Dear Friends,

It has been a heartbreaking week for Oakland and the Oakland Police Department. We are deeply troubled by any alleged police misconduct, and it has been horrifying and sickening to learn about the sexual exploitation of a minor by individuals in the Police Department.
We will never turn a blind eye to sexual exploitation of minors or sexual misconduct by police officers in the Oakland Police Department.  It is disturbing to learn that some supervising officers within OPD knew of these abuses and yet remained silent.   
As a City Councilmember, I do not have the right to know about personnel investigations until they are closed, and so have been learning about them at the same time as the general public -- as they are leaked to the press. 
At the urging of many Oakland residents and in the interests of strengthening police accountability and fostering public confidence in our community's police department, the Oakland City Council is considering legislation to create a Police Commission to provide additional citizen oversight of the Police Department.  If passed by the City Council, this proposal will be placed on the November ballot for a vote by the public.
The draft legislation can be found here.  Councilmembers Guillen (District 2), Reid (District 7) and I proposed amendments to the legislation to strengthen it, which you can read here. All final documents will be posted online for the July 5th full City Council meeting when this legislation is considered.  Please feel free to reach out and share your thoughts about this legislation and our proposed amendments.  I welcome your input and feedback.

In Service To Oakland,
From 10am - 12pm at the Montclair Farmer's Market on LaSalle between Mountain and Moraga. Every last Sunday of the month. Staffed by Nayeli Maxson.

From 10am - 12pm at The Hive in the Dimond District at 2139 MacArthur Blvd. Every first Saturday of the month. Staffed by Jamila English. 

From 10am - 12pm at The Fairfax Freedom Farm Stand at 5316 Fairfax Avenue. Every second Saturday of the month.  Staffed by Jamila English.
Thank you to the Golden State Warriors for an incredible season! It has been an inspiring ride and a season that we will never forget. See you next year!

Stella is a very sweet Terrier/Chihuahua mix who is about 5 years old. She's a calm and good-natured girl who gets along well with other small dogs, and is hoping to be friends with everyone she meets. She walks well on leash and will enjoy keeping you company on your daily walks or wherever you're going! 

Stella is a loving and affectionate girl who will make you very happy! If you're interested in meeting Stella, come meet her at Oakland Animal Services, 1101 29th Avenue Oakland - we hope you can add this sweet girl to your family!

I am proud to have co-sponsored legislation, with City Attorney Barbara Parker and my colleagues City Councilmembers Abel Guillen and Rebecca Kaplan, to make it illegal for so-called crisis pregnancy centers to misrepresent themselves as medical clinics or objective health care counselors when in reality they are fronts for anti-abortion activists. 

What Are Crisis Pregnancy Centers? 
In recent years, it has become common for anti-choice activists to establish facilities -- often called crisis pregnancy centers or limited services pregnancy centers -- as a ruse to counsel women against abortion, instead of providing balanced counseling or medical services.
Some of these facilities are licensed to provide some medical services to pregnant women, and some openly acknowledge their anti-abortion mission. However, many are not licensed to provide medical treatment, and seek to mislead potential clients into believing that their facilities offer abortion services and unbiased counseling.

The Need For Regulation
This misleading of pregnant women seeking medical advice and/or care has the potential to be extremely harmful, as even slight delays can have serious impacts on a patient's health care options. 
Across our country, many efforts are focused on limiting women's reproductive health choices, however misleading pregnant women who are seeking health care is a particularly fraudulent and deplorable practice, and can cause serious harm.
When a woman is misled into believing that a clinic offers services that it does not in fact offer, she loses time crucial to her decision-making process. Under these same circumstances a client may lose the option to choose a less invasive procedure, or her right to terminate the pregnancy at all.
Crisis pregnancy centers often purchase "pay per click" ads on online search services such as Google for terms such as "abortion," so that women searching for abortion services will see a link and advertisement for the center at the top of the results page. Many crisis pregnancy centers advertise on billboards, bus stops and the Internet. Some use logos or names that are similar to legitimate health care providers, leading to confusion about the nature of their services.
The State of California recently recognized this problem and passed the Reproductive FACT Act. Proponents of the centers' ability to mislead women seeking health care services have filed suit for their right to withhold information from clients. In addition, cities including San Francisco have passed similar laws.

Oakland Setting Example for the State and the Nation  
The City of Oakland respects the right of crisis pregnancy centers to counsel against abortion if they are honest about the services they provide - and don't provide. Under the proposed law, the centers will be prohibited from making false, misleading and/or deceptive statements in order to confuse women who are seeking critical health care services. This law will give the City Attorney the power to sue violators and collect civil penalties and attorney's fees, helping to put an end to these injustices against women.
There's no excuse for lying to women seeking time-sensitive health care. Oakland is setting an example for the rest of the state and the country by taking proactive steps to protect women's health and hold crisis pregnancy centers accountable.

Please join us in supporting this important legislation at 4pm on Tuesday, June 28th when this item comes to Life Enrichment Committee.

As your District 4 Councilmember, I find that great ideas for projects and initiatives come to me from District 4 neighbors... and the best ideas come directly from our young people!

There are two kid-powered District 4 parks projects on the horizon that I would like to share with you all and ask for your participation -- one in Brookdale Park and one in Montclair Park.

Brookdale Park Project
Our next Beautiful Oakland Schools event will take place at Brookdale Recreation Center and Discovery Center. Normally, we choose a school for a one-day volunteer project, but this event will spruce up a well-loved neighborhood recreation center. Brookdale Park includes a Recreation Center, separate Discovery Center and a Tot Lot. 
20 years ago, the Brookdale Discovery Center was founded by Rich Bolecek.  Rich created a hands-on science workshop for kids, a sort of homemade, hand-me-down, mini-Exploratorium in a house that once was a boarded-up symbol of neighborhood blight in the Allendale neighborhood in District 4.

Today, the Brookdale Discovery Center, Recreation and Tot Lot are all due for some love and attention. We are scheduling a Beautiful Oakland Schools event here -- a day-long service project day to significantly improve all of the spaces by painting, cleaning and rebuilding.  

In addition, I'm launching a fundraising campaign to make more significant capital improvements to the Tot Lot.  This beautiful park, recreation center and student "maker" facility are incredible assets to the Brookdale, Allendale, Fairfax and Melrose neighborhoods. Please let me know if you would like to be part of the effort to make significant capital improvements to these amenities. 

Montclair Park Project
Please join us on Saturday, July 9th  at 11am in  Montclair Park to hear about plans to rebuild a mini skateboard park in Montclair Park -- a dream of middle and high schoolers that we are going to make a reality, with your help!

At our July 9th public meeting, we'll share our plans and ideas and we'll kick off a fundraising campaign. All are welcome! Come and get inspired with our young people! We'll be meeting at the Montclair Park stagecoach play area.

Special thank you to community members Mimi Rohr, Marie Brady, Keith "K-Dubs" Williams, as well as to the incredible young people who have come to meet with city staff to get this project started. 

Earlier this month, 300 Oakland Promise Scholars received scholarships to go to college. There wasn't a dry eye in the house as we listened to a few of these Scholars talk about the challenges they have overcome to be here in this moment.

We showered all of them with love and congratulations. We let them know that the entire City of Oakland is supporting them and will be there throughout their experience and ultimate graduation from college! Thank you to Rev. Jesse Jackson for being such a strong and outspoken supporter of our young people.

We are holding these young people with all of our hearts and give them the expectation, skills and resources they need to succeed.Thank you to everyone participating in this movement to make the Promise a Reality.
We recently marked another huge milestone in the Oakland Promise movement! We met with the first 20 Oakland Elementary Schools that applied and were accepted to be the pilot sites for launching the Kindergarten to College initiative in the 2016-17 school year.

The Kindergartners at these 20 schools will have College Savings Accounts established in their names with initial deposits of $100 each. These 20 school sites have committed to rolling out a financial literacy curricu lum and instilling the expectation in each and every student that they are going to college. 
It is an honor to lead this transformational with City and OUSD partners to set high expectations for ALL of our students, right from the start.

Last week, Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt of Stanford University spoke to the public about her groundbreaking report on Oakland Police Department's Stop Data.

"Transparency and data will set you free," said Dr. Eberhardt. "I applaud the willingness of the Oakland Police Department to share its data and the department's interest in identifying new ways to build better ties between law enforcement and local residents."

The way in which the Oakland Police Department engaged Stanford for this independ ent study and the report recommendations offer a model for how police departments and law enforcement agencies across the country can examine their organizations and make changes to help track and mitigate disparities in policing to ensure more equitable outcomes and a better qualitative experience when police encounters do occur.

While the report found no explicit bias, the researchers did find a number of significant disparities in experience by race. For example, African American men were more likely to be handcuffed during a stop (1 out of 4 times) than whites (1 out of 15 times) even when no arrest was ultimately made; and Black men were arrested 1 out of every 6 times versus 1 out of 14 times for their white counterparts.

The full independent report, executive summary and recommendations, as well as to view a video summarizing the findings from Stanford University can be found here.

I was pleased to join Comcast OAKLAND in announcing and celebrating a solar project that will supply almost 80% of the Oakland Facility's power needs. Comcast OAKLAND is ensuring that energy efficiency and sustainability are key components to their success.

Congratulations to Hank Fore, Regional Senior Vice President, and Comcast's Resource Conservation Council Team on their achievements since 2014. Comcast has initiated programs and projects to conserve energy and water, promote r ecycling and implement green technologies in their facilities and fleet.
Below I-580, Sausal Creek is largely buried underground or hidden from view. But that doesn't mean that neighborhoods can't benefit from its presence.
Last December, the Friends of Sausal Creek (FOSC) received a grant of consulting services from Skeo Solutions, a national planning firm focused on social and environmental equity. The goal is to create a Walkable Watershed Plan for neighborhoods along the creek from the I-580 overpass to Fruitvale Bridge Park. Over the past six months, FOSC and Skeo have been working with the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, the City, and the Unity Council, to collect input from community leaders and local students on community needs around pedestrian infrastructure, green space, creek access and restoration.

In September, FOSC plans to host a public open house to get feedback on the draft Walkable Watershed Concept Plan. They anticipate that the plan will identify a wide variety of projects, small and large, short-term and long-term. If you are a neighbor or work in the watershed (or the adjacent watersheds) between I-580

and the estuary, and you are interested in getting involved before the public open house, please contact Kimra at
Learn more about the project here.
We are proud to honor the service of Oakland's World War II Veterans by organizing an Honor Flight to Washington, DC -- a trip for 26 WWII Veterans from Oakland to visit their memorial.
The City of Oakland and the Bay Area Honor Flight Foundation are jointly sponsoring an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, DC for 26 World War II community veterans and their escorts on September 8-10, 2016.

If you know a WWII Veteran in the Oakland area, please contact us! We are searching for veterans now for this Honor Flight. For more information, please take a look at our Public Service Announcement here:

Trip to the Nation's Capitol to Honor Our Veterans PSA 
Congratulations, Corinne Kinczel, who will take over as the new owner of Rocky's Market.
Thank you for carrying on a wonderful legacy. We are grateful to have you in the neighborhood!

Help Oakland vs. Big Soda launch our campaign for a tax on sugary drinks on June 28th at Brown Sugar Kitchen!
Show your support for a healthier city for Oakland children.  We need your support to beat Big Soda between now and November.
RSVP for individual tickets ($50) or join the host  committee ($250-5000).

Joaquin Miller Park, 3594 Sanborn Drive. Oakland
Oakland Parks & Recreation invites families and individuals to turn off televisions, iPods, video games, computers and cell phones to connect with nature, family and friends by camping together. The Great American Backyard Campout is a nationwide event sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation.
The fee for the campout is $15 for adults and teens, $10 for youth ages 4 to 14 and free for youth under 4. Campers are provided with dinner, s'mores and continental breakfast. Participants are responsible for their own tents and camping supplies. A limited number of loaner tents and sleeping bags are available.
To register, please call the Rotary Nature Center at  (510) 238-3739. For more information, please contact Stephanie Benavidez, Supervising Naturalist, at or call (510) 867-0669.
Application Online

Oakland businesses will be eligible to receive FREE indoor food scrap bins beginning July 1, 2016. Oakland will be joining nine other Alameda County cities that have added organics collection to the basic recycling requirements that were put in place under the Alameda County Mandatory Recycling Ordinance in 2012. Keeping compostables separate from the trash and subscribing to an organics collection service will become mandatory at many businesses starting this July.

To help you separate food scraps and food-soiled paper, the Alameda County Waste Management Authority is offering free containers and lids for the indoor areas of your business. Up to $500 is available per approved business to choose from a variety of container and lid options,  offered by 3 partner vendors.

Three easy steps to obtain your bins:
1. Complete the online form at:
You do not need to know exactly what you wish to order at this stage.

2. Ordering instructions will be provided once your submission is approved.
Expect a response within 1-2 weeks of submitting your application.

3. Select your equipment and place your order with one vendor. Review the container and lid options offered by the 3 partner vendors, then select one vendor and place an order up to $500 including tax and delivery. Equipment will be delivered to your business in 2-4 weeks.

Questions? Call 510-891- 6575 or email
MONDAY, JULY 11th, 8:30am  - 6pm
Metropolitan Golf Links, 10051 Doolittle Drive 

Oakland Parks & Recreation (OPR) hosts its annual Green Tee Golf Tournament at Metropolitan Golf Links.  The Green Tee Tournament is a fundraiser for OPR's fall Sundays in the Redwoods concert series held in Joaquin Miller Park on September 18 & 25 and October 2 & 9. The tournament includes a live auction, long drive and closest to the pin contest and more. The tournament registration deadline is Friday, July 1st with foursome ($400) and individual ($125) registrations welcome.

To learn about sponsorship opportunities or to register, please contact either Tamika Hodges, Event Coordinator at or (510) 597-5081 or Karis Griffin, at or (510) 597-5027
SATURDAY, JULY 16th, 11am - 4pm
Fairfax Avenue, Between Bancroft and Foothill, Oakland

Come join the Melrose High Hopes community for their 2016 Fiesta Block Party! This is an opportunity to meet neighbors, community leaders and merchants and welcome new individuals to the neighborhood. If you are interested in volunteering or exhibiting please email Preston and Shelia Turner at and Last year's block party was an amazing event full of music and crafts and community - don't miss this year's!
African American Museum and Library, 659 14th Street  
Today through Saturday, July 16th, the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO) is hosting a major exhibit, Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement, presenting history and textile designs that honor women whose actions were instrumental in the success of the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit features the creative "Swing Coat" designs of Ms. Patricia Montgomery, master quilter. Photographs as well as audio and video clips are also featured. 
AAMLO's Chief Curator, Rick Moss, created an environment that complements each swing coat and is conducive to placing the actions of these women in the historical context of this great movement. Especially for this exhibit, Mr. Moss commissioned the construction of a representation of the Montgomery, Alabama, city bus made famous by Rosa Parks and the ensuing bus boycott by African American citizens of that city. 
This project was made possible in part by a grant from The Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund supported by generous grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The James Irvine Foundation. Funds were also provided by the Friends of the Oakland Public Library. AAMLO, located at 659 14th Street, is open from Noon to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays to Saturdays.  For more information, please contact Rick Moss, Chief Curator at or (510) 637-0197 .
SUNDAY, JULY 17th, 10am - 4pm
Dimond Park, 3860 Hanly Rd., Oakland

The Grand opening of the Sausal Creek Restoration Project is scheduled for July 17, 2016, in conjunction with the Dimond Park Community Picnic, Oakland Parks Recreation Center Open House, and the Friends of Sausal Creek 20th Anniversary celebration. Grand Opening celebration partners include: The Friends of Sausal Creek, the Dimond Park Recreation Center, and the Dimond Improvement Association.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20th, 6:30-8:30pm
Port of Oakland Offices, 430 Water Street, Oakland

The next Noise Management Forum meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 20th at 6:30pm at the Port of Oakland's offices on Water Street on the 2nd Floor. The recent increase in community noise concerns associated with local airports was discussed at the January and March noise management forum meetings at length. The large majority of the public speakers came from the Montclair area.

To provide a sense of the magnitude of this increase in noise concerns, Forum staff reported that although only 48 
complaints were made in Oakland in 2014,
 319 complaints were made in 2015, and over 200 complaints have been made in the first weeks of 2016 alone. These noise concerns became an issue for this community in the Fall of 2015. My office will continue to attend these OAK Noise Forum meetings until the noise concerns have been addressed.

While Winter and Spring rains brought a welcome change from the drought, the moisture has also lead to the growth of weeds, brush and trees in the Oakland Hills. These plants can serve as fuel during a fire and place the Hills neighborhoods at greater fire risk unless removed.

The Oakland Fire Department (OFD) Fire Prevention Bureau began Annual Vegetation Inspections last month and inspection notices have been sent out to the owners and occupants of property located in the Very High Fire Hazard Areas of the Oakland Hills. Residents can reduce wildfire risk, achieve compliance with Oakland's regulations and pass their annual inspection by installing wildfire resistant landscaping and creating at least 30-feet of defensible space around their homes by clearing dead weeds and vegetation. A failure to comply increases the wildfire risk for neighboring properties and will result in a minimum $303 fine to the property owner. 
There are several resources - such as free extra yard trimming pick up from Waste Management and free chipping of small tree limbs and brush - that can make it easier for residents and property owners in the Very High Fire Hazard Areas to achieve and maintain compliance with these regulations.

Please call  (510) 238-7388  for more information about the chipping program. Another resource is the Demonstration Garden at the Gateway Emergency Exhibit Center at Caldecott Lane where you can learn ideas on how to meet Oakland's defensible space requirements. For more information, contact Fire Prevention/Vegetation Management at (510) 238-7388  or click on the Learn More button below.
We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Oakland Volunteer Park Patrol program and encourage your participation!
The mission of Oakland Volunteer Park Patrol (OVPP) is to improve the quality and safety of City parks. OVPP participants will be given special training to assist park users, support emergency responders, and report park issues to the proper City of Oakland agencies.
OVPP, established in Dimond Canyon and Joaquin Miller Park, is a pilot program for a potential citywide, volunteer park patrol effort.
Our first round of training dates are now set for the evening of Thursday, June 23rd and during the day on Saturday, June 25th. This program is being launched by an Exploratory Committee  with sponsorship from, lead by  my District 4 City Council Office, City staff support from the Fire Department, Police Department, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, and volunteer support from the Oakland Bike Patrol, East Bay Regional Parks District Volunteer Trail Safety Patrol, Friends of Joaquin Miller Park, Piedmont Pines Neighborhood Association and the Bicycle Council of the East Bay.

Learn more about this exciting, new volunteer opportunity Visit for more details.
Read, Create & Explore at Oakland Public Libraries! Summer Reading for kids runs from June 11-August 6th. Find out all about it at

Kids ages 0-14 who read at least 20 days during the summer will receive prizes including a book to keep, a "Super Reader" badge, coupons to Oakland attractions including Chabot Space and Science Center, Children's Fairyland, Fentons Creamery, and the Oakland Ice Center, and a chance in raffle drawings to even more. Gr and prize raffles include Lego sets, an annual family membership to Children's Fairyland (ages 0-4), and one iPad (ages 5-14).

Reading for fun, and reading something they have picked out themselves, are key to kids reading success. Reading during the summer is especially important, to prevent "Summer Slide." We encourage kids to read anything, anywhere, anytime; or listen as someone reads to them. It doesn't matter how long they read each day, but we suggest 15 minutes or more.

You can read to your child, baby, or toddler too. Just sign them up! Let your baby play with a book, read the same book over and over, skip over words and pages. Have fun. These are all good reading activities for babies and young children.

Stop by your branch for reading logs, or sign up here !
Looking to fill up your summer calendar?  Check out Oakland Parks & Recreation's expanded programs, including Programs Without Borders, the Great American Backyard Campout, Sand Box to Empowerment Parent Play Groups, and year-round food services for 98% of our recreation centers.

For adults, OPR has offerings such as Bowling and Flag Football leagues, Sundays in the Redwoods concert series, An Intimate Evening soiree, and all night ceramics at Studio One. OPR provides play opportunities for everyone.

I encourage you to check out their website to find an activity of interest, reacquaint yourself with play that you haven't done in a while, or take a leap and try something new. There are movie nights, swim lessons, community gardens, golf, and fitness memberships available at the East Oakland Sports Center.

If you have a special event approaching, consider one of our lovely rental facilities, such as the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, the Jack London Aquatic Center or Morcom Rose Garden. We appreciate your support of OPR programs!
An important community forum on airplane noise in Oakland neighborhoods took place in late March on this topic. This meeting was co-hosted with Save Our Skies - East Bay, a local organization of East bay residents who are concerned about the disproportionate impact of airplane noise caused by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)'s Next Generation Air Transportation System.
This event provided an opportunity for residents to learn from experts, hear from Port of Oakland staff members familiar with the Next Generation Air Transportation System changes, and ask questions about the program and its impacts.
OAK Noise Management Forum
The next Noise Management Forum meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 20th at 6:30pm at the Port of Oakland's offices on Water Street. The recent increase in community noise concerns associated with local airports was discussed at the January and March noise management forum meetings at length. The large majority of the public speakers came from the Montclair area.

To provide a sense of the magnitude of this increase, Forum staff reported that although only 48 
complaints were made in Oakland in 2014,
 319 complaints were made in 2015, and over 200 complaints have been made in the first weeks of 2016 alone. These noise concerns became an issue for this community in the Fall of 2015 even though implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) changes began in the end of 2014. 

Federal Legislation
We have come to learn that increased noise complaint issues have been brought forward to the Federal Aviation Administration's Associate Administrator of Airports by way of two federal bills:

- HR 3384 - Quiet Communities Act of 2015 -- Helps to carry out a national noise control research program, assessing the impacts of noise from varied noise sources on mental and physical health. 

- HR 3965 - FAA Community Accountability Act of 2015 -- Takes action to limit negative impacts on the human environment in the vicinity of an affected airport; and may give preference to overlays of existing flight paths or procedures to ensure compatibility with land use in the vicinity of an affected airport.
Support for Congressional Action
I have voiced your concerns to the FAA and my support for these two bills moving through Congress in two ways. First, I wrote to leaders in Congress with my support for these two bills in a letter signed by myself, President Pro Tem Larry Reid and Mayor Schaaf. Second,  I brought a Resolution of Support for these two bills to the full Council and received unanimous City Council support.
One important role as Councilmember is appointing residents to our local Boards and Commissions. If you are interested in assisting Oakland as a member of one of the following Boards and Commissions, please don't hestitate to reach out to my office at 510-238-7004.

1.  Children's Fund Planning & Oversight Committee - 1 adult and 1 youth seat
2. Youth Advisory Commission - 2 seats
3. Community Action Partnership Administrating Board - 4 seats will be available
4. Cannabis Regulatory Commission - 1 seat
5. Wildfire Prevention Assessment District Board - 2 seats available
6. Alameda County Grand Jury - 1 seat available
Thank you for all that you do for the City of Oakland!  We are delighted to serve this beautiful community.  Please reach out to us with ideas or concerns. 
We want to hear from you!

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