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City and Government

Oakland is one of the most beautiful and diverse cities in the world. We are a cosmopolitan city with friendly, distinct neighborhoods. Oakland produces a gumbo of cultures, arts, music, politics, language and cuisines with international impact. This is a city we should all be proud to call home.

Latest Updates from the Mayor:

Our First 100 Days
2000 Volunteer/Mentor Project
Volunteer for Oakland
Beat 33 Partnership
Neighborhoods Speak Up
2011 Mayor's Summer Jobs Program

Visit Mayor Jean Quan's website >

Our residents help make Oakland a Model City. The City of Oakland is here to serve you with a variety of programs ranging from after-school programs for youth to hot meals for seniors, and from job training to emergency preparedness.

To help you learn more, we have compiled a roster of helpful links.

Accessibilty Services

Accommodations for City Council Meetings

ADA Programs

Language Access Assistance

Mayor's Commission on Persons with Disabilities

Oakland Paratransit for the Elderly and Disabled (OPED)

Arts & Culture

Art Galleries

Art Murmur – First Friday Art Nights

Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts

Oakland Grown

Oakland Museum of California

Paramount Theatre of the Arts

Public Art in Oakland

Studio One Art Center

The Great Wall of Oakland Woodminster Summer Musicals


African American Museum & Library at Oakland

Boat Rentals on Lake Merritt

Camron Stanford House

Chabot Space & Science Center

Children's Fairyland

City Parks , Recreation Centers , Public Pools & Golf Courses

Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate

East Bay Regional Parks

Fox Oakland Theater

Jack London Square

Jack London Square Aquatic Center

Morcom Rose Garden

Oakland Museum of California

Oakland Zoo

Paramount Theatre of the Arts

Pardee Home Museum

Peralta Hacienda Historic Park

USS Potomac

Walking Tours

Children & Youth

Head Start

Early Head Start

Oakland Fund for Children & Youth

Safe Walk to School

Summer Food Service Program

Dining & Entertainment

Broadway Shuttle

Fox Oakland Theater


Paramount Theatre of the Arts

Visit Oakland's Dining Page


Head Start

Early Head Start

Oakland Public Library

Oakland Unified School District

Safe Walk to School

California College of Arts

Holy Names University

Laney College

Merritt College

Mills College

Patten University

Samuel Merritt College

Events & Festivals

Online Events Calendar

Celebrate the Season: Oakland Holiday Events

City Events

Coliseum & Arena Concerts & Events

MLK Events




Oakland Public Library

Jobs/Employment/Volunteer Opportunities

Jobs with the City of Oakland

Private Industry Council

Workforce Investment Board


Finding Affordable Housing

First-time Homebuyers Assistance

Oakland Association of Realtors

Oakland Housing Authority

Oakland Rent Adjustment Program

Repair & Rehabilitation Funds

Seismic Safety & Soft Story Buildings

Oakland's History

Oakland History Room


U.S. Passport Service

Planning & Development

Building Permits

Green Building

Zoning Code

Zoning Updates

Public Safety

Citizens' Police Review Board

Emergency Alert Sirens

Emergency Preparedness

Fire Department

Measure Y

Oakland Animal Services

Police Department

Neighborhood Services

Emergency Preparedness

Finding City Services in your Neighborhood

Graffiti Abatement

Infrastructure Maintenance

Neighborhood Services

Neighborhood Watch


ASSETS Training Program

Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP)/Linkages

Oakland Paratransit for the Elderly and Disabled (OPED)

Oakland Public Library

Senior Centers

Senior Companions & Foster Grandparents (SCP & FGP)



Visit Oakland's Shopping Page


City Parks , Recreation Centers , Public Pools & Golf Courses

Davie Tennis Stadium

Golden State Warriors

Oakland Athletics

Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Oakland Ice Center

Oakland Outlaw Derby Girls

Oakland Raiders

Oracle Arena


AC Transit



Broadway Shuttle

Oakland-Alameda Ferry

Oakland International Airport

Online Transit Planning


Cable Television

Electricity and Gas

Recycling & Garbage


Learn why Oakland is an ideal location for your business!

The City of Oakland welcomes your business and we want to help you flourish—whether your business is large, small or anywhere in between.

A great place to begin is the City's Business Assistance Center . Think of it as your one-stop shop for all types of business information. Our knowledgeable staff is here to assist you in every step, whether you're starting or expanding a business or need help in today's challenging economic times. Click here to begin your visit.

Below are additional links to help entrepreneurs and business owners start and grow a business in Oakland.


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