By Maya Mirsky

The future rezoning of North Oakland was the topic of a neighborhood meeting Thursday night, hosted by the Rockridge Community Planning Council. Among the speakers were District 1 councilwoman Jane Brunner and city planning manager Eric Angstadt.

Neighbors think the current system is too lenient for developers, but are still concerned that when the area is rezoned, the city will allow more density and higher buildings than residents want on busy streets like Telegraph Avenue.





 By Maya Mirsky

Crime and development were the issues of the day at a community meeting with Mayor Ron Dellums, held today at Peralta Elementary in North Oakland. The meeting was hosted by Jane Brunner, councilwoman for the district.

Both issues are hot topics in this ethnically mixed, mostly middle-income neighborhood.

More than fifty speakers from the audience of over 200 addressed Dellums, who began with the announcement of upcoming projects and reports, and an evocation of Oakland as a model city.

But some residents felt less optimistic.


Development is a hot topic in many of the more upscale areas of Oakland.

The Community and Economic Development Agency Strategic Planning Section, in coordination with the Planning Commission, maintains the General Plan and the Planning Code.

The Oakland General Plan takes precedence over pre-existing zoning laws.

City Planning Commission meeting schedule (.pdf file) There will be a Special Meeting on October 10 to discuss the Oak Knoll redevelopment project. Oak Knoll is a 183-acre site in the hills, a decommissioned Navy property. Roster of commissioners (pdf)

Meeting to discuss the future of Claremont Safeway

Tuesday, September 11, 2007, 7:30–9:00 pm

Claremont House, 4500 Gilbert (at Pleasant Valley),

Parking available at Safeway.



The meeting is cosponsored by Piedmont Avenue Neighborhood

Improvement League (PANIL) and the Rockridge Community Planning

Council (RCPC). Safeway representatives will be there along with AJE

Partners of Berkeley, the lobbying and consulting firm who will

conduct the public outreach process for the project.

For further information contact: Valerie Winemiller (PANIL) at 653-

4552, , Ronnie Spitzer at 869-4200,, or AJE at 849-4811