Kevin Durant scores big at Lincoln Rec, picking projects for federal dollars, short-term rental survey

Kevin Durant Makes Lincoln Rec His Home Court At Lunar New Year Bazaar last Saturday, I was thrilled to announce a major gift from Kevin Durant to help renovate basketball courts at Lincoln Recreation Center in Oakland’s Chinatown.  I’ve been working closely with the Warriors Community Foundation to fund and refurbish the indoor basketball court and three outdoor courts at Lincoln Rec. Thanks to our community partners and a generous leadership gift from KD and his charity foundation, we have now raised a total of $100,000 needed for the renovation project! What is even more remarkable is that KD wants to make Lincoln Rec his “home court” and will be active at the center hosting his clinics and events in our neighborhood! Continue reading

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

New Police Chief and Public Safety Director NamedAnne 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. Continue reading

Donate to eNews, help sustain our outreach efforts

Happy Holidays!  I hope you and your loved ones are having a warm and relaxing holiday season, and getting rejuvenated for the new year ahead. In this fortnight of sharing, I’m hoping you will consider adding another gift to your list… The City doesn’t provide public funds for Councilmembers’ outreach efforts to engage residents or keep you informed on a regular basis throughout the year, so I have to raise private funds to support most of our community outreach. That includes the distribution of this bi-weekly District 2 e-newsletter, numerous hands-on community activities, like regular Neighborhood Cleanup Days, park revitalization forums, street safety workshops, school visits, and other meet-and-greet events that help build community among District 2 residents, businesses and City staff. Please donate to sustain this outreach. Continue reading

Abel's eNews: New Astro tot lot now a reality, City actions in wake of warehouse fire, SRO moratorium

As we close out the year, I'd like to thank you for your abiding friendship and your dedicated service to Oakland. Whether it’s serving as a mentor in our public schools, as a neighborhood council leader, or if you joined us the past year at one of our many neighborhood walks or volunteer activities to build new parks and clean up our streets, I deeply appreciate the opportunity to work with you to help make Oakland a better and more vibrant city for all our neighbors and small business.On behalf of Team Abel – Richard, Jessica, Michael and Sarah – we wish you a peaceful holiday season. Continue reading

Defending Sanctuary City, Park Blvd. update, Astro Build Day is here, more housing for D2

Dear Friends, Today, December 1, marks World AIDS Day. It has been celebrated every year since 1988. This year’s theme is “Leadership. Commitment. Impact.”  As we pause to remember all those who have passed and the more than 35 million people living with HIV/AIDS, let’s continue to fight for treatment and prevention and renew our resolve to end HIV/AIDS by 2030. --Abel   Continue reading

Community benefits secured, meetings on Park Blvd safety, get ready for Astro build

   Community Benefits Secured from 13th St. Development After months of talks with a coalition of community advocates, Wood Partners, the developer of the proposed 262-unit, mixed-use project in District 2 (226 13th St.), has reached a substantial Community Benefits package totaling nearly $2 million. These types of community benefits on a private development are rare, and a testament to the hard work everybody put into the negotiations. The Planning Commission approved the proposed development this summer, and the appeal of that decision was dropped in the wake of the binding settlement that I facilitated earlier this week. Continue reading

Lakeside park improvements, progress on Kaiser Center rehab, updates on street-safety improvements

November Is the Season to Vote! Happy November! The past few weeks, I’ve been out and about in District 2 talking to neighbors about the upcoming election and the important local measures on this year’s ballot. Election Day is next Tuesday, and I want to provide you with some resources that might help you cast your ballot. As a longtime member of the League of Women Voters Oakland, I’ve always been impressed with their voter-education efforts. They have put up severalYouTube videos explaining the local measures on the ballot. They’ve also put on some informational video on the state propositions. If you have a mail ballot, you can drop it off at any polling place in Alameda County. Find your polling location and check your registration status for Alameda County here Voter guide translations – Chinese Spanish Happy voting everyone – be sure to vote the entire ballot!      Continue reading

Updates on new housing projects, plans for street improvements and community resilience announced

Safety and Equity Goals for Improving Oakland Streets AnnouncedOur streets are more than networks for getting from one place to another – they can be avenues for social justice and economic prosperity. Launched earlier this month, the strategic plan for Oakland’s new Department of Transportation sets out a long-term vision for Oakland’s streets combined with detailed one- and three-year goals to repair and upgrade our streets that will increase pedestrian space and biking infrastructure, provide more equitable access to jobs, schools and services, prioritize spending to ensure resources are spent in the communities that need them most, and expand transportation options for everybody. The plan also endorses a Vision Zero policy, similar to those in San Francisco and San Jose, and focused efforts to eliminate traffic injuries. Read more about the plan. Continue reading

Don't forget to vote for local measures -- better streets, parks and libraries, more housing

Infrastructure Improvements and Affordable Housing on the November Ballot  While the presidential race may not represent the best in American civic discourse, Oaklanders have several great opportunities on the November ballot to invest in our community’s future and “go high” in making our community a better place to live, work and raise a family – for everybody. Continue reading

Support the turkey drive, street safety and housing updates, celebrate the murals

Donate to District 2’s Second Annual Thanksgiving Basket DriveThanksgiving is less than two months away, but it’s time to start raising support for our second annual Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway. With your financial support, our dinner drive will provide a bountiful Thanksgiving for 500 underserved families in Oakland’s Chinatown and East Lake neighborhoods. The Basket Giveaway Day will take place in Lincoln Square Park on Saturday, November 19. Continue reading