PANIL August Meeting
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 Always the second Wednesday of the month.
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Who are the Homeless? What is Alameda County Doing About Homelessness?
Speaker: Emma Ishii Because it is Alameda County that controls funds that address homelessness, we want to hear from the County Board of Supervisors and are pleased to welcome Emma Ishii. She is Social Services Policy Associate in the Office of Supervisor Keith Carson
District 5 Alameda County Board of Supervisors
Glen Echo Park - Volunteer Workdays Resume August 14
Glen EchGlen Echo Park runs along Glen Echo Creek for 1½ blocks from the end of Panama Court (off Glen Avenue behind Piedmont Grocery) to Montell Street. Only a few sections of the creek remain above ground as it flows from above Mountain View Cemetery to Lake Merritt for watershed mapclick here.
Through PANIL's efforts in the 1970s, the Alameda County Flood Control District agreed not to put this portion of the creek in an underground culvert so as to develop the land on top; instead the District licenses it to the City of Oakland for public use as Glen Echo Park. This was a pioneering arrangement at the time that has become more widely used for trails and bikeways in the East Bay. Over the years, the City and Flood Control District also collaborated on projects to restore the creek’s bank and streamside habitat with native shrubs and trees.
Through the City’s Adopt-a-Spot program, PANIL organizes volunteer activities for cleaning, weeding, pruning and general upkeep. Glen Echo Park workdays were suspended for COVID and are planned to resume on the second Saturday of each month, starting on August 14 from 9:30 am to noon. Volunteers will meet for sign-in near Monte Vista Avenue, ½ block east of Piedmont Avenue (look for direction signs posted along Monte Vista). Tools and some work gloves are provided.
Thanks to neighbors and friends of the park, trash and litter have been kept down throughout the pandemic; upcoming workdays will focus on pruning and weeding.
September is designated as Oakland's Creek to Bay Month for volunteers to work at creek and shoreline parks. Volunteers will have the option to sign up on their own account at theevent websiteor use the group sign-in form at the workday.
The tradition continues this year with the 28th John Street Jumble on Sunday, August 15th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. With so many of us having spent a year of “lock down,” the organizers are guessing that a lot of closets and basements are bursting with items ready to find a new home.
The sale centers on John Street and is surrounded by Piedmont Ave, Howe, Ridgeway, Gilbert and Pleasant Valley. Look for tables in all three blocks of John Street; and Gilbert, Montgomery and Howe Streets between Ridgeway and Piedmont Avenue; and View and Mather between Gilbert and Montgomery; and Ridgeway between Howe and Montgomery.
The organizers assume that everyone will practice “COVID courtesies” and avoid crowding, and they expect that people will be wearing masks as each person feels appropriate.
Those interested in having a table should contact Lesley Mandros Bell via text or call at 510-612-6092 (but no very early or late calls please). The organizers ask for a $3 donation to cover the costs of ads and flyers, and, with those funds, they do all the advertising for this community event.
New Library Hours
The library is closed on Sundays, but open every other day, and open until 8:00 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The chairs and tables are back in use, and the computer is available again, but no programs like Toddler Storytime or Berkeley Rep Docent Talks yet.
These are the new hours:
Monday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a. m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
At the John Street Jumble on Sunday, August 15th, the Friends of Piedmont Avenue Library will have a table at 4288 Montgomery Street to meet our neighbors and encourage them to use the library. We will have a button making machine for the children to design and make their own creations. Come by to see us there. -- By Friends of Piedmont Avenue Library
Don’t Forget About National Night Out Tuesday, August 3
National Night Out is set for Tuesday, August 3, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. City of Oakland staff, Oakland Fire and Police Department personnel and elected officials will be out roaming the neighborhoods and will visit as many parties as possible. If you want, Oakland will close your street for your block party once you register online for National Night Out. Register HERE– (Note that there is a new City of Oakland portal called Oakapps that requires everyone to login with an account before filling out the NNO registration form.)
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Last month’s photo showed a portion of Thomas Christopher Haag's mural on the south wall of the building where Brandon meets Piedmont Avenue. It depicts mythical creatures: a four-handed dog, and a six-legged and three-eyed cat among moons, stars, and cupcakes, painted in with various colors.
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.