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Oakland Launches Promise Initiative to Triple the Number of College Graduates
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Antwan Wilson launched the Oakland Promise. Over the next decade this cradle‐to‐career effort will triple the number of low‐income Oakland public school graduates who complete a post‐secondary education.
They were joined at the event by over 500 Oakland supporters including the Oakland City Council, Oakland School Board, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, United States Department of Education Under Secretary Ted Mitchell, University of California President Janet Napolitano and Oakland Promise lead partners from the City of Oakland, Oakland Unified School District, East Bay College Fund and the Oakland Public Education Fund.
The Oakland Promise combines best practices from across the country in an expansive way to ensure that all Oakland students and families are supported on their way from birth through college, launching into a successful career. Learn more about how the Oakland Promise works and is funded; and watch the video. Become a supporter of the Oakland Promise and follow its progress.
Mayor Schaaf Shares NFL Response Letter
On December 30, 2015, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf sent a letter to NFL Executive Vice President Eric Grubman with an update on the progress Oakland has made in the City’s efforts to keep the Raiders in Oakland. Read a copy of the submitted letter.
The letter was signed by Mayor Schaaf and Alameda County Board of Supervisors’ President Scott Haggerty as the City of Oakland and Alameda County co-own the land where the existing stadium is currently located, and where a future site for the Raiders is being discussed.
The letter was written in response to the league’s universal request for proposals from the three cities – Oakland, St. Louis and San Diego – whose teams have expressed interest in seeking relocation to Los Angeles. While the City of Oakland was asked to respond, there was no expectation that Oakland would submit a fully formed proposal given the complexities of its situation.
The letter sent by the City and County focused on seven key areas, including: an outline of Oakland’s strength as an NFL market; the fact that Oakland has an approved stadium project at one of the best sports facility locations in America; our willingness to use development value and limited public tools to help get a deal done; and the commitment of all parties to work towards keeping the team in Oakland in a manner that works for the team and the fans, and is responsible to the taxpayers.
On December 30, 2015, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf sent a letter to NFL Executive Vice President Eric Grubman with an update on the progress Oakland has made in the City’s efforts to keep the Raiders in Oakland.
Read a copy of the submitted letter.
Mayor Schaaf Delivers 2015 State of the City Address and Hosts City Hall Open House
Mayor Schaaf delivered her first State of the City Address at Oakland City Hall on Wednesday, October 28, 2015. The event included an Open House hosted by City departments and performances by the Skyline High School Marching Band and Samba Funk. Watch the video of Mayor Schaaf's address or read the transcript of her speech.
Mayor Libby Schaaf Announces Safe Housing Inspection Program to Combat Affordability Crisis
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced the launch of the Safe Housing Inspection Program, a proactive effort to address the regional affordability crisis impacting Oakland renters.For the first time, the Safe Housing Inspection Program leverages the combined efforts and resources of the Oakland Fire Department and the Oakland Department of Planning & Building. It will better serve and protect tenants and landlords by allowing fire officials to make referrals to the Planning & Building Department about the habitability and life safety issues they see during routine fire inspections. The program is also significantly expanding routine fire inspections to include individual apartments, not just common areas and building exteriors. Learn more.
Mayor Libby Schaaf, Police Chief Sean Whent and Superintendent of Schools Antwan Wilson Announce Expansion of Oakland Police Cadet Program
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf joined Police Chief Sean Whent and Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Antwan Wilson to announce the expansion of the Oakland Police Department’s Cadet Program, an important element of Mayor Schaaf’s holistic community safety strategy.Over the next three years, 25 cadet slots will be funded through the $450,000 included in the Mayor’s FY 15-17 City Council-approved budget, and an additional $750,000 from an anonymous gift secured by Mayor Schaaf. The Mayor’s strategy aims to expand the cadet program to include up to 40 cadet slots reserved for Oakland Unified School District graduates. Learn more about the Oakland Police Cadet Program and apply. Application are being accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, please visit http://bit.ly/1K6UuDF. Applicants should be 17.5 – 21 at date of application.
Mayor Libby Schaaf & Uber Announce Headquarters Expansion to Oakland
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Uber’s Global Head of People and Places Renee Atwood gathered to announce the expansion of Uber’s greater Bay Area headquarters to include Oakland. Uber has purchased “Uptown Station” to house over 2,000 new employees who will work out of office building on the corner of 20th Street and Broadway above the 19th Street BART station in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood. Read more about this game-changer for Oakland.
Jose Corona named Director of Equity and Strategic Partnerships
Jose Corona joins Mayor Schaaf's administration as the Director of Equity and Strategic Partnerships. In this role, Mr. Corona will be responsible for creating, coordinating and facilitating public and private philanthropic partnerships fostering equitable opportunities and benefits for the people of Oakland. Read more about this role and Jose's appointment.
New Director of Education David Silver Selected
As Director of Education, David will be Mayor Schaaf's chief education policy advisor and work in concert with students, families, educators, partners and the Oakland Unified School District to realize a vision of educational equity for all students in Oakland. Read more about David and his new role.
Statement from Mayor Libby Schaaf on SCOTUS Marriage Equality Ruling
With today’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality our Union is a little more perfect. I am thankful for all of the visionaries and courageous couples who helped get us here. Now Americans in every corner of this nation will know what Oaklanders have for some time – our community is stronger when love wins.
Housing and development expert Claudia Cappio returns to Oakland in key role
Claudia Cappio will re-join the City of Oakland staff as an Assistant City Administrator. Ms. Cappio has an extensive background in local government administration, land use planning, project development and affordable housing. From 2000-2007, she was Oakland’s Development Director and Executive Director of the Oakland Base Reuse Authority. She returns to Oakland having served in the administration of California Governor Jerry Brown as Executive Director of both the California State Department of Housing and Community Development and the California Housing Finance Agency. Read more about Ms. Cappio's appointment here.
Oakland part of East Bay 2016-2017 Bay Area bike sharing expansion
Building on the success of the 700-bike Bay Area Bike Share program that started in 2013, Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville will be part of East Bay expansion of the program to 7,000 bikes across the three East Bay cities, San Francisco and San Jose from 2016-2017. The proposal includes bringing a total of 850 bikes to Oakland, 400 bikes to Berkeley and 100 bikes to Emeryville. After the initial five-city, four-phase expansion ends, the entire Bay Area region will get 150 additional bikes in late 2017 with at least 50 slated to serve the East Bay. This concerted regional effort will make this one of largest bike sharing systems in the nation. Learn more about the program's planned introduction in Oakland and the four other Bay Area cities.
Mayor Libby Schaaf directs lifting of City-funded travel ban to Indiana after discriminatory law was amended
Mayor Schaaf and the mayors of San Francisco, CA; Portland, OR and Seattle, WA announced in a joint release the lifting of their city's respective bans on city-funded travel to Indiana in light of Indiana's adoption of an amended Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Read all four Mayor's statements here.
Mayor Schaaf acts against discriminatory Indiana law
As Mayor of Oakland, I join with jurisdictions, private citizens, businesses and other entities around the world in denouncing the State of Indiana’s action and will continue to direct the City Administrator to deny the use of City dollars for travel to Indiana as long as this discriminatory law remains in effect. Read Mayor Schaaf's full statement here.
Chabot Space & Science Center offers $1 admission for Snap/EBT cardholders
Mayor Schaaf joined Chabot Space & Science Center Executive Director and CEO Alex Swissler, District 4 City Councilmember Annie Campbell-Washington, Oakland Parks and Recreation Director Audree Jones-Taylor and Sara Bedford, Director of Human Services, City of Oakland to announce that under the Golden State Advantage Cardholder Program, any individual receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) program, will enjoy $1 admission per person to Chabot Space & Science Center, with no limit to the number of visits per year. To receive the discounted admission, participants need only to show their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card at the admission desk and pay the discounted fee for each person in their group, up to a maximum of 10 people. As part of the partnership, AC Transit is offering expanded weekend bus service to Chabot Space & Science Center. Click here for more details.
Matt Nichols new Policy Director for Infrastructure and Transportation
In this role, Matt Nichols will be Mayor Schaaf's primary liaison to city staff and external agencies responsible for planning, project development and delivery, and funding of infrastructure and transportation projects.For the past 13 years, Mr. Nichols served as Principal Transportation Planner for the City of Berkeley, raising approximately $40 million for transportation projects, while leading city-wide and neighborhood-based integrated transit, pedestrian and bicycle planning including managing federal, regional and local grant funds. Read more about Mr. Nichols' hire as part of Mayor Schaaf's focus on building sustainable and vibrant infrastructure in Oakland.
Mayor Schaaf chooses City Administrator
Mayor Libby Schaaf today announced Sabrina Landreth as her choice for Oakland City Administrator. A former Deputy City Administrator for the City of Oakland, Ms. Landreth currently serves as the City Manager for neighboring Emeryville. Upon City Council approval of her appointment and negotiated contract, Ms. Landreth will assume her new role once a suitable replacement is found for her current position in Emeryville, but no later than July 2015. Learn more about Mayor Schaaf's choice for City Administrator.
Inauguration Week 2015
Join in the events marking the inauguration of Oakland's 50th Mayor Libby Schaaf.
Saturday, January 10, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
More information at http://citycamp.com/oakland.
Mayor Libby Schaaf was inaugurated during a public ceremony on January 5 at the historic Paramount Theatre of the Arts. The event also included the ceremonial installation of Councilmembers Abel Guillen, Annie Campbell Washington and Desley Brooks; City Auditor Brenda Roberts and Oakland Board of Education members Aimee Eng, Nina Senn and Shanthi Gonzales.