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In this issue: Vaccine Update, Spring Cleaning with Oaktown Proud, Brooklyn Basin, Poet Laureate, OPL Express, Business Recovery Survey, Property Tax Exemption, Upcoming Meetings & Events
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April 19, 2021
NEWS FROM THE CITY OF OAKLAND
 
 
In this issue: Vaccine Update, Brooklyn Basin, Spring Cleaning with Oaktown Proud, Poet Laureate, OPL Express, Business Recovery Survey, Property Tax Exemption, Upcoming Meetings & Events
Update from Alameda County Public Health
 
Alameda County residents age 16 and older are now eligible for vaccine.
While vaccine supplies remain limited, we will continue prioritizing appointments at our community PODs for our hardest-hit neighborhoods and people at highest risk of exposure.

The Oakland Coliseum vaccination site remains open.
The site is open only to those who live or work in Alameda County and Contra Costa, with 8 drive-through lanes as well as walk-up appointments accessible by BART. Vaccine appointments are available at MyTurn.ca.gov or by calling 833-422-4255.

This week Alameda County paused use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine in accordance with CDC and FDA recommendations this week. See this alert.

Over 1 million vaccine doses have been administered to Alameda County residents, and more than 430,000 residents are fully vaccinated.

 
City of Oakland & Partners Welcome Residents to Newest Brooklyn Basin Affordable Housing Communities
The City of Oakland, in partnership with MidPen Housing and the Oakland Housing Authority hosted a press conference today to celebrate the opening and resident move-in of Vista Estero and Paseo Estero, two new affordable housing communities.

When fully realized, Brooklyn Basin will be a new mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood along Oakland’s waterfront, featuring over 3,000 new homes, creative retail, parks, and open spaces along 64 acres. This includes Vista Estero and Paseo Estero, which will provide 110 and 101 deeply affordable rental apartments for seniors and families, respectively.

 
Spring Cleaning for Neighborhood Streets and Sidewalks
On Wednesday, we announced additional 'Blitz Crews' will staff up their efforts to proactively remove illegal dumping and help us beautify Oakland.

Staff shortages during the pandemic slowed our response, but now with new dedicated teams to pick up -- and investigate and enforce penalties against illegal dumpers -- we're looking forward to a cleaner, healthier city for all.

Additionally, Oaklanders can help clean the city by participating in pandemic-safe cleanup efforts as part of Oakland Earth Day – this year reworked as Earth Month, with more information available at https://www.oaklandca.gov/topics/oakland-earth-month-april-2021.
New Poet Laureate Program
Today, April 19, the City of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Division will begin accepting nominations for the new Oakland Poet Laureate Program. The program’s primary goal is to make poetry more accessible across Oakland, while promoting an understanding of the transformative power of this art form. Nominations are being accepted online at: https://bit.ly/2Q98ZT9 through Wednesday, May 19.

 
OPL Express Debuts Today!
Beginning the week of April 19, the Oakland Public Library (OPL) will open 16 locations for indoor OPL Express service. Most locations, including the African American Museum and Library (AAMLO) and the Eastmont Branch, will offer select in-person services during limited business hours.

The Asian Branch Library and the Oakland Tool Lending Library will continue to offer Sidewalk Service due to ongoing facility improvements.

With OPL Express, library users will be able to access modified library services including limited browsing, checkout of materials, and computer use. Gathering and play spaces will remain closed. Patrons can expect welcoming staff available to help them navigate OPL Express services and safety protocols.

 
Business Recovery Survey
We’re proactively developing an economic recovery plan to assist small businesses in reopening and thriving as #Oakland emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. Are you an Oakland business owner or do you run a nonprofit organization? Share your thoughts on Oakland’s economic recovery by completing a brief survey at buff.ly/3v28j1j
 
Property Tax Special Assessment Exemption
Do you own and occupy a property in Oakland? Are you a low-income homeowner? If so, you may qualify for a Property Tax Special Assessment Exemption and/or Refund. To find the Exemption/Refund application and for more information, please visit https://www.oaklandca.gov/services/request-property-tax-special-assessment-exemption-or-refund, e-mail SPARE@OaklandCA.gov, or call 510-238-2942. You may also be eligible for additional Property Tax Special Assessment Exemptions from Oakland Unified School District. Please visit their website at www.ousd.org/domain/3290, e-mail ousdparceltax@ousd.org, or call 510-879-8884.
 
 
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