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

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Help Save Oakland Arts

A Message from the Oakland Cultural Trust:

SAVE OAKLAND ARTS NOW! Stop the 50% Arts Cut!

The Council needs to hear from us again! The community prevailed when we raised our voices against similar cuts in October 2008. WE CAN DO IT AGAIN!

The Oakland City Council considers a 50% Cut to Oakland Arts at a special budget session on Thursday, April 1, 2010, 7pm. This is one move closer towards the elimination of the Cultural Funding Program, the long-established, competitive City program to provide arts and cultural services with attendance over 1.4 million.


1. Get the Word Out! FORWARD this alert to constituents, colleagues, students, friends, families, neighbors, friends-of-friends-- Cut & Paste this alert or Send Facebook Alert

2. CALL, EMAIL or WRITE your Council Member NOW! You can make the difference- Cut & Paste sample text or write your own message (See Sample below); Remain Positive and Respectful in your communications. We need the Council's support!

Be There April 1 at 7 pm! TAKE ACTION & MAKE A DIFFERENCE during the special City Council BUDGET MEETING at
City Hall, Sign-up for speaker cards at the meeting or in advance online -Agenda Item tba.

***Strategy & Info Meeting at Pro Arts, Tuesday, March 30, 6:30 pm 150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza at Oakland Art Gallery
Learn about public comment at Council, sign-up for a speaker card, review talking points, and get your message to Council!

What's at Stake: The City Council faces an unprecedented budget challenge. The additional proposed 50% cut to the Arts 1) is disproportionate to other City program cuts, 2) stands to cripple the arts sector, and 3) significantly reduces City tax revenues. Oakland is currently 13th in the nation for Arts Businesses per capita.

For every $1 the City invests in arts and culture, the City gets back $4 in fees, licenses and taxes. Nonprofit Arts in Oakland generate over $103 million in total gross annual economic activity and provide more than 5,000 jobs. The proposed cut means less revenue, more arts organizations closing their doors, loss of jobs and irreversible damage to the sector's infrastructure. The Arts are a means of economic investment and renewal for Oakland! STOP THE 50% ARTS CUT!


Supporting Documentation & Resources:

A. SAMPLE Letter/Email:
Dear Council Member ________________,
Oakland Arts are the means to Oakland's economic renewal and are fundamental to our quality of life. It has come to my attention that the City Council is considering a disastrous and disproportionate 50% cut to the Cultural Funding Program.
As a concerned citizen, I understand that difficult choices need to be made to ensure that essential services and infrastructure remain in place. I also understand that there are no easy solutions to our budget crisis. However, I believe a disproportionate cut to the arts exacerbates the crisis, cripples Oakland's nationally ranked arts sector, and undermines our economic competitiveness, the compassion within our communities, and our investment in our future. I call upon you to mitigate the Arts cuts through a lens of equity and proportionality. Thank you for your leadership in investing in a better Oakland.

B. Council Contacts:
District 1, Jane Brunner, jbrunner@oaklandnet.com, (510) 238-7001;
District 2, Pat Kernighan,pkernighan@oaklandnet.com, (510) 238-7002;
District 3, Nancy Nadel, nnadel@oaklandnet.com, (510) 238-7003;
District 4, Jean Quan, jquan@oaklandnet.com, (510) 238-7004;
District 5, Ignacio de la Fuente. idelafuente@oaklandnet.com, (510) 238-7005;
District 6, Desley Brooks, dbrooks@oaklandnet.com, (510) 238-7006;
District 7, Larry Reid, lreid@oaklandnet.com, (510) 238-7007
At-Large, Rebecca Kaplan, rkaplan@oaklandnet.com (510) 238-7008

Not sure who your council member is? Click here to find out: http://gismaps.oaklandnet.com/councils/

C. Key Talking Points - Nonprofit Arts in Oakland:
  • 13th in the nation for Arts Businesses per capita.
  • Generates over $103 million in economic activity
  • Provides more than 5,000 jobs.
  • Produces more than $ 4 million in revenue to local government
  • Arts funding is a Low Cost Investment with High Economic and Cultural Return
  • Arts are a means of community and cultural development
  • Art serves public safety, violence prevention and saves lives
  • Arts education contributes to academic success and increased skill development for youth
  • Art generates revenue; If the arts decline then other businesses decline in a ripple effect.
  • Oakland benefits from one of the largest artist populations in the country
  • Art Cuts = Bad press for the City and undermine national and regional marketing campaigns

Additional Resources and References available online: http://www.proartsgallery.org/oaklandCulturalTrust/artsAction20100401.php

Community Organizing is our best option for ensuring the survival and sustainability of Oakland Arts. Please forward this email to friends, colleagues and mailing lists; the arts have strength in numbers.

Thank you for your support,

Chair, Oakland Cultural Trust

Mission: The Oakland Cultural Trust advocates for a vibrant, safe and sustainable Oakland by policies and action that support and nurture the vitality of Oakland artists and cultural organizations. More Info: http://proartsgallery.org/oaklandCulturalTrust

Friday, March 19, 2010

Oakland Indie Awards! Nominate & Save the Date

OneCalifornia Foundation, in conjunction with East Bay Express are happy to invite you to the 4th Annual Oakland Indie Awards held Friday, May 14th at The Pavilion in Oakland's Jack London Square.

We hope you will save the date and that you will help us honor and celebrate Oakland businesses and artists by nominating them for an award.

Nominate by March 24
Nominate the Oakland businesses and artists that make a difference in our neighborhoods for categories like Oakland Soul, Ripple, Greenie, Innovator, and more!

Winners will be announced at the party - come help us celebrate! You'll get to taste Oakland wine, beer, chocolates, teas, baked goods, dips, sauces, tapas and so much more! Talk to hundreds of other Oakland lovers, and chill to Oakland tunes.

Party - Friday May 14, 2009
5:30 - 9pm
Jack London Pavillion
98 Broadway, Oakland

(formerly Barnes & Noble)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Citywide Earthquake Response Practice April 24

CORE, or Communities of Oakland Respond to Emergencies, is holding its annual exercise on April 24, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to give neighbors an opportunity to come together and practice responding to a disaster. The scenario for 2010 is based on a 7.0 magnitude quake on the Hayward Fault, centered in North Oakland.

If you are part of a HarriOak CORE group, or you'd like to take part in this exercise, please email harrioak@yahoo.com, or please respond in the comments. We'd like everyone who is interested to have a chance to participate.

You can find more information about the exercise on CORE's Web site.

Meet Mayoral Canidate Jean Quan

Naomi Schiff, James E. Vann and Iris Winogrond have been canvassing this morning in support of Jean Quan's bid for mayor. I tried to scan their flyer, but the results are not so great.

Here is the text:
Join Us & Learn about Jean Quan's Run for Oakland Mayor in 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 7-8:30 p.m.
The Old Crow Tattoo
362 Grand Avenue

Jean knows Oakland from 20 years of public service and successful organizing as a parent, school board member and now council member. As Mayor, she will be accessible and organize our city block by block, school by school, neighborhood by neighborhood and kid by kid

Jean will work with you to:
* Be a true EDUCATION MAYOR -- the city's long-term success depends on better schools
* Prioritize PUBLIC SAFETY, community policing, schools and resident involvement to make our neighborhood thrive
* Promote JOBS and training for Oaklanders, incentives for SMALL BUSINESSES and AFFORDABLE HOUSING to invigorate our economy
* Encourage BALANCED DEVELOPMENT while maintaining the character of our neighborhoods and involve NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATIONS in local planning decisions!
* Expand WILDFIRE PREVENTION and DISASTER PREPAREDNESS efforts; create a greener sustainable city

Join our neighborhood discussion with Jean Quan!
Volunteer and donate up to $700 to help elect Jean in 2010!
Can't make it? Learn about other upcoming events by contacting us below.
RSVP: Iris Winogrond at iwinogrond@yahoo.com 510-836-7547


Dear Neighbors

I am supporting Jean Quan for Oakland Mayor in 2010 because she's smart, tough, passionate about Oakland and gets real results through hard work.

Building community block by block, Jean Quan has served Oakland with integrity, a tenacious spirit to dig deep into the issues that are important to us, and unwavering dedication to our communities. Oakland needs a Mayor who trule understands our city, and Jean has been an active Oakland resident for over 30 years. She knows this city, and, most importantly, knows how to get things done ad make real change working together with our communities.

Please join us to hear how Jean Quan will make a difference in Oakland as our very first woman Mayor! She is not for sale, and wants to end backroom pay-to-play politcs in City Hall. Jean has always stood for equity and will develop policies that will benefit families, seniors, and young people in our city.

Come to this informal coffee with Jean to talk about the future of our neighborhood and city on Wednesday, March 24, 7-8:30 p.m. at The Old Crow Tattoo, 362 Grand Avenue. If you will join us, please RSVP to iwinogrond@yahoo.com. To learn more about Jean and her work, check out and subscribe to her acclaimed newsletter www.jeanquan.org.


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