Fellow Oaklanders,

Let’s vote! This year we have some transformational California Measures on the ballot, as well as a host of local measures that will help steer Oakland’s path for generations to come.

To learn the pros-and-cons of the most critical props and measures — and how they’ll impact Oakland — please join us for a Town Hall Thursday at 6 p.m.

We’ll be joined by Gail Wallace from the League of Women Voters of Oakland to cover and explain the issues you’re most interested in.

So send us your questions about the ballot, and we will answer your pre-submitted questions (click to submit here). We’ll also answer your questions live during the broadcast.

Our Oakland 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 Monday, we announced Oakland Slow Street Phase 2 – an evolution of Slow Streets centered on community feedback and led by residents.

Residents like Jonathan Brumfield, an artist, activist, and teacher who transformed two traffic-calming barriers in East Oakland into artwork and urban gardens.

To hear it in Jonathan’s words and see the new installations, here’s a short video to watch. 
In case you missed it, you can also watch our State of the City video on YouTube, and see how our fellow residents and amazing City of Oakland employees came together during this unprecedented pandemic.

2020 been a year of grief, pride, and most of all: hope. 

Here’s a few more resources for Oaklanders. Please share:

  • Are you running a small business out of your home? We have new grants for you. Click here.

  • Are you an individual artist or arts non-profit and terrible at deadlines? That’s OK, we just extended the deadline for art grants here.

  • We also extended the deadline for grants for all Oakland non-profits. Click here.

  • We’re also offering free legal assistance to small businesses who need help negotiating with commercial landlords. Learn more here.

Thank you again, Oakland – and please continue to take care of each other and our Town.

Be well,