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  • Carolina Gerard
    commented 2019-01-06 00:29:23 -0800
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  • Michael Kroll
    commented 2018-12-22 08:21:59 -0800
    This is FAR FROM THE FIRST TIME I have made this same complaint. Once again, I am trapped in my driveway by a thoughtless driver who has parked his/her car across my driveway. This is at the least a problem that I have to call Traffic Control (not available on Saturday!) about weekly. It could be solved by red painting the curb, a program no longer available in Oakland, which also forbids me to do the painting myself. To say I am sick to death of this solvable problem would be a gross understatement! In the meantime, I remain a prisoner in my home.
  • Sandra Melton
    commented 2018-11-30 00:21:34 -0800
    What would a huge increase in relevant traffic mean for your business? If I could greatly increase the number of customers who are interested in your products and services, wouldn’t you be interested?
  • Sandra Melton
    commented 2018-11-08 22:30:17 -0800
    What would a huge increase in relevant traffic mean for your business? If I could greatly increase the number of customers who are interested in your products and services, wouldn’t you be interested?
  • Jana Saeteurn
    commented 2018-09-11 16:28:46 -0700
    Hi Councilmember Guillen,

    Today around 2:30PM – 3:00PM a man tried to start a fire at our youth center. Lucky 2 good Samaritan stopped to help put out the fire. There was also a fire early this morning at the homeless encampment and we’re just so frustrated with them coming around here starting fires, defecating in our parking lot and dumping their trash here. We shared with the policemen and firemen we have video footage but they did not review it and left. were concern this individual will start another fire and cause a lot more damage. We would like this to be taken more serious.
  • kellie scott
    commented 2018-08-21 19:17:28 -0700

    I received a post card saying that you would be at 1323 E 20th st. but when I read the card it looked like 1328 because the postage stamp made the address hard to read. I also received it on the 21st for the 21st. Anyway, I did try to come and couldn’t find the address, didn’t see any signs or anything and left. I am a voter. I do care about engaging the local government and issues in Oakland and I am interested in learning your plans for forward movement. I am also very concerned about the new residents near the lake who want to change the culture of Oakland through the penal system aka calling the police on the weekend when the lake is being used as a place for peaceful celebration.
  • Dorothy Duckett
    commented 2018-08-17 13:31:20 -0700
    FIRST – Until recently I’ve kept my opinions to myself but I and others I’ve observed have almost been in a few accidents due to double parking in Chinatown 8th Street between Harrison and Webster. I’m tired of compromising my safety and vehicle to merge into a lane I shouldn’t need to since the lane isn’t designated as a loading/unloading zone but is a turn only lane. This long time practice has become tolerated and expected by people doing business there or patrons picking up orders and for some reason the police department (across the street) doesn’t enforce illegal parking or double parking etc.

    SECOND – Who’s bright idea was it to give revenue to other cities when Oakland has needs for revenue for work that’s needed in this city. To ban flavored cigarettes doesn’t prevent anyone from buying those online, in another city and does create more illegal activity with local black market dispensing. I can see smokers taking not only their tobacco business elsewhere but while they are somewhere buying gas, groceries, clothing and so on for convenience of location and to save unnecessary expenses like postal costs for online orders delivery.

    The new ordinance was a terrible idea and proven to be such since the very people the officials claimed they are protecting are buying in bulk!
  • Zoe Schreiber
    commented 2018-07-27 17:34:06 -0700
    Dear Councilmember Guillen,

    I serve as Secretary/Treasurer for Oakland Citizens for Equity and Prosperity and we are working on endorsements for the upcoming Oakland races in November.

    OCEP is an expanding trade association of over 40 Oakland cannabis businesses, labor organizations, law firms, and community non-profits that formed in March 2017 committed to equity and prosperity in the cannabis economy. From cannabis entrepreneurs and labor organizations to non-profit community groups and ancillary businesses, OCEP’s members have organized to address a range of issues critical to creating a vibrant and equitable Oakland cannabis economy including tax reform, equity program implementation, and the City’s permitting process.

    Please email to receive the questionnaire. It is due by 5pm on July 31st. To be considered for endorsement, we must receive a response from the candidate by this deadline.

    We will be holding an informal forum and mixer on August 9th from 3:30-5:30pm at 1740 Telegraph Ave. We welcome you to come and meet our members and discuss your goals and visions for Oakland with us. If you cannot attend, please consider sending a representative of your campaign. Any elected officials who have endorsed you are also welcome to join in the event.

    Please reply your availability for our forum and mixer by Friday August 3rd.

    My sincerest apologies for the late notice. We hope that you can make our mixer and look forward to reviewing your responses. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at any time at 925-788-0681.

    Have a wonderful weekend!


    Zoe Schreiber

    Secretary/Treasurer, OCEP
  • jonathan Hunt
    commented 2018-06-24 17:08:56 -0700
    I live at the top of the Cleveland Cascade, on Merritt Ave.

    The Lake has gotten completely out of control on the weekends. Unlimited double parking, presumably illegal t-shirt and food stands, barbecuing with coals, loud music, rampant jaywalking, etc, etc…

    No police presence whatsoever?

  • Melissa Mandel
    commented 2018-06-23 10:08:15 -0700
    Dear Councilperson Guillen: I have just read the report from HAWG (Homeless Advocacy Working Group) regarding your support and advocacy for increased funding to address the homeless epidemic in Oakland. The report praised your attention, flexibility and work with other council persons to gain approval for funding that exceeded the request! I don’t always agree with you, but this time you have succeeded Big Time with me! I will be sure to let others know how you have responded and faced up to the dire reality that Oakland is trying to deal with. I urge you to continue to work with HAWG because they have the understanding and knowledge to provide the appropriate guidance to the city. Thank you! Melissa Mandel
  • Leah Denman
    commented 2018-06-01 15:10:34 -0700
  • Patricia J Tam
    commented 2018-05-15 13:02:59 -0700
    If those people refuse to help work with the poor ask other people.
  • Jocelyn Wong-Rolle
    commented 2018-04-26 20:12:06 -0700
  • Uriel Saldivar
    commented 2018-02-24 09:14:51 -0800
    Hello Councilmember Aguillen,

    I hope you are enjoying 2018!My name is Uriel Saldivar, and I am the Civic Day Planning Chair this year for the Chicano Latino Youth leadership Project. CLYLP is kicking off the planning for our 2018 Bay Area Institute conference, and we are checking in to see if we can count with your support again to host us at City Hall and for you to conduct the welcome on behalf of the City.

    Thank you for all of your incredible support to our Bay Area students and staff, and we are so excited to celebrate five years of the Bay Area Institute this year, and it has been an honor to work alongside you all five years!


  • Dennis Woodruff
    commented 2017-12-14 17:18:40 -0800
    Hello: Ive been trying to track down the status/results of the STRR pursuant to C.M.S.86298. You Web site indicates that you are involved. I want to study the matter for a presentation to the Lakeshore Highlands HOA. Please direct me to documentation of study and call me to explain your position and thinking on matter.
  • Kathrine Worel
    commented 2017-12-08 20:06:46 -0800
    Dear Council Member Guillen,

    I am ecstatic to hear that the Peralta Board of Trustees has put a halt to the misguided attempt to build another/new stadium alongside the estuary! I continue to urge you to protect the neighborhoods, environment and many diverse citizens of District 2 and Oakland.

    As I’m sure you are aware, many reputable studies including Stanford, the Brookings Institute and others have been done on the actual (lack) of financial and social benefit of sports stadiums to municipalities.

    Our city is in need of infrastructure upgrades, repairs, and job creation, yes, but we absolutely need to focus on leading our communities forward with projects that return real benefits for monies spent, not on subsidizing vanity projects for the uber wealthy.

    Thank you for your consideration and continued hard work.


  • Mark Coleman
    commented 2017-11-11 12:01:01 -0800
    Saturday, November 11, 2017

    While walking through the neighborhood this morning we passed a location for a movie production on Harrison, near 15th. We were horrified to see that workers had painted over large portions of the wall murals that enliven an otherwise bleak parking lot. Other workers were adding random flourishes to existing murals with cans of spray paint. When we expressed our concerns to the onsite crew, they told us to move along and mind our own business. They remarked in a hostile and condescending manner that we should be thankful that their production company was contributing to the local economy. I can assure you that I am not thankful that a movie production company is permanently defacing our neighborhood for a temporary shoot. I am not happy the the production crew displays disrespect for the community and it’s heritage of amazing street art. The producers of the film could have easily removed the murals in post production. Instead, they chose to destroy and deface them. Which city official if responsible for reviewing and issuing permits for this production? I’d like to ask that our city officials exercise better judgement and oversight when negotiating permits for production locations in our neighborhoods.
  • Jana Saeteurn
    commented 2017-08-14 13:38:50 -0700
    Hello Mr. Guillen,

    I am currently working for the East Bay Asian Youth Center as an Operations Manager. I wanted to see how you can help us with these Illegal Dumping and Graffiti that has taken place at our youth agency. I called the police non emergency line to report it and they directed me to public works. Public works said they cannot help us since it’s not a city problem even though I have the License Plate number , make and model of the car and footage of the dumping. We are a non profit agency, I don’t know how we can afford to keep paying for these Illegal Dumping and Graffiti,
  • Francis Oliva
    commented 2017-06-09 11:35:03 -0700
    very disappointed in clean up of homeless encampments ubderneath 580 overpass at Oakland Avenue, our neighborhood should not be plagued with this blight
  • Melissa Mandel
    commented 2017-01-31 10:39:08 -0800
    I want you to lead the council and mayor to drop their antagonistic, destructive policies and postures toward homeless people and their living areas, and become an advocate, a proactive leader to develop living areas where people have the services, safety and dignity they deserve while you are taking the creative steps to provide the actual solution to their plight in the form of actual housing!
  • Marlon Navaroo
    commented 2016-12-09 08:14:44 -0800
  • Sandy Vaughn
    commented 2016-11-12 18:04:04 -0800
    I’m writing regarding the homeless encampment under 580 in my neighborhood (at the Harrison entrance to 580) and, more broadly, the homeless issues all around the bay area . I am in favor of working toward real solutions to homelessness. In the long term we need more affordable housing, better rent control, more shelter beds, and more treatment for mental health and addiction issues. In the short term is there any talk of portable toilets, showers, sharps containers, food delivery, garbage pick up, outreach/social workers? Are there any community meetings scheduled about this issue that I can invite interested neighbors to on NextDoor? Please let me know.
  • Julian Cooper
    commented 2016-08-29 23:55:05 -0700
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  • ruby Stein
    commented 2016-08-03 12:09:15 -0700
    I just learned that two weeks ago, police arrived at the cul de sac at E. 20th and Park Blvd, where a homeless couple had pitched a tent. They arrived with guns drawn. The director of FM Smith had to hastily to clear the playground of about 20 children. This person has re-pitched his tent, promising neighbors he would be gone by August 3rd. If he does not relocate, what can be done? I certainly do not want to call the police. Many of us have posted complaints to Department of Public Works, but they have not responded.
  • chet sky
    commented 2016-07-26 14:59:01 -0700
    three things: 1-soda tax-why (are snickers next?2.Kwick way property use and traffic on lake park and nearby street control and who should bare the cost—the city. think about it. chet
  • Edy Horwood
    commented 2016-05-26 17:38:17 -0700
    You have listed your zip code incorrectly on
  • Howard Lee
    commented 2016-05-18 12:53:26 -0700
    Hi Abel:

    There is an open blue recycle container from Alameda County Recycling Program located on the street in front of 381 8th Street. The container is over filled. Can you help us to find the proper agency to take the container away. We called the Waste Management and they said it is not their responsibility.

    thanks for your assistance.

    Howard Lee
  • Terry Stein
    commented 2016-05-13 16:08:08 -0700

    I want to offer some comments on the new “diet” lanes on Grand Avenue. Although I was concerned about this change before it happened, I decided to wait until after its initiation in order to give it a fair chance. After 3-4 days, I now think it is a disastrous solution to the perceived problems on Grand. Let me be clear that I am a staunch supporter of safety arrangements for bikers and pedestrians, but, in my estimation, the consequences of this diet have only increased the risk for bikers, pedestrians, and drivers.

    I am not aware if Councilmember Guillen routinely uses Grand Avenue, but he was a strong advocate for the diet changes. I wonder if he is aware that for the last 3 nights it has taken over 10 minutes to drive on Grand from Linda to Boulevard—after I was even able to enter the backed up traffic on Grand itself, which extends almost to Oakland Ave.—and I was almost run into by a car in the facing lane when I tried to turn left onto Boulevard so that I could get to my home. In addition, trying to enter Grand in either direction from Boulevard, always difficult, is now almost impossible during rush hour. Bike traffic was swerving in and out just to get through the bottleneck. I can’t imagine the effects on the considerable traffic flow in and out of the Ace Hardware parking lots.

    Parallels were made to the lane arrangements on Lakeshore before the diet was instituted, but the analogy is in no way valid. Grand is a throughway in a mixed retail and residential area, whereas Lakeshore after Mandana is entirely a low use road in a completely residential neighborhood .

    Perhaps the only solution that might make a difference without reverting to the pre-diet lane configuration is to reconfigure the traffic light situation at Grand and Wildwood. For example, we waited for several minutes while the green light for Jean St. was on with no traffic at all coming from Jean St.. In contrast, the flow of traffic from Wildwood does not seem to be a problem. I imagine that side of the stoplight is adapted to traffic flow.

    I strongly believe that this intersection is now much more dangerous than prior to the diet changes and I will be hesitant even to try to enter Grand from Boulevard in the future. I hope this critical problem can be addressed promptly.

    Thank you,

    Terry Stein
  • Rainey Smith
    commented 2016-05-10 04:13:02 -0700
  • Bruce Turman
    commented 2016-04-02 16:45:35 -0700
    Help. The Reliable Laundry Mat at 10 TH St. and Madison St. is being used by a large number of homeless people to use drugs, alcohol, profanity and loud music. The police have been notified but require a new complaint each time it occurs. The “homeless,” people then verbally abuse and threaten the “snitch.” (me). This is a generalization and perhaps “taken over,” is too harsh of a word. I don’t think so. I have witnessed one theft, duly called in to OPD. I only go One day a week and it is always bad. Obviously it relates to the increasing number of homeless in Chinatown THANKS