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» Oakland Mayor Quan unveiling her own 10,000-resident plan

"Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said Wednesday that she wants to attract 10,000 new residents to the city and build some 7,500 housing units to capitalize on the region’s hot housing market. 

Previewing her Thursday evening State of the City speech, Quan said she will announce her 10K Two plan, a proposal similar to former Mayor Jerry Brown's successful and popular 10K blueprint that brought 10,000 residents to Uptown and downtown Oakland.

The 10,000 residents who arrived under Brown’s plan are often credited with fueling the city’s restaurant and bar boom. Now Quan said it is her turn to attract another 10,000 residents.

"Jerry’s 10K was mostly focused in (Uptown and downtown)," Quan said. "We’re all over the city. The funding will also be along the transit corridors."

Quan, who is facing a tough re-election battle this year, said the city has to act quickly to encourage investment and approve construction projects while young families and singles are still fleeing San Francisco and other expensive areas for the comparatively low rents of Oakland.”

"Many longtime Oakland residents are worried that city officials might be so eager to attract new, wealthy residents that the community will lose its diverse, gritty character and become a playground for the rich and young, a complaint often voiced about San Francisco.

Fruitvale residents are already feeling the squeeze of high rents and housing prices, Najera said. Oakland saw rents and home costs rise faster than many other cities in the country last year.

Most landlords can now comfortably demand a high credit score and annual wages three times the rent and still find plenty of tenants.

"It is getting harder and harder every day for regular Oaklanders to be able to rent," Najera said, adding that many longtime residents are moving to Richmond, Stockton and other areas, often far-flung."

sfgate, 06.03.14.

increasing supply of market rate housing should keep lower-priced housing costs low, theoretically…

» AC Transit - Transbay Bicycle Survey

"AC Transit is also looking for ways to improve bike access on their transbay lines, including secure bike parking at key locations as well as providing opportunities to bring your bike with you.

However, to understand what improvements are needed and where they need to hear from you! Please take a moment to fill out the short survey online here, letting them know how you currently use AC Transit as well as what changes you would like to see.”

The San Francisco Yay Area. by <urbane/>
via sfweekly, 25.02.14.
» Show us your bike style!

Are you a spandex-clad weekend warrior cycling the Marin Headlands? Are you pedaling the Wiggle on your way to your SoMa job? Are you a tweedy hipster carrying a French bulldog in your commuter bike basket? A parent schlepping kids and groceries?

None of the above? Even better!

The Chronicle’s Sunday Style section wants to tell the story of how you bike in the city and beyond, and we want to photograph you for an upcoming issue.

All in? Great.

The Chronicle is holding open-call photo sessions at our downtown building:

Who: Yourself, and your bike. (Invite your friends!)

When: Friday, Feb. 21 (4-6 p.m.) and Saturday, Feb. 22 (10-1 p.m.)

Where: The Chronicle photo studio, behind 901 Mission Street building and near the Tempest Bar. Enter through Fifth Street parking lot (near Minna Alley).

Why: Your image might be published on SFGate and in an upcoming Style section.

Stop by, or better yet, make an appointment. Contact Style Editor Laura Compton at

» 5 urban planning challenges for downtown Oakland

Frank Ogawa Plaza aka Oscar Grant Plaza in Downtown Oakland

Citing Broadway Auto Row, which was redesigned 15 years ago and is about to undergo another facelift, Pattillo noted, “The city makes an investment in a public improvement, but they don’t maintain it. Within very short order, shockingly short order, they have to rip it out and do it again.”


…Taecker also stressed the need to build diversity into downtown housing development. “I think that’s a necessary corollary to building more housing downtown: it needs to be housing for all kinds of people. That’s what will give it vitality. It’s also what puts in place various stakeholders who will advocate for the downtown and for nicer urban environments downtown,” he said. “The upper-income housing can actually be the vehicle for building more low-income housing.”

“Oakland is still in a position where the powers that be remember an Oakland that was really struggling in the 70s and 80s, when we saw all that disinvestment in Oakland,” said Joel Ramos, regional planning director for TransForm. He noted that Oakland had tried and failed six years ago to pass an inclusionary housing ordinance that would have levied a fee on developers of market rate units to help fund affordable housing. “There was this concern that Oakland needs to do whatever it can to attract investment.”

oaklandlocal, 11.02.14.

February is here and love is in the air, bike love that is. Cupid’s Arrow has landed on Richmond this month and trust us you will LOVE this route. Come celebrate Valentines day with a very special Bike Party next Friday the 14th at 7:30 PM at Richmond BART. It’s going to be cooooold so bring lots of layers and maybe someone to snuggle with. We are going to party rain or shine so depending on how the weather shapes up you may want to be ready for some less than ideal conditions.
♥ Stay Right♥ Stop At Lights♥ Ride Straight♥ Don’t Hate♥ Pack Your Trash♥ Don’t Get Smashed
East Bay Bike Party: friday, 14.02.14. meet 7.30pm @richmond BART.
» District southeast of Lake Merritt organizes to create neighborhood of their dreams

Clinton is a mostly undiscovered, rapidly-changing neighborhood to the southeast of Lake Merritt not far from Jack London Square. In Clinton, diversity is the name of the game: there are Victorian mansions next to bungalows, Julia Morgan Craftsmans, and homes built in every decade. The makeup of residents is just as varied…

Within a month of moving in, we had plugged into several neighborhood groups, some made up of people who had worked hard for decades to preserve and improve the neighborhood, and some who were more recent additions to the neighborhood, working hard to build a community and make positive changes.

Energized by these meetings, my partner and I started a nonprofit, Oakland’s Brooklyn Neighborhood Beautification Project, to raise funds to beautify the sidewalk landscape strips and public medians as a means to fight illegal dumping, graffiti and crime in the area. The funds raised go to neighbors who need financial assistance in planting their sidewalks, and who want to be part of the project.

With the help of many neighbors, we have installed a library box in a public space and filled it with books of all languages for the neighborhood children to read. We landscaped three city medians, a private sidewalk where prostitution was occurring, and several other homes. The graffiti and illegal dumping stopped in the areas where we did our beautification, and now there is a much more steady flow of people taking leisurely walks, going for runs and bike rides, as the spaces feel more safe.

We also hope to plant fruit trees and a garden along with some neighbors at an apartment building near the library box we installed. The tenants used to look at us with suspicion when we walked by with our dogs. Now their kids play in the streets and they say hello and talk with us. It is so valuable to feel at home out on the streets.”

read more: oaklandlocal, 25.01.14.

"SF to the Diablo Range, Morgan Territory, Henry Coe and finally, into Morgan Hill.."
» 20 ways to not be a gentrifier in Oakland

Gentrification is the word of the day in Oakland. Everywhere you look people are asking, “Am I a gentrifier? Is it bad? Should I care?” What people don’t seem to realize is it isn’t the mere act of moving into a neighborhood that makes you a gentrifier; it’s what you do once you get there.

If you come into someone’s home, do you immediately start rearranging it and moving furniture in? Do you throw away their family photo albums and tell them they have to go to bed at an earlier time or play their music at a lower volume?

No, of course not. You get to know each other, decide if you get along, and, once your host has decided you can stay, you ask politely if there is space to put your stuff. So why do you think you can move into someone else’s neighborhood and start making it over as your own? 

2. Recognize all the people outside of your door as your neighbors, even if they look different from you and live under different circumstances. This includes the homeless who sleep on the street, the drug dealers who sell outside the liquor store, and the prostitutes walking your streets. Replace the words homeless, drug dealer, and prostitute with the word neighbor. Treating these folks with respect and dignity from the beginning will give you later leverage to talk to them about changing their behavior and getting out of the life.

3. Change the way you look at said neighbors by changing the language you use to describe them. Think about the motivations for their actions. Instead of “that prostitute was out all night selling her body” think “my neighbor (insert name here) was forced by her pimp to stand out in the cold all night and have sex with multiple men she didn’t know.” See if that doesn’t change your opinion of her.

13. Recognize Oakland has a very unique and vibrant history and culture, and you were attracted to this city because of the energy that is already here. You should be here to add to that history and culture, not to erase it. We are not San Francisco. We don’t want to be San Francisco. So please don’t try to remake our city in San Francisco’s image. And remember, you don’t gain culture by eating a burrito. You gain culture by engaging in a real and meaningful manner with the person who makes the burrito.

read more: oaklandlocal, 30.01.14.

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