In This Issue
Chief Batts' Departure and Public Safety in Oakland
Public Safety Neighborhood Summit
Community Park Clean-Up
The Great California ShakeOut & 20th Anniversary of the 1991 Firestorm
Blackberry Soul Bakery & Cafe
"The City That Became Safe" by Professor Zimring
Mobility Matters! Transportation Workshop
Halloween Event Locations
Highland Hospital Acute Tower Updates
Emerald Views Project EIR
AC Transit Online
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Chief Batts' Departure and Public Safety in Oakland


Chief Batts decision to resign was upsetting to everyone. As the Tribune editorial said, his tenure in Oakland was a missed opportunity for Oakland. Chief Batts is a very talented law enforcement professional, had a commitment to fight crime, and the ability to connect with the community in ways that could have begun to repair police-community relations in some of Oakland's toughest neighborhoods.  I am sorry that the City did not take advantage of the talent that Batts brought to us.  I don't blame him for feeling  too constrained to do his job.


As unfortunate as it is to lose him, nevertheless I think the City is in a position to make progress on a crime reduction.  The City Administrator has made a very good choice in picking Howard Jordan as Interim Police Chief.  He has been second in command in the Police Department for a long time, and knows what needs to be done.  He also knows how to work within the politicized environment here and not let it bog him down.  I plan to support him in what he thinks is necessary to for effective law enforcement.   


 I have been frustrated that the Mayor has taken so long to make known what her public safety strategy is, but the time has come.  On Saturday, the Mayor and Police Department will present their strategy for improving public safety in Oakland.  It is a multi-faceted approach, including many of the programs the Mayor has talked about to get at the root causes of crime, but it also includes a very robust law enforcement component, which is what most citizens feel is needed now. 


Though I am sorry to lose Chief Batts, I think it is good thing that the Mayor and new Chief will be pulling in the same direction.  It is time to look forward and support the new Police Chief.  


Public Safety Neighborhood Summit

Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 8:00am - 1:30pm at Laney College Gymnasium, 900 Fallon Street


Attend strategy sessions, dialogues and workshops on a variety of topics including violence prevention and building stronger neighborhoods.  Please register by October 8, 2011 online at or by phone at 510 238-3091.   


Free breakfast and lunch will be provided!  Public Safety Neighborhood Summit

Community Park Clean-Up Days

October 16, 9am-2pm, Grand Avenue Cleanup
Cleanup is planned for Sunday, October 16, from 9AM - 2PM (you can join in anytime).

You can also follow them on Facebook at!/groups/334705385350/



Oct 22, Saturday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, "I Love San Antonio Park" Clean-up

The I Love San Antonio Park is an Adopt a Spot program via the Keep Oakland Beautiful and the Public Works Department for a monthly park clean up that takes place every last Saturday of the month starting at 9:00 am. Volunteers are provided with all the work tools required such as rakes, shovels, pick up sticks, wheelbarrows, plus gloves, bags, vest, and bottled water at the sign-up station next to the Gazebo at 1701 East 19th Street Oakland CA.


Volunteers will complete a three-weekend project to spread wood chips at the base of specific trees, brushes, and lawn areas.  We are hoping to get people who are willing to work in teams of two!  


For more information see their blog at


The Great California ShakeOut by the Office of Emergency Services



Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 10:20am, The Great California ShakeOut


Join the City of Oakland and nearly 8 million Californians in the largest earthquake drill in history!  Commit to a simple one minute "Drop, Cover and Hold On" drill wherever you are 10:20am on 10/20, build an elaborate preparedness event, or do anything in between.  Local TV and radio stations will broadcast the drill prompt, or you can download it in advance and play it for your coworkers or family members.  Whatever you choose to do, be sure to sign up in advance so your participation will be counted!  Visit to register.  See attached "ShakeOut" flyer or download it here:




Oakland Hills Firestorm 20th Anniversary - Family Preparedness Fair

Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 12noon - 4pm

Lake Temescal Park, 6500 Broadway (north entrance)


Several events and exhibits are planned this October to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Oakland Hills Firestorm that transformed our community and influenced CORE to become a multi-hazard training program.  Join CORE and many other groups at the Family Preparedness Fair to participate in fun and informative events for the whole family.  Stop by the CORE booth to say hi and spin the Trivia Wheel for prizes!  Learn more about this event and everything the City of Oakland is organizing to commemorate the anniversary at

Blackberry Soul Bakery & Cafe Grand Opening

Saturday, October 22 - The Blackberry Soul Bakery & Cafe's Grand Opening
at 2101 14th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94606.

The morning celebration will be from 11am-2pm
which will include the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The afternoon celebration will be from 4pm-7pm. There will be a Celebratory Toast and Cake Tasting. RSVP Today at and receive a scoop of cobbler and ice-cream or call 1(866)935-0991.

Blackberry Soul is known for such products as Champagne pound cake, lemon drop cupcakes, blackberry cobbler, red velvet pound cake, tasty cookies and cookie dough, and many more of your favorite exotic baking!

The City That Became Safe, a Lecture by Professor Frank Zimring 


On Sunday, October 23rd from 3-5pm, Professor Franklin Zimring's Lecture, "The City That Became Safe" - St. Lawrence O'Toole Church on 3725 High Street (free parking) 


Why have crime rates dropped across the country over the last 20 years? 

Why did crime rates drop even more in New York City?

What lessons can Oakland learn?


Come and listen to nationally acclaimed crime policy expert Franklin Zimring, Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, share lessons learned from extensive crime and enforcement research detailed in his new book:The City that Became Safe;

New York's Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control.  


Presented by the Offices of Councilmembers Pat Kernighan (District 2) and Libby Schaaf (District 4).


Mobility Matters (ACTC) Planning Workshop

Monday, October 24 from 6:30-8:30pm Mobility matters
Transportation Planning Workshop in Alameda County

East Oakland Senior Center on 9255 Edes Avenue, Oakland

This is the second of two rounds of interactive workshops about the Alameda Countywide Transportation Plan (CWTP) update and development of a new Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP) that will guide investments throughout the county.


This session will:

  • Provide an overview of the CWTP and TEP
  • Present preliminary TEP project, program and financial information
  • Engage participants in prioritizing transportation improvements

For more information, call Holly Kuljian, MIG at (510) 845-7549 or visit:


Individuals who require special accommodations (language interpreters, accessible seating, documentation in alternate formats, etc.) should contact MIG at least 72 hours in advance of the workshop.

Halloween Event Locations


The Lakeshore Annual Children's Halloween Parade & Harvest Festival - Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 10am-2pm

The Lakeshore Baptist Church at 3534 Lakeshore will have a costume parade at 11-starting from the Church. Trick or Treating on Lakeshore and Lakepark Avenues until 2 PM with refreshments and crafts provided by the church. All children and families are welcome, FREE of charge. Event will include treat Bags & mini pumpkins furnished by the Lakeshore
BID. For more information, go to Facebook to vote for your favorite Halloween or Fall window on the Avenues at



Bella Vista Park Spruce Up - Sunday, October 30, Noon - 2pm.  Volunteers spruce up of the park in preparation for Halloween event. The Halloween Party at Bella Vista Park will be on Monday, October 31 from 4:30-6:30pm. The event is a collaboration with East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC), Oakland Trybe, Friends of Bella Vista Park and 17Y NCPC to host a safe trick or treat event for neighborhood youth and families.    

Regeneration Church "Trunk or Treat" Halloween Event - Monday, October 31, from 5:30pm-9:30pm
at the Regeneration Parking Lot at 238 E. 15th Street. Event will have face painting, pumpkin carving, a bounce house, crafts, and baked goods for a safe trick or treat.

Highland Hospital Acute Tower Replacement Project

Highland Hospital Acute Tower Replacement Project

Upcoming Construction Activities Update:



  • Installation of concrete walls, columns and floors for the Specialty Care Center continues.
  • Installation of electrical lines underground along Stuart Street & East 31st Street begins. This work will involve periodic, temporary lane closures along Stuart Street and East 31st Street.
  • Interior demolition of the C, D, & F Wings continues.
  • Installation of site utility work for the Acute Care Tower continues.
  • Installation of gas lines along 14th Avenue begins. This work will involve periodic, temporary lane closures along 14th Avenue.
  • Saturday work (October 1st, 15th, and 29th) is anticipated for the Specialty Care Center site. This work will include installation of reinforcing steel in preparation of pouring concrete floors for the parking garage. Operations on the site will begin at 8 am and complete no later than 5 pm. No equipment or activities will be allowed to begin until 9 am.


  • Installation of concrete walls, columns and floors for the Specialty Care Center continues.
  • Installation of electrical lines underground along Stuart Street & East 31st Street continues. This work will involve periodic, temporary lane closures along Stuart Street and East 31st Street.
  • Installation of structural steel for the Specialty Care Center begins.
  • Interior demolition of the C, D, & F Wings continues.
  • Installation of site utility work for the Acute Care Tower continues.
  • Installation of gas lines along 14th Avenue continues.
  • This work will involve periodic, temporary lane closures along 14th Avenue.


  • Installation of structural steel for the Specialty Care Center continues.
  • Installation of plumbing, HVAC, and electrical for the Specialty Care Center begins.
  • Installation of site utility work for the Acute Care Tower continues. 

For detailed information, go to:


Update on the 222 19th Street- Emerald Views project


The Emerald Views project Draft EIR is now available either by visiting the Planning Division office at 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 3315 or through the website at either of the links below. Staff will be presenting the DEIR for comment before the Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board on November 14, 2011 and before the full City Planning Commission on November 16, 2011. The public review period is 45 days and will end on November 17, 2011. Please see the attached Notice of Availability and Release of a Draft EIR for details on how to comment on the document. (Go to document number 16).


If you have any questions, please contact Heather Klein, Planner III at (510) 238-3659 or email



AC Transit's New Online Schedules

AC Transit is pleased to announce new, online printable schedules for most transbay bus lines. The new PDF versions look just like the printed timetables you're used to except they are formatted to fit on standard-size paper. To take a look, go to Maps & Schedules, select your transbay line, and click on "Get Print Version." (Please note that schedules for the Dumbarton Express and lines F, NL, and O are not available in this new format yet.) 
In order to reduce the amount of paper used (and the quantities of schedules discarded), AC Transit will no longer print paper versions of these transbay timetables (except those for the Dumbarton Express and lines F, NL, and O). Given the major shift to accessing information online and the growth in personal digital devices, many riders don't need or want to carry paper schedules anymore.
Riders who prefer not to print their own timetables can still receive single copies via the "Request Timetables" feature on the website, by calling 511 (and saying "AC Transit"), or by visiting the AC Transit ticket office at 1600 Franklin Street in downtown Oakland.

For schedules and map, go to


Coming in November...



Photo: CORE Trainer, Ann Li, at the Senior Companion In-Service Class  


Do you know what to do in the event of an earthquake?

Fire, flood, terrorist incident or other emergency situation?

Are you prepared to be on your own for 7-10 days after a disaster?


Now is the time to enhance your emergency preparedness and response skills so you can help yourself and your family!


Please attend the free class CORE I: Home and Family Preparedness


Date/Time:  November 2, 2011 6:30-9:00pm

Location:  F.M. Smith Rec. Center 1969 Park Blvd

RSVP to:  Ruby Stein (510)229-9984


During the CORE I class you will learn how to:  

  • Make a Family Disaster Plan
  • Minimize Hazards In & Around Your Home
  • Assemble Emergency Supplies
  • Safely React During and After a Disaster


CORE (Citizens of Oakland Respond to Emergencies) Program:

  • The CORE Citywide Exercise After Action Report is now available online at for your information.  Save the date for next year's CORE Citywide Exercise on Saturday, April 28, 2012!
  • CORE Graduates can refresh your skills and update your CORE certification by participating in CORE III Hands-On Training on Saturday, October 29 or Saturday, December 3. On both dates class will be held from 9:30am to 3:30pm at the Oakland Fire Department Training Division. This takes the place of a separate "Refresher Workshop" but offers the same two-year update to your CORE ID card.  Advance registration is required. Contact the CORE office at or 510-238-6351 to sign up or get additional information.  
  • Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Every one to two months the CORE program needs Volunteer Victims to help simulate injuries as part of an earthquake drill that completes CORE III training. No experience is required, but you must be age 18 or older and willing to get a little dirty. Time commitment is about two hours on a Saturday afternoon and you can sign up for as few or as many as you'd like. See attached "Volunteer Victim Recruitment Flyer" or download it here:


Pat Kernighan
City of Oakland District 2 Councilmember