National Public Works Week 2016
This week, Oakland Public Works participates with thousands of other organizations across North America in honoring the 56th annual National Public Works Week. The purpose of the celebration is to energize and inform the public of the important contributions of the Public Works Department to their daily lives, including - more »
In recognition of the Golden State Warriors advancing to the Western Conference Finals for the second time in as many years, the City of Oakland has pumped up its lighting display at Oakland City Hall. more »
Extensive Lineup of Alternative Vehicles for Free Ride & Drive
Major car manufacturers, fleet managers, city officials and experts
come together to showcase and discuss the latest in low-emission vehicles, rebates and regulations in California!
AltCar Expo, the most extensive gathering of alternative fuel and low emission vehicles, ride and drive, public education and demonstrations will take place Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Oakland City Hall. The AltCar Expo Ride & Drive is free and open to the public. more »
Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Administrator Sabrina Landreth and Police Chief Sean Whent announced a series of actions to reinforce the integrity of police investigations into misconduct, and ensure that officer conduct meets the highest professional and ethical standards. more »
Heavy construction will begin on the Embarcadero Bridge on Friday, May 13, 2016 with the closure of the old bridge. The Embarcadero Bridge, which spans the Lake Merritt Channel where it joins the Oakland-Alameda Estuary, will be replaced by a new, seismically safer structure with enhanced pedestrian and bicycle access.
Digital signs are placed on the roadway to alert roadway users of the upcoming closure date. Letters to residents and businesses in the area were also mailed, emailed and hand delivered so everyone could be aware of the changes.
During construction, the Embarcadero (between Estuary Park and 5th Avenue) will be closed, and through traffic will be detoured to 7th Street. more »
Today, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and City of Oakland Human Services Director Sara Bedford announced that the City has secured over $4 million in federal grant funding to provide immediate housing and support for homeless, youth, families and adults. more »
On Saturday, May 14, 2016, the Oakland Fire Department (OFD) in partnership with the American Red Cross, Oakland Black Firefighters Association (OBFFA), and the Bay Area Youth Emergency Medical Technician (BAY EMT) Program is launching a Home Fire Preparedness Campaign for Oakland residents. The Campaign will include: checking existing smoke alarms for functionality; and/or installing new smoke alarms when needed; and discussing fire safety tips with residents. There is no charge to the resident/property owner for this service. more »
Oakland and Piedmont will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 12th to celebrate the completion of the Grand Avenue roadway improvement projects running from Greenbank Avenue in Piedmont to Mandana Boulevard in Oakland. The event will be held in conjunction with Bike to Work Day at the Energizer Station sponsored by Piedmont Connect and Bike East Bay in the Grand Lake Ace Hardware parking lot at 1221 Grand Avenue. Mayor Libby Schaaf and Councilmember Abel Guillen of Oakland and Councilmember Tim Rood of Piedmont will speak at the event. more »
Today, the City of Oakland unveiled a series of major safety improvements and street enhancements along Telegraph Avenue – including the East Bay’s first parking protected bike lanes. The new street reconfiguration is an important interim phase of the Telegraph Avenue Complete Streets project. The project will improve safety for everyone who uses Telegraph Avenue through a combination of treatments that include new and improved pedestrian crossings, relocated bus stops and traffic signal upgrades. more »
While Winter and Spring rains brought a welcome change from the drought, the moisture has also lead to the growth of weeds, brush and trees in the Oakland Hills. These plants can serve as fuel during a fire and place the Hills neighborhoods at greater fire risk unless removed. The Oakland Fire Department (OFD) wants to remind residents to “protect your investment, and help give firefighters a fighting chance by keeping good defensible space around your home.” more »