District 2 "Pedal Pool" on Bike To Work Day

(minus our fearless leader, Janet Smartt, who was taking the photo!)


Events
Saturday, May 21Get a Two week Free pass to Ride the Line 26 Bus and See How Easy It Is to Save Money on Gas and Parking. Look for AC Transit Table at Grandlake Farmers Market
Saturday May 21Free Boat Rentals and Boating Safety Information at the Lake Merritt Boating Center
Saturday, May 21Free - 11th Annual Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival 2011 at San Antonio Park
Sunday, May 22The Abraham Burton Trio presented by EastSide Arts at The EastSide Cultural Center
Monday, May 23Try out BART's Seat Lab and Give Your Opinion on the Best Seats for Future BART Cars at Fruitvale BART Station Village Plaza
Monday, May 23
Budget Town Hall Meeting for Council Districts 2, 4 and 5 at Fruitvale Elementary School.  
Wednesday, May 25Isabel Wilkerson, Author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, to Speak at African American Museum and Library (AAMLO)
Wednesday, May 25Broadway Valdez District Specific Plan: Words to Paper: A Meeting for Various Interest Groups to Show Their Vision for an Urban Retail District



Reports
Oakland Libraries Threatened by Budget Ax
District 2 Town Hall Meeting: Summary
Lake Merritt BART Station Area Plan: Update on Next Community Meeting
Creeks Beneath Your Feet: Public Art Installations Invite You to Discover Oakland's Hidden Watershed and Creeks
Register for National Night Out to Host Community Parties and Get to Know Your Neighbors
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Oakland Libraries Threatened by Budget Ax

The Mayor has presented three budget scenarios, dubbed Budgets A, B, and C. In Budget A, the deficit is closed solely by lay-offs of employees, with no help from either a parcel tax or concessions from employee unions. In this worst case scenario, drastic cuts to all City services are made, including closing most of the City libraries, including Lakeview and the Asian branch. Only the Main and three branches would remain open.

Library supporters have been calling upon Councilmembers to stop this decimation of the Library system.They are asking me how the City can even think of something so drastic as closing down most of the library system, especially since voters passed Measure Q, the library tax, a number of years ago. 

 

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District 2 Town Hall Meeting: Summary

 

On April 30 Mayor Jean Quan held a District 2 Town Hall Meeting co-sponsored by Councilmember Kernighan and the Block-by-Block Organizing Network Committee. Approximately 200 people attended the meeting representing neighborhoods throughout the district except for Chinatown where a separate Town Hall meeting will take place at a later date. There were many faces new to civic engagement in the audience as well as many more stalwarts whose participation makes such a difference to the quality of life in District 2. Mayor Quan introduced Acting City Administrator Lamont Ewell, Police Chief Anthony Batts and other representatives of City government and a few of the many non-profit organizations that enrich District 2. She also introduced OUSD's District 2 School Board Director David Kakishiba. Then the audience broke into eight issue groups. The issues had been identified by a meeting planning committee comprised of district residents. Each group identified a short list of potential strategies for addressing each of these areas of concern and ways to measure progress toward addressing them. Go here for the meeting summary. 

 

Lake Merritt BART Station Area Plan: Update on Next Community Meeting


Here is an update of upcoming opportunities for interested community members to comment on the Lake Merritt BART Station Area Plan. There was to have been a June public workshop; it has been cancelled in preference for the Community Stakeholders Group to move ahead on developing an Emerging Plan. The Emerging Plan will translate the community feedback received at the two workshops earlier in the year. The next Community Workshop will take place in early October at which time the Emerging Plan will be available for review and comment. The comments received on the Emerging Plan will be the basis for developing a Preferred Plan. That Plan will then go before various advisory boards for their review: Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board, Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission and Planning Commission. Finally, the plan will go before the City Council. This final stage of review before the various committees, commissions and council and public comment is expected to take place beginning later in December and conclude in February, 2012.


You can review documents, and read workshop and meeting results at the project website here and scroll down to "Workshops & Meetings" notes where you'll find links many links.

 

Creeks Beneath Your Feet: Public Art Installations Invite You to Discover Oakland's Hidden Watershed and Creeks
  
Pedestrians on Lakeshore Ave and in four other Oakland neighborhoods may have noticed a series of bronze markers that were embedded in City sidewalks during April 2011. These new Watershed Markers identify the location of a buried creek or underground culvert that is part of Oakland's extensive watershed system. Designed by Wowhaus, each installation is a series of five markers arranged like stepping stones to encourage stepping across the creek while also highlighting the native fauna that inhabits streambeds. The name of the creek associated with each site is stamped in the sidewalk's concrete. The locations of the first five Watershed Markers installations are Lake Merritt on Lakeshore Ave in front of Peet's Coffee, Glen Echo on Bay Pl/27th St in front of Whole Foods Market, Temescal on Shafter Ave at College Ave in front of Oliveto's, Arroyo Viejo in front of Castlemont High School on MacArthur Blvd at 84th Ave, and Sausal on La Salle Ave at Mountain Blvd in the Dimond District.

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Register for National Night Out to Host Community Parties and Get to Know Your Neighbors 

It's that time of the year again. This year's National Night Out will be on Tuesday, August 2, 7-9pm. Attached please find fliers in English and Spanish. You can now register to host a National Night Out Party in your neighborhood, your block, at a park, in your business, etc.    

On the City's website, you will find the block party guide and a link to customize NNO block party flyers, etc.    


Organize a block party, barbecue, ice cream social, or other outdoor event that brings your neighbors together. Register early to receive give-away items for the kids and a special gift for the host. For more information call (510) 238-3091.