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Comings and Goings
As the seasons change, there are also changes around the City. We say good bye and best wishes to my former Assistant, Ashley Winston, who got married at the beginning of Summer and moved to Atlanta, Georgia.
We welcome Sidney Wilson who will replace Ashley. Sidney, a recent law school graduate, he will be responsible for constituent issues, District 6 administration, and geographical areas: Maxwell Park, Millsmont, Leona, Ridgemont, Hillcrest, Campus, and Skyline. Sidney has already hit the ground working on behalf of the residents of District 6.
Welcome to two new Department Directors -- Darlene Flynn, Director of the Department of Race & Equity; and Ian Appleyard, Director of Human Resource Management. Congratulations to Holly Joshi on new appointment. Good bye and best wishes to Rachel Flynn, former Director of Planning & Zoning; and Anil Comelo, former Director Human Resource Management.
Creek to Bay Day in District 6
District 6 was bustling with activity September 17th as volunteers gathered to participate in the 21st Annual Creek to Bay Day. Oakland's Creek to Bay Day is part of International Coastal Cleanup Day, the l argest volunteer day in California and the world! On this day, thousands of volunteers beautify and clean trash from shorelines and waterways across California, the nation, and in about 100 countries. District 6 projects included Arroyo Viejo Park, Lions Creek Crossing, Mills College, Cortland Creek, and Rainbow Creek to name a few.
The focus was to help clean and beautify Oakland's creeks, shorelines. Habitat restoration and litter removal at Oakland's 15 creeks improves wildlife habitat and helps filter pollutants before they reach the San Francisco Bay. Oakland Creek to Bay Day projects included trash removal, invasive plant removal and planting native plants. Groups of all ages participated and gathered friends, family and co-workers to have fun and help improve the health of our community and environment. This day is always a great opportunity for Oakland residents to get involved with helping improve their neighborhoods.
Big thanks to all who helped clean Courtland Creek!
Special thanks to the students and volunteers that helped clean up Lion Creek!
This year, more than 1,000 people volunteered for the 21st annual Oakland Creek to Bay Day. Oakland volunteers removed over 130 cubic yards of trash and cleared over 260 cubic yards of invasive plants from creeks, parks, shorelines and streets at 46 locations. Thanks Oakland!!!
Department of Race & Equity Gets its First Director:Darlene Flynn!
In 2015, Councilperson Brooks successfully got her colleagues to establish a Department of Race & Equity in the City of Oakland. A nationwide search was conducted to hire the first Executive Director. We are pleased to announce that Darlene Flynn has been selected to fill the position. Ms. Flynn comes to us with an extensive background in public service. She started this journey as a Legislative Assistant for a Councilmember. In 2004, she was on the ground level in developing the Race and Social Justice Initiative in the City of Seattle's Office for Civil Rights. Ms. Flynn joined the Seattle Office for Civil Rights as Policy Lead on the first Race and Social Justice Initiative Coordinating Team. She has more than 12 years of experience implementing systemic change and increasing racial equity in city government.
Darlene Flynn is a highly distinguished veteran in the field of race and equity specific to the local government sector; we are fortunate to have her serve in this critical new position. She will begin her service in Oakland on October 17th 2016. Welcome, Ms. Darlene Flynn!
FAQs About the Abandoned Auto Detail
How do I get that old car off my block?
What are the hours of operation for the Abandoned Auto Detail?
The Abandoned Auto Detail operates Monday through Friday. Currently, six Police Service Technicians are assigned to the Detail, and they work four days a week, ten hours a day.
To report abandoned vehicles parked on the street for over 72 hours, call the Abandoned Auto Detail at 510-777-8622. Fax information to 510-777-8880. Or email the location, description, and license number of the vehicle, if known, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Why does voicemail always answer when I call the Abandoned Auto Detail?
All the Police Service Technicians in the Abandoned Auto Detail are assigned to field duty. Each morning, all voicemail messages are retrieved and distributed to the appropriate Police Service Technician for the caller's area.
What is the process for having a vehicle investigated and towed away?
Once a call for service is received, a Police Service Technician goes to the scene and investigates the complaint.
One of several outcomes will occur:
The vehicle may be towed away on first check, using several California Vehicle Code Sections such as Expired Registration over Six Months, Five or More Unpaid Parking Tickets, or Missing Vehicle Parts Needed to Operate.
The vehicle may have a Courtesy Warning Sticker applied to the windshield giving notice that the vehicle must be driven at least one mile within the next 72 hours. The Police Service Technician records the vehicle's odometer reading and marks a tire for recheck after the 72 hours have passed. If the vehicle has not been driven one mile after 72 hours have passed, the vehicle will be towed.
The Police Service Technician may determine that the vehicle is not abandoned and clearly is driven on a regular basis. No further action will be taken.
Why has a vehicle that was towed away returned?
All vehicles towed by the Abandoned Auto Detail can be retrieved by the owner after a fee is paid to the City and the tow company.
What will happen if the vehicle's owner removes the Courtesy Warning Sticker and does not move the vehicle?
A Police Service Technician recorded the odometer reading and marked a tire when he or she issued the Courtesy Warning Sticker. Whether or not the Courtesy Sticker is still on the vehicle's windshield, the Police Service Technician will return after 72 hours and check the vehicle for compliance by examining the odometer reading and tire marker.
Cypress Mandela Training Center
Making A Difference!
Cypress Mandela Training Facility recently moved to District 6 and already is making a difference. Their new facility is located at 977 - 66th Avenue. Cypress Mandela originally opened in 1989 after the Loma Prieta Earthquake. Today, the Cypress Mandela Facility offers a 16-week pre-apprenticeship program for Bay Area men and women over 18 years old. This nationally recognized program provides both hands-on and in the classroom training. The purpose is to give the best training possible in effort to prepare students for skilled trade jobs that are relevant to today's construction industry.
Cypress Mandela Training Center is a community based organization dedicated to improving th e lives of the people it serves by providing pre-apprentice construction and life skills training along with employment assistance.
Art Shanks, the executive director of Cypress Mandela, is a native of East Oakland, and the 2016 Jefferson community service award winner, strives to give his graduates the blueprint to life. He does this by teaching his students lessons that go beyond the classroom. "Love, respect, and honor are our foundation here," Mr. Shanks says, "A lot of people have lost sight in the true meanings of those words." The instructors at Cypress Mandela strive to sharpen women and men for success in their eventual place of business and in their households.
Over the two decade history of this program, Cypress Mandela has already achieved amazing results. Eighty-five percent (85%) of graduates are immediately placed into a position they have been specifically trained for. These careers make at minimum of $18 an hour and can range up to six-figure salaries! One of the training center's claims to fame: they trained and placed the first African American woman, in the United States, to operate a high crane. Cypress Mandela Training Center begins with unlocking their student's potential but they do not stop there. Students who graduate from the facility exceed a retention rate of 80% after being hired!
Cypress Mandela students attend classes every weekday from 7am - 3:30pm, for the duration of the 16-week session. Students can expect to learn from experts from all over California as they guest teach alongside in-house staff members. Students will earn up to 7 certifications in the industrial field and 7 college credits from UC Berkeley, UC Davis or Laney College upon graduation. The program provides training, skills assessment and testing, as well as job placement. The training facility also helps individual students create and format resumes. If you start here, you will finish. The past few classes have had less than a 2% attrition rate.
To get a jump start on your career call the Cypress Mandela Training center at (510)208-7350 or visit their website. It will change your life.
Holly Joshi Named Executive Director of MISSSEY
Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting, and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSSEY) has selected Holly Joshi as it's new Executive Director!
Holly brings to the position 15 years of dedicated public service experience and a decade of leadership and advocacy work in the movement to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Holly was an officer for 14 years with the Oakland Police Department. During her tenure with OPD she served on Attorney General Kamala Harris's Task Force on Human Trafficking. In that capacity she trained law enforcement and service providers across the country on human trafficking response as a member of the training team at National Criminal Justice Training Center. Prior to serving the Attorney General, Holly led OPD's Child Exploitation Unit while also serving as the Chief's chief of staff.
Working with MISSEY is not new to Holly! Holly has worked collaboratively with MISSSEY to improve system responses to survivors since 2008. In addition to her extensive leadership experience, Holly brings to the role strong roots in the local community and a sincere passion for human rights and social justice. She assumes leadership of MISSSEY during an exciting time of strategic growth for the organization. Congratulations to Holly in her new position!
Congratulations Area 5! 2016 OPD Softball Tournament Champions
Welcome Ian Appleyard
Director, Human Resources Management
Ian Appleyard was recently appointed as the Director of Human Resources Management Department. He has worked in the public sector for more than 20 years and comes to Oakland directly from Emeryville where he served as Director of Human Resources. His stint in Emeryville was preceded with service to the City of Oakland for more than 12 years as a Principal Labor Relations Analyst and a Classification and Examination Analyst.
Ian states that, "I'm very much looking forward to returning to the City of Oakland in the capacity of the Human Resources Director. There is important work to accomplish in supporting the hardworking and dedicated employees who provide critical services to the community. As a human resources professional for over 20 years, I hope to enhance the quality of customer service, workplace morale and labor relations, making the City of Oakland the employer of choice for all those who aspire to a career in public service."
Local Nonprofit Provides Bay Area Small Businesses
With An Alternative To Predatory Lenders
Pacific Community Ventures (PCV), a Bay Area nonprofit with two decades of experience investing in California's small business community is trying to change the current environment for small businesses. PCV is a nonprofit that engages small businesses, investors, and policymakers to build an economy that works for everyone. Their programs strengthen local economies, create new quality jobs, and stimulate private and public investment in underserved communities. PCV goes even further by pairing each borrower with a pro bono expert advisor, because small businesses with mentors succeed at double the rate of those without. They are growing their mission to combat predatory online lending by offering microloans to small businesses that have been turned down by banks or the Small Business Administration.
"The Federal Reserve's research shows 39% of all small business loan requests are below $50,000. A third of entrepreneurs who apply for a bank loan are rejected; 54% among people of color," says Darlene Rios Drapkin, Principal of Urban Transformation and an owner of a Small Business in Contra Costa county. And women in general are turned down for loans 20% more often than men. Traditional financial institutions aren't meeting needs, so unfortunately more small business owners are turning to online lenders with more often than not predatory rates.
Small businesses employ half of California's private sector workers, but far too many of these businesses are unable to access loans from traditional financial institutions because they are too young or too small. African American, Hispanic, Asian, and female small business borrowers in particular face difficult access-to-capital challenges and often lack the guidance to develop strong loan applications
Since the economic recession, PCV has been filling part of the small business funding gap in California with loans between $50,000 and $200,000. Over the past two years, however, 20% of the small businesses that came to PCV were looking for microloans of less than $50,000. To meet this growing need, PCV has launched a microloan program in which businesses across California are able to acquire loans of $50,000 or less - with a special focus on businesses located in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Any potential PCV's borrowers are assigned a pro bono small business financial advisor to help complete a strong loan application and have access to free-one-on-one technical assistance throughout the life of the loan.
"Our small business lending program is filling the gap for entrepreneurs who can't access capital from the traditional banking system," said Mary Jo Cook, President and CEO of Pacific Community Ventures. "The deck is stacked against small business owners - yet these are the people who are creating good jobs in our communities and strengthening our local economies. We have both a moral and an economic imperative to help them succeed."
"PCV Small Business Lending helps communities grow by investing in people who build businesses and generate jobs in their neighborhoods," says Robert Porter, Managing Director of PCV Small Business Services. We're providing small business capital to entrepreneurs from underserved communities across the state of California that are struggling to stay afloat. We're talking about small business owners such as women, people of color, immigrants, and combat veterans."
PCV has committed close to a million dollars to small businesses in the East Bay. In the next three years, PCV will lend $5 million more to California small businesses. If you're in Alameda or Contra Costa counties and you've been in business for at least one year, then PCV is eager to work with you.
Visit pacificcommunityventures.org/loans to learn more and apply for funding.
Kiva Zip Offers Zero-Interest Loans
Kiva Zip is an online platform that enables individual lenders around the world to "crowd fund" interest-free loans directly to small business owners, micro-enterprises and entrepreneurs. Kiva Zip allows borrowers with strong business plans, who may or may not be eligible for conventional lending, to raise up to $5,000 and eventually be eligible for up to $50,000 in loans. As a Kiva Zip trustee, the City of Oakland endorses micro enterprises that:
- demonstrate growth opportunities
- are unique business enterprises that meet a community need
- offer employment opportunities for the entrepreneur or other Oakland residents, especially low- or moderate-income individuals
- are micro-enterprises interested in locating in Oakland's underserved commercial areas.
We strongly encourage all Oaklanders to help grow our local economy by helping businesses through the innovative Kiva Zip Lending program! Please view and lend to our local entrepreneurs.
Councilmember Brooks highly encourages Oakland residents to be informed on the issues being discussed on your behalf at City Hall. You can always visit the city's website and view upcoming agenda items.
The City Council meet the first, third and fifth Tuesdays of the month in Council Chambers on the 3rd floor of City Hall. Ceremonial presentations and non-controversial (consent) items will be heard at 5:30 pm. At 6:30 pm public hearings and discussion items are reviewed.
Prop. 47 Infomercial is a MUST SEE:
Learn how to get your felony record reduced to a misdemeanor!
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.
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
FREE BULKY ITEM DROP OFF EVENTS IN 2016/2017
Saturday, November 2016; February and May 2017
10 am - 2 pm
Davis Street Transfer Station
2615 Davis Street, San Leandro
Oakland residents can take bulky items to the Davis Street Transfer Station this Saturday for a free drop off!
Proof of Oakland residency is required and can include an official ID or utility bill.
Here's what you can drop off for free Saturday:
- Two (2) pieces of furniture
- Two (2) large appliances
- Four (4) passenger tires
- Four (4) mattresses
- Unlimited electronics
It's important to note that trash is NOT allowed. A minimum $45 disposal fee will be charged to dispose of trash or other items not on the list above.
Please take advantage of this program to help curb illegal dumping and keep Oakland green and clean!
Visit Oakland Recycles online for more information.
- Oakland residents* may drop off bulky materials for free, FOUR times a year on the first Saturday in November, February and May.
*Oakland residents only. Bring an official ID or utility bill as proof of residency.
- Maximum materials allowed:**
- Two (2) pieces of furniture
- Two (2) large appliances,
- Four (4) passenger auto tires
- Four (4) Mattresses
- Unlimited electronics
- NO trash**
**A $45 minimum disposal fee will be charged for any other item, or bags of trash.
(Next quarterly Free Bulky Drop Off Event will be Saturday, November 5, 2016)
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