In this issue: Red Flag Warning, Proposed FY2021-23 Budget, COVID-19 Updates, Cultural Fund, Business Recovery, Upcoming Meetings & Events
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May 7, 2021
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the East Bay Hills from Friday May 7, 11pm thru 6AM Monday. Learn More >
Mayor Schaaf proposes $3.85 billion “Just Recovery Budget”
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and City Administrator Ed Reiskin today released a two-year Proposed Policy Budget for fiscal years 2021-2023. The Just Recovery Budget totals more than $3.85 billion over the next two years.

“As the City begins to recover from the devastating impact of the COVID pandemic, this Just Recovery Budget reflects our shared priorities and values,” said Mayor Libby Schaaf. “It invests in Oakland’s most pressing demands of the day: homelessness and housing, public safety, streets, and long-term fiscal health.”

For the first time, the budget is being presented in an accessible on-line platform to make it easy to dig into the details. The City also introduced a Racial Equity Analysis tool that was used to assess how any proposed service changes would either benefit or not disproportionately impact low-income Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color.

$480,000 in Cultural Grants Awarded to Local Artists, Arts Nonprofits to Bring Oaklanders Together
The Oakland City Council approved $480,000 in fiscal year 2020-21 grants to Oakland-based nonprofit organizations and individual artists through the City’s Cultural Funding Program, Neighborhood Voices (VOICES). The arts grants range from $7,000 for individual artist projects to $20,000 for organization projects and have been awarded to 37 recipients. The grants will support 772 distinct arts events and activities that will expose more than 110,000 participants to cultural programming.

The VOICES grant program seeks to bring Oaklanders together to create and support a sense of belonging within a community, foster social connections that lift our spirts, feed our community well-being and offer visions for our collective future. It affirms the voices of Oaklanders by supporting the expression, recognition and understanding of the array of diverse communities that make Oakland unique, vibrant and resilient.

Alameda County COVID-19 Update
Alameda County remains in the Orange Tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. More than 72 percent of County residents have received at least one vaccination and 48 percent are fully vaccinated. Despite these improvements, we cannot let up. COVID-19 variants and rare but possible breakthrough infections among vaccinated individuals requires continued:
  • Social distancing
  • Support for getting family and friends vaccinated
  • Facial coverings especially when you don't know if others around you are vaccinated
  • Precautions when gathering and/or traveling in small groups to help prevent future COVID-19 surges, illnesses, hospitalizations, and death
Community & Coliseum Mega POD Update
The Oakland Coliseum mega Point of Dispensing (PODs) is scheduled to close on May 23. The decision to close was made after the successful administration of nearly 250,000 vaccine doses to Alameda County residents and a rapid reduction in first dose appointments over the last two weeks of April. The Oakland Coliseum Pedestrian Village will remain open through May 9 for walk-up individuals who have appointments for second doses, and the rest of the site will remain open until May 23 to complete second doses.

The closure of the Oakland Coliseum mega POD is in line with Alameda Counties shift to more focused and localized options that address a changing vaccine landscape and reflect positive feedback about community-based strategies. They will be expanding mobile pop-up options in the community and adding an additional stationary community site at Allen Temple. Please visit their Vaccines page for more information about Community PODs and other vaccine efforts.

Belonging In Oakland: A Just City Cultural Fund
Belonging in Oakland: A Just City Cultural Fund is a unique support program that funds Oakland-based BIPOC artists/cultural practitioners to radically reimagine a racially just city. In this second round of support, the Fund seeks projects that challenge racialized systems and create new tools/paradigms/prototypes for furthering justice and equity in Oakland.  

The Just City Cultural Fund will award 6-8 two-year grants that total $60,000-$100,000 (grants will be allocated in equal amounts over the two-year period, that is, $30,000-$50,000/yr.)

Application Deadline: Monday, June 14, 2021 at 6:00 pm.

Business Recovery Survey
The City’s Economic & Workforce Development Department is proactively developing an economic recovery plan to assist small businesses in reopening and thriving as we move through the COVID-19 pandemic.

To be successful, economic development strategies and plans must be built through public contributions, feedback and buy-in from people like you. After gathering community feedback, we will report on the information captured and deliver a final economic recovery plan in Summer 2021.

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