Abel’s eNews: More money for affordable housing, improving street safety, neighborhood cleanup days

Happy New Year! 2017 came and went at a fast pace – with something new facing our communities seemingly every week on a local, state and national level. Looking back, I am proud of all that we have accomplished together here to make Oakland a better place to live, work and raise our families. While we have made progress in the last year, it is clear that our work continues. This year, we will focus on working together to build and preserve more affordable housing, strengthen the quality of life in our neighborhoods, improve safety in and around our schools, repair our streets, improve access to our libraries, and provide shelter and services for the most vulnerable – our seniors, children and homeless – among us. Working together with your help, I will continue the fight for more affordable neighborhoods, a healthier and safer city where we can ensure equitable prosperity and sustain our progressive values. Together, I know we will continue to make progress on our shared values and our vision for Oakland’s future. I look forward to continuing to build upon what we’ve accomplished and working with you as your Council representative in 2018. Onward! #OakD2 Continue reading

Abel’s eNews: Homeless center opens, economic strategy adopted, community meetings on public lands and parking

This is the last newsletter of 2017 – it’s been quite a year. I want to thank you for all your support, good advice and constructive suggestions over the past 12 months. It helps me so much to do my job when I hear from all of you about the challenges facing our city and our District 2 neighborhoods. From me and my whole staff, I want to share our best wishes to you and your loved ones for the holiday season, and for the Oakland community in the coming new year. Happy Holidays!   Abel Continue reading

Abel’s eNews: Moratorium on rent-control exemptions, new street-paving machine, Adopt-a-Drain

Council Places Moratorium on Substantial Rehab Exemption On Tuesday, the City Council passed a 180-day moratorium on substantial rehabilitation exemptions from the City’s Rent Adjustment Program. This temporary measure aims to help prevent the potential displacement of tenants from rent-controlled apartments when the units undergo substantial repairs or are rehabilitated. Continue reading

Abel’s eNews: Homeless shelters opened, Thanksgiving baskets, safer school routes, tenant protections expanded

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I would like to take a moment to express my appreciation and gratitude. We are so fortunate to live in a community of neighbors who look out for one another. I am constantly amazed by the generosity that so many of you have shown by donating once again to our annual Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway.  As we enter the holiday season, I want to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to all the neighbors and volunteers, residents and small businesses that make our city and District 2 a great place live, work and play. From our volunteers who take care of the Morcom Rose Garden to our 23rd Ave. street cleaning crew to the mighty Cleveland Cascade volunteers and the Wa Sung Community Service Club – you all make Oakland a wonderful place to live. Continue reading

Start on new downtown housing project, safer routes to school, transportation-housing funds, holiday events abound

New Housing on Downtown Garage, Alternative Parking Available More housing is about to come to District 2: The Merchants Garage (at 1314 Franklin St.) is scheduled to close November 15, with demolition beginning the next day. The developer, Carmel Partners, and the community reached an agreement to replace the parking structure near BART with an iconic, 40-story building consisting of 634 new homes (including approximately 27 to 54 new units of permanently affordable units on-site), nearly 17,000 square feet of retail space and a substantial community-benefits package that will help the neighborhood in a variety of ways. Continue reading

Abel's eNews: Update on interim ballpark protections, more potholes filled, tiny homes progress

Ballpark Update: Interim Protections to Planning CommissionI’ve been working with City staff to establish interim measures to protect tenants and small businesses in the Chinatown and Eastlake neighborhoods threatened by market speculation resulting from the Oakland Athletics’ recent announcement that they will be seeking to build a new ballpark on the site of the current Peralta Community College District’s headquarters (E. 7th St. at 5th Ave.). City staff are preparing a report that will be presented to the Planning Commission at its November 1 meeting. Continue reading

Abel's eNews: Repaving Cleveland Heights streets, safe routes to schools, paint your street, cleanup days

Homelessness: Shelter Crisis Ordinance Extended, Outdoor Safe Haven Sites The City Council has extended its declaration of a “shelter crisis” in Oakland for two more years, and this week approved the establishment of Safe Haven sites where homeless residents can stay and get access to resources for housing, showers, jobs, health treatment and other support services. I brought forward the original legislation in 2016. Continue reading

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