Helping businesses during BRT, police recruitment, parking rules for new development

    Oakland Is ProudI was happy to once again be a sponsor of the Oakland Pride Parade and Festival. I joined the Eastbay Stonewall contingent on the parade route and celebrated with Bike East Bay at the festival. In its seventh year, the event is slowly but steadily growing. Last year, more than 42,000 people participated – more than 50,000 attendees this year. I’m proud to live in a city that doesn’t just tolerate diversity – it celebrates it! Continue reading

Longer hours for Lincoln Rec Center, forums on police chief, parking and parks rules

Lincoln Rec Center Will Be Open LongerIn the mid-cycle budget, I was able to secure funding for extended hours at Lincoln Recreation Center. Starting this month, we will have expanded program offerings to better serve the needs of seniors and youth at this popular Chinatown facility. Continue reading

Back(packs) to school, potholes blitzed, street clean-ups, proposal for Parkway

      It’s Back(pack) to SchoolWhat a great way to start off the new school year! Franklin Elementary in District 2 is among the most diverse schools in the city, with 27 languages spoken at home. All 713 Franklin students received brand new “Oaklandish” backpacks filled with school supplies this week. Thank you to all of our partners for making this effort a big success. Wishing all Oakland students, parents and teachers a great year! And don’t forget to help our youth go on to college. Learn more about and donate to Oakland Promise  Continue reading

Abel’s eNews: Park Blvd. pedestrian safety, road diet recommendations, Chinatown cleanup

Pedestrian Safety Improvements for Park Blvd.Public Works has told us that they’re looking to see if we can make short-term improvements to the pedestrian crossings on Park Blvd. below I-580, as they prepare for more effective long-term solutions. I have asked staff to look at additional signage and to paint street crossings to help ensure they are more visible by all. Continue reading

Police reforms put on the ballot, potholes filled, beautiful mural tackles graffiti

New Police Commission Will Strengthen Public Oversight, AccountabilityThe City Council took action this week to place a new structure for stronger public oversight and accountability for the Oakland Police Department on the November ballot. The proposed reforms will help address the components and root causes of police misconduct, and ensure that officers are a positive reflection of our vibrant city and make residents feel safe. Continue reading

Funding for Oakland Infrastructure and Housing, Tenant Protections Put on the Ballot

   Bond Measure for Infrastructure Improvements and Affordable Housing The City Council voted this week to place a comprehensive bond measure on the November ballot to address the need to repair Oakland’s streets, upgrade our public facilities and fund essential strategies to create and preserve affordable housing. Continue reading

Protecting women's health, investing in housing, streets and safety

Protecting Women’s Health: New Oakland Law against Anti-Choice Deceptive Practices Oakland’s “Pregnancy Information and Disclosure Protection” ordinance, which I co-authored, was approved by the City Council this week (a second, final reading is slated for July 19). This legislation against false advertising by anti-choice centers can be a model for other cities. Mindful of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in defense of abortion rights, we can send a clear message across the country that misinformation about women’s health and reproductive rights will not be tolerated. Continue reading

Council bans coal, committed to healthy communities and climate-smart economy

The fundamental principle of government is to protect the health and safety of its residents. By voting unanimously for the ordinance to ban the storage and handling of coal in Oakland, the City Council is fulfilling that responsibility. Continue reading

Report potholes, securing funds for community serving programs

  Pothole Blitz for District 2 | July 18-22Public Works will conduct its annual Pothole Blitz in District 2 on July 18-22. El Nino rains have faded, but they’ve left behind many potholes. Staff will work from a list of all potholes within each council district and fill potholes by the highest priority within that district. So be sure to submit those requests soon! To report a problem pothole in your neighborhood, use the mobile app SeeClickFix, or email The crews will focus on completing as many of the existing outstanding repair requests as possible, and meeting the goal of 2,500 potholes repaired citywide by the end of the blitz. Staff will also be completing street patching and crack sealing at selected locations as needed (photo: Councilmember Guillén pitching in during last year’s blitz). There are 831 miles of City-maintained streets in Oakland, and the backlog of streets needing work is $443 million and growing. #safestreets Continue reading

Housing Initiatives - A Special Report

The Mayor’s Housing Cabinet, made up of local housing-policy experts to help develop a plan for implementing the City’s Housing Equity Roadmap, will meet this morning, and I wanted to take this occasion to update you about actions that I have pushed forward and the progress we’ve made on the package of housing strategies that the City Council has developed. Continue reading