In this issue: Alameda County Advances to Red Tier, Budget Summit, Vaccine Equity, COVID-19 Campaigns, Summer Jobs, Mother of the Year, MLK 40 Days of Service Results, Grand Avenue Mobility Plan, Upcoming Meetings & Events
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March 12, 2020
In this issue: Alameda County Advances to Red Tier, Budget Summit, Vaccine Equity, COVID-19 Campaigns, Summer Jobs, Mother of the Year, MLK 40 Days of Service Results, Grand Avenue Mobility Plan, Upcoming Meetings & Events
Alameda County Advances to State’s Red Tier, Prompting More Allowed Activities
On Wednesday, Alameda County advanced to the Red Tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy reopening framework. In the Red Tier, indoor dining is allowed at 25% capacity; most retail store capacity increases to 50%; grocery stores at full capacity; and gyms, fitness centers and yoga studios may operate indoors at 10% capacity with modifications. Movie Theaters may open indoors with 25% maximum capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Hair Salons, Barbershops and Personal Care Services may continue to operate indoors with modifications. For the full roster of activities, visit and enter Alameda in the search field.
Budget Summit
Let’s talk budget! Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is hosting a virtual Budget Summit on Saturday, March 20, 1 P.M. - 3 P.M.  Before the summit kicks off we want to hear from you Oakland! Take this survey to let us know which three topics deserve a deeper dive. Click here to register for the Budget Summit.
Ensuring Vaccine Equity to Safely and Sustainably Reopen
The state has set aside 40 percent of vaccine doses for the hardest-hit communities in California and has established a vaccine equity metric. This approach recognizes that the pandemic did not affect California communities equally. Forty percent of COVID cases and deaths have occurred in the lowest quartile of the Healthy Places Index (HPI), which provides overall scores and data that predict life expectancy and compares community conditions that shape health across the state.

Consistent with the disproportionate impact of the virus, the state is modifying the Blueprint for a Safer Economy to lead with opening activities when vaccines have been deployed to these communities.
New Campaigns to Dispel Vaccine Misinformation
Alameda County is working with trusted messengers to address misinformation and spread COVID-19 facts. COVID-19 Community Voices, was developed by the Health Care Services Agency and features faith leaders such as Bishop Bob Jackson, Rev Dr. Van Hook, and Pastor Gerald Agee sharing video testimonials that can be viewed on YouTube.
THE CONVERSATION: Between Us, About Us was co-developed by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Black Coalition Against COVID. The campaign dispels misinformation and provides accessible COVID-19 vaccines facts. The campaign's launch video features W. Kamau Bell in conversation with Black doctors, nurses, and researchers and more information can be found here.
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.

68th Annual Mother of the Year Award - Call for Nominations
The City of Oakland invites local businesses, community groups, professional associations, government agencies, and service-related organizations to nominate candidates for this coveted award.

Oakland’s Mother of the Year Award program was initiated in 1954 to publicly honor Oakland citizens whose contributions to the community symbolize the finest traditions of “motherhood”. Award is given to an extraordinary individual whose life story is inspirational, reflecting values of:

  • volunteerism, service, charity and philanthropy
  • courage, determination, leadership and heroism
  • humor, perseverance or achievement against all odds
  • has made a positive impact on families or community life in Oakland
  • has been a role model for people of all ages and backgrounds

Nomination Deadline: 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Make Your Voice Heard!
Thank You for Your Service
A big thank you to all the volunteers who participated in Oakland MLK 40 Days of Service from Jan. 15 – Feb. 28th! Results of the volunteer efforts over the MLK 40 Days include:

  • 86 projects throughout Oakland
  • 1,331 volunteers
  • 4,047 total volunteer hours
  • 72,478 gallons of trash bagged and removed
  • 13,460 gallons of weeds & green waste

Volunteers also restored native plant habitat, painted a large mural, and conducted food giveaways. Do you still need to report your volunteer results? Report your actions for MLK 40 Days of Service.
Grand Avenue Mobility Plan Seeks Input from Community Members with Disabilities
The Grand Avenue Mobility Plan is a comprehensive plan for a more inclusive, safer and sustainable transportation network on Grand Avenue between Mandela Parkway to Macarthur Boulevard. The plan is funded by California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), led by the City of Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT) in partnership with AC Transit.

As part of the Grand Avenue Mobility Plan, we want to get input from community members with disabilities with a focus on West Grand Ave from Mandela Parkway to San Pablo Avenue. Register for a focus group meeting on Wednesday, March 17th. Learn more about the plan.

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