The Oakland City Council approved $950,001 in fiscal year 2012-13 grants to Oakland-based nonprofit organizations and individual artists through the City’s Cultural Funding Program. The 79 Cultural Funding Program grants will range from $3,471 to $37,500 to 69 different recipients. These grants will provide support to a wide range of Oakland-based artists and nonprofit organizations. Grant funds will support approximately 41,000 events and activities – including over 32,000 free activities – and expose over 271,000 participants to cultural arts. Additionally, 9,763 students in the Oakland Unified School District will be served through 83 artist residencies.
The City and Port of Oakland Employees’ Chorus, founded in 1940 by Elsie Giani, is one of the best kept secrets in town. For more than seven decades, the Chorus has performed every holiday season and at many City functions and events. The 72nd season features free noontime concerts on Wednesday, December 12; Thursday, December 13 and Friday, December 14 in downtown Oakland. These festive concerts are open to the public.
Oakland, CA —On Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at about 9:20 PM, Oakland Police Officers responded to the City Center and met with security. Security personnel had detained a 17-year old male for allegedly stealing a cell phone.
Oakland, CA — Oakland Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a
DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Sunday, December 16th, 2012, at an
undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00
a.m. DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the
number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. Research shows
that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well publicized
checkpoints are conducted often enough.