Fellow Oaklanders,

Let’s tackle distance learning together. Along with many other parents, I’m looking forward to receiving expert advice, tips, and encouragement on how to run a smoother education operation from home.

Join us Thursday at 6 p.m. for our Town Hall on distance learning. We’ll hear from:

  • Sal Kahn, founder of the Kahn Academy and a national expert in distance learning, to present on how to provide a free world-class education to anyone, anywhere.

  • Lakisha Young, a local grassroots hero and co-founder of Oakland REACH, to talk about forming “Family Hubs,” community-centered education and support networks.

  • Kelleth Chinn and Sondra Aguilera, from OUSD, to share resources on how to improve the distance learning experience.

As always, we will answer your pre-submitted questions (submit here) and we’ll answer your questions live during the Town Hall.

Virtual Town Halls can be viewed on my social media channels Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube (with closed captioning).

To dial in by phone: (669) 900-6833, 413825986#

Residents can also sign up for my newsletter by clicking here.
We hope to see you on Thursday at 6 p.m.
On Friday, our City Council moved forward with plans to purchase a vacant dormitory on the CCA campus in Rockridge to convert it into permanently affordable housing for our homeless residents.

The purchase, which is part of our larger request for $37 million in Operation Homekey funds, would create 63 new units of housing for homeless families and seniors.

What I’m most proud about is that Oaklanders in the neighborhood and across the city have supported the project, acknowledging that we all must work together, in every district, to address our homelessness crisis.

We expect to learn later this month from the state if we’ll receive the requested funds, yet I hope this ambitious and creative push to buy-and-convert existing housing helps move more of our unhoused residents indoors quickly, where they can receive the support and services they all deserve.
As we enter Labor Day Weekend and warm weather is expected to push some of us outdoors, let’s stay safe, Oakland.

The COVID-19 virus is still widespread in Alameda County and it continues to disproportionally impact our Black and Latinx communities.

But we can stop the virus if we all wear masks, keep our distance, and wash our hands. Oh, and get tested.

Here’s a list of free and open testing sites – some will be open this weekend.

Thank you for continuing to support our community and thank you for continuing to work together during these challenging times.

Be well,