A community news source for residents of the HarriOak neighborhood in Oakland, CA.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Upcoming Art Days @ Frisbie St.

(Frisbie St. is our local neighborhood art gallery & community art space - located at 204 Frisbie St.)



There are still a few spots left in Leah Virsik’s book making class. A bargin at $35, this class for beginners will teach you how to make your own stitch bound journal.

Join us next Sunday, August 30 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
For more information and to register: Bookbinding with Leah Virsik


Photography by Becky Jaffe


Come talk with photographers Myles Boisen and Becky Jaffe to ask your questions and learn new skills. Myles will share tips on how to tell stories with your photos and Becky will talk about how to interview and connect with a model in a responsible and conscious way. This is a free event and all questions and levels of expertise are welcome.

Sunday, Sept. 6 from 1 to 3 p.m.
For more info: Photography Q & A


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Parking Changes

Another press release from the city: Evening hours on the meters are extended and tickets will be transferable from one location to another until they expire.

Oakland, CA - Mayor Ron Dellums announced today that effective Monday, August 10, parking time limits on all multi-space parking kiosks in Oakland will be extended to allow three (3) hours of parking after 5 pm. Under the current system, some commercial districts are zoned for a maximum of one or two hours of parking. This new change will rezone all commercial districts with the multi-space electronic kiosks to allow for a maximum of three hours of parking after 5 pm.

The City of Oakland is making this immediate change to make it easier for patrons to park in the evening hours without risking a parking ticket. The change will be implemented under the City Administrator's authority during the City Council's August recess, and presented to the City Council for final approval in September.

"We recognize that the dynamics of a commercial district change in the evening hours and that merchants who may want to see more frequent turnover in parking spaces during the day need longer hours for their patrons to park in the evening," said City Administrator Dan Lindheim. "Oakland's dining and nightlife scene is hot; we have dozens of new restaurants that have opened up, as well as movie theaters and shopping. We want people to be able to enjoy all that Oakland has to offer in the evening hours without running the risk of getting a parking ticket."

The change is coupled with another change announced earlier this week which allows drivers to purchase a parking receipt at any of the City's multi-space meters, also known as "kiosks," and use the same receipt at any meter anywhere in Oakland as long as it has a valid time and date on it. The multi-space kiosks accept coins and credit/debit cards for payment. Under the old system, each time a driver parked in a space they were required to purchase a new receipt, regardless of how long they parked there. The receipts were previously not transferrable from parking space to parking spaces.

New Police Chief Announced

Here is the press release from the City Administrator's Office:


OAKLAND – Marking an important milestone in the implementation of Oakland ’s comprehensive public safety strategy, Mayor Ron Dellums today announced Anthony Batts as Oakland ’s new Chief of Police. Batts brings nearly 30 years of experience as a member of the City of Long Beach Police Department, where he has served as Chief for the past seven years. Under his leadership, the crime rate in Long Beach fell to its lowest level since 1975, and officer-involved shootings have decreased by 70 percent.

“Chief Batts is an extraordinarily capable police chief whose professional expertise, outstanding leadership skills and brilliant operational savvy make him the right choice for Oakland . Coming from a similar-sized port city with one of the most diverse populations in the country, Chief Batts understands the complexity of running an urban police department and implementing change to improve the quality of life in Oakland and engage the community to enhance public safety. I am confident that our residents, police department staff and city officials alike will find Chief Batts to be an accomplished leader and a great police chief for Oakland ,” said Mayor Dellums.

At the outset of the selection process, Mayor Dellums established rigorous criteria for evaluating candidates for the new chief. He wanted a reform-minded chief who understands that public safety requires a multi-pronged approach (prevention, intervention, enforcement and sustainability) , who would fully implement community policing and whose commitment to achieving full compliance with the Negotiated Settlement Agreement overseen by Judge Thelton Henderson would serve to complete the reforms now underway in the Oakland Police Department.

The decision was made in consultation with well recognized policing experts, including a panel of leading police chiefs (such as Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton and San Francisco Police Chief George Gasc√≥n). In conjunction with members of the city council, criminologists and other community members, requirements for Oakland ’s next police chief were identified: (1) Oakland needs a police chief with extensive experience as a police chief; (2) Oakland needs a chief who is committed to reform; and (3) the chief must be unwaveringly committed to community policing. Mayor Dellums said: “Chief Batts personifies these characteristics. I want to applaud and thank members of the City Council, members of the community and the expert panel for their valuable assistance.”

“Chief Batts is not only respected by the residents of Long Beach , but he is considered one of the real stars in the country,” Mayor Dellums continued. “With his leadership, we will continue to build upon the successful efforts now underway in the city of Oakland such as reorganized public safety districts, geographic accountability, innovative public-private partnerships, public safety coordination and our commitment to community policing, all of which have contributed to double-digit decrease in crime during the last year.”

Chief Batts said: “Safety, service and hope are the building blocks we provide to a community rich in diversity, opportunity and promise. Our job is to turn citizen concerns into our service imperatives.”

Mayor Dellums thanked Chief Howard Jordan for an exemplary job as Acting Police Chief. “He is a stalwart public servant and a champion for his staff and this city. I know that he will work diligently with Chief Batts as we move forward with the necessary reforms to implement change and improve the quality of life for all of our residents.”

Chief Jordan will remain Acting Police Chief until Chief Batts officially starts his new role in September.

Mayor Dellums and Chief Batts will sit down with media on Monday, August 17 at 1 pm at City Hall


In 1982, Chief Batts started out on street patrol and worked his way up to Long Beach ’s Chief of Police in 2002. Chief Batts has been responsible for a department consisting of 1,500 employees and a $200 million budget. Chief Batts served as a recognized agent of change throughout his nearly 30 year career with the Department. His innovative style has been utilized numerous times during his career to transform low-performing units into high performers. For more information regarding Chief Batts’ thoughts on protecting a city, please read “Community Oriented Public Safety: The Long Beach Experience”: http://findarticles .com/p/articles/ mi_m2194/ is_1_75/ai_ n16114607/

Chief Batts received a B.S. degree in Law Enforcement Administration from California State University, Long Beach; a Masters in Business Management from the University of Redlands; and a Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. He is a graduate of the following executive programs: Harvard University Executive Development Course, FBI National Executive Institute, Police Executive Training Course, University of Southern California Delinquency Control Institute, FBI National Academy , Leadership Long Beach, Law Enforcement Command College , and International Association of Chiefs of Police S.W.A.T. Commander School. He is an active member of the Boy Scouts of America, California Police Chiefs Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Major Cities Association, and the Police Executive Research Forum.

Chief Batts has received numerous awards and commendations for heroism, crime reduction, community activism, and innovative programs at the local, state, and national level, including: California State University Alumni of the Year, Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizen Award, Leadership Long Beach Alumnus of the Year and recently honored by the Anti-Defamation League for his community outreach in an effort to erase anti-Semitism, bigotry and intolerance.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Adams Point Action Council Meeting on Tuesday August 11

Jonathan Klein of Great Oakland Public Schools is the featured speaker at APAC's regular monthly meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, August 11 at 7 p.m. For those who are new to the neighborhood, APAC is the community group that represents people living on our side of Lake Merritt and they welcome participation by Harrioakers.

Adams Point Action Council (APAC)
Tuesday, August 11, 7 - 8:15 pm
Bellevue Club, 525 Bellevue Ave. (Free parking in building)
7:00 - Welcome
7:05 - Community Policing Report
Problem Solving Officer Tim Bergquist
7:20 - Special Guest
Jonathan Klein
GO (Great Oakland) Public Schools
Mission: Provide leadership, advocacy, and information to continue the successful education reforms in Oakland, further empower Oaklanders to influence education policy, and ensure that all students have access to quality school options in their neighborhood and throughout the city.
7:50 - Community Announcements

Coffee, tea, and water will be served, courtesy of The Bellevue Club

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Art Murmur and "Best of" Party at Oakland Museum

Best of the East Bay 2009

Lots of options for Free Friday night fun in Oakland. Don't miss the BEST party of the year with the Best of the East Bay, sponsored by East Bay Express and hosted by the Oakland Museum from 5:00 pm till midnight. Here's a list of some of the attractions (did I mention that the event is free?)
  • Eight stages featuring a wide range of live music (including Goapele)
  • Film screenings, dance, theatre, and live art making
  • Tattoo art exhibition
  • Classic car and Harley show
  • Contact sports and professional wrestling ring
  • Outdoor village of food, drinks, artists, retailers, and nonprofits
  • Subterranean all-star DJ party
  • Spectacles galore

Read the Event Blog for tons more exciting details.

Of course all the Art Galleries, Collectives and other Art spaces in Oakland will be open too for First Friday Art Murmur - most of them with new shows.

It's always hard to choose where to go with so many great options. I like the sound of the latest exhibit opening at Oakopolis:

"Sounding Art presents a new orchestra of instruments that change how we hear, see and make music. Curated by Anne Hege, this is an exhibition of modern instruments by Perry Cook, Lisa Coons, Anne Hege, Jay Kreimer, Peter Musselman, and Dan Truman.


We can experience how the sound changes when it isn't a keyboard being played, but a metal tendril being stroked, a long ribbon being pulled or a suitcase being tapped. (Photo: Three Hands, Three Flowers by Jay Kreimer)" 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. @ 447 25th Street.