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New Farmers Market Needs Your Help
Councilperson Desley Brooks' Farmers Market Community Survey 
My office is planning to bring a Farmers' Market to 7700 Mountain Blvd. starting this June. We are conducting this survey to determine community interest in a Certified Farmers' Market. Please select the appropriate answer for each question and return to Dbrooks@Oaklandnet.com as soon as possible. THANK YOU! 
1. If a Certified Farmers' Market is held once each week in your neighborhood will you plan to attend: 
_____ Every Week
_____ Twice a month
_____ Once a month
_____  Occasionally 
_____ I will not attend 
2. Which Certified Farmers' Market (s) have you visited? 
 ____San Leandro: Bayfair Center 
_____ San Leandro: Downtwon 
_____Oakland: Grand Lake
_____Oakland: Temescal 
_____Oakland: Old Oakland
_____Castro Valley 
_____ Hayward 
_____ Other: 
_____ Never visited a Farmers' Market
 3. The Market is going to be held every Saturday, which time do you prefer? 
_____9am-1 pm-- morning 
_____ 10am-2pm-afternoon 
_____ Noon-3pm-late afternoon 
_____ I'm not able to attend on a weekend 
4. Please indicate what best describes your attitudes and opinions surrounding a Farmers' Market: Do you: 1.  strongly agree; 2. agree; 3. neutral; 4. disagree; or 5 strongly disagree
______ I prefer small Farmers Markets (10 -12 trucks)
______I prefer large Farmers Markets (25 plus trucks)
5. In addition to fruit and vegetables, what items would you purchase?
_____Farm Eggs        _____Fresh Fish     _____Flowers     _____Grass Fed Meats
_____Fresh Breads     _____Asian Vegetables     _____Organic Produce    _____Meals prepared for on-site consumption
 6. In addition to fresh food, I would like: 
____Children's Activities   ____Other:   _____Cooking demonstrations  ______Healthy Eating Tips _____Recipes 
 7. Comments & Suggestions: __________________________________________________________
 8. I would like to receive the latest information about the Farmers' Market. Please add my name to the email list. 
Name:_______________________________  Email address: __________________________________
Address ______________________________City ___________________________Zip_____________

Oakland Did the Right Thing!
"We need to make sure that there is equity in this industry and we need to make sure that Oaklanders have an opportunity." - Councilmember Desley Brooks

Councilwoman Brooks spearheaded Oakland's Cannabis Equity Program to make sure that Oakland residents have more control and access in an industry that has been dominated by whites locally and nationwide.   On March 7, 2017 the City Council voted unanimously to approve the nation's first equity program which requires that 50 percent of medical marijuana and cannabis business permits during the first phase of permitting be awarded to people affected by the War on Drugs.
Michelle Alexander, Associate Professor of Law at Ohio State University and Author of the New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness said " after 40 years of impoverished black kids getting prison time for selling weed, and their families and futures destroyed. Now, white men are planning to get rich doing precisely the same thing?" A recent staff report issued by Oakland's Department of Race and Equity revealed disparities in Oakland mirrored the national statistics.
The disparities revealed are stark:
  • In 2015, the cannabis arrest rates for African-Americans was 77 percent, 15 percent for Hispanics, 4 percent for whites and 2 percent for Asians. African-Americans, Hispanics and whites each make up about 30 percent of Oakland's population. 
  • African-Americans have been arrested for pot at a disproportionate rate compared to white residents, even though the two groups make up a similar percentage of the population.  Between 1995 and 2015 there were high drug arrests in the city's flatlands even as the medical marijuana boom arrived in Oakland.
  • Arrest rates for African-Americans peaked in 1998, when it was as high as 90 percent.
  • For over two decades, black and brown residents were arrested and incarcerated for drug offenses at disparately high rates, while largely white cannabis cultivators, manufacturers and distributors who were not operating legally either, flourished under changing laws designed to accommodate the burgeoning industry.
The cannabis permits will be distributed in two phases.  An initial equity phase and a second phase that will have no equity restrictions on who can get a license.  The criterion has also expanded to include police beats with high pot arrests in parts of West Oakland and the Fruitvale district.  
In the first phase, at least 50 percent of permits will go to equity applicants who either: lived in one of the designated police beats for 10 of the last 20 years, and has an income below 80 percent of the city's average median income; or if the person was arrested in Oakland and convicted of a cannabis-related crime prior to 1997.  This phase will provide zero-interest business loans and technical help to equity applicants.  Non-equity applicants who wish to apply during this phase will be given priority if they agree to serve as "incubators" for approved equity applicants.  
The second phase of the permit program won't begin until $3.4 million in cannabis business tax revenue is collected.  But once began, there will be no restrictions on who can get a license.
Over 100 speakers attended the May 7th Council meeting and spoke in support of the Equity Program.

Oakland Fire Department Is Preparing 
A Plan To Reduce Wildfire Risk
On Wednesday, March 29, and Thursday, March 30, the Oakland Fire Department will be hosting meetings to discuss the preparation of a Vegetation Management Plan (Plan) and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that will describe how the City will monitor and maintain vegetation on more than 1,400 acres of City-owned land and along approximately 300 miles of roadway to reduce the risk of destructive wildfires. 

Both meetings will run from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The meeting on March 29 will be held at the Dunsmuir-Hellmann Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, and the meeting on March 30 will be held at the Richard C. Trudeau Center, 11500 Skyline Boulevard. The public is encouraged to attend as public engagement is essential to the process.

 The Plan will describe ongoing and future vegetation management activities for a ten-year timeframe, and the EIR will evaluate the potential effects of the Plan on our region's natural resources. Public review and comment on the scope of the Plan and EIR will be taken in early summer 2017, with the draft Plan expected for public review in the later summer months. 

A new website,  www.oaklandnet.com/VegManagement , was recently launched to host project documents. The public is also encouraged to subscribe for project update emails at  https://oaklandvegmanagement.org/contact-us/ . For more information, please contact Angela Robinson PiƱon, Assistant to the Director, at  arobinsonpinon@oaklandnet.com  or at (510) 238-4055.
 

  








Brooks Partners With City Administrator

Removes Blight From Community

Two years ago I asked the City Administrator to start a pilot demolition project in District 6. The project would incentivize owners of blighted vacant properties to demolish the buildings. I identified several properties to be part of the pilot project. I am happy to report that the old Dairy site on Foothill was the first to come down. Shortly thereafter, the blighted half-built market at Havenscourt and Bancroft was the second building to come down. For years these buildings have been an eyesore and blight on the community. The demolition of these blighted buildings dramatically changed the skyline and surrounding community.


  Before photos of old Dairy site on Foothill Boulevard.
 
 After photo of old Dairy site.






















Before photo of half-built market at Havenscourt and Bancroft.


















 After photo of Havenscourt and Bancroft.













Hillcrest Estates Improvement Association 
Hosts Annual Meeting



  
The Hillcrest Estates Improvement Association (HEIA) represents over 250 homes in the Oakland Hills of District 6.  They  are a voluntary group of residents championing issues relating to their community.  The Annual meeting provides a means of updating and energizing the group's members. It is the best opportunity to see connect with our residents each year. About 100 residents attended the meeting and addressed neighborhood concerns about safety, area development, and other neighborhood issues.



  




CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR
RETIREMENT 
TREASURER,  DONALD R. WHITE


HONORING DONALD R. WHITE
 HON. BARBARA LEE
of california in the house of representatives 
 Monday, March 6, 2017 

Ms. LEE:  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the extraordinary work of Donald R. White, who recently retired after 32 years of serving as Alameda County's Treasurer-Tax Collector. I recognize his exemplary work and the invaluable influence he had on our community in the County of Alameda. 
Mr. White graduated from California State University, Hayward (now Cal State East Bay) where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the California Society of CPAs, and a member of the American Institute of CPAs. These qualifications helped him become the first African American auditor at Ernst and Young's San Francisco office and he later co- founded Adams, Grant, White & Co, a minority owned accounting firm that had offices in Washington, D.C., Oakland, and Fresno. 
Donald began his work for Alameda County in 1985 when he made history as the first African American to be elected to the position of Treasurer-Tax Collector. As Alameda County's Treasurer, White oversaw billions of dollars in county funds, managed multiple departments, and supervised a staff of over 60 employees. 
Mr. White is a trailblazer. He dedicated his career to serving and supporting his community, investing years with countless community service organizations. He has committed himself to numerous non-profit boards, including service on the Board of Trustees for the East Oakland Youth Development Center and on the Board of Directors and as chair of the Audit Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of California. He served as treasurer for the Alpha Gamma Boule Foundation and treasurer of the Black Elected Officials and Faith Based Leaders of the East Bay. 
Over the years Mr. White has also committed his time and expertise to numerous professional organizations, including the California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors, National Association of Securities Professionals, National Association of Black Accountants, and is an active member of the Oakland Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). 
Mr. White is an exemplary model of a positive community activist, promoter of equality, and role model for all. He has worked tirelessly as a public servant and committed himself to expanding and promoting diversity in every aspect of professional services for the county. 
 On a personal note, I had the privilege to be involved in Don's first campaign, when I organized an event for him with Congressman Harold Ford. Don was also a member of a business delegation that I led to Africa, and the group benefitted tremendously from his expertise and insights. More than anything, Don always lived up to his role as an exemplary public servant, and I am proud to call him my friend. 
Today, on behalf of California's 13th Congressional District, I salute the long and successful career of Donald R. White. I offer my congratulations and acknowledge the positive impact that he had on the communities of Alameda County.




STEM Workshop At Eastmont Branch Library
On Tuesday, April 4, at 3:30 p.m., youth can come to the Eastmont Branch Library for a stimulating STEM workshop by Scientific Adventures for Girls. Instructors aim to show youth how cool science can be, with fun projects like building a working model car, shooting a marshmallow blaster or fitting a round object into a square hole. The Eastmont Branch Library is located in the Eastmont Town Center at 7200 Bancroft Avenue, Suite 211. For more information, please contact Nichole Brown, Librarian II, at  nbrown@oaklandlibrary.org  or (510) 615-5726.



Ribbon Cutting at the Frick Health and Wellness Center
Frick Wellness Center seeks to make sure our students are healthy and read to learn.  Twice a month the Wellness Center had a visiting dentist from the Native American Health Center.  The dentist conducted exams and cleanings.  These exams and screening were done with portable dental equipment. Thanks to Salesforce founder Marc  Benioff and the Benioff Family Foundation,  the doctor now has permanent dental equipment to fill small cavities and do X-rays!  This will allow the dentist and hygienist to treat tooth decay as well as help to prevent it.  
 
The Frick School Health & Wellness Center, located on 2845 64th Avenue, is a community resource.  It delivers convenient and high-quality health services for students and families of Frick Impact Academy and the surrounding community.   The Frick Health & Wellness Center can even serve clients whose primary care physicians are not at the Frick clinic.
Services are provided at no cost and the health center serves everyone, no-one is turned away. 
The new services that Orthodontist will be providing are also available for children, teens, and adults at no cost. 
  Although adolescence is an ideal time to promote health and well-being, teens are less likely than other age groups to seek out traditional health services.   "Now we can make sure students' teeth are healthy, they're not missing any school, and their parents are not having to pay for it out of pocket," said Clinic coordinator Ashley Trahan.    "Untreated dental problems are distracting and painful for children who need to pay attention in school," she added."  

Services currently being offered at The Frick School Health & Wellness Center:
 
Medical Services
* Diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses
* First aid for minor injuries
* Physical exams (general, sports, pre-employment)
* Immunizations
* Confidential reproductive health services
* Screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs & HIV)
* Scoliosis exams
* Referrals to other health providers and professionals
 
The Medical Clinic is open every Tuesday
Dental Services

* Exams
* Cleanings and sealants
* Fluoride treatments
* Oral health education
* Referrals to specialists
Fill small cavities & conduct X-Rays!*
 
School Nurse
* Health risk assessment
* Vision and hearing screening
* Support for IEPs, 504 and other mandated services
* Support with chronic illness and medication administration
* Special education assessment
 
Counseling
* Transition to high school
* Crisis intervention
* Grief and anxiety counseling
* Family and peer support
* Substance abuse
* Case management
* Individual and group sessions
 
Health Education
* Nutrition and healthy living
* Puberty, hygiene and body awareness
* Pregnancy prevention
* HIV/STI prevention
* Human sexuality
* Drugs, alcohol, and tobacco issues
 
Youth Development
* Peer health educators
* Young men's groups
* Gardening
* In class health education
* Lunchtime sports leagues
Enrollment Services
* Medi-Cal, HealthPac and other health insurances
* CalFresh
  
*New services started March 1st
 
The Frick School Based Health Center is run by the East Bay Agency for Children in partnership with Native American Health Center, Alameda County Health Care Services, and Oakland Unified School District.
 
For more information contact the health center directly at  510-639-3386  or contact  frickhealthcenter@ebac.org
 

 

 


Thank You
Charles Houston Bar Association

Big shout out and thank you to the Charles Houston Bar Association; President, Andrew Houston; Cathy Ongiri; Tiega Varlack; and Lauren Whitted for providing free legal information and referrals at my Eastmont office. This is a tremendous service for the community.  The next Lawyers at my Eastmont office will be Saturday, May 20th.  Please tell others about this important program.

Big shout out and thank you to President, Andrew Houston, Cathy Ongiri, Tiega Varlack, and Lauren Whitted  of the Charles Houston Bar Association for providing free legal information and referrals at my Eastmont office. This is a tremendous help to the co
 

 

Councilperson Brooks Co-Sponsors Green Conference!
MobilizeGreen Annual Conference and Career Fair a Hugh Success!
 
Councilperson Brooks, Mobilize Green and the United States Forest Service partnered to host a Green Conference for 150 young people of color from around the country.  The theme of this year's conference was:  Environmental Equity: Investing In Diverse Leadership.  Randy Moore, the Regional Forester for the US Forest Service; and  Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Assistant Professor at Princeton University were keynote speakers at the event.  
The purpose of the MobilizeGreen Conference is to inspire, engage, and will help mobilize the next generation of diverse green leaders to help communities solve equity and environmental challenges. Through thought-provoking panel sessions, workshops, and high-impact networking opportunities, the event will help change the way employers and diverse young people connect for green career opportunities.    
The Conference and Career Fair were held at Oakland's City Hall and Lakeside Park Garden Center.  The 3-day conference culminated with conference participants completing two community services projects. One group of participants volunteered at a community clean up in District 6.   A second group volunteered at the bird sanctuary at Lake Merritt.
To learn more about Mobilize Green please visit www.mobilizegreenconference.org.  

Coming to a Pot Hole Near You!

In the weeks since this winter's record-breaking regional storms began in early January, the City of Oakland has received calls reporting more than 1,300 new potholes, and several hundred calls for service for flooding, mudslides, fallen trees and other weather-related issues.Oakland Public Works (OPW) and Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT) crews have worked around the clock to address these issues swiftly. Staff have prioritized addressing weather impacts that directly affected public safety and are currently developing plans to address the increase in new potholes.
 
Rain causes potholes, but it also impedes pothole repair until the rains diminish. As we develop our plans to reallocate resources to the immediate pothole increase, we are constrained by the continuing intermittent storms. Our goal is to make our biggest and best impact with the current resources on hand for pothole repair. Unfortunately, repairing potholes during wet weather (or before the groundwater can dry in the wake of wet weather) severely reduces the length of time those repairs will last.
 
OakDOT's current year revised goal is to repair 12,000 potholes. As of today staff have repaired approximately 7,500 potholes, and we are projected to exceed the revised annual goal. Maintenance crews will implement a "Mini Pothole Blitz" - an effort bolstering our annual seven-week summer Pothole Blitz - created specifically to address the outstanding service requests brought on by this outbreak of severe rains. This will be a 21 day effort focused on repairing 1,500 potholes. In addition to this effort, staff will be undertaking crack sealing at a number of locations to extend the life expectancy of these streets. 
 
Staff are also exploring using a new product for pothole repair that will provide a longer-lasting fix. The new material is called FastPatch; it is a unique polymer repair system that bonds tenaciously to surfaces and remains flexible throughout its service life. FastPatch is a significant leap forward in technology from conventional cold type repair materials that are non-flexible, and yields a life expectancy of 3 to 5 years when applied in areas with challenged pavement condition. 
 
Pothole repairs remain a temporary and incomplete solution to the larger systemic challenge in improving and maintaining the overall quality of Oakland streets. In November Oakland voters approved Measure KK, providing the City with major new resources to help restore infrastructure through capital projects. Staff are currently developing the Fiscal Year 2017-2019 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) which will include expediting street paving projects that can now be funded by the infrastructure bond. The draft CIP will be presented in the spring for City Council review and consideration. In the meantime, paving plan staff have designed and bid out projects slated to begin in the spring that will repave an estimated 19.5 centerline road miles by July 2018.
 
The Mini Pothole Blitz will focus on potholes that pose a clear and imminent hazard to pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicle passengers. While the City's resources are finite and staff cannot respond immediately to every call for service, it is important for the community to continue to report pothole locations as this helps staff improve planning to deploy resources for the most effective impact.
 
Please continue to report any issues to the Oakland Call Center, which can be reached at (510) 615-5566, www.oaklandpw.com, callcenter@oaklandnet.com or through the mobile app SeeClickFix. We are grateful for the public's assistance, patience and understanding.



How To Apply For Grants Workshops 
For  Oakland Artists And Nonprofit Arts Organizations  


Beginning Saturday, April 1, the City of Oakland's Cultural Funding Program will offer a series of "How-to-Apply Workshops" for artists and nonprofit organizations applying to receive grant support to provide art and cultural activities in Oakland. These one-hour workshops are designed to assist applicants with the program's online application and review process. Applications will be accepted in three categories: Individual Artist Project, Organization Project and Art-in-the-Schools. The following workshops have been scheduled: 
 
  • Saturday, April 1, 11 a.m.
    East Oakland Youth Development Center, 8200 International Boulevard
    Focus: General overview/all categories
  •  
  • Saturday, April 8, 11 a.m.
    Digital Arts and Culinary Academy, 5818 International Boulevard
    Focus: General overview/all categories
  •  
  • Monday, April 10, 5:30 p.m. 
    Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
    Focus: Individual Artists
  •  
  • Thursday, April 13, 5:30 p.m.
    Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
    Focus: Art-in-the-Schools residencies
  •  
  • Monday, April 17, 5:30 p.m. 
    Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
    Focus: Organization Project
  •  
  • Monday, May 1, noon 
    Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
    Focus: Individual Artists
For more information, please contact Denise Pate, Cultural Funding Coordinator, at dpate@oaklandnet.com  or (510) 238-7561.


 
 
 
Merritt College Showcase!
On March 10 th, Merritt College showcased their Cybersecurity training program to a large audience. The Merritt Cybersecurity program is a fully accredited A.S. degree with majors in Applications and Infrastructure Security, and serves the East Bay School districts. It results from the partnership with the CISE CIO organization, Merritt College, and CIO's / CISO's from leading Bay Area companies. The program provides trained, entry level security professionals from which an organization can then expand on and develop internally.
Most organizations don't know how to detect or mitigate attacks that leverage digital channels such as social media. According to this article , more than 430 million new unique pieces of malware were also discovered in 2015 -- up 36% from the previous year. Most respondents in the study (82%) reported a lack of security talent within their organizations. One in three said this makes their company a hacking target. One in four companies claimed they have suffered reputational damage and proprietary loss as a direct result of the skills shortage.

The current lack of trained cybersecurity professionals stands in direct contrast to the explosion of advanced persistent threats and other vulnerabilities we see on the rise every year. Traditional 4-year education is not resolving the shortage of skilled cybersecurity workers in the U.S.. The Cybersecurity training program is an innovative solution to an increasingly prevalent problem. As technology only becomes more advanced, the country will continue to recognize the need for a bold and innovative approach to resolving the problem. The Cybersecurity program at Merritt is a great first step.
The Merritt College program can be summarized in the following points:
 * Fully accredited associate of science degree in information security, with majors in applications and infrastructure security
* Courses designed and co-taught by security industry experts
* Program includes hands-on labs to develop your technical security skills
* Internships with Bay Area companies to work in information security field while students study for their degree
* Class projects include forensics of a pharmaceutical organization that suffered a security breach, securing systems on Amazon Web Services, and developing Information security strategies
 

 

Grand Opening of Merritt College's Barack Obama Institute and Job Center for the Community
The President Barack Obama Institute and Job Center was recently opened at   Merritt College.  Merritt College Interim President Marie-Elaine Burns (photo left) said  "I hereby proclaim that The Career Institute and Job Center at Merritt College is open to the public from this  day forward."   The Career Institute and Job Center is named after former President Barack Obama, because under his administration, the funding for the institute and the institute and the career development training and other services offered were established.
 
The new Center is designed to provide an integrated array of high-quality services so that workers, job seekers, and businesses can conveniently find the help they need.   The Center will offer job-search services, career-readiness, development workshops, education counseling, and more to  th e college and community.  The Career Institute and Job Center at Merritt College is establishing a "no wrong door" approach to servicing Oakland residents and the greater East Bay.  In addition  to providing caree r technical educational programs, the Center will also provide additional services through CalJOBs and [ Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act enrollment.    
Services provided at the Center are free.  The Center is funded through the federal government's Workf orce Innovation and Opportunity Act. 

For more information, to meet the staff or to tour the facilities, please contact Dr. Victor Littles at  vlittles@peralta.edu

At the Grand Opening of Merritt's new Career Institute and Job Center, Interim President Marie-Elaine Burns cuts the ribbon to the entrance, along with (l-r) Maria Spencer, Interim Associate Dean of Educational Success; Dr. Jeff Lamb, Vice President of Instruction; and Roberta Kunkel, Dean of Academic Pathways and Student Support. 

 
 

 


 

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 Brooks@Oaklandnet.com 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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We'd love to hear from you!
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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.


 
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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 dbrooks@oaklandnet.com

We look forward to hearing from you!
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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
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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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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!   

 
  

  ZERO WASTE


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 recycling@oaklandnet.com


 

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, www.OaklandRecycles.com.

  
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, http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/maint/msrsubmit/



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