The Search for a New Oakland Fire Chief Begins

The City of Oakland is moving forward to increase fire safety. Mayor Schaaf has announced that the number of inspectors is being doubled with a further increase coming next year. And the search for a new fire chief has begun. See the event on May 8th to see how we all can participate. We want to make sure a new chief will make fire prevention a priority and identify a person who understands wildfire prevention as well as structures.

Here's What's Happening this Month

Monday, May 8, 7 PM, Town Hall on selection of a new Fire Chief

The City of Oakland has embarked on a nationwide search for a new chief and wants to hear from the public. A meeting for interested citizens to offer their thoughts and ideas is scheduled for 7:00 PM on May 8th at the Skyline Community Church, 12540 Skyline Blvd. which is near Skyline High School and Brookpark Road. You also can email, call 510.238.3600 or go online

Saturday, May 20, 10 AM, Hike in Garber Park

Join the Garber Park Stewards from 10 AM to 1 PM for a fun and informative botanical hike through Garber Park with Lech Naumovich of Golden Hour Restoration Institute. We will talk about the diverse native plants including oak woodlands, wetland seeps and other forest types and highlight the ongoing restoration efforts in Garber. We will identify the invasive species and discuss Sudden Oak Death. Spring is the best time to pull invasives and weed pullers are welcome. Space is limited so please RSVP to Shelagh at Meet at the Claremont Avenue entrance to Garber Park, .4 miles up Claremont from the Tunnel Road/Ashby intersection.

Saturday, May 27, 10 AM in the Upper Canyon

Progress building out the Gwin Canyon Trail is slow but steady. If you've not seen it in person, you are welcome to duck under the yellow construction tape and hike along until the trail ends awaiting the final efforts to connect it with the Park District trail that comes down form Norfolk Road. We will work from 10 til Noon to extend the trail. Meet at Signpost 29, 1.5 miles up Claremont Avenue from Ashby intersection. We will supply tools and work gloves.

For all stewardship work: Please wear long sleeves, long pants, work gloves and sturdy shoes with good tread or boots and bring a bottle of water. We will supply tools but feel free to bring your own.

Check back for what's happening in Claremont Canyon later in the month (for a description of volunteer opportunities, click here).