Councilmember Desley Brooks' Annual 3 on 3 Basketball tournament taps into Oakland's rich NBA Legend Spirit


July means heat in our city but it also means hoops! Particularly because of the Bay Area's number one 3 on 3 basketball tournament happening at the end of the month (July 25-27) at the Oracle Arena, sponsored by Councilmember Desley Brooks.  



3 on 3 basketball is a fast paced street culture rendition of the standard 5 on 5 game. It's full of flair and strategy along with a fierce competitiveness that makes it big fun for players and spectators alike.

When preparing for the biggest 3 on 3 competition in the Bay Area, it's natural to reflect on Oakland's strong B-Ball heritage. In fact, there may be no other city in the country responsible for the amount of NBA legends as Oakland!

Beginning with NBA Hall of Fame-er Bill Russell who graduated from McClymonds High School in 1951. Russell would go on to win 11 NBA championships and five MVP seasons.

Bill Russel photographed here at McClymonds High in 1950. Russell is in the argument for the greatest NBA player of all time.

By the 1990's it seemed like almost every new big time NBA star had Oakland roots, from Gary Payton, to Jason Kidd, to J.R. Rider.

Gary Payton and Jason Kidd are absolute Oakland pride. Photographed here in 1997 at the height of their careers.  
 In total there are 23 NBA players from Oakland that have been in the league. New champs include Leon Powe who graduated from Oakland Tech and after playing at Cal went onto play for the Boston Celtics where he when won a championship in 2008.

Oakland Tech graduate Leon Powe wins NBA title 




 The upcoming 'So You Think You Can Hoop' 3 on 3 tournament draws on Oakland's bold basketball culture and draws hundred of players and onlookers each year.  


"I love basketball and connecting with my community here in Oakland, bringing us all together for a good time. So this is a natural thing for us. To me the 3 on 3 event is violence prevention, health, community involvement, and a good time all wrapped into one", said Councilmember Brooks."  




JULY 25-27 



City Council Approves FY 2014-15 Midcycle Budget




On Tuesday, July 1, the Oakland City Council approved millions of dollars in investments Mayor Jean Quan and the City Administrator's Office proposed for public safety, job creation, restoring City services and increasing reserves.  
The proposal was a midcycle revision, coming at the halfway point in a two-year budget passed in June 2013.  Rising revenues and prior fiscal year's savings gave the City more than $29 million in additional funds to decide how to either spend
or place in reserve. To learn more about the specific amendments, please read the media release at
For more information, please contact Sarah Schlenk, Interim Budget Director, at or (510) 238-3982.





Broadway Transit Circulator Study Open House 


city_travel_illustration.jpgOn Thursday, July 10th, the City of Oakland will host a public open house to gather community input on the Broadway Transit Circulator Study.  

Where: Hearing Room 3 at
Oakland City Hall

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The Broadway Transit Circulator Study is evaluating the feasibility of extending the existing Broadway Shuttle

route to Kaiser Permanente Hospital and the MacArthur BART station, and the potential for either an electric streetcar on tracks or an enhanced bus service to improve transit efficiency, enhance
connections between the corridor's neighborhoods and spur economic development. Funded by the Caltrans Transportation Planning Grant program with funding from the U.S. Federal Transit Administration, the study is also reviewing enhanced bus alternatives that would connect downtown to Brooklyn Basin and Jack London Square to the Rockridge BART station.

For more information, please contact Zach Seal,

Economic Development Specialist & Broadway Transit Circulator Project Manager, at or (510) 238-2937.


Register Your Block Party For National Night Out 2014  



Through Friday, July 25th, organizers can register their block parties for National Night Out by visiting this link at our city site:

National Night Out on Tuesday, August 5, is "America's Night Out Against Crime."

In 1984, it began as a nationwide effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. This year, Oakland's goal is to have more than 675 block parties citywide. For more information, please contact Brenda Ivey, Police Service Technician, at or (510) 238-3091.


Improvements Unveiled At The Oakland Police Department Dispatch Center

Oakland Police Department Assistant Chief Paul Figueroa and top City Dispatch and IT officials held a press conference to unveil improvements at the OPD Communications Section Dispatch Center. Changes included new-and-improved dispatcher workstations and a more efficient ShotSpotter system. This project is the result of a $750,000 investment made by the Mayor and City Council into infrastructure and technology upgrades that make real-time communication between dispatchers and police officers clearer, easier and faster. The project, completed on budget and ahead of schedule, represents collaboration among City departments including OPD, the Information Technology Department and the Public Works Department.

For more information, please contact Sgt. Holly Joshi, OPD Chief of Staff, at or (510) 238-3131

Spot Light on Excellence

Celebrating Oakland Community Members
Building Great Things

Emilio Marco Bejarano Penn

  -169th Academy Graduation Includes Eight-Year-Old Honorary Officer -  


On Thursday, July 3rd, the 169th Oakland Police Recruit Academy graduated at the Scottish Rite Center. The addition of these 34 graduates increases the total number of OPD Officers to 680 as of today, which is an important accomplishment in our continued efforts to grow the Oakland Police Department (OPD) and increase public safety in Oakland.  Standing with the 169th Academy to be named an honorary officer was a very special little boy, Emilio Marco Bejarano Penn, proudly dressed in his own miniature OPD uniform. Emilio was saluted by Chief Sean Whent, who pinned an honorary badge on his chest. Emilio, age eight, dreams of growing up to be a police officer catching all the bad guys. Unfortunately, last year he was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Emilio's passion, unselfishness and bravery make him a great honorary police officer for the OPD.  


For more information, please contact Sgt. Holly Joshi, OPD Chief of Staff, at or (510) 238-3131.  




National Public Parks Tennis Championships 2014 is coming to Oakland! 






Through Wednesday, August 6, tennis players can register for the 88th annual National Public Parks Tennis Championships. The nation's most prestigious municipal tennis tournament will be held on August 16 to 24 at four venues in and around Oakland. The City of Oakland is the first Northern California site selected to host this prestigious event in its 88-year history. Players can register to compete in one or more divisions. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities for the event are available.

Click here to visit the national site!
For additional details and to register, please visit

For more information, please contact Marc Weistein, Program Director, at (510) 444-5663




Councilmember Desley Brooks is building
 ANOTHER park in District 6 in just ONE DAY!

After the successful park build at Burkhalter Park just two weeks ago, Councilmember Brooks announces another one day park build in collaboration with KaBOOM! This time the lucky park to get a facelift is Concordia Park on 64th Avenue in District 6!




Click here to see Councilmember Brooks speak on the importance of play for our children 







 OPD Launches Human Trafficking Webpage
OPD launched a new section on the department's website to serve as a prevention tool for sex trafficking. The Human Trafficking webpage can be viewed by clicking this link:  
Click here to view new sex trafficking prevention site.

The site was created to keep our community informed about the
realities of sex trafficking in Oakland. The page displays photos of individuals arrested and charged with profiting from prostitution.

You may have seen billboards like the one below around your neighborhood and city. A number of individuals and agencies are partnering with city officials to address this urgent and greatly important issue.


The community plays an important role in combating trafficking. An informed
community is an empowered and safer community.

For more information, please contact Sgt. Holly Joshi, OPD Chief of Staff, at or (510) 238-3131.



I highly encourage Oakland residents to be informed on the issues being discussed on your behalf at City Hall.
You can always visit the city's website and view upcoming agenda items.

Every newsletter issue from me will highlight important issues and items that we are currently discussing and or voting on currently.


On July 15, 2014 City Council will deliberate regarding establishing a
city minimum wage

Subject: Establishing A Minimum Wage
Recommendation: Adopt A Resolution, Pursuant To An Initiative Petition, Submitting To The Electors At The November 4, 2014 Statewide General Election, A Proposed City Ordinance "Establishing A City Minimum Wage, Sick Leave, And Other Employee Rights"; Consolidating The Election With The Statewide General Election

This meeting we be held on the 3rd floor of City Hall in City Council chambers  at 5:30pm. 

On July 17, 2014 Rules and Legislation Committee will address making solar energy more accessible

Subject: Support For AB 2188 - Simplifying Solar Energy Permitting Process:
Recommendation: Adopt A Resolution In Support Of Assembly Bill (AB) 2188 (Muratsuchi) - State Legislation That Would Make California Statewide Permitting Process For Rooftop Solar Systems Simpler And More Efficient And Help Advance Goals Outlined In Oakland Climate Action Plan  


This meeting will be held in City Council Chambers on the 3rd Floor at 10:45am.  


A second look at important mentions previously featured...

Commitment to a Vision Leads to Major 
Improvements for Seminary/Foothill Corridor

The Foothill Seminary commercial corridor in District 6 is getting a much needed facelift.  Right in the heart of East Oakland, this area has both a historical and contemporary importance. In the early 1900's, the roads that are now Foothill and Seminary served as important transit country routes between young Oakland and San Leandro. Today, the Foothill/Seminary corridor is a diverse and important cultural and local business intersection that serves as a hub for shops and restaurants, as well as an important transit and pedestrian path that accesses schools and entry points to residential neighborhoods.

That's why in  2004, my office in partnership with David Glover, OCCUR, and the City of Oakland applied for a Metropolitan Transportation Committee planning grant to address traffic and pedestrian safety issues, along with neighborhood aesthetics in the Foothill Seminary area.

Our grant was successful on the first submission and shortly thereafter we began the planning process for the Foothill Seminary Streetscape project.

The T - shaped border in the map above illustrates the designated area of renovation
We spent a year convening with neighborhood meetings and hosted focus groups to be sure that the plan we were developing for renovations was inclusive of the community. Community members from District 6 shared their concerns and insight about the corridor's traffic issues;  and traffic engineers incorporated these ideas into their suggested traffic solutions. 

Architects designed a new streetscape to include new street furniture, community gathering spaces, trees, widened sidewalks, and improved parking.


After the planning process was complete, my office successfully advocated for funding to implement the project.  Over the years, I was successful in securing $4.3 million to implement the project. 
Despite being fully funded the project was put on hold for last 2 years as California dissolved Redevelopment Agencies across the state.  This month the state gave the City of Oakland final approval on our Long Range Property Management plan and compensation agreement.  This approval paved the way for the Foothill Seminary Streetscape to finally be implemented! 


After many years of work we will finally see the project come to fruition. 

New improvements will reduce speeding, increase safety, as well as beautify the Foothill/Seminary Corridor 
The City of Oakland has contracted with McGuire and Hester to construct streetscape and pedestrian oriented improvements in your neighborhood. The improvements include sidewalk widening, concrete bulb-outs, landscaping, pavement markings, lighting, street furniture and a transformation of Walnut Street into a plaza. Work is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2015. 
You might find your street or sidewalk partially obstructed at various times during construction. The contractor is required to maintain continuous local access. Surrounding parallel and cross streets may be affected by temporary closures and detours during various stages of construction. Refer to the attached location plan to determine if your property is directly affected. Contractor work hours are normally , 7:00AM to 4:00PM Monday through Friday. 
The project field superintendent, who is coordinating the construction activities for McGuire and Hester is Brian Thompson and for any concerns about the identity of workers at the site, he will be responsible to provide verification. His phone number is (510) 632-7676 (office). City inspectors and staff will also be periodically on site and have appropriate identification which you may ask to see at anytime. 
The City will make every effort to minimize inconveniences in your neighborhood. If you have any questions concerning this project, please call Alan Chan of the Public Works Department/Project Delivery Division at (510) 238-2927. If emergency problems occur after normal business hours, please call 615- 5566.




Apply to work for the City of Oakland

Upcoming City Of Oakland Job Announcement - During the week of July 7, the Human Resources Management Department (HRM) anticipates posting a job announcement for the following position:

 �  Criminalist I (SC - Firearms)

�  Criminalist II (SC - Firearms)

For updated information on City jobs, please visit the HRM website at 

. This Employment Information page also contains information on minimum qualifications of specific job classifications, how to apply for a job online and how to submit a job interest card for positions not currently posted.  



For more information, please contact the Human Resources Management Receptionist at (510) 238-3112






AC Transit News

East Bay Bus Rapid Transit Information Center Open House This Week! Friday, July 11, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.,
AC Transit is sponsoring an Open House for the East Bay Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project Information Center, located at 3322A International Boulevard. The
Information Center is designed to be the community's source for all things BRT, a $178 million investment that will enhance regional connectivity, upgrade

International Boulevard's streetscape and revitalize the 9.5-mile
BRT corridor. Merchants, residents, AC Transit bus riders and other visitors can be updated
about any aspect of the project - from art enhancements and construction timetables to bus stations and career opportunities. The Center will be open
Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Thursdays from noon to 6:00 p.m. To attend the open house event, please R.S.V.P. to The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit), in collaboration with agency partners and community stakeholders, is underway
with designing the BRT, which will connect Downtown Oakland and the San Leandro BART station primarily via International Boulevard. This major
transit-oriented development project includes strong economic development components. The City of Oakland is slated to receive approximately $23 million
in streetscape improvements along the BRT route and additional funding to provide comprehensive business development services.The BRT operation is
scheduled to begin in late 2017.

For more information about the BRT project and City of Oakland activities and role in the BRT development,
please contact
Christine Calabrese, City of Oakland BRT Project Manager, at or (510) 238-4754. To learn more about the business
development efforts of the BRT Project, please contact Aliza Gallo, Economic Development Manager, at or (510) 238-7405.

Friday Nights In The Park Kicks Off
Friday July 11, 2014



The weekly programs will be held every Friday through August 15 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Willie Wilkins Park, 1100 98th Avenue; the Carter Gilmore Park, 1390 66th Avenue; and at the intersection of Market & Brockhurst. These free events are open to the public and offer free food, games, entertainment and raffles for all ages.

The Friday Summer Nights Programs aim to change community norms around violence through community engagement and empowerment. These programs are modeled after the Los Angeles' Summer Night Lights Programs and are connected to broader Oakland Unite efforts focused on gang reduction and shooting and homicide intervention and response. The programs are intended to disrupt violence by offering programming and extended park hours in neighborhoods with high rates of violence, during the peak hours when violence occurs.

The 2011 Messengers4Change initial park program evaluation shows positive results: The average number of police incidents in the Willie Wilkins Park area decreased by 48% during the three six-week periods that the events were held when compared to the average for the previous two years. To see a list of local sponsors and learn more about the events, please read the media release at For specific information about the East Oakland Parks program, please contact Jennifer Argueta, Community Engagement Coordinator, at

For specific information about the West Oakland program, contact Dylan Hamilton, Program Analyst, at






We're looking forward to a great Summer Session Series of Monthly
District 6 Merchant Meetings 

Meetings are held every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 8:30 am-10:30 am

Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd
In the Public Safety Building

Come hear about the things that affect your community and your businesses.

Children's Summer Reading Program Kicks Off June 14 at the  
Oakland Public Library Oakland, CA

"Paws to Read" is the theme of the 2014 Summer Reading Program.

Taking place at all branches of the Oakland Public Library until August 9th, the Summer Reading Program encourages children to maintain their reading abilities after school is out. All library locations will feature live entertainment and fun activities to lure kids in. As added incentive, prizes will be given to all children who reach reading goals. 

How to Play

  1. Sign up online after June 14th, or come to your neighborhood library to receive your reading log.
  2. Choose whatever you want to read, and start reading.
  3. Track your progress online and add optional book reviews to share with friends. For every day you read or are read to, add an online sticker or put one in your reading log.
  4. Pick up your coupon prize packet after 10 days of reading. Coupons include Chabot Space & Science Center, Children's Fairyland, Fentons Creamery, Lawrence Hall of Science, Oakland Ice Center, Pasta Pomodoro, and Round Table Pizza.
  5. Choose your free book and get a badge and a raffle ticket when you complete the 20-day reading challenge.
  6. Get an extra raffle ticket for reading 30 days, 40 days and 50 days.  Raffle prizes will be drawn throughout the summer; our grand prize raffles will be drawn at the end of the challenge, and include a family membership in Children's Fairyland (for children 0-4) or an iPad (for children 5-14)

Children participating in the Summer Reading Program may read anything they want, so they can pursue subjects and themes of their own interest while kindling a personal love of reading. 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. Prereaders can participate by having someone read to them.

As in previous years, readers may sign up at any library and receive a reading log to mark their progress; an online registration will be available on June 14 for readers who wish to report their reading from home.This year, readers will be asked to mark the days that they read, rather than counting hours. Prizes include books and tickets to fun and educational attractions. Branches will have raffle drawings for movie tickets, ferry rides, boat rentals, and a branch grand prize.

System wide grand prize drawings for an iPad and a family membership in Fairyland will take place later in August. (Participants need not be present to win.)To entice young people House Oakland's libraries,the Library's Children's Services Departmenthas lined up a summer's worth of free events featuring live animals, puppet shows, music, magic, arts and crafts, and more. Many library locations will also offer free lunch for children and teens.

Visit for a details about performers, activities, prizes, free lunch, and summer challenges for teens and adults.

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