Celebrating Summer Around The Town


I hope you and your loved ones are having a safe and fun summer so far! My office and I have had a blast joining you all at community events all around The Town. It is a nice break from the day-to-day work at City Hall, and it is always such a pleasure to get out and chat with the community. I wanted to share a few of these past events with you, as well as a number of updates from my office and the City below.

Before I do, I want to share my statement on the recent charter-mandated raise currently being proposed:

One of my goals coming into office was to ensure that Oakland city government lives up to the expectations of our residents, adhering strictly to all charter mandates, ensuring ethical decision making, and using an equity lens when making policy decisions. Since 1988, the City Charter has required the City Council to follow a clear process when reviewing and adjusting the salary of the Mayor.

“The salary shall be set by the Council, which shall be not less than 70% nor more than 90% of the average salaries of City Managers'/Chief Executive Officers of California cities within the three immediate higher and the three immediate lower cities in population to Oakland, The Mayor's salary shall be reviewed by the City Council in odd-numbered years and may be adjusted by the Council as provided for herein.”
Oakland City Charter, Article III, Section 300

This year, given the significant financial challenges that the City is facing, I urge the City Council to set the Mayor’s salary at the lowest amount legally required by the City Charter. As a leader I know this is in the best interest of the City’s fiscal health, and it is also the right thing to do.

I want the public to know that if the Council elects to move forward with approving a salary for the Mayor that is greater than that legally mandated, I will reject it and refund any amount that exceeds the Charter required minimum to the city to deliver services to our neighborhoods.

Reforming our systems and our government is my mandate and I take it seriously. This is why I will also be working in partnership to craft a ballot measure that moves the responsibility for setting the Mayor’s salary from the City Council to the independent public ethics commission, as is now the case for other elected officials such as the City Attorney and City Auditor.

It is my belief that we do not have to continue to do things the way they’ve always been done and under my Administration we’re not going to. Oaklanders deserve better.

Finally, I want to say that I’m so grateful and encouraged by the engagement that we are seeing from our residents. This is how we build One Oakland for everyone.

Out on the Town:

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to speak at the launch of the BLOOM Clinic, also known as the Black Baby Equity Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.

BLOOM creates a space where Black babies and families can access world-class pediatric primary care and be surrounded by a loving and supportive expert team including doctors, community health workers, mental health clinicians, and lactation consultants. So honored to be part of the momentous event.

Left: Mayor Thao speaks at the UCSF BOOM Clinic Launch Right: Mayor Thao stands with two members of the UCSF BLOOM clinic staff.

I was also honored to address the students enrolled in Oakland Unified School District's launch of its 2023 OUSD Exploring College, Careers and Community (ECCCO) Summer Internship Program. This program provides their students with the opportunity to experience work-based learning in a professional setting. More than 500 enrolled in the summer internship opportunities!

This event was especially exciting, as OUSD students gave presentations on the work they have done over the summer, what they learned, and how this work will impact their lives to come!

Internships change lives – it was thanks to an internship that I was inspired to work in public service and eventually run for office.

Mayor Thao stands with some off OUSD's Exploring College, Careers, and community summer interns!

I had a blast joining the Oakland Soul soccer team as they secured their spot in the playoffs during their first season a professional women's soccer team. It was a beautiful Oakland day and it was amazing getting the chance to see these talented women in action.

Oakland is lucky to have two amazing soccer teams, both the Roots and the Soul, and now our fans have a chance to invest in the future of these teams via their new Community Investment Round.

Left: Mayor Thao high fives Soul players. Right: Mayor Thao stands side by side with another Souls fan, both rocking jerseys and Thao's with her name on it
Mayor Thao poses with Souls fans with the arena behind her

As you may have seen in the news, I flew out to Seattle on Sunday to meet with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfed and discuss the status of the Howard Terminal Project with the Commissioner as well as share exactly what has been done to move the project forward – including hundreds of millions of dollars in grants raised for offsitenfrastructure, a robust financing system that protects taxpayer dollars, and the already approved Environmental Impact Report. You can read the details here.

Left: Mayor Thao stands with a stack of Howard Terminal proposal documents in a dolly as she delivers them to the MLB Commissioners. Right: Mayor Thao and her team stand outside the MLB All Star Game event before delivering their HT proposal

It is important to me that the Commission, the fans, and the A’s know that the City of Oakland has and will continue to be a transparent and honest partner when it comes to keeping the Oakland Athletics #RootedInOakland. The A’s have played in Oakland for well over half a century. This is not just about business. This is about a multi-generational fan base of working families who love this game and have a deep connection with baseball and the A’s in Oakland.

I will continue to fight to keep the team here—for the fans and for our entire city.

In Service,

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Sheng Thao,

Mayor of Oakland


Investing in a Greener, Safer Port:

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of joining Port and elected officials to announce a $119 million state grant to help with modernization and green redevelopment. This investment will go a long way into making the port greener, safer, and help reduce noise and traffic. I want to congratulate Danny Wan, executive director of the Port of Oakland, and his team for their tireless work in securing this grant, along with the State of California, Governor Gavin Newsom, California Transportation Secretary Toks Omishakin, and Assemblyman Phil Ting for these critical funds that will empower Oakland to be the Port of choice around the world.

Read more here.

Mayor Thao stands with local, state, and port officials as they celebrate a $119 million investment into the port

Town Nights:

Have you been to a Town Nights event yet? We have! These events throughout our city are celebrations of safe spaces in The Town, embracing our diverse communities, with a focus on preventing violence and fostering unity. Families, friends, and neighbors can come together and enjoy free food, music, games, and more. This is ONE OAKLAND!
Come join us:

Town Nights will be from 6-10 p.m. on July 21 at the following locations: Acorn Learning Center; Arroyo Viejo Park; Carter Gilmore Park; Elmhurst Park; Jozie de La Cruz Park; Lincoln Square Park; San Antonio Park; Verdese Carter/Sunnyside Park; and West Oakland Youth Center.

Find out more at townnights.org
(A Department of Violence Prevention initiative)

Left: Mayor Sheng Thao's Director of Community Safety & Education, Brooklyn Williams, speaks at Town Nights in San Antonio Park. Left: Oakland City Administrator Jestin Johnson plays soccer with a youth at Town Nights

July 4th:

I want to express my gratitude to everyone who celebrated July 4th in a safe and responsible manner. This was the first Independence Day in years where we did not lose a single life to gun violence, and while we still have a lot of work to do to make our communities safer, I can’t help but celebrate this.

This work is thanks to the tireless work of our Oakland Fire Department, the community, our Department of Violence Prevention, Ceasefire, and of course our officers in the Oakland Police Department, who proactively worked that evening to prevent gun violence–seizing illegal firearms in the process.

My office is continuing to work to reduce violent crime every single day, and you can read details around our full summer safety plan here.

One Stop Permit Update:

Effective July 1, 2023, the One-Stop Permit Center has expanded its walk-in hours to provide better service to our customers. Monday walk-in services will expand by 2 hours as outlined below. Please note that the customer intake desk is moving to the 2nd Floor, although customers will continue to wait in the lobby on the 1st floor before they are called for check-in/processing.

City of Oakland Permit Center
250 Frank H Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612

Expanded Customer Service Hours:

Walk-In Services (Including Cashier):
Monday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 2:00 pm

Scheduled Appointments:
Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
⇒ Schedule an Appointment

Daily for Lunch 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

We also offer computers to customers and help with Online Permit Center registration and filling out permit applications. Thank you!

Permit Fees

Vegetation Inspections:

Thank you everyone who worked to prepare their homes for the fire season. Our vegetation inspectors have made their rounds on private property in the hills and we found that over 96% of households are compliant when it comes to managing vegetation. Wildfires don’t know boundaries, so every single property plays a part in the health and safety of our communities.

My Administration is continuing to invest more in public land management too, and we have worked closely with CalTrans to ensure their freeways meet our robust clearance goals. We will also be releasing a new draft vegetation management plan soon that will bring better and more robust land management practices to our public lands in the very high wildfire risk zone.

Big thank you to our inspectors for their hard work making this happen.

You can learn more about our inspection program here.

Oakland fire inspectors stand side-by-side in front of fire trucks

Oakland Fire is Now Recruiting for Entry Level Firefighter EMT & Paramedics
Application Period: August 3 - August 9, 2023
• High school diploma or GED
• EMT or Paramedic License
• Driver’s License
• CPAT within last 6 months
Learn More Here

OPD is hiring officers who are committed to helping our community live up to its potential. If you want to make a positive impact in Oakland, consider a career with OPD. Be the change you want to see at OPD. Text "OPDJobs" to (510) 330-2044 or visit http://OPDJobs.com

Mayor Spotlight

I use this space to highlight residents who are showing up, leading by example, representing The Town, and simply doing positive things in the community. This week, I am thrilled to celebrate two new Michelin Star restaurants in Oakland: Bombera and Snail Bar. Their official announcement will be happening on July 18th as we welcome the 2023 Michelin Guide Ceremony right here in Oakland, proving that once again Oakland is THE PLACE to dine out and celebrate our amazing cuisine.

I hope to see you all celebrating these amazing restaurants. You can find Bombera in the Dimond District at 3459 Champion St. and Snail Bar in Temescal at 4935 Shattuck Ave. You can also find the list of all our Michelin Star restaurants here.

Happy Dining!

Left: a photo of Bombera Oakland art night Right: a photo of Snail Bar during the day
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CITY COUNCIL: 238-3266
PERMITS: 238-3443
GARBAGE: 613-8710
RECYCLING: 238-7283

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