Dear Friends,
Feeling safe in your neighborhood (on your street, in your home, and at your local schools, libraries and parks) is an important part of living a happy life. Your health and well-being depend upon it.

Recently, one neighborhood in District 4 experienced multiple home burglaries in a span of several days. Neighbors immediately contacted the Oakland Police Department and posted information and photos of the suspect to their neighborhood listserv.  The NCPC Chairperson took the lead on getting information to the neighborhood with details and facts about the crimes and the individual suspect. OPD responded and the investigator reviewed the cases. The OPD beat officer re-contacted victims and gathered additional video footage.

Because of the neighbors' cooperation and persistence working closely with OPD, the suspect was identified.

Within hours, patrol officers located him and made the arrest. In this case, the high technology camera footage, neighbors sharing information with each other and working in partnership with police, resulted in the arrest of a serial burglar.

I highlight this recent incident from a District 4 neighborhood because it raises up important elements that I believe help combat against the feelings of fear and hopelessness that can set in when you feel your neighborhood is not safe.  Although crime is trending down this year throughout Oakland, we know that crime is still unacceptably high. And downward trends are not comforting when you experience crime in your own neighborhood. 

We must work together even more closely in order to keep our neighborhoods safe. Staffing at the Oakland Police Department has steadily increased over the past two years and we are on track to reach 800 officers before the end of 2018. This means that your calls to OPD will begin to be answered and responded to in a more timely manner. By establishing working relationships with your Community Resource Officers and beat officers, you can more easily share time-sensitive information and more effectively solve problems.

Please continue to attend your neighborhood NCPC (Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council) meetings; contact your NCPC Chairperson with crime details; report actual crimes immediately to the OPD Emergency number (9-1-1 from a landline or 510-777-3211 from a cell phone.) And most importantly, get to know your neighbors.  Neighborhoods are safer when neighbors know each other and keep an eye out for each other.

As Vice Mayor, I remain committed to working closely with residents and business owners in every neighborhood and throughout Oakland to address safety concerns as they arise. Through close communication and collaboration, we can get on top of crime trends and in the best case scenarios, prevent crime from happening.

In Service to Oakland,
MEET MAURA
Shy Maura is still adjusting to shelter life, but everyone is sure she'll have plenty  of classic   tortoiseshell  cati-tude to share once she settles in.  Maura's about 5 years old and loves to sit on your lap, make biscuits and purr away.

Please come meet her at  Oakland  Animal Services, 1101 29th Avenue Oakland !  
 
 JOIN US ON EARTH DAY!
SATURDAY, APRIL 23RD
Please Join Us at one of these Earth Day Events!
 
* Courtland Creek 
9am-Noon
Brookdale Avenue and Courtland Avenue
Come on out to Courtland Creek for a day of volunteering and camaraderie. Volunteers will meet at Brookdale and Courtland.  Help us clean up the creek area and then enjoy pizza courtesy of Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington's Office. Contact Info: Chuck Butler cbutler@cbutlerart.com

* Montclair Park Volunteer Work Day and Service Appreciation BBQ
9am-5pm
Montclair Park, 6300 Moraga Avenue
Join your neighbors to improve pedestrian sidewalk access along Mountain Blvd. and Montclair Park; clear overgrowth from unmaintained plants and trees along Highway 13; remove accumulated trash and debris along Moraga Ave. and Mountain Blvd.; and build community through a collective effort!  Starting at Noon, we'll be serving our Oakland Firefighters and Police Officers a delicious BBQ to thank them for their service to the City.

* Laurel Art Garden Earth Day Clean-Up
9am-Noon
Laurel Art Garden, 35th Avenue and Delaware Street
Come celebrate Earth Day in Oakland's Laurel District by volunteering at the Laurel Art Garden! Volunteers will help clean, trim weeds and vegetation, and help map out upcoming work areas for the new landscape design. Bring your own tools and gloves - they will have the rest.

* Friends of Sausal Creek
Friends of Sausal Creek will be hosting nine projects around the Sausal Creek watershed on Earth Day. Check out their Event Calendar for more information.

Pre-registration for individuals and small groups is not required. If you have a group of 10 or more, please contact the coordinator of the site you are interested in. You can find a link to all existing 2016 Oakland Earth Day Events here!
COMMUNITY OFFICE HOURS
SUNDAY, APRIL 24th 
From 10am - 12pm at the Montclair Farmer's Market on LaSalle between Mountain and Moraga. Staffed by Nayeli Maxson. 
 
SATURDAY, MAY 7th
From 10am - 12pm at The Hive in the Dimond District at 2139 MacArthur Blvd. every first Saturday of the month. Staffed by Adam Simons. 

SATURDAY, MAY 14th 
From 10am - 12pm at The Fairfax Freedom Farm Stand at 5316 Fairfax Avenue every second Saturday of the month.  Staffed by Jamila English. 
JOIN OUR CAMPAIGN FOR A SUGAR SWEETENED BEVERAGE DISTRIBUTOR TAX
Earlier this month, a broad coalition of faith leaders, medical practitioners, community leaders and elected officials announced our intention to place a Sugar Sweetened Beverage Distributor Tax on the November ballot.

So proud to join the growing movement of cities fighting for children's health by moving forward on a Sugar Sweetened Beverage Distributor Tax. We know now that sugar consumption is a major public health crisis and that there is an epidemic of diabetes and tooth decay associated with sugar consumption.

One out of three children are predicted to develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetimes. One out of two African American and Latino children are predicted to develop diabetes in their lifetimes. The human cost of this disease is overwhelming.

Over half of our sugar consumption comes from sugar sweetened beverages and these taxes on distributors are an effective way to raise revenue for health education and wellness programs for our children.

The legislation moved forward to the City Council's meeting of Tuesday, May 3rd. I hope you will attend and speak in support.

Please join the Yes for Healthy Oakland Children campaign today by signing up on our website. We have a strong community coalition and we need your help to defeat Big Soda in November!

Want to be inspired by Berkeley's success in this movement? Watch this video that tells the story of how a community stood up for children's health against one of the world's most powerful industries - and won. Please watch the film and help grow the movement by passing it on via your social network channels, blogs, websites, and email lists.


DIMOND'S ART IN THE STREET EVENT
Dimond's Art in the Street event was in full swing last weekend! A great opportunity to  buy inspiring art, hang out with the friendliest neighbors and eat the most delicious food.  Congratulations to all of the organizers. This is a great new event in the Dimond!



VOLUNTEER TO PATROL OUR
DISTRICT 4 OPEN SPACE PARKS
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.

This program is being launched by an Exploratory Committee lead by the District 4 City Council Office with sponsorship from OaklandTrails.org, 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 at my office hours at the Montclair Village Farmers' Market this Sunday, April 24, from 10:00am-12:00pm. Look for the Annie sign at the market!

Visit OaklandTrails.org/park-patrol/ for more details.

NEW LAUREL PARKLET
Congratulations to Jason Wallach and the whole Laurel Cyclery family on the Grand Opening of their parklet!  So exciting to see it come alive as a community gathering place for living beings -- human, plant and animal!

Thank you, Jason, for creating this space and thank you to the Laurel neighborhood and beyond for supporting it with thoughts, word and funding.




THANK YOU TO IMANI CHURCH FOR OUR FIRST "FAIR CHANCE TO ADVANCE" EVENT
On Saturday, April 9th we partnered with Imani Community Church, located in the heart of District 4, to host our first "Fair Chance to Advance" Event! 

These events are community resource fairs offering free services to community members. These services include: Proposition 47 Lawyer Consultation, DMV Vouchers, Job Training, EBT and Medi-Cal Support, Veteran Services, Immigration Consultation, and Housing Assistance Services with a bouncy house and childcare services for kids.

Fair Chance to Advance events, open to all community members in need of assistance, were created to reach community members who may qualify for Proposition 47 crime reclassification. Indivduals with felony convictions often experience difficulty secure housing, employment and public assistance. Proposition 47 allows individuals with certain types of non-serious, non-violent felony convictions to re-classify their conviction as a misdemeanor, helping to increase an individuals's ability to get their life back on track.

We plan on further collaborating with Imani Community Church, Oakland Community Organizations, the Ella Baker Center, the East Bay Community Law Center, the Alameda County Public Defender's Office and other assistance providers to provide legal assistance, housing assistance, support with access to jobs, assistance filling out healthcare documentation, and more.

To learn more about these events or to volunteer for future events, please call my office at 510-238-7004 or contact Janice Taylor at socialjusticeatimanicc@gmail.com.
 


MELROSE BRANCH LIBRARY  CELEBRATES 100 YEARS
On Saturday, April 9th, community members gathered to kick off the centennial celebration of the Melrose Branch Library -- called a "Century of Community". Thank you to the Friends of Melrose Branch Library and to Branch Librarian, Susan Maldonado, for planning a beautiful centennial kickoff celebration. 
 
Together, we unveiled the centennial banner and learned about the history of the Melrose Branch, which was established by a $35,000 Carnegie Library grant.  Adelle and Jack Foley entertained with their unique brand of tandem poetry and Oakland Youth Poet Laureate 2015 Finalist, Lucy Flattery-Vickness, inspired with two of her works.  
 
Learn more about the Melrose Branch and all the activities it offers to residents  here.


HELP KEEP DIMOND CLEAN!
Since 2009, "Keep Dimond Clean" volunteers have walked the main streets that make up the Dimond Business District, including MacArthur Blvd from Canon Ave to Lincoln Ave; Fruitvale Ave from Coloma St to Harold St; Bienati Way and parking lot; parts of Dimond Ave, May Ct, Champion St and Montana St, collecting litter from public sidewalks and gutters twice a week. This is a dedicated team of volunteers who spend approximately 20 combined hours a week removing litter from the Dimond Business District
 
 Despite volunteers'  best efforts, outreach, and visibility, litter remains a persistent presence in the Dimond neighborhood.  Volunteers alone cannot keep up with the daily litter  in Dimond.  This litter, once it is on the ground, in the gutters,"belongs" to all of us  - merchants, property owners, residents, and friends of Dimond.

The "Help! Keep Dimond Clean" fundraiser goal of $12,000 will allow for continued service by First Building Maintenance crew for the 5-day weekly litter removal. "Keep Dimond Clean" volunteers will continue to work 2 days a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There are also work days in Dimond Park.
 
Learn more here!
 


UPCOMING EVENTS ON THE 
DISTRICT 4 CALENDAR
TUESDAY, APRIL 19th, 6pm - 8pm 
NATIONAL POETRY MONTH READING 
Montclair Branch Library 1687 Mountain Blvd, Oakland

Celebrate National Poetry Month! Seven wonderful local poets will be reading, followed by a short open-mic period. Linda Brown, past president of the California Writers Club, will MC.

 

The poets are:

- Grace Marie Grafton

- Mary Mackey

- John Rowe

- Sheryl J. Bize Boutte

- Grace Morizawa

- William Winston

- Carol Pingree

TUESDAY, APRIL 19th, 6pm - 8:30pm 
2016 MONTCLAIR RESTAURANT WALK!
Montclair Branch Library 1687 Mountain Blvd, Oakland

Stroll through Montclair Village for tastings at different locations.  All proceeds benefit Montclair Lions Club Charities and local  nonprofits, including  Oakland Fund for the Arts, Boy Scouts, Montclair Clippers Soccer, and the music programs at Montera Middle School and Skyline High School. This event is co-sponsored by the Montclair Lions Club and the Montclair Village Association.

Passport tickets are $25 for a taste at each of our 2016 participants:  A.G Ferrari, Camber Montclair, Crogan's Montclair Restaurant & Bar, El Agavero Mexican Cuisine & Tequila Bar, Farmstead Cheeses & Wines,  Flavors India Bistro, Hatch Ecolifestyle, Italian Colors, Kakui, Kotobuki, Kouzina Greek Street Food, Pagarung Thai, Peet's Coffee, Pelago, Pour Wine Bar & Bistro, Taqueria Las Comadres, and US Bank.

Tickets for this event (only $25!) are on sale now at the following locations:
  • Montclair Book Tree, 6121 La Salle Ave.
  • US Bank, 1998 Mountain Blvd.
  • Safeway, 2096 Mountain Blvd.
  • Montclair Parking Garage, 6235 La Salle Ave.
The Parking Garage at the top of La Salle will stay open on Tuesday until 10PM to accommodate guests of the Restaurant Walk.  For further information, contact Lion Leslie Masler at (510) 213-2530 or Lesliemasler@gmail.com.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20th, 6:30pm 
OAK NOISE MANAGEMENT FORUM
Port of Oakland Offices, 530 Water Street, Oakland

The next Noise Management Forum meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 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 noise management forum meeting at length. At that meeting, nearly every one of the public speakers came from the Montclair area. If this is a topic you would like to learn more about or if you would like to get more involved in the process of developing solutions, make sure to attend this community meeting.
SATURDAY, APRIL 23rd, 9am - 12pm
EARTH DAY CLEAN UP AT COURTLAND CREEK!
Courtland Creek, Intersection of Brookdale and Courtland, Oakland

Come on out to Courtland Creek for a day of volunteering and camaraderie!  Volunteers will meet at Brookdale and Courtland.  Help clean up the creek area and then enjoy pizza courtesy of Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington's Office. For more information, contact Chuck Butler at  cbutler@cbutlerart.com.
 
SATURDAY, APRIL 23rd, 9am - 5pm
MONTCLAIR COMMUNITY WORK DAY & SERVICE APPRECIATION BBQ
Montclair Park, 6300 Moraga Avenue, Oakland

On Saturday, April 23rd, Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington is partnering with the Montclair Village Association, the Montclair Lions Club, the Montclair Community Corps, Piedmont Pines Neighborhood Association, Montclair Safety Improvement Council, Keep Oakland Beautiful and Oakland Parks and Recreation to bring volunteerism to Montclair Park and the surrounding area.

* Improve pedestrian sidewalk access along Mountain Blvd. and Montclair Park
* Clear overgrowth from unmaintained plants and trees along Highway 13
* Remove accumulated trash and debris along Moraga Ave. and Mountain Blvd.
* Build community through a collective effort!
* Litter pick up, weeding and cleaning of Montclair Park
* Improve infrastructure
* Help serve at the BBQ

Bring gloves, and your favorite sheers or pruning tools. Rakes, litter sticks, latex gloves and bagging supplies are provided.
SATURDAY, APRIL 23rd, 9am - 12pm
LAUREL ART GARDEN - EARTH DAY CLEAN UP!
Laurel Art Garden, 35th Avenue and Delaware Street, Oakland

Come celebrate Earth Day in Oakland's Laurel District by volunteering at the Laurel Art Garden! Volunteers will help clean, trim weeds and vegetation, and help map out upcoming work areas for the new landscape design donated by Patricia St. John, landscape designer and Merritt College professor. Bring your own tools and gloves - they will have the rest. This event is organized by the Laurel Village Association - Neighbors Building Community.
SATURDAY, APRIL 23rd, 1pm
MONEY MATTERS: SHOW THE WAY TO A BETTER FINANCIAL FUTURE
Various Public Library Branches

April is Financial Literacy Month, which makes it the perfect time to meet expert financial counselors who can help you manage money and achieve your goals. The Oakland Public Library is offering a series of workshops to ensure everyone has the skills to build a better financial future.

Presented in partnership with Balance Pro of San Francisco with generous support from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, the Oakland Public Library's Financial Empowerment series will address a variety of subjects such as identity theft, buying a home, financing higher education, credit, money management, and recovering from a financial crises. Most programs will be offered in English, but some will be available in Spanish or Cantonese.

In College Financing 101 attendees will learn about long-term savings strategies,
financial aid, and other ways to make college a reality. This program will be offered at the Main Library, in April 23, at 1pm.

Understanding Credit, which discusses how you can improve your credit rating
and manage your money wisely, will be offered at Temescal Branch, 5205
Telegraph Ave., on Saturday, April 23, at 2:30pm.

Basics of Personal Finance covers big and small issues, from setting personal financial goals to managing daily expenses. Presented in English and Spanish at the Melrose Branch, 4805 Foothill Blvd. on Tuesday, April 26, 5:30pm.

Identity Theft Solutions, offered in Cantonese, will help you learn how to protect confidential information and what to do if you're a victim of identity theft. This program will take place at the Asian Branch, 388 9th St. Date to be announced. Call 238-6931 to inquire.

SATURDAY, APR 30th, 9am - 12pm
CITYWIDE DISASTER EXERCISE
Oakland (Citywide)

The 11th Annual CORE Citywide Disaster Response Exercise is a functional emergency responsive exercise designed to support Oakland residents who have CORE groups and want to practice emergency responsive activities. This event improves CORE member training and expands disaster preparedness awareness throughout the community. Individuals and neighborhoods groups of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. For more information and to register, call 510-238-6351 or visit   www.oaklandcore.com .
SATURDAY, APRIL 30th, 10:30am - 12:30pm
"OAKLAND HAS JOBS" - OAKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY JOB FAIR 
Oakland Public Library, 125 14th Street, Oakland

The Oakland Public Library's " Oakland Has Jobs"   online bulletin board, in conjunction with  localwisejobs.com , is hosting a job fair for Adults and Teens.  The Fair will take place at the Main Library, in the Bradley Walters Meeting Room. 
 
The job fair will be an opportunity to meet with employers as well as youth agencies who offer paid internships. When the library last hosted this job fair, in September 2015, employers included Youthradio, Downtown TAY, Hack the Hood, Game Theory Academy, YMCA, West Oakland Neighborhood Career Center, Comcast, FedEx, OUSD, Urban Peace Movement, Silicon Valley Staffing, Whole Foods Market, Safeway, New Door, State Farm Insurance, and the Claremont Resort. In addition to prospective employers, there will also be tables for people to review your resume.

Please dress professionally and bring an updated resume.  The Oakland Public Library's "Oakland Has Jobs" is an online bulletin board where job opportunities are shared. For the Oakland Has Jobs Instagram account, check it out at 
www.instagram.com/oaklandhasjobs . You can also  visit  www.oaklandlibrary.org  or contact Brian Boies, Teen Services Librarian, at  510-238- 7232 or email   or bboies@Oaklandlibrary.org
SATURDAY, APR 30th
UNBOUND BOOK ART AND CRAFT CONTEST
Montclair Library, 1687 Mountain Blvd

The Friends of Montclair Library are hosting their fourth-annual book art contest this Spring, challenging community members to create something new from a discarded book. The contest is open to Oakland and Piedmont residents (and those who attend grades K-12 in those cities) ages 5 through adult.  Entries are due April 30, 2016
 
All the details about the contest, including the rules, a downloadable flyer and photos of past entries, are on their website at: https://montclairlibrary.wordpress.com/unbound.
SATURDAY, MAY 14th, 9am - 1pm
FREE COMPOST GIVEAWAY EVENT
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center Parking Lot 10, 10th Street, Oakland

Take home a free bag of WM EarthCare Homegrown Compost made from Oakland food scraps and certified for organic farming.  Take the pledge to compost for a greener, cleaner Oakland.  Receive a free kitchen pail to collect your food scraps at home.  Please note that the parking lot is only accessible via the west end of 10th Street due to road closure along estuary at 2nd Avenue.  For more information, visit  Oaklandrecycles.com  or call  510.613.8710
SATURDAY, MAY 14th, 10:30am - 3pm
FRIENDS OF MONCLAIR LIBRARY BOOK SALE
Montclair Library, 1687 Mountain Blvd., Oakland
 
Choose from an excellent selection of gently-used books at the Friends of the Montclair Library Spring Book Sale.  Find great deals all day with a large collection of children's and classic books and fill-a-bag discounts from  2-3pm . All proceeds directly benefit the Montclair branch of the Oakland Public Library.
SUNDAY, JUNE 5th, 4 - 7:30pm
TASTE OF FRANCE - SOS/MEALS ON WHEELS BENEFIT!
Kaiser Rooftop Garden, Oakland
 
This Meals on Wheels of Alameda County is honoring France, the beautiful and diverse country that has been through so much this past year. Meals on Wheels of Alameda County are inspired by the French - their resiliency, sheer determination, and spirit in face of adversity. These traits are much like those they see in their homebound seniors who face their own struggles daily to have even something as simple as a nutritious meal. Many seniors are challenged with mental, physical, social or financial adversity, but with your generous financial support we are able to provide for them, so that they can continue to have the same hope and spirit as the people of France.

Your generosity enables our local Meals on Wheels programs to not only prepare and deliver over 2,100 nutritious meals each day, but also to provide companionship, daily contact, and much needed safety wellness checks.
 
Please be part of the spirit of this evening that is filled with meeting wonderful people, enjoying an array of culinary delights, bidding on worthwhile auction items, sipping fine wines and champagnes, and being delighted by the entertainment.
TODAY - SATURDAY, JULY 16th
AAMLO's HEROINES OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT EXHIBIT
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 compliments 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 rmoss@oaklandlibrary.org or (510) 637-0197 .
SUNDAY, JULY 17th, 10am - 4pm
GRAND RE-OPENING OF SAUSAL CREEK RESTORATION PROJECT
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.
UPDATE ON INCREASED AIRPLANE NOISE 
IN OAKLAND HILLS
An important community forum on airplane noise in Oakland neighborhoods took place last Thursday, March 31st from 7:00 - 9:30 PM at Montclair Presbyterian Church . I co-hosted this meeting 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) Next Generation Air Transportation System.
 
This event was a critical 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, April 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 noise management forum meeting at length. Nearly every one 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
In recent weeks, 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 support.
 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH 
The Youth Ventures Joint Powers Authority (JPA) Board of Trustees recently announced the formation of a search committee and the launch of a nation-wide search for a Chief Executive Officer.

The JPA is a unique partnership of elected officials and administrators from the City of Oakland, the Oakland Unified School District and Alameda County who have come together to employ a collective impact strategy to improve outcomes in the areas of health, wealth, and education for vulnerable children and youth in Oakland.

The JPA convenes public systems and community partners to ensure that every young person can benefit from a coordinated network of services and supports, while diminishing structural barriers to opportunity and life success. By leveraging the institutional strengths and resources of the city, county, school district, and other stakeholders to advance system change efforts, the JPA is keenly and deliberately focused on assisting this generation of children to grow up healthy, wealthy and wise.

The full job announcement is available on the Hawkins Company website. Inquiries should be directed to Ms. Brett Byers of The Hawkins Company. Ms. Byers can be reached at 323-403-8279 or brett@thehawkinscompany.com.
 DISTRICT 4 APPOINTMENTS
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
LEARN ABOUT KIVA ZIP
PARTNERSHIP WITH OAKLAND
Kiva Zip offers interest-free loans up to $10K. Kiva Oakland in partnership with the City of Oakland has begun a three-year project to assist 700+ entrepreneurs, artists and non-profits in Oakland. 

Kiva, a non-profit micro-finance organization based in the Bay Area, has been in operation for 10 years and has lent $800M in interest free capital to over $1.3M small business entrepreneurs in over 65 countries around the world. Kiva Zip operates in the U.S., through a peer-to-peer lending model, based on character or social capital, versus financials and collateral.
 
City of Oakland Economic Development staff and Kiva partners are available to assist with the application process. Bilingual support is available. Please contact Brian McKeown at brianm@kiva.org (415)426-8221 or Juno Thomas at jthomas@oaklandnet.com (510)238-4727 at City of Oakland for more information.
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