PANIL June Meeting
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 Always the second Wednesday of the month. 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council A Community Resource Officer from Oakland Police Department will give crime stats and trends, and neighbors are invited to bring their questions and concerns. 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Council Member Dan Kalb
Reviews a Proposal for
Affordable Housing Units
on Piedmont Avenue
Dan Kalb will describe a preliminary proposal the City of Oakland has received to build very low income housing on the city-owned property that is the 41st Street parking lot behind CVS. No application has been filed. The June PANIL meeting is our opportunity to get an early preview of what the sponsors have in mind and to learn what the steps would be if the proposal proceeds to the application process.
In this proposal, the new structures would sit above the parking and provide housing for about two hundred people. Parking would still be available but for fewer cars.
We know that Kalb wants to make progress on homelessness, but he said he has no position on this project yet. He wants to hear more details and get city staff's judgment regarding several issues, including the project proponent's financial and management qualifications.
We have received word from Oakland’s Community Programs Supervisor that National Night Out (NNO) is resuming this summer, on Tuesday evening, August 3, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. See the next issue of PANIL Newsletter for a story about it, or watch Oakland NNO website in the coming weeks for more information.
Here is a photo from the 2009 NNO, from just one neighborhood in the PANL area. Who do you recognize?
The City of Oakland welcomes the participation of any neighborhood or community group in National Night Out and encourages you to utilize this event as a way to bring people together and to have fun! City of Oakland elected officials, police officers, and city employees enjoy visiting National Night Out events as a way to strengthen the ties between residents and the Oakland Police Department.
Bulletins from the Friends of Piedmont Avenue Library (PAL)
The library is open now
Tuesday through Saturday
from 10 am to 1pm.
Friends of PAL, founded in 1993 to support our library, is the organization directing the effort to move our library from the portable building on the grounds of Piedmont Avenue Elementary School to a permanent brick and mortar home in the now-empty Childhood Development Center (CDC) next door to the portable building. Facebook postings by Friends of PAL give lots ofbackground information. The latest development is that, as part of the City budget process for 2021-2023, the Library has requested $750,000 from the Draft Capital Improvement Program for a feasibility study of converting the CDC to a new branch.
Friends of PAL meets, virtually by Zoom these days, on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. All are invited to the meetings. Sign up to receive the meeting notices.
Also, you can join another Library cleanup day on Saturday, June 5th at 10am. Bring your own gloves and tools (brooms, rakes, dust pans) and Friends provides the bags to fill. The last clean-up day was April 10; see the photos and read all about it in the April issue of the Friends newsletter -- HOOT – All the News That’s Fit to Hoot.
Letter to the Editors
TO All PANIL Members:
When I spoke at the May PANIL meeting, I hope I gave you a good sense of all that is happening at Mosswood Park and Center and this corner of the neighborhood. Thank you for the opportunity to talk with you and a special thanks to the PANIL member who donated the youth soccer balls and baseball equipment! We are putting them to use daily now. Come by and see; we would like to show you around. Mosswood Neighborhood Town Camp will start on Monday, June 14, 2021, for ages 5-12.
Please call 510 597-5038 for more information.
Terri Westbrook Center Director Mosswood Recreation Center
Get the Word Out about PANIL
PANIL has been working for over 30 years with Oakland politicians, planning authorities, concerned citizens, law enforcement, and non-profits to build and maintain a safe, healthy and vibrant neighborhood, To be effective we need input and involvement from the over 5000 households that make up the PANIL area.
The changing demographics, the densification, and above all the challenges to communication and contact brought on by the pandemic have restricted PANIL's ability to reach many of the new residents of the area and to get the word out about issues important to us all.
Tell your friends about PANlL; let them know about our meetings, newsletter and website PANIL.org. And please share with us any ideas you have to improve outreach, communication and participation. Sent an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PANIL, a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, is supported by donations to cover the regular ongoing costs of maintenance of the website, newsletter production, and fees associated with reporting requirements to California's Secretary of State and to the IRS. Donations to PANIL also build a reserve fund for the costs incurred when we pay the fee to appeal decisions of the Oakland Planning Department about development or construction in our area. Those costs include filing fees and hiring lawyers to advocate for neighborhood values. You can donate here.