Updates from District 4 Supervisor Nate Miley: February 13th - February 26th, 2021

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February 13th - February 26th, 2021

In this Issue

Need A COVID19 Test? Food? Childcare?

Alameda County  frequently updates this COVID19 Testing, Food, and Social Services interactive map.

Alameda County COVID19 Testing, Food Distribution, and Social Services Map

Oaklandside's COVID Q&A: Find timely information and ask questions!

Oaklandside Q&A

COVID19 Updates From Health Care Services Agency

For the most up-to-date information from Health Care Services visit the front page of the Alameda County Health Department website: https://covid-19.acgov.org/index.page?


An Update from Health Care Services: As of February 25, 2021

Over the last week we saw continued improvements in countywide COVID-19 metrics, with case rates dropping. We remain in the Purple Tier of the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, but could meet the requirements of the less restrictive Red Tier in a few weeks if case and test positivity rates continue to improve. To support this progress, we're promoting the State's new 5 Ws social media campaign.


We continue encouraging residents to get tested for COVID-19. Although the vaccine has been shown to prevent mild and serve cases of COVID-19, researchers are still investigating if vaccinated individuals can contract and transmit the disease to others. If true, individuals who aren't vaccinated could be at risk of contracting COVID-19 so it's best to practice the 5Ws to remain healthy!

Our efforts to get vaccine to staff and residents in long term care facilities are having a positive impact: vaccination rates among participants are close to 90%, hospitalizations are falling, and we’re observing a 74% reduction in the average number of deaths over a 1.5month period. There are more than 15,000 residents in Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCFs) and Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) in Alameda County, and more than 600 facilities in total.

Our Vaccine Community Advisory Group met again this week and the presentation and recording are available to review. This week's update to our Board of Supervisors and back issues of our newsletter may be found here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

As of February 23, over 330,000 vaccine doses have been administered to Alameda County residents, representing over 244,000 first and over 83,000 second doses. Although we are expecting 17,690 more doses of the first vaccine dose this week, our vaccine supply remains limited. Once we have enough vaccines to expand appointments, we will share this information widely along with details about when and how eligible groups can get vaccinated. Family caregivers for people with certain disabling conditions are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine as health care workers and, starting March 15, individuals with certain disabilities and underlying health conditions will be included in the eligible groups. 

As vaccine supply remains limited, we encourage residents to be patient and register to be notified when it's your turn. English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese notification forms are available on our vaccine webpage. Please watch our video tutorial if you need assistance completing notification forms. 

It's Your Turn: Who is Eligible?

Currently, Alameda County residents 65 and older and essential workers who live or work in Alameda County are eligible to receive the vaccine. Essential workers include:

  • Health Care Workers
  • Education and Childcare Providers
  • Emergency services (including law enforcement)
  • Food and Agricultural Workers

There are 240,000 residents age 65 and older in Alameda County. Of these, 96,000 are 75 and older and nearly 58,000 have received at least one dose of vaccine.

Click here to find your vaccine site. Due to limited vaccine supply, we're still conducting direct outreach to eligible residents. Workers in education and childcare, and food and agriculture should check their email for an invitation to make an appointment.

Please note that the Alameda County Fairgrounds drive-thru vaccination site is offering vaccines to Alameda County residents aged 65 and older. Click here to make an appointment.

Additional resources include a COVID Vaccine FAQ and our Provider Guidance.

To read the full Health Care Services newsletter please visit: https://covid-19.acgov.org/response.page?.

Commending Dr. Noha Aboelata of Roots Community Health

Commending Dr. Noha Aboelata

It was my great honor to recognize Dr. Noha Aboelata, daughter of Oakland, for her invaluable medical services, community advocacy and leadership. My staff and I consider her a close advisor, friend, and trusted messenger. I greatly admire her and her largely African American staff at located by my office in Eastmont Towncenter for their dedication, which is immeasurable. I find it remarkable that they provide the services they do and consider them a stellar organization within my district and the County overall. I was so very pleased to present this award to her on Tuesday during the Board of Supervisors Regular meeting, with deep appreciation and gratitude.

Black History Month: "Freedom Seekers Day"

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I had the pleasure of reading "Cali Love" recently, a newsletter by Candace Mays and Alex Reed, which brought to the forefront of my mind the conflicted feelings many African Americans must have about celebrating Presidents Day; especially because many of the implications it carries juxtapose the intended sentiment of Black History month. 

Here is an excerpt: "Because I can't stop thinking about the role the American presidency has played and continues to play in our subjugation. Instead, of Presidents' Day, I'm declaring today "Freedom Seekers' Day" in celebratory honor of those who maximized their resources, empowered their communities, and exercised their knowledge of the law to put a stop to the practice of slavery in California."

Food for thought and real talk are woven into an impressive recounting of California's history of Black oppression and Black triumph. As we come to the end of Black History Month 2021, may we always remember those who came before us, never limit ourselves or the goals we want to reach, and never stop questioning the world in which we live.

Recognizing Community Empowerment in D4: A Year in Review


REACH is a pivotal center I helped establish in Ashland, aimed at supporting and empowering youth and families. I am so proud of the work they were able to continue to do despite the pandemic, specifically rising to the enormous challenge of providing in-person services in the face of a quarantined, virtual world.

REACH safely operated in-person, school-linked health programming for over 150 members since June. This included two summer camp sessions, four Fall sessions, and five planned Winter and Spring -  all providing the unique REACH brand of in-person enrichment experiences and academic support, scaffolded by our health + wellness approach.

REACH also served as the first Alameda County sponsored COVID-19 testing site, launched a walk-up food distribution for the Eden unincorporated area that continues first and third Wednesdays, kept Fuente’s health center open, and deployed staff as disaster service workers within Public Health.


Two of my community development projects, Eden Area Livability Initiative and My Eden Voice!, continued their impactful, equity-based and grassroots community empowerment work despite Covid.

The Eden Area Livability Initiative (EALI) was developed from the formulation of the Livability Principles, based on the Ahwahnee Principles, which identify regional and local beliefs to guide the development of an integrated approach for future planning, development, land use and all aspects of service delivery (including education, infrastructure, fire, recreation, public health, public safety, and public works) decisions within the Eden Area.

With PHASE I complete, PHASE II of EALI brought over 400 participants together to vote on community goals, which were then organized into 5 working groups focused on agriculture and environment, economic development, education, governance, and public safety. I am pleased to announce that these working groups have completed their work and an evaluation was conducted by the Prevention Institution on the process. One major result of this hard work is the Cherryland Community Center!

In 2020, My Eden Voice (MEV!) focused on expanding access to parks and open space and renter protections for the unincorporated communities. In 2021, the group will work on advancing the Eden Equitable Recovery Initiative, focusing on COVID recovery that centers the needs and voices of those who have been disproportionately impacted by this crisis. They will also work to establish an Equity Taskforce to ensure that Alameda County meets its goals for an equitable recovery in the Eden Area.


ALL IN Alameda County has been very active in its effort to address issues of poverty throughout the pandemic.

Early in the pandemic, ALL IN and Dig Deep Farms launched an emergency food distribution that not only provides fresh produce but also prepared meals from small business food vendors who received $15,000 mini-grants to prepare 1,000 healthy meals for individuals and families.

ALL IN also celebrated its one-year anniversary of the clinically integrated Food as Medicine model at the Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center in Ashland. To date, 526 patients have each received a food prescription for 16 weeks of fresh produce for a total of 6,283 bags (approximately 100,528 servings) via doorstep delivery from Dig Deep Farms. 

People's Health Briefing With Dr. Noha Aboelata

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Don't miss the latest installment of The People's Health Briefing. In it, Roots Community Health Center CEO and founder Dr. Noha Aboelata breaks down the impact of COVID19 on Alameda County, Oakland and East Oakland in particular.

This week's episode addresses the recent fall in COVID19 case rates.

Please take a moment to watch and learn!

View all installments of "The People's Health Briefing" here in the "All Videos" section.

To learn more about Roots Community Health Center, visit their website.

Akoma Market Celebrates Black Love & Food Equity in 2021

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District 4 Community Covid Testing Sites


Acts Full Gospel Church
1034 66th Avenue., Oakland, CA 94621
Tuesday and Saturday: 9am - 4pm
Drive Thru or Walk up accepted 
No appointment necessary
Pre-register here

CORE and Allen Temple Baptist Church 
8501 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94621
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 11:00am – 5:00pm 
Register here

Lifelong Medical Care
Foothill Square
10700 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
Wednesdays: 9:30am - 3pm
Closed on Monday, January 18th and Monday, February 15th
By appointment only
Register here

Lifelong Medical Care
Eastmont Mall
7200 Bancroft Ave, Oakland
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:30am – 3pm
Closed on Monday, January 18th and Monday, February 15th
By appointment only
Register here

Native American Health Center
Parking Lot
3050 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94601
Monday, Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

  • Walk-ups are accepted until capacity has been met
  • Identification is required for all adults 18 years and older
  • Legal parent or guardian must accompany children between the ages of 1-12 years old
  • Test results take 48-72 hours to return

Register here
Language assistance available at 211

Roots Community Health Center 
9925 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94603
Mondays & Wednesdays: 9:30am – 4:00pm
Fridays: 9:30am – 1:00pm
Appointments are preferred but not required!
Register here or email admin@rootsclinic.org

UNINCORPORATED AREA: Ashland, Cherryland, Castro Valley, Fairview & Hayward Acres

La Familia
Cherryland Testing Center
20095 Mission Blvd. Hayward, CA 94541
Monday-Friday: 9am - 3pm
Testing will be closed February 15
Register here
Call (510) 571-9191 for assistance

La Familia 
and Eden United Church of Christ

21455 Birch St, Hayward, CA 94541
Thursdays: 1pm - 6pm; 
Fridays: 3:00pm – 7:00pm;
Saturdays: 10:00am – 2:00pm 
Testing will be closed on February 4, 5 and 6
Register here
Call (510) 571-9191 for assistance


Alameda County Fairgrounds – Gate 12 
Road 12, Valley Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94566
Monday–Friday: 9:00am–12:00pm, or while supplies last. No appointment required!Visit here

Axis Community Health
4361 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton, CA 94566
Tuesday/Thursday/Friday: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Register here

















Senior Support & Activites

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Caring for Our Senior LGBTQ Partners/Friends and Ourselves

A 10 session group serving the full spectrum of senior LGBTQ+ community members caring for LGBTQ partners/friends and ourselves as we age.  The group will focus on facing medical conditions and issues of aging through personal exploration, group support, and education.

This is a no-fee group limited to 10 individuals therefore we request a commitment to attend the entire series.

Group facilitator is Dr. Melinda Ginne.  She is a clinical psychologist with a 35 year career specializing in geriatrics and the treatment of the psychological aspects of acute chronic and life-threatening medical illness.  She is one of the founding instructors in the Professional Program in Aging and Mental Health at UC Berkeley Extension.  In the past two decades she has taught a number of classes and workshops in aging as well as in the psychological aspects of medical illness.  She has been active in the LGBTQ+ community since 1975.

Sessions are held via Zoom with HIPPA certification.  Sessions will be held Mondays, starting April 26 and ending June 28, 2021.

For sign-up, Call: 1-510-736-5428 and leave your phone number, e-mail address, and name.  Someone will call you back for a short interview.

For program information: Barbara Jue, 1-510-736-5428  leave phone, e-mail and name.  We will return your call.

 Sponsored by:

  • Darby Betts Fund
  • Horizons Foundation
  • Lavender Seniors of the East Bay

Fall Prevention Tai Chi: 12-weeks Series- Oakland Asian Cultural Center

From Donna Jung of the Korean Community Center of the East Bay:

  • Fall Prevention Tai Chi: 12-weeks Series- Oakland Asian Cultural Center
    • Starting February 22nd to May 12th on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11am PST on Zoom Oakland Asian Cultural Center will host a Fall Prevention Tai Chi series which will run for 12 consecutive weeks. See below link to RSVP for this event! You can register after February 22nd but please begin taking the class before March 4th!

Senior Wellness

February Events

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Winter Activities

HARD Adult Classes Winter 2021HARD Youth Winter 2021 Classes

Register Now for the Statewide Illegal Dumping Virtual Conference!

Illegal Dumping Conference Save the Date

I'm pleased to announce that the Illegal Dumping Taskforce and I will host the Inaugural Statewide Illegal Dumping Conference virtually on the mornings of April 21st, 22nd, and 23rd - and best of all it's FREE!

Representatives from all sectors of the waste economy are invited including elected officials, District Attorneys, Code Enforcement, Law Enforcement and Public Works personnel, community based organizations, waste haulers and any individuals working to address illegal dumping!

This virtual conference will take place over three days between April 21-23, 2021 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

More information can be found on the Eventbrite page including registration and contact information.

Exercise Your Right to Be Heard!

BOS 2021

Most Tuesdays, the Board of Supervisors holds a Regular Meeting during which the public is allowed to speak to the Board on items not on the agenda starting at or around 9:30am for the time being. (Please note that the BOS meetings do not start at a set time! More information appears closer to the meeting date and time, but be prepared to wait for it to begin.)

Agenda items in particular represent decisions made about our communities, and while we might not always agree on the best path forward, I am fond of saying that reasonable people will disagree and also that I get some of my best ideas from my constituency base. I am honored to serve on the Board as a County Supervisor and take the ideas, concerns, and feedback of the public very seriously.

Please, consider tuning into these meeting and encouraging your family, friends, and neighbors to do the same. We are stronger as a County when we are connected to one another, and engaged with the civic process.

The meeting calendar, including links to the agenda when it is available, can be found here.

The links to the livestream broadcast of the meetings, including a Zoom link in the event that Granicus is experiencing technical difficulties, can be found here.