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Giant colorful letters reflecting a message of diversity and inclusivity now adorn the road near The Gardens at Lake Merritt after a community painting effort over the weekend.

The effort was organized by the organized by the East Bay Queer Arts Center and adorns a length of Bellevue Avenue near Children’s Fairyland and the Lake Merritt boating center.

The words read: “All black trans queer nonbinary woman disabled imprisoned lives matter.” Although they can be seen from the ground, an aerial view gives the true scope and beauty of the project.

Large yellow “Black Lives Matter” letters can also be seen along 15th Street in downtown Oakland between Harrison Street and Broadway. In Berkeley, similar letters have been painted on Allston Street, and in San Francisco, on Fulton Street near City Hall. The idea originated in Washington, D.C. earlier in the month when two blocks of 16th Street, a central roadway leading straight to the White House, were painted.

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Mayor Libby Schaaf discusses future of Oakland Zoo, path to reopening amid COVID-19 uncertainty

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- With news that the Oakland Zoo is losing $2 million per month amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Libby Schaaf is encouraging California and Alameda County officials to take the appropriate steps to allow the zoo to reopen.

The Oakland Zoo is "truly a special asset for our community," the mayor said in an interview Wednesday.

The zoo was forced to close in March when the pandemic began and is now facing permanent closure unless it's allowed to reopen.

"We can't continue to go on with no revenue and still stay in business," the CEO of the zoo, Dr. Joel Parrot, told ABC7 last week.

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The zoo would like to be classified as an outdoor museum or botanical garden, which have been allowed to reopen under county regulations.

In the interview with Mayor Schaaf, she encouraging Alameda County to apply for a variance to allow the Oakland Zoo to reopen safely.

"That is what I've been told by the state needs to be done. And let us all agree, the zoo is an incredible asset, and while we wait for the next step to approve their safe opening, those of who can afford it should send a little contribution to the zoo," the mayor said. "We have got to care for those animals, many of whom were rescued."

Schaff went on to say the zoo, being outside and spread out, is also good for visitors' mental health.

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The zoo's proposal to reopen would allow visitors by reservation only and capacity would be capped at 2,500.

Masks and social distancing would also be required. Zoo rides, restaurants and indoor exhibits would stay closed.

Under Alameda County's current reopening plan, things like outdoor museums, outdoor dining, outdoor fitness and summer school have been permitted since June 19. The next phase of the plan, which would allow for salons to reopen and indoor dining to resume, was paused on June 29.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the county has 7,245 cases of COVID-19.

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