September 15, 2022


Are you up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations? Have you received an updated (bivalent) booster? If you're not sure, the CDC has designed an easy-to-use tool that can get you up to speed and up to date! Oakland residents can schedule vaccines at the Alameda County Public Health Department's vaccine page. Find Oakland #MPX vaccines at the LGBTQ Community Center's Glenn Burke clinic.

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 To Return Land to Indigenous Community

Oakland will return land to the Indigenous community we stole it from. Our Lisjan Ohlone neighbors chose Sequoia Point and the creek below in Joaquin Miller Park, and - pending City Council concurrence - they will have an easement for this land in perpetuity.

For years, City staff worked hard and creatively to realize an unprecedented rematriation of public urban land. This easement can serve as a model for other cities working to return land to Indigenous communities. And enormous thanks Sogorea Te' Land Trust for their inspiring leadership.

Oaklandside Article | News Release

Proactive Mental Health Care Bill Signed into Law

Watch video here.

On Wednesday, I joined fellow California Big City Mayors and Governor Gavin Newsom to see the Governor sign the CARE Courts bill into law. CARE Courts will provide community-based care for Californians struggling with mental health and substance use issue, many of whom are experiencing homelessness. We know that the status quo on the streets in Oakland and many places in California is wholly unnacceptable. This bill provides bold change at a time when it is desperately needed, and addresses homelessness and mental health—two of California's greatest challenges—with urgency and compassion.

Video from Announcement | East Bay Times Article

Mayor's Office Internship Applications Close Soon

The application period for the Fall 2022 Mayor's Internship program will close this Friday, September 16. A complete description of the internship's responsibilities, requirements, and opportunities can be found in the Internship Application.

We are seeking responsible, motivated, and intellectually curious individuals who have an interest in political science, public policy, community engagement or related fields, and who reflect the diversity of Oakland. If you know a young person with an interest in serving Oakland, please pass this information along!

An Oakland Infrastructure Tour with Sec. Pete

On Friday, we joined Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Rep. Barbara Lee, AC Transit, and OakDOT to tour major infrastructure projects in Oakland: Broadway bus lanes, pedestrian safety measures, and removing 980 to reconnect Downtown with West Oakland. We also got a chance to share our vision for TOWN for All, which will make Oakland's waterfront accessible to all and deliver on badly-needed infrastructure projects.

CBS News Article 

Kits Cubed STEM Fair,  Saturday at Oakland Tech

Image via OUSD

This Saturday, Kits Cubed will host its annual STEM fair at Oakland Tech. Kits Cubed was founded by former Oakland Tech valedictorian and current Stanford student Ahmed Muhammad. Ahmed was Oakland Tech's first Black male valedictorian, and was named as one of National Geographic's 2021 Young Explorers as an "audacious changemaker."

Saturday's event is FREE and open to all elementary school students who want to explore science and science activities. Find more info and register below!

Kits Cubed STEM Fair 9/17


Image via Vincent James Photography/Oaklandish

Park Blvd. in the early morning. as captured by Vincent James.

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To post an event, resource, or job in this newsletter email: [email protected]

  • 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: [email protected]

  • 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.

  • It's not too late to plant a garden! 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.



  • Today is AC Transit Hiring Day! Come to 1801 Adeline St. (In front of the West Oakland Public Library) between 11am and 2pm to learn more. Must be 21 years of age; please bring current DMV Printout. Includes $1500 Signing Bonus. Click Link to RSVP:  Job Seeker RSVP to Hiring Event form

  • 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

  • Know a high school youth interested in a career producing media? Encourage them to apply for KQED’s Youth Advisory Board! KQED's Youth Advisory Board is yearlong program for Bay Area teens who will have the chance to support KQED's youth media efforts while learning about KQED's different career paths. Applications close Sept. 5.

  • 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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