Hello Oakland,

We’re sharing summer resources for our kids and families at our next Town Hall on Thursday at 6 p.m. on our social media channels Facebook , Twitter , Instagram , and YouTube (with closed captioning).

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

We'll hear from:

  • Nicholas Williams, City of Oakland Director of Recreation & Youth Development, to share how the city is adapting summer programs in light of COVID-19 and what programs are available across the city.

I’ll give my weekly citywide update and answer all your questions. You can submit questions for me and our guests by  clicking here .

We also want your feedback for our next Town Hall topics. You can vote by clicking here , and we’ll select the topics for our next Town Halls based on your choices.
On Saturday, I got tested at the new drive-thru site at Allen Temple Baptist Church in East Oakland. You can watch the video and see how simple, quick, and easy it is.

My results (negative) were emailed just a few days later, and now I’m calling on you to get tested too! If you work outside the home or are worried you have COVID-19, get tested .

If you’re over 65 or have an underlying health condition: Get tested.

You can also call: 510-615-5566, or if you’re in Oakland, call 311.

It’s free, it’s easy, and it’s what will keep our community healthy. 
Thank you to Gilead Sciences, who just donated $500,000 to help launch Phase 2 of our ambitious goal to close the digital divide for good.

Working with OUSD and community partners, we want our #OaklandUndivided movement to be a sustainable, systemic fix that ensures every child and family in Oakland has access to a computer and internet not just this year, but every year after.

Finally, I want to appreciate all the City of Oakland staff and employees who continue to work so diligently and creatively through this pandemic.

Many employees have taken on new roles and responsibilities, such as moving from their positions in the library to helping sort and deliver meals at our free food distribution sites .

Others, particularly our dedicated finance staff, recently drafted a budget proposal that uses up our rainy day fund – because it’s raining – to help close a $122 million deficit while minimizing service cuts and severe impacts to employees.

I am grateful that everyone is in this together, and everyone is doing their part for one Oakland.

Be well,