A three-alarm fire broke out on Friday, December 2, at 11:32 p.m. at 1315 31st Avenue in Oakland. The fire has resulted in a terrible tragedy. There are nine confirmed casualties. As of 4:30 p.m., all nine people who were initially located have been recovered and to the Coroner’s Bureau for identification. more »
The public parking garage located in downtown Oakland at 1414 Clay Street between 14th and 16th streets will close indefinitely tomorrow. Friday, December 2 will be the last day of visitor parking at the Clay Street Garage. The decision to shutter the 55-year-old facility was made after a recent condition assessment, which raised safety concerns. The potential dangers in a major seismic event were deemed too great to risk keeping the facility open. more »
The Oakland Police Department has been awarded a $753,350 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcement activity and public awareness efforts aimed at preventing traffic-related deaths and injuries. more »
The Public Ethics Commission (Commission) will hold an informational hearing on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council chamber to review the City of Oakland’s ticket distribution policy and process by which tickets are dispersed and reported by the City and its officials.
The use of Oracle Arena and Oakland Coliseum tickets was the subject of news articles this year that highlighted the number of City-owned tickets that some elected officials received and personally used. The Public Ethics Commission is currently investigating the receipt and use of these City tickets. more »
Oakland’s Measure FF, a voter-enacted ballot measure passed in November 2014, provides annual increases to Oakland’s Minimum Wage based on the local Consumer Price Index (CPI). Effective January 1, 2017, the rate rises 31¢, from $12.55 to $12.86 per hour. The law also requires that employers inform employees of the increase by December 15, 2016. To assist employers, the City of Oakland will host several workshops in the next few weeks and has posted notification posters at oaklandnet.com/minimumwage. more »
Mayor Libby Schaaf shared information on a fundraising effort by the Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation to support Mosswood Park following a two-alarm fire that broke out on Friday, November 26, 2016. No one was injured and the historic Mosswood House was not harmed, but the recreation center was severely damaged by the blaze. more »
The Oakland Public Library has announced that the Dimond Branch Library, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue, will close temporarily, beginning Friday December 23, for a renovation project. The Dimond Branch is scheduled to reopen in May 2017. more »