September 29, 2022


Yesterday's gun violence at the King Estates campus shocks the soul - our schools are sanctuaries for our children. OUSD is providing counseling for students, families and workers impacted by this traumatic event, and Oakland Police are investigating. The unbridled access to firearms and rising psychosis of violence in our country are inexcusable.

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Oaklander Wins National Youth Education Award

Jessica Ramos, Secretary Miguel Cardona, and Mayor's Education Director David Silver

This week, #OaklandUndivided was invited to Washington to participate in the National Digital Equity Summit, to learn and share strategies for closing the digital divide for good. While there, Oakland native and former OUSD Student Director Jessica Ramos received the Hispanic Heritage Foundation's National Youth Award for Education and met Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona!

National Digital Equity Summit

City of Oakland Seeking Project Ideas from You!

Image via City of Oakland

Do you have an idea for a capital project you want the City to invest in? Every two years the Capital Improvement Program guides how the City of Oakland will invest in projects that build, replace, or improve public assets such as buildings, roads, and parks. We are accepting community-suggested project ideas now through Oct. 14 for consideration in the upcoming two-year budget. Learn more and tell us about your idea at the link below

Oakland's Capital Improvement Program

New Bills from Sacramento to Fight Housing Crisis

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom has signed several bills which will help our state and region battle our housing and homelessness crises. Here are two which have the potential to make a big impact:

  • AB 2097 bans parking requirements for new housing projects which are located within half a mile of public transit, which in effect will remove parking minimums on new housing projects in most cities.

  • SB 6 and AB 2011 will allow and incentivize housing projects on commercial-zoned properties otherwise reserved for retail and office buildings, as well as require that construction workers earn good wages and benefits.

California to Build More Housing, Faster

Zoo Rescues 140 Night Herons in Downtown Oakland

Image via Oakland Zoo

The beloved black-crowned night heron is Oakland's official birdand an important part of our city's nature and culture. During the night heron's 5-month long nesting season, however, fledgling herons sometimes fall from their nests, which is particularly dangerous when those nests are located above busy Oakland streets. This year, the Oakland Zoo formed an official Heron Rescue Team (HRT) to respond to herons who may have been injured or displaced. At the end of the nesting season, this amazing team rescued 140 herons in Downtown Oakland! Visit the Oakland Zoo's Heron Rescue Project to support these efforts, learn more, or get involved yourself.

KTVU Article


Video via Dope Era Magazine

Come on out to DeFremery Park this Saturday for the 48th annual Oakland Black Cowboy Association Parade and Festival. The mission of the OBCA is to enlighten children and adults with the contributions of people of color in the Old West, and the event will feature nationwide cowboys, trick riders, live music, horse and pony rides, vendors, school and community organizations, and local businesses.

Oakland Black Cowboy Association 

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.

  • 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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