Tomorrow is the City of Oakland’s 160th birthday and will serve as the grand finale to “Celebrating 160 Years of Oakland Love,” a week-long series of events commemorating the occasion. Officially incorporated on May 4, 1852, Oakland has welcomed and inspired generations with its rich history, unparalleled diversity, eclectic cultural scene, vibrant neighborhoods and forward-thinking policies.
Chairman and CEO of The Clorox Company Don Knauss, joined by several of the largest companies located in the East Bay, today stood with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to announce support for keeping the Athletics baseball team in Oakland. At the event, Knauss stated, “Clorox strongly and enthusiastically endorses the efforts of the East Bay business community and City of Oakland to keep the Oakland A’s here in a new, world-class stadium."
Beginning early this morning, Oakland had returned to normal
following a long day of mostly peaceful protests. Between 7 am and about midnight, as
many as 5,000 demonstrators engaged in a wide variety of protests, strikes, actions and
marches—some permitted and many not—in locations across the City.
By and large, the events unfolded peacefully and the City met its primary goal of
facilitating the various marches and expressions while quickly addressing unlawful
Today’s strategy focused on swiftly addressing any criminal behavior that would damage property or jeopardize public or officer safety. Officers were able to identify specific individuals in the crowd committing unlawful acts and quickly arrest them so the demonstration could continue peacefully.
Starting at about 8:30 pm, OPD issued two dispersal orders to clear
the area at 14th and Broadway, 15th and Broadway/Telegraph, and Frank Ogawa
Plaza. The orders came shortly after OPD had attempted to arrest an individual. A crowd of about 300 people surged forward and began throwing bottles and other objects.
Please be advised that a large crowd estimated to be between 3,000 and 5,000 people is marching towards Frank Ogawa Plaza.
Given the size of the crowd, and to reduce potential traffic congestion and transit impacts, it may be advisable to stay away from the area around 14th and Broadway or take alternate routes.
Most of the activities so far have centered on the downtown core, with Frank Ogawa Plaza serving as a hub, and the activities have largely been peaceful. The City of Oakland is committed to facilitating peaceful demonstrations, but we will respond swiftly to illegal activities or behavior that endangers public or police officer safety. Please note that the situation is fluid and we will keep you updated throughout the day.
May 1st—often celebrated as International Workers’ Day—has been a significant day of marches and demonstrations of various kinds for many years in Oakland and around the world. The City of Oakland is aware of a number of marches, protests and activities planned in Downtown Oakland and throughout the City scheduled for today, May 1st; some of the organizers have secured permits, and others have not.