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Clay Street Garage Closes
Friday, December 2 will be the last day of visitor parking at the Clay Street Garage, located at 1414 Clay Street between 14th and 16th streets. The garage will be closed indefinitely. Read the media release on the closure.
The Dalziel Garage, accessible from 16th Street between Clay Street and San Pablo Avenue, will serve the parking needs of visitors to Oakland’s civic center. See a map of parking facilities in the area.
Free parking for City Council meetings held in the evening will be available at the Dalziel Garage. Meeting attendees may enter the garage after 4:30 p.m. for free. For Council Committee meetings, parking will be validated by the City Administrator's Office on the 3rd floor of City Hall.
Free Holiday Parking
The City of Oakland is again offering free parking every Saturday between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, plus Plaid Weekend which is November 25-27.
Read the media release on the Free 2016 Holiday Parking and Shop Oakland Grown for the Holidays promotion.
Need a break from shopping? Check out the many festive holiday events held throughout Oakland.
Oakland’s Minimum Wage to rise January 1
Measure FF, the voter-initiative ballot measure passed in November 2014, provides annual increases to Oakland’s Minimum Wage based on the Consumer Price Index.
- By December 15, 2016, employers were required to provide notice to employees and prominently display posters on the new Minimum Wage
- On January 1, 2017, the rate will go up 31¢ to $12.86 per hour
- The other benefits mandated by Measure FF — paid sick leave and payment of service charges — remain the same as when the employment law took effect on March 2, 2015
Notification posters in English, Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese are available for download. Click here to visit the Minimum Wage web page with a roster of business briefings, answers to FAQs, resources for employers, resources for employees and more.
FY 2015-17 Budget
On April 30, Mayor Libby Schaaf and the City Administrator released a balanced, two-year budget proposal that strives to position Oakland as a vibrant, equitable city that is growing responsibly. On June 30, the Oakland City Council approved a $2.4 billion two-year budget for fiscal years 2015-2017.
Introducing SpeakUp Oakland
This new public engagement portal enables residents to provide feedback on a variety of topics and legislative items coming before City Council. It increases the public’s comment ability beyond the usual two-minute time limit for speakers at meetings and facilitates public engagement on City projects, forums and discussions. Click here to read the media release.
To get started, visit www.speakupoakland.org and register or login using a Facebook account. Links at the top of the page allows users to comment on posted items. To comment on agenda items prior to a City Council meeting, click on the Meetings link at the top of the page, click on View Agenda for the meeting where your topic of interest has been scheduled and scroll to the agenda item and click comment. Users may also indicate whether they support, oppose or are neutral on a specific item.
Public safety is our number one priority. The City of Oakland gathered input from neighbors across the city on public safety priorities to incorporate into a comprehensive crime reduction and suppression strategic plan. The town hall meetings were led by the renowned consulting team, Strategic Policy Partnership. As part of the crime reduction plan, the OPD has recently divided the city into five Police Areas which will facilitate crime reduction and prevention strategies tailored for each area.
- Click here for a Public Safety update from October 2014
- Click here to learn more about Ceasefire
- Click here to watch a video update on Public Safety
- Click here to view information on the five new Police Areas
- Click here to view the Presentation by Strategic Policy Partnership
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