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Millsmont Certified Farmers' Market Is A Hit!
Join Us; Bring a Friend

There's a new spot to get great fruits and vegetables, farm fresh eggs, fish, fresh bread, and meet your neighbors.  It's the Millsmont Certified Farmers Market.  The Market opened  June 3rd and will take place every Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at  7700 Mountain Boulevard in front of Kaleo Christian Fellowship Church from now to October.   Market has some of the best produce, coffee, honey, and fish in Oakland! We even feature a bakery that makes some of the freshest bread you can eat. There are also hot vendors who participate each week. Come get an amazing Tamale or try some unique Indian Gourmet! 
The Market is open form 9am to 1pm 
Saturday. Rain or Shine! Each Saturday we will feature new entertainment and surprises. Last week, there was a special station for kids to play!
Every week some lucky person has a chance to win the Farmer's Market basket which features giveaways featuring items from the Market.  Stop by the information booth to sign up.  The Market basket drawing takes place each Saturday at 12.

We'll see you at the Market on Saturday!  Bring a friend.

The Dramatics opening up the celebration!
If you were not at Arroyo Park on June 17th, you missed out!!! Oakland's largest Juneteenth celebration, hosted by Councilperson Brooks, took place at Arroyo Park in District 6. The celebration included horseback riding, art vendors, great food, and a whole lot of fun. The event was capped off by amazing performances from The Dramatics and Pete Escovedo.

"I think it's important to remember and acknowledge our history," said Councilperson Brooks, Juneteenth is the African American Independence Day." Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day,
is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery, and more specific, the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. Celebrated on June 19, Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in forty-five states.

Special thanks to Eastside Arts Alliance, Oakland Natives Give Back, Darlene Brooks, Sallye, and DJ Davey Cook!
Christine Harris and Malachi Ambrose Win the Debate Title for Oakland!

Christine Harris and Malachi Ambrose, of Skyline High School recently were awarded the highest honor as winners of the Urban Debate National Championship in Chicago Illinois., This marked a first for Skyline high school and the Bay Area Urban Debate League. Councilperson Brooks recognized these champions before the City Council and presented them with a Proclamation from the City of Oakland.
Christine and Malachi were unanimously given the final round victory by three judges, debating on the topic of foreign policy in China. Christine also took home the trophy for the tournaments best debater.
Malachi has been accepted by the University of Texas, and Christine has been offered a full scholarship to UC Berkeley. We wish them both great success as they continue their educational journeys. Thanks for making Oakland proud!!!
See the presentation here at 38:50

School's Out, Summer Camps Are Open!!!

Beginning Monday, June 19, Oakland Parks & Recreation's Summer Youth Development Camps start at community centers across the city.  Programs include day and overnight camps, golf, tennis, cultural arts, swimming and boating.

If you haven't enrolled your child in a camp yet, don't delay. Summer is right around the corner and camps are filling up fast. For a list of community centers near you, please visit . For more information about what camp and activities each center offers, please visit


For the first time since 2011, AC Transit will increase the cost of fares and passes on July 1, 2017. This fare change reflects an increase originally scheduled for July 1, 2016, but deferred by the AC Transit Board of Directors last year. A fare increase will help AC Transit cover rising inflationary costs and remain fiscally sustainable.

(Age 19-64)
(Age 5-18)
(Age 65+)
& Disabled
Local Single Ride $2.25 $1.10 $1.10
Local Day Pass $5.00 $2.50 $2.50
Transbay Single Ride* $4.50 $2.20 $2.20
Clipper Fares
(Age 19-64)
(Age 5-18)
(Age 65+)
& Disabled
Local Single Ride $2.15 $1.05 $1.05
Local Day Pass $5.00 $2.50 $2.50
Transbay Single Ride* $4.50 $2.20 $2.20
*Transbay rides are discounted to an "upgrade" fare when using passes within 2 hours.


Day Pass are available on the bus with cash, or using your Clipper card. All other passes are available on Clipper.

  • Unlimited local rides within the East Bay.
  • Pass is valid for 31 consecutive days; not a calendar month.
  • *May be used to ride Transbay with additional cash fare of $2.25.
  • Unlimited Transbay rides to and from the East Bay, and all local East Bay travel.
  • Pass is valid for 31 consecutive days; not a calendar month.
  • Allows free Transbay-to-Local bus transfer when second bus is boarded within two hours. Also applies to Local-to-Transbay transfer.
  • Available to youths age 5 - 18.
  • Unlimited Local rides within the East Bay.
  • Pass is valid for 31 days, not a calendar month.
  • *May be used to ride Transbay with additional cash fare of $1.10
  • Available to riders 65+ years old.
  • Unlimited local rides within the East Bay.
  • Pass is valid for calendar month, not 31 days.
  • *May be used to ride Transbay with additional cash fare of $1.10
  • Available only on a Regional Transit Connection (RTC) discount Clipper card.
  • Unlimited local rides within the East Bay.
  • Monthly stickers for RTC cards available for purchase at various locations.
  • Pass is valid for calendar month, not 31 days.
  • May be used to ride Transbay with additional cash fare of $1.10
    $5.00 Adults; $2.50 - Youth/Senior/Disabled
  • Only available on board the bus.
  • Issued upon request when paying cash.
  • May be used for Transbay ride with additional cash payment of $2.25 for Adults or $1.10 for Youth/Senior/Disabled.
  • Automatically applied on the third trip when using Clipper.
  • Valid for unlimited local rides from time issued until 3:00 a.m.
Using Clipper is another way to save. You'll still save 10 cents (5 cents for Youth/Senior/Disabled) on single local fares when you use your Clipper card.
How to Get a Pass
AC Transit passes are available only with a Clipper card. With a pass on Clipper, you can save big when you ride a lot, and you don't need to carry exact change to get on the bus.
Clipper cards and most passes can be obtained at , by phone at (877) 878-8883, or at various retail outlets including Walgreens, Whole Foods and others.

Need help?
AC Transit Customer Service is ready to answer fare questions and provide additional assistance:
(510) 891-4777
Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
AC Transit & Clipper Customer Service Center
1600 Franklin Avenue, Oakland
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Congratulations to the Winners of the Special Attendance Challenge!

Joseph Elliott, Briana Reyes-Campos, Genesis Thrower, Haimed Hagat, and Angelly Escalante-Casarrubias seen here accepting their awards in City Hall.

Each year, Oakland Natives Give Back host a District Wide Attendance Challenge for students from each of the 82 schools in the Oakland Unified School District. At the conclusion of each challenge, Oakland Natives Give Back selects 20 Oakland Unified School District students with 95% attendance between October and November to receive a $500 award. Councilperson Brooks chose to honor each child with a special Proclamation presented at the ceremony. The best ability is availability and the "Everyday Counts Attendance Challenge," has yielded a noticeable increase in attendance at low-performing schools. We encourage every child in the Oakland Unified School District to strive for perfect attendance! 
The District Wide Attendance Challenge empowers Oakland students by:
  1. Demonstrating the importance of perfect attendance by rewarding students for an accomplishment in that area.
  2. Helping raise awareness about the importance of daily attendance in OUSD schools, all of which receive information about the challenge.
  3. Setting a select group of students on a positive trajectory in their relationship with school by rewarding them for an academic achievement.
  4. Making sure that OUSD students develop a sense of civic engagement through familiarity with Oakland City Hall and contact with local sources of political power.
  5. Involving families and community members in committing to, and celebrating, student academic success.

Oakland Vegetation Management Plan Update

The Oakland Fire Department is developing a Vegetation Management Plan (Plan) for city-owned parcels in the Oakland hills to reduce the threat of wildfire. Although initial studies are underway, it is still early in the planning process and no final decisions have been made.
You are invited to attend a public meeting on Thursday, June 29, 2017 to receive project updates and ask questions/provide feedback. Project staff will be available to provide a summary of the community survey responses received in March/April 2017, and to provide an update on Plan development, methodologies, and work completed and underway.

Public Meeting: June 29, 2017, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Richard C. Trudeau Conference Center
11500 Skyline Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619
Oakland Residents Can Now Apply For Measure LL Police Commission
Earlier this month, the City of Oakland announced the opening of the application process for the Measure LL Police Commissioners. The Commissioners are going to be instrumental in re-establishing and maintaining public trust and confidence in the Police Department which is in turn essential for the Department to be able to provide the highest level of service to the community.
The Selection Panel will seek to make appointments that reflect Oaklanders' diversity of experiences, especially individuals from communities experiencing the most frequent contact with the Department. Strong commitment to police accountability and public service will be prioritized. Duties include overseeing the Community Police Review Agency, which will conduct investigations into allegations of officer misconduct; propose changes to, approve or reject current or proposed Department policies; remove the Chief of Police for cause; as well as other duties.
Commissioners must meet two criteria: 1) Be a resident of the City of Oakland and 2) Be over the age of 18 by date of first Commission meeting. The Selection Panel strongly encourages formerly incarcerated individuals to apply. Measure LL prohibits these categories of people from serving: current sworn police officers; current City employees; former Department sworn employees and current or former employees, official or representative of an employee association representing sworn police officers. Applications are available at .
P aper applications will be available at your local library, recreation centers and City Hall. Applications will be accepted until June 30, when the Selection Panel will begin to interview candidates. Appointments will be made by August 8. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The City of Oakland's Summer Lunch Program Launches
The City of Oakland recently began the summer meal programs to provide local children free lunch and afternoon snack during the school break.

The Oakland Human Services Department's Summer Food Service Program commenced Monday, June 12. About 70 sponsored youth-serving sites throughout Oakland - including community-based organizations, City libraries and recreation centers, and faith-based organizations - are offering free lunch Monday through Friday until August 11, 2017.

All children and youth ages 18 and under can visit any location to receive a free meal. The City's Summer Food Service Program aims to bridge the meal gap by providing access to nutritious lunches and snacks at convenient locations throughout the city while school is out of session.
There are no program requirements or paperwork to complete to benefit from the City of Oakland Summer Food Service Program. Please call the Alameda County Community Food Bank's Emergency Food Helpline at 800-870-FOOD for more information of visit: to download a roster of current sites offering the program.

In Celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Last month marked Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month. Each Councilperson was asked to select an Oaklander of Asian American and Pacific islander heritage in effort to honor the service and leadership the individual has provided to the community. Oakland is home to nearly 70,000 Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, which is about 17% of Oakland's population.

Councilperson Brooks selected Monique Tsang for her service to Oakland that dates back to 2000. Monique, a native of Hong Kong, has held the roles of City Council Policy Analyst, Management Assistant to the Chief of Protocol, Neighborhood Service Coordinator, Assistant to the City Administrator - Director of Equal Access, and she currently serves Oakland as a Administrative Analyst. Ms. Tsang has proven herself to be a very dedicated employee who performs with extraordinary commitment and efficiency, demonstrated by her ability to communicate effectively with different groups, negotiating for a common goal and developing strong partnerships in the Oakland community.

District 6 thanks Monique Tsang for the consistent high quality, professional, and enthusiastic attitude displayed in all the areas she serves!

The presentation can be seen here at 1:06:22

OakDOT is looking for your ideas!
Oakland Department of Transportation is seeking input on transforming Oakland's largest asset-our streets-into vibrant public spaces.  A potential new program would integrate art into everyday infrastructure through projects like creative crosswalks and intersection painting. Additionally, the program would enable new public spaces such as plazas and parklets. Visit the website  to learn more and fill out this interest form  by June 23 rd .
For more information, please contact Menaka Mohan, Community Transportation Planner, at  and visit


OPD Wants You!

OPD Has Openings For High School Students To Become Police Explorers  - Continuously through spring 2017, high school students, ages 14 to 19, are invited to join the Police Explorers Program and learn more about careers in law enforcement. The Explorers program includes career opportunities, service learning, leadership experience, life skills and character education. For more information, please contact Officer Charles Stone, Oakland Police Activities League (PAL), at  or (510) 421-2684. 
OPD Is Hiring Police Cadets  - Continuously through spring 2017, ambitious young women and men are invited to join the Oakland Police Department (OPD) law enforcement team as part-time Police Cadets. Cadets, who must be high school seniors or attending college, are rotated through a variety of assignments at OPD designed to develop their interest in police work. You may apply at any time; the position is filling continuously. Police Cadets are part-time employees who receive training and experience in law enforcement. Wages start at $14.42 per hour and Cadets may work up to 19.5 hours per week. To learn more, please visit . For more information, please contact the Oakland Police Department's Media Office at  or (510) 238-7230.
Summer Programs Now Available for Kids, Teens, and Adults through the Oakland Public Library
The Oakland Public Library  is ready to help you explore, connect, and grow this summer! For kids, teens, and adults, the library is offering its annual summer programs, with various incentives designed to get people reading, visiting the library, and participating in their community.   Kids' Summer Reading, Teen Summer Passport, and Adult Summer Reading began on June 10 and end on August 5.
This year OPL has even created a special pre-reader card for babies and toddlers to use. The pre-reader card celebrates talking, reading, singing, writing and playing: all activities that support early literacy. "We're very excited about the new pre-reader card. We hope that little kids and their caregivers find this new way to play Summer Reading is just right for them," says Children's Services Supervising Librarian Nina Lindsay. 
Children participating in Summer Reading may read anything they want, so they can pursue subjects that spark their interest. Numerous studies have found that children who select books for themselves, and participate in reading as a leisure activity, improve their reading comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, and writing skills. Kids can listen to someone else read to them, as this also supports reading success.   All children who read 20 days in the summer will receive a free book and coupons to local attractions, and they will be eligible to win other prizes, such as passes or Lego sets. Special grand prize drawings will include an iPad (for kids age 5-14) and a family membership at Children's Fairyland (for ages 0-4).
The Teen Summer Passport program is an online digital badging program which encourages teens (ages 12-18) to embrace their communities and the wider Bay Area. Teens earn virtual passport stamps for completing a variety of activities, such as visiting museums on free admission days, making trips to the skate park, and even taking a swim in the local public pool. Teens also receive passport stamps for volunteering at the library, attending library programs, submitting book, movie, video game or music reviews, and creating personalized book lists. Potential prizes for participants in the program include an iPad Mini, a laptop, a Chromebook, or a tablet. Summer programs at various library locations will include henna workshops and a series of craft workshops led by local artists from the Rock Paper Scissors Collective and Oakland Hand Made.
  Participants in the Adult Summer Reading  program earn badges and raffle entries for writing reviews, creating book lists, and completing and reviewing activities. Raffle tickets go towards chances at winning an iPad mini and other prizes.
The library will offer FREE SUMMER LUNCH FOR YOUTH (ages 18 and under) at eight library locations: 81st Avenue Branch, César E. Chávez Branch, Eastmont Branch, Elmhurst Branch, Golden Gate Branch, Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch, Melrose Branch, and the Main Library. This is the 7th year that OPL has partnered with the City's Department of Human Services and the Alameda County Community Food Bank to provide this great service.  
  To sign up, visit or drop by your neighborhood library and pick up a reading log or pre-reader card. For information about other programing for all ages all summer long, visit or contact Sharon McKellar, Community Relations Librarian, at 510-238-3513 or




Prop. 47 Infomercial 
is a MUST SEE  
reducing your felony record 

Recording Artist, Justice Advocate, and Oakland native son Ise Lyfe stars in a statewide television infomercial designed to spread the word about Proposition 47, which California voters voted into law last year.

With the passage of Proposition 47, certain low-level, nonviolent felonies can now be changed to misdemeanors on old criminal records. If you or someone you know has a prior criminal record with a felony record for any of the following crimes, you may qualify to remove the felony from your record and change it to a misdemeanor:
  • Simple drug possession 
  • Petty theft under 950 dollars
  • Shoplifting under 950 dollars
  • Forging or writing a bad check under 950 dollars
  • Receipt of stolen property under 950 dollars
If you have a previous conviction for crimes such as rape, murder or child molestation or are in the sex offender registry, you will not be eligible to get these felonies reclassified.  Click here  for a list of crimes that will exempt you from getting your record reclassified. Read more from the California Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections  here .



Councilmember Brooks highly encourages District 6 residents to be informed 
on involved on  our local Boards and Commissions. If you are interested in  serving  as a member of one of the following Boards and Commissions, please don't hestitate to contact my office by emailing D or calling  at 510-238-7006.

For a complete list of Boards & Commissions, click here:  Boards & Commissions.


 The Oakland City Council meets the first, third and fifth Tuesdays of the month in Council Chambers on the 3rd floor of City Hall. Ceremonial presentations and non-controversial (consent) items will be heard at 5:30 pm. At 6:30 pm public hearings and discussion items are reviewed.

Thank you for reading Councilmember Brooks' bi-weekly newsletter. Feel free to share it far and wide. If you have anything you'd like to share that you'd like featured in the newsletter, send an email to:

We'd love to hear from you!

Councilmember Brooks encourages 
us all to make the best health decisions possible! What we eat, think, and do impacts us all- so here's this week's health corner with useful info to keep us healthy and thriving!

Drink Enough Water

Water keeps the body hydrated, rids it of toxins, and helps with digestion, which makes drinking it an important daily health tip. Aim for at least eight 8-ounce glasses per day, either alone or with tea. Caffeinated tea and coffee should be avoided in excess, as they may act like a diuretic and work against hydration. And be sure to steer clear of sugary sodas and even diet sodas, which can lead to disease precursors, like metabolic syndrome.

Useful Information

Councilmember Brooks would love to feature you in her bi-weekly newsletter!

If you are a resident of District 6 with an interesting and positive story to tell about yourself or community, send and email to

We look forward to hearing from you!

The City of Oakland Website has new tips and access to resources to prepare you for the event of an earthquake.

       Readiness is key!
Click here to get the info
African American Male Achievement program is a  phenomenal effort within Oakland Unified School District to support Black boys
Click here for more information
Quick Links

Let your voice be heard. Let's continue the work together to create the community we want to live in.  The community holds the power; they only need to use it.
I'm fired up about the positive change we can bring about in our community. Let's get to work. Come be a part of the solution -- acknowledging the existence of issues confronting our community while working to find creative means of addressing them.   
Join us for our 
Empowerment Committee Meeting
The First Saturday of each Month.
10:00 am- Noon
Kingdom Builders Christian Fellowship Church
7272 MacArthur
Oakland, CA
The District 6 Empowerment Committee meetings 
are definitely the place to be! 
      Join us, stay informed!   



Councilmember Brooks has always worked towards  keeping District 6 and the entire city mobilized  towards clean, safe, and cost effective waste management. If you have any questions about recent changes and improvements to Oakland's waste services, 
please utilize the ZERO WASTE HOTLINE: 

To provide the best service to residents, we recommend forwarding calls and e-mails to the City's Recycling Hotline at 238-SAVE (x7283) or


The Recycling Hotline is fully staffed and ready to provide swift, effective assistance to callers. The Recycling Hotline issues work orders to Waste Management and CWS through Cityworks, tracks each service issue, explains the rules and requirements that apply to residents, building owners and businesses, and highlights all the benefits of the City's new program. The Recycling Hotline identifies and tracks issues and compels corrective actions as needed from Waste Management and CWS.


Constituents who want help finding the best rates available to them should contact the haulers directly: Waste Management is handling billing and rates questions for residential customers at 510-613-8710. Waste Management is also where businesses should call about trash and compost rates and service, and their business line is 510-613-8700. Commercial recycling remains an open market and business owners can shop around for different service providers using the directory posted on the program's new website,

File a Complaint with
-Freeway on or off ramps overgrown; poor maintenance; illegal dumping on highway?  
Contact CalTrans. 
If any concerns regarding Caltrans maintenance arise, anyone at any time can complete and submit a form through the Maintenance Service Request (MSR) process. The form is located on the Caltrans, District 4 website,

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