black history month march 2019


Dear Friend, 

In observance of Black History Month, City Council honored many courageous African American individuals and organizations, who through their innovative groundbreaking work, have promoted positive change and uplifted the City of Oakland in the fields of social justice, advocacy, arts and Culture, business and faith.

This past Tuesday, I had the pleasure of honoring Shelia Cypress Turner as District 4's honoree!!

Shelia is a 20-year resident of the Melrose/Fairfax neighborhood and is a long-time member of the Melrose High Hopes Neighborhood Council Executive team. She has been instrumental in membership development and designing promotional materials for monthly meetings, special meetings, and special events.

Sheila provides ongoing support for Melrose High Hopes Neighborhood Council in District 4. She is also an Account Executive for a major fragrance company and a board member for the Women’s Drop-In Center in Berkeley. She is the proud mother of Christopher Eugene Turner, who is a graduate of the New School University of Jazz and Contemporary Music. Christopher is a major recording artist who has performed with Usher, Sam Smith, Esperanza Spalding, and Stevie Wonder.

Sheila is also the grandmother of three adorable grandchildren. In her spare time, Shelia enjoys volunteering at the women’s drop-in center where she offers counseling and support to abused and homeless women. Sheila is also the wife of Preston J. Turner, owner of PJT Enterprises Music and Entertainment, where he is the band leader for the renowned Pure Ecstasy.

Click here to view the resolution that was passed and others that were honored.


I'm also proud to co-sponsor a Resolution in support of our Oakland teachers!

Councilmember Thao w/ teachers, students and parents at Laurel Elementary

On Tuesday, February 5th, the full City Council unanimously passed a Resolution, which I co-sponsored, that expressed support for Oakland teachers - including for smaller class sizes and higher wages. Investing in our teachers is an investment in our children and future. Higher wages for our educators will mean our children's teachers will be able to afford to live in Oakland and build community, it also means that we will be able to attract and retain strong educators. Smaller classroom sizes will give our children the much needed attention they all need in order to thrive! I'm urging that a contract be reached so that our educators and students can get back into the classrooms. 

Click here to view the resolution that was passed.

Councilmember Thao, her son and his 5th grade teacher

Upcoming Events

I want to take this opportunity to invite you to join me tomorrow at the Young Women Run Conference, hosted by IGNITE. The Young Women Run conference is an action-oriented conference focused on strategies for young women to step up and own their political power. The conference includes skill-building workshops, plenaries on policy topics, roundtable lunch discussions with elected women, and keynote addresses from prominent female political leaders.

I will be part of the "Lunch with Women in Politics" from 11:30am-2pm where you will have the opportunity to learn about my path to political leadership, my story, and ask questions. See event details below. 

Saturday, March 2nd
3600 Broadway, Oakland 94611

Click HERE to register for the event.

Listening Sessions 

We are coming up to our 5th Listening Session in District 4. If you have not had the availability to join me at a previous meeting, I invite you to join my team and I on Monday, March 4th in the Crestmont neighborhood:

Monday, March 4th
Hosted by Crestmont Neighborhood Association
Trudeau Conference Center
11500 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619

Contact Us!

Please feel free to contact my office and me at 510-238-7004 or at

In Service, 

Sheng Thao
Councilmember, District 4