June 2013
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 (Photos by Erik Niemann. Go here for blog on the Love Our Lake Day) 

Love Our Lake Day

Love Our Lake Day on June 9 brought out thousands of people to celebrate the park improvements at Lake Merritt. The event was in 

honor of the completion of the Measure DD projects, especially at 12th Street, now called Lake Merritt Boulevard. A great time was 

had by all as people enjoyed the beautiful new spaces and honored the many people who had worked hard to make it all happen.   

 

 

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June Events
Wednesday - Saturday Through February 22, 2014: "What I hear, I Keep: Stories from Oakland's Griots"
Friday, June 28: Outdoor Movie Nights on the Old Parkway
Saturday, June 29: San Antonio Neighbors and EBAYC's New Clean Team Youth Program in a Paint Up/Clean-up Day
Thursday, July 4: Oakland Municipal Band's 102nd Concert Season, 2013
Community Meetings re Council Re-districting, July 10, 11, and 13
Wednesday, July 17: Planning Commission Holds Public Hearing on Draft Design Review Guidelines for Commercial Buildings
Friday, July 26: OPR's "An Intimate Evening" Outdoors at the Historic Dunsmuir
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Council to Adopt Two Year City Budget on Thursday, June 27Budget

 

After months of public hearings and community meetings, the City Council will adopt the two-year City budget this Thursday night.  The process this time has allowed more visibility of the unfolding debate over what the budget should contain.  Based on a newly adopted policy, the first budget proposals from Councilmembers were made public at the beginning of June, several weeks before the final vote. In the past, Council budget proposals were often seen for the first time on the same evening as the final vote.  Since June 13, there have been several amended budget proposals put forth, any of which could be voted on this Thursday night. The proposals have moved closer to a consensus view on many things, though some differences remain.  

 

The good news is that public safety is recognized as the top priority for funding in all proposals.  The original budget jointly proposed by the Mayor and Administration included funding for four police academies to graduate during the two years, bringing the number of sworn officers up to almost 700.  (Still too low, but an improvement from the status quo.) Five new dispatcher positions were also added. Those items are also included in the latest proposal from McElhaney-Kalb-Kaplan, as well as additional staffing in the crime lab, civilian police technicians in OPD and continued service from the CHP for the next year.  They are calling their proposal the "All In" budget because it adopts the best of what was in the original two proposals and strives to balance the needs that we have heard from the community. Actually, it adopts almost every expenditure that was in my proposal, so I am happy with it.

 

Other consensus items are additional staff to pick up illegal dumping--a huge problem in most of the city--and to address the proliferation of graffiti. Also restoration of a few code enforcement inspectors and an Animal control officer.

 

In the past several weeks, updated revenue projections have identified several million more dollars in "one-time" money. (Income that is not guaranteed to re-occur every year.) I strongly believe that we should put most of that money toward addressing our unfunded long-term obligations and our deferred capital maintenance needs. 

 

You can tune in to the Council meeting discussion on Cable TV Channel 10 starting at 6:30 pm Thursday. Streaming video of the meeting is also available from the City website, here 

 

  
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Councilmember Pat Kernighan

 

Wednesday - Saturday Through February 22, 2014: "What I hear, I Keep: Stories from Oakland's Griots"

 

Wednesday through Saturday through February 22, 2014: "What I Hear, I Keep: Stories from Oakland's Griots" - Peralta House Museum of History and Community, 2465 34th Ave - 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm

 

A visual and audio art exhibit featuring the voices of African American Oaklanders who recorded the stories of their lives through the Griot Initiative of StoryCorps, a national nonprofit oral history project. Their voices emanate from a gigantic horse, designed and built by Walter Hood, an African American landscape architect who designed the Splash Pad Park among other award-wining places. For more information, visit www.peraltahacienda.org or call 510.532.9142.

 

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Friday, June 28: Outdoor Movie Nights on the Old Parkway

Come to another neighborhood building event at the Outdoor Movie Night On The Parkway, "The Triplets of Belleville" this Friday, June 28, starting at 7:30 pm.

 
They will roll out the Red Carpet, rig up the screen, rev up the popcorn machine, repair bicycles for FREE, rev up the bicycle "smoothie machine", and rock with live music.
 
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, friends, neighbors, loved ones and your friendship for the neighborhood! Come to the outdoor movie night at the old Parkway Theater! 

 

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Saturday, June 29: San Antonio Neighbors and EBAYC's New Clean Team Youth Program in a Paint Up/Clean Up Day!

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Coming in July....

Thursday, July 4: Oakland Municipal Band's 102nd Concert Season, 2013

Come celebrate Independence Day with the Oakland Municipal Band from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the bandstand in Lakeside Park, Lake Merritt. Don't miss out on the season opener! 

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Community Meetings re Council Re-districting, July 10, 11, and 13 


As mandated by the City Charter, the City of Oakland must review and revise City Council District boundaries every ten years to equalize each district's population according to U.S. Census data. 2013 is the year for this to happen. The Redistricting process will include Town Hall Meetings in July and September as well as online engagement opportunities for those unable to attend a meeting.

On June 4, 2013, the City Council adopted specific criteria for redistricting:
  • Each Council district shall contain a nearly equal number of inhabitants.
  • Council district borders shall be drawn in a manner that complies with the United States Constitution and the federal Voting Rights Act.
  • Council districts shall respect communities of interest as much as possible.
  • Council districts shall consist of contiguous territory in a reasonably compact form.
  • Council district borders shall follow visible natural and man-made geographical and topographical features as much as possible.
  • The population and territory of each existing Council district shall be considered when drawing each corresponding new Council district.
  • Districts must avoid displacing any incumbent City Council member, and should avoid displacing any Oakland Unified School District Board member from the district he/she was elected to represent.
The two council districts with the largest population changes between the year 2000 and 2010 are Districts 2 and 3. Population changes mean some Council districts have higher or lower population than the citywide average population per Council district, which is 55,818 individuals. District 2 is 6.9% below the average, and District 3 is 12% over the average. Redistricting will change the boundaries of Districts 2 and 3 and possibly others to bring the population closer to the average.

 

In the Fall the City Council will hold formal hearings on proposed redistricting maps in order to accomplish redistricting. Before those hearings and beginning in July, a series of Redistricting Town Hall Meetings, hosted in partnership with City Councilmembers, will be held to gather information and comment from Oakland residents. For the convenience of the public, at least one Town Hall Meeting will be held in each council district, although the public is welcome to attend any of the Town Hall meetings. Translation services will be available upon advance request.

 

The three Town Hall meetings in July will be used to gather information and concerns from the community. This information will be used to prepare draft Council district maps for the public to consider in September.
 
Redistricting Meeting Schedule (adopted by City Council on June 4):
 
Wednesday, July 10, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Public Workshop/Forum @ Oakland Public Library, 81st Avenue Branch (1021 81st Avenue).
 
Thursday, July 11, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Public Workshop/Forum @ Oakland City Hall, City Council Chambers, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.
 
Saturday, July 13, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Public Workshop/Forum @ Dimond Recreation Center, 3860 Hanly Road.
 
Monday, August 12, 5:00 pm: Deadline for Plan Submissions by the Public.
 
Thursday, September 5, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Public Workshop/Forum @ Cesar Chavez Education Center (cafeteria), 2825 International Blvd.
 
Saturday, September 7, time TBD, Public Workshop/Forum @ Frick Middle School, 2845 64th Avenue.
 
Saturday, September 7, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Public Workshop/Forum @ Oakland Public Library, Main Branch (auditorium), 125 14th Street.
 
Sunday, September 8, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Public Workshop/Forum @ North Oakland location to be confirmed.
 
Thursday, October 3, 10:45 am, Rules and Legislation Committee Meeting @ Council Chambers, Oakland City Hall.
 
Tuesday, October 15, 6:30 pm, Council Hearing on Plan Selection - Review of District Alternatives @ Council Chambers, Oakland City Hall.
 
Tuesday, November 5, 6:30 pm, First Council Hearing on Redistricting Ordinance @ Council Chambers, Oakland City Hall.
 
Tuesday, November 19, 6:30 pm, Final Council Hearing and Adoption of Redistricting Ordinance @ Council Chambers, Oakland City Hall.
 
There is an informative website which describes the redistricting process, the schedule for public participation, links to background material, and an interactive mapping program where the public can suggest their own City Council boundaries. Go here to access the website 
 
It is also accessible from the City website, www.oaklandnet.com 

 



Wednesday, July 17: Planning Commission Holds Public Hearing on Draft Design Review Guidelines for Commercial Areas 

 

Wednesday, July 17 Planning Commission Holds Public Hearing on Draft Design Guidelines for Commercial Areas  - Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 1 - 6:00 pm

 

The purpose of the Planning Commission's public hearing regarding the draft guidelines.  is to receive input from the public, and to decide whether to adopt the Guidelines as a tool to evaluate projects on the major corridors and commercial areas.

 

By way of background, on March 17, 2013 the Design Review Committee (a subcommittee of the City of Oakland Planning Commission) recommended that a draft version of "Guidelines for Commercial Areas and Corridors" be forwarded to the full Planning Commission for final approval. These proposed guidelines expand on the new Zoning Regulations by providing design direction that descriptively and graphically expresses the City's expectations for new development on the commercial corridors.

 

The following are direct links to the design guidelines, in PDF format.  The first link is a smaller file than the second.

 

Draft Commercial/Corridor Design Guidelines -- low resolution

 

Draft Commercial/Corridor Design Guidelines -- high resolution

 

Staff welcomes your comments and attendance at the Planning Commission hearing.  If you have any questions or input, please contact Neil Gray at 510.238.3878 or ngray@oaklandnet.com.   




Friday, July 26: OPR's "An Intimate Evening" Outdoors at the Historic Dunsmuir

Friday, July 26: OPR's "An Intimate Evening" Outdoors @ Historic Dunsmuir Estate - 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

 

An Intimate Evening 

An Intimate Evening of entertainment, food, drinks, music, dance, Carriage Rides, Mansion Tours and Silent Auction. Presented by Oakland Parks and Recreation, event showcases vintage music of Legends of Soul Tribute Band; Feral Moon; The Fire Department; Pulse Brazil; and Kenneth "Brick" Cooper. It will also feature best Bay Area's catering outfits creating gourmet dishes for your enjoyment. 




Oakland Police Department's Neighborhood Policing PlanPoPlan

The Oakland Police Department rolled out its Neighborhood Policing Plan citywide on June 8, putting into place leadership and teams for each of five new Police Areas. This change in command structure was recommended by consultant Chief Bratton.

 

Areas 1, 2, and 3, surrounding Lake Merritt, cover downtown/West Oakland, North Oakland, and Central Oakland.  Areas 4 and 5, in operation since March, cover East Oakland.
 
Area commanders will deploy crime reduction and prevention strategies tailored for the areas they command in order to provide as much focused, problem-oriented, and community-driven police service delivery as possible. There will be no change to the number of patrol or problem solving officers assigned to beats or Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils.
 
The five area commanders listed below have the authority needed to impact local community crime trends, issues, and pat­terns. At the same time, the commanders will be held accountable for effective police service and the quality of police/community relationships in their Areas. Most importantly, the five commanders will be able to focus on specific issues of concern to local neighborhoods.

 

District 1 - Capt. Eric Lewis - 238.6911 - elewis@oaklandnet.com

District 2 - Capt. Anthony Toribio - 238.3958 - atoribio@oaklandnet.com

District 3 - Capt. Ricardo Orozco - 238.3330 - rorozco@oaklandnet.com

District 4 - Capt. Steven Tull - 777.8561 - stull@oaklandnet.com

District 5 - Capt. Kirk Coleman - 777.8543 - kcoleman@oaklandnet.com

 

A map showing the five districts is available at http://www2.oaklandnet.com/oakca1/groups/police/documents/webcontent/oak040286.pdf

 

Councilmember note:  City Council District 2 overlaps three of the new police Areas. Most of our Council District is in Area 3, which is east of Lakeshore Ave, above and below 580. The Grandlake and Rose Garden neighborhood (west of Lakeshore) is in Area 2. Chinatown is in Area 1. Fortunately, the D2 staff and I have worked with each of these Police captains before, all of whom have been very responsive in the past, so despite the split coverage for our area, I am optimistic about our neighborhoods getting good service. 

 
I am very pleased that OPD has gone back to a command structure based on smaller geographic areas. Based on past experience, I am sure this will improve the communication between residents and OPD and will make for more responsive policing and less crime.
 


Community Meetings re Council Re-districting, July 10, 11, and 13 


As mandated by the City Charter, the City of Oakland must review and revise City Council District boundaries every ten years to equalize each district's population according to U.S. Census data. 2013 is the year for this to happen. The Redistricting process will include Town Hall Meetings in July and September as well as online engagement opportunities for those unable to attend a meeting.

On June 4, 2013, the City Council adopted specific criteria for redistricting:
  • Each Council district shall contain a nearly equal number of inhabitants.
  • Council district borders shall be drawn in a manner that complies with the United States Constitution and the federal Voting Rights Act.
  • Council districts shall respect communities of interest as much as possible.
  • Council districts shall consist of contiguous territory in a reasonably compact form.
  • Council district borders shall follow visible natural and man-made geographical and topographical features as much as possible.
  • The population and territory of each existing Council district shall be considered when drawing each corresponding new Council district.
  • Districts must avoid displacing any incumbent City Council member, and should avoid displacing any Oakland Unified School District Board member from the district he/she was elected to represent.
The two council districts with the largest population changes between the year 2000 and 2010 are Districts 2 and 3. Population changes mean some Council districts have higher or lower population than the citywide average population per Council district, which is 55,818 individuals. District 2 is 6.9% below the average, and District 3 is 12% over the average. Redistricting will change the boundaries of Districts 2 and 3 and possibly others to bring the population closer to the average.

 

In the Fall the City Council will hold formal hearings on proposed redistricting maps in order to accomplish redistricting. Before those hearings and beginning in July, a series of Redistricting Town Hall Meetings, hosted in partnership with City Councilmembers, will be held to gather information and comment from Oakland residents. For the convenience of the public, at least one Town Hall Meeting will be held in each council district, although the public is welcome to attend any of the Town Hall meetings. Translation services will be available upon advance request.

 

The three Town Hall meetings in July will be used to gather information and concerns from the community. This information will be used to prepare draft Council district maps for the public to consider in September.
 
Redistricting Meeting Schedule (adopted by City Council on June 4):
 
Wednesday, July 10, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Public Workshop/Forum @ Oakland Public Library, 81st Avenue Branch (1021 81st Avenue).
 
Thursday, July 11, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Public Workshop/Forum @ Oakland City Hall, City Council Chambers, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.
 
Saturday, July 13, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Public Workshop/Forum @ Dimond Recreation Center, 3860 Hanly Road.
 
Monday, August 12, 5:00 pm: Deadline for Plan Submissions by the Public.
 
Thursday, September 5, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Public Workshop/Forum @ Cesar Chavez Education Center (cafeteria), 2825 International Blvd.
 
Saturday, September 7, time TBD, Public Workshop/Forum @ Frick Middle School, 2845 64th Avenue.
 
Saturday, September 7, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Public Workshop/Forum @ Oakland Public Library, Main Branch (auditorium), 125 14th Street.
 
Sunday, September 8, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Public Workshop/Forum @ North Oakland location to be confirmed.
 
Thursday, October 3, 10:45 am, Rules and Legislation Committee Meeting @ Council Chambers, Oakland City Hall.
 
Tuesday, October 15, 6:30 pm, Council Hearing on Plan Selection - Review of District Alternatives @ Council Chambers, Oakland City Hall.
 
Tuesday, November 5, 6:30 pm, First Council Hearing on Redistricting Ordinance @ Council Chambers, Oakland City Hall.
 
Tuesday, November 19, 6:30 pm, Final Council Hearing and Adoption of Redistricting Ordinance @ Council Chambers, Oakland City Hall.
 
There is an informative website which describes the redistricting process, the schedule for public participation, links to background material, and an interactive mapping program where the public can suggest their own City Council boundaries. Go here to access the website 
 
It is also accessible from the City website, www.oaklandnet.com 

 



Dog Park Areas: An UpdateDogPark

 

Last month we reported that an application for a conditional use permit for a fenced dog play area in Snow Park would go before the Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission in June. It did not. After you received our E-News, we learned that the City had deferred the application. We don't have a new date for PRAC's consideration of the application.

In a related matter, the PRAC has released a draft report, "Policy Recommendations on Dogs in Oakland Parks", prepared by its Ad Hoc Committee on Dog Play Areas. Go here to view the report. The PRAC will be accepting public comment on the report through July 19, 2013. Comments may be emailed to oaklanddogplayareas@gmail.com or submitted in writing to:

 

Office of Parks and Recreation

Attn: Dogs in Oakland Parks

250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 3330

Oakland, CA 94612

 

It is anticipated that the report will be heard by the PRAC on Wednesday, September 11 at 4:30 pm at the Lakeside Park Garden Center located at 666 Bellevue Avenue. Check for confirmation by going to the meeting agenda, which will be posted here by Friday, September 6.

 


National Lodge: (17th Avenue and International Blvd.) An Update NationalLodge

 

In February 2012, the City Attorney's Office went to trial to shut down the National Lodge, located at 1711 International Boulevard, for running a business that relied on illegal activity (particularly prostitution) as a business model. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Brenda Harbin-Forte ruled in the City's favor, closing the National Lodge in July 2012 for the maximum period of one year as provided by state law. During the year of closure, the owner of the property is to make improvements to the premises and come up with a future business model that does not include illegal activity. 

 

The owner of the National Lodge has since walked away from the property and the lender, Sterling Bank, is currently in the processes of foreclosing on the property.  In the meantime, a receiver, as chosen and ordered by Judge Harbin-Forte, is monitoring the property.  It is the receiver's job to protect the property and to sell the property to a qualified buyer, while working as a mediator between the court and the buyer throughout the selling process.  The National Lodge property was listed for sale as of May 30, 2013 for $480,000. 

 

Nearby residents organized by neighborhood non-profit EBAYC have held meetings to hear what kind of new use residents would prefer to see at this location. The great majority strongly oppose the continuation of a motel. The community is hoping to attract a buyer who would be willing to build and operate either housing or a business that would be an asset to the neighborhood.

 

How You Can Help

 

To report blight problems at the National Lodge site, please contact Ben McGrew, court receiver, at JBMcGrew@managewest.com or 916.804.3900.  You may also contact Meena Sandhu, Neighborhood Law Corps attorney at the Oakland City Attorney's office.  She can be reached at msandhu@oaklandcityattorney.org or 510.238.6512.

 

To report prostitution activity at this property or anywhere else, please call the Oakland Police Department and file a police report.  Police reports can be used as evidence in civil lawsuits against property owners who are allowing or catering to prostitution activity. You can call the Police Department's Prostitution Hotline at 510.238.2373 (calls can be anonymous).

 

 



"Oakland Answers" is Launched AnswerOakland 


The City of Oakland has officially launched "Oakland Answers" answers.oaklandnet.com, a citizen-focused website that is question-driven, with a simple, easy-to-navigate design. Website users can ask a question or type in keywords about the topic they want information on and receive concise, easy-to-understand responses, as though talking to a neighbor. The content is organized based on citizen understanding - the intuitive way people think of a problem -- not the way the City is organized internally.

 

Oakland Answers is based on "Honolulu Answers," an application built for the City of Honolulu by 2012 Code for America fellows. OpenOakland, our local Code for America brigade, adapted the website to serve Oakland. This project is a great example of how open source technologies can be leveraged across cities to make government run more effectively and make city services and information more accessible to citizens.

 

Content for Oakland Answers was developed collaboratively during the National Day of Civic Hacking on June 1. That day, 70 volunteers showed up for the ReWrite Oakland, co-hosted by the City, OpenOakland and Code for America. This civic engagement event was sponsored by the Kapor Center for Social Impact, HUB Oakland and PopUpHood.

 

The 70 programmers, designers, City officials, writers and local residents attended ReWrite Oakland and volunteered their time to draft content for this new website during the all-day write-a-thon. Participants generated more than 220 questions, and by day's end, had drafted answers to 80 percent of them; collectively they donated more than 350 hours of work to the City-that's equivalent to several months of staff time accomplished in a single day of service.

 

Since the event, City staff has spent time reviewing the answers for accuracy while preserving the community driven tone of the website. In just under two weeks, a new website for the City has been developed and launched. The initial content serves as a great starting point and, over time, the database of questions and answers will grow. The City will host and maintain the website, but the collaborative nature of the website will carry on with ongoing opportunities for the community to help expand the content.

 

Oakland Answers is the latest in a series of recent efforts by the City to engage with citizens and provide increased access to information through the use of innovative technology:
In January the City launched an Open Data website, data.oaklandnet.com, which serves as the central repository of the City of Oakland's public data.

Last fall the City launched a community engagement website called www.EngageOakland.com. The platform encourages community ideas, feedback and suggestions to help shape, grow and sustain the healthy future of Oakland. The site is sponsored by the City to help advance innovative ideas and improve service delivery.

Last year, the City of Oakland's Public Works Agency launched SeeClickFix, an online and mobile tool that helps residents report, track and monitor non-emergency problems, such as graffiti, illegal dumping or potholes.

The Oakland Police Department began using Nixle and Twitter to send out neighborhood-specific crime alerts.

Citizens have long had the ability to track and monitor crime through websites such as www.crimemapping.com and www.oakland.crimespotting.org, as a result of efforts by the Oakland Police Department and the Department of Information Technology to open crime data to the public.

The City has been working with OpenOakland-the Code for America Brigade-to launch "Adopt-A-Drain," a map-based, web app that allows for individuals, small businesses and community organizations to volunteer to clear the City's storm-drains.

Much of the inspiration for these new approaches has come through our collaboration with Code for America and OpenOakland, the local Code for America brigade. The City of Oakland is honored to be a 2013 Code for America city, one of 10 nationwide selected for its commitment to engaging a motivated community as well as its forward-thinking approach to openness and government transparency.  

 

 

-- Based on a City media release

 

 
 
10th Street Bridge Project: The Next Lake Merritt Channel Project About to Start tenthStreet

 

The next project along the Lake Merritt Channel will start shortly. The project will replace the existing drainage culverts under the 10th Street bridge with a clear-span vehicle and pedestrian bridge, improving water quality in the lake. Just as the new clear-span bridge on Lake Merritt Boulevard replaced culverts that had constricted flow between the lake and channel, this project will do the same, increasing the flow even more. The project also will complete another portion of the trail system along the channel. The map below shows the extent of the project. Shortly, you will be able to get project updates at the City's website at www.oaklandnet.com/measuredd

 

Laney   

 
 
"Adopt a Spot" Video AdoptASpot

 

Through "Adopt a Spot," the Public Works Agency provides a unique opportunity for individuals, neighborhood groups, civic organizations and businesses to play an active and ongoing role in cleaning, greening and beautifying parks, creeks, streets and other public spaces. Public Works staff will assist adopters by providing tool lending, post-cleanup debris collection and technical assistance. Need encouragement? View the "Adopt a Spot" video of residents who have adopted Oakland spots by going here. 

 

For an "Adopt a Spot" Program Packet that contains an application and more detailed information, visit www.oaklandadoptaspot.com, email adoptaspot@oaklandnet.com, or call 510.238.7630.

 

As always, any infrastructure problem that needs fixing can be reported to Public Works by emailing pwacallcenter@oaklandnet.com or by calling 615-5566. 
 

Adopt a Spot