Wednesday, May 24, 2017

keep oakland creative calls for community input on new city budget

May 24 at 8:54 PM

Oakland City Hall
TUESDAY, MAY 30th starting at 5:30 pm in City Hall City Council will be holding a Special Budget Meetingwhere Council President & Vice MayorLarry Reid will be presenting the Council’s budget. Councilmembers need to hear the community's priorities! Make your voice heard! This will be one of the last opportunities the public has to influence our councilmembers within their Council Chambers before the City's 2017-19 budget is finalized
We need the room packed with at least 100 OCNC members!!

Meet at Betti Ono at 4:30pm to pick up your t-shirt and talking points. We'll also have printouts for you at City Hall. All meetings will be inside Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall.

Right now fill out a speaker card + RSVP on Facebook: 
Go to
1) Put  "Open Forum" in as the agenda item you wish to speak on

Make your elected officials say YES to more
arts and culture funding to

What we WANT: 

1) RE-ESTABLISH AN ARTS & CULTURE COMMISSION that is progressive, prioritizes equity for low-income communities of color, and accountable to community members; 
2) SET ASIDE MORE ARTS & CULTURE FUNDING  to protect and sustain arts and culture communities and spaces, as well as increase funding that impacts low-income communities of color. We want to be visible to elected officials so that they take our demands seriously and incorporate them into the 2017-2019 budget.

These talking points will guide your public comments.
*TAKE A LOOK at our budget policy memo HERE. We’ve been sharing this with Oakland’s elected officials which specify our platform and asks for the 2017-2019 budget cycle.

We want to be visible to elected officials so that they take our demands seriously and incorporate them into the 2017-2019 budget.

The time to act is NOW! See you on May 30th! RSVP right now!

Thank you to all that could make it to all the Oakland Budget CommunityTown Hall meetings hosted in each district by City Councilmembers these past 2 weeks! We have heard promising feedback from city officials and councilmembers that our voice is being heard, but that we need to KEEP SHOWING UP! 
As a reminder, the last Oakland Budget Community Forum is this Thursday, May 25th, 2017 from 6:30-8:30pm @ Lincoln Recreation Center, 261 11th St., Oakland, CA 94607. District 2/ Abel Guillen will be hosting this town hall.

If you have any questions, please send an email to
Please be on the look out for our reminders and updates on developments with the budget.
Until soon!




3rd Street Poles Get Red, Black and Green Stripes In Honor Of Bayview's Black Heritage

This morning, SF Public Works began a Baybeautification initiative, painting the poles along the Third Street commercial corridor (from Evans to Jamestown avenues) with red, black and green stripes to celebrate the neighborhood's African-American heritage.
The project was spearheaded by District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, who issued a statement explaining the reasoning behind the painting:
“The intention of painting the flagpoles is to create a unifying cultural marker for the Bayview, in the same vein as the Italian flags painted on poles in North Beach, the designation of Calle 24 in the Mission and the bilingual street signs and gates upon entering Chinatown.
This is about branding the Bayview neighborhood to honor and pay respect to the decades of contributions that African-Americans have made to the southeast neighborhood and to the city. It’s also beautification for the streetscape.”
With Black History Month around the corner, many neighbors were pleased to see the tribute to African-Americans' community legacy. Several early risers in the community took photos of the poles being painted, expressing their gratitude.

Tyson of SF Public Works paints a pole. | Photo: Barbara Gratta/Gratta Wines

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