New police chief, more Lake Merritt improvements, community office hours

New Police Chief and Public Safety Director Named
Anne Kirkpatrick has been named the City of Oakland’s new Chief of Police, and will assume her duties on February 27. One of the most tenured police chiefs in the country, she brings exceptional experience and stable leadership to the Oakland Police Department. Over her 34-year career in law enforcement, she has tackled many of the same issues facing Oakland today.


I hope our new chief will help bring much-needed departmental stability and reform-minded leadership to restore integrity and trustworthiness and build stronger relationships with the community while supporting the more than 700 police officers who work diligently every day to keep our neighborhoods safe.

This transformation will not happen overnight, and she will need help from all of us to succeed, but I look forward to Chief Kirkpatrick working closely with our police department, our new citizen’s police commission, and City staff in other departments charged with providing the kind of service that our families and businesses deserve.

During the search process, Oaklanders said they wanted a leader who will improve community-police relations, deliver fair and just policing, prevent violence, and increase accountability. Kirkpatrick’s experience leading a department through culture change and focus on mentoring the next generation of officers will be a great asset in improving the integrity, effectiveness and responsiveness of Oakland’s police department.

A reform-minded leader and a master instructor in leadership development, procedural justice and implicit bias, Kirkpatrick comes to Oakland from Chicago, where she was leading its police reform efforts. Beginning her career with the Memphis Police Department in 1982, she also previously served as police chief for the cities of Spokane, Federal Way and Ellensburg and as chief deputy in King County, Washington – the 14th most populous county in the nation.

Kirkpatrick holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Memphis and a law degree from Seattle University Law School.

Earlier this month, Mayor Schaaf also named Venus Johnson as the City’s new director of public safety. An Oakland native, Johnson earned a J.D. from the McGeorge School of Law and began her legal career as a prosecutor in the Alameda County district attorney’s office in 2006. For the past two years, she was an advisor to Attorney General Kamala Harris. As public safety director, Johnson will work with law-enforcement agencies, neighborhood safety councils, schools and community groups to implement comprehensive, community-engaged strategies for preventing crime and breaking the cycle of violence.


More Improvements around Lake Merritt
As part of the Lake Merritt Improvement Project, the Council’s Public Works Committee approved a $2 million construction contract (McGuire and Hester) and $150,000 for landscaping architectural services (Bottomley Design & Planning) to enhance pedestrian safety and accessibility at Lakeside Park, Fairyland and the Garden Center. The project will shorten crosswalk distances where pedestrians are exposed to oncoming traffic, widen existing sidewalks, provide a bus loading zone at Fairyland and ADA-accessible pathways at Fairyland and the Garden Center, relocate street lights, a traffic signal and a bus-stop shelter, and provide stormwater treatment, landscaping, repaving and restriping within the project area. The money comes from a combination of federal funds earmarked for Lake Merritt improvements and Measure WW support for the Fairyland Entrance project.

BRT Update | Construction to start on International Blvd.
The City of Oakland has given AC Transit the green light to start major construction of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in East Oakland, which will likely begin between 82nd and 94th avenues next week. As part of the construction-impact mitigation plan, property owners, residents and businesses within the construction zone and within a 500-foot radius of the construction zone will be notified. AC Transit will also be delivering doorhangers and will put up “No Parking” signs at least 72 hours in advance of construction. Sign up for BRT updates and get more news at the BRT website.



Community Office Hours | 2017 Schedule
Saturdays | 10:00 am-12:00 pm | Locations TBD
Councilmember Guillén holds monthly “office hours” out in the community, along with “Walk and Talks” throughout the year. Here’s the neighborhood schedule for 2017 – mark your calendar:

  • January 28          Grand Lake
  • February 25        San Antonio
  • March 25             Cleveland Heights
  • April 29               Bella Vista
  • May 27               East Lake (Memorial Day Weekend)
  • June 24               Grand Lake
  • July 29                San Antonio
  • September 9       Chinatown
  • September 30     Cleveland Heights
  • October 28          Bella Vista
  • December 9        East Lake

Friday, January 13 | Walk and Vigil against Human Trafficking
3:00-6:00 pm | For walk, meet at International Blvd. and 19th Ave. at 3:30 pm; vigil starts at 5:00 pm
Join Councilmember Guillén and the Oakland Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Task Force Awareness and Prevention Group for a Stop Human Trafficking Community Walk and Vigil along International Blvd. from 19th Ave. to 46th Ave. The walk will conclude at the Avenida de la Fuente (off Fruitvale BART station) for a candlelight vigil beginning at 5:00 pm.

We will also talk with businesses about human trafficking in Oakland and inform them about what they can do to help prevent and report sex trafficking in our community. If you want to volunteer for this outreach, please come to the East Bay Asian Youth Center (2025 E. 12th St.) at 3:00 pm to pass out flyers and share information about human trafficking to educate business owners located on International Blvd. To register for the event and schedule. For more info: Sarah Ting, 

Morcom Rose Garden | Dig into Two Events
Weeding, Deadheading, Conversation, Fresh Air  | 700 Jean St.
Saturday, January 14 | 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Volunteer Work Day: The East Bay Rose Society will be giving their annual rose-pruning demo and workshop at 10:00 am.  Learn how to prune roses, and afterwards, you may want to practice pruning on one of our thousands of roses, and perhaps take home a free bare-root rose for your own garden.
Monday, January 16 | 9:00 am
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service: Bring your hat, gloves, pruners, trowels, knee pads and water bottle.
Long sleeves, long pants and closed-toe shoes are recommended. Parking is usually available on weekends on Oakland or Olive avenues.

Tuesday, January 17 | What’s the 411 on the 510
1:00 pm | Elihu Harris State Building, 1515 Clay St. 2nd Floor, Room 11
The California Public Utilities Commission is considering adding an area code overlay for the current 510 area code – with new numbers getting a different area code. Come to the public meeting to learn more and offer your feedback. For more info Send written comments to or call the Area Code Hotline, 866-340-6147


January 25-26 | Decide How to Spend Oakland’s Federal Dollars
How would you spend federal funds to make District 2 a better place for low-to-moderate income communities? Join us for public meetings as part of Oakland’s Participatory Budgeting, where District 2 residents will discuss proposed projects and vote on their priorities for spending these funds. Participatory Budgeting is an innovative democratic process that gives residents the power to decide how federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds should be spent to improve low-to-moderate income communities in our district.

  • Wednesday, January 25 | Assembly 1 (English/Chinese)
    6:00-8:00 pm | Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St., Suite 290
  • Thursday, January 26 | Assembly 2 (English/Spanish)
    6:00-8:00 pm | Williams Chapel, 1410 10th Ave.

Food, activities for children and translation will be provided. RSVP Volunteer sign-up form

If you have an idea for a project to improve our district, come to the meeting or share online it at

In early February, community volunteers will review and prioritize all of the ideas collected and turn them into full proposals. At the end of February, residents of low- and moderate-income neighborhoods in our district will vote on the top projects.


Warehouse Fire Update
For an update on the efforts staff have taken following the 31st Ave. warehouse fire and information on next steps that are underway to address the longer-term impacts of the fire: 

Useful Numbers for City Services
Keep these numbers handy for anything that happens in 2017.

Comments and Requests for Councilmember Guillén

Constituent Request Form

Public Works

Report to See, Click, Fix or 510-615-5566 including locations of graffiti and illegal dumping, repair potholes, sidewalks and street light, sewers and flooding problems, street-related issues such as parking enforcement / meters, street signs and signals, street trees, traffic and road diet issues, and park maintenance/trash

Parks & Rec Facilities

510-238-PARK (7275)

Recycling and Garbage Service Problems

510-238-SAVE (7283) for illegal dumping or trash in parks, contact Public Works

Code Enforcement Complaints


Police Department

non-emergency 510-777-3333; emergency from cell phone 510-777-3211

Fire Department


Homeless Encampments

510-287-6590 (Housing Services Dept.)

Oakland Animal Services

510-535-5602 Mon-Fri 9:00-11:00 am





Evictions, Rent Increases

Rental Adjustment Program staff are available for walk-in consultations Mon-Fri 10:00 am-12:00 pm and 2:00-4:00 pm for more info

East Bay Community Law Center

510-548-4040 x323 (Gracie Jones)

Centro Legal De La Raza

510-437-1554 x124 (Martina); Clinic hours: Mon 2:00-4:30

Eviction Defense Center

510-452-4541 if you receive Unlawful Detainer (Summons to Appear in Court)

Housing Resource Center (including Rent Assistance)

510-238-6182 Mon-Fri 9:00-4:30 website help when you fall behind on rent payments or need money for security deposit