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Shop Oakland Grown for the Holidays
Free Parking on Saturdays from Thanksgiving to New Year's + Plaid Friday (November 29)
As part of the Shop Oakland Grown for the Holidays campaign, the City of Oakland will offer free parking every Saturday between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, plus Plaid Friday which is November 29. Click here to learn more about the free holiday parking.
To learn more about the Oakland Grown Gift Card, a 100% local gift card valid for use at locally owned, indie businesses, or the companion Oakland Grown Gift Guide, please visit www.oaklandgrown.org.
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.
Mayor's Community Toy Drive
It’s that time of year again when we share the holiday spirit to put smiles on the faces of Oakland’s children in need. The Oaklanders Assistance Center, with help from our friends at the Oakland Fire Department, has organized one of the city’s largest toy distribution sites. Last year alone we were able to provide toys to over 8,000 children from low-income families. That’s over 16,000 dolls, trucks, books, board games, sports equipment, and gift certificates.
For more information and to make a donation, visit the Mayor's Community Toy Drive page.
Oakland Police Chief Recruitment
The City of Oakland is embarking on a several-month process to conduct a national search for a permanent Police Chief of the Oakland Police Department (OPD). Our goal is to ensure that the best and brightest candidates emerge from a nationwide recruitment process within the required timeline. The City will engage the community and the Police Department workforce early on to maximize stakeholder input. This input will be used to develop a position profile for the professional recruiter to identify qualified candidates and to guide the Administration on the best candidates. Your input will help make this recruitment a success.
Redistricting Oakland's Council Districts
As mandated by the City Charter every 10 years, the City of Oakland must review and revise City Council District boundaries to equalize each district's population according to U.S. Census data. The Redistricting process will include Town Hall Meetings in July and September as well as online engagement opportunities for those unable to attend a meeting.
- A map of current Council Districts
- Relevant legislation
- Upcoming Council hearing dates
- Links to online engagement tools and reference materials
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FY 2013-15 Proposed Policy Budget
On Wednesday, April 17, Mayor Jean Quan and City Administrator Deanna J. Santana released the City of Oakland’s FY 2013-15 Proposed Policy Budget. Click here to visit our Budget Page and view:
- Proposed Budget
- Fact Sheets
- Supporting Documents
- Upcoming Budget Town Hall Meetings
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 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.
- Click here to watch a video of the March 6 town hall meeting.
- Executive Summary - Bratton Group Findings & Recommendations, May 9, 2013
- The Bratton Group Report: District Based Investigations in Oakland
For a comprehensive list of public safety services and resources, visit our Public Safety page.
Oakland Ranked #5 Place to Visit in the World!
Oakland ranked as the 5th most desirable destination to visit this year in The New York Times piece on “The 45 Places to Go in 2012.” Oakland placed between #4 London and #6 Tokyo in the coveted list and was the highest ranked North American city. Click here to read the article.
The original story generated signficant local and national press coverage. Here's a sampling of some of the coverage as well as a list of other accolades bestowed on Oakland.
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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
- Experience Oakland Arts
- Meet Downtown Oakland!
Now is a Great Time to Invest in Oakland
With the economy showing signs of recovery, 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.
- 2013 Oakland Structures insert from the San Francisco Business Times
- Choose Oakland insert
- April 2013 Economic Indicators Report
- Oakland backs Business - Resource Guide
- Business Assistance Center
- 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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Learn about the many opportunities through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to build on existing innovations in Oakland, leverage additional resources, and develop Oakland as a model city. The ARRA represents the most ambitious effort to stimulate the economy in our nation's history. Visit the City's Stimulus website.