Oak Center Neighborhood Association

Oak Center Neighborhood Association OCNA provides a forum to solve problems with crime, blight, City services, education, and jobs to improve quality of life and to celebrate Oak Center.

The Mission and Vision of the Oak Center Neighborhood Association (OCNA) is to work to together to celebrate what we love about our neighborhood through a commitment to solving community problems, maintaining a residential community, organizing outreach events, and creating a safe, healthy, and beautiful place with opportunities for everyone: children and adults, residents and business owners, renters and homeowners.


OCNA Meeting is tonight! 6:30pm at the DeFremery House. District 3 Councilmember McElhaney will be in attendance.



Because the first Monday of July (July 3rd) falls on the day before July 4th, we will not have a July meeting. Please spread the word to friends and neighbors. We look forward to seeing you all at our next meeting on Monday August 7th, when we will be hosting District 3 Councilmember Lynette McElhaney.


Our June Meeting is TONIGHT! 6:30-8:00pm at the DeFremery House. We hope you can make it.

The agenda tonight includes Mailee Hung from Touchstone Climbing Gyms, who will speak to us about her organization and their ideas for the Pacific Pipe building (next to American Steel, on Mandela and 20th).

We'll also share a note from the city inspector assigned to the 14th & Union gas station and some updates on environmental inspections of the property.

Come and bring your neighbors!


Quick reminder -- our May meeting is THIS MONDAY, 6:30pm!

Stephen Curiel from the Oakland Public Works Department will be visiting to talk about the state of the DeFremery Pool and how we can support its repair.

We'll also have an update on our non-profit status. Please show your support by making a donation towards our application fees here: https://www.gofundme.com/ocna-nonprofit-status/

Hope you can make it - bring your neighbors!


Don't forget, we meet tonight at 6:30!


Reminder everyone - the April meeting is *tomorrow*, 6:30pm!

Jason Patton (Bicycle & Pedestrian Program Manager, Transportation Services Division, Bureau of Engineering & Construction for the City of Oakland) will be presenting an overview of the planned bike lanes coming to Adeline Street this Summer and will do Q&A on this and other such projects in our neighborhood and the town in general. Jason will be presenting from 6:40 to 7 PM.

Hope you can make it - bring your neighbors!


Dear OCNA'ers. March meeting is tonight. 6:30pm.



Our next monthly meeting is this Monday February 6 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at DeFremery House at 1651 Adeline Street. This meeting is very important. We will scope out our goals for 2017 and begin the process of nominating members for Board and Officer positions.

OCNA needs your support more than ever. The very existence of our organization depends on increasing membership and participation. Else, OCNA will not be equipped to serve the needs of the community. With two recent resignations, we now only have 4 Board members. Our By-Laws specify a minimum of 5 Board members and a maximum of 13 Board members. We also have two vacancies in our Officer leadership. The positions of Vice-Chair and Corresponding Secretary are open. We cannot be an effective organization unless two critical occurrences happen: 1) Several existing members must be nominated from the ranks and elected to serve on the Board and fill leadership roles on Committees, and 2) We must nominate and elect a new Vice-Chair and Corresponding Secretary.

Please tell your friends and neighbors about OCNA and invite them to join us this month. Please also bring your ideas for nominations to our meeting. You can ask a fellow member (or me) to nominate you. We look forward to seeing you all on Monday!
We also look forward to working with you to beef up our organization for the times ahead,

Think globally and act locally" is more important now than ever!


Michael Taffet,
Chair Oak Center Neighborhood Association


Please joints for our next monthly meeting of the Oak Center Neighborhood Association, this Monday November 7, 2016 from 630 to 800 PM at DeFremery House (1651 Adeline Street).


Come to the meeting.
2X 5X NCPC Meeting
Thursday, November 3, 2016
6:30 P.M.
West Oakland Senior Center
1724 Adeline


Annie Sloan
Neighborhood Services Coordinator
Neighborhood Services Section
Oakland Police Department
Phone: 510-238-2340
Fax: 510-238-7685


Our next OCNA meeting is on Oct. 3rd. 6:30 to 8pm. Defremery House.



As mentioned at our monthly OCNA meeting, our West Oakland / Jack London / Old Oakland (WOJLOO) Candidates Night is this coming Thursday, September 29th @ West Oakland Senior Center from 6:00 to 9:00! It is the time for the candidates to describe what they will do for our neighborhoods (with special emphasis on the unique issues facing West Oakland). Steve Lowe of WOCA and Jack London Association is the driving force behind these annual candidate forums. OCNA participates each year. Please do attend. I am teaching at CSU East Bay on Thursday eve and unfortunately cannot attend

From 6:00 to 7:00, we’ll be listening to the 3 candidates for BART Director
(District 7) as they ponder the questions listed below.

From 7:00 to 8:00, we’ll be listening to the 2 candidates for Oakland City Council
(District 3) as they, too, ponder the questions most relevant to their area of concern.

From 8:00 to 9:00, we be listening to the 5 candidates for Oakland City Council
(At Large), who will be addressing the same questions as the D3 candidates,
as most of WOJLOO’s rationale will require a pledge of cooperation among all the
candidates in order to happen as soon as humanly possible!

Additionally, we are asking that the candidates address our questions, as below,
in writing, so that we can improve on our combined vision for this most central
location within the entire Bay Area!

Thanks for your participation!
Michael Taffet, Chair OCNA

Questions for Council Candidates to be asked at WOJLOO Forum:


• Will you share with us a list of select WOJLOO residents you will
ardently support for being the next Port Commissioner?

• Will you commit to the soonest implementation of the
West Oakland Specific Plan (WOSP) and the process for selecting
the promised Implementation Committee so that the social justice
issues therein can be addressed in a timely fashion?

2. WON

• Will you help expedite the EcoPark in the North Gateway by
voting for more incentives for the recyclers and OMSS, and thereby
fast-track the reduction of pollution in West Oakland?

• What explicit percentage of affordable, mixed and low-income housing
should the WOSP be amended to include?


• Obviously, Oakland alone cannot deal with the explosion of homeless
encampments and, beyond what little help it receives from the County with
respect to Operation Dignity and other programs, much more is needed in
terms of resources that only the regional agencies can provide. Will you work
to streamline the all-important connections between our all-but-abandoned
WOJLOO community, the epicenter of the region after all, and the emerging
regional government that the ABAG-MTC merger impends?

• Will you work hands-on with OONA to construct a retail-specific policy
that can help ensure a coordinated operation meant to encourage more
foot traffic and less rowdyism?

• The promise of Old Oakland as a six-block development (made three
decades ago at the inception of the Project itself) needs to be revisited and
incorporated into Plan Downtown so that slipshod development doesn’t erode
that prospect. What steps will you take to ensure such inclusion?


• In seeking a community-wide congress, advisory or area committee,
our WOJLOO groups have the backing of Mayor Schaff and await only
the promise of our At Large and District Councilmembers to bring such
an entity to life: How soon after the November election will you be ready
to meet and discuss the surest pathway to activation of such an entity?


• What assurances can you give to WOJLOO that you are willing, wanting
and waiting to work with us in bringing the kind of economic development
to our area that we foresee as essential, even though the experts uptown,
in deference to the “development community” or “market forces,” may not
agree with our priorities?

6. OCNA:

• Given that the State of California is as responsible for UCB system as for the
chain of Unified School Districts from Alameda and Alpine to Yolo and Yuba,
some sort of merger ot the two systems needs to be investigated so that the
disadvantages built into the one can be eradicated by the best practices of
the other, yes?

• How will you as the official representative of one of the most disadvantaged
school districts in the State use your voice, position and community backing
to bring both attention to and a cure for this years-old dilemma?

7. OaklandWORKS:

• African-Americans are 28% of the Oakland population yet obtain
only 5% of the jobs on most city-funded construction projects.
This reality is contributing to the displacement of the Black population
in Oakland. African-Americans should not be expected to pay taxes for
such initiatives as the $600 million infrastructure bond, if their taxes
are not providing equitable employment.

Policies to improve this situation have been discussed by various
Council committees for eight years or more. Will you pledge to support,
encourage, and vote for the immediate passage of such a policy by the
City Council without further delay?

8. WOCA:

• Coping with the Ten Barriers to Economic Development & Envirocrime*
effectively requires that the City’s Economic Development Department write
a comprehensive plan that imagines a long term solution for dealing with
the problems with a provision for accommodating those most sorely affected
communities, otherwise Oakland will forever be dependent on default mechanisms
for dealing with envirocrime and sanctioning the stopgap methodologies that,
as they haven’t worked in the past, obviously cannot work in the future.

• What assurances can you bring to the table today that the same kind of
economic forum that the County nurtures, the City nurtures and even the
region nurtures can be available at the community group level so that we
can provide to those other forums the hands-on solutions we would like to
see implemented?

* Ten Barriers to Economic Development & Envirocrime

• An extremely substandard public infrastructure
• Abandoned rail lines in the middle of the streets (with large impassable potholes)
• Excessive crime of all types, need of improved means of response, communication, reporting and prosecution.
• Excessive amounts of illegal dumping from local and non-local sources
• Massive amounts of local and imported graffiti on public and private property
• Excessive weeds and debris on public and private property
• Homeless encampments and human excrement
• Excessive blight, needing improved means of response, communication, reporting and prosecution.
• Lack of immediate removal of hazmat, creating environmental damage and health hazards.
• Substandard public transportation and community movement.

* * * * *

Questions for BART Candidates to be asked at WOJLOO Forum:


Proper development in the Jack London Area is impacted by BART’s
ever-changing vision as to where a new station should be, if any at all,
especially since the land needed for improvements there is getting to be
all but barely affordable. Plans for a new tube from San Francisco to
the Coliseum may or may not include a mid-estuary station that would
(maybe) serve both Jack London Square and Mariner Square in Alameda,
and a redevelopment of the Oakland Wye is necessary in any event.

It is unfair to the folks in Jack London – and Oakland City Planning, as well –
to leave us all perpetually in limbo while the head-scratching at BART continues:

Will you lead the way for a community-invested process to finalize a vision
for this epicentral and overly-impacted congestion point in the BART system
so that we can make plans for great buildings that won’t require being
uprooted someday when BART finally comes to its senses and decides that
unravelling the Gordian Knot simply has to happen rather than continuing
to kick the grenade down the road?


Similarly, the West Oakland BART station has been designated by
Director Crunican as one of the four most important stations in the system,
alongside Embarcadero, Montgomery and Powell – and yet the amount of
attention given this central-most station is meager by comparison, and the
prospects for its improvement are, if past treatment is any indication, bleak.

What will you do in terms of a community-involved process to ensure
that, in achieving parity, WOBART will come into its own architecturally,
economically and sociologically, representing as it should the East Bay’s
equivalent to those already-identified sister stations across the Bay?

3. WON

Last mile solutions are slow in forthcoming, especially for those in
West Oakland who have to wait long stretches of time for the bus to finally
lumber along and take them near enough to their residence so that they can
walk the rest of the way, sometimes in dark and/or dangerous neighborhoods.
For the wealthier folks in town, there’s Uber, Lyft and a host of other
Demand Response Transit services that may or may not service BART riders,
depending on the whims of the individual contractors who are DRT-dispatched.

What will you do to make sure that DRT rides are either partially subsidized
as part of BART’s responsibility to assure passenger safety, or made a part
of ACTC’s interactivity with BART everywhere throughout the East Bay?


Old Oakland is the only designated Historic District in the Bay Area
through which BART passes, as serviced by the City Center exit at 11th Street.
What kind of advertising and/or promotional work is being done by BART
to build ridership for special destinations like Old Oakland to help improve
the connectivity and context of our urban culture?

Will you help lead the way in making BART a contributor to our Bay Area
cultural resources, ostensibly the reason for having cities in the first place
at all?

5. OaklandWorks

BART’s ever-increasing fares represent a tax on worker income in that
transportation for the poor always takes greater percentage of salary than
for the wealthy. Even a chauffeur-driven executive pays less of his or her
total annual income for transportation than does a manual laborer who all
too frequently suffers from some sort of deprivation – nutritional, housing,
communications, etc. – as a result of income reprioritization.

Will you help eliminate altogether fares for BART riders, based on the
rationale that – better than the minimum wage! – more redound to our
regional economy must ensue, and a transportation tax instead will be
a fairer means of cutting the division of wealth in the Bay Area?


While BART doesn’t pollute as much as some diesel belching monstrosity,
its noise and clatter (always through the poorest residential areas) are a
tremendous detriment to the formation of business and have been the cause
of many a business closure. Surely with today’s advances in high tech systems,
mitigations can be found to make BART run at least somewhat more quietly
than it does at present – every four or so minutes through West Oakland,
as opposed to far flung neighborhoods where once every half hour or so
may be acceptable.

What will you do, just in terms of parity alone, to quiet BART?


Hi OCNA'ers-

Our next monthly meeting is Monday September 12th from 630 to 8 PM at DeFremery House (1651 Adeline Street). We will have a presentation from the Planning Department and they will take questions. Please plan to attend.

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News from District 3.

Coffee & Conversation w/ Council President McElhaney

July 30, 2016

Mojo’s Coffee Shop

1768 Broadway Street

8:00am – 9:00am

I want to hear from you! Join me for a cup of coffee, share your concerns and talk about what's happening in your neighborhood. For more info, contact Brigitte Cook at (510)238-7245.

Oakland Parks & Recreation Celebrates National Parks and Recreation Month

July 26, 2016

Willie Keyes Recreation Center

3131 Union Street


Oakland Parks & Recreation will mark National Parks and Recreation Month with community appreciation events at recreation centers and parks across the city. Events range from complimentary boat rentals at the Lake Merritt Boating Center and free swimming at OPR pools to family carnivals and movie nights. During the next week, the following events will be hosted:

Job Opportunity at the Oakland International Airport

Escape Lounge, a new first-class airport lounge opening soon at Oakland International Airport (OAK), is now recruiting to fill positions with an anticipated mid-August 2016 start date. Operated by MAG USA, a division of the Manchester Airports Group, Escape Lounge is the premier destination for air travelers, providing first-class food service, a high-end bar program, and multiple areas for both the business and leisure traveler. We are hiring for multiple positions including Lounge Agents, Cooks and Supervisors. http://www.jobsatmag.com/

Latham Square Grand Re-Opening Celebration

July 28, 2016

Latham Square – 16th & Broadway

5:00pm- 8:00pm

The City of Oakland is partnering with the Downtown Oakland Association to host a Grand Re-Opening Celebration marking the completion of the $7 million Latham Square project. The transformative project nearly quadrupled the size of this public gathering space in the heart of downtown Oakland, where Broadway and Telegraph intersect. As part of the project, water will flow in the Latham Fountain for the first time in 75 years. This free event will feature live music, local eats & libations and promotions by area merchants. There will be free food provided by several local restaurants, arts & crafts activities and retail vendors drawn from the immediate neighborhood. A special retail passport will encourage revelers to explore the merchants surrounding Latham Square. For more info on the project, please visit www.oaklandnet.com/lathamsquare. For more information on the event, please visit www.lathamsquare.org

New Housing Waitlist Opens!

Oakland Housing Authority is excited to announce the opening of the Prosperity Place (11th and Jackson) waitlist beginning today, Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29th. Pre-applications are only accepted online. Please note the Link to the pre-application: www.ebaldc.org The project has a total of 71 units including 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms.

Questions can be referred to the Prosperity Place Hotline 510-606-1794. For those needing a reasonable accommodation, please refer them to 510-550-5287.

National Night Out

August 2, 2016

7:00pm – 9:00pm

When neighbors know each other, neighborhoods are safer. Organize a block party, barbecue, ice cream social or other outdoor event that brings your neighbors together. Neighborhood and community groups are able to register as a host for the annual National Night Out event held on Tuesday, August 2 at various locations across Oakland. For more information on parties in your area please visit www.oaklandnet.com/nno or call (510) 238-3102.

17th Annual Lend A Hand Foundation Stay In School/Backpack Giving Kickoff

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Geoffrey's Inner Circle

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Lend A Hand Foundation along with our partners, K to College, Give Something Back, OUSD and the Oakland Education Fund will be providing 10,000 students in Oakland with backpacks and school supplies in the fall. Lend A Hand Foundation is grateful to have Bay Area Legend Nikki Thomas as Mistress of Ceremony for our Stay in School Backpack Giving Kickoff! Please join us as we embark upon our 17th annual drive for Oakland youth!

DeFremery Recreation Center Yard Sale

August 6, 2016

deFremery Recreation Center

1651 Adeline Street

9:00am - 3:00pm

DeFremery Recreation Center will host a community yard sale. This yard sale serves as a fundraiser for deFremery programs and events. Any party interested in selling at the yard sale can rent a stall out for $25 or tables for $6. For more information, please contact Valorie Winn at (510) 238-7739.

Art & Soul Oakland

August 20, 2016 & August 21, 2016

City Hall Plaza

Noon – 6:00pm

Art + Soul Oakland celebrates its sweet 16. The festival will provide great entertainment that sizzles with two music-packed days featuring Jazz, Rock, Gospel, Latin, R&B and Blues performed by national recording artists and top local talent. This year’s musical lineup – including Tony Toni Toné, Chrystal Rucker, Sonny Rhodes, John Santos and others – has recently been announced. Check out the lineup at www.artandsouloakland.com. This year’s festival will continue the tradition of featuring dozens of hand crafted artisans along with an exotic selection of international food and wonderful children’s activities. The festival will kick off on Saturday with the return of the Blues & BBQ Blowout featuring the 3rd Annual Oaktown Throwdown BBQ Competition. The contest is expected to draw 40 top pitmasters from all over California competing for cash prizes.

City Of Oakland Job Announcements

Human Resources Management Department (HRM) anticipates posting job announcements for the following positions:


Emp. Type


Closing Date

Deputy City Attorney II- Litigation Divi...

Full Time

$107,932.44 - $132,531.36 Annually

Deputy City Attorney III- Litigation Div...

Full Time

$119,000.16 - $146,115.24 Annually

Drafting Technician, Intermediate (Offic...

Full Time

$54,678.00 - $67,158.00 Annually


Emergency Services Manager, Assistant

Full Time

$7,770.01 - $9,539.85 Monthly


Engineering Technician II (Office)

Full Time

$56,062.50 - $68,815.50 Annually


Fire Communications Dispatcher, Senior (...

Full Time

$6,199.59 - $7,612.44 Monthly


NEW! Legal Administrative Assistant

Full Time

$4,996.94 - $6,135.65 Monthly



Full Time

$7,045.65 - $8,649.79 Monthly


Lifeguard, Part Time (Continuous)

Part Time

$12.97 - $15.91 Hourly

NEW! Neighborhood Law Corps Attorney (Exempt ...

Limited Duration

$44,999.16 Annually


NEW! Park Supervisor II

Full Time

$6,709.85 - $8,237.76 Monthly


Police Officer Trainee (177B)

Full Time

$5,500.10 Monthly


Pool Manager, Part Time (Continuous)

Part Time

$15.75 - $19.34 Hourly

NEW! Program Analyst I (Selective Certificati...

Full Time

$4,769.92 - $5,856.47 Monthly


NEW! Program Analyst II

Full Time

$5,522.13 - $6,780.24 Monthly


Veterinary Technician

Full Time

$18.62 - $22.85 Hourly


Water Safety Instructor, Part Time (Cont...

Part Time

$14.37 - $17.62 Hourly

For the most up-to-date information on City jobs, please view the Employment Information page on our website at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/oaklandca/default.cfm. The Employment Information page also contains information on minimum qualifications of specific job classifications, how to apply for a job on-line and how to submit a job interest card for positions not currently posted. For more information, please contact the Human Resources Management Receptionist at (510) 238-3112.

thumbnail.animalProfile_17400Meet Eli & Yuri!

These two are a bonded pair of cats who will be adopted out together. Eli is a little more shy and particular than Yuri, but if you meet with his approval he will show you what a love bug he can be. Yuri is a big friendly fluffy boy who is willing to wear a bow tie if that's what it takes to get a little petting. Yuri loves soaking in the sun. They are about 2 years old. Eli and Yuri's adoption fees have been paid for by secret admirers! To meet this pair, come to Oakland Animal Services, 1101 29th Avenue in Oakland, and we'll help with all the rest. http://www.oaklandanimalservices.org/

Construction & Traffic Advisory

Embarcadero Bridge Closure Seismic Safety Replacement

The Embarcadero Bridge, which spans the Lake Merritt Channel where it joins the Oakland-Alameda Estuary, will be replaced by a new, seismically safer structure with enhanced pedestrian and bicycle access. During construction, the Embarcadero (between Estuary Park and 5th Avenue) will be closed, and through traffic will be detoured to the 7th Street Bridge. The new bridge is expected to be opened in May 2018. The public can find additional information about the project, including a Fact Sheet and frequently asked questions at www.oaklandnet.com/embarcadero as well as a detour map. Questions regarding this project can also be directed to Mr. Philip Fung, Resident Engineer, Oakland Public Works at [email protected] or (510) 715-6829.

Port of Oakland free harbor tours return July 1

Summer’s best cruise bargain returns to the Port of Oakland next month. The excursions provide a rare glimpse inside one of the world’s key trade gateways. Nine Friday evening harbor tours are scheduled between July and October. Visitors will ride aboard a 120-passenger vessel operated by Commodore Cruises. The 90-minute excursions pass the Port’s marine terminals in Oakland Estuary and Outer Harbor. Live narration will provide insight to the way the Port handles more than 2 million cargo containers annually and provide a unique vantage point because marine terminals are closed to the public. Visitors can register for free harbor tours on the Port of Oakland website at www.portofoakland.com. Guests are urged to sign up as soon as registration opens since the tours fill up quickly. Dates for the summer harbor tour series are:

• July 1, 15 and 29

• Aug. 12 and 26

• Sept. 16 and 30

• Oct. 14 and 28

Organics Collection Mandatory for Oakland Businesses and Multi-Family Homes

Starting July 1, 2016, all Oakland businesses and multi-family residential homes with five or more units will be required to provide adequate on-site collection service for all compostable materials, under Alameda County’s Mandatory Recycling Ordinance. This includes food scraps, food-soiled paper, and plant debris—all compostable materials. For more info, visit www.RecyclingRulesAC.org/city-of-oakland or call 510-891-6575.


Brigitte Cook, Sr. Community Liaison

Oakland District 3 – Council President Lynette McElhaney

1 Frank Ogawa Plaza s 2nd Floor, City Council Office s Oakland, CA 94612

Office (510)238-7245

Connect with us: Twitter: @LynetteGM Facebook/Lynette2012

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