Notes from City Hall April 14, 2017

Weekly announcements are posted by the District 3 Council staff on behalf of Councilmember Lynette McElhaney. To view current events and past posts online, please visit the Yahoo Group Website that you are signed up for: West Oakland or Downtown/Lake Merritt

San Pablo Fire Fundraiser Brunch
April 15, 2017
Drip Line Oakland
1940 Union Street # 21
9:00am – 3:00pm
We are thrilled to be a part of your community. As we start our brunch service, we want to think of community members who are less fortunate – The San Pablo Fire Victims. Please join us for our 1st Brunch this Saturday the 15th, from 9am-3pm to raise funds for the fire victims.

East Bay Green Jobs and Career Fair
April 15, 2017
Mount Zion Missionary Baptist
1203 Willow St
11:00am – 3:00pm
The challenges of the climate crisis, economic inequality, displacement, and high unemployment rates in some of our communities can all be addressed by building a thriving, inclusive green economy in the East Bay. The East Bay Green Careers/Jobs Fair will bring together potential employees and employers, as well as, community leaders and other stakeholders to experience the broad spectrum of jobs, careers, and businesses that make up a green economy.

San Pablo Fire Survivors
Donations of clothes, bedding, personal and household items can dropped off at the Adamika Village, American Steel Building, 1960 Mandela Parkway. Please direct your tax-deductible donations to either of the following:

West Oakland San Pablo Fire Relief
Mail checks to: FPCO San Pablo Fire Relief 2619 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Donate online here:
Fund established by First Presbyterian Church of Oakland; administered by co-chairs Pastor Deb Avery and Bishop Joseph Simmons, St. Paul Missionary Baptist church. Funds raised will provided to victims to meet the unmet non-housing needs to re-establish home and work. Though First Presbyterian Church is serving as the fiscal sponsor for this fund, donations are being managed and distributed by representatives from a broad coalition of faith-based and community-based organizations.

District 3 Disaster Fund
Send checks c/o:
The Mentoring Center, 672 – 13th Street, Suite 200, Oakland, CA 94612
Fund established by District 3 office to provide supplemental support to San Pablo fire and other disaster victims on an as-need basis; funds administered by retired veterans George McDaniel and Conway Jones.

Building Sustainable Fathers
April 18, 2017
West Oakland Job Resource Center
1801 Adeline Street
Building Sustainable Fathers provides fathers with a 10-week exploration of manhood as a pre-requisite of effective fatherhood. Utilizing the transformative curriculum of CBTC (Culture Based Transformative Coaching) participants are able to define and/or redefine manhood, culture, relationships, work, and acquire the tools needed to manage these critical areas associated with effectively fathering for the long haul. Participants receive up to $500 in gift cards upon completion as a partnership between EBASE, WOJRC, Alameda County Fathers Corps and Village-Connect. Building Sustainable Fathers To register or more information (510)504-0536 or (510)564-4240.

Support West Oakland Middle School
West Oakland MS runs a school store every Wednesday as part of our PBIS program. At the school store, students have the opportunity to purchase healthier snack items, school supplies, sports gear, art supplies and other fun items with their Phoenix Bucks. Phoenix Bucks are earned when a student is “caught” being respectful, responsible and being a scholar. Our store runs on donations and the public has been very generous donating items to keep our store running. Students have truly enjoyed all the magnificent items that people have sent us. Our most popular items are the variety of snacks that we have had that have included pretzels, granola bars, cheese and crackers and goldfish.
At this point in the school year, we have officially run out of snacks! We have an Amazon Wish List created where folks can send items to West Oakland MS without leaving the comfort of your home. We also gladly accept items that you have picked up on your weekly grocery trip. Please help us with keeping a strong and effective school store. The students love it and we love having it for them. Thank you for your continued support. Please feel free to share the link with your contacts. If you have any questions, contact

Learn How You Can Buy Your Building Breakfast
April 20, 2017
TMC Financing
1720 Broadway, 3rd Floor
9:00am – 10:30am
Hello Jack London merchants, retailers, fabricators, offices, distributors, food purveyors: The Jack London Improvement District is partnering with TMC Financing to promote a learning Breakfast event. Local small businesses, please join to learn about financing resources to help you buy your building and stabilize occupancy costs. Click HERE to register for free.

BART Update
There will be no BART Train service between Lake Merritt and Fruitvale Stations on six non-consecutive weekends between April and July, BART crews will be rebuilding the trackway between Lake Merritt and Fruitvale stations as part of the “Better BART” efforts. No trains will run between those stations and Lake Merritt station will be closed. Free buses will be available to move riders around the closure. Riders on the Warm Springs/South Fremont, Dublin and Oakland Airport lines will be impacted. The buses may add 20 to 40 minutes to your trip. The closure will allow maintenance crews to replace the nearly 45-year-old deteriorating trackway between the two stations. The dates for the BART track closure are:
Saturday, April 8 & Sunday, April 9
Saturday, April 29 & Sunday, April 30
Saturday, May 13 & Sunday, May 14
Saturday, May 27; Sunday, May 28 & Monday, May 29
Saturday, June 10 & Sunday, June 11
Saturday, July 1 & Sunday, July 2
These dates may be subject to change. For more information, please visit

Lake Merritt Boating Center Open House
May 20, 2017
11:00am – 5:00 pm
568 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland Parks & Recreation’s Lake Merritt Boating Center (LMBC) will host a free open house in honor of National Safe Boating Week sponsored by CA State Parks Division of Boating & Waterways. Youth, individuals, and families are welcome to attend and enjoy free boating on Lake Merritt. For more information, please contact Sarah Herbelin, Recreation Supervisor, at sherbelin@… or (510) 238-2196.

Summer Boating Camp Registration is Open
June 19, 2017 – August 25, 2017 (except July 4th)
9:00 am to 3:30 pm (before and aftercare available from 8am until 6pm)
Lake Merritt Boating Center
568 Bellevue Avenue
Summer Boating Camps for youth ages 7 to 17 from basic boating to advanced sailing. Younger kids start with pedal boats, canoes, and kayaks and then our Optimist Prams introduce them to capturing the wind to make their boats go. Each class builds skills and introduces new boats as campers progress from Lake Merritt to the Oakland Estuary and SF Bay. Scholarships available for Oakland residents with need. To register come by the Lake Merritt Boating Center, or register online at (click on “Register Online” on the left side under ”CONNECT”). For more information, please contact Sarah Herbelin, Recreation Supervisor, at sherbelin@… or (510) 238-2196.

Oaklanders Age Out Loud
May 3, 2017
10:00am to 2:00pm
Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
14th Street at Broadway
The City of Oakland is hosting its annual Older Americans Month, “Oaklanders Age Out Loud.” This event will include information tables, recognitions, performances, speakers and other activities on. A reception with food and additional surprises will follow. Along with Wednesday’s event, from Monday, May 1 through Friday, May 26, Human Services will also host a Seniors’ Art Exhibit entitled “Voice Out Loud” in the lobby of the Wilson Building, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. Shuttle service will be provided for seniors from the four City of Oakland Senior Centers to the event on May 3. Shuttle space is limited, so please contact your local area Senior Center as soon as possible. The event, including transportation, is free. For Senior Center locations, please visit For more information on the event, please contact Maurine Watkins, Administrative Assistant, at mwatkins@… or (510) 238-2385. For more information on the art exhibit, please contact Andrea Turner, Senior Services Supervisor, at aturner@… or (510) 238-2987.

Book Sale Benefits The Oakland Public Library
Beginning Thursday, April 20, the Bookmark Bookstore, operated by the Friends of the Oakland Public Library, is having a four-day sale. All proceeds benefit the Oakland Public Library. Current and new members receive 50% off on a special Members’ Preview Day on Thursday. Discounts for all book lovers apply Friday to Sunday: 30% off on Friday 40% off on Saturday and 50% off on Sunday. For more information, please visit or contact Winifred Walters, Community Relations Manager, at wwalters@… or (510) 238-6932.

Measure DD Lakeside Green Street Project
Oakland Public Works Lakeside Green Streets Project is a 14-acre Measure DD green streets project to calm traffic, increase parklands, improve Snow Park, improve water quality and facilitate pedestrian and bicycle use. To ensure pedestrian, cyclist and motorist safety during the first phase of the project, the following crosswalks will be closed beginning this week and continuing through summer 2017. Crosswalk closures for the first phase include:
· Intersection of Madison Street and Lakeside Drive.
· Crosswalk leading to the Lake pathway from Harrison Street and Lakeside Drive.
· East side of the intersection of Harrison and 20th streets.
· Crosswalks on the east and west sides of Jackson Street and Lakeside Drive will alternate closures so that one crosswalk always remains open.
· Crosswalks located at Harrison and 21st streets and at Harrison Street and Grand Avenue will alternate closures so that one crosswalk always remains open.
· The first phase also requires the following roadway closures:
· Northbound lanes of Lakeside Drive will be closed from Madison Street to Harrison Street.
· All northbound Lakeside traffic will be detoured to 19th Street.
· Southbound lanes of Lakeside Drive will be closed from Harrison Street to Madison Street.
· Southbound Lakeside traffic will be detoured to the intersection of Harrison and 20th streets.
To read the media release, please visit For details on this and other Measure DD projects, please visit For more information, please contact Sean Maher, Program Analyst II, smaher@… or (510)238-6358.

Business Tax System Now Available Online
Tax renewal notices were mailed in late December included a specific PIN number for each taxpayer, along with instructions and the link to The Web application accepts payments by Visa, Master Card and e-check and there is no convenience fee to use these payment options. The renewal period began January 1 and the renewal deadline is March 1. With an additional enhancement slated to go live in April 2017, business owners will be able to register new businesses online, and the City will begin accepting payment of parking taxes, utility user taxes, transient occupancy taxes and business improvement district fees via the Web. For more information, please contact Marissa Wheeler at mwheeler@… or (510) 238-7468 or Evelyn Parodi at eparodi@… or (510) 238-7024.

Broadway Shuttle Stop at 27th Street out of service until late 2018
The 27th Street stop on the popular Broadway Shuttle service has been taken out of service to accommodate construction on a nearby housing project. Until approximately late 2018, the final north-bound stop will be 25th Street. Service hours for the City of Oakland’s iconic “Free B” Broadway Shuttle will remain Monday to Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. The shuttle runs along Broadway, Downtown Oakland’s central thoroughfare, between Jack London Square and Grand Avenue/25th Street. For more information, visit

City Of Oakland Job Announcements
For the most up-to-date information on City jobs, please view the Employment Information page on our website at The Employment Information page also contains information on minimum qualifications of specific job classifications, how to apply for a job on-line and how to submit a job interest card for positions not currently posted. For more information, please contact the Human Resources Management Receptionist at (510) 238-3112.

Construction & Traffic Advisory
Embarcadero Bridge Closure Seismic Safety Replacement
The Embarcadero Bridge, which spans the Lake Merritt Channel where it joins the Oakland-Alameda Estuary, will be replaced by a new, seismically safer structure with enhanced pedestrian and bicycle access. During construction, the Embarcadero (between Estuary Park and 5th Avenue) will be closed, and through traffic will be detoured to the 7th Street Bridge. The new bridge is expected to be opened in May 2018. The public can find additional information about the project, including a Fact Sheet and frequently asked questions at as well as a detour map. Questions regarding this project can also be directed to Mr. Philip Fung, Resident Engineer, Oakland Public Works at pfung@… or (510) 715-6829.


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