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District 2 staff and Councilmember Kernighan (and District 2 "first husband" Paul Gordon)at January 3 Inauguration

 

Events
Saturday, January 29Education Development Opportunities Presents Informational Event on Glaucoma, Loss of Vision
Saturday, January 29Lake Merritt Deadheaders' Regular Monthly Work Party
Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30Lunar New Year Street Festival in Oakland Chinatown, 2011 Year of the Rabbit
Tuesday, February 8Public Safety Committee Considers Ordinances Addressing Prostitution
Saturday, February 12New Year Performances and Cultural Art Activities at Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Friday, February 18Deadline to submit in the K-12 Arts Competition: Freedom Bus Project
Tuesday, February 22Public Safety Committee Hears Informational Reports on Gang Injunctions for North Oakland and Fruitvale
Tuesday, February 22Public Works Committee Hears a Report on a Prioritizing Projects for Utility Undergrounding

Reports
Message from the Councilmember
Potholes and Poor Streets
Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project in San Antonio
Lakeview Dog Play Area: An Update
Mayor Quan's Goal of 2000 Volunteers Mentoring Youth
CORE's Sixth Annual Citywide Exercise Coming Up - Sign up Now
Oakland's Waterfront 2011 Calendar of Events
E-genda for Upcoming Committee and Council Meetings
AC Transit's Innovative Real-Time System Wins "Project Of The Year"
Sign Up for Family Fun at Feather River Camp by February 1 for 15% Off
Opportunities in February to Volunteer Throughout Oakland
Long-time homeless man at Lakeshore/Mandana
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Message from the Councilmember

  

Dear Constituents,


The New Year brings a sense of renewed energy to tackle the projects and challenges before us. I am glad to have the 2010 campaign season behind me and be back to focusing on my core duties as your City Councilmember. As always, my mission is to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods, to make Oakland a safer place, and to encourage economic growth that sustains our city. That mission is getting harder and harder as revenues continue to shrink for all governmental entities in California.


While a big part of my job is to make systemic changes that will improve the functioning of our city services, I also endeavor to do something about the day-to-day, "real life" problems occurring in the neighborhoods of District 2, whether it be getting street lights fixed or potholes filled. In this month's newsletter, I address a few of the issues that I hear a lot of complaints about. The first two are both big policy issues as well as day to day quality of life issues for residents: 1) the very bad pavement conditions of many of our local streets, and 2) the prostitution problem along International Blvd. There are also a couple are things of concern to a particular neighborhood, about which I hear a lot of complaints, such as the mentally ill, homeless man who for years has spent his days around Lakeshore and Mandana. Big or small, these issues have proven to be hard to solve, and I will explain why. But I do want you to know that I am aware of them and doing my best to find solutions. And I always appreciate offers of help or creative ideas.

 

Potholes and Poor Streets


I frequently hear about the numerous locations in District 2 where the street pavement is severely deteriorated and the potholes are large. I also drive over them myself. People can't understand why the City has let these streets get in such bad condition. There are two reasons, one simple, one complicated.

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Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project in San Antonio



The work to be completed during this project is part of the City's annual Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation program. The proposed work consists of the rehabilitation of more than 30,000 lineal feet of sewer pipes. The project will include the area bounded by E. 24th St., 17th Ave, International Blvd and 13th Avenue. Work is expected to begin February 7, 2011 and continue through November 2011. It will rehabilitate existing sewer pipes, reduce rain-related sewer overflows and lower the demand for sanitary sewer maintenance. The work will be undertaken by Andes Construction, Inc. The City's Resident Engineer, who is responsible for oversight of the contractor, is Julius Kale and he can be reached here or at 510.238.7638, should you have questions regarding the work in your neighborhood.

Lakeview Dog Play Area: An Update


 

The long talked about Lake Merritt dog play area, to be located in Astro Park at the corner of Lakeshore Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard, is moving forward. Councilmember Nancy Nadel's office is shepherding the proposal. The majority of the necessary funding is in hand. The next step is for the Office of Parks & Recreation (OPR) to apply for a minor conditional use permit. The application will be decided by planning staff. As with all minor conditional use permits, this one will not go before the Planning Commission for consideration, unless it is appealed. When the permit application is made, a sign will be posted at the site to notify those who might wish to comment.


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Mayor Quan's Goal of 2000 Volunteers Mentoring Youth


In her inaugural address, Mayor Quan specifically asked those over 18 to consider volunteering in Oakland's schools, and in after school or other programs that serve students and young Oakland residents up to age 22. She noted that if Oakland can wrap its arms around these 2000 youth each year, we can increase the school graduation rate and reduce crime in our City.


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CORE's Sixth Annual Citywide Exercise Coming Up - Sign up Now

  
Coming up is the sixth annual CORE Citywide Exercise scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2011 between 9:00am and 12:00 noon. This year's drill will focus on neighborhood evacuation and emergency communication at the individual level, within each neighborhood, to other neighborhoods and to the City's Emergency Operations Center.

 

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Oakland's Waterfront 2011 Calendar of Events



Go here to see list of events at the Waterfront.

E-genda for Upcoming Committee and Council Meetings



Click here to read staff reports from upcoming Council and Committee meetings.

 

You can can also these documents at the City's website here

AC Transit's Innovative Real-Time System Wins "Project Of The Year"

 

AC Transit's real-time bus information system, provided by NextBus, has been awarded the 2010 Project of the Year by the Institute of Transportation Engineers, San Francisco Bay Area Section.

 

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Sign Up for Family Fun at Feather River Camp by February 1 for 15% Off



Bring a new friend to camp!

Register a new camper-family to receive a special discount. Register Both Families By February 1 to receive 15% off both registrations.

Register Both Families By March 1 to receive 10% both registrations.

For more information, email Sara Scheid, or call the CIC office: 510.336.CAMP (2267), or visit our website.

Feather River Camp is located at 5469 Oakland Camp Road, Quincy, California,owned by the City of Oakland and operated by the non-profit, Camps in Common.

Opportunities in February to Volunteer Throughout Oakland

 
Public Works has put together a listing of opportunities to volunteer at sites all over Oakland. Click here for more info.

Long-time homeless man at Lakeshore/Mandana



Most residents who frequent the shopping area on Lakeshore Avenue are familiar Norman, the homeless, mentally ill man who has made this area his daytime "home" for many years. Norman is probably close to 60 and is apparently schizophrenic. He is absolutely filthy from head to toe and smells putrid from 15 feet away. He often lays in the grass at Mandana and Lakeshore, leaving coffee cups in his wake. He also has some particularly anti-social habits that prevent a public health issue for the park.

 

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