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Lion dance performance kicking off last year's Chinatown StreetFest - a preview of the exciting events and entertainment on August 28 and 29 in Oakland Chinatown
EVENTS
Saturday & Sunday, August 21 & 22
Art & Soul Festival
Friday - Sunday, August 27 - 29Eat Real Festival - Free Admission
Saturday and Sunday, August 28 and 29
Oakland Chinatown StreetFest 2010 - Free Admission
Saturday, August 28Lake Neighbors' (Last Saturday of the Month) Outdoor Movie - Free Admission
Saturday, August 28

Uptown Block Party & Back to School Fundraiser to Support Oakland Public Schools at Luka's, Picán, Ozumo and Era

Saturday, August 28Sistahs Steppin' in Pride
Saturday and Sunday, August 28 and 29Puppet Fair at Children's Fairyland
Wednesday, September 1 and 15
Zoning Update Committee Meeting
Sunday, September 5Show Your Oakland Pride: We Got the Funk


 
REPORTS
Children's Fund (Measure K) Planning and Oversight Committee: Council Appointment
Weekend Afternoon Parking Now Permitted on Lakeshore Avenue Next to Lake Merritt: New 3-hour Parking Regulations in Effect
Citywide Zoning Update Made Easy
Morcom Rose Garden Voted One of America's Best Rose Gardens
The "B": Broadway Shuttle Returns
Walden Pond, Grand Tavern, Camino and Grand Lake Theater Win Best of East Bay Awards
Your Comments Invited on Metropolitan Transportation Commission's Draft 2010 Public Participation Plan
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Street Festivals Galore on Saturday and Sunday, August 28 and 29

It's a big, big weekend in Oakland! Be sure to set aside some time to enjoy one or more of the great outdoor festivities going on Saturday and Sunday in Oakland's diverse neighborhoods. The Eat Real Festival at the Jack London waterfront drew over 10,000 visitors to sample good eats and specialty beers last year. Similarly, the tradition of the Chinatown Streetfest, both days of the weekend, always draws big crowds from around the Bay Area. This year the Uptown neighborhood has a food festival in the afternoon and evening hours. Mid-day Saturday, the Sistah's Steppin' in Pride annual event at Snow Park celebrates our lesbian community. And Children's Fairyland has a special puppet fair both days for little ones. Check out the details for all these events in our Events listings.

Children's Fund (Measure K) Planning and Oversight Committee: Council Appointment

I am looking for an adult to serve as the District 2 adult representative to the Measure K Planning and Oversight Committee (POC). This is an important appointment because the POC plays a key role in shaping the Measure K Kid's First! program and evaluating it. To learn more about what is expected of members of the POC, go here for a job description. If you are interested, please email Jennie Gerard on my staff or (510) 238-7023 to find out how to apply.

I'd like to thank Lande Ajose, my appointee for the last two years, who has done a fine job on the POC.

Weekend Afternoon Parking Now Permitted on Lakeshore Avenue Next to Lake Merritt: New 3-hour Parking Regulations in Effect

Last spring when I asked my E-News readers whether the City should lift the restrictions on parking along Lake Shore Avenue next to Lake Merritt (west side or lakeside of the street), eighty percent of the nearly 400 who responded said yes. In May, the Council voted to remove the restrictions. At the same time, we voted to unify the variety of parking restrictions. Very recently, new signage replacing the old was installed from MacArthur Boulevard to 12th St along the west side of Lake Shore Avenue. Now Monday through Sunday, parking is restricted to 3 hours between the hours of 8:00 am and 6:00 pm. That should give you time to walk, run or bike around the lake or picnic on the lawn.
Citywide Zoning Update Made Easy

The City has produced simple, straightforward introductory videos to explain the Citywide Zoning Update process. There are four videos explaining the basic information of the
proposals being considered now by the Zoning Update Committee of the Planning Commission:

(1) Part One: An Introduction to the Zoning Update
(2) Part Two: The Residential Zones
(3) Part Three: The Commercial Zones
(4) Part Four: An Introduction to the Zoning Maps

You can view the videos on the main page of the Citywide Zoning Update website. The videos are best viewed using Internet Explorer. There is also a YouTube channel.

In addition to the videos, the main page of the Citywide Zoning Update website has the link to PDF version of the video and its script.

Morcom Rose Garden Voted One of America's Best Rose Gardens

Thanks to all the lovers of Morcom Rose Garden who voted in the All-America Rose Selection's recent competition for the America's Best Rose Garden, Oakland's is in the top ten, number nine to be exact. Winners are determined by total votes from visitors and rose enthusiasts, overall garden condition and community programs, including tours and volunteers days that engage visitors and promote each respective garden. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work by the City's gardeners, other employees and scores of volunteers to keep the Morcom Rose Garden primed to be in the top ten. Congratulations to all who put in so much good work, which attracted the outpouring of votes! To learn more about the competition and the other winners, go here.
The "B": Broadway Shuttle Returns

Returning after a nearly ten-year hiatus and sporting an all-new look and mission, the free new Broadway Shuttle now serves downtown Oakland from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. The "B" is the latest in a series of green economic development initiatives put forth by the City of Oakland to attract business, jobs and investment. This particular project focuses on the continued revitalization of downtown Oakland as a regional hub for dining, arts and entertainment.
 
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Walden Pond, Grand Tavern, Camino and Grand Lake Theater Win Best of East Bay Awards

Some of the award winners in the East Bay Express "Best of the East Bay" contest:

· Walden Pond Books Wins East Bay Express "Best Bookstore"
· Grand Tavern Wins East Bay Express "Best Unidentifiable Veggies"
· Camino Wins East Bay Express "Best Use of a Fireplace"

For more East Bay Express award winners, go here. Also, the Grand Lake Theater was recognized in the San Francico Chronicle recently. Go here, for more info.

Your Comments Invited on Metropolitan Transportation Commission's Draft 2010 Public Participation Plan 

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission's Draft 2010 Public Participation Plan catalogs strategies employed by the agency to deliver information to the public and solicit feedback on plans, programs and funding decisions. The plan includes a continued role for face-to-face public meetings as well as electronic communication tools. It also describes steps MTC takes to involve low-income communities and communities of color, along with limited-English speakers.

Comments are due by 4:00pm on Monday, August 23, 2010, and can be e-mailed here, faxed to 510-817-5848 or sent to MTC's Public Information Office at 101 Eighth Street, Oakland, CA, 94607. For more information, call 510-817-5757 or e-mail the address above.

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