The Kwik Way is Re-born! 

photo courtesy of Ken Katz

Events
  
Saturday, April 16Oakland Earth Day 2011 Community Clean-Ups - see list of District 2 locations
Sunday, April 17FREE Family Easter Party! at Franklin Recreation Center
Tuesday, April 19Community Meeting re Implementation of Elements of the Harrison-Oakland Community-Based Transportation Plan and City's Bicycle Master Plan
Wednesday, April 20March and A Rally Against Sexual Exploitation of Young People
Wednesday, April 20 and Wednesday, April 27Fence Alteration and Improvement Project at FM Smith Park: Public Comment Invited
Thursday, April 21Lake Neighbors Quarterly Meeting at FM Smith Recreation Center
Thursday, April 21Snow Park/Harrison/ 20th St. Measure DD Redo Project To Be Considered by the Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Saturday, April 2324th Annual Lakeshore Easter Parade & Derby Decorating Contest & Spring Fair
Saturday April 23rdDistrict 2 resident Judith Offer reads from her new book, Double Crossing: Poems and Sketches of Oakland
Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24Bella Vista Park Easter/Spring Events, behind Bella Vista School
Saturday, April 30Annual CORE Exercise
Thursday, April 28Community Meeting to Launch Completion of REGIONAL RETAIL PLAN for Broadway-27th-Valdez District (If you want somewhere to shop in Oakland, please attend this meeting!)
Saturday, April 30MAYOR JEAN QUAN's TOWN HALL MEETING in District 2 - Regeneration Church Gymnasium,followed by an informal celebration with refreshments - Co-sponsored by Councilmember Pat Kernighan and the Block by Block Organizing Network
Saturday, April 30

Oakland's Financial Fitness Fair: "Get Your $ Right and Your Credit Tight" at City Hall

Saturday, April 30Volunteers Workday for Beautification Projects at Edna Brewer Middle School
Sunday, May 164th Annual Spring Show Presented by East Bay Rose Society
Saturday, May 758th Annual City of Oakland Mother of the Year Award, at Morcom Rose Garden
Saturday, May 14East Bay Children's Book Project's Open House, at FM Smith Recreation Center
Sunday, May 158th Annual Bay-Friendly Garden Tour Showcasing Natural Gardening Techniques in 30+ Private Residential Gardens

 
Reports
Councilmember Responds to Frequently Asked Questions on City Budget Crisis
Update on Dog Park Proposal near MacArthur and Lakeshore
New Life on Lake Park Avenue! - Kwik Way, Cana, Lanesplitter, Heart and Dagger and more
Update on 12th Street Re-do: Changes on Lakeshore at First Avenue; Newly Poured Bridge Roadbed
Morcom Rose Garden: Measure WW-Funded Improvements Coming Starting This Summer
Reporting a Problem to Public Works On Line - New System
Freedom Bus honoring Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement is On the Move
Update from the County's Acute Tower Replacement: A Supplement to the EIR about Tree Removal is in the Works
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Councilmember Responds to Frequently Asked Questions on City Budget Crisis


Dear District 2 Neighbors:

As Oakland's budget crisis looms larger and more immediate, I am hearing from more of you proposing ideas to reduce expenses. I am pleased that people are speaking up about decisions that will affect their daily lives. In order that your participation be as effective as possible, I want to provide you with accurate information about several key topics, which I write about below. You can also read the City Administrator's summary and check out some informative charts at the City's main page here, and go to the middle of the page, under "Budget News."

 

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Update on Dog Park Proposal near MacArthur and Lakeshore



The proposal to create a fenced dog play area in the field near Astro Park continues to inspire strong feelings pro and con. Councilmember Nadel and I held a community meeting on March 23 to facilitate neighbors hearing one another on the issue. About 120 people attended and 43 of them spoke. Going into the meeting, we had received about 210 emails, with about 60% opposed and 40% in favor. At the meeting itself, there were more speakers in favor than opposed. As of today, we have received emails from 343 people and the current tally is 179 in favor and 164 opposed.

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New Life on Lake Park Avenue! -- Kwik Way, Cana, Lanesplitter, Heart and Dagger and more!


The iconic Kwik Way has been re-born!. The classic neon sign was on and burgers were being served yesterday, the first day of business after many months of work on interior renovation. Gary Rizzo, owner of Somerset on College Avenue, has re-opened the Kwik Way, which will bring made-to-order burgers as well as a varied menu including salads and vegetarian options to the location.

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12th Street Redo: Changes on Lakeshore at First Avenue; Newly Poured Bridge Roadbed


On Monday April 11 the contractor for the 12th Street started work at the median islands where Lakeshore Ave and First Ave diverge, close to Foothill Blvd. The islands have been demolished, new curbs and gutters will be constructed, new paving installed and new storm drains connected. Traffic is continuing to flow along both Lakeshore and First Ave, but the lanes will move around a bit as the work progresses. Congestion will be inevitable, so motorists should expect delays and consider using other routes. This work will continue for perhaps four to six weeks. A changeable message board is in place to alert motorists. Also, a major concrete pour was to occur most likely on April 14 for the road bed of the eastbound bridge.
--- based on a report from Joel Peter, Measure DD Program Manager

 

Morcom Rose Garden: Measure WW-Funded Improvements Coming Starting This Summer


The City Council has approved the staff executing a contract for the Measure WW-funded improvements to the Morcom Rose Garden. The staff report to Council described the project this way:  
 

"The project consists of upgrades and improvements throughout the site: ADA upgrades to the Jean Street entrance, the wedding location, and drinking fountains as well as adding a new accessible restroom; improvements, repairs and upgrades to the stairs, retaining wall, Reflection pool, pathways, Rose Garden building waterproofing, and the irrigation system; addition of a new sensory garden, new site lighting, way finding signage, and a new curb and gutter along Monte Vista Avenue, abatement of hazardous materials and other related work."  
 

Construction likely will begin in June 2011 with project completion that could happen as early as December 2011 but with the usual rainy winter days more likely will wrap up closer to March 2012. During construction parts of the Garden will be closed off. 

 

Reporting a Problem to Public Works On Line


 

The Public Works Agency has a new on-line site: Report A Problem. Go the Public Works website here and click on "Report a Problem", or by clicking on the following link: Begin a New Service Request. Once you submit the problem, you'll be e-mailed a tracking number. The new Service Request System is intended to be more user-friendly and easier to navigate. If you'd prefer to report problems by phone, you can continue to do so by calling the Public Works Call Center at 510.615.5566.  

Freedom Bus honoring Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement is On the Move

  
On March 25, the AC Transit Freedom Bus honoring Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement was unveiled in Oakland. Featuring artwork created by students from Berkeley High School, the Freedom Bus is now in regular service and has been seen on lines 26, 31, 51B, and 88. The Freedom Bus will then rotate to lines in other parts of AC Transit's service area for all to enjoy. Pictures of the Freedom Bus can be found here.

 

Update from the County's Acute Tower Replacement: A Supplement to the EIR about Tree Removal is in the Works


 

Attached please find the following information related to the Highland ATR Project Supplemental EIR:


Fact Sheet -- this fact sheet was distributed on March 25th at the Steering Committee meeting and on March 28th at the BOS retreat. It provides a summary of the purpose of the Supplemental EIR (SEIR), as well as the schedule for Notice, distribution of the Draft, and anticipated date of Final SEIR certification.

Notice of Preparation (NOP) -- as required by CEQA, the Notice of Preparation has been drafted and is being distributed today to required regulatory agencies, as well as neighbors, using the same distribution list previously used during development of the EIR.