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Port in the Community
Inspiring Environmental Stewardship
Middle Harbor Shoreline Park (MHSP) is a place for learning about local history, the natural environment, maritime activities, and environmental stewardship. O ver 2,500 students participate in Port funded environmental education programs and activities led by Stepping Out Stepping In at MHSP throughout the school year. Online applications for the environmental education programs are available here.
Community Highlights
Port of Oakland Names Danny Wan Executive Director
November 14, 2019

Danny Wan, who served as the Port of Oakland’s Interim Executive Director since last summer and Port Attorney for six years before that, has been named permanent Port Executive Director. The Port’s governing Board selected Mr. Wan. He replaces Chris Lytle who retired in July after six years at the helm in Oakland. 

Mr. Wan takes over an organization with three principal businesses: Aviation, Maritime and Commercial Real Estate. In addition to the Airport and seaport, the Port controls Oakland’s Jack London Square entertainment district. The Port directly employs more than 450 people.

Click here to see  Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan’s introductory video.
Oaktown Jazz Workshops Celebrate 25th Anniversary
November 12, 2019

The Port is a proud sponsor of Oaktown Jazz Workshops' (OJW) 25th Anniversary Celebration at Yoshi’s Oakland. The benefit concert supported Oaktown Jazz Workshops’ music education for youth across the Bay Area.

OJW is a non-profit, community-based organization in Jack London Square that is dedicated to passing on the tradition of jazz music to young people through musical instruction and educational presentations.
Update on West Oakland Truck Management Plan
Intersection of 7th Street and Union Street
Intersection of 7th Street and Wood Street
October 2019

Implementation of the West Oakland Truck Management Plan is underway, In October 2019, the City and Port placed cables on several local roadways to collect truck counts. This effort was part of implementing the following strategies:
  • Strategy 1: Improve Safety at Street Intersections near the Port
  • Strategy 2: Improve Truck Routing
  • Strategy 3: Update the Network of Truck Routes and Truck Prohibited Streets
Work is also underway with an inventory and analysis of truck route signage, part of Strategy 4: Improve Truck Route Signage.
For more information, updates and project contacts about the West Oakland Truck Management Plan, please visit the website .
Port Celebrates Fruitvale Día De Los Muerto s
November 2, 2019

Día de Los Muertos Festival is a free, outdoor festival hosted by the Unity Council in the Fruitvale District that attracts over 80,000 attendees to enjoy world-class live music, traditional Latin American artisans, and stunning altar artistic installations. The Port of Oakland, a sponsor of the festival, led an activity where children decorated sugar skulls with icing and colorful sequins.
Port Hosts Special Cruise for End of Harbor Tour Season
October 25, 2019

The Port hosted a special Halloween costume cruise for the end of the 2019 Harbor Tour season. Participants enjoyed candy and a beautiful autumn sunset.

Look out for an announcement for the 2020 Harbor Tour season in Spring 2020.
Port Speaks about Upcoming Project at
 Builders & Tradespeople Construction Day
October 24, 2019

The Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Counci l (WRMSDC) held Builders & Tradespeople Construction Day in Oakland. The Port is a WRMSDC member and had the opportunity to speak directly with diverse suppliers, sub-contractors, and job seekers. Port Associate Engineer Edwin Draper and Contract Compliance Officers Connie Ng-Wong and Donna Cason spoke about upcoming projects and how to do business with the Port of Oakland.
West Oakland Job Resource Center Recognizes
Community Achievements at Fall Fundraiser
October 17, 2019

T he West Oakland Job Resource Center (WOJRC) held their fall fundraiser "Growing and Transforming Lives" at the West Oakland Library. WOJRC staff recognized the achievements of corporations, unions, and community members that demonstrated growth and transformation in their lives.

The WOJRC is committed to transforming the lives of under-served residents of West Oakland and the greater Bay Area by building a thriving and inclusive community that provides financial and economic opportunities to catalyze industry and policy change.
CenterPoint Properties Breaks Ground for New Warehouse
October 11, 2019

The Port, CenterPoint Properties, and community leaders broke ground together for the first warehouse at the Port's Seaport Logistics Complex. The $60+ million project is a 466,830 square foot state-of-the-art logistics facility at the former Oakland Army Base. The new warehouse will enhance logistics at the Oakland Seaport by reducing truck travel times, distance and cost, and provide living-wage jobs for local residents.
Oakland Black Cowboy Association Hosts
45th Annual Parade & Festival
October 5, 2019

The Port sponsored Oakland Black Cowboy Association’s (OBCA) 45th Annual Parade and Festival. The OBCA’s mission is to enlighten children and adults with the contributions of people of color in the settling of the West. After the parade, attendees stopped by the Port’s photo booth to take a picture with a Buffalo Soldier.
"Battle for the Bay" California Coastal Cleanup Results
September 25, 2019

Congratulations to Oakland and its 2,170 volunteers who collected 109,460 pounds of trash from 11 miles of shoreline during the "Battle for the Bay" California Coastal Cleanup! Special thanks to our Team Oakland volunteers at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park and East Creek Slough.
East Bay EDA Supports Early Education at Children's Fairyland
September 20, 2019

The East Bay EDA hosted STEM @ Fairyland to promote its initiative of early education of science, technology, engineering and math. The Port and other East Bay companies led activities that showcased the importance of early STEM education to build a foundation for skills needed to obtain well-paying jobs and careers. Children and their families built popsicle stick rafts at the Port's booth.
Jobs Policy Working Group Tours Centerpoint Properties
September 17, 2019

The Jobs and Workforce Development Stakeholder Working Group is tasked with providing the Port with local workforce guidance to ensure the successful hiring of local residents. In September, members of the group toured the Port’s maritime operations and the CenterPoint Landing job site.

The next Working Group meeting will be held on January 21, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Port of Oakland Exhibit Room, located at 530 Water Street in Oakland. Members of the public are welcome to attend.