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Councilpersons Brooks and Gallo introduce Lead Poisoning Prevention Legislation
Oakland, CA, -- In response to concerns about Flint-level lead concentrations in the Fruitvale Councilpersons Brooks and Gallo introduced legislation addressing the hazard of lead poisoning in Oakland. Under this new legislation, property owners of buildings constructed before 1978 must address all potential lead-based paint hazards in properties. The Lead Poisoning Prevention Program will require owners to register and annually renew registration of their properties with the City of Oakland Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. The program will also provide tenants with lead educational materials. Councilperson Brooks highlighted the need for awareness, "We need to inform people of the need to make sure that the places they are seeking to simply raise their families will not damage their children." The proposed legislation will mandate inspection of pre-1978 dwellings for the presence of lead at sale or rental. Any potential tenant can request lead inspection information before a final transaction. If this legislation goes into effect it will provide protection to tenants by establishing owner penalties for noncompliance.
All inspections will be required to be performed by an inspector accredited by the City of Oakland and will be given a certificate upon compliance. Upon notice and thereafter within 30 days of a failed inspection, the owner of a property at issue must provide assurance that the property at issue will pass a test of lead contamination. Or the owner must provide temporary relocation of affected tenants to a unit in code. The program also requires an owner to comply with standards when a pregnant women or a child under six years of age report an abnormal blood lead level.
Lead contamination in Oakland represents a serious and persistent public health threat. Significant portions of the City of Oakland, California have soil lead levels far in excess of 400 parts per million (ppm). 400ppm is the level in which US EPA suggests remedial action be taken. That threshold is far higher than 80 ppm, the level that California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment suggests action should be taken at. "We need to make sure on the front end that we are protecting our children; not waiting until they are impacted to decide to do something," said Councilperson Brooks at the Committee meeting, "we must be proactive." This legislation is currently scheduled to go before the Public Committee in February.
See Councilperson Brooks and Gallo at the Council Rules Committee meeting on January 12th introducing the legislation: Brooks and Gallo at Rules Committee Meeting. (The Lead Poisoning Legislation discussion begins at 58.58 minutes.)
Airport-Community Noise Forum
Are you concerned about the increased airplane noise over your home, our regional parks, and our East Bay communities, come to the Oakland Airport-Community Noise Management Forum (Noise Forum) this Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.
The Oakland Airport/Community Noise Management Forum (commonly referred to as the Noise Forum) was created to address community noise concerns and make recommendations to the Port Of Oakland's Executive Director on noise related issues at Oakland International Airport.
The Noise Forum has been working collaboratively with Save Our Skies East Bay (SOSEB) and other East Bay community advocacy groups to develop a set of alternative flight path proposals designed to relieve the noise burden created by the FAA's NextGen program. The proposals will be presented to the public and the Noise Forum members, in preparation for their submittal to the FAA.
The Noise Forum represents community concerns to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about Metroplex issues, and the public is welcome to ask questions and offer comments at this meeting.
Oakland Airport-Community Noise Management Forum
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Port of Oakland
Board Room, 2nd Floor
530 Water Street
Oakland's Jack London Square
(street parking or park at the garage across from the theatre)
The FAA needs to hear many voices at this meeting to demonstrate the importance of both mitigating NextGen noise and giving serious consideration to the changes requested in the proposals. Plan on coming to hear the proposals, and to continue voicing your complaints and opinions. We need to keep showing the FAA how many of us care about this issue.
If you can't come, send an email with your questions/comments by Monday, January 16 at 5:00 pm to Mike McClintock, Forum Facilitator at GloMike65@aol.com. These emails will be shared with Noise Forum members and the airport noise office for their information. Specific questions will be forwarded for response, as appropriate. Please copy SOSEB at SaveOurSkiesEastBay@gmail.com so that we can track the numbers and types of complaints.
Please attend this meeting in person or send in comments in advance to make your voice heard.
Bus Rapid Transit Construction To Begin
Oakland, CA, -- AC Transit has been given the first permit to start major construction of the BRT in East Oakland! This is a significant milestone and one that allows AC Transit to mobilize their construction contractor to start building the system. As of January 10th, AC Transit has an official start date of Tuesday, January 17th (weather permitting.)
The first construction zone is Zone 12 - International Blvd between 82nd and 94th Avenues in Councilmember Reid's district. As required by the construction impact mitigation plan. A letter and map was mailed out on December 21stfor everyone within the construction zone and within a 500 foot radius of the construction zone. Additionally, the letters were sent to all property owners within the same zone for a total mailing of 1,500 letters.
AC Transit's contractor has begun to mobilize crews to prepare to start the work (weather permitting.) AC Transit is required to deliver door hangers and put up "No Parking" signs at least 72 hours in advance of the start of construction. The team will distribute the door hangers and start to put out "No Parking" signs on January 10, 2017.
You are encouraged to sign up to get BRT updates via AC Transit's E-News email system https://service.govdelivery.com/accounts/ACTRANSIT/subscriber/new and to visit the BRT website for updates brt.actransit.org
Oakland Public Works Partners with Service for Peace
Thousands of Volunteers to Clean and Green on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Oakland, CA - On Monday, January 16, 2017, thousands of youth and adult volunteers from across the nation will participate in a day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In Oakland, 14 community cleaning, greening, and beautification projects are planned and approximately 2,000 volunteers are anticipated to participate.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is sponsored by Service for Peace and The Corporation for National and Community Service, in partnership with Oakland Public Works. Service for Peace has organized this annual event in Oakland for 16 years.
Oakland projects are being conducted in partnership with Oakland Public Works, Oakland Unified School District, Oakland City Council members, AmeriCorps, Civicorps, East Bay Regional Park District, Keep Oakland Beautiful, Friends of Sausal Creek, Urban Releaf, and other community organizations.
Volunteers should bring work gloves, water, and sturdy shoes. For additional information please visit the Service for Peace website at www.eastbayvolunteers.org.
Arroyo Viejo Park - Mulching for landscape maintenance, litter removal and graffiti abatement.
Coordinator: Dwayne Aikens Jr., (510) 328-8804
Project Date: January 16, 9:00AM to 12:00PM
Location: 7701 Krause Avenue
Brookfield Elementary School - Planting 50 trees and installing garden boxes.
Coordinator: Kemba Shakur, (510) 601-9062
Project Date: January 16, 9:00AM to 1:00PM
Location: Brookfield Elementary School, 401 Jones Avenue
Channel Park - Removing invasive plants and preparing the area for planting.
Coordinator: Ryan Jones, email@example.com or 510-318-8545
Project Date: January 16, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Channel Park behind Laney College (900 Fallon St. Oakland). Meet near the pedestrian bridge at Channel Park, near the Laney College Art Center.
Fruitvale - Beautify the community and landscape International Blvd.
Coordinator: Mayra Chavez, (510) 238-7005
Project Dates: January 16, 9:00AM to 1:00PM
(Additional projects will be held Saturday, Jan.14 and Sunday, Jan. 15) Location: 1001 Fruitvale Avenue
Jingletown - Native Plant Garden Art Wall.
Coordinator: Friends of Sausal Creek, firstname.lastname@example.org Project Date: January 16, 9:00AM to 12:00PM
Location: 2934 Ford Street
Lakeside Park Gardens at Lake Merritt - Path maintenance, weeding, mulching.
Coordinator: Tora Rocha, (510) 774-6713
Project Date: January 16, 8:30AM to 3:00PM
Location: 666 Bellevue Avenue
No more volunteers needed at this site!!
Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline - Habitat restoration and invasive plant removal.
Coordinator: James J. Wilson, email@example.com
Project Date: January 16, 8:30AM to 12:00PM
Location: 1 Swan Way
Morcom Rose Garden - Beautifying the garden via weeding, pruning, mulching, and composting.
Coordinator: Jane Bicek, (510) 593-6169
Project Date: January 16, 9:00AM to 12:00PM
Location: 700 Jean Street
Oakland Animal Shelter Project - Renovation of planter beds to transform this area into an enchanting sustainable garden.
Coordinator: Clinton Pugh (510) 615-5987
Project Dates: January 16, 9:00AM to 1:00PM
Location: 1101 29th Avenue
Oakland City Stables - Weeding and picking up trash.
Coordinator: Melanie Diamond, firstname.lastname@example.org - Volunteers, please email to let Melanie know you are coming.
Project Date: January 16, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Oakland City Stables - 13560 Skyline Blvd. Oakland
Peralta Creek Park - Weeding and some direct seeding.
Coordinator: Diony Gamoso, email@example.com
Project Date: January 16, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Peralta Creek Park - Meet at the entrance to the park just above the intersection of Wisconsin St. and Rettig Ave. Directly across the street from 4010 Rettig Ave.
Peralta Hacienda Historic Park & Life Academy of Health and Bio Science - Park and school beautification. Coordinator: Itzel Diaz & Sabaa Shoraka, (510) 532-9142
Project Date: January 16, 9:00AM to 1:00PM
Location: Peralta Hacienda Park, 2465 34th Avenue
Shepherd Canyon Park - Planting and sowing seeds for California native wildflowers and bunch grasses, trail improvements, creating monarch butterfly habitat. Adults, students and families welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Coordinator: Mike Petouhoff, (510) 435-2892
Project Date: January 16, 9:00AM to 12:30PM
Location: Meet at the Escher Gate, 5881 Escher Drive (in the meadows above the soccer field in Shepherd Canyon Park)
Sobrante Park Resident Action Council - Landscaping at Edes Ave. and 105th Avenue, litter cleanup from Edes and 105th to Douglas Avenue.
Coordinator: Bill Richie, (510) 472 8911
Project Date: January 16, 9:00AM to 1:00PM
Location: 400 Capistrano Drive
No more volunteers needed at this site!!
City of Oakland Emergency Siren System Upgrades
Oakland, CA - Emergency sirens are an important part of the City of Oakland's public safety infrastructure. As part of an upgrade, tone testing on individual sirens will begin Wednesday, January 11. These will be brief three-second "burps" of different tones. A full-system test is slated for Friday, February 3. From now until the end of April, the City's emergency sirens will not be used to notify residents and businesses of an emergency. Instead, emergency notifications will be sent via the county-wide AC Alert system.
About AC Alert:
During the upgrade, the City's emergency sirens will not be used to notify residents and businesses of an emergency. Instead, in the event of an emergency, those in the impact zone will receive notification by phone (landline and mobile) via the AC Alert as the system has both reverse 911 and geographic based telephone targeting capabilities.
The public is encouraged to subscribe to AC Alert to receive emails and text messages. The system allows subscribers to provide up to five locations, such as a school, home, work and an elder dependent's address. That way, subscribers will receive updates when an emergency alert impacts one of their self-identified locations.
AC Alert is a unified emergency notification system for Alameda County residents, businesses and visitors. An AC Alert subscription is free, and all residents and business owners are strongly encouraged to sign up. For more information about this system and to find out how to participate, please visit www.acalert.org.
Through the geo-based database, the City can send notifications to targeted geographic areas (such as radius or blocks), street addresses or special lists to avoid sending out notifications to those not in an affected area.
Timeline for Siren System Upgrades:
In an effort to ensure that emergency sirens are functioning properly, the City of Oakland entered into a contract with Federal Signal to provide upgrade and installation service to the Emergency Siren System and ensure operability throughout the city. Work commenced in December 2016, and will be completed by the end of April 2017.
A team of engineers from Federal Signal will visit each site to upgrade and/or install any needed components to make the City's Emergency Siren System fully operational. The contractor's normal working hours will be from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00p.m., Monday through Saturday, at 27 locations throughout the City. Should you have any concerns about the identity of workers at a site, please contact Mr. Nick Desautels, Federal Signal Project Manager at (708) 587-3112 to provide verification. Additionally, City staff will be on site periodically, with appropriate identification which you may ask to see at any time.
The City will make every effort to minimize any inconveniences caused by this project; however, should you have any questions concerning this project, please do not hesitate to contact Brian Tino Granados at (510) 238-6407 or by email atBgranados@oaklandnet.com, or Cathey Eide at (510) 238-6069 or by email at Ceide@oaklandnet.com. If emergency problems occur after normal business hours, please call (510) 615-5566.
Oakland's Emergency Siren System was planned as a result of the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire, and was to be used almost exclusively to provide fire evacuation warnings; however, the system was expanded to alert individuals of other emergencies such as chemical spills.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this process.
Calling Artists of All Levels: Enter the Oakland Public Library's Library Card Design Contest!
The Oakland Public Library is excited to announce its first Library Card Design Contest! A lucky winner will have the chance to see their art on an actual Oakland Public Library Card. The library card is the key to all of the resources made available at the Oakland Public Library. These resources include books, music, online media such as The New York Times and free museum passes. Oakland Public Library cards also give access to e-books and e-magazines, online databases, children's toys, seeds from the seed library, and much more.
The contest started Thursday, January 5 and all entries must be submitted by Friday, February 17. To enter, download a entry packet at www.oaklandlibrary.org/librarycardcontest or pick one up at any Oakland Public Library location. Place your drawing or design into the template. Any medium is acceptable - pen and ink, paint, photography, computer generated art, just as examples - but it must be your original art. (No clip art is allowed.)
Themes: Drawings or designs must incorporate the themes of Oakland and/or Libraries (either or both are acceptable).
There will ultimately be six winning designs. The contest will be divided into three age levels - children (0-11), teen (12-18), and adult (19+), and two winners will be selected from each age level. Judges will name their top choice in each level, and the public will choose a second winner. The public winner will be determined by tallying up the number of "likes" on OPL's Facebook page.
Winners will be announced at an event at the Main Library, 125 14th Street, on the evening of Wednesday, April 12, during National Library Week. Winners will be informed of their win ahead of time so they can plan to attend the event. Each winner will have their design on an Oakland Public Library card in circulation, and patrons getting a new library card will get to choose which design they want.
Entries can be turned in via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in person to any library location.
Oakland Restaurant Week
Jan. 19-29, 2017
Oakland Restaurant Week, presented by American Express is YOUR opportunity to experience the trendy culinary scene everyone is talking about. For 11 days (January 19-29, 2017), the following restaurants will offer special prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menus at $20, $30, $40, and $50 price points. That's two weekends of awesome deals to feed your inner foodie. (menus are subject to change)(Visit Oakland) Go to the Visit Oakland website to learn more.
You Can Make the Difference in Your Neighborhood
Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council Meetings (NCPC) are back for 2017! NCPCs are a city-community policing effort. These meetings allow for a designated police officer to meet regularly with community members in every neighborhood. The meetings focus on the specific residents' concerns and solve problems that lead to crime. These Council meetings emphasize leadership development, skill building, and strengthening relationships among residents. This neighborhood-level program brings community members together by police beat to work in partnership with the Oakland Police Department to solve problems that lead to crime.
The NCPC meetings give residents a platform to engage with other members of the neighborhood or community. The city has been split up into 53 sections based on existing police beats. Each NCPC meeting is staffed by an Oakland Police Department Community Policing Officer and a Neighborhood Services Coordinator. The role of the Community Policing Officer is to respond to crime related matters, take questions, and to provide awareness and updates to the community. The Neighborhood Services Coordinator's (NSC) role is generally to assist residents. NSCs help NCPC leaders identify and prioritize issues while providing advice and guidance on how to organize community resources. NSCs also stay in regular communication with a designated Problem Solving Officer and act as the liaison between the police department and the community. The idea is that all attending officers will stay assigned to that beat/neighborhood/NCPC group for quite some time. The purpose is to become familiar with the neighborhood, the issues it faces, and its history of crime issues. Councilperson Brooks and her staff regularly attend NCPC meetings as well.
All NCPC meetings are open to the public and are usually well attended by people who live in the neighborhood. Each individual NCPC goal is to make sure Oakland neighborhoods and communities are always recognized as vital components in the City Of Oakland. As such, each neighborhood and/or community encompasses a distinct sense of cohesion and diversity. These differences make each police beat equal and deserving of assistance. NCPC meetings are held on a consistent basis in order to support each other. Also, to work in sync to gain resolution to neighborhood and community issues.
For more information, please contact (510) 986-2715.
Prop. 47 Infomercial is a MUST SEE reducing your felony record
Recording Artist, Justice Advocate, and Oakland native son Ise Lyfe stars in a statewide television infomercial designed to spread the word about Proposition 47, which California voters voted into law last year.
Click here to watch this important and life changing infomercial
With the passage of Proposition 47, certain low-level, nonviolent felonies can now be changed to misdemeanors on old criminal records. If you or someone you know has a prior criminal record with a felony record for any of the following crimes, you may qualify to remove the felony from your record and change it to a misdemeanor:
•Simple drug possession
•Petty theft under 950 dollars
•Shoplifting under 950 dollars
•Forging or writing a bad check under 950 dollars
•Receipt of stolen property under 950 dollars
If you have a previous conviction for crimes such as rape, murder or child molestation or are in the sex offender registry, you will not be eligible to get these felonies reclassified. Click here for a list of crimes that will exempt you from getting your record reclassified. Read more from the California Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections here.
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