Raiders lead exercises at Roosevelt Middle School...read more below
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How Measure BB Would Affect Police Staffing
Roosevelt Middle School's Schoolyard and Athletic Facilities Get Make-Over, with a Little Help From NFL, Comcast and the City
About the New 12th St Boulevard
Central City East Home Ownership Rehabilitation Program
Arts Census
Oakland Public Works Crews Ready for Wet Weather: Sandbags and Plastic Sheeting Offered to Residents and Businesses - Volunteers Needed
Bus Service Changes Coming October 31
Grants and In-Kind Support Opportunities for Community Groups
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Visits Oakland Chinatown During Oakland Environmental Justice Tour
Oakland Municipal Academy Graduates Its First Class of Fall 2010
Events
Saturday, October 30Lakeshore Annual Halloween Parade & Fall Festival
Sunday, October 31
Bella Vista Halloween Party
Sunday, October 31Pick Up Rain Barrels On Sale, Which You Have To Have Ordered Ahead of Time
Tuesday, November 2 to Thursday, November 45th Avenue Closure
Tuesday, November 9International Blvd Transportation Oriented Development Plan Public Workshop
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How Measure BB Would Affect Police Staffing
 
Just about everybody I talk with is very concerned with public safety in their neighborhood. Knowing that, I want to share some information about a measure on the Oakland ballot that will affect the City's ability to maintain the public safety services that it is currently providing. I am not advocating that you vote one way or the other, but since there has been some misinformation about Measure BB in press recently, I want to provide you with some facts that I know to be true. 

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Roosevelt Middle School's Schoolyard and Athletic Facilities Get Make-Over, with a Little Help From NFL, Comcast and the City

The San Antonio area doesn't have many outdoor recreational fields for students or the general public, and until recently Roosevelt Middle School's school yard was in bad shape and its indoor physical education space had little to offer students. That changed this Fall and there is reason for celebration.

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About the New 12th Street Boulevard

If you've driven along the south end of Lake Merritt through or next to the huge 12th Street Measure DD project, you've seen the green settling tanks and the yellow tank manufacturing extremely lightweight concrete fill for the bridge approaches. The lightweight fill will eliminate long-term settling of soft bay mud underlying the site. Recently, you may have seen and heard steel bracing piles being driven in at 45 degree angles. They will be followed by sheet pile seawalls, then piles will be driven for the bridge foundations, and concrete abutment walls constructed. Those serving on juries in the nearby Alameda County Court House have a view of the new alignment for the 12th Street boulevard. The photos below will give you an idea of the arc that the boulevard roadway will take.

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---- based on report by Measure DD Program Manager Joel Peter

Central City East Home Ownership Rehabilitation Program


Arts Census

Oakland is one of the most diverse art communities in the country. The arts fuel Oakland's economy, build strong, vibrant neighborhoods, improve educational outcomes and enrich society. Support Oakland Artists (SOA) is a nonprofit organization that works to enhance local artists' ability to thrive, increase citizens' participation in cultural activities, and establish Oakland as a world-class destination for the multi-cultural arts.

Visit here for more information.


Oakland Public Works Crews Ready for Wet Weather: Sandbags and Plastic Sheeting Offered to Residents and Businesses - Volunteers Needed

In preparation for the start of the rainy season, the City of Oakland's Public Works Agency is taking proactive measures to prepare for wet weather. During the last few months crews have been working to remove debris from storm drains and have deployed maintenance crews to address other storm-related issues. In addition, there are opportunities available for volunteers to assist during the rainy season (see below). Oakland Public Works is proud to be of service to the community.

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Bus Service Changes Coming October 31

See below, information from AC Transit on the latest changes to their bus service:


On Sunday, October 31, service changes will go into effect on nearly 70 bus lines. The changes, which will result in a 7.2 percent reduction in service and $11.4 million in annual savings, are driven by the continuing financial challenges facing AC Transit.

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Grants and In-Kind Support Opportunities for Community Groups

To see a listing of local resources for volunteer groups, go here.

The listing is compiled by Neighborhood Services Division of the Oakland Police Department. To recommend other grant sources, please contact Hoang Banh, Neighborhood Services Coordinator, here or 238-6566.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Visits Oakland Chinatown during Oakland Environmental Justice Tour

US EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) led by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, visited Oakland Chinatown on Saturday, October 16. Thanks to APEN for organizing this visit and receiving Administrator Jackson and the CBC on their Oakland-wide environmental justice tour. This event was a great opportunity for APEN and our community partners in the Chinatown Coalition to present the community's perspective of the Lake Merritt BART development project. APEN also highlighted this year's launch of the Asian Pacific American Climate Coalition (APACC) to spark climate solutions for communities throughout California.

Oakland Municipal Academy Graduates Its First Class of Fall 2010

The Oakland Municipal Academy (OMA), Cantonese class, is having their Graduation Ceremony at the Tuesday, November 9 City Council meeting, starting at 5:30 pm. The graduates consist of City staff members, non-profit service providers, community volunteers, seniors and students. They have all gone through 45 hours of training as well as evaluations by staff and peers, and will complete a group community project by Fall of next year. Congratulations to the first OMA Class of Fall 2010!