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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Some Good News and other Stuff

Potholes seem to be a common sight on streets and highways no matter what city you’re in.

The Oakland Public Works department of the City of Oakland has announced in its efforts to keep the City of Oakland’s vehicular and pedestrian traffic safe, Oakland Public Works will conduct Pothole Blitz the week of May 10th will be in West Oakland.

Eight Public Works crews will fill potholes during this week.

Until additional resources are provided to repave streets, we’ll continue to patch, patch and patch some more. If you have a favorite pothole, please call us at 510.615.5566 and we’ll send crews to fix it,” said Interim Public Works Director Vitaly Troyan.

The public is encouraged to “Report a Problem” using the online form at  or to notify the Public Works Call Center at 510. 615.5566 of the pothole locations.

The Oakland Public Works department is requesting the public’s assistance by slowing down when they see crews working on the roadways is also greatly appreciated.

I am requesting that Prescott Oakland Point community members report Potholes and their locations ASAP, so they can repaired during this blitz.

Some Online Forms:

Pot Holes:


Illegal Dumping - debris, appliances, etc.

Illegal Dumping – mattress/boxspring

Service Request Directory:

Service Request Status Check:

Prescott NCPC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 13th 2010, 6:00pm at the OHA Administration, 935 Union St, Oakland. For more information, contact NSC Sandra V. Sanders-West, 510.773.0462

West Oakland Project Area Committee (WOPAC) is scheduled for Wednesday, May 12th 2010, 6:30 – 9:00pm at the West Oakland Senior Center, 1724 Adeline Street, Oakland. For more information, contact Project Manager Hui-Chang Li, 510.238.6430

WOPAC Subcommittee Meetings:

Community Outreach / Equitable Development, Wednesday, May 5th 2010, 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Willie Keyes Recreation Center, 3131 Union Street, Oakland

Neighborhood Planning and Projects, Thursday, May 6th 2010, 6:30 – 8:30pm at the West Oakland Senior Center

Taste of Spring, held on Thursday, May 6th 2010; 5:30 -8:00pm at the Rotunda Building in downtown Oakland. Taste of Spring the annual fundraiser for the Friends of Oakland Parks and Recreation. This event features superb wines, gourmet food, live and silent auctions, and highflying entertainment.

This outstanding organization raises funds to support recreation programs for Oakland's youth, as well as capital funds for park renovations. Their biggest park project was the $5 million renovation of Raimondi Park in here in the Prescott Oakland Point neighborhood, completed in 2008. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, contact: Friends of Oakland Parks & Recreation at 510.465.1850 or visit

City of Oakland, Community Workshops on Draft Energy and Climate Action Plan

On Thursday, May 6th 2010, at the Elihu M Harris State Building, 1515 Clay Street (between 15th St & 16th St), and Meeting Room 1. Two identical Community Workshops to identify actions the City can take to help minimize energy use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the Oakland community, will be held to provide an overview of content in the draft Energy and Climate Action Plan and receive public comments. The first Workshop Session 1: 3-5:00pm and the second will be held from 7-9:00pm. To assist with planning for needed space, please RSVP, identifying which workshop session you plan to attend, to

The next scheduled Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) meeting is on Thursday, May 13th 2010, 7-9:00pm at the West Oakland Senior Center. The City distributes Community Development Funds through the federal CDBG program. Each year, the federal government distributes CDBG funds to cities for their local community development projects. The major focus of Oakland's CDBG program is physical development activities--community-wide housing, public facilities and improvements, neighborhood revitalization, and economic development. A restricted portion of the grant funds can be expended for public services activities. For more information, contact Michele Byrd, Manager; 510.238.3716 or