Oakland: Free Flu Shots

(First come, First serve)

WHEN: October 27, 2011

TIME : 10:00AM - 12:30PM

WHERE:  Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay

655 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606


San Pablo: Free clothes for children, families


Oakland Neighborhood Safety Summit

A message from Mayor Quan:



We, as a community, must take a stand against crime.

We are banding together as neighbors on our blocks and as a City to fight crime at all levels. We are pledging to replace complacency with commitment, fear with fortitude and isolation with community.

It starts at home with neighbors reaching out to neighbors and getting to know each other. Organized neighborhoods are safer neighborhoods.

It grows with building positive relationships between our police and our neighborhoods. Working together in Neighborhood Councils, police can focus on the top safety priorities of particular neighborhoods.  

It requires providing our police with the resources they need to do their job effectively and safely, and working in partnership with other public agencies such as the School District, the District Attorney, the Probation Department and our state and federal partners.  And it relies on formal and informal violence prevention activities  so that keeping our city safe is part of our collective culture as a city.

Please step up to the plate and join us at the Neighborhood Safety Summit to stand up for a safer Oakland. 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

8 am-1:30 pm

Laney College Gymnasium

900 Fallon Street, Oakland


Parking off of 7th Stree  


Together, we CAN stop the violence by sharing strategies for stronger neighborhoods.








Mayor Jean Quan 

If you are a parent, student, teacher, merchant, senior or otherwise care about Oakland, this Summit is for you!

Oakland's Challenge: Keynote Panel

Mayor Jean Quan
District Attorney Nancy O'Malley
Superintendent Tony Smith
Chief of Police Anthony Batts
Chief Probation Officer David Muhammad

Working Together
Pick a workshop to share strategies or lear
n how to build community on your block for a safer neighborhood.

Register here by October 8, 2011 or call (510) 238-3091 


To request interpretation services in Spanish, call (510) 238-6813 before October 7 
To request interpretation services in Chinese call (510) 238-7957 before October 7 



Pacific Islander Health and Wellness Fair

Click here for the flyer (pdf download)


September 17, 2011, 11am – 3pm

Laurel United Methodist Church

3525 Kansas Street, Oakland, CA 94619

FREE Medical Screenings:

  • BMI calculation (height, weight)
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hearing
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Whooping cough vaccine
  • General medical consultation
  • Health Needs assessment

Also Featuring:

  • Healthy cooking demo
  • Community garden tour
  • Exercise activities
  • Dance performances
  • Children’s activities

Resources and Info:

  • Welfare
  • Legal rights
  • Adult education
  • Home repair
  • Safety
  • Healthy living

Brought to you by:

Pacific Islander Kie Association (PIKA); Street Level Health Project; Community Health for Asian Americans (CHAA); Alameda County Public Health Department; UC Berkeley Hep. B Project; Initiative for Community Wellness CSEB, Hayward; Samuel Merritt University, School of Nursing; Loto Taha Pasifika; ARC Associates.


Foreclosure crisis still hurts local residents

It may seem like old news, but it’s not.  The Foreclosure Crisis that hit in 2007 was quake that sent a tsunami to all corners of the world’s economy. As a recent article in Oakland Local attests, California really was and is 'Ground Zero', and the tremors continue to rock the lives of those who have been caught in the rubble.

Ok, enough with the earthquake metaphors...

But honestly, we have witnessed the evolution and continued effects of the foreclosure crisis on a daily basis here at Lao Family's Multilingual Home Ownership Center.

At first, in 2007, we saw clients who had fallen prey to predatory lenders who falsified documents, mis-stating borrower's income, giving them loans they never could have afforded, or signing them up for balloon loans that could triple or quadruple payments after a certain number of years. The foreclosure clients we see were not educated when they went into the process, did not understand the terms of their loan, and most of our limited-English clients only learned what the terms of the loans they'd signed when we read them to them in their own language for the first time, well into the foreclosure process.

The next wave came as the recession hit, folks were laid off and it took many of our clients over 2-3 years to find work again, despite major efforts to do so. Others faced divorce (often because of conflicts that start over financial trouble), death of spouses, or health issues that led to disability and joblessness. The foreclosure crisis spread as home values plummeted, and most folks who had bought homes in the previous 4 or 5 years found the value of their property had plummeted way below the amount they owed on their mortgage- they were "under water."

The loss of one's home is one of the most stressful experiences a person can have. When you pair that will the uncertainty of the economy, job loss, crippling illness, divorce or the loss of a loved one, our clients are in a fragile state. That is when they come to us, so that we can help guide them through the process of negotiating a loan modification with the bank. The process is often arduous, taking many months, even as long as a year, and often not ending well for homeowners. Luckily, our housing counselor, Chery Cheung, is there to lend a sympathetic ear, deep knowledge of the process, years of experience dealing with the banks, and the tenacity to keep the process moving to achieve the best outcome possible for the client under their particular situations.

Unfortunately, we are lacking funding for this program, and we need your help to keep it going. Please contribute to help us help others through this difficult time.

Click here to make a donation online.

Read More:

We were glad to see these two articles that put a human face on the foreclosure crisis.

Faces of Foreclosure: Thrown into an unstable rental market in Oakland

California: 'Ground Zero' for America’s foreclosure crisis