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Oakland Global Breaks Ground at Army Base
Transformative project will create thousands of jobs, boost Port competitiveness, reduce environmental impacts and help revitalize Oakland.
Oakland’s largest development project in several years, Oakland Global, formally breaks ground on November 1, 2013. This project will bolster the Port’s ability to compete globally, allow higher volumes of cargo to be transported more quickly, and create thousands of jobs, with historic local-hire requirements mandating that many of those jobs go to Oakland residents.
OVERVIEW: Under the $1.2 billion Oakland Global master plan, the former Oakland Army Base – which is adjacent to the Port of Oakland - will be replaced with the Oakland Global Trade and Logistics Center, a hub for transporting cargo in and out of Oakland more efficiently. The project partnership includes the City and Port of Oakland, and developers California Capital & Investment Group and Prologis.
PHASE I: In the $500 million first phase, 140 acres owned by the City of Oakland will be rebuilt into a modern complex – including 1 million square feet of new warehouses where exports and imports will be offloaded and repackaged. Localizing this deconsolidation work will reduce truck traffic, emissions, and wear on streets and highways. Ten acres of Port property is also being redeveloped into the first piece of a new railyard.
FUTURE PHASES: The remainder of the Army Base site is on Port of Oakland land and will be developed in phases consistent with the Oakland Global master plan: additional logistics and cold-storage facilities; a new intermodal railyard; and a new 7th Street grade separation. The Port intends to move forward on future phases as expeditiously as possible.
JOBS: Phase I will generate an estimated 1,500 on-site construction jobs, with 220 jobs already created by the construction of the railyard, which began in July. The project includes a landmark community jobs agreement that encourages construction employers to hire re-entry job applicants. It is estimated that 1,800 permanent operations jobs will be created once the Phase I facilities are completed. An additional 3,142 regional jobs are expected to be generated from the resulting economic output.
TAXES: Alameda County, the City of Oakland, the Oakland Unified School District, AC Transit and other public agencies are expected to gain $2.9 million in annual tax revenue when all phases are finished. By helping the Port of Oakland remain a competitive gateway for sea and rail cargo, the project will also help increase the more than $600 million in local, state, and federal taxes generated annually by the Port of Oakland and its tenants.
Mayor Quan & Congresswoman Lee Announce Federal Funding for New Police Officers
Successful COPS Grants Have Funded 76 More Officers Since 2009
A new federal grant will bring 10 additional police officers to Oakland neighborhoods, the latest in a series of new investments to rebuild the Oakland Police Department.
The new grant is the third awarded to Oakland from the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) office. A grant of $4.5 million will fund 10 officers for three years and is the highest COPS award to any city in California. The second highest award will go to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.
“This is a great day for the people of Oakland, who deserve and need a stronger police force,” Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said. “This growth is part of a comprehensive strategy to rebuild the Oakland Police Department and we’re seeing it pay off: with this grant, with the series of new officer academies we’re funding and with our additional efforts to grow the force.”
In a press conference held by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) on September 17, Quan thanked President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Associate Attorney General Tony West, Acting COPS Director Joshua Ederheimer and Congresswoman Lee for their partnership and commitment to the safety of the people of Oakland. She also thanked the brave men and women of the Oakland Police Department who work hard every day to keep the people of Oakland safe.
Associate Attorney General Tony West, an Oakland resident, noted that Oakland’s was the largest grant award in the nation. Including this grant, COPS funding will have funded 76 Oakland officers over three individual grant awards since 2009.
“The Oakland Police Department is thankful for the grant funds given to us by the federal government,” Interim Police Chief Sean Whent said. “Public safety is my top priority and this allows us to grow our department and continue to provide service to our community and reduce crime.”
The next big step in growing the police force happens on September 20, when the City’s second officer academy this year will graduate. A previous academy – the first class in more than four years – graduated in March.
Support fund for families of Alaysha Carradine and her friends
Donations may now be made to the families of four shooting victims shot July 17 at a home in the 3400 block of Wilson Avenue, including fatally wounded 8-year-old Alaysha “Ladybug” Carradine.
The four victims also included two children, aged four and seven, and their grandmother, Clara Fields. The families hurt in this tragedy – the Carradines and the Yorks – have expressed a need for assistance.
Anyone who would like to help the families can drop off or mail checks to the Oakland City Center Wells Fargo located at 1221 Broadway, Oakland CA 94612. They can also walk into any Wells Fargo to drop off donations.
Checks can be made out to the Antoine and Amara and Clara Fields Memorial Fund to support the York family. Checks to support the Carradine family can be made out to the Alaysha Carradine Memorial Fund. Both families are in need of financial assistance.
I want to thank councilmembers Larry Reid and Libby Schaaf and State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), who worked with us to set up the accounts and raise money. We’d also like to thank Wells Fargo for volunteering to partner with the City to make this resource available.
It is our hope that people who have felt touched by this tragedy are able to donate funds that will help these families heal during this very difficult time. We thank everyone for their consideration and we continue to send our prayers to everyone struck by the violence.
Keeping Oakland Safe Together
A message to the Oakland community for National Night Out
This year brought thousands of Oaklanders to one of over 670 National Night Out parties, one of the largest efforts in the nation. For the third consecutive year we have made great leaps and broken our city record as we continue to organize block by block to strengthen our neighborhoods.
This year is particularly significant for two reasons:
First, we are pushing police resources out into neighborhoods this summer in a reorganization built on the work of Bill Bratton and Bob Wasserman. We’re making police leadership more accessible and more accountable on a neighborhood level by creating five geographic policing areas across the city, each with its own police captain responsible for the area. You can look up your area, beat, captain, beat lieutenant and sergeant, and the problem-solving officer for your beat online at http://mapgis.oaklandnet.com/PoliceDistricts.
We have asked officers to spend more time out of their cars: walking, biking, attending meetings, talking with residents and engaging in a friendly way more often. We are seeing some initial modest reduction of some categories of crimes in some areas after the roll-out of this community policing approach.
Second, we are making significant progress in the reforms monitored by the federal court. In July our court-appointed Compliance Director, Tom Frazier, wrote in his first progress report that under our new police leadership, the pace of our work has been extraordinary: “The change in the atmosphere of cooperation, and the focus on citizen service and organizational improvement have been recognized by many observers familiar with the inner workings of OPD. Interim Chief (Sean) Whent and his newly-formed executive staff are young, energetic, and obviously hard working.” Our reforms include building on our work on reforming the use of force and ending racial profiling.
Recently, the verdict in the Trayvon Martin killing and the release of the film Fruitvale Station, the story of Oscar Grant’s last day, have provided the nation and our city an opportunity to open our hearts and minds about some tough issues. I think it gives us an opportunity to show the true spirit of Neighborhood Watch—an opportunity to get to know and to care for each other’s children, rather than fear them.
Finally, this year the City Council passed the major initiatives I proposed for public safety:
Two new police academies each year
Funding for additional CHP officers
Over 40 civilian position to free up officers for crime fighting
Major funding for updated police technology and tracking software
This year we have also recruited three of the most diverse police academies in Oakland history and graduated our first academy in more than four years. We are still trying to grow the number of officers who live in Oakland, and we encourage interested residents to call 888-673-5627.
We are determined to make Oakland safer. We still have a way to go, but we have a plan and new resources. Over the next months we will ask for your opinions on selecting a new chief and finding resources for more police officers. Thank you for your participation.
Mayor Jean Quan
How to Stay Informed:
Sign up for text and/or email alerts from OPD through Nixle: http://nixle.us/register/
Contacting Your Police Captain:
Area 1 – Capt. Eric Lewis – 510-238-6911 – email@example.com
Area 2 – Capt. Anthony Toribio – 510-238-3958 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Area 3 – Capt. Ricardo Orozco – 510-238-3330 – email@example.com
Area 4 – Capt. Steven Tull – 510-777-8561 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Area 5 – Capt. Kirk Coleman – 510-777-8543 – email@example.com
Four ways to send an anonymous tip to OPD:
1. Text “TIP OAKLANDPD” to 888777 from your cell phone
2. Call our toll-free tipping hotline at 855-TIPS-247 (855-847-7247)
3. Respond to OPD's Nixle messages
4. Visit http://bit.ly/PFxk7D for an online Tip Form
How to Get Involved
Join Neighborhood Watch: A Neighborhood Watch group on your block builds neighborhood safety. For more information, contact Felicia Verdin at (510) 238-3128 or FVerdin@oaklandnet.com.
Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council: To locate your NCPC and identify your Neighborhood Services Coordinator, visit http://bit.ly/9X5kfj.
Night Walks: Community members are trained to engage the community and walk every Friday. For more information, contact Jennifer Argueta at JArgueta@oaklandnet.com or Reverend Damita Davis-Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honoring Trayvon Martin and Keeping Oakland Safe
We know many in Oakland are angry and sad following the verdict in the death of Trayvon Martin. Trayvon's tragic death and the subsequent trial have raised powerful, incredibly difficult issues that affect us all. Racial profiling in particular is an ongoing problem in our society and it is absolutely unacceptable, here in Oakland and across the world.
A small group of people gathered in downtown Oakland over three nights after the verdict was announced. Sadly, some of them dishonored the memory of Trayvon by engaging in violent activities that hurt our growing economy and hurt people in our city. This is also absolutely unacceptable.
We also know Oaklanders and City staff are angry and weary of our city being senselessly targeted by those who would come here and commit acts of vandalism and violence. Hundreds of demonstrators have demonstrated peacefully to honor Trayvon’s memory with respect for the people who live and work in Oakland. Trayvon’s family has called for peace, and we echo their message. We will not tolerate violence in our city.
Several downtown businesses have been damaged in senseless acts of vandalism. Many lost business due to the disruptions. I ask our residents and employees to consider patronizing those business and others in Downtown, Uptown and Chinatown to show your support.
We would like to thank the many City staff members who have responded to the protests, from our sworn officers in the Oakland Police Department to our crews in the Public Works Agency that have worked around-the-clock to clean up and repair the damage.
Oakland is a community that grapples with many issues. Many of us are living with hard emotions as we continue working toward solutions in the wake of the verdict. We must come together to heal and move forward. In the days and weeks ahead, our community will continue working to learn from this tragedy and to put an end to the gun violence which too often devastates families and communities here and across the nation.
Two more opportunities to work with our community in the spirit of peace and bridging our differences are:
• Celebrate Nelson Mandela’s Birthday, Sunday, July 21, 3-5 pm with Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Mayor Jean Quan, Deputy Mayor Sandre Swanson, and Keith Carson at the Black Reperatory Theater, 3201 Adeline
• Volunteer to visit one of 600 National Night Out Parties in Oakland on Tuesday, August 6, 7-9 pm or organize one on your own block.
Celebrate Love at Oakland City Hall
The City Of Oakland’s Week of Weddings from July 8 – July 12, 2013
The City of Oakland is looking forward to welcoming our LGBTQ community members to marry at Oakland City Hall. We have many beautiful locations possibilities within City Hall and want to help you make your special plans for a reduced rental rate for the week of July 8-12, 2013!
More information about weddings at City Hall >
An open letter from Mayor Quan as the City budget nears a final Council vote
The following is an opening excerpt from an open letter from Mayor Quan regarding the budget. The full two-page letter may be viewed here.
Dear Fellow Oaklanders,
A city’s budget is a statement of values, and a budget that serves Oakland must reflect our highest priority: public safety. That means investing heavily in both law enforcement and economic opportunity for our residents.
Revenues are growing, and we are faced with a challenge we’re lucky to have: how do we share this growth fairly and make the best investments for Oakland’s future? How can we make a full investment in public safety while balancing other important priorities?
I am grateful to see support on the City Council for my overall budget proposal, including the public safety and economic priorities I set forth. However, even with the City’s revenues growing, the Council is facing many difficult decisions and weighing priorities with finite resources. Hundreds of residents attended budget town halls over the last two months, building to this final phase. It is now vitally important that our community members weigh in over the next two weeks and voice their priorities as the Council makes its final decision. I strongly encourage all our stakeholders to make their voices heard, by writing letters, making calls or attending Council meetings.
Oakland Mayor’s summer jobs program kicks
off with $50,000 grant from Bank of America
The Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program, which last year offered summer
employment to almost 1,000 Oakland youths, kicked off this year with a $50,000
grant from Bank of America, which we announced Feb. 5.
My goal is to provide a job for every kid who applies. Last year,
that was about 2,000 kids. We were able to find positions for about 1,000 of
them, and about half of them were kids from some of our toughest
Bank of America’s grant is to the East Bay Community Foundation through its
workforce development fund. The $50,000 grant will create 31 jobs for local
teens, working with the City of Oakland, non-profit organizations, and local
This year, the City of Oakland intends to train and place over 1,000 youth into
summer jobs. To meet this goal, they are looking to the private sector to create
over 2,000 jobs. To support the jobs program and hire a youth for summer 2013,
please make a tax-deductible contribution to support local youth by contacting
the Mayor’s Office at (510) 238-3141 or email@example.com.
Oakland to offer nation’s
first municipal identification/debit card
Appointments begin Feb. 19
The City of Oakland officially launched the Oakland City ID Prepaid
MasterCard program on Friday, February 1, 2013. This will be the first
card of its kind in the United States and represents a major new resource for
In addition to its city center office, the program has opened a second office
to support card holder acquisition at the Spanish Speaking Citizens’
Foundation located at 1470 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland, 94601. A third
office will be opened in East Oakland in March.
For more information, visit http://www.oaklandcityid.com.
(Sample card from the New Haven, Conn. model, which does not feature a debit function.)