Abel’s eNews: Repaving and street-safety improvements in District 2, equity designs for Downtown Plan, new funds for Asian Cultural Center

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Celebrating Lunar New Year at Chinatown Streetfest
San Lee Fai Lok – Gung Hay Fat Choi! Happy Lunar New Year! I was honored to help kick off Chinatown Streetfest at its opening ceremony this past weekend.

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I hope you will come by this week to shop, show Chinatown small businesses some love, and celebrate the Year of the Dog! 

Street Repaving in Cleveland Heights
The City completed part of the resurfacing work in the Cleveland Heights neighborhood late last year. As winter weather came, repaving work was put on hold. With the warm weather that we have been having, Public Works crews are now able to start street repaving again. Last weekend, Public Works started to resurface Capell St. from Prospect Ave. to McKinley Ave. and Brooklyn Ave. from Wesley Ave. to Hannover Ave. Plans call for repaving Wesley Ave (from Wayne Ave. to MacArthur Blvd.). Thank you for your patience, and pardon the dust!

Street-Safety Improvements on Mandana Blvd.
Work orders have been submitted to upgrade the existing “No Parking” to “No Stopping At Any Time” signs, and install a 25-mph sign on Mandana Blvd. going uphill between Grand and Walker avenues, “Keep Clear” pavement markings at the Mandana/Walker/Vermont intersection, new crosswalks and signage at Mandana/Walker and Mandana/Erie, and a guide striping extension line through the Lakeshore/Mandana intersection have been issued. City staff report that work will be completed as soon as scheduling permits.

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Update on Park Blvd. Safety Improvements
Following up on last month’s community meetings: No funding for possible street-design improvements on the middle and upper portions of Park Blvd. is currently available. However, staff will be conducting a community walk this summer with interested residents to continue study of Park Blvd. We will keep you posted on that next step in the community-engagement process.

Lower Park Blvd: From Oakland High down to E. 18th, design improvements include two travel lanes, left-turn pockets, the installation of high-visibility crosswalks, buffered bike lanes and shorter, safer intersections. Staff continues to seek input on the overall approach and requires Council approval, with construction scheduled for next year. 

Good news: The safety improvements near Edna Brewer Elementary School will go forward as part of a $2.3 million Safe Routes to School grant.

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Trestle Glen: As part of my ongoing efforts to listen to and address the safety concerns of Trestle Glen Rd. neighbors, I have secured an engineer to facilitate a safety walk and discuss the neighbors’ interest in such potential improvements as speed tables that may be worth pursuing. I have heard concerns from residents about continued safety concerns on residential streets. I’ll keep you posted on a date for the walk audit. For the public presentations and more info on Park Blvd.

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Aligning Parking Enforcement with Other Transportation Services
The City’s Parking Enforcement unit is now part of the new Department of Transportation. This move will help more closely align parking enforcement with other parking and mobility initiatives – from street sweeping to bicycle and pedestrian improvements, car share and bike share.

Providing consistent enforcement services in support of street sweeping in Chinatown and throughout Oakland is a top priority. To this end, the transportation department has implemented new tracking procedures that will flag street-sweeping routes that are not covered on a given day. This system should help eliminate repeat sweeping misses on a particular street or block, and help parking-enforcement supervisors make the most of the unit’s available resources.

They are also available to respond to your calls (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm). If you observe a violation, please call 510-238-3099, and a technician will be dispatched to the area and issue citations.

GET INVOLVED

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Saturday, February 10 | Community Office Hours at the Market
10:00 am-12:00 pm | Grand Lake Farmers’ Market Plaza
Councilmember Guillén holds monthly “office hours” out in the community along with “Walk and Talks” throughout the year. We’ve been in Cleveland Heights, Grand Lake, Chinatown and Crocker Highlands the past few months, and will be in the Grand Lake neighborhood this month. Stop by to say hello and share your thoughts about the neighborhood. Bring the kids! “Walk-ins” are welcome, but you can reserve a time slot to avoid waiting: 510-238-7002

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Downtown Specific Plan: Help Design the Vision for Your Neighborhood’s Future
Central Core: Saturday, February 10 | 10:00 am-1:00 pm | Oakstop, 1721 Broadway Suite 201
Uptown and KONO: Saturday, February 10 | 3:00-6:00 pm | Oakstop, 1721 Broadway Suite 201
Old Oakland: Sunday, February 11 | 2:00-5:00 pm | Oakstop, 1721 Broadway Suite 201
Chinatown: Tuesday, February 13 | 5:30-8:00 pm | OACC, 388 9th St. Suite 290

RSVP here For more info

In February, the City will hold the next round of community meetings for the Downtown Oakland Specific Plan. These sessions will put the pencil in your hands as you show the design team where the problem areas and opportunity sites are in your neighborhood. Following a hands-on discussion, these meetings will focus on the issues and potential strategies that are specific to each of these four downtown neighborhoods.

The meetings will build on the input from previous community forums on social-equity issues associated with downtown development, infrastructure and housing. The City’s planning efforts are assisted by Dover, Kohl & Partners and a team of local specialists in social equity and community engagement, led by the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational and Environmental Design.

Sign up for email updates: www.oaklandnet.com/plandowntownoakland

CELEBRATE OAKLAND

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New Funding for the Oakland Asian Cultural Center
I have worked with City staff to introduce a Council resolution that ensures that the Oakland Asian Cultural Center can move forward with $100,000 to make needed building repairs. A vital resource that strengthens vibrant communities through Asian and Pacific Islander arts and cultural programs, the center fosters intergenerational and cross-cultural dialogue and understanding, collaboration and social justice. My resolution to fund the center repairs will be considered at the Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee next Tuesday (February 13).

SERVICES IN THE CITY

One-Stop Source for Oakland Business Permits
The City of Oakland has launched two free online tools to simplify the process for opening a business: Zoning Check (zoningcheck.oaklandca.gov) and Business Permitting tool (businesspermits.oaklandca.gov). Through a series of easy-to-answer questions, these apps quickly inform entrepreneurs whether their business venture is allowable at a particular location, what types of City licenses and permits are required, and how much the related fees will be. The new apps are available in English, Chinese and Spanish.

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Summer Internships at the Port | Apply by March 2
The deadline for the Port of Oakland’s 2018 Summer College Internship Program is March 2. The program offers college students exposure to the Port’s day-to-day business activities and opens doors to prospective career paths, including Aviation, Aviation Communications, Aviation Planning and Development, Communications, Engineering, Environmental Programs and Planning, Governmental Affairs, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Risk Management and Social Responsibility. The paid internships run June 18 through August 17. The types of internship duties will vary from administrative to technical and project-based work.To apply