September News We Can All Use

I hope you had a good summer! As we enter a new Fall City Council Session, I wanted to make sure you know about the work we have been doing to make yours and my community better.

Your neighbors and I really need your help to continue to improve the quality of life, protect and create more affordable housing and increase living wage jobs and quality businesses to serve our community.

Please help me to identify priorities for our District by clicking here.


Thanks to the guidance from many of you, below is a list of some of my priorities from this Summer and into the Fall.   Please join me to keep making a difference for the District by filling out a quick survey.

Budget Priorities for District 6
Based on your input, I partnered with other Council Members to push for increased funding for two illegal dumping crews, funding for the homeless, monies for arts and culture.  Check out our Community Based Budget update by clicking HERE

Help prioritize our work and get involved by filling out the survey.
Economic Development and Jobs

I continue to focus on bringing in quality jobs, businesses and economic support for our District.  But your help is needed now more than ever.  

Please join me for the upcoming opening of Walnut Plaza, our regular Saturday Community Cleanups and our monthly Merchants Meeting. 

Please sign up and share this on Facebook by clicking the flier and link to the right.

Stopping displacement, building more affordable housing, and increasing home ownership continues to be at the top of my list of priorities. 

Please join me and the Attorneys from Charles Houston Bar Association to obtain important housing information and free legal referrals to help you on September 16th.

Please also take a moment to include in the community survey your ideas for how we address homelessness and increase affordable housing.  This is an important year take on the housing crisis and I need your help!  
Please join us at our many community events. 
Below are some events and updates for you.  
If you know of other events, please email me at

KaBoom! Join me to Build a New Park for the Lockwood Community in One Day!
Join me Saturday September 9th for the KaBOOM! Design and Planning Event for a new Playground. In one day we will build a new playground in Lockwood Court.  Three chances to help:
8:30am: Kick Off Ceremony to welcome volunteers and explain the design
8:50am to 2:30pm  Volunteer!   
2:30PM   Celebrate - Join me for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Safe Routes Initiative - Markham Elementary School
My office has been working to make sure there are pedestrian safety improvements at six school sites.  Markham Elementary School will be getting a pedestrian crossing signal at 73rd and Krause that will look like the photo seen here.  In addition to the crossing signal, the crosswalks will be upgraded with traverse bars in addition to the two parallel lines like you see around City Hall.  There will also be an upgrade to lighting to address parent concerns brought to me.

Investing in our Seniors, Families and Youth - Rainbow Recreation Center Update
Rainbow Recreation Center major improvements continue to move forward. 

As part of my initiative to bring quality community serving programs and facilities, I ask that you reach out to me with your ideas to make your community better.
Congratulations to this week's winner of the Millsmont Certified Farmers Market Basket.
Do n't Miss Out !    Last week I discovered many new fruits and vegetables at the Millsmont Certified Farmers Market . 

Join me each Saturday from 9:00am to 1pm at 7700 Mountain Boulevard in front of Kaleo Christian Fellowship Church until October to enjoy some of the best produce, coffee, honey, fresh bakery items, and fish in Oakland!

Stop by for lunch or bring home a tamale, gourmet Indian or other freshly made dinner.

Also, every week some lucky person has a chance to win the Farmer's Market basket featuring items from the Market. Stop by the information booth before the 12 Noon drawing to sign up.

Fall Legislation
I am in the process of drafting legislation to award 5% of all Measure KK monies and monies for City funded construction Projects to Cypress Mandela Training Center and  Citywide Job Training Centers .  If you care about bringing more jobs to the District and your community, I will need your help. Please take a moment to sign up and volunteer.

Know Your Neighbors
Each month neighbors nominate neighbors who are making a real difference to improve their community.  

Do you know someone who is doing important work for the community and should be recognized for it?

If you do, please email me a short description of who they are and why you think they should be nominated for this month's "Know your Neighbor."

Protect Your Neighbors
On Tuesday, September 5th, I was sickened and saddened by Attorney General Sessions announcement to wind down and rescind DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). DACA enabled scores of young people, as many as 17,000 in our County to come out of the shadows, pursue fuller, richer lives and bring diversity and safety to to our communities.

The next day, Councilmember's Gallo, Kaplan and I introduced and received full Council support in a Resolution urging Congress to take immediate action to support and restore DACA. We now have much work to do to protect our neighbors.

Shop Locally
Working with OCCUR, the City of Oakland Economic Development Department and many community partners, we have continued to improve our business corridors. Stay tuned for the grand opening announcements of a couple of new businesses and investments in my work to support small businesses.  

Jin me the 2nd Wednesday of each month (The next one is Sept 13th) at 8:30AM to discuss ideas and set plans in motion.
Increasing Safety Net Services
Each month we help families stay healthy with our Food Pantry Program.  

Please take a moment to share this event on Facebook and please let me know about other important senior and family serving safety net programs we should advertise and support. 

Local Community Events
As part of our District 6 Empowerment initiative, we want to promote all the local neighborhood groups, community institutions, and their activities to improve the lives of our residents.  Below are links to different Calendars of Activities. Please take a moment to check them out.   If you don't see yours listed, please email me details so we can post it on our website.

"Things to Do" in Oakland:  Click HERE to check out many different events and activities around Oakland this next month

Neighborhood Groups:   Learn about the activities of different neighborhood groups in your community by clicking HERE.

Support our Students:  Find out about how students are improving their community through cultural events, anti-hate vigils, and parent academies by checking out the different school calendars.
Contacting City Hall
My office will be bringing various city officials out to the community beginning with public works on October 7th as part of our City Accountability Initiative.

We have a list of helpful numbers you can find below or by clicking the logo to the right. If you need other numbers or don't get results after you call, please email me the details so i can address your issue.

Councilmember Desley Brooks | District 6, Oakland , CA | 510 238 7006 || District 6 Councilmember Brooks Website