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Oakland has 55 shopping districts and more than 50 regional and national retailers. Many areas in the city are known for unique boutiques, art galleries, and pop-up shops created by ambitious local entrepreneurs and artisans selling locally made, one-of-a-kind Oakland products.Major mixed-use project now underway will bring significant ground floor retail to the market. Overall, the CIty's retail vacancy rate is under 3% in 2015. Oakland's retail sector employs more than 10,000 people, after adding about 1,500 jobs between 2008-2016.

Revamp Your Commute!

Explore your options below for getting to work! Shedding your car can save you time spent in traffic, stress in your daily routine, and money on gas, parking, and insurance. You may even qualify for discounts based on your income.

Risk Management

Risk management services provide contract insurance requirements review, as well as property and casualty claims management for covered losses. We self-insure the majority of our exposures and purchase insurance in those areas where the level of exposure warrants.

Risk Management Policy Ad Hoc

The Risk Management Ad Hoc was established to bring to the Oakland Police Commission for adoption a Risk Management policy that will contain guidelines regarding risk behavior to help the Oakland Police mitigate and reduce risk to individual officers and the City of Oakland.

Rotary Nature Center

The Rotary Nature Center is a citywide interpretive center that maintains and protects Lake Merritt - the first wildlife refuge in North America - Joaquin Miller Park and other open spaces. We handle natural science presentations, environmental education, summer camps for youth, and urban wildlife issues.

RV Pilot Program for Vacant Properties

On July 28, 2020, the Oakland City Council adopted Ordinance Number 13611, codified as Oakland Municipal Code 5.72 , establishing a Pilot Program to allow an individual Recreational Vehicle (RV) to occupy a vacant property where residential activities are permitted.

Safe Oakland Streets

Safe Oakland Streets (SOS) is a Citywide initiative to prevent serious and fatal traffic crashes and eliminate crash inequities on Oakland's streets. We are working across departments and building partnerships with the community to implement the most effective and equitable strategies

Sailing into Science Program

Sailing Into Science (SIS) is a hands-on science and boating program designed for fifth grade classes that utilizes Lake Merritt's unique environment.

San Antonio Recreation Center

San Antonio Recreation Center sits atop one of the lower rolling hills of the East Bay; surrounded by beautiful grounds making it ideal for family gatherings and activities. The park is fully equipped with tennis courts, soccer field, a lighted basketball court, community garden, and picnic area. The center is currently home to Youth and Girls' Sports activities.

Sanitary Sewers

Oakland Public Work’s Bureau of Design and Construction and Bureau of Maintenance and Internal Services owns and operates over 934 miles of sewer mains, ranging from six inches to over 66 inches in diameter, 28,554 sewer structures, and 11 pump stations. Most of the system is more than 50 years old, and some parts are as old as 100 years. Wastewater from homes and businesses is collected through the City's sewer collection system and flows into East Bay Municipal Utility District's (EBMUD) interceptor system, where it is conveyed to their treatment plant.

School Traffic Safety in Oakland

Traffic safety near schools is critical for our families, children, and our communities. On this page find the latest news and important background on our work to make it safer to go to and from Oakland's schools.

Sequoia Lodge

Sequoia Lodge is a rustic lodge surrounded by eucalyptus and redwood trees. A wooden deck surrounds the outside of the building. The building has a small conversational area, stone fireplace and a banquet room. Onsite parking is available.The rental area includes the kitchen, deck and conversational area with stone fireplace. You may choose your caterer. Reservations are booked on a first come first serve basis.

Services for Adult Job Seekers

The Workforce Development Board's partners operate One-Stop Career Centers to help Oakland adults find their next job.

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