The City's fiscal year 2019-2021 budget process is under way.


Mar 15, 2019

Sheng Thao Breaks Through

Sheng Thao Breaks Through

The new Oakland city councilmember representing the hills is the first Hmong-American woman elected to that office in the state.

By Patrick Hoge

Published: March 04, 2019

Apr 02, 2019



April 3, 2019 | 1:30PM – 3:30PM

World Ground Café
3726 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland

Join my office for a Safety Walk in the Laurel Business District, with officers from the Oakland Police Department to give small businesses tips on how to reduce and prevent crime. Oakland Police officers will be on hand to work with owners to improve security and design their spaces to reduce risk.

If you need additional information, call: 510-238-7004 or email:

Apr 02, 2019



May 8, 2019 | 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Redwood Heights Recreation Center
3883 Aliso Avenue, Oakland

Join Councilmember Sheng Thao to learn more about the City’s budget process and provide input on how we should invest in our future. The annual budget is the most important policy action that the City Council takes and it represents the City’s priorities for the next fiscal year and beyond.

Councilmember Sheng Thao wants to hear from you to make sure that the budget reflects the goals and priorities of the community.

You can view the budget proposal at If you need additional information, call us at 510-238-7004 or


About the District 4 Councilmember

Sheng Thao

Sheng Thao was elected in November 2018 to the Oakland City Council, representing District 4. She Chairs the Rules & Legislation Committee and is a member on the Finance & Management, Public Works, Education Partnership and City Port Liaison Committees. Councilmember Thao is also one of Oakland's appointed representative at the Alameda County Transportation Commission.

As a single mother, Sheng put herself through college while working and raising her son. She graduated as Valedictorian from Merritt College and transferred to U.C. Berkeley, where she earned her degree in Legal Studies. During her time at U.C. Berkeley, she co-founded the Bear Pantry, a food access program for students with families who could not afford to buy healthy food.

Sheng has many years of experience on the Oakland City Council as a senior legislative staff member and as Chief of Staff. She managed multiple city budgets focused on balancing a transparent and responsible budget and found creative ways to fund public safety, transit, and capital improvement projects.

Sheng has been appointed by her colleagues to serve in a leadership position as the Chair of the Rules and Legislation Committee, and is a member of the Finance, Public Works, Education Partnership and City/Port Committees. Sheng has also been appointed to be a representative for the City of Oakland at the Alameda County Transportation Commission.

Sheng lives in the Laurel District and enjoys spending time with her 12-year-old son, Benedict, who is an avid classical cellist, they enjoy biking through Joaquin Miller Park in her District, and camping in the Stanislaus and El Dorado forests with her family.

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