September 22, 2022


In California, residents are able to register to vote up until Election Day on November 8, but there are other important dates to be aware of this fall: 

  • Ballots begin to be mailed to all registered CA voters: October 10
  • Online registration deadline: October 24
  • Register by mail deadline: Must be postmarked by October 24

Oaklanders (and all Californians) can register to vote or check your registration status hereEven if you are already registered to vote, chances are you have friends or family who aren't! This November, let’s make sure our entire community is represented at the ballot box.

Welcome to the Mayor’s Weekly Briefing, your weekly Oakland news roundup. You can read, subscribe, and catch up on past newsletters at our newsletter homepage on the City of Oakland website.

In community,



Oakland Shows Up for Creek to Bay Day

Creeks shape our city. On Saturday for the 27th annual Creek to Bay Day, we joined incredible volunteers at Sausal Creek, Courtland Creek, MLK Shoreline, Jingletown, and the Lake Merritt Channel, and celebrated the 20th anniversary of community-created FROG Park. A perfectly Oakland Creek to Bay Day!

A huge thank you to all Oaklanders who participated. Visit this link to give feedback on the event , submit photos, and record any activity you did at home and/or in your community.

Creek to Bay Day Pictures

Oakland Education Programs as a Nationwide Model

A recent column in the East Bay Times discusses the potential for three of Oakland's education support programs—#OaklandUndivided, Oakland Promise, and Teachers Rooted in Oakland (TRiO)—to serve as models for similar programs around the country. The column points to these programs as "a fundamental rethinking of how educational services are provided so that students from the earliest age have a growth and college mindset." While more and more federal resources are being directed towards education and broadband infrastructure, we hope that Oakland's innovations spur similar investments and help us communities around the country prioritize the potential of our children.

East Bay Times Column

AG Launches Office of Gun Violence Prevention

We are grateful to Attorney General Rob Bonta for announcing the creation of California's new Office of Gun Violence Prevention, which will deliver additional state resources to help us address and prevent the gun violence epidemic that has caused so much trauma in our cities and across our state.

The Office of Gun Violence Prevention is the first state-level department of its kind in the nation. Oakland's Department of Violence Prevention was established in 2017, and has greatly expanded violence prevention and intervention efforts in our city, with a mission of advocating for and supporting families impacted by unsolved cold cases and addressing broader community trauma. The creation of this new office is vital in ending the cycles of violence that affect so many in our community.

SF Chronicle Article | ABC7 Story

Oakland Girls and Nonbinary First Alarm Fire Camp

On Saturday, I had the pleasure to meet young people from all over California who attended the NorCal First Alarm Camp for Girls and Nonbinary youth, hosted right here in Oakland. These badass young women and nonbinary participants spent the weekend kicking down doors, learning to climb ladders with gear, use chainsaws and hoses, and fighting controlled fires. #OaklandGirlPower

CBS News Article 


A recap of the 2018 saga with the former President and Attorney General. How grateful we are for President Biden and Attorney General Garland's commitments to justice, equality, and truth.

Mayor Schaaf's WebsiteTwitter, and Facebook


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  • Check out OUSD College Night at Oakland Tech on September 29, 4:30-7:00 PM, featuring over 42 colleges and universities! Register here.

  • Walter Wallace, an Oakland writer, cinematographer, and editor brings his photography and videography knowledge and skills to AAMLO to host a free photography and video workshop for the community this Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1:30-3:00.

  • BFG workshops are equipped with motion picture film equipment, cameras and lighting which allows the participants to receive hands-on training. Whether you're a beginner or need to brush up on your skills register today.

  • Clear the drain before the rain! Residents and businesses can help minimize flooding in their neighborhood by volunteering with the City’s Adopt-A-Drain program to keep a storm drain near their home or business free of debris. By signing up, you will receive storm notification emails before large storm events, and the City can provide rakes, brooms, dust pans, bags and other supplies. To sign up, visit this link or call (510) 238-7630.

  • Enrollment Pop Up/Job Fair Date: Thursday, September 29, 2022 Time: 12 noon – 3:00 p.m. Location: Defremery Park, 1651 Adeline Street, Oakland, CA 94607. FREE Resources for Adults, Enroll in Peralta Colleges, Sign up for Medical/Dental Services, Housing and Rental Assistance, Financial Literacy, Childcare, Many Job Openings and more. RSVP here.

  • Running for a Better Oakland is a non-profit organization that encourages Kindergarten-12th grade Oakland students to develop healthy lifestyles through running. Through training and encouragement, RBO helps students build confidence and set goals, giving them tools for achievement and hard work they can draw on in all areas of their lives. The Fall 2022 season begins on September 17, with practices on Saturdays at Snow Park by Lake Merritt. The program is completely free for students, teachers, and school staff. Those interested can get more info and register here.

  • The Master's Seal Worship Center is hosting a Community Outreach day on Saturday, October 8 from 10am to 2pm to distribute supplies like food, diapers, hygiene kits, toiletries, and clothing. For more information please email:

  • Visit Oakland has launched the Oakland Vegan Trail, an online gastronomic guide that boasts 20+ plant-based restaurants found in The Town. The Oakland Vegan Trail map includes an overview of each restaurant, with menu highlights, location, and contact information.

  • The Sam Taylor Foundation is a Bay Area nonprofit that promotes emotional well-being and prevents suicide for our community’s teens and young adults, giving them the skills and support they need to thrive today…and tomorrow. Donate here.

  • Oakland’s Tool Lending Library has all kinds of tools including circular saws, gardening tools, hammers, and screwdrivers available to be checked out, just like a book! The Tool Lending Library is located at 5205 Telegraph Avenue, and open every day but Sunday.


  • Seniors and people living with physical challenges can purchase TaxiScrip books at a discount. Participants arrange their own rides by calling a taxi company in contract with the City of Oakland. For more information, call 510-238-3036 and leave a message, or check online at the City's website.

  • ICAC’s Safe Car Park Program aims to provide safe overnight parking for individuals & families living out of their cars. Washing station, showers & laundry services Wednesdays from 4pm to 8pm & access to care packages, minor auto repair, ticket, and DMV registration support. For general information on ICAC or on the Safe Car Park Program, visit or call (510) 239-8832

  • Children Rising is looking for volunteer reading and math tutors to help elementary school children in Oakland area schools for the 2022-2023 school year. No experience is necessary; we supply training and teaching materials. Our tutors work one-on-one with students below grade level in reading and math. The time commitment is 2 hours every week during school hours as a part of a supported, onsite tutor team. Learn More or Apply Now.

  • The City’s Economic & Workforce Development Department has launched a permanent business support program in Oakland’s neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Business Assistance program has added a sixth location and opened appointment dates for Oakland entrepreneurs and business owners to get advice and support. Appointments can be booked online at this link or by calling (510) 238-7398.

  • REMINDER: Even though the federal moratorium has ended, Oakland's eviction moratorium remains in place. Find rental resources here.



  • PG&E is funding an Economic Equity and Financial Education Pilot Program for 25 African American high school students in Oakland, which will provide college scholarships to the successful participants. Applicants must be African-American Oakland high school students with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Students will each receive a $7,000 college scholarship after the successful completion of the program. Apply here by October 1, 2022

  • Waste Management of Alameda County has created an Oakland Talent Advisor position and is currently looking to fill the role. This position will focus on recruiting Oakland residents for jobs at WMAC and if desired other WM locations in the Bay Area. The Oakland Talent Advisor will be based at our office on 98th Avenue and ideally will be filled by an Oakland resident. Anyone interested in the position can contact our Louis Ramirez, our Area Director for People at or 214-626-8803.

  • The Oakland Public Ethics Commission trained almost 800 city staff and elected officials on government ethics requirements in 2021. Apply to be a Commissioner and help lead the Public Ethics Commission to an even greater impact! Learn more here

  • Men of Color! Be a mirror for young kings to read, write, and discover. Change the face of education! Sign up to be an Early Literacy Tutor here. These are paid positions with benefits and professional development opportunities.

  • CalCareers is an expansive database of job postings from the State of California, including full-time, part-time, seasonal, entry-level, and student jobs across California. Access the site here.

  • Interested in serving your city and contributing to a holistic, comprehensive, vision of public safety? Consider a career with Oakland Police Department at

  • Oakland Unified School District is hiring for a variety of roles! Find out more at the OUSD Jobs Portal.

  • AC Transit is hiring bus operators. Jobs start at $22.11/hour after paid training. Learn more about further opportunities here.

  • The County of Alameda recently announced the investment of $4 million to the local Early Care and Education system for existing infrastructure needs and capacity building of the field. One-time grants will be awarded to eligible licensed Family Child Care (FCC) and Center-based programs in Alameda County. Visit the website to learn about grant eligibility, award levels, and apply!

  • The City of Oakland has a variety of job opportunities available. Find a list of postings here.

  • The City of Oakland is accepting applications to fill vacancies on the Mayor's Commission on Persons with Disabilities (MCPD). The MCPD represents and addresses the concerns of the disability community, acting as the City’s designated advisory body for ADA compliance. Applicants should live or work within the City of Oakland and demonstrate relevant professional and/or personal expertise to advise the Mayor and the City Council on matters affecting the rights of persons with disabilities in Oakland. If this sounds like you, find more information here!


  • Are you committed to fair housing and rent regulation in Oakland? The Housing, Residential Rent and Relocation Board (aka the Rent Board) enforces the Rent Adjustment Ordinance and fosters fair housing for a diverse population of renters, hears rent adjustment appeals, and develops regulations for the Rent Adjustment Program. This is a great opportunity to learn more about rent regulation in Oakland as well as serve the community! You can learn more and fill out an online application here.

  • Oakland residents have access to 5,000 free online courses in multiple languages to help advance your career of prepare to return to work. Learn more here.
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