October 2019 Newsletter


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Dear Friend,

Happy October! We have had an extremely busy last few months and are really excited to share some updates from our office: from community events, to our time in the field, and ensuring Measure W is implemented in a way that is fair to our constituents. However, before we dive into these updates I wanted to introduce my two new staffers Brandon Harami and Matt Napoli!

Community Events:

Saturday, October 9th, 11:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday, October 10th, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Intersection of MacArthur Blvd and Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland Ca

Oaktoberfest is one of the Bay Area’s premiere craft-beer festivals boasting over 200 craft beers to choose from, but it’s not only about the brews. We have four stages jam packed with amazing artists like Andre Thiery, Midtown Social, and Bayonics and Soji and the AfroBeat Band to name a few. There is an entire street dedicated to kids and family attractions with a root beer garden where root beer floats abound. There will also be hundreds of vendors with clothes, crafts and of course plenty of great food options.

Friends of Sausal Creek - Pallids Crew Workday
Saturday, October 12th, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, Ca

Join the Friends of Sausal Creek for an all out effort to pull French broom, limb up and clear dead debris at the Chabot Space and Science Center. The goal is to reduce fire risks and also clear an area adjacent to the Pallid Manzanita population. If you can’t do any heavy lifting, no problem- we need help with sign in table, and traffic control.

East Bay Community Emergency Prep Fair
Saturday, October 12th, 10:00am - 3:00pm
1720 8th Street, Berkeley Ca

A public community-based event to demonstrate that a cohesive and resilient community is the best beginning to prepare for and respond to a disaster. This will be a family-friendly event, with a focus on seniors and people with disabilities.

State of the Estuary Conference
Monday, October 21st - Tuesday October 22nd

Every two years, the Estuary Partnership brings a focus to the management and ecological health of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. The State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference showcases the latest information about the region’s work to sustain and improve the estuary’s habitats, living resources, water quality, climate resilience, and environmental stewardship.

Montclair Annual Halloween Parade
Thursday, October 31st, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
1959 Mountain Blvd, Oakland Ca

Several hundred people along with special guests, a marching band, and the Wells Fargo Bank Stage Coach will parade down Mountain Boulevard during the annual Montclair Lions Club Halloween Parade in Montclair Village on Oct. 31.

Current Issues:

Updates on Measure W:
On Tuesday September 25th the Finance and Management Committee heard the Measure W (Vacant Property Tax) Implementation Ordinance. We have worked to ensure many concerns have been addressed around this measure while also honoring its original intent.

This measure will be heard by the full City Council on October 15th.

As we continue working on this measure please feel free to reach out to my office if you have any questions or feedback.

Additionally, the Finance Department is available to answer questions in person Monday through Friday at 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 5432 between 8AM-4PM. You may also contact the Finance Department at 510-238-3084 or vacantpropertytaxinquiry@Oaklandca.gov

Out in the Community Working for You!

The best part about being a public servant is working closely with the community! This is why we’ve been out in the field non stop meeting with our neighbors and community leaders to ensure your voices are heard!

Come join our District 4 community office hours to discuss issues, concerns, ideas, and feedback with your voice in Oakland City Hall! We’ll be hosted by Grand Lake Kitchen Dimond!


Thank you to the neighbors who came out to hear about updates from our office and ask questions about important issues facing the Montclair neighborhood. It was an honor to join you at this month’s CABS meeting and I look forward to working with you to make District 4 a better place!


Thank you for having me (and my knee brace) Kelly. Looking forward to working together to move District 4 and Oakland forward!


Was proud to stand with healthcare workers and other elected leaders on Labor Day and demand Kaiser mandate safe staffing standards and pay their workers a living wage.


Had an amazing time talking to constituents and enjoying the beautiful Laurel Street Fair.


Thank you to our neighbors and OPD for a great National Night Out.


Celebrating our newest US Citizens at Fairyland!


Office hours at the Montclair Farmers Market!

Thank you so much for being such an amazing community! Please reach out if you need anything.


Sheng Thao
Council Member, District 4

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Contact Us!

Please feel free to contact my office and me at 510-238-7004 or at District4@Oaklandca.gov. Below is the contact info for my staff:

Brandon Harami, Communications Director
Office: 238-7042
Email: BHarami@Oaklandca.gov

Matt Napoli, Policy Director
Office: 238-4742
Email: MNapoli@Oaklandca.gov

Brandon Baranco, Deputy Chief of Staff
Office: 238-7041
Email: BBaranco@Oaklandca.gov

Amauri Collins-McMurray, Community Liaison
Office: 238-7273
Email: ACollins-McMurray@Oaklandca.gov

Important City Resource Numbers 




MAYOR: 238-3141

CITY COUNCIL: 238-3266



PERMITS: 238-3443



GARBAGE: 613-8710





RECYCLING: 238-7283

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