Ronnie Spitzer

Land Use Update: Nautilus Mixed-Use Project; Telegraph Avenue Between 51st Street and Claremont Avenue

Sunday, May 8, 2016

This 204 unit project includes 16 very-low-income units, a 28,000 sq.ft. grocery store and 6,000 sq.ft. of restaurant/retail space. It is now scheduled for a public hearing and potential approval at the Planning Commission's Wednesday, June 1, meeting at City Hall, starting at 6 p.m. (Note revised date - see below) The specific project will likely not be heard until 7 p.m. or later, but speaker cards are usually called in the order submitted.

Update on Secondary Units Proposal

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The proposed Oakland city ordinance for Secondary Units received its second public reading at the January 19 City Council meeting. An amendment proposed by Councilman Dan Kalb was included.

Owing to an administrative error, the complete proposed ordinance was not submitted to the Council, and it was unable to take action. The final adoption was rescheduled to February 2.

Land Use Update: Safeway, Merrill Gardens, Temescal Apartments, Nautilus, College Ave. Retail

Saturday, May 9, 2015

College Avenue Safeway Project, College/Claremont: RCPC and the other North Oakland/Berkeley community groups that reached a settlement with Safeway over the new College Avenue center are still negotiating with Safeway - and with Terramar, new owner of the retail buildings - over project issues. Most important: the malfunctioning parking deck space monitor. The street level display should show how many spaces are available, but reports incorrect numbers.

Three Feet for Bicycle Safety

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Following the lead of many other states, California has enacted a new law, which took effect last September, requiring that car drivers maintain a minimum three-foot buffer when passing a bicyclist, an important revision to a previous state law which required drivers to pass bicyclists at a "safe distance."

The new law requires motorists to slow down and wait to pass until it is safe to do so, including on narrow roads. Three feet is roughly equivalent to a fully open passenger-side door, or the length of an acoustic guitar.

Tech Engineering Academy: Bridges to Learning

Saturday, March 8, 2014

It's so quiet, you can hear a bridge break. Two hundred collectively held breaths finally release when the balsa and glue creation collapses with a crack under its load. Once "8 lbs for bridge #50" gets recorded, the annual Engineering Academy Bridge Competition officially ends.

I Bike Rockridge

Monday, February 17, 2014

The world of bicycle infrastructure is changing rapidly. People around the United States are realizing that cycling can be a major form of urban transportation-if cities provide bikeways that are safe, convenient, and comfortable.

Recently, more of Rockridge's bikeway network came to fruition with the completion of bike lanes on Alcatraz; sharrow markings on the Shafter-Forest-Colby and Cavour bike routes; and improved wayfaring signage.

Paving the Worst Biking Streets

Parent of Tech Graduate Finds Much to Like in the Tech of Today

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

As my son prepares for college, we mull over the changes in Oakland Technical High School since he started in 2010.

Academically, Tech cemented its position as the premier Oakland comprehensive public high school. Academic Performance Index (API) scores rose dramatically, climbing to a score of 737 in 2013, from 685 in 2010. Other Oakland comprehensive high schools lag behind; Skyline High's 2013 API of 638 and Oakland High's 634 remain virtually unchanged over the same time interval.

AC Transit Proposes Changes to 51 Line; Kills 21 Parking Spaces

Friday, November 8, 2013

AC Transit received a $10 million grant to design and implement infrastructure modifications along the entire Line 51 route to increase reliability and on-time bus performance, and improve safety for pedestrians and AC Transit riders.

Principal Changes at Oakland Tech

Monday, July 8, 2013

Oakland Technical High's principal Sheilagh Andujar announced she will be leaving her position of 10 years to become the Oakland Unified School District's Executive Officer for Special Education.

Due to the late date and unexpected change, school district administrators appointed Staci Ross-Morrison, assistant principal at Oakland Tech for nine years, to be the school's interim principal for the 2013-14 school year. The district will revisit the interim status of the principal in the spring.

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