In this issue: COVID-19 Update, Summer Jobs, Small Business Grants, Great Plates, Employment Training, City Clerk, CORE Town Halls, DVP Townhalls, Upcoming Meetings & Events
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March 5, 2020
In this issue: COVID-19 Update, Summer Jobs, Small Business Grants, Great Plates, Employment Training, City Clerk, CORE Town Halls, DVP Townhalls, Upcoming Meetings & Events
Alameda County COVID-19 Update
This week Alameda County moved closer to the Red Tier of the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. If current COVID metrics remain steady or improve this week, we will be able to move into the Red Tier next week which would allow additional activities with limits on capacity. These include indoor dining, movies, gyms and fitness centers, retail stores, and museums.
While trends are looking favorable, COVID-19 recovery is far from over. The virus is still widespread and we have several cases of the B.1.1.7 (UK) variant and two reported cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant detected in our county. We must remain diligent about the use of face coverings, physical distancing, and continued avoidance of prohibited gatherings. We’re moving in the right direction, but as we’ve learned through past surges, relaxing too soon can very quickly halt our momentum.

Vaccine News
Getting vaccinated will help protect all of us from COVID-19 and people should take the first shot they are offered since any of the COVID-19 vaccines will reduce severe disease.

Vaccine supplies remain limited in our County. Alameda County encourages residents to be patient and register to be notified when it is their turn. English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese forms are available on our vaccine webpage and we offer a video tutorial to help residents complete the COVID vaccine notification forms. When there is enough vaccine to expand appointments, we will share that information widely along with information on when and how eligible groups can get vaccinated.

Coliseum Vaccine Appointments
More Coliseum appointments have been released for Alameda County residents who are 65+, working in health care, education/childcare, emergency services, food/agriculture. Reminder: Coliseum Vaccination Site Open 7 Days a Week. Visit the website OR you can now call in to: 1-833-422-4255.
Summer Jobs with Parks, Recreation & Youth Development
The City of Oakland Parks, Recreation, and Youth Development (OPRYD) is looking for artistic, enthusiastic, and creative individuals to join our team for the summer season.  We are recruiting candidates for temporary part-time employment to support our summer programs. This is a great opportunity for youth and young adults.

You can assist our recruitment efforts by sharing the attached flyer with members and/or participants of your organization. Applications are currently being accepted online only for the following positions:

  • Recreation Aides  
  • Recreation Attendant  
  • Recreation Leader
  • Recreation Specialists  
  • Lifeguards  
  • Water Safety Instructors  
  • Pool Managers

Interested candidates, sixteen (16) years old and older, may submit their application online until Sunday March 21, 2021.

New Funding Rounds Announced for State Small Business Grant Program
On Wednesday, March 3, the California Office of the Small Business Advocate announced four new funding rounds for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. Grant award amounts range from $5,000 – $25,000. Non-profit cultural institutions have an exclusive application period of March 15 to 23. New small business applications will be accepted in Round 5 from March 25-31, and again during Round 6 (dates TBA).
Off the Grid Partners with City of Oakland to Double Great Plates Delivered Program and Feed 100% More Seniors Affected by COVID-19
Off the Grid (OTG), has partnered with Oakland to double the City’s Great Plates Delivered program, bringing free, high-quality, locally sourced meals to seniors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective immediately, 100 percent more participants are being accepted into the extension of Oakland’s Great Plates Delivered program, which was implemented last Spring as a result of the global pandemic, and had delivered more than 1 million meals within the first six months.

Qualified participants include older adults in the Oakland community who need access to free healthy, nutritious meals and meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 65 or older, as well as older adults who are aged 60-64 and in high-risk categories (i.e., people who have received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, have been exposed to COVID-19, or who have underlying health conditions).
  • Unable to obtain or make their own meals.
  • Living alone or with one other adult who also meets these criteria.
  • Earning less than $74,940 for a single-person household or $101,460 for two-person households.
  • Not currently receiving food assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs.
City Launches Free Employment Training Platform
The City of Oakland’s Workforce Development Board has launched a free, online skills training platform offered by Metrix Learning.

Taking courses can help Oaklanders improve a wide variety of skills, earn industry certificates, launch into new careers or advance up the career ladder. Metrix Learning offers more than 5,000 courses leading to over 180 industry certificates, with online classes in English, Spanish and Cantonese. Accessible 24/7, the self-paced courses allow users to take the classes when it is convenient for them. This training resource is available to any Oakland resident or business owner. Register at:
City of Oakland Announces Appointment of Asha Reed as City Clerk
The Oakland City Council has confirmed the appointment of Ms. Asha Reed as City Clerk and Clerk of the Council. Ms. Reed has served as an employee of the City of Oakland since April 22, 2013, joining the ranks of the Office of the City Clerk as a Legislative Recorder and assuming the position of Assistant City Clerk since July 29, 2017.
Make Your Voice Heard!
Help Oakland Communities Respond to Emergencies
Our Emergency Management Services Division is hosting a Virtual Town Hall focused on overall community preparedness, with a focus on the CORE program and the Local Hazard Mitigation Planning process.

  • Tuesday, March 9, 2021; 6:30pm - 8pm
  • Tuesday, March 16, 2021; 9:30am - Noon

Also provide input into the Survey for Local Hazard Mitigation Plan by 3/9.
Join a Department of Violence Prevention Town Hall
Oakland’s Department of Violence Prevention invites you to a Community Town Hall! Come and talk about violence prevention services in Oakland, what works and what could be better. We look forward to seeing you and hearing your feedback!

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