The Public Works Agency is kicking off the holiday season in the spirit of giving! Public Works joined the Family Support Services of the Bay Area’s “Sponsor a Family” Holiday Giving Program to help make the season’s spirits bright for some of our community.
Staffers across our diverse agency tackled the project in our typical “can do” style, and exceeded all expectations. With a list of families, their ages, sizes and “wish lists” provided by the Sponsor a Family program, Public Works employees dived eagerly into being Santa’s helpers to choose and purchase gifts so more families could celebrate the holiday season. A strong feeling that giving is the true gift was shared among all the donators.
The City of Oakland Public Works Agency will hold a ceremony of appreciation on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. for the Manna Gum Eucalyptus tree that fell during uncharacteristically high winds in November. The public is invited to join in celebrating this mighty and historic tree, situated between the Camron-Stanford House and Lake Chalet Restaurant on Lakeside Drive.
Oakland, CA — The Oakland Gun Buyback event held Saturday, December 14, 2013, at Youth UpRising on 8711 MacArthur Boulevard resulted in the collection of 147 firearms – 75 handguns, 68 rifles, and 4 assault weapons.
At its meeting on Tuesday, December 10, the Oakland City Council gave final approval to new district boundaries used for local elections. Ordinance No. 13206 C.M.S. was adopted on a vote of 7 to 0. A detailed map of the new district boundaries can be found at oaklandnet.com/redistricting.
Oakland, CA — On Thursday, December 12, 2013, Oakland PAL will be
hosting its 24th Annual Christmas Dinner. This invitation-only event will
take place at Shiloh Christian Fellowship - 3291 School Street in Oakland.
Dinner will be provided for over 500 guests and gifts will be distributed to the
children in attendance. There will be special performances and fun for all. For more information or to request an invitation, please contact the PAL
Center at 510-615-5758.
Oakland, CA — The holidays are wonderful, but this is the time of the year that
criminals take advantage of our residents and shoppers. The Oakland Police
Department has patrols in key areas of Oakland and will continue to partner with
other law enforcement agencies and members of the community to reduce crime
during the holiday season.
Oakland, CA — On December 14, 2013, an Oakland Gun Buyback event will be held at Youth UpRising on 8711 MacArthur Boulevard. Part of a statewide gun buyback initiative, the event is co-hosted by Youth UpRising in partnership with Gun by Gun, an organization founded in 2013 to prevent gun violence by reducing the number of unwanted and illegal guns in the community while creating an outlet for community action on the issue of gun violence prevention. Chief Sean Whent will be there to kick off the event at 9:00 AM.
The U.S. Department of Justice recently recognized Oakland’s Juvenile Justice program for its innovative work in serving youth and reducing the likelihood of their re-arrest. On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, the Council of State Governments Justice Center released the report “Reentry Matters: Strategies and Successes of Second Change Act Grantees Across the United States,” highlighting Oakland’s program along with other successes.