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District Panel Talk: A Ballpark for Everyone.  Tuesday, September 26th, 6:00 PM at Original Pattern Brewing, 292 4th Street. With: Jeff Bellisario, Bay Area Council &...

In a segment hosted by Great Big Story, we learned that the Oakland Zookeepers make use of Jack London's Wholesale Produce Market. In the video,...

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A Ballpark for Everyone

District Panel Talk: A Ballpark for Everyone. 

Tuesday, September 26th, 6:00 PM at Original Pattern Brewing, 292 4th Street. 

With: Jeff Bellisario, Bay Area Council & Author of the report:
The Economic Impacts of a New Baseball Stadium in Oakland
Michael Berne, Urban Retail Consultant, MJB Consulting
Noah Friedman, Senior Urban Designer, Perkins + Will

Moderated by Robert Gammon, Editor, Oakland Magazine and East Bay Express and Award-Winning Journalist.

Locating the A's Ballpark Downtown could be transformative in terms of economic activity, infrastructure improvements, and neighborhood impact. The Jack London Improvement District has been engaging businesses, residents, and stakeholders to participate in the discussion. As part of our Panel Talk series on issues relevant to the Jack London District, this event focuses on the development of a Ballpark. How can the District leverage the investment for maximum positive neighborhood impact-- from infrastructure to economic vitality? How can the community take ownership in the Ballpark and make it belong to Oakland?

 

 

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California Canoe and Kayak: A conversation with Keith Miller

Favorite thing to do in Oakland to take a break from the work day?

My favorite thing to do to break from my work day is actually, Go paddle - so I’ll hop in a boat or a stand up paddle board and I will jump in the water because here is it and we’re close by.

How far can you usually get?

20 minutes half an hour perhaps I can paddle, Depending on how fast a craft I use I can paddle to Coast Guard Island and back.

Now if it’s not paddling then I like to hang out, like if I want to go watch a game I’ll go to one of the restaurants that has a TV like Steel Rail or Overland or Jack’s and have a beer and watch a Warrior’s basketball game.

 How have your classes and trip offerings changed?

The biggest change is that more people are doing standup paddle boarding. It’s about half our business now for rentals and classes. It’s fairly easy to get into, its less gear intensive, the boards are lighter.

California Canoe Kayak

What drew you to the East Bay and specifically to Jack London from your previous location in Greenbrae?California Canoe Kayak

We outgrew that space, we grew pretty fast, and we moved to Point Richmond - before we moved there I actually checked out JLS - this was ‘85 - and these buildings were all here. The project had been completed and the buildings were pretty much empty at the time, there wasn’t much going on. I was excited about coming here because of the water access but I made a phone call to the state water control quality people, the local office, and I was informed that the water quality in the estuary at that point in time was very questionable… So we moved to Point Richmond instead, used the Richmond Marina for our classes. In 1993 I was approached by the Port real-estate division to move here again. It took me by surprise... As it turns out it was on a recommendation from the Alameda County economic development commission, [they] suggested that if you wanted to improve JLS activity get something down here to draw people here to use the water.

 

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What We Do

What We Do

Cleaning and Safety Ambassador Program

 

Meet our terrific team of Jack London Ambassadors. They're glad to give directions and information, pedestrian and motorist assistance, and provide safety and umbrella escorts as they make our streets clean and safe.

 

Ambassador Operating Hours

7:00am – 9:00pm

Monday through Thursday

9:00am – 11:00pm

Friday, Saturday

8:30am – 4:30pm on Sundays. 

 

Ambassador General Line: 510-363-0989

Operations Manager: cpazrivera@blockbyblock.com

 

Ambassadors provide:

Cleaning Services

  • Intensive cleaning of sidewalks, gutters, and fixtures in the public right-of way to improve the street-level experience, particularly in areas of chronic neglect (such as the Broadway/880 underpass).
  • Special projects such as removal of hazardous fixtures in the public right-of-way, painting of street furnishings, removal of extensive graffiti in the public right-of-way and more.

Hospitality Services

  • A friendly greeting and visitor assistance, directions, recommendations, and neighborhood information. 
  • Social Service outreach as they interact with the homeless and Street population to conduct welfare check
  • Umbrella escorts in the rain between any two points within the District on request.

Safety Services

  • Deterrence & reporting of unwanted behavior as they circulate and observe activity throughout the District
  • Requesting compliance with Oakland’s laws and ordinances.
  • Coordination with the Oakland Police Department to share safety and security information
  • Information to community members of safety practices.
  • Safety walking escort between any two points within the District on request.

 

Current Projects in District Improvements, Branding, Marketing, and Business Support

The District focuses on supporting economic vibrancy and quality-of life through its cleaning and safety services, marketing and promotion, smart development advocacy, and community engagement. A few of our current special projects are described below.

District Branding: Light pole banners

These long term temporary fixtures are installed on lampposts around the District and celebrate the many unique aspects of Jack London. 

B-Shuttle Promotion and Funding for Extended Service Hours

Building Art Program

We coordinate with property owners, artists, and curators to identify and implement art in outdoor neighborhood locations to enliven the Jack London District for its residents, workers, and visitors.

Find out more here 

Bike Solar Oakland

Partnering with GenZeDC Solar, and CalCEFBike Solar Oakland's first sun-powered charging station was piloted at 333 Broadway. These solar powered bikes will be available as a community amenity.

 

4th_and_Washington_utility_box.jpgArt Wrapped Utility Boxes

Utility boxes in strategic locations throughout the District are being covered in art by a community- curated group of local respected artists.

 

Underpass Infrastructure Improvements

The 880 underpasses have long been perceived as a barrier. We are working to provide short-term mitigations, including cleaning, pressure washing, and coordinating lighting and electrical repairs with the City. We’re also developing a vision for longer-range environmental design solutions in creative brainstorming sessions, with the City, and consultants working on the ongoing Freeway Access Plan and Downtown Specific Plan.

 

Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) 

Jack London Improvement District is providing the ongoing organization, and outreach for Beat 1X NCPC. This group is for collaboration between the Jack London community and public safety officials through our Community Resources Officer and our Neighborhood Services Coordinator.

 

Embarcadero Safety Project

This long term project includes updating the original study and fundraising for the capital improvements required to implement safer crossings and pedestrian and vehicular interfaces, and considers a Train Quiet Zone in Jack London.

 

Pop-Ups/Activation of 333 Broadway

We’re activating our headquarters at 333 Broadway and transforming the space into a community resource. We host STEAM factory, a workshop series where kids create alongside professional makers; the beta Bike Solar Oakland; and start-up food businesses on a rotating basis. We invite Jack London community groups to use the space for meetings and events.

 

Quarterly Panel Talks

This series of interactive, educational events with local leaders and subject-matter experts will continue as we explore development in Jack London such as retailhistory of developmentindustry, and other topics of interest.

 

Community Partner Events

To keep the community informed and engaged we will continue the sponsorship, partnership, or direct hosting of community events such as launch events for publicity of projects, developer outreach forums, National Night Out, Crime Prevention Council meetings, and more. Check out our calendar to see upcoming events.

 

Landscaping Medians

New plants and landscaping are installed in the medians on Broadway and other minor landscaped areas in the District. Thanks to great volunteer support!

 

Jack London Collateral

A consumer and business friendly neighborhood guide to promote what’s here and what’s to come will be developed.

 

There’s a tremendous amount of dedication and love for this neighborhood, and the District is privileged to benefit from the expertise and input of many of you as volunteers. We welcome your feedback and participation as we work together to foster economic vitality and quality-of-life in Oakland’s unique, historic, urban waterfront community. Send us an email or give us a call to get involved.

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