Abel's eNews: Neighborhood protections for ballpark, shelter crisis ordinance, updates on new housing, street safety and arts funding

Ballpark: Emergency Measures to Protect NeighborhoodBy now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the Oakland Athletics’ proposal to build a new ballpark at the Peralta Colleges headquarters site between Laney College and I-880. There is much to do before the City can make any decision about the proposed development (see my letter outlining community concerns). However, there are certain steps we need to take now to protect our neighborhoods from immediate impacts while that decision process takes its course. Continue reading

Abel's eNews: Defending Dreamers, feedback on A's ballpark, clean up our creeks!

Hope this newsletter continues to be useful and of interest to you. Please share it with your friends and neighbors. If you have any questions, comments or story ideas, please email me at aguillen@oaklandnet.com.    Fighting for Our Dreamers – and Our FutureTo our Dreamers: You are fighters, you are resilient. We stand with you and for you in this struggle. The vast majority of Americans stand with you: They see you serving bravely in our military, pursuing your education in hopes of a better life, working hard, creating small businesses, paying taxes, and helping every day to make our nation stronger. We stand united in this fight because this cause is bigger than you alone. We will win because your American Dream is the same as that of all the people born in this country. Our shared principles of freedom, fairness and opportunity are much bigger than the narrow-minded and short-sighted claims of this Republican administration. Our country is bigger – and better – than Trump. Continue reading

Abel's eNews: Cleaning up neighborhood graffiti and trash, planning an equitable Downtown, feedback on an new ballpark

    Building Makeovers: Cleaning Up Graffiti in District 2My team and I have had a number of conversations with East Lake merchants lately about graffiti and other acts of vandalism that affect their businesses as well as the streetscape experiences of residents and shoppers in the neighborhood. Continue reading

Abel’s eNews: Reforming the budget process, showing solidarity with immigrants, stopping sex trafficking

Fall Is Coming | The Oakland Episodes It’s not quite “Game of Thrones,” but it has been pretty busy at City Hall and around District 2 the past couple months. The Council’s August recess comes at an opportune time to recharge our batteries and get ready for an equally fast-paced fall. Continue reading

Abel’s eNews: Council passes “Healthy Future” budget, Pothole Blitz is here, Bikeshare comes to town

BUDGET Council approves City budget to help build a healthy future for our community Last week, the City Council passed a progressive and balanced budget that dramatically ramps up our citywide efforts to stop the displacement of current residents, provide services and housing for the homeless, fight illegal dumping, and implement a public-health approach to preventing violence in our neighborhoods. Focused around the principles of “Building a Healthy Future,” this budget makes substantial, strategic investments in our community’s core priorities and values – and underscores our steadfast commitment to build a stronger foundation for the things that most improve and enrich our quality of life.  Continue reading

Abel's eNews: A budget for a healthy future, new community pop-up on Broadway, free lunches for kids

Council Budget Includes Affordable Housing and District 2 PrioritiesWe’re getting closer to a City budget for FY 2017-19. The City Council president presented a revised budget proposal this week, and we will vote on the final budget next Monday, June 26. Thanks to everybody I’ve heard from for your input about city needs and priorities during the process. The latest version incorporates several of my priorities for District 2 while tackling our biggest citywide challenges. Continue reading

Abel’s eNews: Final stages of the budget process, steps to help the homeless, tell us what you think

  Making Progress on a New City BudgetThe City Budget should reflect our community values and shared priorities. A large portion of the budget pays for the core framework of our city: Public safety and emergency services; our wonderful libraries, beautiful parks and vibrant recreation and senior centers; road repairs and street-safety improvements; sewers, clean-up efforts to tackle graffiti and illegal dumping; and programs to foster job creation, spur economic growth and assist our local merchants. All of these things are essential to the life-blood and spirit of our diverse community. It’s also imperative that everybody has a safe, healthy and affordable place to live. We must continue to implement both long-term and immediate measures to address our housing crisis. That includes creating and preserving housing that is affordable for all residents, and helping our homeless neighbors get off the street and into permanent homes. Continue reading

Abel's eNews: new Lincoln Rec courts unveiled, affordable housing opens, Pothole Blitz coming soon

As you may know, the City Council is in the middle of our budget process. We are required to adopt a budget by June 30. This evening, I will host a final Budget Workshop at Lincoln Recreation Center (250 10th St.) starting at 6:30 pm. This is the community’s opportunity to get your questions answered by Mayor Schaaf and City staff, and for us to listen to your funding priorities for the FY 2017-19 budget. Cantonese interpretation will be available. Here is a link to a voter survey that was completed by the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee back in January. If you’re unable to attend, but would like to provide your feedback, email BudgetSuggestions@oaklandnet.com or call (510) 238-2130, and press “#” to leave the City a message about your priorities. Or you can email my office directly at aguillen@oaklandnet.com. I hope that you have a safe Memorial Day Weekend! -Abel Continue reading

Abel’s eNews: revising the budget, revitalizing housing, reclaiming Cinco de Mayo, reimagining street safety

Update on the City Budget Process Earlier this month, Mayor Schaaf and the City Administration released a proposed budget for FY 2017-19, which seeks to close the projected $32.5 million budget shortfall. INDEPENDENT REVIEW. The City Council is responsible for reviewing this proposal and adopting a final budget by June 30. To help us with that responsibility, as chair of the Council’s Finance and Management Committee, I have asked the Council to add the municipal-budget expertise of Harvey Rose & Associates to provide an independent review in conjunction with our deliberations. COMMUNITY PRIORITIES. We take our responsibility about funding vital programs and services seriously as we begin the process over the next several weeks to examine the budget carefully to identify any additional operational efficiencies and cost savings, and ensure that this budget reflects community-wide and district priorities – which councilmembers have been establishing over the past three months – that Oaklanders care about. BUDGET TOWN HALLS.Thursday, May 25 | 6:30-8:30 pm | Lincoln Square Recreation Center, 250 10th St.The City is holding seven budget town halls this month, including one at the Lincoln Square Recreation Center. If you can’t attend one of the forums, email your comments to budgetsuggestions@oaklandnet.com. Please take a moment to also email your budget priorities to my office: Richard Raya rraya@oaklandnet.com   Continue reading