VOL. 28 NO. 4 ISSUE NO. 299 April 6, 2013 CIRCULATION: 5,800 RESIdENCES; 200 BUSINESSES
Sponsored by the Rockridge Community Planning Council • 4123 Broadway, PMB 311 • Oakland, CA 94611 • 869-4200
Rockridge Kitchen Tour: RCPC Town Hall: Meet Councilmember Dan Kalb
How You Can Help An Interview was also comfortable not
answering questions on
by: Natalie Mehta With Dan Kalb
subjects he felt he needed
a rk you r ca lend a r by Stuart Flashman and to know more about.
now: t h e Ro ck-
Don Kinkead Excerpts from the inter-
r idge K itchen Tour
t’s a lot of work, about view follow:
will be held Sunday, Rockridge
what I expected, but I’m
September 29. Kitchens a workaholic generally,” said It was an eye-opener in
This RCPC biennial
dan Kalb, characterizing his early council experi-
fundraiser has been a
his first months as the City ences, Kalb said, to realize
Bay Area favorite since its
Councilmember for Council the extent of the influence
inception in 1995, and much of district 1 which includes wielded by the city adminis-
its success is due to the enthusiasm of the Rockridge. trator over city affairs.
community volunteers who make this event
Kalb met late in March “Oakland has a strong-
possible. How can you help?
with RCPC board members mayor system in name
Recommend a K itchen: T he
Stuart Flashman and don only,” he said, referring
committee has toured a number of
Kinkead to discuss a range to the arrangement put
spectacular kitchens and is looking for
of Oakland and Rockridge Councilmember i n place du r i ng Jer r y
more recommendations to ensure the tour Dan Kalb /D. KinKeaD
issues in anticipation of his Brown’s mayoral terms as a
features kitchens in a variety of styles, sizes,
attendance at the RCPC of questions prepared by “convoluted kind of hybrid.”
and budgets that will inspire our guests.
April Town Hall meeting. the RCPC board, discussing The position of the mayor,
If you know of a beautifully renovated or
For one so recently city-wide and Rockridge- separate from the person
remodeled kitchen, please let us know soon.
The committee makes its selections in May. elected to public office, Kalb centric issues with equal occupying it at any one
Spread the Word: Ticket sales are
was at ease with the range comfort and depth. He ➧ Dan Kalb, page 13
the primary source of the fundraising, and
each tour brings guests from all over the April Election: RCPC Board of Directors
Bay Area. Help us publicize the event by
sharing the date with your networks, family,
R CPC’s annual election for its board of directors will be held at the April town hall
meeting Thursday, April 18. Voting will follow statements by incumbents seeking
reelection and new candidates seeking a board position who will discuss their interest
Become a Sponsor or Advertiser: in board service. Voting will also be held the following Saturday for those residents
Is your prime business target an audience unable to attend the town hall session. Residents will be asked to confirm a Rockridge
interested in homes and renovation? address within RCPC boundaries, and should therefore bring a driver’s license or DMV
Advertising and sponsorship opportunities ID card showing their address. See bottom of page 3 for further details.
are available. Contact Natalie; see below
Volunteer: If you have a few hours
(or more) to contribute, join the team that 18 AGENDA: RCPC Town Hall Meeting, April 18
makes this fantastic event happen. We are Meet Dan Kalb RCPC Board Candidates’
looking for volunteers to add to the pub- y New District 1 Councilmember Forum and Elections
licity, photography, food, and registration Dan Kalb is the featured speaker at the y Candidates for RCPC’s board of
directors will discuss their positions on
committees, and docents to show off our April RCPC Town Hall meeting. Come hear
Rockridge and Oakland issues and their
his views on Oakland and its future, and his
fabulous kitchens. Volunteers are treated interest in being on the board. Rockridge
thoughts about Rockridge and Council Dis-
to a preview of the tour kitchens. residents may vote at this meeting or
trict 1. For a preview, see above for Kalb’s on Saturday, April 20, at the Rockridge
To find out which job may suit you, to advertise interview with RCPC’s Stuart Flashman Branch Library between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
and/or sponsor, or to recommend a special and Rockridge News Editor Don Kinkead. See more details, page 3.
kitchen, contact Natalie Mehta at 415/279-5148
or email@example.com. Thursday, April 18 | 7:30-9 p.m. Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College at Manila
2. April 6, 2013
Essays on matters of local interest are invited for consideration ROCKRIDGE BRANCH LIBRARY
as Op-Ed pieces for The Rockridge News. Please limit length to
450 words and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. 5366 College Avenue
Views expressed in Op-Ed essays do not necessarily reflect those of The Rockridge News, 597-5017
its editor, or the board of directors of the Rockridge Community Planning Council. HOURS:
Mon, Tues: 12:30 – 8 p.m.
Broadway Safeway Project Ignores Neighborhood
Weds, Thurs,Tue: 10 a.m. –85:30 p.m.
Sat: 12:30 – p.m.
Wed, Thu, Sat: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 12 ––5:30 p.m.
Friday: 12 5:30 p.m.
by Rachel Grossman traffic flooding into Rockridge and adjacent Sunday: CLOSED
Sunday and Monday: CLOSED
T he Safeway rebuilding project at areas, but it’s also about the serious health
Library program details: See Calendar, page 15.
Pleasant Valley and Broadway presents problems caused by the emissions generated
an opportunity to revitalize the southern by cars sitting in gridlock.
part of Rockridge, connect it with nearby Alternative: Mixed Use The Rockridge News, founded in 1986 by Don Kinkead,
is published monthly in Oakland and is sponsored by
walkable areas such as Piedmont Avenue As an alternative, a mixed-use project the Rockridge Community Planning Council (RCPC),
and Temescal, and serve as a gateway to involving not only retail but also residential a nonprofit public benefit organization founded to:
the Broadway corridor. A successful project would be a vast improvement. There would preserve and enhance the unique character of the
Rockridge neighborhood; promote the health, safety
would require a radically different approach still be significant traffic, but it would be and quality of life of its residents; furnish a forum for
to the one Safeway is currently taking and distributed over the course of the day as a community involvement, and provide leadership and
that Oakland is too eagerly embracing. function of varied land use. representation of neighborhood interests.
Safeway’s design is disconnected from A strong design concept would also Rockridge News Production
the fabric of the Rockridge neighborhood accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists, and Ortrun Niesar ..................... The Muse
and completely automobile-oriented. It will those who use public transportation. It Barry Kaufman ...................Food
Jo Ellis ...................................Advertising &
substantially increase traffic and pollution would integrate public spaces where friends, Community Calendar
without providing any significant civic families and neighbors could meet. Modern Theresa Nelson ....................Neighborhood Merchant
Susan Montauk ...................Business Manager
asset. Is there a garden in the project? A retail design employs those principles. Don Kinkead.......................Graphics & Layout
dedicated pedestrian walkway? A real Safeway and City Must Listen RCPC Board of Directors, 2012-2013
plaza? Benches? A single fountain? So far, Let’s be honest: Safeway wants profits; Andrew Charman ..............Chair
Christopher Chin.............. Vice-Chair
the answers are no. Instead, Safeway has the city wants tax revenue. The citizens of Laura Schlichtmann ...........Secretary
presented a design where delivery bays for Rockridge should also get something positive Bernard Baltaxe .................Treasurer
Stuart Flashman .................Chair Emeritus
big box stores invade a primary pedestrian from the new shopping center. Virginia Hamilton, Michael Kan, William Kaufner,
pathway. There’s a lot we can do to improve Don Kinkead, Lisa McNally, Greg Pasquali,
Ronnie Spitzer, Zabrae Valentine, Ann Winterman
Inward-Facing Design this proposed project if we can persuade Contact the board: email@example.com
The proposed design (available on the Safeway and the city to listen and to enter For information: firstname.lastname@example.org
city’s website or by appointment with City into respectful dialogue with the public. Newsletter subscriptioNs
Planner darin Ranelletti, 238-3663, e-mail The approval process has been accelerated To subscribe to The Rockridge News, send
email@example.com) is completely so the final vote will come in June or July
your check for $20, payable to Rockridge News
Subscriptions, to: Rockridge News Subscriptions at
inward-facing, raising a line of opaque walls of this year. Then it goes to construction. the address below.
along Broadway and Pleasant Valley, with Now is the time to get involved. Contacting The Rockridge News
few actual store fronts and entry points. Getting What You Want Are there community issues you’d like to see
covered in The Rockridge News?
Pedestrians or bicyclists attempting to What do you want to see in this project? Do you have questions about newsletter
access the shopping center from the College Collaborate with neighbors after set-
Want to volunteer to be a Rockridge News
Avenue direction and only reach an entry ting up a username and password at: block captain?
by crossing a hazardous driveway/street www.neighborland.com/pleasantval-
Would you like to write a letter to the Editor?
Contact us at one of the following:
that serves as the primary entrance to the leysafeway Editor: firstname.lastname@example.org
three-story parking structure. Share opinions and ask for the www.rockridge.org
The Rockridge News, 4123 Broadway, PMB 311,
No Viable Public Transportation documentation and transparency Oakland, CA 94611
In its current form, the project fails to you expect from city government RCPC Voice-mail: 510/869-4200
offer viable public transportation options. at: http://safewayrockridgedialogue. Articles submitted for publication may be e-mailed
A bus stop on Broadway has been relocated blogspot.com to the above address. Submissions are limited to
600 words; must include the author’s name, phone
to be closer to the center’s shopping street, Contact district 1 Councilmember number, e-mail address, and city or neighborhood
but there are no integrated bus stops or dan Kalb: email@example.com of residence; and are subject to editing. To reprint
a Rockridge News article, please contact the editor.
shuttles to BART stations. Contact dan Pryor, Safeway’s vice
The Environmental Impact Report vastly president of communications: dan. Newsletter Advertising/Deadline
Publication date of the next issue is:
underestimates the traffic challenges that firstname.lastname@example.org
May 4, 2013
will be caused by this significantly enlarged Lobby the Planning Commission for the May deadline is April 18, 2013
shopping center, claiming the problem can project you want to see: http://www2. Advertising rates are $26/column inch. Six-
month pre-pay rate available. For display ads,
be solved by fine-tuning the timing of a oaklandnet.com/Government/o/PBN/ call Jo Ellis at 653-3210 (after noon), or e-mail
few traffic lights. It’s clearly not just about OurOrganization/PlanningZoning/o/ email@example.com. RCPC reserves the right
to refuse any display or classified ad that it deems
the inconvenience of well over double the Commissions/index.htm inappropriate. (Classified ad contact, page 14.)
April 6, 2013 3.
RCPC Financial Report
Posting Delayed RCPC Board Candidates: 2013 Election
D ue to technical problems, publication
of the Rockridge Community Planning
Council’s annual financial report in the
Andrew E. Charman Bill Kaufner
April issue of The Rockridge News has
Lawton Avenue Taft Avenue
been delayed. It will be published in the
joined the RCPC board would like to continue the
May 2013 newsletter.
to help preserve and work I am involved with
Copies of the report will be available
enhance Rockridge’s unique on the Rockridge Community Planning
to the community after April 25. Residents
character as an “urban Council in the areas of Rockridge schools
who wish to receive a copy of the report
oasis,” a neighborhood deftly and land use issues. The council helped
prior to the May newsletter publication
balancing residential and commercial work through the Safeway designs, and
should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or write to
uses, with well-preserved architecture and the Caltrans 4th Bore mitigations, and has
RCPC, 4123 Broadway, PMB 311, Oakland,
beautiful gardens, friendly to families, and worked to bring exciting projects to fruition
amenable to pedestrians and cyclists. including the BART plaza, and a dVd
I have served as vice-chair and chair project for the Rockridge Library. Should I
City Releases of the board, liaison to the Friends and
Neighbors of College Avenue (FANs),
be granted another term, I look forward to
working for the gains from projects to come.
Soundwall Study a neighborhood group concerned with
Safeway’s expansion plans, Fourth Bore Lisa McNally
Petitions Coalition representative, and chair of
RCPC’s Transportation Committee, which 62nd Street
by Victoria Eisen, Oakland Caldecott
addresses issues concerning traffic, transit,
outreach coordinator ’ve lived in Rockridge for
and pedestrian and bicycle safety.
ollowing the process presented at nearly three years after
I hope to continue to serve in these
the September and January RCPC having lived in Piedmont
Town Hall meetings and in articles in the for four years. I live on 62nd
december 2012 and January 2013 issues of Street in a rare rental unit
The Rockridge News, the city of Oakland Michael R. Kan on a street of predominantly single-family
has released petitions that eligible property Keith Avenue homes. Civic engagement is important to
owners can use to indicate their support of
me, and being a part of an historic and
further study of two potential soundwalls y name is Michael R. dynamic neighborhood planning group such
along eastbound and westbound SR-24 in Kan and I’ve had the as RCPC allows me to stay informed while
Rockridge (see January issue for map). great opportunity to serve actively contributing to my community. I
If at least two-thirds of these property on the RCPC board both in believe that space informs a sense of place,
owners sign the petition by March 26, an appointed and elected with our environment affecting how we
2014, the studies will be funded through capacity. Serving on the RCPC board has interact with others and shaping our personal
Oakland’s $8 million Caldecott Tunnel been a great experience, working to preserve development.
Settlement Agreement with Caltrans. If the fabric of our community and bring
fewer than two-thirds sign, these funds will the issues necessary to the enhancement
flow to pedestrian lighting and intersection and preservation of our community to our
improvement projects and other potential neighbors. Lawton Avenue
soundwall studies. If re-elected, I would work to continue
For more information, see w w w. my efforts with the RCPC board to best am running for the RCPC
fourthbore.org or contact Oakland Caldecott serve our community. Thank you. boa rd because I a m
outreach coordinator Victoria Eisen at excited to help make this
email@example.com or 510/525-0220. ➧ Board Candidates, page 9
RCPC Board Election Procedures
A t the RCPC Town Hall meeting Thursday, April 18, five candidates – three
elected incumbents and two recent appointees to previously vacated seats
– will introduce themselves and describe their interest in RCPC Board service.
There will then be two opportunities to vote for the candidates of your choice.
Balloting will be held at the meeting on Thursday, April 18, and on Saturday, April
20, in the entryway or lobby of the Rockridge library, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The paint chips flaking from the pillars
in the BART parking lot recently
➧ Voter Eligibility: Persons age 18 and over who live within RCPC boundaries
revealed a possible cause of the blight are eligible to vote. Verification will be by driver’s license or DMV ID card showing
lurking beneath the surface. /D. KinKeaD an address within RCPC boundaries, depicted on the RCPC website at rockridge.org.
4. April 6, 2013
Gateway to History for Centennial Bash 2013 Tech Auction a
C l a re m o n t Smashing Success
by Tech Auction Committee
students strolling hank you to the Oakland community for
past the original supporting the 2013 “This Is It” auction,
entry gate to the
our school’s most significant fundraiser.
school. In careless
storage since the We are pleased to report that we grossed
school was rebuilt, the more than $85,000, a new record. The total
timeworn gate is now includes 350 tickets sold, and income from
slated for restoration. online, silent and live auctions.
The gate’s position We appreciate the generous donations
in the original school from Rockridge businesses and residents
to our auction. Your special items, food,
lower right, was inside
the arched portico. and generous gift certificates enabled us to
/D. K inKeaD offer a tantalizing array of dinners, clothing,
by Lyn Hikida, Claremont/Chabot parent food, vacations, wine and outings to the
A s Claremont Middle School celebrates
its 100th birthday this year, efforts
are under way to restore the historic gate
Funds raised at our annual auction touch
all areas of the school, from classroom
that may be the last remaining piece of the support to grounds beautification, from
original school. Claremont, along with other athletics to music, and from lab supplies
beautiful Oakland public schools from the to technology.
early 20th century, was deemed seismically Thank you to these Rockridge merchants
unsafe in the 1970s, when it was torn down for their generous support of the school and
and rebuilt. school’s 100-year history. the auction:
According to Claremont parent Kristofer One alumna who plans to attend is À Côté Namaste Yoga in
Brekke, who is leading the restoration Charlotte Coomber, who attended Claremont Rockridge
campaign, the gate was saved but placed in in the early 1940s. She and her junior high Oliveto Cafe &
an interior courtyard, where it deteriorated friends have been meeting annually for Restaurant
from exposure to the elements. Today, the lunch for more than 30 years. “My days Pavé
gate stands at the corner of College Avenue at Claremont were full of learning and
Pegasus New &
and Birch Court. pleasure. Now we can look forward to the
Ben ‘n Nick’s
Bar & Grill
Brekke is researching multiple scenarios next 100 years!” Pharmaca
for gate restoration, ranging from cosmetic If you attended Claremont and have Integrative
Body, Mind & Spirit
repair and protection from fur ther memories, photos or memorabilia to share, Pharmacy
deterioration to more extensive historic please contact Claremont 8th grade parent Center Pizza Rustica Cafe
preservation. To donate to the gate restoration Michelle Bilensky at mdb.pta.oakland@ Bosko’s Picture Prez, Inc. Hair
project, visit www.claremontms.org. gmail.com. Framing Rockridge Barber
Join in the Claremont Centennial Spread the word to family, friends, Breema Clinic Shop
neighbors, and Claremont alumni who
Celebration Brow Lounge Rockridge Cafe
ark your calendar for the Claremont have moved from Rockridge. donate to the Cole Coffee Seven 7 Salon, Inc.
Centennial Celebration, Saturday, Claremont Fund in support of our cherished Collins Plumbing Spasso
June 1, 3 to 5 p.m. school. Visit the school website at www. Diesel Bookstore
Reunion festivities will take place in claremontms.org to make a donation and/ Elizabeth H
the garden and on the school yard, with or find out more about the plans. Filippos
The Pasta Shop at
live music, special guest speakers, birthday To help with the celebration outreach Homesteader
cake and a display of memorabilia from the and planning, contact Michelle Bilensky.
In Full Swing Toast Wine Lounge
Katrina Rozelle Tootsies Rockridge
Claremont Thanks and will be sending $6,000 to enhance the
Claremont Middle School music program.
Chabot for Support This kind of support makes a very big
difference and is much appreciated. The
Maison D’Être Uzen Japanese
huge thank you from the Claremont Claremont Middle School PTA Music Market Hall Foods Cuisine
Middle School community to the Committee will begin immediately to put Moderne Eye Vero for Hair
Chabot School community for the support the funds to use and report back on the Optometry Vino!
and energy shared at the March auction. progress made. Mr. John’s Dog Zachary’s Chicago
Chabot families stepped up in a big way Grooming Pizza
April 6, 2013 5.
The RCPC Land Use Committee meets the fourth Wednesday of the month
at the Rockridge Branch Library, upstairs meeting room, 7:30 p.m. Next
meeting: Wednesday, April 24. Topics will include updates on the College Avenue
Safeway and Rockridge Shopping Center projects, as well as possible discussion of the
zoning ordinance’s off-street parking requirement and tightening up College Avenue
zoning. (Subject to change. Check www.rockridge.org for updates .)
Land Use Meeting Agendas: Contact aol.com) for a copy of the current Land Use
Land Use Update Stuart Flashman (652-5373 or e-mail stuflash@ Committee meeting agenda.
by Stuart Flashman, RCPC Land Use
Committee chair take the community by surprise. The first comment period on the draft Environmental
College Avenue Safeway group of drawings have just been released, Impact Report (EIR) closed last month,
Project: College & Claremont and, at first glance, don’t appear to contain and the city and its consultants are now
Avenues anything alarming. However, the architects working on preparing responses to the many
This project was approved by the City in the groups will review them carefully. comments received.
Council last december, with the final Construction of the project will probably Representatives of RCPC, Piedmont
project a result of a settlement negotiated begin towards the end of 2013, and is Avenue, and Temescal community groups
between Safeway and neighborhood groups expected to last about a year. met with our new council member, dan
(including RCPC). Safeway is now in the Rockridge Shopping Center: Kalb, and with darin Ranelletti (238-3663,
midst of converting the pretty pictures Rebuild and Expansion firstname.lastname@example.org), the planner
presented to the City Council into the Project, Broadway & Pleasant handling the project, to discuss community
working drawings that will guide the actual Valley Avenue concerns and how the Final EIR will address
construction. The settlement agreement calls This project would, in three phases, them. Two topics were uppermost – housing
for periodic meetings between Safeway replace the current shopping center with and traffic.
and the community groups as construction an expanded center, enlarging the Safeway Safeway’s master lease with the owner
preparations move forward to ensure that from 50,000 to 65,000 sq. ft. and adding of the shopping center property prohibits
any last-minute changes in the project don’t 120,000 sq.ft. of retail and office space. The any residential use on the site. All the
community groups, and several planning
commissioners, felt this was unfortunate, and
LAW OFFICES OF
that the community would be better served if
KYLE M. JOHNSTON the project included a residential component.
5315 COLLEGE AVE. Council member Kalb has promised to try to
OAKLAND, CALIF. Design, Installation and Maintenance arrange a meeting with the property owner
to discuss whether the prohibition against
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510.527.1880 residences can be modified.
CALL FOR YOUR FREE
Of the many traffic concerns raised by
the project, perhaps the most important has
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traffic on nearby residential streets. The
draft EIR dismissed ➧ Land Use, page 9
6. April 6, 2013
Scenic Streets (File)
pRoposal /Courtesy Letters to the Editor
R enDeRing of
The Rockridge News welcomes letters to the editor. Your name, address, phone
number, e-mail address and city/neighborhood must be included for verification.
Only your name will appear with your letter. Letters may be edited for clarity
and brevity at the editor’s discretion. Views expressed in any letter are the
writer’s own, and may not necessarily be shared by the editor, or by RCPC.
DaVita Edges Closer Safeway Ad Banners Don’t Fit these should go away much sooner than
to Landscape Editor:
I recently noticed the tall banners that have
that, here are some people to contact:
y George Arias, Safeway district
Renovations gone up around Safeway advertising their
gas promotion with Chevron. I think they are
manager (covering our Rockridge/
College Avenue store):
by Sean Riley, Local Resident
totally hideous and 925/516-7137
aVita dialyisis Corporation hopes out of synch with y Wendy Gutshall, Safeway Public
to break ground on landscaping both the aesthetics Affairs for Northern California:
renovations to its Claremont Avenue and signage of our 925/467-3000, or e-mail: wendy.
facility this summer, according to Peter neighborhood. email@example.com
Lund, founder of Scenic Streets, a local I spoke with the I’m also going to be in touch with the
volunteer group. store manager. She Planning department to see if Safeway has
Scenic Streets has been negotiating said there’s nothing a permit for these signs. (And, if they do,
improvements to the prominent property at she can do about it, why was there no request for neighborhood
the corner of Clifton Street and Claremont and the signs will be comment?)
for nearly two years. The removal of blight up for the next four Thanks so much for your help in keeping
and addition of greenery promised by daVita months. If you are our neighborhood as lovely as it can be.
last summer remain eagerly anticipated by like me and think — Laura Mytels
local residents and businesses.
Lund reports that daVita claims to have
provided property owner Jim Falaschi
of Transbay Holding with the necessary
documentation several months ago. Falaschi’s
approval is the last significant hurdle before
work can begin.
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April 6, 2013 7.
Lower Rockridge Parents Group Sets 12th Annual Community Sale
T he Lower Rockridge Parents Group
(LRPG) holds its annual Community
Yard & Bake Sale Saturday, April 20,
neighborhood moms who had two specific
goals in mind: to build community support
for Peralta, their neighborhood elementary
opportunity for friends and neighbors to
do some spring cleaning, shop for great
stuff, meet new friends, catch up with old
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The sale, proceeds of which public school, and to increase the general friends, and/or have coffee and a brownie
benefit Peralta Elementary and Claremont level of community within the Lower in one of Peralta’s many gardens.
Middle schools, is held on the Peralta School Rockridge neighborhood. This Yard Sale is like no other – it’s one
playground on Alcatraz Avenue between One LRPG event has become an annual of the East Bay’s largest and has raised over
Telegraph Avenue and dana Street. rite of spring – the Annual Community $38,000 to help support our neighborhood
LRPG was founded in 2001 by three Yard Sale Benefit. The event is a great ➧ Peralta Yard Sale, page 9
Rockridge’s New BART Rep Has Change in Mind for Trains and Board
by Rebecca Saltzman connections. I will be working with AC
y name is Rebecca Saltzman, and I BART rep Transit to improve connections between
am the recently elected BART Board Rebecca buses and BART.
Member for district 3, which includes I’m thrilled about the new Rockridge
Rockridge. improve BART plaza, which connects the BART
I’m excited to represent Rockridge on the connections station to the surrounding neighborhood
board. For five years, I lived a short walk between and adds inviting public open space. I
away from the Rockridge BART station and BART and greatly appreciate the hard work and the
used it frequently. ACTransit. vision of the Rockridge community and
I have advocated for transit, bicycle, and /R. saltzman my predecessor, director Bob Franklin, in
pedestrian issues in Oakland and the East are purchasing new rail cars, replacing the making this project happen.
Bay for many years. When I’m not at BART, train control system, and expanding the I will work with the Rockridge community
I’m Government Affairs Manager for the Hayward maintenance facility. to further improve the BART station and
California League of Conservation Voters, Reinvesting in our core system is my BART service, and I’d love to hear your ideas.
where I help pass state laws protecting our number one priority as a BART director. Please e-mail me at RebeccaForBART@
transit systems and environment. I am also working to increase access to gmail.com or leave a phone message for
It’s an exciting but also a challenging the BART board and our decisions. I have me at 510/464-6095.
time at BART. Ridership is rapidly growing, proposed holding board meetings in the The BART board meets every 2nd and
approaching 400,000 average weekday evenings, when working people can attend, 4th Thursday of the month at 9 a.m. in
ridership. The system is more than 40 years and the board will address this proposal downtown Oakland. The public is invited
old, and growing ridership is stressing BART soon. I want to make it easier to access to attend and provide comment on agenda
infrastructure. To keep BART reliable, we BART board materials online. items or general comment. You can also
need to reinvest in our aging system. BART Another one of my priorities is improving watch BART meetings online live or
has billions of dollars in capital replacement access to BART stations, particularly by archived. Learn more about the board and
and improvement needs. Our biggest needs increasing transit, bike, and pedestrian its meetings at www.bart.gov/board.
5486 Kales 5344 Shafter 5347 James
Daniel Stea Rockridge
Broker/Owner/ and beyond
8. April 6, 2013
A Stellar Store The Neighborhood MerchaNT
for Women by Theresa NelsoN
T he open, clean lines of the Stella
Carakasi store echo the smooth and
wearable styles of the clothing and
accessories. Every woman I saw who entered
the store was drawn to the flowing lines and
Winning Ways cardigan.
The clothing comes in sizes from 4 to
18, is aimed at fitting many sizes and shapes
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interesting cut of the varied separates in of women. The store offers complimentary Yarra McClure, Store Manager
organic fabrics and luscious colors. hemming so that the fit is perfect. And
Bearing the name of the designer Stella because their headquarters is in Berkeley, a Store
Carakasi, who for 20 years has had the design different size or color can usually be easily Yarra
studio and catalog Two Star dog, this is the gotten. Accessories include a wrap belt in McClure
signature store for her new line of clothing Havana (brown) or Caviar (black) that fits models
that combines a casual California style over various tunics and dresses, and floaty the store’s
with a European architectural sensibility. scarves dipped in multiple coordinating clothing in
They offer eight seasonal collections each colors or studded with small silver disks to its website
year, with each collection building on the complement many of the outfits. enjoys the
previous ones, allowing customers to build a In addition to the beautiful clothes, the friendliness
wardrobe of certain basics and adding new store carries a variety of stunning jewelry, of the
colors and styles over time. ranging from earrings at $18 and necklaces Rockridge
The fabrics are almost all soft and drape that start at $26 – perfect for a quick gift or area.
beautifully, and for spring include organic /D. KinKeaD
to add something to an outfit. The Karine
cotton, linen jersey, printed georgette, twill, Sultan line from Paris includes wear-with- stingray. Zina Kao from Emeryville shows
Tencel® cotton, and wool-silk blends. Winter anything double and triple strands of small jewelry made of a series of delicate disks,
fabrics include boiled wool, alpaca, hemp and linked disks in rose gold or sterling silver simply and with a lot of style.
cotton sateen, and the clothing is all made with matching earrings, and a bold rose Store manager Yarra McClure noted that
in the USA. Ranging from tops, cardigans gold over pewter cuff. Lauren Wolf from she finds the neighborhood “awesome, really
and tunics to jackets, dresses, skirts and Oakland shows ocean-inspired jewelry, friendly, a great area for women to shop for
shrugs, all the pieces work together in a some featuring a texture like the skin of a ➧ Stella Carakasi, page 9
variety of interesting combinations, and
almost all are wash and wear.
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as well. You can try on the basic Sure Thing
Tee, the floaty Cloud Cover Tunic, the Ready
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lined Ever After Skirt, the Headliner Tunic
layering a print tunic over a chiffon under
tunic, the draped Made You Look Tunic, the
day Tripper pants with inverted pleat front,
and the Second to None Tunic. Many of the
styles feature gentle draping, unusual twists
and asymmetrical cuts that flatter almost
every shape and size. The website offers
more info on the collections, and even has
a video of store manager Yarra McClure
showing three ways to wear their lovely
April 6, 2013 9.
FROG Park & Creek: Earth Day Call to Action Redondo and Cavour parks for the creek site.
Questions? E-mail email@example.com.
by Howard Ferrier, volunteer the creek flow.
coordinator, Friends of the Rockridge- We will weed, sweep, sift, seal, clean FROG Notes:
Temescal Greenbelt (FROG) Park and, in general, do the things needed to
oin your neighbors for a community work keep the park up to snuff for our children meeting: April 9.
day on Earth day, Saturday, April 20, and community members to enjoy. Please e-mail info@
9 a.m. to noon. This is your chance to pitch in to show frogpark.org for
We will remove debris and trim the you care about FROG Park, and to make details.
plants around the park. Even an hour of your a difference in keeping it clean and fun First Saturday Clean Up Reminder:
time will make a difference. There will be for everyone as we work with the city to The next family-friendly First Saturday
kid-friendly jobs and families are welcome support our park. cleanup is May 4. Join Oakland Tech
but childcare is not provided. There will be tasks for all ages. Bring Community Club students to rake,
The dMV Neighbors Association is gloves and hand pruners if you have them, plant and tackle family-friendly tasks.
Meet at Big Frog (Hardy Circle),
coordinating clearing the creek bed and marked with your name. Other tools will
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Park remains open
cleaning up along the Greenbelt between be provided on-site. during the clean up. Rain cancels.
Clifton and Redondo playgrounds to get Sign in with FROG at Hardy Park at Carol Behr, FROG Chair
ready for the creek to flow again. Also, the Claremont and Hudson for the park cleanup Friends of the Rockridge Greenbelt
pond will be cleaned out in preparation for and with the dMV Neighbors Association at
Board Candidates Peralta Yard Sale Land Use
from page 3 from page 7 from page 5
Greg Pasquali, cont’d public schools. Through the years, LRPG the project’s effects on this traffic as
Yard Sale proceeds help support music, insignificant, but the neighborhood groups
great neighborhood even better. Since my
art, physical and science education at both are united in insisting that a more thorough
wife and I moved to Rockridge a year ago,
Peralta and Claremont. Collaboration among study is needed.
we’ve been really happy with the strong
the schools’ communities, neighbors and Presently, the only measure the city
sense of community, great events, and
businesses has helped buoy Peralta and uses for traffic impacts is congestion, as
Claremont during difficult financial times. measured by intersection level of service
I’ve worked for progressive urban
Items not sold will be donated to other calculations. However, cut-through traffic
planning and development organizations
charities. Past charities receiving donated can destroy a residential community’s peace,
in Oakland that focus on making cities and
items include Clausen House, Elizabeth quiet, and safety even if the traffic isn’t
neighborhoods more livable and sustainable
House, Bananas, Alta Bates Thrift Shop slowing to a crawl.
by building buildings that positively impact
and The Salvation Army. The groups are pushing the city to find
their neighborhoods, making public spaces
donations still welcome. better ways to measure traffic impacts on
safer and more beautiful, and giving people
new transportation options. If you have questions about the sale and/or want residential streets. The groups also suggested
to donate or volunteer, please contact Chris Moraes that the city report back to the community
at firstname.lastname@example.org. on how it’s dealing with this and other
important issues before it finalizes and
issues the final EIR and moves ahead on
considering project approval.
At the moment, the city says it expects
to publish the final EIR early this summer.
Rockridge Market Continues to Heat Up
Closing date BR BA Address Original price List price DOM Selling price from page 8
3/12/13 3 1 6100 Taft Avenue $869,000 $869,000 15 $1,050,000
3/16/13 1 1 320 51st Street $409,000 $409,000 13 $450,000 a variety of clothing, and the merchants are
3/21/13 4 2 5355 Broadway $825,000 $825,000 16 $910,000
all very supportive and welcoming of each
other.” She noted that women who have
Average original list price to sales price is currently 114% vs 99% last year · Median sold price bought Stella Carakasi clothing on the East
is currently $910,000 vs. $585,500 last year · Properties are selling in an average of 15 days · Coast often visit this signature store when in
There is a one month supply of active inventory the Bay Area, since it is only a short BART
ride from San Francisco. So take a walk on
College Avenue and stop by Stella Carakasi,
a half-block from the Rockridge Library.
10. April 6, 2013
happy to pay for. But, as more fundraising galore. Buy a raffle ticket and you might
The events enter the field, competition for
donation dollars rises, pushing event
win the grand prize, a week’s stay in
a beautiful beachfront villa in Mexico,
planners to of fer ever-more exciting complete with cook and chauffeur. For
themes, competitive prices, convenient more information, see www.ligureclub.com .
dates and enticing food and beverages. The Annual Luncheon Benefit
Event location is critical. The winning for Oakland’s Elizabeth House,
Muse location this year is the Uptown Body
and Fender Building on 26th Street , a
noisy, hip environment where you can
located in Rockridge, will be held at the
Claremont Country Club April 25. This
is a more reserved event. Be prepared
by Ortrun Niesar dance and not worry if an hors d’oeuvre to bid on some beautiful and substantial
falls on the floor. items, such as a one-week vacation on
The Growing Need for The April/May Line-Up Galway Bay in the west of Ireland. The
Community Fundraising We ad mire t he P TA s of C h a b ot goal is to raise $50,000 to help sustain
Elementary School, Claremont Middle Elizabeth House’s residential program for
E very year, as soon as the weather
warms, local fundraising events spring
up like daffodils all around our community.
School , and Oak land Tech for t heir
great successes in March. Now, three
women and children. Visit oakehouse.
org/events for more information.
more events: The Peralta in Bloom Spring
Fundraising is something all of our
The Ligure Club’s “La Dolce Festival 2013, open to the community,
schools and 501c(3) charitable institutions
Vita IV” takes place April 20 at the will be held May 18 from noon to 4 p.m
rely on these days to fulfill their missions.
Fratellanza Club, 1140 60th Street. This on the Peralta School grounds, 460 63rd
Most missions are designed to help fill a
annual wine tasting event, raffle and silent Street. The event, “Art Making,” is built
basic human need that has fallen between
auction raises funds for the Ligure Inc. around school and children and is largely
the cracks in our social system.
Scholars Fund. If you like freewheeling, dependent for success on sponsorships.
If it’s parks and libraries we want ,
noisy events, go to this one. There will To help, contact Tara Horton at 510/333-
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“I’m a Hudson address, but they let us
in,” says Annie Goglia. “It’s really nice to
have a sense of community.”
Sara Robb, left, and “The organizing plan is two soups and
Deborah Putnam, bring stuff,” Greg Robb offered. “Stuff” is
who started her
salads, breads, side dishes, desserts, drinks.
“Sometimes there’s a theme – like Indian
display a T-shirt or Mexican.”
commemorating the “We never know how many are coming,”
fact that most of the Sara says. And since no foods are assigned,
houses of the Boyd it can be heavy on one thing or another. “But
Avenue Soup Night no one ever goes home hungry.”
neighbors were built This night, no theme. To sample the
one hundred years soups, we headed to the kitchen where two
ago. big pots simmered on the stove. Labels
identified them as ‘Pozole’ (a Mexican pork
and hominy stew) served with sour cream
When “Soup’s On,” a Neighborhood Gathers and chopped onion, and ‘Curried Lentil.’
One soup is always vegetarian.
by Judith Doner Berne by her down-the-street friend, Sara Robb.
Gary Sponholtz, a three-year resident,
very February, in the heart of our mostly As we all filed into the Robbs’ cozy
says he relishes both the home-cooking and
cloudy, cold winters back in the suburbs home, we found a group already gathered
interaction with his neighbors.
of detroit, I hosted a soup party for 10-12 around the dining room table, filled by a
“By this kind of connection, we get to
(depending on who was not in Florida) of potpourri of side dishes – with desserts on
talk about issues like honey mushrooms
our good friends. a nearby buffet. (the Armillaria fungus that invades trees
I would generally make one soup, Putnam doesn’t remember exactly how and shrubs), offer gardening tips and
someone would bring at least one other, many years ago Soup Night began. Sara exchange seeds,” Sponholtz says. “We bring
and the rest would chime in with salad, thinks it was seven or eight. “I saw an article embellishments and good California wines.
bread and dessert. in Sunset Magazine about how a woman We’re foodies and wineys.”
On moving here, going on two years new to her neighborhood came up with a Margaret Garms signs up each month’s
ago, I’ve thought about hosting something soup party to meet her neighbors,” Putnam host and e-mails everyone the information. “I
similar. But, truth to tell, it’s taken us that says. “I copied her idea.” lean on people a little bit if I need volunteers.
long to acquire enough friends. And winter She started with two soups and 10 Everyone has almost the same house, so no
here is mostly sunny and warm, by Midwest homes. It grew to encompass the rest of one’s embarrassed.”
standards. the block, occasionally taking in a stray (Indeed, last July a block party celebrating
Recently, however, I discovered that from a neighboring street, house guests or the 100th anniversary of many of the block’s
soup parties aren’t necessarily subject to visiting relatives. Craftsman bungalows took the place of the
old friends and weather. “We’re interlopers,” acknowledges Jane usual soup affair.)
As we pulled up to Sara and Greg Robb’s Courant. She and husband Michael Gliksohn “Our conversations range from talking
house on Boyd Avenue, we saw two groups have been coming for a few months although about our families – kids and grandkids – to
walking, bowls and spoons in hand. they live a block away. “We’ve met so many politics, to the neighborhood, to how we’re
No, they weren’t looking for a hand-out. nice people.” renovating our homes, to vacations we’re
They, like us, were headed to the block’s “It’s wonderful, delicious and neat taking or have taken,” Sara says. “And that’s
monthly Soup Night, initiated by long-time to know people in the neighborhood,” just a few of the topics.”
resident deborah Putnam, aided and abetted Gliksohn says. “It’s a real community builder,” says
Roger Howland, who attended with his wife
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from page 11 tells me. “It’s a cast of characters. It’s a April Town Hall Agenda:
lot of fun.” • Councilmember Dan Kalb
As the youngest person attending on his “We’ve all gotten much closer through talks about his expectations
own, Kuo is grateful for the Soup Nights as this,” Sara says. “I just hate it when I miss. We for Oakland and Rockridge
“a place people can gather. We need more all feel much more of a sense of community
community,” he says. warmth, friendliness, safety and support. • Election of RCPC board of
I counted 20 people this night. Sara says It’s a way for neighbors to become friends.” directors members
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Dan Kalb NCPC Role in Crime Reduction
As an existing crime reduction strategy,
from page 1 Kalb supports Neighborhood Crime
Prevention Councils as providing a good
time, he noted, “has no veto authority and place to share crime tips and information,
can only break a council tie vote, but since both at their regular meetings and on
council members are allowed to abstain, the various group listservs. Patterns can
there are few ties to break.” be recognized and communicated to the
day-to-day operation of the city is left to Problem Solving Officers (PSO) attending
the City Administrator, including the hiring the meetings. Neighborhood Watch groups
and firing of department heads and staff. The are also important, he believes.
mayor can appoint people to commissions, Rockridge Zoning
some of which have lots of authority, but Kalb said that he supports Rockridge’s
“that may be the most significant thing the current CN-1 zoning, but he also said, “I
mayor has.” In the end, the mayor gets either am definitely open to considering more
the credit or the blame for city policies. requirements on conditional use permits
Community Concerns: Crime and variances,” while also noting that not
during his door-to-door campaigning, all district 1 neighborhoods have the same
Kalb said he heard from Rockridge residents needs. He cited the interest that San Pablo
– and many others in the larger district – that Avenue area residents in the Golden Gate
they want more of a police presence. “Every neighborhood have in more housing and
part of Rockridge has gotten more crime retail development.
in recent years than residents have been Local Schools
used to.” Thus, he supported the hiring of “The biggest factor of how well a student
the Strategic Policy Partnership consulting does in school is home life,” Kalb believes.
team headed by Robert Wasserman. Suggesting a return to the view that the
“I am hopeful that the strategies and primary responsibility for student success
recommendations that come out of the lies with the family, rather than the school,
consulting team will be helpful,” he said. he believes it would be beneficial for young
He also said that he thought the reforms students if parents throughout the city would
being required of the police department in take more responsibility for creating an
the wake of the “Riders” scandal would, in environment more supportive of learning,
the long run, be beneficial in restoring trust both in the school and at home, as a part
in the police, especially among the city’s of the answer to public school children’s
minorities. As to why those reforms have performance. While recognizing the role
taken so long to implement, he said he wasn’t that intra-district transfers play in promoting
sure, but it appeared to him that the current diversity, Kalb thinks that, ideally, children
city administration was making them a top should attend schools near their homes. He
priority, an approach he approves. said that he grew up being able to walk to
Kalb added that whatever decisions are his local school. He’d like to see Oakland’s
made in the redeployment of new police schools improve to the point where every
resources in the future, “I want to make neighborhood’s schools would be schools a
sure district 1 gets its fair share.” parent would be happy to send their kids to.
Kalb believes that, in addition to Acknowledging the limited role of the
structural changes in policing, such as city in school affairs, Kalb has already met
expanding investigative capacity with well- with district 1 School Board member Jody
trained civilian personnel, a multifaceted London and has committed to meeting with
approach to reducing crime is important: her on a monthly basis to learn how he, and
“More police is one essential thing, and the city, can better support the schools. “I
how they are deployed is another. How the intend to be an active partner with Jody.”
department is structured is important, and dan Kalb had more to say on these and other
working effectively with ex-offenders as issues. Join him and your neighbors at RCPC’s
well as youth before they get started in the April 18 Town Hall meeting at the Rockridge
criminal world also needs to be a part of Branch Library for a full discussion.
the overall approach.”
As to the result of crime reductions,
Kalb said, “I hope that feeling safer and
being safer end up being the same thing.”
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Tuesday of the month. “Concert for a Cure” Benefit Show
Compiled by Jo Ellis
Communit y Calendar
One of the featured acts is Rockridge rock band Dear
Indugu (hear them at www.dearindugu.com). This
is the final concert in the series to raise funds for the
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This show will be
Neighborhood Crime Prevention y Rockridge Ninjas: watch Anime. 4/9 and 5/14 from
filmed as part of a documentary on the Concert Series.
Council (NCPC) 5-6:30 pm.
Sat., April 13, 9pm-12:30am (doors open 8pm). $8-15
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with the “Discover & GO” program. Some participat- ceramics, hand-blown glass, clothing, photography,
referrals. First Tues. each month (2/5, 3/5), 5 to 7pm.
ing partners are the Asian Art Museum, the Aquarium, textiles, and more while enjoying live jazz and tasty
(Advance sign-up starts 4:45pm at adult reference
Exploratorium, Oakland Museum, Cal Shakespeare treats. Sat., Apr 27, 11am to 3pm. CCA campus, 5212
desk). Volunteer lawyer leaves before 7pm if no more
Theater, and Yerba Buena Ctr. for the Arts.*** B’way. 594.3600 or www.cca.edu/.
FOR CHILDREN Oakland Heritage Alliance
ART EXHIBITS (subject to change; call to confirm)
y Family Story Time: Stories/songs/rhymes (to age
5); Saturdays, 10:30am.
Apr: Oakland Art Association Great Estates In April: A House Tour of Claremont
y Pre-School Story Time: (ages 2 to 5); Thursdays,
May: Merritt College Figure Drawing Class Pines & Upper Rockridge
Lobby Display Case: Splendid examples of Tudor and Mediterranean revival
y Toddler Story Time: (up to age 2); Thursdays,
style homes by distinguished architects.
10:30am, upstairs. Apr: Carla Dole: Handmade books.
Two different tours to fit your schedule and pocketbook
y All story times followed by Play Time; parents and May: Merritt College Figure Drawing Class
on Saturday, Apr 20, 1 to 8pm.
caregivers invited. LIBRARY HOURS
y Vintage Vistas, 1-4 pm: View home interiors and
SPECIAL EVENTS: Tues, 12:30 to 8pm.
Wed., Thurs. and Sat. 10am to 5:30pm. enjoy light refreshments. Street map provided for
y Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros : Day of Children,
Fri., 12 to 5:30pm. self-guided walking tour to enjoy exterior views of
Day of Books. Tues., 4/30, 7pm. Celebrate children
Closed: Sundays and Mondays. additional homes, vistas, and landscaping. Tickets:
& reading with your family: We’ll be acting out a few
Advance: $30/OHA members, $35/general. On-site:
of our favorite bilingual stories. Each family will go Diesel Books/Readings/Events $35/OHA members, $40/general.
home with a gift book. All FREE and open to the public. y Sunset Over the City, 5-8 pm: Tasting tour features
y Bananas Parenting Workshop: Sleep Issues. New y Sun., 4/7, 3pm. Poetry Flash with Joseph Campana, music with libations and appetizer pairings at multi-
and expectant parents; First of 4 classes: Helen Jane Mead, and Kerri Webster. venue reception.
Neville, sleep expert and author of What to Do About y Mon, 4/8, 7:30pm. Amnesty International Meeting Advance registration required: $75/OHA members,
Sleep Problems in Young Children, 12 Months to (2nd Mon. each month): All invited to exchange $95/general. Includes access to “Vintage Vistas”
5 Years. Sat., 4/13, 11:15am. Series will continue in ideas on action. tour from 1-4 pm.
May & June, with workshops on Yoga, Massage, and y Fri, 4/12, 7-9pm. Live music with local mandolinist, Advance tickets: http://oha-greatestates.eventbrite.
Language & Brain Development. guitarist, and singer Lucas Gonze. Vintage Americana com/. On-site and advance ticket check-in on April 20th
FOR TEENS from the Civil War to the early recording era. begins 12:30pm at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 6013
y Teen Advisory Board: (ages 14-18) Advise the library y Sun., 4/14, 3pm. Gish Jen: Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, Lawton Avenue. Un-metered street parking on B’way.
how to better serve teens. Get community service and the Independent Self. Use Church parking lot only after 3:30pm. More info:
credit for school. Snacks provided. 1st Sat. each y Tues, 4/16, 6-7pm. Everyone invited to a party with 763-9218 or email@example.com
month, 1-2 pm. Confirm: 597-5017. free pie and door prizes one week in advance of
WORLD BOOK NIGHT (on 4/23). (Designated “givers”
Square Dance in North Oakland
who have signed up can pick up their boxes of books). Music by The Squirrelly String Band. Calling by Jordan
y Sun., 5/5, 3pm. Poetry Flash with Kazim Ali, Tony Ruyle (with occasional guest performers). 1st and 3rd
Barnstone, and Willis Barnstone. Fridays each month, 8 – 10pm. All levels welcome; all
DIESEL, A Bookstore, 5433 College Ave. More info dances taught on the spot. $5-10 sliding scale donation.
The Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. Info:
Norman H. Burg, DDS
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