November 10, 2012
Vol 2, Issue 44  

Take A Fresh Look  

at Oakland 

News from

Mayor Jean Quan 

Mayor Quan and Congresswoman Lee thank the Democratic volunteers at Z's on election night.

The President won big on Tuesday and many Oaklanders and others in the East Bay played a critical part. About 20% of of all the campaign calls for President Obama came from California (which has 10% of the population). Many of those calls were made here in Oakland at the northern California headquarters. Thanks and congratulations to the many volunteers who helped re-elect the President. I put more photos of the headquarters and victory celebration on my Facebook page.

Dancing and cheering as state results roll in.

City Files Opposition  to Police Receivership Motion
Last month the attorneys in the "Riders case" filed a motion to place the Oakland Police Department (OPD) in receivership. This week the city filed its opposition to that motion. In the 2000 lawsuit, 119 plaintiffs alleged that four veteran police officers known as the "Riders" had violated their civil rights. Allegations included false arrest, planting evidence, excessive use of force, falsification of police reports, and assault and battery.

  These incidents surfaced when a rookie officer stepped forward to report the misconduct. The officers were terminated and eventually prosecuted by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. The City agreed to a settlement that included a Negotiated Settlement Agreement (NSA). Under the NSA, the City committed to completing 51 "tasks" that involved changing the structure of the OPD and reforming many of its policies, training procedures and daily practices. The tasks are intended to promote police integrity and professionalism and enhance the ability of OPD to protect the lives, rights, dignity, and property of the community it serves.

  The monitor's most recent quarterly report covered the period ending in June 2012. Of the 51 original tasks, 10 tasks remained short of full compliance: seven were in partial compliance, one was non-compliant, and two had been deferred.  Any progress since June will not be official until the monitor's next report later this year.

  The City's opposition states, "a receiver is not likely to provide a quick and efficient remedy here, where it could take months or even years for the receiver to under- stand the dynamics & complexities of the Department, and even longer to bring about significant change. It would be inappropriate and counterproductive to bring in an outsider to run the entire Department, as Plaintiffs request, just to ensure that Defendants achieve
Phase 2 compliance with the remaining 10 tasks."

  The City proposes a less extreme alternative to the appointment of a receiver: the appointment of both a Compliance Director and an Assistant Chief of Constitutional Policing to provide more focused and timely leadership.
  • The Court will hear the motion on December 13.  

Oakland Rises to 7th in Nation in Bicycling Rate with 7,000 Biking Commuters

bike to workOakland's reputation as one of the nation's greenest cities got another boost. More  Oaklanders are pedaling to work than ever before. Over 3% of Oakland workers -- or about 5,000 daily commuters -- commute by bicycle according to the US Census Bureau's newly released 2011 American Community Survey data. When combined with workers who bike to BART to catch a train, that's more than 7,000 Oaklanders who make cycling a part of their daily commute. Oakland is one of only seven large cities in the US with a bicycle commute mode share exceeding 3%, demonstrating the impact of the City's investments in its bicycle program.


   The City has made a big commitment in recent years to building our bike lanes and making the City safer, more fun and more accessible for cyclists, so it's gratifying to see more and more Oaklanders enjoying the benefits of biking as a healthy way to commute to work. We have added more than 30 miles of bike lanes in the last two years. Unfortunately, the apparent narrow defeat of the County Transportation tax (B1) may mean that this expansion may slow considerably.  


   Since 2000, bicycling in Oakland has increased by over 250%. The rise in cycling reflects Oakland's extensive efforts to make bicycling here an easy and safe choice for all residents. Since the adoption of the City's Bicycle Master Plan in 2007, Oakland's bikeway network of lanes and paths has steadily expanded from 90 to 130 miles, 20 miles in just the last year. Public bike parking capacity has nearly doubled from 3,200 to 6,100 spaces.  



Donate to Hurricane Sandy Victims

   Hurricane Sandy has made over 100,000 people homeless in the Carribean and across the East Coast.  Watching events on the East Coast brings back memories of the Oakland Firestorm and Loma Prieta, especially the generosity of people from around the country and world. That's why I always give to the Red Cross when there is a major disaster and was happy to participate in the KPIX telethon with Mayor Ed Lee for the Red Cross.  To donate:

  • Go to this website.
  • To make a quick $10 donation, text REDCROSS to 90999. This will show up on your phone bill or be automatically deducted from your prepaid plan.


Bruno Cohen, general manager & president of KPIX, Mayors Lee and Quan, and Roberta Gonzales, weather anchor, at the telethon for  the Red Cross efforts for Hurricane Sandy survivors.



Do You Have 72 Hours Worth of Food & Water for an Emergency?

   Watching stranded residents of New York and New Jersey is a reminder to all of us to check our emergency supplies and make a family plan for communication.  You can learn how to do this in our FREE CORE classes, see #6.  


Veterans' Day, November 12 is a federal holiday. City offices will be closed but metered parking IS still enforced.  My staff and volunteers will be at the Housing Clinic at the Marriott on Veteran's Day, see #1. 


Hope to see you out and about this weekend. 


Mayor Jean Quan 







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1. DISCOVER OAKLAND -- This week
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5. Community Policing
6. SAFE and HEALTHY Oakland
7. Helping Others
8. Kids' Programs, School & Library News
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10. Fall Street Fairs, Recurring Events
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Oakland Zoo's Teen Wild Guides Program Receives Recognition from the Jane Goodall Institute 

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November 5, 2012

First Friday's uncertain future hinges on collaboration 

Vanessa Rancano,
Oakland North

November 5, 2012


Council approves labor agreement for Oakland Army Base redevelopment  

Oakland Blog on

October 31, 2012

Oakland artists shine in 13th Annual Day of the Dead Exhibit in San Francisco 

Sally Douglas Arce, Oakland Local

November 2, 2012

Developer plans 28-story tower for Oakland's Uptown 

Blanca Torres,
SF Business Times

November 2, 2012

Weekly Dish: Oyster Bar Coming to Old Oakland 

Ethan Fletcher, Diablo Magazine

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Where to meet, eat, play, and watch all sorts of art performances. 


Discover the buzz that has invigorated Oakland's vibe. Downtown has burst onto the nightlife scene in a big way. Scores of new restaurants, clubs and venues have sprung up and more are on the way. 


Their pages are your essential guide to downtown Oakland hot spots with real-time NextBus information on wait times until the next Broadway Shuttle arrives at each stop.


1.  DISCOVER OAKLAND -- This week




Oakland Housing Resource Fair & Foreclosure Prevention Clinic

Monday, November 12 (Veteran's Day)

Registration Open: 9:30am-3:30pm, Program: 10am

Oakland Marriott Convention Center - East Hall, 1001 Broadway

Downtown 12th Street BART


This FREE CLINIC, sponsored by Assemblyman Swanson and my office, is a chance to get a comprehensive overview of all the new and free programs that can assist Oaklanders.


As many as 3000 homeowners in Oakland may be behind in paying their mortgages or find the current value of their homes dramatically underwater; some are in danger of losing their homes.  In the past year legal actions by the Federal government and State Attorney Generals have resulted in funds and programs that might help.


Also, the City has pulled together a new program -- ROOTS -- that will allow some underwater homeowners to buy back their homes at the current market value. We have instituted new protections to require maintenance of homes in, and in danger of, foreclosure.

And some banks have come forward with programs that will reset home values or that offer down payment grants to new homeowners.

Homeowners needing assistance to prevent foreclosure should also register with their lender if they are attending. See information for contacts through link above.


EOYDC Annual Fall Job Fair

Wednesday, November 14, 1-am-2pm, East Oakland Youth Development Center, 8200 International Blvd.

For those 18 years and older. Health and Resources booths will also be there. Bring several copies of your resume and please wear professional attire. 


Invited industries include:

  • Law enforcement
  • Military
  • Security
  • Parcel service
  • Retail
  • Industry/warehouse
  • Transportation
  • Trades
  • Education
  • Customer service
  • Staffing

For more info: Jackie Anderson, 569-8088,



Tenants Rights Workshop

Tuesday, November 13, 6-7:30pm, Dimond Branch Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave. E-Government Literacy at the Library and the East Bay Community Law Center present a Tenant's Rights Clinic. Do you have questions about your rights as a tenant?  Lawyer Marc Janowitz  from the East Bay Community Law Center will provide an overview of tenants' rights in Oakland and answer specific  questions you may have about your living situation.  There will also be a presentation on e-government resources available for learning more about your rights as a tenant.


For more info: 482-7844, 

DIGGING IN THE DIRT (for a good cause)

Bridgeview trail planting this weekend dirty hands from garden

Sunday, November 11, 10am-12 noon (only two hours!), Bridgeview Trailhead, end of Bridgeview Drive (off Leimert).

This grassroots effort has made this trail into Dimond Canyon more accessible and fire safe over many years of work. "After tearing up ivy for the summer, we are going to plant some oak grove plants in our little restoration area. Wear long pants and long sleeves -- there is poison oak in the area, although not in our restoration site."

RSVP if you are going to be a lot of people.  

Dogs welcome.

Contact: Kathleen, 






Peralta Junction Events

Weekends from now til Dec. 15, Mandela Parkway & West Grand Ave. 

Thursdays thru Sundays til December 15, the vacant lot at the corner of Mandela Parkway and West Grand will be transformed into a creative community space filled with art and commerce. There will be art installations, creative workshops, local performing arts programming, micro-retail shops featuring local artisans, Oakland-based food trucks, a pumpkin patch, and a tented creative commons. 


With the exception of a few ticketed events Saturday evenings, entry is free:

Thursdays: Free Movie Night 7-10pm

Fridays: Pop-Up Programming 7-10pm

Saturdays: 12noon -10pm

Sundays: 12noom - 6pm

Programs change each weekend. For details visit, 550-0009.


This week:

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Grand Opening of the MouseTrap 

Saturday, November 10, 12noon

The Life Size Game of Mousetrap is a visually stunning work of science inspired art and performance: A triumph of engineering artistry. The world's largest Mousetrap board game uses the tools of wonder and excitement to plant the seeds of curiosity with a 25 ton Rube Goldberg machine! Come join us for the Grand Opening of the Mousetrap! Shows will be scheduled throughout the day.



PJ band 111012Japonize Elephants with The Bodice Rippers, Saturday, November 10, 7-10pm.

With haunting melodies, surf guitar, spy soundtracks, Appalachian fiddling, lush string arrangements, knee-slapping banjo, country ballads, eastern modes, 4-part vocal harmonies, Mariachi flair and a heavy jazz influence, the newJaponize Elephants album is an inimitable take on the modern American experience. 


The Bodice Rippers are based in Shadetree, in Oakland's little-known 5th Ave Marina Arts district, and is comprised of members of Rube Waddell, The Apocalypse Puppet Theater, Knees and Elbows, and the various guises of The Reverend Screaming Fingers.



  biketopia 2012

Biketopia, Friday, November 16, 5:30-9:30pm, Pavilion Building, Jack London Square. 

The East Bay Bicycle Coalition is turning 40 this year and they want you to come celebrate with them. The Pavilion at Jack London Square will be transformed into a Biketopian city of the future. Socialize with friends old and new, enjoy a tasty New Belgium brew or glass of wine, delicious food from Miss Pearl's, browse an impressive silent auction, enjoy good music, complimentary bike valet and more. All ages welcome.


Costs vary; click here for info and to purchase tickets: 


For more info about Biketopia: 




1st annual Christmas Bazaar, a German Christkindle Market (with the support of the Excelsior German Center), Saturday, November 17, 10am-5pm, Altenheim Hall, 1720 MacArthur Blvd. and/or 1699 Excelsior Ave.

Street Parking on & around MacArthur Blvd. & Excelsior Ave, with limited overflow parking at Redwood Day School, 3245 Sheffield Ave - one block across from MacArthur. 

  • German Christmas Items German Am logo
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Pictures with Santa!    
  • Stollen, Cookies and Bread
  • Glühwein and Soft drinks
  • German Food  

Take a break for lunch or snacks and enjoy great refreshments downstairs in the Prior Hall. 


For more info:, 836-0735 or 653-6564


friends of O Pub LIb logoBookMark Book store celebrates 20 years in Old Oakland
, November 5-11, The Bookmark, 721 Washington St. 

The Friends of the Oakland Public Library (FOPL) invites you to join them in celebrating the 20th anniversary of its flagship store, The Bookmark.  Established in 1992 to help support the Oakland Public Library, the store relocated to its current site in the historic Dunns Block Building, in May 1995.  Since its beginnings, the mostly volunteer-run store and the Friends have raised over $1.5 million in grants to help support the Oakland Public Library's many services and collections.   


To mark the occasion, FOPL is offering the following promotions:

  • 20% discount on all book purchases from November 5-11.  
  • Special membership offer:  Join FOPL for $20 ($5 discount) and receive 20% off store purchases for one year, plus notices about special sales events and an invitation to the 20th Anniversary Gala.  Seniors (65+) and full-time students are always eligible to join for just $15/year. 
  • Anniversary Raffle:  Purchase tickets ($5 each or 5 for $20) from The Bookmark during normal business hours during this week and have a chance to win prizes from local community businesses.  
  • Kids' Day, Saturday, November 10. Every child who visits the store is eligible to select one free book.  Children are also admitted free to nearby MOCHA (the Museum of Children's Art), 538 Ninth Street, by showing their library cards. 

For more info: , 444-0473, or 



PUEBLO's 23rd Annual Fundraiser, Nov 10, 6-9pm, Jack London Aquatic Center, 115 Embarcadero Ave, between Oak St and 5th Ave. Off-street parking and wheelchair accessibility. Tickets: $35 on a sliding fee scale; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more info and to purchase tickets:  





Festival of Black Dolls, Saturday, November 10, 10 am to 5 pm, a show and sale at the African American Museum and Library, 659 14th Street. 
This show includes historic and contemporary dolls. 








Phoenix Risen: The Art of Cartoonist David G. Brown
is also at the AAMLO. His cartoons aimed at urban kids are based on his experiences in Los Angeles. If you have not been to this beautiful library this is a good day to check out the collection and examine these temporary exhibits with some young friends.  




Saturday Stories: Bringing literature to life in the hands of young artists,   

SaturdaMOCHA story houry, November 10, 12-4pm, MOCHA, 538 Ninth Street, Suite 210. Free Library Day and Bookmark Making! Show your library card and get in FREE all day long from 12-4pm! There will be bookmark making activities in partnership with Bookmark Bookstore on Washington!

Cost: FREE with Oakland library card; $8 regular admission

For more info: Amalia Nelson, Museum Registrar, 465-8770 x301,   Click here to see their calendar. 






   ice skating girl

Holiday Ice, Sunday, November 18 to Saturday, January 5, various times, Oakland Ice Center, 519 18th Street. Enjoy the holiday season by gliding across the ice on a pair of skates during one of the many public skating sessions. Warm clothing and gloves recommended. All Holiday Ice sessions are skate one session, and get the second session 50% off. Discount applies for same day only. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Skate rentals available. 

For more info: 




medicare logo Making Sense of Medicare: Understanding the A's, B's, C's and D's, Saturday, November 10, 2012, 11am, Dimond Branch Library 3565 Fruitvale Ave. Join us for an educational program timed to help you meet the deadline for 2013 enrollment decisions.  Be sure you understand what's new for 2013.  Presented by Health, Long Term Care, Disability and Life Insurance Specialist, Denise Lombard.  For more info: 482-7844






waiting room movie  

The Waiting Room, a documentary about Highland Hospital, at the Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave. and Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Ave. (in Berkeley). 

This eye-opening film depicts the challenges faced every day at the Alameda County Medical Center's Highland Hospital Emergency Room Trauma Center. Described as "human drama at its most intense and universal," the film depicts a reality of human suffering that truly impacts all of us -- whatever our circumstances. The patients showcased in this film are our neighbors.  For more info about the movie:   

Click here for show times at the local theaters.  






Firefighters' Weekend at Fenton's CreameryO Fire random acts

Saturday & Sunday, November 10 & 11, 12-4pm. 

November is Oakland Firefighters' Random Acts Month at Fenton's Creamery.
All month long, purchase the "Firefighter Sundae" and 25% of the sale goes to help Oakland Firefighters create Random Acts of Kindness in the Oakland Community.



Oakland Firefighters will be waiting and busing tables, pouring water and coffee, scooping ice cream, and serving YOU. If it's your birthday, the Firefighters will sing  "Happy Birthday" to you. 


Don't miss the wild and messy Sundae Building Contest at 3pm pm on both days.  


Kids get to climb aboard a real fire engine and pose for photos with the Firefighters. 


Drop off new toys or stuffed animals in the toy barrel and Firefighters will deliver them to kids in need in the Oakland Community.


Watch this Fenton's YouTube video of Oakland Firefighters competing in a wild Sundae Building Contest. PDF Event Poster 



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Interpretive Beer Tasting - A Tastebud Tour of the World's Best Brews. Supporting Oakland Feather River Camp. Saturday, November 10, 7-10pm, Lake Merritt Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave. Tickets: $25 (includes beer samples and bar snacks)  Oakland-brewed beers and others will be available. Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks will also be available for purchase. For tickets, call 336-2267 or mail a check, payable to CIC to Camps in Common, PO Box 11061, Oakland, CA 94611. All proceeds go to support Feather River Camp. For more info about the camp: 








Doorway to Islamic Civilization - Hands-on Workshops on Islamic Art & Culture, Friday thru Sunday, November 9-11, ICCNC 1433 Madison Street.

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This is a weekend collection of hands-on workshops on Islamic art and culture set against the current social backdrop of Islamophobia.  These workshops are meant to give those interested the chance to get to know Islam and Muslims by providing a safe space to explore and experience the Islamic sense of beauty embodied in art, crafts, music, architecture, and more.  In addition to the workshops, there will be a film showing of "Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World," followed by a panel discussion between the filmmaker, Michael Wolfe, and Islamic art and architecture experts.  The Mevlevi Order of America will also be present to offer a Dhikr (a devotional act) by Mevlevi musicians and dervish turners. For registration and complete info on the workshops click here.


For more info about the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California: 



recreate art contest logo Oakland Re-Create Art Contest & Exhibit 
Submission deadline is Sunday, November 11. 
Oakland students can win cash prizes by entering Oakland's annual recycled art competition sponsored by the Public Works Agency and produced by the Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA). Students will use discarded materials in a creative application of the 4Rs -- reduce, reuse, recycle and rot. 

Public Opening Reception, Friday, November 16, 6-8pm, 1423 Broadway.  recycle art 02

The reception will feature the announcement and presentation of awards to this year's contest participants and winners, in recognition of America Recycles Day. 15 prizes valued at $500 will be awarded. The Exhibition will remain open to the public in this temporary gallery, Wednesday through Friday, from noon to 3pm, from November 16 through December 21, 2012. 


Learn more by visiting the Oakland Re-Create Art Contest & Exhibit web page.




Laurel Art Works:  Local Artists Supporting Local Oakland Projects, Saturday, November 10, 2-5 pm, 4148 MacArthur Blvd. 

This month's event benefits CatTown, 25% of all proceeds






Rhythm of the Refugee: A Cambodian Journey of Healing 

Oakland City Hall Rotunda, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza on display through the end of 2012.

This exhibit on Cambodians in Oakland features Cambodian refugees and their children in their search for healing from the trauma of the Cambodian genocide through the recovery of music traditions that were nearly annihilated. 

The exhibit introduces visitors to Cambodian culture and the political upheaval that occurred there in the 1970s. The exhibit features traditional Cambodian artists living and practicing their arts in Oakland today. The exhibit also features young Cambodian-Americans, who are integrating their heritage into modern forms of expression, such as hip hop music and dancing.


2.  CITY NEWS:  Library Relocation, New Parklet, Holiday Toy Drive, New Survey




New Engage Oakland Website Hopes to Involve More Citizens    

The City is experimenting with a new website that allows more ways for citizens to give input.  Recently we asked for feedback on our website. Now we are asking for ideas about where and when we should allow mobile food vendors.  There is also a spot to post your photo of your favorite place in Oakland.  









Mayor's Community Toy Drive Needs Volunteers & Donations  


In addition to the traditional Downtown toy give-aways this year the Mayor will continue to have registrations and toy parties in both East and West Oakland. Last year when we took the parties and registrations to the neighborhoods in the 100 block areas and we saw a significant increase in the number of families served. To ensure that the parties are a success we are in need of donations for toys, about $35,000 in cash helps us buy toys at discount to supplement the toy donations. Donations can be monetary or you can bring an unwrapped toy to City Hall that is suitable for a child between the ages of 0-12.


How you can help: 

  • With cuts in city staff, we are looking for someone who might be willing to help with overall  coordination (data entry, volunteer coordination, etc) 
  • Help registering families,
  • Help bagging toys
  • Distributing toys
  • Hosting a barrel to collect toys 
  • Hosting a "party" at your office, church, etc. to collect toys  
If you are interested in volunteering or making a donation please contact Al Lujan at . If you are interested in helping to register families Downtown or in East or West Oakland please contact Reygan E. Harmon at  




Catherine Bullimore (with baby), owner of Sub Rosa, and MacKay Gibbs and Sam Cunningham, owners of Manifesto Bicycles, are the sponsors of this parklet. 


Second Parklet Opens on 40th Street

To see more photos, go to my Facebook Page. This parklet sponsored by the owners of Sub Rosa Coffee Shop and Manifesto Bikes was another grass roots effort to raise the approximate $10K cost. I remember campaigning on this block when there was only one business open, today it is an emerging destination with a variety of businesses: Manifesto Bicycles, Sub Rosa, 1-2-3-4 Gol Records, Marquee Salon, a plumbing supply shop and my favorite Homeroom Mac & Cheese.


The parklet in front of Farley's on West Grand was the first, there is one more permit approved and 4 more pending. There is still time to apply. Click here for more information.




Piedmont Avenue Branch Library to move this weekend (will reopen November 27)


On Saturday, November 10, the Piedmont Avenue Branch Library, located at 160 41st Street, piedmont ave branch library will close for relocation to 80 Echo Avenue, on the grounds of the Piedmont Avenue Elementary School. The new site, located just a few blocks from the old location, will open on Tuesday, November 27. 


A Grand Opening Celebration will be held Saturday, December 1, from 11am to 1pm. The branch is moving to achieve lower total facility costs and the stability of a long-term lease. The future of the Piedmont Avenue Branch Library was uncertain beginning in 2009 when a new owner purchased the building and the rent that the City paid for the branch went from $1 to $4,250 per month. The Library worked with the community for several years to explore and evaluate options for the branch. For more info: Mary Schrader,  238-3670, 


Oakland Firefighter Trainee Program O Fire Dept ax logo


Are you looking for a career in the fire service?  


Come join a wonderful team of professionals dedicated to serving the citizens of Oakland.



November 15, 2012 - November 16, 2012   


- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) License Required

Successful candidates who possess a Paramedic License may be considered for future Firefighter Paramedic vacancies


Oakland residents rely on Firefighters for the protection of life and property.  Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Age 18 (as of the last day applications are accepted) 
  • Education equivalent to completion of the 12th grade 
  • A current Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) license/certification  
  • A current Alameda County EMS Agency approved certification for Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)  
  • Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) Certificate   
  • Valid Class "C" or higher driver's license with acceptable driving record 
  • Ability to read, write and speak English OFD training 02
  • US citizen or legally authorized to work in the United States 
  • Ability to pass a thorough background investigation  

The Selection Process includes the following:  

  • Online Application  
  • CPAT Certification   
  • Written Examination 
  • Oral Board Interview 
  • Background Check 
  • Psychological Suitability Assessment 
  • Chief's Interview 
  • Language Test if claiming language proficiency   



The Army Base Project: What it Means for Oakland - a presentation by the League of Women Voters

Tuesday, November 13, 6-7:30pm, City Hall, Officer John Hege Hearing Rm 3.

A panel of city officials, workforce and neighborhood activists will discuss the impact of the project on Oakland's workers and economy and on the surrounding communities.  Come and hear Ken Auletta, Oakland Redevelopment Area Manager, representatives from Revive Oakland, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, and the Alameda Labor Council. Join us to hear from major stakeholders and get answers to your questions.


Light refreshments will be provided. Bring your friends and neighbors.  

For more info: 508-9062, 

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Oakland Parks & Rec needs your input!

Provide suggestions on programs, facility capital improvements and public safety.

Community Focus Group Schedule - by City Council District


For more info:  

Monday, November 19, 6:30-8pm

District 1: Studio One Art Center, 365 45th Streets

Karis Griffin  597-5027

Focus Area: Bushrod, Golden Gate, Studio One, Temescal Pool & Local Parks


Wednesday, November 28, 6:30-8pm

District 2: Franklin Recreation Center, 1010 East 15th Street 

Rebecca Chhom 238-7741 

Focus Area: FM Smith, Franklin, Lincoln Sqaure, San Antonio & Local Parks


Thursday, November 29, 6:30-8pm

District 5: Manzanita Recreation Center, 2701 22nd Avenue

Marcy Sanchez  535-5625 

Focus Area: Carmen Flores, Manzanita, Fremont Pool & Local Parks


Monday, December 3, 6:30-8pm

District 4: Allendale Recreation Center, 3711 Suter Street 

George Henderson  535-5635

Focus Area:  Allendale, Brookdale, Dimond, Discovery Centers, 
Montclair, Redwood Heights, Lions Pool & Local Parks


Wednesday, December 5, 6:30-8pm

District 3: Willie Keys Recreation Center, 3131 Union Street 

V Bolden  597-5042 

Focus Area: deFremery Rec Center & Pool, Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, Mosswood, Willie Keyes & Local Parks


Thursday, December 6, 6:30-8pm

District 6: Rainbow Recreation Center, 5800 International Blvd.

Horace Houston  615-5751

Focus Area: Arroyo Viejo, Digital Arts & Culinary Academy, 
Inclusive Programs, Rainbow & Local Parks


Monday, December 10, 6:30-8pm

At Large: Lake Merritt Sailboat House, 568 Bellevue Avenue

Melvin Landry/Fred Morris 238?3496 

Focus Area: Citywide Programs:  Boating, Community Gardening, 
Golf, Rotary Nature Center, Tennis, Youth & Adults Sports, Lakeside Park


Thursday, December 13, 6:30-8pm

District 7: Ira Jinkins Recreation Center 9175 Edes Avenue 

Donte Watson  615-5959 

Focus Area: East Oakland Sports Center, Ira Jinkins, 
Sheffield Village, Tassafaronga & Local Parks


Community Meetings on BRT Design to be held in November

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From Wednesday, November 7 through Saturday, November 17, AC Transit will host 4 community meetings on the design of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) facilities. Community input is wanted 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. The resulting project design features will be released in early 2013. At the workshops, residents can view and comment on the project design features, proposed architectural designs and learn about crosswalk treatments and other amenities. The meetings to be held in Oakland are:

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

Please attend any workshop that is convenient. Refreshments will be served. 

For more info: , 891-7175, 


Pavement Improvement on Embarcadero West for the Jack London Square Area
-- Temporary Road Closures, November 5 thru November 16, 7am to 7pm.

The horrible condition of some streets along the railroad tracks at Jack London has been a pet peeve of mine.  After many months of discussion, a collaborative effort by Oakland's Public Works Agency and Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) will result in the upgrade of railroad tracks on Embarcadero West from Broadway to Clay Street and resurfacing of the roadway from Webster Street to Clay Street.


To complete the work, the City will need to temporarily close different segments of Embarcadero West over a two- week period. Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, November 5 and should be complete by Friday, November 16. Work hours will be 7am to 7pm, Monday through Friday. Weather may delay the project but the City and UPRR are committed to complete the primary work before Thanksgiving week. While the reconstruction work is underway, advance DETOUR signs will be posted, with recommended alternate routes of travel. Local access will be provided. 


The roadway and track upgrade is much needed work that will greatly benefit the Jack London Square area. The City and UPRR both want to make Oakland a more beautiful and safer place to walk, drive, ride the train, live and work. Notices of the temporary road closures have been sent to residents and merchants in the area. This project is part of an ongoing process between the City and UPRR to improve the safety and operation of tracks and at-grade crossing throughout the City. The work includes resetting the tracks and replacing asphalt with concrete panels for a permanently smooth surface. Similar upgrades were completed in 2010 for the tracks between Webster Street and Broadway. Questions? Call 238-7774 from 9am to 5pm; refer to the "Temporary Lane Closure on Embarcadero West". 




Oakland Public Ethics Commission seeks candidates for Commissioner position 

Application deadline is Friday, November 16, 2012

The Public Ethics Commission and Mayor are accepting applications from qualified individuals for the position of Commissioner.  The Public Ethics Commission consists of 7 members -- 3 nominated for by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council, and 4 selected by the Commission as a whole.  Commissioners receive no compensation and may serve no more than one consecutive three-year term. The term begins January 22, 2013, and expires on January 21, 2016.  Duties include:

  • Attend monthly PEC meetings and one or more committee meetings;
  • Oversee compliance with the Oakland Campaign Reform Act, Oakland Sunshine Ordinance, Limited Public Financing Act, Code of Conduct for City Officials, Conflict of Interest regulations, Lobbyist Registration Act, and Oakland False Endorsement In Campaign Literature Act;
  • Review ethics laws and recommend amendments to the City Council; 
  • Develop informational, training, and public outreach programs concerning the Commission's activities; and 
  • Annually adjust City Council salaries

Persons interested in serving on the Commission are strongly encouraged to visit the Commission's website at (click link under "Boards and Commissions") and to attend at least one meeting each of the Commission and City Council.)   Application & requirements: 




City Council Meetings this Fall

WIth holidays and other events disrupting the regular flow of Council meetings, be aware of the following schedule:

  • November 13 -- Council meeting 
  • November 20 -- cancelled due to Thanksgiving 
  • December 4 -- Council meeting
  • December 18 -- Council meeting    



3.  All About the Elections



State Senate - Loni Hancock election 2012 button

City Attorney - Barbara Parker

City Council District 1 - Dan Kalb

City Council District 3 - Lynette McElhaney

City Council District 5 - Noel Gallo

City Council District 7 - Larry E. Reid

City Council At-Large - Rebecca Kaplan

School Board District 1 - Jody London

School Board District 3 - Jumoke Hinton-Hodge

School Board District 5 - Rosie Torres

School Board District 7 - James Harris


YES Proposition 30 - Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding

Provides short term relief for the state budget, stops dramatic cuts to schools. 


YES Proposition 35 - Human Trafficking Penalties

Passed overwhelmingly and should strengthen fines against exploiters and provide some revenue for our programs serving sexually exploited minors and others. 


Measure A1 - Oakland Zoo Humane Animal Care/Education Protection  

Appears to be losing by 4%, needed two-thirds.


Measure B1 - Transportation Commission Sales Tax 

This County measure appears to be failing by 1%, it required a two thirds vote.  This is going to mean hard hits to so many transportation programs including street repairs, bike lanes, the Broadway shuttle, senior para transit, freeway exits at the Army Base and Coliseum, etc.  


Measure J - Improve Quality of Oakland Schools & School Facilities

This renewal of school bonds that I had helped pass many years ago, passed by a record 84% 


Go here for all election results:


4.  The TECH Side of Oakland

CityCamp to Re-Imagine how Technology will Shape the Future of Oakland

Saturday, December 1, 9am-6pm, Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. Hosted by the Oakland Code for America Brigade and sponsored by Accela.


On December 1, CityCamp will bring together City employee, business, neighborhood, non-profit and academic communities to re-imagine the ways in which open source collaboration and technology will shape the future of our city. 


CityCamp is designed for active audiences and will include discussions, workshops and speakers, largely created and led by attendees. The format of the event is designed for collaborative learning and as a launch pad for ongoing innovation and participation between otherwise disconnected groups in the city. Of particular interest is the use of social/participatory media, mobile devices, linked open data and the idea of the "Web as a platform." 


CityCamp recognizes that local government, business and community organizations have the most direct influence and impact on our daily lives. This event looks to connect local communities who are dedicated to design, process and technology applications that make cities more open and "user friendly." 


Participants do not need to be technically savvy as the event is meant to generate ideas from a variety of participants to help create solutions. 


The free event will include breakfast and lunch. OpenOakland was formed to foster these collaborative efforts and to support open, agile government in Oakland. 


To register for CityCamp: 

For more info: Nicole Neditch, Online Engagement Manager, 238-2105,


5. Community Policing 




Oakland Police Department Honors Volunteers

On Monday, Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan, Assistant Chief Anthony Toribio, OPD Command Staff and personnel held an appreciation dinner honoring the Department's volunteers - a 20 year tradition.


"During these economically challenging times, when staffing has been reduced, now more than ever volunteers are needed," Chief Jordan said. "Volunteers are the ambassadors in our community by

Chief Jordan with honored volunteer, Mr. Charles Johnson
helping to build trust and communication. They are part of our family and we appreciate their time and dedication to the organization."


One of the volunteers honored was Mr. Charles Johnson, 88 years old. Mr. Johnson has volunteered with OPD for over 20 years. "This is my way of giving back to the community that I love so much," he said. 


Animal Services Director Megan Webb said she has about 150 volunteers who last year alone volunteered over 20,000 hours at the animal shelter.


Lea Rubio, lead organizer for the Department's Citizen Police Academy (CPA), said, "Volunteers don't just do the work, they make it work." The 14-week course introduces Oakland residents to the police department and gives them a, "snapshot" of their Police Department. They learn how OPD serves the community and how they can help in the future as a volunteer. Once students graduate from the CPA they can volunteer with the City and within the police department. After graduation many of the alumni (CPAAA-Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association) become volunteers and offer a valuable service to the organization.


CPAAA volunteers work on various events such as National Night Out, Officer Appreciation Day, The BART Safety Escort Patrol (every December), Gun Buy Back events, Oakland's Holiday Parade, OPD's Police Athletic League (PAL) holiday dinner, Crime Stoppers, various safety patrols or "Feet on the Street" projects, assisting police personnel with large scale clerical projects and organizational projects and helping to develop newsletters -- just to name a few.


Others acknowledged Monday night were:

  • Walter Chinn - Founder of the Asian Youth Advisory Committee
  • Rich Fong - Advisor to the Asian Youth Advisory Committee Allene Warren - Oakland Bike Patrol 
  • Dawna Dowdell - recently organized and fed volunteers, staff and officers who participated in the 48 hour Urban Shield event. 
  • Board Members of Crime Stoppers

Honorable Mention:

  • Judy Miller - donated over 1,000 teddy bears to the OPD. Officers carry teddy bears in their cars for children that have experienced a trauma.

The Oakland Police Department would like to thank all of the volunteers for their time and dedication.


If you would like to learn more about how you can become a volunteer, please contact Ana Martinez at or .



Oakland Police Department Excels in SWAT Competition

On October 29, the Oakland Police Department (OPD) placed 3rd among SWAT teams in the recently completed Urban Shield 2012 Training Exercise competition that tests the capabilities of first responders. The event is hosted by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office and has obtained international recognition with representatives from the US Marine Corps (USMC) and teams from as far away as Brazil and Chicago competing. 


OPD's SWAT Team is called upon when specialized tactics and/or equipment are required to handle critical incidents within the city or region. The 48-hour event had SWAT teams competing in sustained exercises involving 32 realistic training scenarios based on real-world threats spread across the Bay Area. The training scenarios included hostage rescue, maritime/train interdiction, weapons of mass destruction and infrastructure sabotage along with SWAT fitness assessment.



Complaint takers to be civilianized: 
Citizens Police Review Board recruiting new members

Starting next year, almost all citizen complaints against the Oakland Police Department will be taken by civilians.  Under the current procedure established during the negotiated settlement agreement with the federal courts, police officers took all complaints.  Over the last year we have negotiated this change to free up more officers to work on the street, and to resolve community complaints that residents were reluctant to complain about police officers to member of the department.    


The Citizen Police Review Board is recruiting new members.  If you are interested in reviewing complaints regarding police officers and can do this in a fair-minded manner, please contact Richard Cowan at 238-3990.  The CPRB meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month in City Council Chambers.




Oakland Neighborhood Watch Groups to Build COOP

Founding meeting, Monday, November 19, 6-8:30pm, Redwood Heights Recreation Center, 3883 Aliso Ave.


From crime-prevention activist and founder Jesper Jurcenoks: 

...citizens are creating a new, unprecedented level of volunteer organizations and coordination among Neighborhood Watch groups to actively reduce crime without turning to vigilantism. An excellent relationship with OPD ensures accurate and timely reporting to the police who are then able to respond appropriately. 

By creating a COOP of Neighborhood Watch groups, Neighborhood Guard ensures the investment in safety stays in the community and directly benefits the stakeholders. The buying power and access to cutting-edge video surveillance software will benefit all members while the member driven mentor program will help new members get up to speed on security and video surveillance installations before they help others.


You cannot take the short view that each neighborhood is an island; helping other neighborhoods besides your own is the only way to reduce crime in an area like Oakland. You have to tell yourself: 'every criminal I can help catch in another neighborhood is one fewer criminal to visit my neighborhood.' This motivation is what drives us to help other blocks and neighborhoods.


Neighborhood Guard (NG) is a volunteer-driven crime prevention group based in Oakland that specializes in Neighborhood Watch group driven and installed Video surveillance of public streets. Neighborhood Guard was started in response to a violent home-invasion in the Oakland Hills in the Spring of 2011.For more info: 




6.  Buy Oakland, Grow Our Local Economy

Fly Oakland and Get Up to 3 Days Parking FREE
Flying Oakland is another way to help our local economy.  Whenever you can, check Oakland.  This may mean you have to check specific Oakland airlines like Southwest, Allegiant, Jet Blue,etc.  These low cost and regional airlines are sometimes excluded from searches on the popular travel sites.

Flights are going to be more expensive and crowded this holiday season, so check Oakland first.  It's always easier to get into and out of Oakland and in general Oakland's fees are lower than SFO so the tickets might be, too. 

Now you can get up to 3 FREE days of parking in the Daily Lot when departing on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between Nov 22 and Dec 20. It's our way of saying "thanks" for flying Oakland. Visit
for details and to download your coupon!


7. Safe and Healthy Oakland 



Youth UpRising and Waste Management to Transform America Recycles Day


Now thru Thursday, November 15, drop off your recyclable e-scrap material and help Youth Uprising.

In honor of the Nov. 15 America Recycles Day, Waste Management of Alameda County (WMAC) will donate $50 for every ton of recyclable e-scrap material delivered to the Davis Street Transfer Station from now through November waste mgmt logo 15. The donation of up to $1,000 will go toward a Youth UpRising competition campaign to encourage recycling and to help promote a sense of community by addressing illegal dumping, graffiti and curbside littering. All drop-off fees on e-scrap material will be waived during this period.


To participate, deliver your recyclable e-scrap material to: Youth Uprising logo


Davis Street Transfer Station2615 Davis Street, San Leandro, CA 94577

Monday: 7am-5pm, Saturday: 8am-4pm


Recyclable e-scrap material includes televisions, computers, keyboards, printers, VCRs, microwaves, toasters, and other electronics with a plug. Appliances such as refrigerators and washers and dryers are not considered e-scrap materials.



leaves on storm drain DEALING WITH RAINY WEATHER

Now that it's starting to rain, please remember that the roads will be extra slippery: drive carefully.  
Fallen leaves have accumulated along roadsides, in gutters, near storm drains. With the first rains, the drains can get clogged and create flooding. Now is the time to make the first of several efforts to clean up leaf debris around your home and in your neighborhood. Please don't hose them down the street -- rake them and put them in the green can if you aren't using them for composting.  
If you live on a street likely to flood in bad storms, you can "Maintain a Drain" as part of our Adopt A Spot Program.  The City will give you tools and supplies.


EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS:  Do You Have 72 Hours of Food & Water? 


CORE Classes this Fall

The on-going tragedy of Hurricane Sandy is a reminder to all of us.  Do you have at least 72 hours of food or water?  Do you know of vulnerable neighbors who might need help during a winter storm if electricity is out?  You can develop a personal plan and organize your neighbors through the FREE classes below. 

CORE Training on Animal Preparedness 

Thursday, November 15, 6:30-7:30pm, OES Media Room, 1605 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.


For most of us, animals are an important part of our lives.  Your disaster planning process should include how you will help your pets or service animals through a difficult time.  This class will teach you how to care for your animals during a disaster.  You will learn about animal issues in an emergency including how to handle, contain and manage animals in your neighborhood.  Finally we will discuss how to prepare a

disaster kit and disaster plan for your own animals.


The instructor is Linda Lasky, a Registered Veterinary Technician and a member of the Oakland Medical Reserve Corps.


You must register prior to attending. Go here or email 


You need have taken no other CORE training to attend this class.


The last series of CORE classes for 2012 will begin at the end of October on the campus of Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd. CORE classes are offered free of charge to anyone who resides in the City of Oakland.


Learn how to make yourself, your family and your neighborhood better prepared to deal with emergencies on their beautiful campus with secure, off-street parking.

  • CORE IIIA -- Tuesday, November 13, 6-9pm
  • CORE IIIB -- Tuesday, November 20, 6-9pm
  • CORE IIIC -- Tuesday, November 27, 6-9pm
  • CORE III Hands-On -- Saturday December 1, 9:30am-3:30pm

There is still limited room left in these classes.  You can register for CORE I and II classes only, if you prefer. Of course, we hope you can commit to attending the full 20-hour block of instruction.


For more info: or email or call 238-6351

To register for classes: 



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Loud vehicle exhaust disturbing the peace and quiet in your neighborhood? 

Call 1.800.EXHAUST with the license plate number, description of the vehicle, and the location you saw and/or heard it.   



8. Helping Others 


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Help the homeless stay a little warmer this fall


DHS is collecting men's tube socks. Now thru November 30, the Department of Human Services (DHS) is partnering with EveryOne Home to collect new packages of adult men's tube socks. A donation bin is located in the lobby of 150 Frank Ogawa Plaza. Both men and women prefer the men's version. These socks will be distributed to homeless service users in Oakland when EveryOne Home conducts its next homeless count in late January 2013. 


The collection's goal this year is 2000 packages of socks. EveryOne Home is the nonprofit organization that coordinates Alameda County's plan to end homelessness. The City of Oakland is a key partner and co-chairs EveryOne Home's board of directors. 


For more info: EveryOne Home, or 670-9796


To find out more about EveryOne Home:


Volunteers Sought for Alameda County's Biennial Homeless Count


On January 30, 2013, EveryOne Home will conduct its biennial Homeless Count across all of Alameda County. This endeavor requires 250 volunteers at over 30 locations countywide. The count is a vital way to measure progress towards ending homelessness and essential to maintain funding for homeless services. The commitment of volunteering requires that individuals attend one volunteer training session during January prior to participating in the homeless count on January 30. 


Volunteer recruitment will continue through January. Training sessions will be offered at several dates, times and locations. Volunteers will serve as interviewers of homeless service users by asking a series of survey questions. Participation is anonymous and voluntary for homeless service users. EveryOne Home will do their best to match your time and location preferences with site operating hours. 

For more info: 670-9796 or 




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Alameda County Food Bank Needs Your Help


Alameda County Food Bank says:

You may have seen the stories on ABC 7, or CBS 5, or NBC Bay Area, and now you're hearing it here: we need food! Hundreds of food drive barrels are sitting empty in our warehouse as the holiday season approaches -- where they can't do any good.


Don't wait for the holidays -- start your food drive now! 


We needed 500 barrels full and returned by October 31 in order to meet increased holiday demand in November alone. But f course we're still taking donations.


Sign up for a food drive here. 


Watch their progress on their Facebook page.  


Or set up a Virtual Food Drive and create teams at your company or school to help raise funds to purchase our most-needed items. It's quick, efficient - we'll distribute $4 worth of food for every $1 you donate - and it saves us precious resources.


For more info:   



9. Kids' Programs, School & Library News

Grand opening of QTY Treehouse located on the third floor of 1924 Franklin St. Providing a hangout spot for LGBTQQ Youth and their friends every Friday night between 6pm-midnight.




CSSC tykes program  

Tyke Explorers Workshop at Chabot Space & Science Center. Tuesdays, 10am or 3pm, now thru December. Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd.

For Ages 2.5 - 5 years. Expand your preschooler's universe by enrolling in our Tyke Explorers Program. Kids get to bring a special grown-up to share in the excitement of science and space. Classes are a combination of instructor-led lessons and self-guided, hands-on experimentation and exploration. 



  • NOVEMBER: Wonderful World of Weather
  • DECEMBER: Lights and Magnets and Air, Oh My!

Cost: Guests: $12 / $10 each additional child; Members: $9 / $5 each additional child

Advanced registration is required. Call Charlette Lim Yankowitz at 336-7381 to register.

For more info: 



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Ira Jinkins Basketball Clinic. Every Saturday year-round, 10:30am - noon, Ira Jinkins Recreation Center, 9175 Edes Ave. The basketball clinic is designed for kids 7-12 to experience the basics of basketball techniques while enjoying fitness. The clinic meets in the gym. 

For more info and registration fees: Donte Watson, Center Director, 615-5959.    

Toolkit to Reduce Early Chronic Absence from School.  Alameda County Office of the District Attorney has a great toolkit to help educators assess and improve attendance practices in their schools. Developed by the Oakland Education Cabinet's Attendance Support Committee, the toolkit can be accessed at




10. UPCOMING EVENTS: Mark Your Calendar

November is Oakland Firefighters' Random Acts Month at Fenton's Creamery. 

All month long, purchase the "Firefighter Sundae" and 25% of the sale goes to help Oakland Firefighters create Random Acts of Kindness in the Oakland Community.


Calligraphy Night with Chinese Master Haji Noor Deen, Tuesday, November 13, 6-9pm, ICCNC 1433 Madison St. Exhibition and hands-on workshop with Haji Noor Deen. ICCNC is also hosting an exhibition of his work for the month of November.  

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Islamic Chinese Calligraphy Haji Noor Exhibition, Sunday thru Thursday, November 18-22, 9am to 6pm.  The artist will give a lecture on November 22, 7-9pm.

Click here for more info.



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Jazz at the Chimes, Sunday, November 18, 2pm: Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue. Check out their FaceBook page. 


For more info: 






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Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival, Sunday, November 18, 11am-5pm,  Jack London Square Pavilion, foot of Broadway. Patchwork showcases 100+ curated local independent vendors with handmade goods such as look and shop art, knits, clothing, paper goods, accessories, housewares, artisan food and more. Free DIY crafting and complimentary eco-gift wrap. 

For more info: 



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Join OYA for a Thanksgiving Fundraiser at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, in Emeryville, Bay Street Mall, Saturday, November 24, 12-4pm. 

Watch the youth perform and shop for holiday gifts. OYO receives a portion of your sale. Go online here to get a flyer to use when making your purchase.  

For more info:  




JLS tree lights 2012 Holiday Tree Lighting, Friday, November 30, 5-7pm, Jack London Square, foot of Broadway. This annual tree lighting celebration comes complete with grazing reindeer and live musical performances by Radio Disney recording artist Amber Lily, pop sensation Emme and rising star Jeremy Thurber. Get a sneak preview of a float from the Children's Holiday Parade and meet costumed characters. The Oakland Ballet will host a dress-up station for kids featuring costumes from this year's performance. 

For more info: 




13th Annual Children's Holiday Parade, Set for Saturday, December 1 at 2 pm. 
It is seen by more than one million people world-wide -- offered to public broadcast stations (PBS) across the country and broadcast on the American Forces Family Network to 175 countries and US territories around the globe.  For additional details about supporting and volunteering in the parade, contact Norma Kropelnickic at 650-291-4182.   

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Oakland School for the Arts, Vocal Music "Sounds of the Season" Concert, Saturday, December 8, 7pm, First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison. 

OSA Vocal Music announces their holiday choral concert: Sounds of the Season. Tickets will be available soon at  




Let us break bread together: A holiday celebration, presented by Oakland East Bay OEBS logo Symphony (OEBS), December 9, 4pm, Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway. 

OEBS and Music Director Michael Morgan will celebrate the holiday season with their popular annual holiday celebration Let Us Break Bread Together. OEBS will be joined by Oakland Symphony Chorus, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir, Mt. Eden High School Choir, and Klezmer sensation Kugelplex. Now in its 20th year, the afternoon of inspiring gospel, classical selections, holiday favorites and sing-alongs has become a Bay Area holiday tradition for families and friends to share, and has sold out the past two years. For more info: 



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Oakland Youth Orchestra opens 2013 with winter concert in January. Sunday, January 27, 3pm, Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd. The concert is free. 

For more info: 







11.  Winter Festivals, Recurring Events

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 535-2525 or email .

Free Downtown Walking Tours. Every Wednesday and Saturday through October, 10am, Various Starting Points. Enjoy 90-minute, guided walking tours through Oakland's downtown districts highlighting our city's history and architecture. Choose from 1 of 8 tour itineraries. Reservations are recommended, but not required. 
For more info: 238-3234 or .



The Art Murmur, Every First Friday year-round, 5-10pm: Various art galleries in Uptown. 



Saturday Stroll, Every Saturday, 1-5pm: Uptown Art Galleries: 



Piedmont Art Walk, Piedmont Avenue, every 3rd Thursday, 6-9pm. 

Enjoy Piedmont Avenue's rich and diverse collection of art of all stripes: culinary, music, design, photography, fashion, recycled design and upcycled style, among others. 

For more info: 



The Way of the Doll at AAMLO through November 10: This exhibition at the African American Museum & Library at 659 14th Street embodies the very essence of dolls, doll-making and collecting and invites the view to take a different look at dolls. 



recreate art contest logo Oakland Re-Create Art Contest & Exhibition, November 16 - December 21, Wednesdays through Fridays, noon to 3pm, 1423 Broadway. The Exhibit will feature this year's contest participants and winners, in recognition of America Recycles Day. Fifteen prizes valued at $500 were awarded on November 15.

Learn more by visiting the Oakland Re-Create Art Contest & Exhibit web page .





Monday Night Tights

Monday nights, from now thru December 3, Mills College Art Museum, 5000 MacArthur Blvd 

For more info: 

Mills College is hosting ballet movies every Monday night between now and the beginning of ballet foto December in conjunction withan art show ("Dance Rehearsal: Karen Kilimnik's World of Ballet and Theatre") at the Mills College Art Museum through December 9.



November 12: Paris Opera Ballet's production of Psyché 2011


November 19: The Company (2003) - Based on actress Neve Campbell's own experiences with The National Ballet of Canada, The Company takes an inside look at the world of ballet. Directed by Robert Altman.



November 26: Black Swan (2010) - A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Trailer: 




December 3: Billy Elliot (2001) - A gritty coming-of-age drama about a young son of a poor English coal miner who dreams of being a ballet dancer. Directed by Stephen Daldry.






Peralta Junction logo Peralta Junction Events

Weekends from now til Dec. 15, Mandela Parkway & West Grand Ave. 

Thursdays thru Sundays til December 15, the vacant lot at the corner of Mandela Parkway and West Grand will be transformed into a creative community space filled with art and commerce. Working with local artists, the Peralta Junction Project will create an arts-based gathering space, autumnal activities and exciting economic opportunities. There will be art installations, creative workshops, local performing arts programming, micro-retail shops featuring local artisans, Oakland-based food trucks, a pumpkin patch, and a tented creative commons. To read some of their local press, click here


With the exception of a few ticketed events Saturday evenings, entry is free:

Thursdays: Free Movie Night 7-10pm

Fridays: Pop-Up Programming 7-10pm

Saturdays: 12noon -10pm

Sundays: 12noom - 6pm

Programs change each weekend. For details regarding participating artists, key collaborators, vendors, food trucks, and the current project event calendar visit . Phone: 550-0009.





Saturday Stories: Bringing literature to life in the hands of young artists, Second MOCHA logo Saturday of each month, 12-4pm, MOCHA, 538 Ninth Street, Suite 210. 

MOCHA (Museum of Children's Art) links literacy with artmaking. First, we read children's books out loud, then we lead an art activity that highlights the themes of our chosen tales. Refer to the MOCHA Calendar for upcoming stories and art activities.


Cost: FREE with Oakland library card; $8 regular admission

For more info: Amalia Nelson, Museum Registrar, 465-8770 x301, 

Click here to see their calendar. 







Congolese dance & drum classes, Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St, 2nd Floor. Parking: Free parking on Alice Street or paid parking in nearby lots. congo dance

Congolese Dance & Drum Workshop, celebrating over 30 years of excellence in teaching Congolese performing arts in the San Francisco Bay area.  Our visionary instructors are some of the top Congolese dancers and drummers in the United States. Our classes are taught for a range of dance abilities and experience, starting relatively easy and working up. First-time students of African dance are welcome. No prior registration is required, and all classes are drop-in. 


For more info: 




12-1pm, Suite 306C, 3rd Floor

Kiazi Malonga, instructor 



1-2:30pm, Main Studio, 2nd Floor

Instructors: Muisi-kongo Malonga and Lungusu Malonga 

Lead drummer: Kiazi Malonga




7:30-9pm, 2nd Floor

Instructor: Kiazi Malonga



Dance and Song


Instructor: Sandor Diabankouezi




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Gentle Yoga, every Thursday, 10am, Dimond Park Rec Center, 3860 Hanly Rd. 

This is a wonderful stretch/gentle yoga class.

Cost: $10 drop-in fee

For more info: 482-7831


Forgotten Stories, Remarkable Lives: Días de los Muertos  DOD forgotten stories  
honors everyday California heroes at the Oakland Museum, October 10 through December 9.   
A wide range of local artists are featured in their 18th annual Days of the Dead observance and exhibition. On view in the Museum's Great Hall October 10 through December 9, 2012, the exhibition features stories about everyday Californians--from political activists to migrant braceros to former slaves--who've made a difference. In addition to individual artists' altars, the exhibition features community altars by OMCA docents and students from Tennyson High School (Hayward) and Melrose Leadership Academy (Oakland).

oacc fighting filipinos We Are America: Resistance & Resilience, An exhibit featuring a 100-year timeline about the civil rights of Filipinos and their efforts. October 17 thru December 30, 

Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St.

The 20th century marked the beginning of US-Philippine relations. Filipinos had declared independence from Spain and established the Republic of the Philippines, only to be re-colonized by the US at the end of the Spanish American War in 1898. The status of Filipinos, first as nationals, then as aliens, and finally as US citizens after World War II is a history not well examined nor cited in social studies textbooks. A 100-year timeline about the civil rights of Filipinos  provides a visual account of Filipino resistance to discrimination and a chronology of the community's struggle for equality. In addition a display of photos, artifacts, and news articles will be on exhibit for October Filipino American History Month.   






Cathedral nativity event  


International Nativity Exhibit at The Cathedral Shop, November 4 thru January 6, 2013, 7 days a week, 10am-4pm. The Cathedral Shop, on the Plaza, 212 Harrison St.  Follow the Star exhibit features selected nativities from the Judy Davis Collection, which contains over 500 pieces of Nativity art. The exhibit is being held in conjunction with a Fair Trade Market of multicultural nativities and gifts.

For more info: