered. The resulting project design features will be released in early 2013.


Four meetings will be held in Oakland:

  • Wednesday, November 7, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Lincoln Recreation Center, 250 10th Street
  • Tuesday, November 13, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at St. Anthony's Church, 1535 16th Avenue
  • Thursday, November 15, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Rainbow Recreation Center, 5800 International  Boulevard
  • Saturday, November 17, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at 81st Avenue Library, 1021 81st Avenue

You can attend any workshop that is convenient. Refreshments will be served. For more information, go to, call 510.891.7175 or email



Saturday, November 10: Annual Home Depot Daffodil Distribution - Free daffodil bulbs are available to community groups that would like to plant them on public property in very visible locations. Your group must apply well in advance of the distribution date, November 10. Go here for application or see below: 

Dafadil Day 


Saturday, November 10: Free Citizenship Event by Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach - Hong Lok Senior Center, 725 7th Street - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm


The API Legal Outreach is hosting a free citizenship class and event at Family Bridges' Hong Lok Senior Center. The event aims to help individuals apply for citizenship. Volunteers who speak Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean and Mongolian will be present to help those with monolingual needs. For more information, contact Doris Ng, Supervising Attorney at API Legal Outreach at 510.251.2846 or email





Monday, November 12 (Veteran's Day): Foreclosure Prevention Clinic - Oakland Marriott Convention Center - East Hall,1001 Broadway (12th Street BART Station)


Registration Open: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Program: 10:00 am


If you have received a NOD (Notice of Default) or your house is already in foreclosure, this clinic is for you. Loan officers from Wells Fargo, Chase, US Bank, Bank of America and Citibank will be present at the Clinic to work with Oakland homeowners. In addition, housing counselors, lawyers, tenant counselors, the new ROOT loan fund staff, the State Keep Your Home California, financial counselors, and other services/resources will be available to assist Oakland residents.


Also, there is a new hotline for homeowners in the foreclosure process, which is staffed by HERA (Housing/Economic Rights Advocates) at 510.271.8443 x 313.  A tenant hotline is staffed by CJJC (Causa Justa: Just Cause) at 510.TENANTS. 

Foreclosure Clinic  



Thursday November 15: "Animal Preparedness Class."    

You must register in advance for this CORE class at or 510.238.6351. Information is available at the CORE website by clicking here


Find CORE on Facebook here.



Friday, November 16: Deadline to Apply to Become a City of Oakland Public Ethics Commissioner 


Interested Oakland residents are encouraged to apply for the vacancy on the seven-member City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission. The Commission position, which begins in January 2013, is for a three-year term. The City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission oversees compliance with Oakland's Campaign Reform Act (OCRA), Conflict of Interest Code, Code of Ethics, Sunshine Ordinance, the Limited Public Financing Act, the Lobbyist Registration Act and Oakland's False Endorsement in Campaign Literature Act. The Commission application is available online at For more information, please contact Whitney Barazoto, Executive Director, at 510.238.6620 or



Wednesday, November 28: Bella Vista Holiday Safety FairBella Vista Elementary School, 1025 E. 28th St - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Bella Vista Safety Day pg 1  Bella Vista Public Safety Day II


Sponsored by 17 Y/Bella Vista Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council and the Oakland Police Department



Friday, November 30: Board Membership Application Deadline for the District 2 Alameda County, Oakland Community Action Partnership (AC-OCAP) Administering Board - Applicants must live in the City of Oakland's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Districts 1, 2, 4, 6, and 7. To look up the district boundaries, visit here. The Board meets the second Monday of each month at 5:30 pm at City Hall. Responsibilities include planning, developing and excuting efforts to alleviate poverty and working towards institutional changes to enhance self-sufficiency and the ability of the poor in the City of Oakland and throughout Alameda County. Applications for nominations are available on the website at or you may call Estelle Clemons, AC-OCAP Manager at 510.238.3597.



Coming in December....


Saturday, December 1: Oakland Holiday Bazaar - Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street, Ste. 290, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) and Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce (OCCC) invite local artisans, craftmakers, designers, and other vendors to participate in their first annual Oakland Holiday Bazaar! Oakland Holiday Bazaar encourages business and artists in the San Francisco Bay Area to participate. Deadline to register is November 26. Contact or for registration or download the form here.


Visit or for more information.



Wednesday, December 5: Mayor's District 2 Town Hall Meeting - Edna Brewer Middle School - 3748 13th Avenue, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm


Mayor Jean Quan will hold a Town Hall meeting for District 2 and other interested residents. Staff from all City departments will be present. A detailed agenda is not yet set, but there will be opportunities to discuss major issues including public safety, education, jobs, and housing.



Now Through Sunday, December 30: Filipino History Exhibit: We Are America: Resistance & Resilience - Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street, Suite 290 - For hours, contact OACC at 510.637.0455 for guided tours and self-guided tours.


An exhibit featuring a 100-year timeline relating to the civil rights of Filipinos, which provides a visual account of Filipino resistance to discrimination and a chronology of the community's struggle for equality. In addition to the timeline, a display of photos, artifacts and news articles are on exhibit. For more information, please visit 


Resistance and Resilience   


Operation Ceasefire Launched in Oakland


Oakland Police Department Bulletin


On Thursday, October 18th, the City of Oakland took an important step to address the serious violence that has long plagued our city: the official launch of Oakland's Operation Ceasefire, which is an evidence-based strategy designed to significantly reduce gang and group related homicides and non-fatal shootings in Oakland in the near term.  For the first time in the history of Oakland Ceasefire, there was 100% attendance by those targeted for the call-in meeting.  Oakland Ceasefire is a working partnership of Mayor Jean Quan's Office; the Oakland Police Department; clergy leaders; community organizations; Alameda County Probation; State Parole; federal law enforcement agencies; social service providers; Measure Y; and the California Partnership for Safe Communities.  Oakland joins a number of other California cities and dozens across the country, also implementing Ceasefire.

Oakland Ceasefire is based on a careful analysis of what is driving violence in Oakland. More than 60% of all homicides in the city this year are concentrated in East Oakland, so the strategy started there.  The violence in East Oakland is driven by a very small population of people - less than 1% of the population - involved in drug crews, gangs, and other street groups. Ceasefire directly focuses on the individuals engaged in this behavior. The goals of Ceasefire are: (1) to reduce homicides and shootings (2) reduce recidivism among participants and (3) improve police-community relationships.


The Oakland Ceasefire partnership met with members of actively violent groups in East Oakland. Community members told them that their lives matter and stressed that the violence must stop. They were informed that future violence will bring heightened local, state, and federal attention to entire groups for all crimes they are committing.  They were offered specially tailored help through Measure Y.  National experience indicates that it may take several rounds of these meetings, and follow through on services, outreach and enforcement, before violence declines.  However, as these core messages take hold, the community can become much safer, fewer people go to prison, many group and gang members improve their lives and better relationships are forged between the community and the police.


-- based on OPD report


City's Five-Year Financial Plan Previewed





For a PDF file of the report, click here.


New Graffiti Ordinance Coming to Public Works Committee on November 27


Location: Oakland City Hall - Hearing Room 1

Time: 10:30 am 


My office hears many complaints about the graffiti that covers buildings and businesses in many neighborhoods. Two efforts are underway to do something about it. One is a staff task force led by the Director of Public Works and the second is a new Anti-Graffiti Ordinance from the City Attorney's Office. The new law would give citizens and the City better legal tools to hold graffiti vandals liable for the damage they cause, as well as to increase the criminal penalty from an infraction to a misdemeanor. Business owners or the City Attorney could sue for damages if they can identify the vandals. The Ordinance also would clarify the responsibilities of business owners to remove graffiti from their buildings and set fines for not doing so within a reasonable amount of time.  The Ordinance language will be available on-line by close of business on Friday, November 16 here.


The Public Works task force will be working on ideas to complement the Anti-Graffiti Ordinance, including assistance to business owners, and more enforcement to catch the graffiti vandals in the act. Anybody who has ideas on this topic, please feel free to contact me at I am especially interested in hearing from owners of buildings that are frequent targets of graffiti. I realize that graffiti puts many small businesses in a bind.  It costs a lot of money to regularly re-paint walls and signage and it is frustrating to then get fined by the City for being the victim of someone else's vandalism.  The City's renewed effort is trying to strike a fair balance in the responsibilities of all the stakeholders.



Role of City Council and City Attorney in settling lawsuits


I would like to address the issue of lawsuits against the City and who decides whether to settle the cases or go to trial. With all the campaign flack flying around, there is probably some confusion on this point, so here are the facts:

Under the City Charter, the sole authority to settle lawsuits rests with the City Council.  The City Attorney cannot, and does not, settle cases unless directed to do so by the City Council. (Section 401(6) of the Charter.)    


The decision of whether to settle a lawsuit or go to trial is made by a vote of City Council in a Closed Session meeting.  The City Attorney's office provides a written report which reviews the facts of the case, the legal issues, and lists the pros and cons of each course of action.  The Councilmembers discuss the matter and can ask questions of the City Administrator and relevant Department Director. A vote is taken, and if the decision is to settle, that decision is announced in open session at the following City Council  meeting.  It is also publicly announced which members of the Council voted for and against.  I hope this clarifies any uncertainty as to the respective roles of City Council (the client) and the City Attorney.


City Proposes New Plan to Prevent Home Foreclosures


From the Department of Housing and Community Development:

The nationwide mortgage foreclosure crisis has continued to devastate families and communities across the country, having a particularly harsh impact on Oakland's flatlands neighborhoods. Oakland lost over 10,000 homes to foreclosures from 2007 through 2011, at a rate of about 1 in 19 households; one in seven were sent a notice of default. A recent report found that the cost to the City of Oakland and its residents will be about $875 million. In the past four months, there were 834 new Notices of Default filed and 215 completed foreclosures (REOs).


The City has been working to address the crisis' systemic roots, practical demands and human costs since its effects were first felt. Recently, the City announced plans for a new, comprehensive plan to prevent home foreclosures, with the help of state and local government, major lenders and numerous community partners. What makes the new plan different is its incorporation of newly available State tools to combat foreclosures, combined with an effort to fill in service gaps in existing prevention strategies. The plan was outlined in a report that went before the Council's Community and Economic Development Committee on October 9 (you can view the report here). Highlights of the plan include: 

  • A partnership with state agencies taking full advantage of the state's banks settlement agreement and new Homeowner Bill of Rights Act.
  • Community outreach and referral services expected to reach as many as 3,500 residents, through community partners including OCCUR, Allen Temple, the Martin Luther King Kr. Freedom Center and Family Bridges;
  • Homeowner and tenant counseling services, as well as legal advocacy;
  • The new ROOT loan fund, a proposal to set aside up to $1.2 million for a pilot program to help 20-25 homeowners avoid foreclosure by resetting their mortgages at today's current market value for their property; and
  • New accountability measures to provide local data on specific bank performance.

For more information, please contact Margaretta Lin, Department of Housing and Community Development, at



Walk Oakland-Bike Oakland (WOBO) Celebrating its Fifth Anniversary


Walk Oakland-Bike Oakland (WOBO) has been improving neighborhood quality of life by making walking and biking in Oakland safe, easy, fun and accessible. It is celebrating its fifth Anniversary!


The Plan is available on the web in pdf format here.


The map below shows up to date bicycle path ways throughout Oakland (or click here to go to the Google map directly).



Useful links to bookmark:

PG&E and City of Oakland Begin Energy - Efficient LED Streetlight Upgrade; New Lights Will Improve Public Safety and Reduce Energy Costs


Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is working with the City of Oakland to upgrade 241 City-owned streetlight fixtures in four areas of East Oakland:  major thoroughfares at Seminary Avenue and International Boulevard, International Boulevard near 98th Avenue, MacArthur Boulevard near 73rd Avenue, and International Boulevard near 73rd Avenue. The areas were selected based on public safety considerations and community input. The older, high-pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights will be changed out with new, energy-efficient, light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights. The new streetlights will provide brighter, more natural light to help improve public safety and lower the City's energy costs.


As a result of this project, the City will save $19,367 in annual energy costs and remove the equivalent of 79,768 pounds of greenhouse gases from the environment per year. The City will also receive more than $34,000 in PG&E incentives. In addition, LED lights help make streets safer with higher quality light and offer a significantly longer lifespan.


New School for La Escuelita Celebrated + Phase II Construction Begins at 2nd Avenue OUSD Education Complex


This week the students and families at La Escuelita Elementary School celebrated the completion of their new school on 2nd Avenue and E. 10th Street.  The occasion is particularly remarkable because for over twenty years the entire school consisted of wooden portables!


The families are joyous to have a handsome and safe school building for their students.  The building is also special for its environmental achievements.  Among other things, it is entirely solar-powered and will use ZERO outside energy. The money that formerly was spent on power bills can now be put to better use on education.


Phase II of the Education Complex starts:  


 Construction has begun on phase two of La Escuelita Education Center Project, which includes the new MetWest High School and a Child Development Center. In order to build the next stage, the existing Harper Building, Centro Infantil Annex Building and Portables and the Auto Shop will be demolished. The demolition of these existing facilities will start the week of October 22, 2012 and continue through December 7th, 2012 between the hours of 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.


The demolition phase of this project will follow this sequence (see aerial plan below):

  • Centro Infantil Annex Building, Portables and Auto Shop: The demolition of these facilities will begin October 22, 2012 and conclude December 7, 2012.  Parking adjacent to the Centro Infantil Building on 4th Avenue will be significantly impacted during demolition and until the completion of the project.
  • Harper Building: The demolition of this facility will begin on November 5, 2012 and conclude December 7, 2012.  Parking will not be available in front of the Harper Building (East 10th Street between 3rd Avenue and 4th Avenue) until final completion of the project. 

Education Complex  

OUSD understands the concern of students and staff at the adjacent school facilities and will take all measures to ensure their safety, as well as minimize the impact on the student's learning environment by mitigating the noise levels and controlling the dust from debris related to the demolition. For general protection and safety, a temporary catch fencing screen will be placed around the site to shield passing motorists and pedestrians.


OUSD would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we deliver this project for the students and community of Oakland.


For more information please visit or the Project Hotline number at 510.261.8330.


Grand Opening of Clinton Commons at 720 East 11th Street


Last Monday, affordable housing developer Resources for Community Development (RCD) celebrated the grand opening of their newly constructed, three-story green affordable housing complex located in the Eastlake/lower San Antonio neighborhood. Called Clinton Commons, it is a fifty-five unit, 1-4 bedrooms apartment building for those earning between $54,000 and $27,000 a year. Sixteen of the units have Section 8 rental assistance and eleven are for those with special needs. This is the first new building of affordable housing that has been constructed in the Eastlake neighborhood in over 20 years.


The building is expected to earn the "platinum" certification, the top award for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for environmentally-friendly buildings and homes. Clinton Commons is another design by international architecture and design firm Perkins + Will, who have earned 150 LEED certified buildings. The building will provide resident services to address the social needs of the families and residents. This is a great project aimed at improving quality of life for residents and the neighborhood. It is also is a great visual improvement to the neighborhood, as previously the lot was a storage yard for construction debris and machinery. Thank you, RCD, for creating 55 new homes in District 2!


For more information, go to the Resources for Community Development website here.





























  Clinton Commons

The Oakland Raiders' Visit to Garfield Elementary School

























Photo by Tony Gonzales   


The Oakland Raiders teamed up with United Way, the NFL, UPS, and East Bay Asian Youth Center for the "Hometown Huddle 2012" at Garfield Elementary School. Defensive backs Michael Huff, Tyvon Branch and Mike Mitchell spoke to the kids and played "Play 60" with them. Students were given backpacks of school supplies as a gift. The Raiders have been actively working with United Way to help reduce poverty and emphasize learning in the classroom that would translate into their way of life and increase chances of future successes, adaptive skills like healthy eating, living, and thinking.




Huff, Branch and Mitchell presented autographed footballs to student leaders. Managing Director of the East Bay Asian Youth Center, Jamie Lopez said, "There are almost 40 people out here all to have fun, celebrate, and give back to the community. So I think what they'll take away is just the sense of knowing that there is a bigger community looking out for them." Williams said, "Being in the NFL shows our students they can be someone if you come from a neighborhood that is rough like ours."


Thank you, Oakland Raiders, United Way, the NFL, UPS and the East Bay Asian Youth Center for making such a positive impact in our community!


You can join Huff's United Way team, Team Huff, and pledge to help Michael Huff and United Way cut the dropout rate by becoming a volunteer reader, tutor or mentor. For more information, visit



The Oakland Chinatown Citizens on Patrol (OCCOP) Public Safety Day


CT Safety Day 
On Saturday, October 6, the Oakland Chinatown Citizens on Patrol (OCCOP) hosted the Public Safety Fair and launching of their program at Lincoln Recreation Center. Police Chief Jordan and Mayor Jean Quan spoke and encouraged residents to get to know the uniformed volunteer patrol members. A public safety training presentation was given by officers Alan Yu, Wilson Lau and Neighborhood Service Coordinator, Michael Sun-Kwong Sze.

The program was created by the Asian Advisory Committee on Crime (AACC) to form their own Citizens on Patrol volunteer group in response to the reduction of police officers due to the budget cut. Community volunteers are screened and trained to become the "eyes and ears" for law enforcement in the Chinatown area. The purpose of this program is to improve public safety, community relations and business activities.


OCCOP logo  

To learn more about the program or if you would like to be a volunteer, visit

the Oakland Police Department's Chinatown Office located at 360-A 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94607, or email


Oakland Fire Prevention Bureau's Emergency Preparedness Resource Fair at the Garden Center


OFD Fire Prevention Day 

Photo by Sarah Lin, District 2


October was Fire Prevention Month. The Oakland Fire Department's Fire Prevention Bureau organized an Emergency Preparedness Resource Fair on Tuesday, October 9, at the Lake Merritt Garden Center. The theme this year was, "Have 2 Ways Out." Hundreds of Oakland school children from grades Kindergarten to 5th attended and learned first hand what to do to prevent fire and other safety tips before getting a free lunch bag and gifts. Educating our youth and the vulnerable population is essential to reducing unnecessary deaths and injuries.


If you would like to schedule a fire training, contact Karen Cox at 510.238.7255 or email


Nominate Someone for the Making Democracy Work Award at the League of Women Voters All-City Luncheon 


Each year, the League of Women Voters of Oakland celebrates community leaders, individuals and organizations that envisioned a way to improve Oakland and have mobilized others to effect changes that has benefited the broader community. You can nominate your favorite non-profit or community leader whom you feel has contributed to Oakland in a significant and meaningful way. The Making Democracy Work Award will be presented at the 2013 League of Women Voters All-City Luncheon in spring 2013. Nomination deadline is Friday, December, 14, 2012. For more information, call 510.834.7640 or email


For the downloadable form, click here


Return completed forms to:

League of Women Voters of Oakland

1305 Franklin Street, Suite 311

Oakland, CA 94612-3222


You can also fax the form to 510.834.7640 or email to