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Council Passes City Budget
New City Administrator
Mayor's Chinatown Town Hall Meeting
Update on Dog Park Proposal
Geese at Lake Merritt
"I Choose Oakland" Video/Photo Contest
16th Ave/Ardley Ave and E. 21st Bikeway
Oakland's Latest Public Art "10,000 Steps"
About the Public Art Program
About the Cultural Funding Program
National Night Out 2011 Block Party
The Free Broadway Shuttle's New Increased Hours
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Events

 

Sunday, July 10

Second Annual Oakland Fiber and Textile Festival -

Splash Pad Park - Located at Grand and Lake Park Aves - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

 

This free event is for everyone who knits, spins, weaves and/or admires textiles. You'll see everything from raw fiber to finished textile products. Go here for details.  

Sunday, July 10, 17, 24, and 31

 

Oakland Municipal Band's July Concerts

- Edoff Memorial Bandstand in Lakeside Park - Bellevue Ave - 1:00 pm. For the Oakland Municipal Band's 100-year history and details on its up-coming concert, go
here.
 

Wednesday, July 13

 

Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission to consider dog play areas in the Lake Merritt vicinity - Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave - 4:30 pm

 

PRAC will consider a Minor Conditional Use Permit application for a proposal dog play area at Lakeshore Ave and MacArthur Blvd, and design review of a proposed dog play area, offered as an alternative, to be located at the former police horse stables in Lakeside Park behind Fairyland. Go here and click on July 13 agenda for a report on each proposal and related graphics.

 

Monday, July 11

 

Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board will focus on the historic and cultural resource impacts and mitigation measures associated with the 325 7th St project. The LPAB meeting will take place in Hearing Room 1, Oakland City Hall beginning at 6:00 pm. 

  

Thursday, July 14

Landscape Design Workshop Relating to the Highland Hospital Acute Care Tower Replacement Project: Landscape Plan Proposes Removal of Trees along 14th Avenue - Highland Hospital Cafeteria, 1411 E. 31st St - 7:00 pm

 

The County of Alameda is sponsoring this Landscape Design Workshop. Based on current plans, construction of the new Acute Care Tower planned for the Highland campus will result in the loss of significant portions of existing historic landscape along 14th Ave, including large redwood and cedar trees from the existing landscape frontage. The County has committed to undergo a landscape design process with the goal of lessening impacts on the historic landscape and reducing necessary tree removal to the extent possible. The workshop will include a presentation by the County's hospital design team to explain why the impacts to the historic landscape are expected to be necessary and a presentation by the County's landscape architect to describe preliminary landscape plans for preservation where possible and for rehabilitation of this area after construction.

 

Questions about this Landscape Design Workshop or requests for further information? Contact Ann Ludwig, Medical Facilities Development Program Manager at GSA-HighlandProjectTeam@acgov.org.

 

 Saturday, July 16

 

Flower Planting Morgan Plaza Park: A Community Improvement Project - Highland Ave and E. 26th St - 10:00 am 

 

Calling all neighbors who would like Morgan Plaza Park to bloom with flowering plants and attract positive activity. This community-sponsored planting event is made possible thanks to a Neighborhood Improvement Project grant from the Central City East Redevelopment Area, the planting design of landscape architect Laura Jerrard, and the  leadership of neighbor Greg Hartwig with help from our office.

 

After all the plants are in the ground, refreshments will be served thanks to the Oakland Affordable Housing Preservation Initiatives, Inc. affiliated with Oakland Housing Authority.

 

Wednesday, July 20

325 7th Street: Planning Commission will Consider Proposed High Rise Project at 325 7th Street- Hearing Room 1, Oakland City Hall - Beginning at 6:00 pm 

 

The 325 7th St project will construct 380 residential condo unites in two tall towers (27 and 20 stories respectively) and a small amount of ground-floor office and retail space. An Environmental Impact Report has been prepared for the project. To read the report, go here.   

  

Thursday, July 21

 

Urban Agriculture Community Workshop Regarding Updating the City's Zoning Ordinance - Sponsored by the City's Planning Department - North Oakland Senior Center -  5714 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

 

The City's zoning regulations relating to urban agricultural uses, adopted in 1965, do not adequately address modern urban agricultural practices that have become popular in Oakland and the nation. The intent of the process of updating the zoning is to encourage food production within the city limits, clarify standards and review procedures, and ensure responsible and sustainable urban agriculture activities.

 

This will be the first of two community workshops hosted by the Planning Department before draft zoning regulations are presented to the Planning Commission and the City Council.  The workshop will focus on reviewing the background of urban agriculture in Oakland and identifying issues that the City should consider. A second workshop will take place in the Fall to present a draft proposal for comment.

 

For more information and to stay informed, go here or contact Heather Klein at 510.238.3659 or hklein@oaklandnet.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Budget Update From Councilmember Kernighan

 

City Council Passes Two-Year Budget

 

On June 30, the City Council passed a two-year budget that managed to preserve key City services, though at bare bones levels.  Internal services, such as information technology, payroll and administrative functions were cut back significantly. 

 

Impacts on major services: 

 

Police:  Keeps an average of 640 police officers in FY 2011-12, reducing to about 610 in second year. 

 

Libraries:  Keeps all branches open, but at the same reduced hours as last year.

 

Park Maintenance:  There were more staff reductions this year, which brings us to critically low staffing levels. 

 

We were able to avoid closing libraries and eliminating the Neighborhood Services Division as well as other threatened cuts because of cost savings from anticipated labor concessions. Those concessions are part of tentative agreements with City employee bargaining units, which hopefully will be approved by the union members this week. Part of the savings from civilian employees are achieved through furlough days, which means closure of City services one day a month plus the week between Christmas and New Years Day (except police and fire).  I am grateful to our City employees for making substantial personal sacrifices, which have allowed the City to avoid drastic cuts to basic public services.

 

All in all, the budget is quite a good result considering how much our revenues have shrunk over the past three years.  We still have more work to do for long term financial stability, as about 20% of our budget solution this time was from one-time money (the sale of the Henry J. Kaiser Arena).   In addition, the City still has large unfunded pension obligations and internal funds with negative balances that must be repaid.  The City Council must work hard over the next two years to make further changes in order to avoid financial crises in the future. 

 

We also have the specter of more cost-cutting due to the State trying to eliminate Redevelopment Agencies.  New State legislation gives cities the choice of closing down their Redevelopment Agency or paying a very large sum of money to the State.  In Oakland's case, the sum for this year would be $40 million. Obviously that would be a huge hit both to on-going projects and to jobs in our economic development function.  Oakland is joining with other California cities in a legal challenge to the State's move on Redevelopment.  A decision may be forth-coming in October.

 

For another perspective, I am re-printing Mayor Quan's description of the budget, below.

 

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From Mayor Quan:  

 

Last Thursday night, I cast the decisive vote to break a tie at City Council that avoided an all cuts budget at the start of the new fiscal year today, and moved us closer to a fair share budget that will keep Oakland moving forward. The next step is to ask our residents to approve additional temporary emergency revenues in the Fall election.

 

I want to thank City employees -- the police and fire unions who came to the table even though their contracts had not expired, as well as lower paid employees who are harder hit.  Everyone worked hard and made multiple sacrifices to preserve essential services. Without their commitment to Oakland, we would not be keeping the doors open at libraries, senior centers, parks and recreation facilities, and other important programs. We were able to negotiate and approve agreements that we have not been able to reach as recently as last year. I want to acknowledge the sacrifice of each bargaining unit and every City employee, and to convey my deep appreciation.

 

Second, I thank my colleagues on the City Council, who debated the budget passionately. The two proposals on the table last Thursday night had much in common; about 95% of them were the same as my Option B budget. There were elements in each approach that I liked or disliked. I voted to break the tie so that we could produce a balanced budget on time as required by the Charter and move things forward. The chief difference was the rate of bringing back police officers. I promised both sides I will work to bring back as many officers as quickly as possible, but we will need additional revenues to get to the levels we would all like.

 

The economy is recovering slowly. It will take us several years to recover the same level of property taxes we had just three years ago. It is critical to pass a parcel tax to

 

·         Fully staff our senior centers

·         Maintain police staff levels

·         Add crews to fix pot holes

·         Restore park maintenance staff

 

We begin the new fiscal year with a budget, a new city administrator, and a lot of work ahead of us:

 

·         We will join other cities to take the legislators' decision on redevelopment to court and hope to have a decision by the end of July.

 

·         We will fight the newest state grab of between $1.3 and $1.5 million from the state vehicle license fees.

 

·         We have the sad job of lay offs and managing the bumping process that will occur as we implement the budget.

 

I want to thank everyone, again, for working so hard during these difficult times.  

New City Administrator
 

New City Administrator

 

I am extremely pleased that Deanna Santana has joined the City as its new City Administrator.  I am very impressed with Ms. Santana's level of professionalism as a manager and knowledge of best practices in public administration.  She comes to us from the City of San Jose, which has a very good reputation for effective management.  Ms. Santana will be initiating a very systemic approach to improving City services that focuses on integrity, results and accountability. I offer her my full support.

 

Mayor's Chinatown Town Hall Meeting


 

[新夢想, 新方式]

 

關麗珍市長誠意邀請您來參加屋崙華埠社區會議

[粵語主講]
Chinatown Town Hall Meeting (Cantonese)

關麗珍市長辦公室  Mayor Jean Quan
姜麗嫻第二區市議員辦公室Councilmember Patricia Kernighan
屋崙市政府部門 Key City Officials from Oakland City Hall

2011717日〔星期日〕下午1時至4
屋崙亞洲文化中心 Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388號九街富興中心二樓 388 9th Street Suite 290
 

請一齊來認識的鄰居和市政府及參與社會計劃: 

  • 環境衛生 Environment and Health 
  • 經濟發展  Economic Development  
  • 公共安全 Public Safety
  • 育  Education
  • 少年力量 Youth Empowerment
  • 公共服務  Public Service
  • 老人中心 Senior Centers
  • 市政語言服務 Language Access    
  • 其他社會問題 Other Social Issues
  • 捷運站建設 Lake Merritt BART Station Plan

特別會議:屋崙市政府財務預算問題

Special session about the City of Oakland's  budget

 

會後有茶點招待

Refreshments will be served afterward 
 

注意:如需普通話傳譯服務,請於7月7日(星期四)前致電510-238-2368登記。否則,此活動將不會提供普通話傳譯服務。

 

 

Update on the Dog Park Debate

Update on the Dog Park Debate - Hearing scheduled for July 13.

 

When:   July 13 at 4:30pm 

Where:  Lake Merritt Garden Center - 666 Bellevue Ave.

 

The proposed dog park to be located near Astro Park tot lot, (I call it  the Lakeview location), is headed to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission for a hearing on July 13 at 4:30pm.  This is a step in the review of the application for a Conditional Use Permit that is required to establish a dog play area in a park.  The PRAC commissioners will listen to public testimony and then make a recommendation to the Planning Department.  If you feel strongly one way or the other about this dog park, this is the time and place to make your views known to the decision-makers.     

 

If you cannot attend the PRAC hearing in person, but want to make your views known to the board members, please send your comments via email to Mark Hall at mhall@oaklandnet.com 

 

You may copy me and Councilmember Nancy Nadel if you wish, but please be adivsed that the PRAC Board is making the decision at this level, NOT me or CM Nadel. 

 

ALSO at the same hearing, proponents of a dog park in a different location, have submitted an application for Design Review, the first step in the process.  The location is a currently fenced area behind Fairyland that was once used by the Police department for their horses (when they had mounted police).  The enclosure is called the stables area.  It is shielded from view by trees and is located up on the hill, away from most park paths.  The pedestrian access to the stables would be on the road for service vehicles, which runs along the west side of Fairyland, from Grand Ave up the hill to the stable area. 

 

The agenda for the PRAC meeting of July 13 is posted at http://oaklandnet.com/parks/news/prac.asp. Scroll down to see a link to the meeting agenda. At Item 8.B is the design review of the proposed dog play area at the former police horse stables and at Item 9.A is the minor CUP application for the proposed Lakeview dog play area . 

 

The proposals for the two different locations are not necessarily linked.  The City could approve one, or both, or none.  The stables location is just starting the process and will have to go through more vetting with the community.

 

The next step will be a decision on the Conditional Use Permit by the City Planning staff, or perhaps the Planning Commission, since there is so much public interest in this matter.  At the appropriate time, I will let you know where to send comments for that step in the process.   

Geese at Lake Merritt
 

It's that time of year again, when the summer migration of Canada geese overtakes our lawns around Lake Merritt.  I am getting complaints from exasperated citizens who resent having our newly restored park covered by geese and goose droppings.  I share your frustration.  We have yet to find an acceptable solution to this problem, but I will keep working on it.  Past efforts have failed either due to public opposition (fencing off an area to keep geese out; trained dogs to herd the geese away from some areas) or insufficient resources (lack of staffing to transport and operate lawn sweepers).   

 

For background and previous research on the topic, here is a very good, short article about Goose Management at Lake Merritt on the city's website, http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/PWA/o/EC/s/MeasureDD/OAK025955. 

 

"I Choose Oakland" Video/Photo Contest

"I Choose Oakland" Video/Photo Contest Ends Sunday, July 10

 

There is still time to enter the photo and video contest but the deadline is fast approaching - 11:59 pm on Sunday, July 10. To enter, go here and upload a photo or video (3 minutes or less) that expresses why you choose to live or own a business in Oakland.  

 

Grand prize winners - one for each category - will win round-trip airfare to fly two friends to Oakland. These prizes also include dinner for two at Miss Pearl's or Pican, four Art & Soul festival tickets, four Paramount Theatre tickets, and a 'Made in Oakland' gift package. Runner Up prizes include Art & Soul and Oakland A's tickets plus membership to Chabot Space & Science Center or Oakland Museum of California. Finalists and winning entries will be displayed in a variety of formats and venues, with grand prize and runner-up winners featured during an upcoming Art Murmur.


 

If you don't want to enter, you can still vote for your favorites by going here. Voting ends on July 15.

 

16th Ave/Ardley Ave and E. 21st Bikeway Projects

The City is proposing to install a new bikeway along the 16th Ave/Ardley Ave corridor from the Embarcadero to MacArthur Blvd. The project includes bicycle striping and markings and bicycle wayfinding signs highlighting destinations that can be reached by bicycle along Oakland's bikeway network.

 

The project, recommended in the City's Bicycle Master Plan (BMP), is planned for completion in summer/fall 2011. It would be funded by State Transportation Development Act Article 3 grant funds and Oakland's share of Measure B Bicycle/Pedestrian Program funds, Alameda County's half-cent transportation sales tax. Both fund sources use tax revenues solely dedicated to bicycle and pedestrian projects.

The BMP calls for the installation of bikeways throughout Oakland to encourage bicycling as a healthy, non-polluting and affordable transportation option, helping Oakland to realize its sustainability and livability goals.

The 16th Ave/Ardley Ave and E 21st St Bikeways Project would complete a 2.9-mile link in the City's bikeway network. The new bikeways would connect the existing bikeway on Embarcadero, part of the San Francisco Bay Trail, to the MacArthur Blvd bikeway that is pending construction. Together, these projects establish a network of bikeways for the neighborhoods east of Lake Merritt, linking San Antonio Park to the Grand Lake, Dimond, and Laurel Districts via MacArthur Blvd, and to Jack London Square, Embarcadero Cove and the Fruitvale via the waterfront. The streets included in the project would be linked with bicycle wayfinding signs, part of a citywide system that is being implemented to connect 100 destinations throughout Oakland.

Learn more here. If you'd like to comment, please submit your ideas by Friday, July 22 to bikeped@oaklandnet.com or via fax (510.238.7415).

 

Oakland's Latest Public Art "10,000 Steps"

 

Installation of Oakland's latest public art 10,000 Steps: Walking the Invisible City has begun and will continue into July 2011. The installation includes 36 permanent conversational sidewalk markers that encourage pedestrians to explore the city's five original parks. The markers are being etched and stained in sidewalks at 36 locations stretching from Oak to Castro streets and from 5th to 12th streets. The two-foot-square markers contain poetic text identifying a nearby point of interest. In addition to English, six of the markers will include Chinese characters and four will include Spanish text. 

 

The five original parks - Jefferson, Harrison, Lafayette, Lincoln and Madison squares - are focal points for 10,000 Steps. They provide healthy places to exercise and enjoy the out-of-doors while acting as a catalyst to build community cohesion and pride. The five parks were among seven original squares plotted in downtown Oakland when the city was first laid out in the 1850s.

 

Companion pieces to the markers will include a guide map, audio tour for mobile phones and a website repository of text, photos, and maps, audio and video that explore hidden local stories, points of urban transformation and architectural and cultural history. The map will be available as a printed piece at community-based organizations in downtown and online at www.10ksteps.org. The audio tour will become available via cell phone for three months beginning in early August. The audio will later be available on the 10,000 Steps website.

 

In crafting this multi-year project, the artist team of marksearch (Sue Mark and Bruce Douglas) actively engaged local residents to create a community narrative. marksearch attended downtown events to collect stories from passersby who were attracted by their whimsical workcart made from reused materials. Community stakeholders have partnered with marksearch to review the marker text and locations.

 

Funding for 10,000 Steps has come from a variety of sources over the years. marksearch received an individual artist grant in 2009 from the City of Oakland's Cultural Funding program to create "A Profile of Four Squares," a multi-media installation documenting the histories of four of the five parks and the neighborhoods bordering them. They also received a City of Oakland Public Art Open Proposals grant, funded by a contribution from the Open Circle Foundation, which covers the costs of producing and installing the majority of the 36 markers. A National Trust for Historic Preservation grant has underwritten the cell phone audio tour, printed guide maps and interactive enhancements to the website. Initially funded by The Creative Work Fund, marksearch partnered with Friends of Oakland Parks & Recreation and worked with neighborhood and community organizations to develop relevant temporary green art projects in and around the parks.

 

marksearch began 10,000 Steps: Walking the Invisible City in 2006. Nearly five years later, marksearch is delighted to have begun installing the 36 markers and will officially launch the self-guided tour component on Sunday, August 7 at the Oakland Museum of California. The team creates interactive projects that invite people to reflect upon their local communities and increase their awareness of the natural environment within the urban fabric. Their site-specific projects emerge from a comprehensive process that weaves the needs and views of local agencies and the general public with the unique qualities of local history, the built environment and the ecosystem. In their various projects, marksearch has collaborated with sociologists, media artists, students, urban planners and various municipalities to create projects that move beyond art. To learn more about their work, visit marksearch.org.

About the Public Art Program

 

About the Public Art Program

 

Oakland's Public Art Program commissions original works of art for public spaces throughout Oakland. The program enriches the city's visual environment, integrates the creative thinking of artists into public construction projects and provides a means for citizens and visitors to enjoy and experience cultural diversity. Public Art funding comes from the City of Oakland's Public Art Ordinance (Percent for Art Ordinance), which requires a 1.5% allocation from all eligible City and Redevelopment Agency capital improvement projects and eligible grant revenue for public art. For more information about the Public Art Program, visit oaklandculturalarts.org.

About the Cultural Funding Program

 

About the Cultural Funding Program

 

The City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program funds Oakland-based art and cultural activities that reflect the diversity of the city for the citizens of and visitors to Oakland. Grants are awarded in four categories: Organization Project Support, Individual Artist Project Support, Art in the Schools and Organizational Assistance. The Funding Advisory Committee, a volunteer advisory body, reviews applications and makes recommendations to the Cultural Affairs Commission (CAC). CAC's recommendations are advanced to and ratified by the Oakland City Council. For more information about the Cultural Funding Program, visit oaklandculturalarts.org.

 

 

--- based on a media release from the City's Cultural Arts Program

 

National Night Out 2011

 

 

It's Time to Organize Your Block Party!
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 7-9pm
Click here to register

Haga clic aquí para registrarse

 

1. How can I register for National Night Out?
Register your party online, or contact Brenda Ivey with the Oakland Police Department at 238-3091. The deadline to register is 5:00 pm on Monday, July 25th. Register early to receive a visit from city staff.

 

2. What is National Night Out?
National Night Out is the nation's night out against crime. Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, residents are encouraged to join with their neighbors to have a neighborhood block party, ice cream social or other outdoor event to build neighborhood spirit and unity - which is the first defense against crime. Research shows that when neighbors know each other and look out for each other crime goes down.

 

3. Block Party Guide
Click here to download this fun and informative guide to successful neighborhood parties!

 

4. When is National Night Out?
National Night Out is on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm. National Night Out is always held the first Tuesday in August.

 

5. Who can host a National Night Out party?
The City of Oakland welcomes the participation of any neighborhood or community group in National Night Out, and encourages you to utilize this event as a way to bring people together and to have fun! City of Oakland elected officials, police officers, and city employees enjoy visiting National Night Out events as a way to strengthen the ties between residents and the Oakland Police Department. This year every party will receive at least one visit from a team of city officials, police officers, or city employees, so register early!

 

6. I've never organized a block party before. How do I do it?
It is easy, see #1, above, and download the Block Party Guide!

  

7. Do you want to organize a Neighborhood Watch group on your block?
Neighborhood Watch flyer, click here to view the flyer and learn how to start a Neighborhood Watch your block.

 

8. Would you like a customized flyer to promote your National Night Out party?
 
Click here to create your National Night Out flyer.

 

 

The Free "B" Just Got Better: Broadway Shuttle Launches Now Runs on Friday and Saturday Nights 

 

The City's free Broadway Shuttle will expand its service hours to run on Friday and Saturday nights. While maintaining the current 7am to 7pm schedule Monday through Friday along the Broadway corridor, the shuttle has expanded service from 7:00 pm to 1:00 am on Friday evenings and 6:00 pm to1:00 am on Saturday evenings.

 

The evening service follows a slightly altered route to serve the entertainment node near Telegraph Avenue and 19th Street and the cluster of galleries and restaurants north of Grand Avenue. To view the new route map and other shuttle information, go here.

 

The Broadway Shuttle will maintain its existing 10-minute frequencies during commute and lunch hours, and during the balance of the daytime and for all weekend night service, frequency will be 15 minutes.

 

Since its July 2010 launch, the Broadway Shuttle has carried more than 500,000 passengers and averages more than 2,700 passengers daily. By connecting commuters arriving downtown by BART, AC Transit, Amtrak Capitol Corridor and the Alameda/Oakland/San Francisco Ferry to their offices and other destinations, the shuttle is achieving a very important environmental goal - reducing greenhouse gases.

 

In addition to aiding commuters and, now revelers, the Broadway Shuttle is a successful tool that supports economic growth within the arts and entertainment industry flourishing downtown. The shuttle also plays a role in attracting office tenants by easing employee commutes. It has been cited as one of the reasons newcomers Sungevity and Build It Green decided to locate in downtown Oakland.

 

The City of Oakland received a one-year, $166,000 grant from the Alameda County Transportation Commission for the new weekend night service. The weekday service is funded primarily by the Oakland Redevelopment Agency and a grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's Transportation Fund for Clean Air. Additional funders for weekday service include the developers of Jack London Square, the Downtown Oakland Association, the Lake Merritt/Uptown Association, Uptown Apartment developer Forest City and the Water Emergency Transportation Authority, which operates the Alameda/Oakland Ferry. The Free "B" was designed and is managed by the City's Community & Economic Development Agency and is operated by AC Transit.

 

--- based on the City's Community & Economic Development Agency media release