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Free Holiday Parking
Free Parking on Plaid Friday & Saturdays until New Year's
As part of the Shop Oakland Grown for the Holidays campaign, the City of Oakland will offer free parking every Saturday until New Year's Day plus Plaid Friday (November 27). The free parking applies to on-street meters (both individual meters and multi-space kiosks), four City-owned parking lots and four City-owned parking garages. Posted time limits at meters still apply.
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.
Prepare for Winter Storms Now
With forecasters predicting the potential for strong winter storms generated by El Nino, now is the time to prepare for above average rainfall and strong winds. The City of Oakland's preparations are underway. Have you started preparing?
Heavy rains may cause flooding, landslides, clogged drains and more to homes and businesses, while strong winds may result in downed trees or power lines.
Oakland’s Minimum Wage Goes Up 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, 2015, employers are required to provide notice to employees and prominently display posters on the new Minimum Wage
- On January 1, 2016, the rate goes up 30¢ to $12.55
- 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.
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.
Earthquake Preparedness Resources
The 4.0 earthquake on the Hayward Fault at about 6:49am on Monday, August 17, 2015, 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
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.
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.
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
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