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Egg-straordinary Day!

On April 15th, 2017, I hosted my annual Easter Egg Hunt and Schools Out Resource Fair at Arroyo Viejo Park . Over 500 kids came out to participate in a day full of fun and information! I have a special place in my heart for the kids of Oakland and it was great to see all the smiling faces.

There were multiple age appropriate old fashion candy hunts for kids aged 4 to 13.  During the hunts the kids discovered enough candy to last for months! Sorry parents! 

Parents and kids were also able to participate in an organizational hunt at the Schools Out Resource Fair. This part of the event exposed participants to summer camp and after school programs throughout Oakland.  Parents were able to sign their children up for the respective programs on the spot.  Participants who were able to find the organizations had a chance to win one of twenty bikes that were given away.  The list can be found here for those interested in afterschool and summer camp programs. 

Big Shout Out and THANK YOU to my Sorors of Oakland East Bay Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Thomas, Ken  Grier and Staff, Spider John Vettelife, Darleen Brooks, Sidney Wilson, Sallye Porter, all the vendors, Ken Davis, Arroyo Viejo staff, and everyone who made this event a huge success!

 We'll see you next year!

In the Spirit of César Chávez...

The Oakland City Council honored community residents who exemplified the life and legacy of Dr. César Chávez.  I was proud to nominate Gabriel and Luis Cabezas, and Dr. Cesar Cruz as District 6's selection for this prestigious award.

I chose Gabriele and Luis Cabezas for all their hard work and dedication to improving the community through faith. They truly have deep faith that motivates them in all the work that they do. Although I have known them for 7 months, their love and appreciation of the community is unparalleled. The Cabezas lead by example. They often spearhead community improvement efforts with their church in East Oakland and they never miss a District 6 Empowerment Meeting Community Clean up. "We can shout louder, not with our mouth, but by how we behave," says Gabby Cabezas. They are model citizens and it was an honor, to present them with this distinction.

I also chose Dr. César Cruz, founder of Homies Empowerment and a educator.
Homies Empowerment is an exceptional after-school program which   provided a safe place in East Oakland where kids from rival gangs found common ground and an appreciation for education.  The kids would come together for unity dinners for almost 4 years.  Through those unity dinners they learned Latino and African American history; they learned the contributions of their people; they learned the importance of education and most importantly they learned their value.  Many of the program participants went on to be the first in their families to graduate from college.

Dr. Cruz credits Dr. César Chávez and Malcom X as his biggest influences. Dr. Cruz is an incredible role model. He is the 1st Mexican immigrant to receive his Doctorate in educational leadership from Harvard. Dr. Cruz shared his Harvard experience with the youth in his Homies Empowerment program.  He brought them to Harvard to present and share their experience.  Dr. Cruz wanted the kids to see that dreams can become a reality. 

Upon graduation, Dr. Cruz came back to Oakland to practice what he learned.  Dr. Cruz is working on turning the Homies Empowerment program into a school.    Dr. Cruz he has made a tremendous difference and continues to do so. 

District 6's honoree ceremony can be found here at 1:18:28



Equity Incubator Cannabis Mixer!
Learn about the Equity Incubator process at the City of Oakland Cannabis Mixer

On Saturday, May 6th from 9:30-11am at Oaklan d City Hall, Council Chambers, the City Administrator's Office will host a mixer for those interested in the City of Oakland's Medical Cannabis Equity Incubator Program, which provides permitting priority to general applicants that provide free rent/real estate to equity applicants.
The event will allow individuals to explore partnership opportunities between general and equity applicants and learn more about the City's upcoming medical cannabis permit application process.
Limited free parking is offered at the parking garage at 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza - garage entrance is located on 16th St.Those interested in attending should RSVP by emailing Nancy Marcus at by Wednesday May 3rd.

Registration is Open for MobilizeGreen's Youth Conservation Corps Crew!!

Looking for a tremendous summer opportunity for your child, age 15 to 18?  Look no further. MobilizeGreen continues to jumpstart green careers for young people through internships, mentoring, and youth engagement.

The Youth Conservation Crew has a life changing opportunity for you. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and AmeriCorps NCCC, MobilizeGreen is offering residential Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) programs in Eagle River, Wisconsin and Orleans, California this summer 2017 for diverse young people between the ages of 15 and 18 years of age.  

The MobilizeGreen-Forest Service YCC program is a three-week residential program where members live and work together as a team. YCC Members will work on conservation-related projects together during the day and participate in environmental education, personal development opportunities, and outdoor recreation activities during the evenings and weekends. The YCC experience is unique and can create memories and friendships that last a lifetime.  

The goal of the program is to create environmental stewards and future leaders through community engagement, physical labor, and teamwork. YCC Members often return to the places where they served and appreciate their projects for many years. Program recruitment is targeted to attract youth from diverse backgrounds, including socio-economically disadvantage urban and rural communities, from across the country.




YCC 2017 Session Dates
California Session One: June 24 - July 14
California Session Two: July 24  - August 11



Merritt College Highlight Opportunity for Potential Women In Law Enforcement

Merritt College Administration of Justice Program hosted a Women in Law Enforcement Conference.   The keynote speaker was former Cal State Eastbay Chief of Police and former BART Deputy Chief of Police Jan Glenn-Davis.  Ms. Glenn-Davis is the first African American woman to be named Police Chief in California.   Ms. Glenn-Davis mesmerized the packed audience sharing her more than 30 years of experience in police work; and ending with a message of strength to all the women in attendance taken from Maya Angelou's poem, And Still We Rise.

Her powerful talk and unprecedented experiences were among many stories and words of advice of the participants at "Women in Law Enforcement: Maximizing Our Opportunity by Realizing Our Potential." Among the speakers and participants were Councilperson Desley Brooks, President Marie-Elaine Burns, OPD Captain Drennon Lindsey, the new OPD Chief of Police Anne Kirkpatrick, and a panel discussion by women in the legal field, FBI, probation, and California Highway Patrol, among other fields.

The conference, which was designed to introduce high school students to the field of law enforcement as well as encourage females currently in the field, was planned by Margaret Dixon. As a retired 25-year OPD veteran, she now directs Merritt's Administration of Justice Program and has dedicated her life to letting the women (and men) in her program and in the community know that anything is possible.

"I wanted to bring together the most powerful women I know as inspiration and encouragement to those women who may be interested in going into the field," says Ms. Dixon, who gave the closing remarks. "The fact that these women hold so many different jobs shows all of the opportunities available. Women need to know that there is a support system out there and that whatever criminal justice field they want to go into, there will be someone to help mentor them and encourage them to persevere and that no door will ever be closed."  
For more information on the Administration of Justice Program, please click here!

 Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America's entrepreneurs and small business owners. The City of Oakland has more than 25 free workshops slated for this year's NSBW, which will be celebrated locally from Monday, May 1 to Saturday, May 6. For a complete roster of events and workshops or to register, visit  .
Every day, small businesses create 21 st century jobs, drive innovation and increase America's global competitiveness. Small businesses are the engine of Oakland's economy - 90% of local firms employ 50 or fewer people.
While many small businesses are startups and young companies, others are long-established firms. Across all industry sectors, small businesses are helping to fuel Oakland's economic growth and are an important factor in our city's diversified economy.
"With the help of over 40 sponsors and partners, the City is able to host a full array of activities that both celebrate and help nurture and grow our diverse local businesses," said Mark Sawicki, Director of Economic & Workforce Development. 
New for 2017: Oakland Business Connect Workshops in Commercial Corridors
Oakland has several commercial corridors where many small businesses operate. Since micro or small, family-owned businesses may be unable to participate in workshops at City Hall, the City of Oakland, along with its partners, are taking business development resources and workshops to five commercial corridors, including the Fruitvale District, two neighborhoods in East Oakland, the Laurel District and West Oakland. The City's Business Development Team, along with community partners, will also have an information table at the Oakland First Friday event on May 5 in the KONO District. Learn more at .
Shop, Dine, Explore Oakland Neighborhoods
On Saturday, May 6, Oakland residents are encouraged to show their love for Oakland small businesses by flexing their spending muscle and buying local. Participating shops and districts throughout Oakland will host celebrations, cultural events, shopping promotions and sidewalk sales.

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 9 a.m. to noon, the City of Oakland Fire Department's Emergency Management Services Division will conduct its 12th Annual CORE Citywide Emergency Response Exercise.  

Communities of Oakland Respond to Emergencies (CORE) is among the first community preparedness public education programs in the nation, having been established in April 1990 following the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake.   

The Annual CORE Citywide Exercise provides an opportunity for Oakland residents to test their disaster preparedness skills and capabilities at a neighborhood level. As part of the exercise, a simulated major earthquake on the Hayward fault will provide over 500 individuals representing neighborhoods throughout Oakland with an opportunity to practice their skills in responding to a major earthquake or other significant disaster. Other exercise participants will include local amateur radio operators, Oakland Firefighters and other City of Oakland staff. Individuals who are not part of an organized CORE neighborhood group, and members of a CORE neighborhood group not participating in the 2017 Exercise, will have the opportunity to take part in a simulated neighborhood exercise at the Oakland Fire Department's Training Division at 250 Victory Court.

Schedule of the Day 
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m: First On Scene Stop the Bleed/Triage training
11:00 a.m. - Noon: Exercise simulation 1
2:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m: Exercise debriefing for simulation drill
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m: CORE Neighborhood Exercise Debriefing 

This year the CORE Program is partnering with the Alameda County Public Health Department to provide First on Scene "Stop the Bleed" training to exercise participants at the simulated neighborhood exercise at 250 Victory Court. The goal of the exercise will focus on "Stop the Bleed" a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives.  

In addition, participants will be trained to understand triage, treatment, documentation, tracking and monitoring of victims from initial discovery until hand-off to professionals. They will be taught how to communicate effectively with neighborhood response teams and other nearby neighborhood groups as well as how to relay vital information via participating embedded Amateur Radio/GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) Operators in neighborhoods and at designated participating Fire Stations. 

  In addition to the Victory Court location, the citywide exercise will take place in neighborhoods throughout Oakland. Participants will include Oakland residents, Oakland Firefighters, City staff and other community members and volunteers.  (more) 

About CORE 
CORE is a free emergency and disaster prevention, preparedness and response training program for individuals, neighborhood groups and community-based organizations in Oakland. CORE teaches self-reliance skills and helps neighborhoods establish response teams to take care of the neighborhood until professional emergency personnel arrive. A major disaster will overwhelm first responders, leaving many community members on their own for the first 72 hours or longer after the emergency. Since its inception in 1990, the CORE program has provided free, community-based training to more than 30,000 residents. Oakland residents who are interested in signing up for free CORE training or who would like help forming CORE groups in their own neighborhoods can contact CORE at (510) 238-6351 or  

The City of Oakland Youth Advisory Commission (OYAC) is excited to announce an upcoming youth-to-youth funding opportunity for improving relations between law enforcement, community, and youth in Oakland
Do you have ideas on actionable ways to build and improve relationships between your peers and law enforcement in your community and schools?
The Opportunity : Apply for up to $7,500 to fund your project idea!
Minimum Qualifications :
□   Project must be created and led by youth aged 13-21 in partnership 
     with an Adult Ally
□   Project must be sponsored by a 501-c3 nonprofit organization
□   Project must serve City of Oakland residents
More Information Stay tuned to the Oakland Youth Advisory Commission's Facebook page (@oakyac) in the coming weeks for application release and ALL ongoing updates.
Timeline : Applications will be due by May 17, 2017 and grantees will be selected in mid-June. Grants will be issued in late-August/mid-September 2017. Project planning and implementation should take place between August 2017 and June 2018.


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.

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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
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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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