Friday, August 10, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
As you might have read in the June/July JLDA CALL, the process to establish a Community Benefit District/Business Improvement District (BID from here on) is moving ahead. We are gearing up a number of events and outreach initiatives to seek your insight, build a stronger community presence, and to raise funds to make this all happen.
In the meantime, here is some more information about why we are excited about creating a BID right here in Jack London . Please feel free to leave comments with questions, thoughts, and/or words of encouragement.
What is a BID?
Jack London District property owners can establish a BID by agreeing to jointly fund improvement projects through an assessment paid by all property owners within the district. BID funded projects promote commerce, tourism, and community growth, and reduce vacancies and crime.
BIDs funds are managed by a non-profit board chaired by property owners with representation from numerous community stakeholders.
What have BIDs done?
What can a BID do for Jack London?
- Attracting a grocery store and other amenities
- Eliminating blight like trash, graffiti, and defaced signs
- Beautifying the I-880 underpasses to improve access
- Marketing the district through signage, joint promotion, etc.
- Improving safety by hiring Safety Ambassadors and installing more streetlights
How can I help ?
Friday, May 11, 2012
Sunday, June 3rd, 9am - 3pm -- Meet at Radiance, 278 4th St
Trash Bash 2012Sunday, June 3, JLDA, in conjunction with the Church of Radiance Oak, will host our annual Trash Bash Neighborhood Cleanup. Please come out, meet some neighbors, and pitch in for a couple of hours of easy work to help beautify our District.
Then enjoy lunch provided by local businesses, including excellent BBQ from Steve Sacks and the folks at Prime Smoked Meats.
Again this year there will be free E-waste collection by ReliaTech. Bring anything with a cord or batteries, but no large appliances please. ReliaTech is a nonprofit organization and donation receipts will be provided.
Trash Bash 2012 Activities
12:00 noon -- Lunch is served for volunteers. Additional food and beverage donations are needed. If you can help, please let us know via email.
12:00 to 3:00 pm -- Art Show, featuring works using recycled and "found object" materials, opens at 278 4th Street. Music and circus performances will entertain and delight.
Please RSVP for Trash Bash 2012
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Here is a sampling of the projects JLDA undertook in 2011:
- Neighborhood trash clean up
- A new look and expanded coverage for The Call, our bi-monthly newsletter
- Coordinating parking permits with the city
- Working with residents on a Train Quiet Zone
- Supporting the Oakland bid for an LBNL campus at Brooklyn Basin
- Holding a neighborhood meeting for businesses and residents to discuss late-night noise on Broadway
- Providing feedback and marketing information to new and potential businesses in the District
- Participating in the Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council
- Coming up with solutions to the District's pervasive dog poop problems
- Advocating for a greater presence in the Lake Merritt Station Area Plan
- Providing a forum for discussion of a new home for the A's.
- Investigating the possibility of a Community Benefits District for JLD
- Outreach to area HOA's and businesses to establish JLDA-community liassons
- Working with Redevelopment Agency and CalTrans to improve the underpasses
- Organizing a community design charrette for a future Webster Green
All members of the Jack London District community are welcome at Board and committee meetings. See the calendar for meeting times and places. If you haven't come to a JLDA meeting, 2012 will be an exciting year to get involved. We are always looking for more participation and help.
All the best in the New Year!
JLDA organized a neighborhood design charrette on December 7, 2011. This was a working session to discuss and sketch ideas for a potential Webster Green connecting Chinatown to the waterfront. Participants were divided into four teams: two worked on Lower Webster (Embarcadero to 4th Street) and two worked on Upper Webster (4th Street to 7th Street). All teams were asked to address specific categories of development: character, program, features, transportation, financing, sustainability, and events. After ninety minutes of intense brainstorming, the groups came together to present their ideas and discuss outcomes.
At the next JLDA Land Use and Transportation Committee meeting we will discuss the results of the charrette and next steps towards creating a Webster Green: January 23rd from 7-9pm at 229 Harrison Street in Oakland. All interested parties are welcome.
Monday, November 14, 2011
What would a Webster Green look like?
TIME: 6:30-9:00 PM
PLACE: 278 4th Street, Oakland (Google Maps)
RSVP: brendon [at] jlda.org
Brendon Levitt, LUTC co-chair
Steve Lowe, LUTC co-chair
Jack London District Association
Land Use and Transportation Committee