Oakland inspires love.  Love of people and place; of arts and ideas.  It’s not so much that people move to the O; rather it’s the O that moves people. From the Ohlone (the first inhabitants) to the richly diverse residents of today, Oakland has been blessed to be loved by those who wish to give as much as they gain in this beautiful community.

LOVE FOR OAKLAND BUSINESSES & NON PROFIT LEADERS

On February 13th, the East Bay Economic Development Alliance’s Innovation Awards recognized nine businesses doing good while doing well. Among these were four of Oakland’s fabulous institutions and organizations. The first that I would like to mention is the Children’s Hospital & Research Center, which for the last 100 years has served every child regardless of ability to pay. The second is Youth Radio, a 15 year old not-for-profit communications and journalism program which trains youth to create and produce radio, print, and online pieces in Bay Area and national news outlets.  Another organization is TechBridge, an inspiring and hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) afterschool program for girls in Oakland and beyond. And finally, Back to the Roots, which is a thriving food manufacturing company with a strong commitment to education and making products that benefit people and the environment.

 

LOVE FOR OUR LOCAL HEROES

This month, I led an effort to honor 28 of Oakland’s African American heroes during Black History Month. These individuals and institutions are leaders in a variety of fields, including art, entertainment, medicine, law, religion, business, and civil rights. In celebrating our own local contributors to American history, we encourage increased respect, cooperation, and pride among us all.

City of Oakland Black History Month Honorees

Geoffrey Pete, Marcus Books and Blanche Richardson, Ellen Wyrick Parkinson, Oscar Wright, Coach Ben Tapscott, Reverend Dr. J. Alfred Smith Sr., Ernestine Reems, Bishop Bob Jackson, Reverend Gillete James, Newton Carey, Sallie T. Carey, Ile Omode School, Elaine Brown, Bobby Seale, Napoleon Brandford, Paul Cobb, Dr. Alecia A. Decoudreax, Margaret Gordon, Elihu Harris, Tacuma King, Tarika Lewis, Dr. Michael Lenoir, Dr. Wade Nobles, Rev. Eloise Oliver, Adante Pointer, Esq., Leon “Bip” Roberts, E.W. Wainwright, and Glynn Washington

 

Click here and here to read the resolutions honoring these inspiring individuals.

Love for our Public Servants

While crime remains unacceptably high, we note that it is beginning to trend downward in most categories. Unfortunately robberies and burglaries are trending up.  We urge everyone to exercise caution:  don’t leave valuables in your car; don’t park in isolated areas; do not use your cell phone while walking; be aware of your surroundings and report all crime when it happens.

Please join me in welcoming Captain Drennon Lindsey to Police Area 1, which includes West Oakland, Jack London, and Downtown. Captain Lindsey has a successful track record in the homicide department.

Please join me in welcoming Captain Drennon Lindsey to Police Area 1, which includes West Oakland, Jack London, and Downtown. Captain Lindsey has a successful track record in the homicide department.

 

 

 

Last year, Oakland saw a major decrease in crime. There were 28% fewer murders and shootings decreased by 16%. This success is due in large part to our Ceasefire efforts, which hold community members accountable and send a clear message that violence is not tolerated. Our reorganization of 5 police areas with one supervising captain has allowed for crime prevention and community policing to be more manageable. In 2013, OPD on-boarded 75 new officers and this year, the force will increase by 100 officers.

Do you know how to report crimes to OPD? See this informative website for helpful tips and important numbers.

Get connected: Join Nixle.com to get up-to-date crime information.

Save the OPD number! 510-777-3211 is the best to use from your cell phone.

Love your town

There are numerous opportunities to love on your city.  Please consider volunteering to any number of groups doing tremendous work in our City. (Please note that this is just a sampling of Oakland’s great organizations, events, and causes)

D3 Community Clean Up March 22nd 9am-12noon

My office is holding a large neighborhood clean-up on March 22 and we are in great need of supplies, donations, and people power. The scope of the project is large – the San Pablo, Hoover, and McClymonds Corridors – however, we know that galvanizing churches, neighborhood groups, and “grime warriors” that we can make a significant impact to beautify the Town. Please contact Casey Farmer for more information about volunteering or leading a project. We will meet at Market & Brockhurst Streets for breakfast, registration, and supply pick up.

Adopt-A-Drain

The rainy season is finally here! In order to keep our streets safe and our Bay protected, the City of Oakland is looking for residents to adopt their local storm drains. This commitment simply means that you remove debris or litter that may be blocking a storm drain. Click here to learn more and to see which storm drains need to be adopted. Click here for more information.

Volunteer

East Bay College Fund – seeks mentors to support first-generation college students in their pursuit and transition into higher education. Click here for more information.

Calling all artists! District 3 has identified a number of projects in need of artistic beautification, such as installing mosaics on trash cans or painting small murals. Contact Casey Farmer if you’re interested.

Second Start Literacy – This program, operated by the Oakland Public Libraries, pairs volunteers with adults who want to improve their basic literacy skills in order to achieve their personal learning goals and dreams. Click here for more information.

Cheers!

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Lynette Gibson McElhaney

#D3Pride

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4 Responses

  1. Oakie

    “Last year, Oakland saw a major decrease in crime. There were 28% fewer murders…”

    If you want to make this claim, then you should also explain that murders to date this year are 48% higher than they were in 2013.

    “This success is due in large part to our Ceasefire efforts, which hold community members accountable and send a clear message that violence is not tolerated.”

    Then the December showdown with 21 People of Crime indicates this program was responsible for that 48% increase year to date this year in the murder rate.

    I have seen may a case of Bad Parenting wherein the parents make a clear message that bad behavior will no longer be tolerated…..

    Stop with the false claims that we have a policy (and a mayor) that is putting a dent in our out-of-control violent crime problem. First Step is to stop being delusional. Then we can look for real solutions that, you know, actually work.

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  2. R2D2II

    Lynette Gibson McElhaney has taken pains to show us that she is a full-fledged member of our city hall establishment. Which means, of course, nothing new.

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  3. Len Raphael

    Did Oaklandish t-shirts start the whole insipid, polyannish Love Oakland booster-ism? Or did every Oakland politician go to the same pep rally on how to improve Oakland’s self-esteem?

    Great to acknowledge the good things about living here.

    Oakland love in reality is more like being in an abusive relationship with an attractive mate.

    Giving the City unconditional love perpetuates the bad aspects of Oakland life.

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  4. R2D2II

    “Did Oaklandish t-shirts start the whole insipid, polyannish Love Oakland booster-ism?”

    This has been the dominant political style for many of our elected airheads including Quan, her acolyte Schaaf, CM Kaplan and the author of the piece above.

    It apparently gets them elected and keeps them in office. So it “works” for them. For the rest of us not so much.

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