Zabrae Valentine

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.

Rockridge Vision Survey: Comparing Rockridge Today to "Ideal' Urban Setting

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Knowing what Rockridge residents value most about our corner of Oakland, and what they see as priorities for the future can help the neighborhood meet the challenges of change.

RCPC Studies Adjusted Town Hall Meeting Schedule - Next meeting February 19

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Were you able to attend an RCPC Town Hall meeting last year? If so, you may have noticed that the RCPC board was experimenting with new practices to make it easier for folks to attend: for example, opening at 7 p.m. and serving Jules Pizza to help tide folks over who come straight from work without grabbing dinner.

You may also have noticed RCPC put more emphasis on broadly publicizing the meetings to increase awareness of them among residents who may not see the announcements in The Rockridge News.

Rockridge Talking: Wish Lists & Ideas Shared at June Town Hall Meeting

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Oakland City Planning Director Rachel Flynn drew a huge crowd at the June RCPC Town Hall, where she provided a richly informative overview of Oakland's approach to urban planning, how Rockridge fits into that vision, and what kinds of things we can do to further enhance our neighborhood. RCPC board member Virginia Hamilton then led the 70-plus attendees in an exchange of ideas including expressions of local concerns as well as a wide range of possible solutions.

RCPC Board Vacancy Offers Opportunity

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Are you looking to help promote community projects that enhance the quality of life in Rockridge? Are you concerned about traffic, development issues, parks and schools? Rockridge needs people like you.

Serving on the Rockridge Community Planning Council (RCPC) board of directors provides you with the perfect volunteer opportunity to work on these issues and more. Boardmembers serve a two-year term.

State Legislators Respond to Outcry Over Smart Phone Thefts: Call for Manufacturer ‘Kill’ Switch

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Not long ago, there was much talk in Oakland and other California cities about how best to reduce spiking rates of smart phone theft.

Public officials and law enforcement agencies settled on the possibility of requiring phone manufacturers to install a "kill switch" in smart phones to allow rightful owners to make them instantly inoperable if stolen.

What’s Happening With College Avenue As a Retail Hub?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Shops on College Avenue are bound to come and go, but in the last few months Rockridge residents have been wondering if more are going than coming and what this may portend.

Rockridge Votes in Board, OK Bylaw Change: New Vacancy Announced

Friday, May 9, 2014

RCPC's annual election for positions on its board of directors, held during the April 2014 Annual Meeting/Town Hall, saw 46 residents cast their ballots for four incumbents and two new candidates running for six uncontested board seats. Voters also approved two proposed bylaw amendments on the ballot.

Elected to full two-year terms were incumbents Christopher Chin, Virginia Hamilton, Laura Schlichtmann, and Zabrae Valentine. New candidates Gabe Kleinman and Samantha Weaver were also elected to two-year terms.

Is Our Neighborhood Character at Risk?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

When RCPC worked for the downzoning of Rockridge in the early 1970s, one of the goals of the organization was a vibrant commercial district along College Avenue.

Members of the group wanted ground floor retail space to be retail only, with office and other non-retail uses located on the floors above the retail spaces. They planned a pedestrian-friendly retail environment.

College Avenue today largely reflects that goal, and is a Bay Area success story attracting customers from throughout the region.

RCPC Town Hall Feb. 20: The Cost of Public Safety in Oakland (and how you can influence policies and funding)

Saturday, February 15, 2014
Thurs, February 20, 7 p.m. for light snacks; program starts at 7:30 p.m.
Join your neighbors and friends for a comprehensive look at crime reduction policies the city deploys, how well they are working, what they cost, and what the city can  afford. The purpose of the program is to offer Rockridge residents options when  deciding which policies and budget priorities to support or to consider changing as  one key part of strengthening an overall crime-reduction plan.

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