Public safety is my top priority. Under my administration, we are making investments that are data-driven under my three-prong public safety strategy plan:
I continue to work in deep partnership with Governor Newsom, Attorney General Rob Bonta and our State representatives, Assemblymembers Mia Bonta, Buffy Wicks and Senator Nancy Skinner to bring more resources to Oakland. The issues that Oakland is experiencing is not unique and are fluid. It will take all of us working together to create the deep positive impacts we know all Oaklanders deserve.
Mayor of Oakland
California Clean and Oakland Fresh
As Mayor of Oakland, I extend my sincere appreciation to Governor Gavin Newsom, Senator Nancy Skinner, Assemblymember Mia Bonta, and Assemblymember Buffy Wicks for their invaluable dedication to cultivating a cleaner, greener Oakland.
At yesterday's Clean California event, I joined the Governor, Assemblymembers, and Senator alongside CalTrans crews in a cleanup around Highway 880. This is an example of how the state and city have come together towards one goal: a safer and cleaner Oakland for everyone.
I am thrilled to announce that Oakland will soon launch its own initiative, Oakland Fresh, which will prioritize local cleanup efforts and ensure accountability for illegal dumpers. Together, we are taking significant strides towards a more sustainable and pristine future for our beloved city.
Mayor Sheng Thao, Governor Gavin Newsom, Assemblymember Mia Bonta, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, and Senator Nancy Skinner are proud to stand behind our amazing staff at CalTrans and thank them for their hard work fighting blight and trash.
911 Progress Report
The City Council and I committed $2.5 million to 911. We are actively utilizing the funds to enhance services and outcomes for the community. We plan to provide a progress report in the spring, highlighting how the funding will be used to expedite call transitions, hire additional staff, and modernize equipment to increase dispatcher efficiency and support their overall health.
Mayor Thao connects directly with 911 dispatchers while doing a site visit.
US Conference of Mayors
Last month, I was honored to join Mayors from across the country at the US Conference of Mayors. This annual conference is not just an opportunity for mayors to come together to meet and collaborate but also to meet with federal officials and push for some of our shared priorities, including community safety, affordable housing, transportation infrastructure, and ending homelessness. I had the pleasure of connecting with our federal partners in Congress and met with members of the Biden Administration.
President Biden’s Office of Gun Violence Prevention
This past September, President Biden announced the formation of the Office of Gun Violence Prevention, a new program focused on violence prevention and intervention work. While in DC, my team and I met with the new office to discuss our plans for resurrecting the Ceasefire strategy that was an effective tool to decrease violent crimes in Oakland when it was running at full capacity. I'm excited to partner with the Office of Gun Violence Prevention to ensure Oaklanders are safe, please stay tuned for more updates.
Mayor Thao stands with staff of the new Presidential Department of Gun Violence Prevention
Meeting Transportation Secretary Buttigieg
Continuing our relationship with the US Department of Transportation is essential to securing additional federal dollars to help improve our street safety, transit, port, and airport. Meeting with Secretary Buttigieg in DC was productive and allowed us to discuss these critical issues and connect about significant initiatives and efforts led by his Department.
Mayor Thao joins other California big city Mayors in meeting USDOT Secratary Pete Buttiegieg
It’s official! After 25 years of talking about improving 14th Street, my administration was finally proud to break ground on this critical project.
Thank you to our fantastic staff at The Oakland Department of Transportation for your work on this life-saving project, as well as our community advocates with Walk Oakland, Bike Oakland, Bike East Bay, and Traffic Violence Rapid Response for your work - fighting for projects like these as well as joining us at this groundbreaking celebration!
Top: 14th Street groundbreaking cermony featuring Mayor Thao and public and community leaders.
Bottom: mock up of new designs for 14th Street
Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the Year of the Dragon and support our small businesses in the iconic Oakland Chinatown.
Mayor Thao joins elected officials and business leaders on the main stage of the Lunar New Year Bazaar
Mayor’s Annual Economic Forum with the SF Business Times
I'm also excited about securing millions of dollars in federal and state dollars to bring more green jobs to Oakland, and if you haven't yet heard, the City of Oakland will be receiving $1.2 billion for building out and becoming a Hydrogen Hub; making Oakland one of only seven clean hydrogen hubs across the country.
Mayor Thao stands with community leaders at the Mayors Economic Forum.
Oakland Receives $20.4 million in Homekey Round-3 funds for the Quality Inn
I know that the solution to homelessness is dignified housing, getting our unsheltered population off the streets, out of the elements and ensuring all residents of Oakland can access our city's public infrastructure. The acquisition of the Quality Inn motel in District 7, funded by the State of California Homekey program, exemplifies our commitment.
This eighth Homekey award underscores Oakland's leadership in delivering permanent supportive housing, ensuring quick construction timelines, deep operating subsidies, and wraparound services. With this innovative approach, we are creating new permanent supportive housing at record speeds, providing a life-changing impact for those exiting homelessness.
The Quality Inn in East Oakland will be a new dedicated supportive housing complex for formarly homeless individuals including youth.
The City of Oakland is committed to building more housing and making it easier for businesses to succeed.
We are excited to announce a significant enhancement in our permitting process by introducing ten new "rapid permits" available through the Online Permit Center.
This initiative aims to streamline and expedite the issuance of permits, providing applicants with instant approval upon completion of the application and fee payment.
Point in Time Count
My team woke up early for this year's annual point-in-time count. This count is our yearly census of our residents experiencing homelessness. It will help us better understand where federal, state, and local resources should be allocated. The PIT count includes individuals and families in various situations: sleeping outside, in vehicles, in emergency shelters, and in transitional housing.
Under the new formula, we know that the count for this year will result in a higher number of our unhoused than from the previous PIT count due to pandemic restrictions. Previously, the count did not include approaching individuals, but rather an estimate from afar. This year, we were able to connect with individuals, ask if they'd like to take a survey, offer resources and more.
I want to thank everyone who signed up and showed up to volunteer. This year Oaklanders citywide showed up in force! We had more volunteers in Oakland than the County as a whole. THANK YOU to everyone who participated.
Members of the Mayor's Office, MACRO, and Oakland's homelessness teams met up at St. Mary's before heading out to complete the point in time count.
Celebrate the Town
Last year, we launched #ActivateOakland to promote the art, culture, and soul of Oakland's vibrant communities. This partnership with Visit Oakland will support dozens of events throughout the city. Check out the full calendar of events at
Some Upcoming events include: