Skip to main content

Bold, Proud, United: Love in All Forms This Summer

AD18 Pride Banner Graphic

Dear Friends,

As we embrace the vibrant month of June, it’s a momentous occasion to raise our voices and rainbow flags high in celebration of Pride Month throughout the 18th District. The significance of empowering, recognizing, and centering the needs of our LGBTQ community cannot be overstated. It is essential for our District to make each one of us feel valued and seen, and such is the case for the Rainbow Fair, San Francisco Pride and Alameda Pride. That is why I am incredibly honored to represent the new Lakeshore LGBTQ Cultural District in Oakland, a project my office has been engaging with – in partnership with key stakeholders – since the beginning.

I'm proud to live in a District that continuously seeks innovative ways to uplift and expand protections for LGBTQ+ members working collectively towards creating inclusive communities. However, it is crucial that we, as a community, always honor the unsung heroes of Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Stormé DeLarverie, Larry Kramer, Audre Lorde, Billie Jean King, Harvey Milk, Bayard Rustin and so many others who led with courage against institutional injustices. Their fight is not over, and it is our responsibility to continue their legacy.

So this Pride, let’s continue our united front to celebrate love in all forms. In today’s E-Newsletter, learn about pride celebrations near you, grants for eligible businesses and nonprofits, and enjoy impactful engagements. As summer arrives, remember that my District Office is always available to provide help whenever you need it.

Yours in Service,

Assemblymember Bonta signature

Mia Bonta
Assemblymember, 18th District

In this newsletter, you'll find the following information:

Assemblymember Mia Bonta & staff are committed to keeping AD-18 residents fully engaged and informed. Please send this newsletter to a friend and subscribe!

Stay connected with our office at (510) 286-1670, Email Me, or follow us on social media.

Section 1: Pride Events and Engagements Near You!
Section 1A: San Francisco Pride: Beacon of LoveSF Pride Beacon of Love Logo

Celebrate the incredible community-filled San Francisco Pride! Enjoy free performances, community events, and partners for a weekend-filled Pride festival.

When: Sunday, June 30, 2024 starting at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Starting at Market Street and Embarcadero

Section 1B: Oakland Pride Weekend in SeptemberOakland Pride Logo

The City of Oakland will host a variety of events for the LGBTQ+ community and allies for a fun weekend. Join the Pride Parade and Pridefest in the community and enjoy the festivities!

When: Sunday, September 8, 2024 from 12 - 6 p.m.
Where: Broadway and 21st Street

Section 2: State of California and District Resources
Section 2A: Department of Education 2024 Summer Meal Sites Near YouCal Department of Education Logo

Throughout Assembly District 18 and Alameda County, while the academic school year is in summer recess, various school sites are participating as summer meal sites! Students and families can find their nearest school site serving breakfast or lunch near them.

Find your nearest school site

Section 2B: Beverage Container Recycling Grant Program for Nonprofits and OrganizationsCal Recycle Logo

CalRecycle is seeking projects that implement new programs or enhance existing programs to provide convenient beverage container recycling opportunities in various locations statewide. The grant will issue up to $1,500,000 annually in the form of grants for beverage container recycling and litter reduction programs to promote increased recycling of beverage containers throughout California and reduce beverage container litter in the waste stream.

Eligible applicants: Nonprofits or other legal entities. The anticipated application open date is Summer 2024 so prepare today!


Section 2C: California State Trade Expansion Program for BusinessesGO-Biz Logo

The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has collaborated with the U.S. Commercial Service and various trade promotion partners to arrange a number of export promotion activities aimed at connecting California businesses with sales and growth opportunities in foreign markets.

Grant Eligibility:

  • For-profit business
  • Organized or incorporated in the U.S.
  • Significant operations in California
  • Exporting goods or services of U.S. origin or that have at least 51% U.S. content
  • Meets SBA small business size standards (which vary by NAICS code)
  • Registered and in good standing with the State of California Secretary of State and other regulatory agencies
  • In business for at least one year at the time that the funded activity takes place

Learn More

Section 2D: Technical Assistance Grant Program for NonprofitsDepartment of Toxic Substances Control Logo

DTSC’s Office of Brownfields Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) will provide approximately $2.5 million in grant funding to California community organizations to engage in the cleanup process of contaminated properties in their communities.

Eligible applicants: Nonprofits and community-based organizations.

Section 2E: Department of Motor Vehicle Service Updates!DMV Updates Graphic

Effective since June 3, these services are no longer available in a DMV Office:

  1. Request Driver and Vehicle Record
  2. Replace Driver’s License/ID Card
  3. Renew Driver’s License/ID Card
  4. Renew Vehicle Registration

Instead, you can access these services at:

  3. Via USPS or Mail
Section 3: District 18 Events and Engagements Near You!
Section 3A: City of Oakland 2024 Summer Food Service Program Sites Near YouCity of Oakland Logo

The Summer Food Service Program delivers free snacks and lunches during summer break, providing access to nutritious meals at convenient locations throughout the city while school is out of session.

Eligible: All Oakland children aged 18 and under, and adults with disabilities enrolled in a school program, are eligible to participate.

Find your nearest site

Section 3B: City of Oakland Town Nights all Summer!Town Nights Logo

Town Nights is a community-driven, multi-generational violence prevention and intervention strategy held throughout the City of Oakland. In partnership with community-based organizations, youth, families, and the community are invited to meet their neighbors and enjoy their summer nights with the community!

When: Every Friday, Starting Jun 12, 2024 from 6-9 p.m.
Where: Throughout Oakland

Find your nearest Town Nights

Section 3C: Scholarship for High School Graduates and College Students!
Allen Temple Scholarship Graphic

The Allen Temple Baptist Church Scholarship Ministry administers scholarships for graduating High School and continuing College Students.

Applications are due on June 30, 2024.

Learn More

Section 3D: Destiny Arts Center, Healing Arts Career Pathway

Healing Arts Career Pathway Destiny Arts Center Graphic

The Destiny Arts Center has recently launched its 2-year career pathway program for 18 - 24-year-olds interested:

  • Professional Training: Learn about the healing arts through hands-on training and mentorship from certified practitioners.
  • Personalized Career Coaching: Receive career and life skills coaching to support your goals.
  • Financial Support: Earn an annual stipend of up to $8000 while you learn.

Applications are due July 19, 2024.

Section 3E: CALPEP: Thrive Together Resource Navigation FairCALPEP Resource Navigation Fair Flyer

CalPEP provides tailored health education, disease prevention, risk reduction, and support services to people at the highest risk for HIV/AIDS in a language they understand, founded in 1984. They are hosting a free community resource fair for all to attend. 

When: Saturday, July 13, 2024 from 12 - 4 p.m.
Where: De Fremery Park, 16th Street and Adeline Street Oakland CA 94608