April: an RCPC Triple-Header Meeting

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The April 16 annual RCPC members' meeting managed to be three great meetings rolled into one.

First, RCPC held its annual election of boardmembers which resulted in the reelection of Jennifer Daskal and Greg Pasquali as well as the election of new board member Noah Rosen. Jennifer is co-chair of the 2015 Rockridge Kitchen Tour and board vice chair. Greg is co-chair of the Land Use Committee. Noah is fairly new to Rockridge, and we welcome his willingness to join the rest of the board in volunteering time to provide representation to the broader neighborhood.

Second, Greg Pasquali shared a brief overview of some of the development projects currently underway in Rockridge. Then, 51st and Telegraph developer Nautilus Group presented an update of their plans for the mixed-use proposal of the Global Video/Creekside site. There were a lot of questions, and a number of concerns Ð including the planned density of the building; the location of the commercial loading zone; and details related to the possibility of a new grocery store in the plan.

The developer still seems to be working out the answers to many of the questions the community has. Nautilus planners have established times for the public to meet and discuss the project and are making themselves available to respond to comments and/or questions. See http://www.51standtelegraph.com/events/ for details.

Between the election and the development report, Don Kinkead, Rockridge News founder and longtime editor, was presented with an Oakland City Council resolution recognizing his contributions to Rockridge and the city of Oakland. Councilmember Dan Kalb, whose office deftly coordinated this effort on behalf of the Council, personally presented the resolution to Don.

Highlights of the Resolution: "In 1986, one year after RCPC incorporated as a nonprofit public-benefit corporation, Don launched The Rockridge News to help inform the community of issues affecting the neighborhood and of ongoing activities of RCPC."

"Don has been The Rockridge News' editor for 15 of those years and responsible for graphics and paper layout since the first issue of the paper. Don's wife, Bobbie Kinkead, and supporting community members designed the enduring network of 150 volunteers who deliver the paper to every residence and business within RCPC's boundaries. Don has also worked with other Oakland neighborhood groups to set up and maintain local newsletters.

"From the original issue, printed on both sides of a single sheet and distributed to neighbors by volunteers, The Rockridge News has grown in size, quality, and volume of advertising by local businesses to today's 16-page monthly, delivered to some 6,000 residences and businesses."