District 4 Councilmember Sheng Thao

Serving the neighborhoods of Fairfax, Brookdale, Allendale, Laurel, Redwood Heights, Dimond, Oakmore, Lincoln Highlands, Woodminster, Joaquin Miller, Crestmont, Piedmont Pines and Montclair

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Allendale Park
Oct 08, 2019

Allendale Park Tot Lot Community Engagement Meeting #2

On Saturday, September 21, 2019. I hosted a Community Engagement Meeting with residents of the Allendale neighborhood to discuss and share ideas for a new tot lot at the Allendale Recreation Center. Oakland Public Works staff presented conceptual designs, provided interactive workshops, and answered questions pertaining to the tot lot. Residents were offered the opportunity to complete a hard copy survey and online survey until September 28th.

Oakland Public Works in conjunction with JETT Landscape Architecture + Design will present a conceptual design incorporating feedback from the first community meeting and subsequent surveys received. The next Community Engagement Meeting will be on October 23, 2019 from 6pm-8pm at the Allendale Recreation Center. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

If you need any additional information or would like to provide feedback.

Please call: 510-238-7004 or email: District4@Oaklandca.gov

vacant lot
Sep 25, 2019

Updates on Measure W (Vacant Property Tax)

The Measure W (Vacant Property Tax) Implementation Ordinance will be heard at the November 5th City Council Meeting.

This Measure has been a big topic in District 4 and currently the Administration is putting forth language that, I believe, honors the spirit of Measure "W". The language goes after the speculators who are sitting on vacant land for profit, but provides exemptions for adjoining parcels for use as yard space, low income households, land that is unbuildable, and others.

Your voices are important and have been heard by me and the Administration. Thank you so much for stepping up and making sure this tax is equitable and works for all of Oakland.

If you have questions please reach out to my office at District4@Oaklandca.gov.

Additionally, the Finance Department is available to answer questions in person Monday through Friday at 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 5432 between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. You may also contact the Finance Department at 510-238-3084 or vacantpropertytaxinquiry@Oaklandca.gov

Click here to review the proposed ordinance.

Oct 22, 2019

Mandated Sewer Main Rehabilitation to Require Temporary Highway 13 Lane Closures

The City of Oakland is performing work to rehabilitate utilities in an easement running parallel with Highway 13. All work is scheduled to be performed as a preventative maintenance measure to an aging 20-inch sewer main which serves as a trunk line to the adjacent neighborhood. The method of rehabilitation involves cast in place pipe (CIPP), a process where resin is cast inside of the sewer pipe and allowed to cure. The CIPP process will create some resin-related odors that should clear out with evening winds. Although it is not harmful to breathe, the City recommends that homeowners, motorists, and citizens close their windows when passing through the area if the smell is unpleasant.

Work is adjacent to the Highway 13 northbound lane between located between the I-580 Freeway and the Carson Street exit. Access to the easement will require heavy equipment to access the easement via Highway 13. Construction may directly affect the lane of travel closest to the shoulder (right-hand northbound lane) between the hours of 9am - 3pm, Monday through Friday, between October 21, 2019 and late December 2019. The City does not anticipate lane closures to be permanent or last beyond the expected daily schedule.

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Members of the public with any comments/questions regarding this project may contact City Resident Engineer Bert Chang at bchang@oaklandca.gov or (510) 238-5239.

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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 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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