December 2011
In This Issue
List of Holiday Events!
Grand Avenue Merchants Invite Volunteers for Clean-Up
Public Workshop: Telecommunications Regulations
Broadway Valdez District Strategic Plan
WingStop's Application for a Mayor Conditional Use Permit
East Bay Municipal Utility District Community Meeting
The 30th Annual Mayor's Toy Drive Accepting Donations
Alameda County Community Food Bank
Share the Love! Shop Oakland First
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Dear District 2 Community,


December Greetings! We hope you will find time to enjoy a few of the many festive holiday activities going on in Oakland this month.  We feature a list of concerts, tree lightings and street fairs below, starting with the Children's Holiday Parade from 2 to 4 pm this Saturday, Dec. 3. in downtown.

And remember to Shop Oakland! for some or all of your holiday gift shopping.  (Let's keep those taxes and jobs right here at home!)  There are great shops in our retail districts, including D2's own Lakeshore and Grand and Chinatown, as well as College Avenue, Piedmont Avenue, and more.  Take a stroll on one of these streets and see what surprising treasures you find.

Finally, please donate a few toys to the 30th Annual Mayor's Toy Drive. The City is trying to collect enough toys for 8,000 children.  You can drop off unwrapped, new toys at any fire station or City Hall.  These will put big smiles on the faces of little ones.

Wishing you a safe and joyful holiday season,

PK sig
City of Oakland District 2 Councilmember


List of Holiday Events


Here are some fun holiday events you can go to:


  • Jack London Square Tree Lighting Ceremony, Friday, December 2, 5-8 pm

  • Holiday Pop-up, the best of Oakland's local merchants at Jack London Market, 55 Harrison Street, Friday, December 2, 5-9 pm

  • Zoolights at the Oakland Zoo, Friday December 2 to Saturday, December 31, 5:30-8 pm

  • America 's Children's Holiday Parade, Saturday, December 3, 2-3:30 pm, Broadway from 11th to 20th Street

  • Laurel District Gift & Craft Sale, Saturday, December 3, 10 am-4 pm

  • Dimond Recreation Center Winterfest, Saturday, December 3, 10 am-4 pm, 3860 Hanley Road

  • Oakland/Alameda Estuary Lighted Yacht Parade, Saturday, December 3, 5-9 pm, Jack London Square, foot of Broadway

  • A Holiday Tradition at Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Home, Saturdays and Sundays only, December 3 -18, 11 am-5 pm

  • Boucherie Marketplace, Sunday, December 4, Noon-4 pm, La Borinquena, 582 7th Street at Jefferson

  • Temescal Holiday Labyrinth, Sunday, December 4, Noon-5pm, Telegraph Ave at 49th Street

  • Feliz Navidad, Wednesday, December 7, Noon-1 pm, Oakland City Center

  • Holiday Caroling on Lake Merritt, Lake Merritt Boating Center, 568 Bellevue Avenue, December 8-11, 6 pm

  • Lake Merritt/Uptown District Association Tree Lighting Ceremony, Thursday, December 8, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm (see flyer below):


  • Pop-Up Hood Grand Opening, Friday, December 9, Noon - 9 pm, 9th Street at Broadway-six new local retail shops in Old Oakland. Visit for more information

  • San Francisco Girls Chorus, Brass and Organ, Friday, December 9, 8 pm, Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison Street
  • 28th Annual Christmas Revels, Friday, December 9-11, Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive

  • Holiday Gifty Art Sale and Open House, Saturday, December 10-11, Noon, The Crucible, 1260 7th Street

  • Let Us Break Bread Together Concert, Sunday, December 11, 4 pm, Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway

  • Kwanzaa, Wednesday, December 14, Noon-1 pm, Oakland City Center

  • Piedmont Avenue Art Walk, Thursday, December 15, 6-9 pm

  • Fairyland Winter at Children's Fairyland, December 16-23, Noon-7 pm
  • Holiday Lights by the Bay, Saturday, December 17, Sunday, December 18, Oakland Ice Center, 519 18th Street

  • Oakland Ballet Presents Graham Lustig's The Nutcracker, December 22, 23 and 24, Oakland Paramount Theater

  • Jewish Oakland Chabad Center presents Chanukah on Ice at the Oakland Ice Center, Saturday, Decmeber 24, 7-10pm, 519 18th Street (see flyer below):

  • New Year's Balloon Drop, Saturday, December 31, Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd.
  • Grand Avenue Merchants Invite Volunteers to Help With Grand Avenue Clean-Up

    Sunday, December 4: Grand Avenue Merchants Invite Volunteers to Help With Grand Avenue Clean-Up - Meet in front of Grand Lake Theater or join when you can - 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Contact Robert Townsend of Grand Avenue Business Association at 510.708.9363 for more information. Or email 

    Public Workshop to Discuss Telecommunications Regulations
    Wednesday, December 7: Planning Commission is holding a public workshop to discuss the City's application of the Telecommunications Regulations, Planning Code Section 17.128, including but not limited to, a discussion of the types of telecommunications installations available and for what site-specific situations various types are used, as well as aesthetic concerns and design and screening opportunities- Hearing Room 1, City Hall at 6:00 p.m.


    We encourage members of the public who have concerns about the number, location and types of wireless antennae installations throughout the City to take part in this public workshop and to let your voice be heard directly by the Planning Commission. 


    Broadway Valdez District Specific Plan
    Thursday, December 8: Broadway Valdez  District Specific Plan: Public Review Draft Plan Concept Workshop - Fellowship Hall on 26th Street behind the First Presbyterian Church at 2619 Broadway -6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


    This workshop will review the Public Review Draft Plan Concept for the Broadway Valdez District Specific Plan to create a regional retail area. The Public Review Draft Plan Concept document and meeting agenda are available at By close of business on Friday, December 2 there will be several handouts on-line at the same site, summarizing the Public Review Draft Plan Concept document. The handouts will be in English and Chinese.


    Please help us spread the word about the meeting to get more complete input from the community! You can download a flyer for the upcoming workshop to share with your neighbors and colleagues.


    Please come to the meeting and provide your feedback during this important point in the Broadway Valdez District Specific Plan process.

    Wingstop on Lakepark Ave - Application for a Major Conditional Use Permit to sell beer and wine
    Wednesday, December 14: Wingstop's Application for a Major Conditional Use Permit

    A Wingstop restaurant has leased the space formerly occupied by the Sechuan Restaurant at 528 Lakepark Avenue (next to Cana).  They have applied for a permit to sell beer and wine. In order to do so, they must be granted a Major Conditional Use Permit by the Planning Commission because the location is within 1000 feet of an existing alcohol sales location and within 1000 ft of a park and school. The matter will be heard by the Planning Commission on December 14 at 6:00 pm - Hearing Room 1, City Hall.


    The staff report will be available on-line by 3:00 pm, December 9, at

    (Select "Government" tab, scroll down and click on "Planning & Zoning" under CEDA, click on "visit the Boards and Commissions page" under "Planning Commission".  We understand that staff is likely to recommend the permit limited to a single refrigerator case for beer.


    The owners of the Wingstop franchise applied for and were granted a "limited service" restaurant zoning clearance for food only (no alcohol) in July 2011.  This is an approved use in a CN-2 zoning district, which Lake Park Avenue falls within, so no public notice is required for this type of application. The restaurant serves chicken wings and side dishes, including fries, potato salad and coleslaw.  The couple who owns the Wingstop franchise presented information about the restaurant at a Grand Lake Neighbors meeting held in November.  They also operate two others locations including a smaller one on Edgewater Drive in Oakland. They indicated that they intend to open the restaurant at this location whether or not they are allowed to serve beer and wine and they have already begun renovation of the space.


    If you would like to submit comments in writing for the Planning Commission to review and consider in its determination of the MCUP for alcohol sales at this location, please direct them to Aubrey Rose, Planner, at 238-2071 or by noon on December 13th. 

    East Bay Municipal Utility District Community Meeting

    Wednesday, December 14: East Bay Municipal Utility District Community Meeting regarding Implementation of Regional Private Sewer Lateral Ordinance in Oakland as of January 16, 2012 -- East Oakland Sports Center (upstairs meeting room), 9161 Edes Avenue, Oakland (at 98th Avenue) - parking lot & security provided; near AC Transit - 7:00 pm


    In order to help keep San Francisco Bay healthy, affected property owners will be required to obtain a certificate from EBMUD indicating that their private sewer laterals (PSLs) are without defects and have proper connections. More information is available here.


    EBMUD will host the same meeting on January 5, 7:00 pm at Joaquin Miller Community Center, 3594 Sanborn Drive, parking lot provided.


    The 30th Annual Mayor's Toy Drive Accepting Donations

    There are many families in great need this holiday season. Foster youth are particularly vulnerable at this time of year. On the first day for eligible families to sign up for the 30th Annual Mayor's Toy Drive , 1200 families signed up. Gifts are needed for 8,000 children this year, 2000 more than last year. You can provide holiday gifts through the Mayor's Toy Drive by either bringing new gifts to City Hall or to a neighborhood fire station. Gifts should be unwrapped. You can find different ways to donate by clicking here.


    Here are the list of Fire Stations located in District 2:

    • Station 10 - 172 Santa Clara Avenue/Oakland Avenue
    • Station 12 - 822 Alice Street/8th Street
    • Station 14 - 1235 International Blvd./12 Avenue

    Alameda County Community Food Bank Virtual Food Drive 
    For many, a ritual of the upcoming holiday season is buying canned goods and placing our items in the Alameda County Community Food Bank's donation bins at our local supermarkets. So it might come as a surprise that the Food Bank actually prefers online donations, because, with their enhanced purchasing power, they can buy $5 worth of food for every $1 donated.
    Given the economy and the rate of unemployment, food insecurity is up this year. More than 40% of the recipients of the Food Bank's 275 food pantries, soup kitchens, and community organizations are children. The vast majority of them has at least one unemployed member of the household. And it's no secret that Oakland has been hit especially hard by the recession. So it's more important now than ever to ensure that donations to the Food Bank feed as many people as possible.
    Crocker Highlands resident Dria Fern is organizing a drive to raise $10,000 for the Food Bank. To have your donation credited to the drive she is organizing, which aims to raise $10,000 for the Food Bank, go here. Reaching the goal will provide $50,000 in food for needy families in our community. If you'd like to share the information with others, there's a Facebook "event" for the Virtual Food Drive,
    Share the Love! Shop Oakland

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