OUSD School Board Update, Oakland Councilman Calls for East Oakland COVID-19 Test Site

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Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

As of April 21, Oakland has 346 people who have tested positive for COVID-19. Residents are now required to wear a face covering, such as a mask, in public. Learn more about the rules here.

While Students Were Learning at Home

Oakland Voices Alumnus and Correspondent Tony Daquipa fills us in about what the OUSD school board has been up to since shelter-in-place and since schools have been physically closed to their pupils, including giving a favorable land deal to a charter school with a 40-year lease.

“In the month following the Board’s decision to cut $18.8 million from the budget, the Board has approved over $12.7 million in service contracts through the end of next school year, extended the School Police contract through next year, gave a charter school a favorable deal on a 40-year lease of a former public school campus, expanded another charter school’s lease of another former public school campus, and offered classroom space to two other charter schools under Prop 39.” Read the full article here.

Oakland Residents Skeptical of ‘Slow Streets’ Project

Oakland Voices Alumna and Correspondent Ayodele Nzinga reports on the closure of Oakland streets:

“John Arthur Jones, III of the East Oakland Pillars views the Slow Streets plan as another tool for displacement and believes the city did not conduct enough outreach in advance. ‘Oakland has a long history of decisions being made by the City that adversely affect communities,’ Jones said. ‘How information is shared with the community is problematic. ‘Shelter in place’ and ‘Come and exercise in the streets’ is a conflicting message.'” Read the full article here.

Oakland Councilman Calls for East Oakland COVID-19 Test Site and Better Data

As Berkeleyside‘s Darwin BondGraham tweeted from the Oakland City Council meeting earlier this week, Councilman Larry Reid (D-7) is asking for a COVID-19 test site in East Oakland, as well as disaggregated COVID-19 data in Oakland based on zip code. San Francisco and other cities have released detailed geographic data, leading to more targeted testing and resources.

Mayor’s Weekly Town Hall this Week Focuses on Food Insecurity and More

Mayor Libby Schaaf has started virtual town halls every Thursday evening at 6pm. This week’s topic is food insecurity. The meeting will also cover expanded testing and contact tracing. Questions can be submitted in advance at this link. Join the town hall via the Mayor’s FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube. The dial in number is (669) 900-6833, 413825986#

Dog and Cat Owners Can Pick Up Free Pet Food Friday at East Bay SPCA

The East Bay SPCA is distributing free dog and cat food via drive through (no walk-ups). The next “Pet Food Pantry” is Friday, April 24 at 410 Hegenberger Rd from 11am-1pm, until supplies run out. For more information, visit the East Bay SPCA’s website.

Author Profile

Momo Chang is a freelance journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the Oakland Voices Co-Director. Her work focuses on healthcare, immigration, education, Asian American communities, food and culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Momo has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting and the Asian American Journalists Association, among others. Her work has appeared in the East Bay Express, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, and The New York Times. Momo is primarily a print journalist who also produces audio and visual stories for documentary film and radio. She is a Senior Contributing Editor for Hyphen and formerly the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

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