Measure R, which allows the City of Oakland to publish a public announcement of city business in local weekly newspapers, was one of the significant “down-ballot” issues recently passed overwhelmingly by voters in Oakland.
The measure, passed with 74.5% of the vote, was designed to eliminate “obsolete requirements for designation of the city’s official newspaper and require that the council establish requirements by ordinance to designate the city’s official newspaper or newspapers,” according to the ballot title and summary published by the City Attorney.
Measure R updates the City Charter to allow the Oakland City Council to annually pick the newspaper or newspapers that publish “pending ordinances, invitations to bid, the award of contracts and leases, a notice of intention to grant franchises, election proceedings and other matters that require public notice,” according to the city’s description of the measure.
The measure changes the charter requirement that only newspapers can be designated as the city’s official newspaper if they are printed and published in the city and have a minimum daily circulation of at least 25,000 within the city, criteria that no newspaper in Oakland currently meets.
President Rebecca Kaplan sponsored the measure, which was endorsed by local businessman Geoffrey Pete, Councilmember Noel Gallo, former newspaper publisher Robert Gammon and Legislative Director Barbara Lopez,
“I’m so honored that we were able to work together with the
community to update Oakland’s (obsolete) laws about where to publish public notices. Now we will be able to move forward to use the range of diverse local media to better reach everyone in our community with public information.”
Kaplan noted Measure R received the highest vote percentage of all measures on the March 3 Oakland ballot.
MC Arts Gallery Opens During the Marin Open Studio
The Gallery and its website display the art of a number of Black artists which includes: TheArthur Wright, Lumumba Edwards, and Maalak Atkins. Zwanda and Mitchell Howard also display their art at the Gallery.
The MC Arts Gallery, located on 100 Donahue St. in the Gateway Shopping Center in Marin City, is open during the Marin Open Studios, which took place on Saturday and Sunday, May 1 & 2.
The Gallery and its website display the art of a number of Black artists which includes: The Arthur Wright, Lumumba Edwards, and Maalak Atkins. Zwanda and Mitchell Howard also display their art at the Gallery.
Zwanda seeks to be creative as she expands her ideas as a sculptress and painter. She is inspired by the human figure and dancers and is fascinated with music and the instruments themselves. Her art is a way to express this love and to share it with others.
Mitchell Howard studied art at San Francisco State University and the Computer Arts Institute of San Francisco. He was an art director at Cummingham & Walsh in San Francisco and has displayed his paintings at the Hannah Gallery, worked on the Rocky Graham Park Mural and has taught art at the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy Elementary School.
“Art can bring people together and illustrate things that people can relate to,” Howard says. “Art can also be powerful in sending social messages to society. Art makes you think, it expands your horizons and makes you use your imagination. People may see different things in the same painting.”
Osiezhe, Shakira Gregory’s son, will be displaying his drawings at the Gallery.
The ISOJI’s Art Is Health Band played last Saturday afternoon with Mwanza Furaha as their guest vocalist.
Coalition to Host Forums Candidates’ Forum: Marin County Sheriff’s Election
he Action Coalition for People of Color (ACPC), a grassroots, volunteer-driven coalition of residents and leaders of color throughout Marin County announced on April 20 that it is hosting the first of four Candidates’ Forums for the June 2022 Marin County Sheriffs election.
The Action Coalition for People of Color (ACPC), a grassroots, volunteer-driven coalition of residents and leaders of color throughout Marin County announced on April 20 that it is hosting the first of four Candidates’ Forums for the June 2022 Marin County Sheriffs election.
The first forum will take place on Saturday, May 15, 2021, between 1:00-3:00 p.m. via Zoom. To register, click on the registration link provided: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/candidates-forum-running-for-the-marin-county-sheriffs-office-tickets-149777838547
One of the two candidates, Adam McGill, has enthusiastically agreed to participate in the first and subsequent planned forums throughout this calendar year and next. The other candidate, Jamie Scardina, was invited to all forums to participate. He declined to attend the first forum but has agreed to participate in future forums later this year and early next year.
One of the major reasons that ACPC decided to host and sponsor these events in the very early stages of the campaign and election season is so that residents, particularly residents of color, can get to know the candidates as much as possible.
Because many people of color have a different dynamic relationship and set of experiences than their white counterparts, it is important for POC to not only learn and get to know the candidates’ agendas, values, views, and practices if elected, it will be an opportunity to form relationships by having the candidates also understand the hopes, needs, and concerns, of POC, through respectful dialogue.
All forums will be moderated and the audience group will have ample opportunity to ask questions, share their thoughts and perspectives. Candidate(s) will also have ample opportunity to share their agenda, vision, and goals if elected as the next Marin County Sheriff.
For more information, please contact Cesar Lagleva at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marin City Gets Vaccinated
Nearly 900 of the 3,000 residents have received at least one vaccine dose. Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County’s Public Health officer says: “vaccination rates among African Americans are the same or higher as other groups in that community.”
Yes or no on vaccinations? Education and outreach are so important to share about getting the #covid19vaccination. See what happens when community leaders and local committed volunteers work with health officials! They not only wrapped their arms around Marin City to get #covid19vaccinations to those who want them and information to those who are nervous about getting vaccinated, they actually made sure they received their own vaccination to urge community residents to get theirs.
The April 7 edition of the Marin Independent Journal report does a great job explaining the comprehensive approach. Nearly 900 of the 3,000 residents have received at least one vaccine dose. Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County’s Public Health officer says: “vaccination rates among are the same or higher as other groups in that community.”
California has a program called “Together Toward Health,” which gave a grant to six local non-profit organizations –Performing Stars, First Missionary Baptist Church, Marin City Health and Wellness Center, Sausalito Marin City School District, Marin City Community Services District and Community Development Corporation and Marin County Health and Human Services — also provided additional funds for outreach to low-income and multicultural communities.
If you are interested in getting your vaccine, contact Marin City Health and Wellness Center at 415-339-8813 or Performing Stars at 415-332-8316.
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