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Golden Opportunity to Take a Stand for Public Safety this Tuesday Night. 


 

Neighbors,


The need to address Oakland's epidemic of crime and violence has never been more urgent. I am sure you already know that and you are looking to Oakland's leaders to take action. This Tuesday night, both you and I have a unique opportunity to take action in a meaningful way. My part as a City Councilmember is to vote YES on four matters, each of which will help the Police Department become more effective in reducing crime. (Details on those items below.) 


It is extremely important that the City Council vote to support these measures for two reasons. Foremost is the practical impact these measures will have in helping to reduce the crime and bloodshed that is plaguing our city. The second reason is to send the message that our city will not be bullied by the group of people who have attended several Council meetings to heckle, boo, or shout down any Councilmember or citizen who disagrees with their point of view. 

  

I am writing to ask you to do something out of the ordinary. Help me and other Councilmembers turn the tables on those who would disrupt the meetings and intimidate other members of the public from speaking. At this Tuesday's meeting, we want to fill the Council Chambers with people who believe in orderly and civil discussions of issues, who respect the right of free speech for all people, and who support the right of everyone to participate in the democratic process. We are calling upon you, the people we represent, to come in large numbers to this City Council meeting to fill the seats and set the tone. You don't need to speak unless you feel comfortable doing so. I am just asking that you show up, take a seat, and respect the right of others to speak their minds.   

We are going all out to get a large presence of respectful people to attend this one Council meeting.Please let me know if you can make it.   

 

Best,
PK sig
pkernighan@oaklandnet.com

 

 

If you plan to attend:

 

--Arrive by 6:00 pm if possible, so you will be sure to get a seat. (Chambers open at 5:30 pm)
--Location of City Hall is 14th Street between Broadway and Clay.
--Free Parking during the meeting in the parking garage next to City Hall.
--Drive into the garage on Clay Street, just north of 14th Street.
--The walk between the garage and the door to City Hall is less than 100 feet, so you will be safe coming and going.
(Walk out of the garage on the north side of the building, for shortest walk.)
--Several bus lines serve 14th Street if you take public transit.
--We may get to the public safety items as early at 8:00, but could be 9:00 pm.  

 

**If you wish to speak at the Council meeting, you need to sign up in advance of the meeting. I recommend filling out the speaker card online this weekend (you will be earlier in the line of speakers).


Go to: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityClerk/index.htm and follow the directions. You will need to indicate which items you want to speak on. The public safety items are #s 20, 21, 22, and 23. If you sign up, but don't wish to speak, you can cede your time to another speaker at the meeting. 


Item 20. Hiring 21 civilian police technicians
Item 21. Contract with Sheriff's Department for short-term assistance
Item 22. Funding for a Police Academy to train officers, to begin September 2013
Item 23. Contract with Strategic Policy Partnership, a law enforcement consulting group that includes Bill Bratton

 

***A final comment on the consulting contract that includes Bill Bratton, former NY Police Commissioner and LA Police Chief: The recent media focus on "stop and frisk" does not fairly represent Bratton's accomplishments. In addition to achieving substantial reductions in crime in New York City and LA, he also brought the LA Police Department into compliance with a federal consent decree, reduced the number of police misconduct claims to a small percentage of what they had been, garnering accolades from the ACLU in the process, and increased the level of trust of the LA Police Department by residents in all neighborhoods of that city. I believe the Oakland Police Department can learn a lot from him, both on crime reduction and improving community relations.

 
 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

 

Monday, January 21: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakport Athletic Field - 5737 Oakport Street, 8:30 am - Noon

 

Volunteers will help restore the shoreline along Damon Marsh Trail with the removal of invasive species, planting of native plants, and the opportunity to remove debris from the shoreline at this East Bay Regional Park District park. For more information or to register, call 1.888.EBPARKS or go to www.ebparks.org.

 

 

Monday, January 21: 10th Annual Bay Area Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, (see various Oakland locations below):

 

Celebrate the life of Dr. King while working together to bring a positive change to the lives of the underprivileged. His legacy is found not only in civil rights, but also in civic responsibility and uniting people of all backgrounds to act on community concerns.

Service locations include:

 

  • The Gardens at Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Avenue, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Madison Middle School/Sobrante Elementary School, 400 Capistrano Drive, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Fruitvale Community School/Lazear Elementary School, 824 29th Avenue, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 
  • MLK Day of Service Tree Planting, 27th and Market streets, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

  

For more information, please visit www.mlkchallenge.org or email sfpbayarea@gmail.com or call 510.427.1605.

 

 

Monday, January 21: Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service events: Bella Vista Park Volunteer Spruce Up (Behind Bella Vista Elemenary School) on 1025 East 28th Street, 9:00 am to 11:00 am


Bella Vista Park  


Come together to love our park and weed, pickup litter, remove graffiti, mural prep.
 
Visit www.bellavistapark.org for event updates.

 

 

Monday, January 21: Attitudinal Healing Connection Presents the 15th Annual MLK Jr. National Holiday CelebrationMcClymonds High School Auditorium - 2607 Myrtle Street, 10:00 am - 12 noon

 

Make the Dream Real 2013. The focal point will be on making the dream real for a quality education for every child. 

 

Free event with a delicious food justice meal from People's Grocery following. For more info visit www.ahc-oakland.org or call 510.652.5530.

 

 

MLK 

  

 

Events

 

Until Sunday, January 27: 3rd Annual Oakland Restaurant Week - Participating restaurants throughout Oakland 

Oakland Restaurant Week  

Check out the good deals and great restaurants participating in this year's Oakland Restaurant Week! Visit http://visitoakland.org/restaurantweek.cfm.

  

 

Thursday, January 24: Hotel Oakland's Photography Exhibit, Hotel Oakland - 270 13th Street, 5:30 pm - 7:00pm

 

Hotel Oakland

 

The Hotel Oakland just celebrated their 100th Anniversary Year. There will be a photo exhibition to document the lives of immigrants through the years who have helped shape Oakland history. RSVP with megan@langeliercompany.com.

 

 

Friday, January 25: Off the Grid: Lake Merritt at OMCA - Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, 5:00 - 9:00 pm

The Bay Area's most talked-about food truck party comes to Oakland. Enjoy a family-friendly take on a festive night market on 10th Street with curbside cuisine. For more information, please visit
www.museumca.org or call 510.318.8400.

 

 

Friday, January 25: Oakland East Bay Symphony Concert: A Woman's Life - Paramount Theatre of the Arts, 2025 Broadway, 8:00 pm 

 

Concert with Michael Morgan, Conductor, based on the poetry of Maya Angelou with Angela Brown, soprano. For more information, please visit www.paramounttheatre.com.

 

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Sunday, January 27: White Elephant Preview Sale, White Elephant Sale Warehouse - 333 Lancaster Street, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 

 

Join bargain hunters, treasure seekers and vintage collectors for the first chance to check out all the fantastic finds at the biggest and best rummage sale in the West which is a fundraiser for the Oakland Museum of California. For more information, please visit www.whiteelephantsale.org.  

 

 

Monday, January 28: Alternative Location for Dog Park to be discussed at Parks & Rec Advisory Commission meeting, 4:30 pm, Lakeside Garden Center - 666 Bellevue Ave

 

After the City Council vote on the proposed location for the dog park near the Lakeside Library (aka Astro Park) deadlocked at a 4 to 4 tie vote, Mayor Quan chose not to break the tie, but rather to try to find an alternative location that was not as divisive. The Mayor convened a group of stakeholders, and led by Office of Parks and Recreation Director Audree Jones-Taylor, embarked on a look at several alternative locations. After visits by the stakeholder group to the possible sites, the Mayor's group agreed to pursue a location at the 19th Street end of Snow Park. Since then, extensive outreach to neighboring residents and businesses has been conducted, resulting in almost universal approval of this new Snow Park site. Come learn more and voice your support (hopefully) at the special Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission meeting on January 28.

There will be more information from the City about the dog park at this link in coming days: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/opr/a/about/index.htm.

 

 

Saturday, February 2 & Sunday, February 3: Oakland Lunar New Year Bazaar, Oakland Chinatown - 9th and Franklin streets & Pacific Renaissance Plaza, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

Year of the Snake  

The Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce celebrates the Year of the Snake with live entertainment, lion and dragon dancing, martial arts demonstrations and vendors selling traditional Chinese New Year decorations. For more information, please visit www.oaklandchinatownchamber.org or call 510.893.8979.

 

 

Saturday, February 3: Black History Month Walking Tour. Tour meets at the African American Museum & Library - 659 14th Street, 10:00am

  

This 90-minute guided walking tour highlights the African-American leaders who helped shape present-day Oakland including Lionel Wilson, Robert Maynard, Delilah Beasley and others. For more information, please visit www.oaklandnet.com/walkingtours or call 510.238.3234.   

 

 

Thursday, February 14: 80th Anniversary Celebration of the Lake Merritt Breakfast Club, The Garden Center - 666 Bellevue, 7:00 am - 9:00 am

 

Seating is limited. Non-members please call for tickets through Brown Paper tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com or call 1.800.838.3006 by Monday, February 11, 6:00 pm to guarantee admission. For more information, contact LMBC at info@lmbclub.org, call 510.482.1276 or visit www.lmbc.org.

 

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Coming up in March....

  

Saturday, March 30: Plant Exchange, 3811 Lakeshore Avenue (easy parking), 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, FREE

 

Want an instant new garden? Bring your plants and pick up new ones!

 

All types and sizes of healthy plants welcome, from small cuttings up to full size.

 

Seeds, bulbs, herbs, vegetables, trees, gardening tools and supplies, yard art

landscape accents, stepping stones, trellises, pots, tools, driftwood, compost bins, weed whackers, goldfish, lawn mowers, gardening books and magazines welcome!

 

If you have plants too large to remove by yourself, they will be able to help.

 

If you have any questions, comments, ideas, or if you wish to volunteer? Go to www.plantexchange.wordpress.com, email theplantexchange@yahoo.com or call 510.866.8482. 

 

 

Code Enforcement On-Line Complaint Form

 

You can now file an on-line code enforcement complaint to report a blight violation. You will be contacted and provided with a case number to be used when requesting follow-up information. If the violation you want to report is not listed you may email us at inspectioncounter@oaklandnet.com or call the complaint line at 510.238.3381. If you wish to remain anonymous, you must call in to the complaint line during business hours where you will be provided a case number.

 
To print out a copy of the complaint form, click here.

 

Pothole Update

 

Every winter the heavy rains cause street pavement to deteriorate and more potholes to appear. Also every year, the Public Works Department does a "Pothole Blitz" after the rainy season is over to repair thousands of potholes all over the city. Now is the time to report the potholes near you, so they will be on the list for the Blitz. Report pothole locations (preferably with a street address) to pwacallcenter@oaklandnet.com

 

We will let you know later when the blitz is set to begin in your area. 

 

 

Alternative Location for Dog Park to be Discussed at Parks & Rec Advisory Commission Meeting

 

Monday, January 28, 4:30 pm at the Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue

 

After the City Council vote on the proposed location for the dog park near the Lakeside Library (aka Astro Park) deadlocked at a 4 to 4 tie vote, Mayor Quan chose not to break the tie, but rather to try to find an alternative location that was not as divisive. The Mayor convened a group of stakeholders, and led by Office of Parks and Recreation Director Audree Jones-Taylor, embarked on a look at several alternative locations. After visits by the stakeholder group to the possible sites, the Mayor's group agreed to pursue a location at the 19th Street end of Snow Park. Since then, extensive outreach to neighboring residents and businesses has been conducted, resulting in almost universal approval of this new Snow Park site. Come learn more and voice your support (hopefully) at the special Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission meeting on January 28.

There will be more information from the City about the dog park at this link in coming days: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/opr/a/about/index.htm.

 

 

Highland Hospital Acute Tower Replacement Project Update

 

To get updated information on the Highland Hospital Acute Tower Replacement Project, click here for the January - March 2013 Neighborhood Update. You can also view current webcam images or a time lapse of the Highland Care Pavilion or Acute Care Center construction sites here

 

For general information, visit www.highlandatr.org. 

  

  

Acute Tower  

 

Lake Merritt Pedestrian Bridge

 

LM Pedestrian BridgeThe Lake Merritt Pedestrian Bridge is now opened! Funded in part by Measure DD, the open-water bridge runs over 12th and 10th Street, making the southern end of the Lake Merritt more pedstrian and bicycle friendly and connecting trails along Lakeshore Avenue and Lakeside Drive to the nearby Oakland Museum and Laney College. It also gives easy access from the lake to major downtown civic structures and establishes connectors between the lake and the neighborhoods around it. There will also be a 4-acre park with a waterfront overlook. The pedestrian bridge is 100 feet wide and twice as high as the water flowing to the lake, which will allow kayaks to travel between the lake and the estuary.  

 

Lake Merritt Station Area Plan Update

 

On December 15, the Lake Merritt Station Area Plan held a meeting to discuss future development efforts in the area around Lake Merritt BART, including Chinatown and Laney College. Representatives from organizations presented their vision for the neighborhood and offered feedback for the area plan. Interpreters were available in Cantonese, Mandarin and Vietnamese.

 

Hannah Lindelof, consultant for the project presented the timeline of the plan which covers 315 acres near downtown. The City's project manager described bringing "intensive development" to the area, with the goal of bringing in 4,900 new housing units and thousands of new jobs.

 

Zoning changes will allow for taller buildings which could reach up to 24 floors. Buildings on blocks between Webster and Franklin would have no height restrictions. Larger buildings would be required to have smaller facades on the street, which will be mixed-use with a combination of retail, office and residential space.

 

Some residents expressed the need for more open space for parks and outdoor activities. According to the plan, four new acres of parkland will be provided near the Southern part of the Lake Merritt BART area. The plan also calls for a "Webster Street Green," which are the public spaces between the I-800 freeway and the waterfront, connecting Chinatown to Jack London Square. Residents expressed acceptance of busier traffic from the transformation of a one-way street to a two-way street, as long as there is a neighborhood feel preserved. Efforts for pedestrian and bike-friendly streets near bus rapid transit lines are expected.

 

BART is currently postponing the project until the city plan is finalized. Details will not be clear until future developers come with proposals for the space. Other issues were raised concerning safety, better lighting, and more speed limit signs. Some addressed the need for a cleaner, better maintained area.

 

For the most updated draft on the plan, click here

 

 

 LM BART