"In April, [Nicole] Ferrara is leaving Walk SF to lead pedestrian safety efforts at the newly formed Oakland Department of Transportation. Ferrara says her role will be to develop policies and projects that prioritize safety of people walking, and bring those to the mayor and City Council. She recognizes that in doing so, “it’ll be really important to engage communities that are historically underrepresented. … Under the framework of the strategic plant here’s a lot of goals around building authentic community engagement.”
After launching Vision Zero efforts in San Francisco, Nicole Ferrara is bringing her inclusive mobility expertise to Oakland's new DOT.
Next week, I begin a series of community conversations across Oakland to hear directly from you about your priorities for the city's FY 2017-19 budget.
These informal gatherings aim to make the budget process as fun, engaging and accessible as possible, and are consistent with the events I convened in the previous budget cycle (FY 15-17), which encouraged residents to attend neighborhood discussions, participate in online conversations, and to make their voice heard through budget surveys available on the City website and via social media (#oakbudget).
We currently have the following neighborhood forums scheduled, and look forward to announcing others in the Fruitvale district, Chinatown, and Eastmont neighborhood in the coming days.
Wednesday, March 8, 7 - 8:30PM, North Oakland Community Charter School, 1000 42nd Street, hosted by the Longfellow Community Association.
Monday, March 13, 11AM - 1PM, East Oakland Senior Center, 9255 Edes Avenue.
Tuesday, March 14, 6:30 - 8:30PM, East Oakland Boxing Association, 816 98th Avenue, hosted by East Oakland Collective.
Wednesday, March 22, 6:00 - 8PM, Sullivan Community Space (West Oakland), 1671 8th Street, hosted by the Prescott Neighborhood Council.
Wednesday, March 29, 7 - 9PM, Hiller Highlands Country Club, 110 Hiller Drive, hosted by the North Hills Community Association.
As in 2015, my forthcoming budget proposal will keep a focus on investments that will help responsibly grow the City's economy and permanent revenue base so we're able to meet our long-term financial obligations and provide all of the vitally needed services in the future so Oakland can become a healthier, safer, more equitable, and prosperous community. After hearing from you, I will present my proposed budget to the City Council.
I look forward to making sure the diverse voices of Oakland are reflected in my budget proposal, so please let your friends and neighbors know how they can make their voices heard.
"Mandela MarketPlace understands that community members hold the key to positive change. By lifting up a culture of community ownership, Mandela is increasing access to healthy food and sustainable business opportunities."
By lifting up a culture of community ownership that transcends racial and classist histories, Mandela is increasing access to healthy food and sustainable business opportunities.
A faire showcasing creations and inventions from local artists and makers!
Featuring: Surprising Gifts, Artist Demos, Hands-on Activities, Music and Live Entertainment, the opportunity to BUY LOCAL and support BAY AREA ARTISTS!
Artists will display works in progress – Come learn about their process of creation!
This event is FREE and Open To All – Rain or Shine
- Rob Bell - Zomadic Artifacts
- Jason Porath - Rejected Princesses
- Ashley Newton/Sean Stevens - Interactive Robotic Flowers
- Anna Hirsch - pyrographic #NotFeathers
- Jen Angel - Angel Cakes
- Rennie Lum - All Squishy Inside
- Catherine Rose - The Eye-Line Clothing, books, prints
- Julien Hartline - Flickerstrip
- Stacy Speyer - Cubes and Things
- Miju Han - Art by Hallucinations+Dreams / prints + originals
- Marianna Segar - Cards, prints, and original drawings
- Nicole Catrett - Mouse Workshop
- Le Mysterium Collective
- Anthony "T" Maes" - Generations Deep - Laser engraved art
- Diana Stapleton - Mandalas
- Chris Cerrito - BrushBots
- Jennifer Devine - Revolution Gear and Prints
- Amber Lee Baker - music!
This event is a collaboration between kitLAB and the Gingebread House in Oakland. We couldn't be more excited about this collaboration, and we are thrilled to be able to give our favorite artists and makers this great exposure!
Check out the Facebook event page for artist updates and details about the event. It’s going to be so good!
We're excited to announce that kitLAB will be hosting a Maker Market on December 4th, offering great local artists & inventors the chance to exhibit and sell their creations! This project is a partnership between kitLAB and the Gingerbread House in Oakland. We couldn't be more excited about this collaboration, and we're thrilled to be able to give our favorite artists and makers this great exposure!
We invite you to RSVP on our Facebook Event. We'll be posting artist updates there over the coming month, and more fun details about the event. Please feel free to promote this event and help us spread the word!
And if you haven't done so yet, please consider "liking" us on our kitLAB Facebook page - we have more exciting updates in store!
Have a great weekend,
Kristy + North
It is with great pride and enthusiasm that we invite creative design teams to submit innovative proposals for the “Walk this Way: Broadway/Webster Project.” This comprehensive initiative is intended to transform both the Broadway and Webster Street I-880 Freeway underpasses, as well as the areas surrounding them. We are looking to create beautiful, safe, walkable, inviting, green, and iconic passageways that will help reconnect Oakland from its foothills to its waterfront by re-envisioning the areas near and under the I-880 Freeway in Downtown. This is the final step in stitching together business districts and residential neighborhoods all along the Broadway spine so they connect to the Oakland waterfront.