Weâ€™ve been busy in the District 5 Council office this month! April has been packed with community meetings, special community trainings, neighborhood clean-ups, a very successful Earth Day, budget talks, and with one last weekend remaining in April â€“ we have two more opportunities for you to join us THIS WEEKEND!
1. TOMORROW, SATURDAY, APRIL 27TH The Oakland Police Department will hold its final of a series of town hall meetings led by the renowned consulting team, Strategic Policy Partnership; structured as a conversation between Neighbors and City Leaders, OPD is seeking input from neighbors across the city on public safety priorities to incorporate into a comprehensive crime reduction and suppression strategic plan. The District 5 meeting is scheduled for:
District 5 Public Safety Strategy Town Hall Meeting
SATURDAY, APRIL 27TH
10 AM TO 1PM
Cesar Chavez Education Center
2825 International Boulevard.
There will be Spanish translators available for this meeting. Please join us and help us spread the word. Flyers in English, Spanish and Chinese can be found here: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/ (just scroll down to the PUBLIC SAFETY SECTION)
2. Service Day Clean Up Project â€“ SUNDAY, APRIL 28TH. Weâ€™ll focus on the Coolidge Corridor and surrounding streets. Meet at Nicol Park (Nicol and Coolidge) at 9:00 to pick up tools and garbage bags and weâ€™ll get to work, cleaning up the neighborhood!
Service Day Clean Up Project
SUNDAY, APRIL 28TH
9AM TO 12PM
Meet at Nicol and Coolidge
PLEASE NOTE THIS CLEAN UP IS NOW TAKING PLACE ON SUNDAY RATHER THAN SATURDAY AS ORIGINALLY PLANNED DUE TO THE PUBLIC SAFETY TOWN HALL MEETING WHICH IS TAKING PLACE TOMORROW.
Service Days Report
We've now had a total of 12 Service Days and collected over 350 bags of garbage. Here is what we have done so far:
1. City Hall Updates
2013-2015 Budget News
Last week, Mayor Quan released her proposed 2013-2015 budget. Faced with closing a budget gap of $11.6 million in FY 13-14 and another $16.1 million in FY 14-15, combined with a need to adequately
provide needed services to our residents, amongst other things, the Mayorâ€™s proposed budget includes a combination of position eliminations, service reductions, funding for an additional 4 police academies over the next 2 years, and investment in economic development. As mandated by the City Charter, the Council is required to pass a balanced budget by June 30th. Next Tuesday, April 30th we begin our budget deliberations with a formal presentation of the proposed budget by Mayor Quan to the Council.
I urge you all to review what the Mayor has proposed and to provide me with feedback. Budget town hall meetings will be held throughout the City in the month of May, dates and times to be announced. I have identified my budget priorities as safety and cleanliness -- I want Oakland to be a Clean-Safe City. All budget materials produced to date can be found here: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/OAK040588
2. Battling the Sexual Exploitation of Minors in District 5
Earlier this month my office sponsored an education and training session which was led by OPDâ€™s Vice Unit and covered the topic of Sexual Exploitation of Minors in Oakland. Attended by approximately
60 residents and merchants â€“ the training was extremely informational and provided attendees with incredibly useful information. We learned that:
85% of the men who pick up the young women come from outside of Oakland
OPD has rescued girls as young as 9 years old who were being sold for sex along International Blvd.
Pimps are mostly Oakland residents ages range 20s to 30s but are getting younger and younger
Many girls that are involved are already considered â€œat-riskâ€ with many of them being run-aways from foster homes, etc.
This issue is one that has gone on for far too long in our City and I am fully committed to doing whatever I can to help stop it. We are fortunate that we have a police captain that feels the same way and that has taken an aggressive approach to ending this form of modern day slavery. OPD is now conducting regular sting operations and my office is working with the City Attorney on additional possible legislation to help with this problem.
3. Earth Day Thanks
Iâ€™d like to thank the hundreds of volunteers that participated in Earth Day activities throughout District 5. We had a total of 10 earth day sites that ranged from tree planting projects to creek clean-ups to school campus improvements. It was a great day! A very special thank you to Urban Releaf and the Unity Council who collaborated to plant over 30 trees on 38th Avenue between Foothill and International Blvd. Sorry to those groups I was not able to visit â€“ hopefully at least one of my staff members was able to swing by and say THANK YOU!
4. Volunteer of the Month
We have been truly overwhelmed by the growing number of volunteers that have been joining is for our weekly neighborhood clean-ups. So far weâ€™ve had 111 volunteers and weâ€™ve picked up 394 bags of garbage from throughout District 5! None of these efforts are possible without volunteers and we already we have volunteers that are joining us weekend after weekend. This monthâ€™s volunteer of the month is Socorro Pena Ramos. Socorro is a resident of District 5 and a mother of three. She has been joining us for the past month, often with her entire family â€“ her three children and her husband. Gracias Socorro!
5. Honoring High Achieving High Schools
As you know, education is on my priorities list. It is essential that all our youth have access to quality education in Oakland. On May 7, 2013 the Oakland City Council will approve two ceremonial resolutions recognizing Oakland Charter High School and American Indian Public High School for their academic achievements:
Please join me in acknowledging their hard work and dedication to education!
Oakland Charter High School was named the highest performing school in Oakland in 2011-2012 with an Academic Performance Index of 956.
American Indian Public High School was named the number one high school in the nation for the year 2013 by the Washington Post.
6. Cinco de Mayo
The Office of Councilmember Gallo, in partnership with The Unity Council, is hosting a small Cinco de Mayo festival for the Fruitvale community. The event is happening on:
Sunday, May 5, 2013
35th and International Blvd.
We will have the Aztec dance group Calpulli Coatlicue opening the Cinco de Mayo. In addition, the following entertainers will be present on Cinco de Mayo: DJ KenDiesel, Samba and Capoeira Group Muito Quente, Cesar Chavez Middle School Ballet Folklorico, Girls Power Studio Modeling and Belly Dancing Group and Marce la Voz Ranchera de la Aria de la Bahia.
This is a family friendly event. In an effort to keep our streets clean, the office of Noel Gallo will host a clean-up prior and after the festival: from 9am-11am and 4pm-5pm. Please keep in mind that International Boulevard will NOT be closed. The focus of this small Cinco de Mayo festival is to promote local District 5 businesses and to share the Fruitvale culture. We hope to see you there!