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Reports
Why are Oakland Streets in such Bad Condition?
No More Roving Night-Time Parking Enforcement
Groundbreaking for Measure DD 12th Street Project: The Long-Awaited Start of Re-doing the South End of Lake Merritt Gets Underway
Buddhist Church of Oakland Awarded Status as Oakland Landmark
Donations Set Up for Widow and Son of Tian Sheng Yu
Oakland's Emerging Arts and Cultural Scene Makes Headlines in New York Times
Highland Hospital Acute Tower Replacement Project Update
Fun Photos of Earth Day events in District 2
Update on Forthcoming Improvements to the Morcom Rose Garden
Roosevelt Students Thinking Big with World Soccer Cup
Events
Saturday, May 857th Annual Oakland Mother of the Year Award to Honor Barbara Newcombe, Leader of the Cleveland Cascade
Saturday, May 8
Temescal Tool Lending Library Presents Home Energy Conservation Seminar

Monday, May 10Violence of The Soul... It's Deeper than the Streets - FREE Performance of Drama Presented by Executive Team (E-Team) of Alternatives in Action
Monday, May 10Measure WW-Funded Improvements to Morcom Rose Garden Considered at Two Meetings
Wednesday, May 12City Attorney John Russo Discusses Gang Injunction at Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council Manzanita 18Y
Thursday, May 13Oakland's 17th Annual Bike to Work Day Celebration
Friday, May 14Oakland Indie Awards at Jack London Pavilion (Formerly Barnes & Nobel)
Saturday, May 15EBAYC's First Neighborhood Summit for San Antonio Neighborhood - Neighbors Working Together Can Make a Difference!
Saturday, May 15, May 22 and May 29Rockin' Robins Family Play Days - Parenting Workshops, Fun Playtimes
Monday, May 17Community Meeting for Central Oakland - Proposed Zoning Regulations and Zoning Maps
Saturday, May 22Free Bulky Item Drop-Off Event Provided by Waste Management of Alameda County
Saturday, May 2210th Anniversary Malcolm X Jazzarts Festival at San Antonio Park
Tuesday, May 25Public Works Committee To Consider Removing No Parking Restrictions on Lakeshore Avenue on Weekend and Holiday Afternoons, and Establishing Three-Hour Parking Limitations Monday through Sunday
Wednesday, May 26Wednesday, May 26: Morcom Rose Garden's Chetwood Entrance: A Community Meeting on Possible Improvements
Wednesday, May 26AC Transit Public Hearings Regarding A Draft August 2010 Service Reductions Plan
Friday, May 28

8th Small Business Symposium at Oakland Marriott City Center

Throughout May, JuneUpcoming Events at Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Thursday, June 3Meeting to Determine Priority Setting for FY '11 - '13 District 2 Community Development Block Grant Funds
Sunday, June 6Volunteer Day at Splash Pad Park
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Why are Oakland Streets in Such Bad Condition?

The short, and perhaps obvious, answer is that for decades the City has allocated insufficient funds to street repair and re-paving. If you are interested in the details, this article provides some background and discusses the consequences of these years of under-funding..

There are 805 miles of roadway in Oakland. City staff conducted a comprehensive survey of pavement conditions in 2007. Overall pavement conditions are at 63 on the state's Pavement Condition Index (PCI) scale of 1 to 100. Best practices indicate that it should be at 80 in order to maintain streets in the most cost-effective manner, where most dollars could be spent on preventative maintenance rather than extensive repair and rehabilitation, which is much more costly. Overall, most of our streets are in good condition (29% good, 41% very good to excellent), but 30% are in poor condition. That 30% is what we all notice because the potholes are terrible..

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No More Roving Night-Time Parking Enforcement

The City's Parking Enforcement Division has determined that it is no longer necessary to issue parking citations after 9:30 pm. Effective May 13, the Parking Division's Roving Patrol team no longer will hand out parking tickets after 9:30 pm. Hallelujah. This is a case where the public's voice was finally heeded.
Groundbreaking for Measure DD 12th Street Project: The Long-Awaited Start of Re-doing the South End of Lake Merritt Gets Underway
 
The City's Lake Merritt park renovations got great media coverage at the groundbreaking event for the 12th Street project. The celebration took place Thursday, May 6, at the intersection of Lakeshore Ave and 12th Street. Go here for a really good Oakland Tribune article about the 12th Street project (and a photo of your Councilmember enthusiastically M.C.ing the event). For more detail about all the work that will go into transforming the south end of the lake, go here.
Buddhist Church of Oakland Awarded Status as Oakland Landmark
 
At the May 4 City Council meeting, the Council voted to designate the Buddhist Church of Oakland at 825 Jackson Street as a historical landmark, pursuant to the Oakland Planning Code.

This handsome church is an early local example of traditional Japanese temple architecture, featuring a roof with curved tiles, deeply overhanging eaves with a double set of projecting rafters, and carved wood stylized dragon's heads modeled after those from a Shinto shrine in Osaka Japan; wood railings and stone lanterns leading to a wood-columned portico with carved decorative elements; and Japanese style landscaping, including bonsai pines and a Bodhi tree. It is believed to be the first building designed by Gentoku Shimamoto, a prominent Japanese-American architect who designed other traditional Japanese style buildings elsewhere in California in San Jose and San Francisco, and in New York and New Jersey. The building was moved from its original location at 6th Street and Jackson Street in 1950 at the time of construction of the Nimitz Freeway.

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Donations Set Up for Widow and Son of Tian Sheng Yu

We have seen a tremendous outpouring of concern and community support for the widow and son of Mr. Yu, who was assaulted and died in an attack in downtown Oakland last month.

If you would like to help the Yu Family, you can contribute to the trust fund set up for them at Metropolitan Bank--information below.. The Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Foundation has already donated $2,500. Other groups like The Asian Advisory Committee on Crime and Organization of Chinese Americans will also make donations. Please make checks payable to:


The Yu Family Foundation
c/o Metropolitan Bank
250 E.18th Street
Oakland, CA 94606

 
Oakland's Emerging Arts and Cultural Scene Makes Headlines in New York Times
 
What has been a local phenomenon - the recent emergence of Oakland's cultural scene centered around the downtown and uptown area - is now making national headlines. Click here for a New York Times article about Oakland's emerging arts and cultural scene.
Highland Hospital Acute Tower Replacement Project Update

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Fun Photos of Earth Day events in District 2
 
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Update on Forthcoming Improvements to the Morcom Rose Garden
 
Plans for improvements to the Morcom Rose Garden are coming into final form. The improvements to be funded by $1.7 million from Measure WW were selected based on community feedback to the Project Scope Report, which was posted in the Garden and on line in November. For the story and links to the Report, go here 

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Roosevelt Students Thinking Big with World Soccer Cup

On April 20th, students and teachers gathered together in the Roosevelt Middle School auditorium for an event that is likely to put Oakland on the National stage. The event began with music, break dancing, and drumming, which quickly led to the event's bigger purpose - The Challenge.

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