EastLake Neighborhood

District 2 Updates for Clinton/Little Saigon, Cleveland Heights, Bella Vista, Ivy Hill/China Hill/Arbor Villa, Haddon Hill, Merritt, Lynn

Updates & Current Events:

Freedom Vendors Market Flyer
Freedom Vendors Market Flyer

May Update —

  • Neighborhood Council Meeting @ Franklin Elementary - May 10th, 2023 at 6:30pm: Get together with neighbors and residents to talk about safety, brainstorm solutions, and help choose the different plans that the City has to address issues. Meeting is hybrid. For more information, you can see the Neighborhood Council Meeting schedule and point people: https://www.oaklandca.gov/topi...
  • Freedom Vendors Market - 5.20.23, 9am - 6pm on El Embarcadero @ Lake Merritt
    In an effort to support our diverse and deeply appreciated vendor community, the District 2 Office is working with a strategist to support local vendors in creating a safer, more inclusive, and accessible community marketplace. Their inaugural event, the Freedom Vendor's Market, will launch on May 20th on El Embarcadero at Lake Merritt. We hope to see you there! Check out the flyer above for more information.

  • With the multiple instances of violence in the past week, our office is dedicated to pointing residents towards resources that can support them in addressing issues, and raising the overall safety of the community. Please utilize the resources below to report specific issues to appropriate City departments:
    • OAK311: Send requests to the city for routine maintenance and urgent infrastructure issues, i.e. potholes, abandoned vehicles, illegal dumping. If the requests is not addressed, follow up with our staff via email and share the Service Request Number in your confirmation so we can ask 311 staff to address the issue.
    • Homelessness: Report encampments, cleaning needs, and other issues related to our unhoused community.
      • Email homelessness@oaklandca.gov – you will be asked to provide information, including location, types of vehicles if any, description of conditions, photos.
    • MACRO (Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland): MACRO teams in the Fire Department respond to calls about homelessness, some behavioral or mental health calls, noise complaints, and people appearing drunk (and nonviolent) in public. MACRO units do not respond inside anyone's home, a domestic violence call, or anything that appears dangerous or violent.
      • Call 911 to get a MACRO unit to respond, and in an effort to aid the dispatcher, the caller can stress that the situation appears to be non-violent and that a MACRO unit is desired, OR EMAIL MACRO@oaklandca.gov, Subject: "Request for Service @ Address/Location + Call/Incident Type," Body: Description of Incident, any relevant history and if possible, a picture.
    • Public Safety: Join a Neighborhood Council meeting in your area to connect with neighbors, city staff, and OPD Community Resource Officers designated to serve your area. Build connections and find solutions together.
      • Emergency 911: Call 510-777-3211 if calling from a cell phone
      • OPD Non-Emergency: 510-777-3333
      • Oakland Fire Dept Non-Emergency: 510-444-3322
      • Drug Tip Line: 510-238-3784
      • Human Trafficking Anonymous Tip Line: 510-238-2373
    • Traffic Safety Request Program: Check out OakDOT’s processes on submitting requests for improvements such as speed bumps, traffic signs, etc.

    • Paving: See the city’s 2022-27 5-Year Paving Plan and the results of the 2019-22 3-Year Paving Plan. You can find streets that have been paved, upcoming paving and timing.

    • Housing Resources: Get in touch with the City’s Rent Adjustment Program to access resources for tenants and property owners, including for housing counselors, navigating evictions, appeals, fees, etc. Connect with the City’s Housing Resource Center, a one-stop shop for information on City-funded housing services including listings for emergency shelters, transitional and affordable housing, foreclosure prevention: (510) 238-6182, housingassistance@oaklandnet.com.

    • Sideshows: Report to sideshowtips@oaklandca.gov with as much specific info as possible, including location, day, time, how many cars, license plates, number of spectators, any firearm activity, and social media posts. Learn more about top sideshow hotspots and OPD / OakDOT’s pilot prevention program.

April Update —

LakePoint Tiny Homes Program: In November 2021, CP Bas and our D2 Office partnered with the City and Community to open the LakePoint tiny homes program to serve up to 80 people. Using vacant, city-owned land, this program upgraded the living conditions of unsheltered residents around Lake Merritt with single-occupancy cabins with electricity, as well as flushable toilets and showers, storage, space for pets, and a range of services to help permanently house participants. See background on the tiny homes program here. In March 2023, the City Administration announced the closure of the LakePoint tiny homes program in June 2023 due to the end of current funding. We are committed to housing participants in the LakePoint program and using public land for public good. We look forward to building 100% affordable housing on the E12th parcel. See background on the first of two 100% affordable housing projects here.

New Lake Merritt Parking Meters: In mid-March, the City began operating new parking meters as part of the Lake Merritt Parking Management Plan. The goals of the Plan are to increase equitable access to Lake Merritt and promote a safe, equitable and enjoyable experience at the Lake. The meters will encourage turnover to allow more access for visitors, and the revenue will help support more parks programming and improvements, such as an improved vendor marketplace and the existing Parks Stewards. This is a one year pilot, with a six month review. Meters will be enforced Monday through Saturday, 8AM to 8PM and Sundays Noon to 8PM. Warnings will be issued for non-payment violations through April 30, one warning per vehicle. Read more here.

Vendor Market Coming to Lake Merritt: The District 2 cultural strategist is working in partnership with the City on plans to bring vendors, including food trucks, to El Embarcadero between Grand Ave & Lakeshore Ave with an expected launch date in April.

Park Stewards at the Lake Promoting Community Engagement: Stewards are walking through the park areas of the Lake engaging with community members and unhoused residents, and have supported the MACRO program with transporting unhoused individuals in need. Stewards work across Oakland’s parks to provide educational materials, hospitality, check on facility reservations throughout the city, distribute 211 referral cards, and serve as “eyes and ears” for OPD and other departments. Stewards receive robust training in conflict resolution, de-escalation techniques and interacting with those with mental health needs and the unsheltered.

Little Saigon CPTED Walk: Many of the business owners in the East Lake/Little Saigon area have been able to connect with Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) to evaluate safety issues and receive recommendations to better protect your business and clientele. We encourage all business owners to work with CPTED to do a safety assessment of your business. If your business has not yet been able to access or follow up on our CPTED resources, please contact Marlon Guzman, Police Services Technician II, City of Oakland at mguzman3@oaklandca.gov, or call (510) 238 - 4523 to get in touch with a technician that can support you.


Community Organizations Other Resources
  • Neighborhood Coalition for Peace & Community / Bella Vista Neighborhood Council (Beats 17XY): Meets on the 2nd Wednesday at 6:30pm. For more information, please contact Oakland Neighborhood Services Coordinator at nsdadmin@oaklandca.gov or email ncpc17y@yahoo.com.

  • Friends of Cleveland Heights Neighborhood Council (Beat 15Y): Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of odd months at 7pm via Zoom. For more information, please contact Oakland Neighborhood Services Coordinator at nsdadmin@oaklandca.gov or email FriendsNC.beat15x@gmail.com or nc.beat15x@gmail.com.

  • Greater San Antonio Neighborhood Council (Beats 18XY & 19X, includes Clinton/Little Saigon): Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of odd months at 6:30pm via Zoom. For more information, please contact Oakland Neighborhood Services Coordinator Lisa Jue at ljue@oaklandca.gov.


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