Longer hours for Lincoln Rec Center, forums on police chief, parking and parks rules

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Lincoln Rec Center Will Be Open Longer
In the mid-cycle budget, I was able to secure funding for extended hours at Lincoln Recreation Center. Starting this month, we will have expanded program offerings to better serve the needs of seniors and youth at this popular Chinatown facility.

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Welcome New Staff for District 2
I am happy to announce the addition of the newest team members in my Council office.

An Oakland native, Sarah Ting began her work in public policy at the Urban Institute on federal health, education and employment, and anti-poverty program evaluations. She then moved to India to work with the country’s largest women’s organization on food systems and micro-enterprise training programs. Since returning to her hometown, she has worked on a farm-to-school initiative and garden education program for the Oakland Unified School District, and is board co-chair of the Acta Non Verba Youth Urban Farm Project in East Oakland. A master’s student at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, Sarah will be focused on constituent services in the San Antonio, Brooklyn Estates, Bella Vista and Arbor Villa neighborhoods. You can reach her at sting@oaklandnet.com.

Michael Drane, also a master’s student at the Goldman School focused on housing policy, has been working as an intern in the District 2 office this summer. Over the past several months, his experience in housing and community development from his previous work as a community organizer with Mutual Housing California and a middle-school teacher in Detroit has been valuable on critical issues facing Oakland, and we’re lucky to have him continuing his work with us. Michael will be focused on constituent services in the East Lake, Cleveland Heights and Haddon Hill neighborhoods. You can reach him at mdrane@oaklandnet.com.

Sarah and Michael join Chief of Staff Richard Raya (rraya@oaklandnet.com), whose responsibilities include constituent services for the Rose Garden, Grand Lake, Trestle Glen and Crocker Highlands neighborhoods; and Jessica Chin (clchen@oaklandnet.com), our scheduler and liaison for the Chinatown, Downtown and Gold Coast neighborhoods.

GET INVOLVED

Thursday, September 8 | Oakland Infrastructure Bond Kickoff
Reception 5:00-6:00 pm, Rally 6:00-7:30 pm | Kapor Center for Social Impact, 2148 Broadway
Join Councilmember Guillén and Mayor Schaaf to kick off Measure KK. If approved by the voters in November, the city measure will invest in improving Oakland’s infrastructure, help prevent the displacement of residents due to rising housing costs, and increase the supply of affordable housing. Measure KK will fund much-needed street and sidewalk repairs, bike paths, public-safety facilities, parks and libraries. Read more about the bond measure. Informational flyers available: English Spanish Chinese

Search for New Police Chief Underway | Community Forums in September
The City of Oakland has launched a national search for a permanent police chief. Community input is encouraged to help make this recruitment a success and ensure that prospective candidates understand Oakland’s values, standards and needs. Make your voice heard at community meetings being held this month:

- Youth Forum: Saturday, September 10, 12:00 pm | McClymonds High School, 2607 Myrtle St. (lunch provided)
- Community Forum: Monday, September 12, 6:00 pm | North Oakland Senior Center, 5714 ML King Way
- Chinatown Forum (in Cantonese): Wednesday, September 21, 4:00 pm | Lincoln Recreation Center, 250 10th St.
- Community Forum: Wednesday, September 21, 6:00 pm | East Oakland Senior Center, 9255 Edes Ave.
- Community Forum (in Spanish): Wednesday, September 28, 6:00 pm |Fruitvale Village, 3301 E. 12th St.

More opportunities to get involved in addition to attending a meeting (Schedule) are available: Take an online surveyJoin the online discussion. Email your comments: OPDChiefRecruitment@oaklandnet.com

Tuesday, September 13 | Off-Street Parking and Loading Requirements
1:30 pm | City Hall, Hearing Room 1
The Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee will hold a public hearing on off-street parking and loading requirements for new development. Read more

Wednesday, September 14 | Meeting on Proposed Amendments to Park Rules Ordinance 
5:00 pm | Lakeside Park Garden Center, Garden Room, 666 Bellevue Ave.
Join park users, neighbors and staff for an Oakland Parks & Rec Advisory Commission meeting to provide input on proposed amendments to the City’s park rule ordinance that will update and help clarify park code language to reflect today’s community needs and environmental settings. The ordinance seeks to better address the need to balance the public enjoyment of our parks with the peace and quality of life for nearby residents. Are you concerned about BBQs, loud music and trash in the park? Do you know the rules and hours for group events, live music and amplified sound in the park? If you can’t attend the meeting, please send your comments: parksandrec@oaklandnet.com

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Saturday, September 17 | Creek to Bay Day
Various sites, including: 9:30 am-12:30 pm Lake Merritt Gardens, 666 Bellevue Ave.; 10:00 am-12:00 pm Chinatown (EBALDC), 283 13th St.; 8:00 am-1:00 pmChannel Park, 101 E. 10th St.
Join your neighbors to beautify Oakland’s creeks and shorelines during the annual Creek to Bay Day. Oakland has 15 creeks that flow to the Bay, which are home to wildlife like birds, frogs and fish. Trash from streets and storm drains pollute our creeks and can harm wildlife. During last year’s event, Oaklanders removed more than 16,000 pounds of trash and 150 cubic yards of invasive weeds from our creeks, parks, shoreline and streets.

Volunteers will pick up litter, remove invasive plants, and plant California native plants. Please wear long pants and sturdy closed-toed shoes. For more info and other volunteer sites You can also adopt a spot, creek, park or drain at oaklandadoptaspot.org #OaklandCreektoBay

FYI | What Do Grand Lake Neighbors Think?
Grand Lake Neighbors conducted a community survey this summer to see what people think about several issues in their neighborhood, including traffic, development, the Farmers’ Market, First Thursdays, street festivals and parklets. More than 600 people responded to the questionnaire, which concluded August 9. A couple takeaways: A majority of people responding to the survey approve of the proposed mixed-use development on the Kwik Way site (51.6% to 36.9%); and more people approve (43.3%) than disapprove (26.6%) of the recently installed road diet that reduced the number of car lanes and added new bike lanes on Grand Ave. Check out the survey for more results and comments. The Splash Pad Newsletter also offers a summary in its September issue.

CELEBRATE OAKLAND

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”September Giving” Campaign Supports Oakland Students
Councilmember Guillén and Mayor Schaaf joined AT&T yesterday to kick off “September Giving,” a four-week campaign providing more than $400,000 to Oakland nonprofit organizations that are empowering students this fall, as part of the City of Oakland and Oakland Unified School District’s Oakland Promise initiative. The first of four awards was presented to the Peralta Colleges Foundation (with a big check from AT&T California External Affairs VP Marc Blakeman) on the steps of City Hall. Other recipients will include Black Girls Code, Art Works for Change and the Hidden Genius Project. #SeptGivingOAK 

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Sunday, September 11 | Oakland Pride Parade and Festival
10:30 am-7:00 pm | Uptown Oakland
I am happy once again to be a sponsor of the Oakland Pride Parade and Festival, and will be joining the Eastbay Stonewall contingent on the parade route. Stonewall’s contingent number is 24 – convene at the Assembly Area on 14th and Clay St. between 9:30-10:00am. Email rraya@oaklandnet.com if you’d like to join us!

The parade kicks off at 14th St. and Broadway. The festival entrances are at 20th St. and Broadway and 24th St. and Webster. Food booths, live music abound. The Family and Children’s Garden will feature programs and activities specially designed for children and their families. For more info or to purchase tickets

CITY SERVICES

OPD Taking Apps for Citizens Police Academy
The Oakland Police Department is now accepting applications for the upcoming Citizens Police Academy for the Cantonese-speaking community. The 2016 Cantonese CPA begins September 12 and ends October 10. If you know of any residents or stakeholders who may be interested in applying or wants more info: Kenny Ip, kkip@oaklandnet.com

Tuesday, September 13 | Report on Illegal Fireworks
Earlier this summer, Councilmember Guillén initiated a discussion about illegal 4th of July fireworks activities and the Oakland Police Department’s role in addressing them. OPD will present its report to the Council’s Public Safety Committee on September 13. It is illegal under Oakland Municipal Code to buy, sell, transfer, use or possess fireworks within city limits. Citations for these violations carry a fine of up to $1,000. This year, OPD received 389 fireworks-related calls, issued 149 citations, and made 26 fireworks seizures. There were 12 ShotSpotter activations indicating gunshots, down from 80 in 2012.

This year, 201 sworn OPD personnel and nine OPD civilians were assigned to enforcement and support activities, and the department spent approximately $79,000 in overtime for its Independence Day operations.

Each year, the Oakland Fire Department also provides collection barrels at firehouses throughout the city for police officers and residents to drop off illegal fireworks. Heightened fire patrols are implemented in areas identified by police as having historically high levels of fireworks activities. Approximately 200 pounds of fireworks were collected this year by OFD, up from a six-year average of 50 pounds per year. The fire stations that on average receive the largest amounts of fireworks are Station #1 (Downtown), Station #3 (West Oakland), Station #20 (East Oakland) and Station #4 (Chinatown).

Oakland Library to Host Job Fairs
Wednesday, September 14 | 2:00-5:00 pm | Main Library TeenZone, 125 14th St.
Wednesday, September 21 | 2:00-4:00 pm | Main Library lower-level auditorium, 125 14th St.
The Oakland Public Library will host these job fairs in conjunction with its job-seekers’ OaklandHasJobs Instagram account. The Youth Job Fair for young people (ages 15-25) will include employers looking to hire young people along with youth agencies that offer paid internships. The Adult Job Fair will feature 20 local employers from diverse fields. Both job fairs include on-site resume review and attendees are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of an up-to-date resume. For more info or a full list of employers attending: Sharon McKellar, smckellar@oaklandlibrary.org

New Cultural Affairs Manager to Support Oakland Arts
Underscoring the City’s commitment to “creative placemaking,” Roberto Bedoya has been named Oakland’s new cultural affairs manager. Last year, the mayor convened a task force to identify strategies to help stabilize Oakland’s diverse arts community and stem displacement of artists. One of the group’s key recommendations was to expedite the hiring of a new cultural affairs manager to increase the City’s capacity to support the arts.

The East Bay native will oversee the City’s Cultural Affairs Unit, which includes our public art and cultural funding programs as well as special events, film-production permitting and walking tours. Bedoya will also lead new initiatives to complete a Cultural Plan, support cultural districts within the city, and grow a technical assistance program to help artists and arts organizations build capacity. Previously serving as executive director of the Tucson Pima Arts Council and the National Association of Artists’ Organizations, Bedoya will start work on September 12.