Boards & Commissions
The City of Oakland has over forty Boards and Commissions that play a vital role in City government. Boards and Commissions serve as a mechanism for the community members of Oakland to bring issues of concern to the attention of the general public and the City Council.
The Alameda County-Oakland Community Action Partnership Administrating Board aims to improve our community by creating pathways that lead to economic empowerment and prosperity.
Oakland's Bicyclist & Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) advises the City Council on programs and projects related to walking and bicycling. BPAC meetings are on the third Thursday of the month from 6-8 and open to the public.
The Budget Advisory Commission (BAC) advises the City Council on expenditures, revenues, and financial policies. The BAC’s advice generally takes the form of informational reports submitted to the Finance & Management Committee of the City Council. The BAC generally meets on the second Wednesday of the month.
The Business Tax Board of Review reviews taxpayers appeals on assessments under the business license tax laws.
We meet the first Thursday of the month.
The responsibilities of the Civil Service Board include enforcement of the Civil Service Rules; approval of the exemption of positions from the competitive service; approval of classification specifications and performing appellate duties
The board serves as advisors to the Chief of Police and police command staff on community policing matters, maintain communication between the Police Department and the neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils and Neighborhood Watch groups and Merchants Watch groups, assist in educating and informing the public about community policing, it current progress and its direction, and authorize Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils and mediate disputes
The Cultural Affairs Commission is an advisory body to the Mayor, City Council, and City Administrator on matters affecting cultural development in Oakland.
The Board provides advice and recommendations to the City Council around Program planning and how the Program can best address the needs of Head Start eligible families.
**COVID-19 Related Service Update** All hearings scheduled through April 10th will be postponed. Parties will receive notice of a new hearings date in the mail. All normal and evening drop-in services to speak with a Housing Counselor are also cancelled. Additionally, any petitions that need to be submitted should be completed online. If you need to contact Housing Counselors via telephone, please call 510-238-3721 or to visit our website at www.oaklandca.gov/RAP.
The Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board identifies historic landmarks in Oakland, conducts design review hearings on historic properties, and advises the Planning Commission and City Council on preservation.
The Library Advisory Commission reports and makes recommendations to the Oakland City Council on Oakland Public Library policies; provides citizen oversight of Measure Q tax funds; and advocates on behalf of OPL programs and services.
The Mayor’s Commission on Aging was established in 1980 to advise the Mayor and the City Council about issues affecting Oakland seniors.
The Mayor’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities (MCPD) represents and addresses the concerns of the disability community.
The Oakland - Alameda County Coliseum Authority is a joint powers agency established by the City of Oakland and the County of Alameda to finance improvements to the Coliseum Complex and to manage the Coliseum Complex on behalf of the City and the County.
The purpose of the Oversight Commission is to ensure compliance with the Jobs Policies in connection with the redevelopment of the former Oakland Army Base.
The OFCY Planning & Oversight Committee's (POC) mission is to develop services that embrace children and youth and work toward long-term social change.
The Oakland Housing Authority was established to receive federal funds to provide housing for low-income residents of the City of Oakland, California.
The Oakland WDB oversees the federally-funded employment and training programs and services in Oakland. These programs and services help job seekers gain employment and connect businesses with a qualified workforce.
The Oakland Youth Advisory Commission (OYAC), empowers Oakland youth with leadership training and civic engagement opportunities and provides a platform for young people to enter the public arena and tackle important youth issues related to education, employment, public safety, the environment and health.
The Paramount Theatre of the Arts is a non-profit corporation organized for the purpose of operating and maintaining the Paramount Theatre for the benefit of the City of Oakland.
This Commission is responsible for advising the Mayor, Council, City Administrator, and the Oakland Parks and Recreation Department on all matters relating to the general policy and operation of the parks and recreation system.
The Planning Commission promotes the orderly growth and development of the City through studies, decisions on development proposals, policy recommendations to the City Council, and related activities. With the revised Emergency Order No. 3 of the City of Oakland, the City has resumed reconvening Planning Commission meetings (online only -- click "View All Meetings, Minutes & Agendas" below for full schedule). As such, the Planning Bureau has resumed making administrative decisions on projects appealable to the Planning Commission and scheduling entitlement cases.
The Oakland Police and Fire Retirement System is dedicated to protection and prudent investing of the pension funds for the benefit of the PFRS retirees and beneficiaries. PFRS strives to give the beneficiaries of this retirement system friendly and courteous service.