Balanced Budget

The City Council passed a balanced budget for Fiscal Years 2023 - 2025 closing a historic $360 million shortfall. This $4.2 billion city spending plan makes investments in housing, infrastructure, and early childhood education. It also strengthens efforts to make our communities safer, cleaner, and healthier. It is important that the budget addresses both our current needs and planning for Oakland's future. In doing so, I've worked to secure funding for District 6 parks and recreation to create better places to live, work, and play.

Celebrate National Night Out

Oakland, CA –– The City of Oakland invites all Oakland residents to participate in National Night Out (NNO) on Tuesday, August 1, 2023. NNO is America’s block party night and a great chance to reconnect with neighbors. The theme this year is: “One Oakland.” 


Neighbors can register to host a block party, barbeque, ice cream social or other outdoor event that brings neighbors together here:  


The National Night Out registration deadline is Friday, July 21, 2023. This year, the first 50 hosts to register will receive two A's tickets for August 19th against the Baltimore Orioles. Register early to receive a NNO Host Packet including give-away items for the kids, caution tape, and balloons. 


National Night Out empowers people and provides an opportunity for communities to heal and foster peace in our neighborhoods. A powerful and profound message is “When neighbors know each other, neighborhoods are safer.” The City encourages neighbors to have a block party and will send City staff from several departments to pay a visit to those parties, demonstrating the importance of the partnership. 


The city also encourages neighbors to take the next step by starting a Neighborhood Watch Group on their street and participating in their Neighborhood Council where they can work in partnership with the City’s Neighborhood Service Coordinators and the Community Resource Officers assigned to their neighborhood.


For more information about those programs visit the Neighborhood Services Division webpage:

California Association of Black School Educators

The California Association of Black School Educators (CABSE) is a non-partisan organization consisting of elected and appointed school officials, administrators and instructors from across California who are committed to advancing equity for Black students. CABSE members represent governmental agencies, charter schools and charter school organizations, public school districts, traditional public schools, and community colleges. This year's CABSE Institute was focused on “A National Crisis – Implicit Bias & Systemic De-Education of Black Girls.” I was grateful for the opportunity to attend with my staffer and former Peralta Community College District Board of Trustee Linda Handy, and that my office is helping to support closing the achievement gap.

Explore Openings at Boards and Commissions

The City of Oakland has over forty Boards and Commissions that play a vital role in City government. Boards and Commissions serve as a mechanism for the community members of Oakland to bring issues of concern to the attention of the general public and the City Council. Learn More.

73rd Ave Corridor Clean Up

This month my office participated in a clean up on 73rd Ave near Eastmont Mall with Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils (NCPC) 30X and 30Y. We appreciate all the volunteers who took to the streets for the clean up and bearing the heat.

The Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland (MACRO) Program is a community response program for non-violent, non-emergency 911 calls. The purpose of MACRO is to meet the needs of the community with a compassionate care first response model grounded in empathy, service, and community. MACRO's goal is to reduce responses by emergency services (Fire & Police), resulting in increased access to community-based services and resources for impacted individuals and families, and most especially for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).

The total number of MACRO positions OFD is seeking to fill is 18, with an equal distribution between the EMT and CIS positions, and a concurrent goal of adding multi-lingual staff.


Community Intervention Specialist (CIS):


CIS Bilingual Language Cert:


Emergency Medical Technician (EMT):


EMT Bilingual Language Cert:

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Oakland launches

BLOOM: Black Baby Equity Clinic

Patricia Brooks, District 6 Chief of Staff represented my office at the launch of Bloom Clinic. The new clinic matches Black babies, newborn up to 3 years old, with a Black healthcare team. The purpose is for Black parents to feel seen, heard, and taken seriously by medical care teams trained to understand the social, cultural, and racial challenges the families face daily.

Call for Community Murals

Oakland residents are invited to engage with neighbors, friends, and community organizations to create murals directly on your neighborhood streets. All levels of experience are welcome! Learn More.

Welcome New District 6 Team Member

Dyana Marie Delfín Polk, District 6 Council Aide/Policy Coordinator has over 15 years of experience in electoral politics, government and nonprofit management. Dyana's experience has focused on violence prevention, environmental justice, union organizing and workforce development. Her prior experience includes working as a Legislative Aide in the City of Berkeley's Mayor's Office and as Associate Executive Director at HOMEY SF, a violence prevention nonprofit based in San Francisco's Mission District. During her tenure with the City of Berkeley, Dyana was an active member of SEIU 1021, advocating for worker protections during COVID-19 and pay equity. In addition to her experience in policy and government, Dyana is an elected member of the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees. She earned a BA in History & Chicano Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters degree in Public Policy from Mills College.

Oakland Summer Events

Pablo's Alley Summer Series | Every Third Wednesday

Alicia Keys: Keys to the Summer Tour | August 1

Laurel StreetFair World Music Festival | August 12

Zach Bryan | August 21

Hiero Day | September 4

PrideFest Oakland | September 10

Art & Soul Festival | September 17

Learn More at Visit Oakland

Maxwell Park Emergency Response Team (MPERT) has been busy making our community better prepared for a major emergency such as earthquake or fire. Here’s what we have done so far: 
After interviewing other communities about how they organized their community, we divided Maxwell Park into ten “Sectors” of about 200 homes each and started an emergency contact list. Since then, we have been building on this structure in several ways:
a.     Created an MPERT email address and Google Group to facilitate communications.
b.     Regularly contribute to newsletters, social media and word of mouth outreach to invite new members
c.     Outreach to businesses, schools and churches to join MPERT and share their emergency plan
d.    Share preparedness tips to encourage members to prepare themselves and their families
e.     Encourage members to get CERT or PEP training
f.      Work with OFD, OPD and the Oakland Firesafe Counsel to support their efforts and further ours
g.     Partnered with the well-established Maxwell Park Neighborhood Counsel to leveraged their resources
h.     Offer information and support to members interested in GMRS radios
i.      Conduct monthly virtual meetings to work on projects that further the MPERT goals
j.      Established several Incident Command Centers (ICC) to focus emergency response resources
k.     Obtained a modest grant for starting our community emergency supplies, to be stored at the ICCs
Feel free to reach out to MPERT for further information and collaboration: [email protected]

Contact Our Team

You can reach our City Hall office

(510) 238-7006

Council member Kevin Jenkins [email protected]

Patricia Brooks, Chief of Staff [email protected]

Gabriela Vivas-Suarez, Council Aide/Scheduler [email protected]

Linda Handy, Liaison Council Aide/Seniors and Maxwell Park [email protected]

Dyana Marie Delfín Polk, Council Aide/Policy Coordinator [email protected]

Kamika Dunlap, Communications Director [email protected]