RCPC to Consider Housing Policy Recommendations for Rockridge

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Unless you're Rip Van Winkel, if you live in Rockridge you are probably aware that Oakland is facing a serious housing crisis.  The supply of housing has not kept up with the fast-increasing demand.  As a result, home prices and rents have been rapidly escalating, and it's becoming harder and harder for anyone except the very well-to-do to find Oakland housing they can affort.

Time Capsule: The Bilger Quarry, 1962 and Today: The Rockridge Shopping Center/Shops at the Ridge

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Bilger Quarry. The Oakland Paving Company mined a body of traprock (mapped as Franciscan quartz diorite, a near-basalt), crushed it, and shipped it out via a rail spur that crossed Broadway at 42nd Street and curved toward the former depot at 41st and Shafter streets (you can see the trace in Google Maps).
- From the blog "Oakland Geology, focused on, near and under Oakland, California," written by Andrew Aiden, Used by permission of the blogger.

A Look to the Past: Rockridge Residents Recall Impact of the Coming of BART and Highway 24

Sunday, February 7, 2016

When I moved to Rockridge in 1977, it never occurred to me to ask when the Grove-Shafter Freeway (Highway 24) and BART were established, and how different the neighborhood might have looked and felt previously. One day my neighbor Pat Nolan, a resident since 1957, told me about the freeway's devastating impact and described the Rockridge of 50 years ago. From then on I started looking anew at my neighborhood.

Four Oakland Tech Boy Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Oakland Tech 2015 graduates Cheyenne Jacobsen, Kyle Merritt, John Oberholzer, and current Tech senior Connor Prime recently received their Eagle Scout Award, the highest honor in Boy Scouting. In addition, the family of Jack Lewis, the Rockridge teen killed when a tree limb broke near Children's Fairyland in December, received special honors. All five boys had been part of Cub Scout Pack 274, made up primarily of boys from Chabot and Peralta elementary schools prior to joining Boy Scout Troop 202. The awards were presented at a special ceremony in early January.

7th Annual Pancake Breakfast to Support Claremont Middle School

Sunday, February 7, 2016

North Oakland flapjack fans are invited to chow down at the 2016 Claremont Middle School Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, February 27, at the Rockridge Masonic Lodge, 5449 College Avenue at Kales Avenue.

This annual community event is generously hosted by the Oakland-Durant-Rockridge Masonic Lodge #188 in association with the Rockridge District Association (RDA) and the Claremont Middle School Dads Club. Proceeds from the breakfast support educational enrichment programs at our neighborhood public middle school.

Security Patrols to Continue in 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Did you know that lower Rockridge is patrolled by professionally trained private security guards in marked vehicles more than 100 hours every week? These patrols are coordinated by the nonprofit group Safer Rockridge and funded by more than 560 residents and five commercial sponsors, including Rockridge Market Hall, Cole Hardware, Daniel Stea/Stea Realty Group, Ron Kriss/Lawton Associates, and Simon & Saraya Motley/The Motley Team.

Presbyterian Church Hosts Its Annual Thanksgiving Meal

Monday, November 16, 2015

We are faced these days with great challenges whose magnitude can push us toward apathy, indifference and inaction: gentrification; failing schools; ecological collapse; food injustice; racial profiling; homelessness; financial inequality; and the deafening isolation of social media. These forces can make us believe we are impotent to make a difference, or to have a voice in our world. We can"t let this boisterous brouhaha keep us from being present. There is no room for apathy in our great and changing city of Oakland.

Why You Should Be Ready for "The Big One"; Where to Get Ready if You Are Not

Monday, November 16, 2015

Too many Oakland and Rockridge residents today are unprepared for a major earthquake on the Hayward fault.

Although the City Council and Oakland Fire Department take the warnings seriously and have produced the disaster preparedness program "Communities of Oakland Respond to Emergencies" (CORE), community response has been lethargic.

The 30th Annual Christmas Revels: A Venetian Masque

Monday, November 16, 2015

It is the end of 1620 when a troupe of ragged Commedia Dell'Arte players arrive in Venice. They are fleeing a less-than-successful European tour and are hoping for an upturn in their fortunes. The Doge, Antonio Priuli, is preparing an elaborate festival to celebrate the new year. It is to feature the finest of elegant Renaissance music and courtly masque drama as well as guest performers invited from around the Mediterranean. There is no place in the Doge's plans for the low comedy of the players.

College Avenue Presbyterian Inaugurates Monthly "Health & Wholeness" Forum

Monday, November 16, 2015

Have you thought and talked about end-of-life issues with your family and loved ones? In this inaugural program of our "Health & Wholeness" forum series, all are invited to come view a presentation of the recent bestselling book "Being Mortal" dealing with these issues. The video will be followed by a time of community conversation and Q & A.

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