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Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir to perform at Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, on Sunday, January 17, at 7:00 p.m., in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day - FREE ADMISSION!

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Starting Sunday, January 17 Through Thursday, January 28 MLK Day 2010 Events - Oakland Celebrates the Dream
Monday, January 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday/Service for Peace Day, a Volunteer Work Day in the Morcom Rose Garden
Wednesday, January 20 Central Business District (Downtown) Zoning Update Committee Hearing to Discuss and Make Recommendations on Proposed Findings Required for Demolition of Historic Buildings
Thursday, January 21 Caltrans Informational Meeting For Construction Project to Replace 29th and 23rd Ave Overcrossings
Thursday, January 21 Screening of Runner's High, Documentary Chronicling 2003-2004 Season of Students Run Oakland (Marathon), Followed by Student Panel Discussion
Thursday, January 21 Office of Parks and Recreation Community Focus Group to Discuss Improvements and Developments for Oakland's Recreation Centers
Wednesday, January 27 Community Meeting - Proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT, light rail without tracks) Running from San Leandro to Berkeley through the East Lake and San Antonio Along International Blvd and E. 12th St
Thursday, January 28 Community Workshop on Broadway-Valdez District Specific Plan for Destination Retail, Public Invited
Saturday, January 30 Invitation to Oakland Word Kick-Off Celebration, a Program of Oakland Public Library
Tuesday, February 2 Watershed Art Marker Community Meeting: Conceptual Design Presentation
Reports
Lakeshore Complete Streets Project Brings Pedestrian Improvements to Intersections at Lake Park, Lakeshore and MacArthur Blvd
Lakeshore Avenue Lane Restriping Update
Lincoln Elementary Nominated for High Academic Achievement Award (Again!)
Metropolitan Transportation Commission Seeking Members for a New Policy Advisory Council
Dog Park Survey for Park Blvd Available On-Line
(Still) Looking for Residents to serve on the Redevelopment Project Area Committee
Home Inspection Security Checklist
Oakland Public Library to Close for City Closure and MLK Holiday
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Lakeshore Complete Streets Project Brings Pedestrian Improvements to Intersections at Lake Park, Lakeshore and MacArthur Blvd

We have discussed the proposed pedestrian improvements in several previous E-News articles. Please refer to the December 2009 and May 2009 editions of E-News for details.

On January 7, the Grand Lake Neighbors hosted a community meeting at which City Transportation Services Department (TSD) engineers and a landscape design consultant presented information about the plans to improve the above intersections. The plan, known as the Lakeshore Complete Streets project (funded by a "Complete Streets" grant from the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Agency) will improve pedestrian safety, primarily by reducing crossing distances, while also better balancing the needs of all modes of transportation - vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and transit.

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Lakeshore Avenue Lane Restriping Update
 
Some of you have asked why the lane striping on Lakeshore between E.18th Street and Wayne wasn't completed with the rest of Lakeshore, and when it will be completed. The reason for the delay is that the City rejected the street resurfacing in the area and has required the contractors to make corrections. That work should happen imminently. Until the corrections are made and accepted by the City, the permanent striping won't be laid down. After the resurfacing is accepted, temporary striping will be installed while the surface cures. The permanent striping will occur a couple of weeks later, weather permitting.

Finally, landscaping of the medians on Lakeshore at El Embarcadero await the City's final approval of the details provided by the contractors.  

Lincoln Elementary Nominated for High Academic Achievement Award (Again!)
 
Oakland's Lincoln Elementary has been nominated for the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Schools award. The school, located in Oakland's Chinatown, is the only school in Alameda County, and one of just 35 in the state of California, to earn this honor. The award recognizes schools that demonstrate superior achievement in the face of economic challenges. 

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Metropolitan Transportation Commission Seeking Members for a New Policy Advisory Council
 
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Bay Area's transportation planning and financing agency, is recruiting for 27 individuals to jump into the transportation arena, learn about the complexities of funding, and help identify the connections between transportation and land use, air quality and climate change. The new Policy Advisory Council slated to begin meeting in April 2010. The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, February 1, 2010.
 
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Dog Play Survey for Park Blvd Available On-Line

Share your thoughts about the possibility of a dog play area on the green median that is bordered by Park Blvd., E. 22nd St, 5th Ave. and E. 21st. Last summer nearby residents proposed creating a fenced, off-leash dog area located in the southern third of the green space nearest E. 21st. (see map here). I held a community meeting on the topic on June 25 and about 20 people attended. Strong opinions both for and against were voiced.

Mindful that dog areas on urban green space are often controversial, I wanted to let more neighbors have an opportunity to voice their opinion before the City takes any action on the idea. I have prepared a survey here in an effort to reach a broader audience on this topic. In the survey I ask about three alternatives for that space: 1) status quo--no dogs allowed; 2) a fenced dog play area, and 3) dogs on leash allowed, but no fence.

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(Still) Looking for Residents to serve on the Redevelopment Project Area Committee
 
I am looking for three District 2 residents to serve on the community board for the Central City East Redevelopment Area. To qualify to serve on the Central City East Redevelopment Project Area Committee (CCE PAC), you must live or work within the Eastlake/San Antonio subarea (click here to see the map and the boundaries of the Eastlake/San Antonio subarea). Here are the three vacancies:

  • Business owner: If you own a business located in our subarea
  • Tenant: If you are a renter in our subarea
  • Homeowner: If you own a home in our subarea  
 
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Home Inspection Security Checklist
 
Most residential burglaries occur during the day, when most people are at work. If a burglar knocks on the front door and no one answers, he checks the back door and looks for open windows. If he decides that no one is home, then he assesses which way is easiest to get in. You can prevent that.

This checklist is in priority order and helps indicate the security of your home. Every 'no' checked shows a weak point that may help a burglar gain access. To improve your security, attempt to eliminate the boxes checked 'no.' Using these guidelines will not make your home burglar proof, but it will improve your protection. 
Oakland Public Library to Close for City Closure and MLK Holiday

Due to the citywide budget shortage and the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, the
Oakland Public Library will be closed Friday, January 15 and Monday, January 18. Additionally, Branch libraries, which are always closed Mondays due to the budget shortage, will remain closed on Tuesday, January 19. The Main and all branch libraries will be open Saturday, and the Main will be open on Sunday. The Main will also be open Tuesday January 19.

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