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15th Anniversary Art + Soul Festival
Oakland's beloved Art + Soul festival will host a big 15th anniversary bash celebrating the city's rich musical heritage and its musical families. The two-day festival will be held Saturday, August 1 & Sunday, August 2 from noon to 6pm in downtown Oakland. The incomparable Sheila E. headlines an all-star Oakland lineup that also includes The Family Stone, Lenny Williams, West Coast Blues Society Caravan of Allstars and Edwin Hawkins’ Gospel Showcase. Saturday's Blues & BBQ Blowout features the 2nd annual Oaktown Throwdown BBQ Competition.
The City Council is Oakland’s legislative body. Its eight members are directly elected by Oakland voters—one representative from each of seven districts and one at-large representative. To find out who your City Councilmember is, use our Council District Locator.
National Night Out 2015
It’s time to organize your block party for National Night Out from 7 to 9 pm on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. Organize a block party, barbeque, ice cream social or other outdoor event that brings your neighbors together.
When neighbors know each other, neighborhoods are safer.
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.
New Zero Waste Services Started July 1
Oakland’s new trash, compost and recycling services started July 1. We’re excited the day is finally here! All apartment and condo residents now have green compost carts.
To learn what to expect in your neighborhood and who to contact if you have questions, click here to visit www.oaklandrecycles.com.
Support Youth through Classrooms2Careers
We need your help! This summer marks the beginning of a new era for youth in Oakland with the launch of Classrooms2Careers, a fresh approach to youth employment and enrichment based on the Earn and Learn model.
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.
New Minimum Wage Law Took Effect March 2
The voter-approved initiative Measure FF, took effect on March 2, 2015. The Measure:
- established a $12.25 minimum wage
- requires paid sick leave
- requires payment of service charges to hospitality workers
Seismic Retrofit of Soft Story Buildings
More than 22,000 Oakland rental units are in potential soft story buildings. In the event of an earthquake, these units could be damaged which could mean displacement of residents, destruction of possessions and loss of life. In developing proposed soft story retrofit legislation for Oakland apartments, the City of Oakland is seeking feedback from tenants and property owners.
The City of Oakland has created a web page that brings together information and resources to help you with all your parking questions, including contact information for specific departments should you need additional assistance. Topics include:
- New Smart Parking Meters
- Parking Hours & Rates
- Curb Colors and What They Mean
- Pay a Parking Ticket
- Disabled Parking
- Street Sweeping
Earthquake Preparedness Resources
The earthquake that struck the North Bay on Sunday, August 24, serves as a reminder to all of us to prepare for natural disasters. Here are some programs and resources to help you to prepare.
- CORE emergency preparedness classes
- Learn, Lead, Lift, an engagement program to integrate ALL neighborhoods in emergency planning, preparedness and mitigation efforts
- Soft-Story Seismic Screening Program for owners of certain residential buildings
- 9-1-1 Registry for People with Special Needs
- Earthquake Safety Checklist
- Family Preparedness Made Easy
- Create and maintain a preparedness kit for your family
- Keep Informed: Subscribe to Emergency Alerts for Residents or Emergency Alerts for Business
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
For a comprehensive list of public safety services and resources, visit our Public Safety page.
Oakland Among Top Ten 2015 U.S. Destinations
Oakland was ranked No. 8 on Lonely Planet's roster of Top Ten U.S. Travel Destinations for 2015. The compilation is published to highlight the best travel destinations in the U.S. for the upcoming year. Oakland is buzzing with energy from a thriving restaurant scene, diverse entertainment and arts offerings and a vibrant nightlife. Lonely Planet describes Oakland as an “incubator for adventurous restaurants” and spotlights Oakland’s Art Murmur and First Fridays as a “can’t-miss cultural event”. Click here to view Lonely Planet's roster. This follows Oakland being ranked as the 5th most desirable destination to visit by The New York Times in 2012. To learn more about visiting Oakland, please visit www.visitoakland.org. Click here for a roster of other recent accolades.
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Arts. Culture. Shopping. Celebrate Oakland’s diversity. Shopping locally keeps your tax dollars from your purchases in Oakland. Take the Oakland Grown Challenge. Visit these sites for the latest eats, cultural attractions and happenings all over town.
- Discover the Uptown ArtPark, the City's first outdoor sculpture park in the Uptown District
- Eat, Shop, Explore Oakland Grown
- Destination Oakland - Official Visitor Website
- Meet Downtown Oakland!
Now is a Great Time to Invest in Oakland
The City offers a wide range of assistance and programs to help your business grow and prosper in Oakland.
- California Competes Tax Credit Applications due Sept. 29 and Oct. 27
- July 2014 Economic Indicators Report
- Business Assistance Center
- Oakland Economy Now eNewsletters
- Business Tax Office
- Business Incentives
- City Owned Properties and Real Estate for Lease and Sale
- Employee Recruitment & Training
- Doing Business with the City
- Business Leaders Talk up Oakland
- Business News
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