City council 04/16/2019


Dear Friend, 

This evening, the full City Council will take action on multiple important items. The meeting commences at 5pm at Oakland City Hall in the Council Chamber on the 3rd floor. 

Item 12: Motion to NOT Collect the First Year Measure AA Taxes

The full Council will vote on whether to collect the first year Measure AA (The Children’s Initiative of 2018) tax. I am a strong supporter of Early Childhood Education and openly supported and voted for Measure AA when it was on the ballot this past November. My vote tonight at Council to NOT collect Measure AA tax is about maintaining the voters' trust, integrity and ensuring transparency with Oakland voters.  

This new motion directs the City Administrator not to collect first year Measure AA tax pending current litigation. This action does not relinquish the city's rights to collect Measure AA taxes in the future - should the courts deem that the measure requires only a majority vote and not two-thirds.

Last year the previous 
Council voted to certify Measure AA in December 2018. After reviewing the Official Election Site of Alameda County and our own City Attorney, Barbara Parker, the Measure summary both clearly state this Measure requires a two-thirds vote for passage.

I encourage you to come out and voice your opinion on Measure AA! 
You can sign up to speak by clicking on this link OR come sign up at the meeting ahead of 8pm and before the item is called. 




Item S13: Funding Restorative Justice and Libraries for Youth

Last month the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) made $21.75 million in cuts to be fiscally solvent. Unfortunately, these cuts meant that important services such as restorative justice program, the foster youth case management program and OUSD libraries were all deeply impacted or will be cut. 

These programs have shown to help our Oakland students be successful not only academically but have proven to be pillars for their positive personal growth. Oakland's restorative justice program is an internationally acclaimed model, and if these funds are not restored, we will be losing our strong educators to other cities.

This is why I'm a co-sponsor, along with my colleagues Councilmembers Kaplan, Bas and Gallo, a Resolution to authorize the use of one time revenues from Oakland's Real Estate Transfer Tax in the amount of $1.2 million to restore OUSD's library, restorative justice program, and foster youth case managers. The grant to Oakland Unified School District will be used as follows: $800,000 for OUSD Restorative Justice Programs and $400,000 for OUSD Libraries and Foster youth case management. 

Please click here for OUSD's letter requesting for student services support. 


Item 7.12: Adopt A Resolution Proclaiming National Victims’ Rights Week From April 7-13, 2019

I'm proud to author a Resolution in partnership with the District Attorney's office proclaiming April 7th-13th, 2019 National Victims' Rights week. It's important to raise awareness about crime victims’ rights issues and call upon the need for these important resources and services be available. According to the most recent Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey, U.S. residents age 12 or older experienced 3.1 million violent victimization's and U.S. households experienced an estimated 13.3 million property crimes in 2017.

This Resolutions honors the amazing work of the our Alameda County District Attorney, Nancy O’Malley, and the Office of Victim/Witness Assistance Division which, last year along, provided over 39,320 services to more than 4,186 crime victims in the city of Oakland, including child victims of violence and sexual abuse, stalking victims, survivors of homicide victims, human trafficking, crimes against elders and dependent adults, sexual assault, domestic violence, robbery and other crimes.



In service, 

Sheng Thao
Councilmember, District 4

District Office Hours:
2nd Saturday of the month at Communite Table
4th Sunday of the month at Montclair Farmers Market




6th Annual Allendale Earth Day Festival

Join the Allendale Park Community Council for the 6th Annual Allendale Earth Day Festival. There will be a raffle to raise funds for the Allendale Recreation Center, a cleanup of the neighborhood and Recreation Center, and then a Community potluck from noon to 1 p.m. at the Recreation Center. 

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Location: Allendale Recreation Center, 3711 Suter St, Oakland
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm

 Join Pacific Boychoir Academy for their 20th Anniversary


Pacific Boychoir Academy is a Grammy award winning, independent choir school, educating boys of all ethnic, economic and geographic backgrounds. Founded in Oakland, California in 1998, PBA was built on the belief that extraordinary accomplishments teach life long lessons and that hard work leads to mastery.

Students who attend the academy not only get 14 hours of music instruction per week, but they have unparalleled performance opportunities- performing on six continents, for America’s Got Talent, the Golden State Warriors, the Oakland Athletics and for the San Francisco Symphony. Buy Tickets Here!


Council District 4 Community Budget Meeting

Join us to learn more about the City’s budget process and provide input on how we should invest in our future. The annual budget is the most important policy action that the City Council takes and it represents the City’s priorities and values for the cities' 2-year budget.

I want to hear from you to make sure that the budget reflects the values and priorities of the community. The Mayor's budget proposal will be posted on May 1, 2019.

If you need additional information, call us at 510-238-7004 or email:

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Location: Redwood Heights Recreation Center, 3883 Aliso Avenue
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Annual Bike to Work Day Celebration

Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO) and Bicyclist and Pedestrian Advisory Commission will host the 2019 Bike to Work Day celebration. On the morning of Bike to Work Day, you will be able to meet up with your elected official and local leaders, and ride with district pride down to City Hall for the FREE pancake breakfast.

See event details and updates here

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019
Location: TBD
Time: 7:00am-10:00am


Contact Us!

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