Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on Free COVID-19 Testing, Election Day Prep

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Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf joins The Morning Show with Nikki Medoro to discuss free COVID-19 testing, getting ready for Election Day in Alameda County and more.

Schaaf shares the new coronavirus testing site in Oakland at the end of Lake Merritt in the Kaiser arena parking lot right next to the museum is a drive thru and walk up to make things as convenient as possible.

“Oakland’s going to be hosting the largest voting center in the whole East Bay and you don’t have to be an Oakland resident to use it, any Alameda County voter can come to the Coliseum. It’s going to start on Halloween, [this] Saturday. This is really unusual. Because of COVID, we’ve really tried to make it easier for people to vote conveniently, not wait in long lines, have lots of distance. And what better place than the arena for a lot of polling stations that are distanced and spread out. There are going to be a number of drop boxes so you can drive by and drop your ballot off in an official Alameda County box, and there’ll be lots of staff there, we want to make sure you feel voting is safe. So starting Saturday, and Sunday, nine to five…the Colosseum is going to be a monument to democracy and then it’s also going to be open Monday nine to five, and Election Day from 7am to 8pm when the polls close.”

“We’ve given you a lot of grace Oaklanders. We know people have been working from home and folks are struggling right now. But those streets have gotten mighty dirty and we cannot sweep them unless people move their cars. The street sweepers are set up to actually use the curb as part of how the machine actually picks up the trash. So we are going to be resuming ticketing of cars that don’t get moved on street sweeping days. So you got to find a place to park that car, you know, every other week or whatever your schedule is. So yes, we are going to start ticketing because we got to clean our streets, especially before the rain. Otherwise, all that stuff goes into the waterways, and it’s terrible. So it’s all for a clean city. It’s a good cause.”

Listen to their full conversation below.


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