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Postponed/Rained Out! 6th Anniversary Potluck & Indie Shopping 11/28/12

 There is a big storm on it’s way and unfortunately our 

outdoor potluck & shopping event must be postponed!

Stay TUNED for more details for a celebration soon!

You are invited to celebrate

6 years of 
community organizing!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012    
RSVP online:   

We live here. We work here. 
We love it here.                  

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Twitter @OldOakland

Join your Old Oakland Neighbors for TWO National Night Out Parties on Aug 7, 2012

Join your Old Oakland Neighbors for TWO National Night Out Parties!

National Night Out Tuesday
Aug 7, 2012 

Jefferson Street Block Party, 
Potluck & Music Jam
Jefferson Street btwn 7th & 8th
Details here:

9th Street Block
9th Street btwn Jefferson & Clay
Details here:

National Night Out is the nation’s night out against crime. Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, residents are encouraged to join with their neighbors to have a neighborhood block party, ice cream social or other outdoor event to build neighborhood spirit and unity – which is the first defense against crime. Research shows that when neighbors know each other and look out for each other crime goes down. More info at:

Upcoming Events: Film Screening ‘10,000 Steps: A Profile of Four Squares’ & FUNraiser :: Old Oakland’s "Throwdown for the Town"

Film Still :: marksearch
Film Screening ‘10,000 Steps:  A Profile of Four Squares’  & FUNraiser

Date: Friday, July 20th, 8PM

Location:  Swan’s Market Cohousing, 930 Clay Street, Downtown Oakland (near 12th St. BART)
FREE: Register at

• Relax with your neighbors as you enjoy the award-winning local urban exploration, ‘10,000 Steps:  A Profile of Four Squares’ 
• Q & A with the artist team marksearch (Sue Mark + Bruce Douglas) after the screening.
• Learn how you can support their latest community-building adventure in rural Portugal, ‘Hands That Do All’

This is a free fundraising event hosted by the wonderful folks at Swan’s Market Cohousing ( in historic Old Oakland with audio-visual support from the Illuminated Corridor (

Questions?  Email:  marksearch[at]

Please Join First Unitarian Church of Oakland, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and Old Oakland Neighbors for

The Second Annual
“Throw Down For The Town”

Help clean up Jefferson Square Park, Lafayette Square Park, and the Church Neighborhood. Children & Adult games, food, music. Bring your own tools or we will provide them.
Don’t forget a sun hat and sun screen!

Saturday, July 28, 2012, 9am-12noon
Meet at Lafayette Square Park, 10th St/Jefferson St

After work/play party at Snow Park at Lake Merritt
1pm-4pm. Music, food trucks, and fun!

For more information contact

Corless Smith casmith[at]

Judy Belcher belcherjudy[at]

Ron Wolf info[at]

5th Annual We Love Old Oakland Community Fundraiser & Mixer

Caffe 817 & Ratto’s are co-hosting this year’s event and will donate 10% of all food & drink purchases from 5-7pm on Wed April 18, 2012. All ages welcome.

We are excited to celebrate the spirit of community with these folks who are opening the doors of their businesses for the evening.

Caffe 817’s new owners, Scott & Emily, and FOURTH generation Ratto’s owner, Elena, are welcoming everyone to come out share food & drink in our ever-changing neighborhood.

Periscope Cellars (tasting room located in Swan’s Market) will be at Ratto’s with his delicious wines to taste along with live Jazz.

Menu specials and more details TBA!

Old Oakland Neighbors (OON) is a 100% volunteer run grassroots community group founded in 2006 comprised of residents and business owners. Join us along with folks who work & play in our neighborhood for this annual fundraiser for OON.

We live here.
We work here.
We LOVE it here!

We LOVE Old Oakland Fundraiser & Mixer
Wed, April 18, 2012
5pm – 7pm
Caffe 817 & Ratto’s
817 & 827 Washington St
Oakland, CA
RSVP and invite others on Facebook:

Are you a local business and want to make a donation for our door prizes? Please email our social coordinator at oonsocialevents[at] 

Emergency Neighborhood Public Safety Meeting

Date:   Thursday January 26, 2012
Time:   7:00 pm – 8:30 pm  
Location:   Old Town Square Community Room, 555 10th St near Clay
Old Oakland Neighbors, due to an increase in crime incidents in the neighborhood, is calling an emergency meeting to discuss Public Safety issues.
1. Welcome/Intro – Ron (7-7:15)
2. Meeting Purpose/Agenda Overview/Ground Rules – Ron (7:15-7:20)
3. 2011 OON Accomplishments – Ron, Hoang, and All (7:20-7:25)
4. Safety Updates/Accomplishments: OPD Problem Solving Officer Tith All (7:25-7:35)
5. Intro to Neighborhood Watch – Robbery Prevention, whistle distribution, brainstorm next steps -Hoang (7:35-7:55)
6. Recap Next Steps: Who? What? By when? – Hoang (7:55-8:00)
7. Discussion: Other Public Safety Concerns (*Ongoing demonstrations*) – Ron All (8:00-8:20)
8. Recap Next Steps – Ron All (8:20-8:25)
9. Next Meeting Meeting Evaluation – What went well? What needed improvement? – Ron (8:25-8:30)

Old Oakland Neighbors is 5 years old – Come join us for a neighborhood social!

Old Oakland Neighbors' 5yr Anniversary Party!

Friday, December 9th
5-8 pm @ Pacific Coast Brewery (906 Washington) 

Meet Your Neighbors! Support Your Neighborhood! Eat, Drink and be Merry!

Bring yourself, your coworkers, your family, and your neighbors. Food & drinks will be available for purchase. 10% of food & drink sales donated to OON.

In the spirit of the holiday season, please consider bringing:

• New men’s socks or underwear (M-XL) to donate to CityTeam Ministries

• A new and unwrapped toy for Endgame’s toy drive

• A donation ($5 suggested) to fund OON neighborhood improvement and promotion activities in 2012

Chance to WIN a $25 Oakland Grown Gift Card (raffle entry with donation) Invite friends, family & neighbors on our Facebook event listing here

The Old Oakland Neighbors logo t-shirt is available at popuphood’s Marion & Rose’s Workshop at 461 9th street (the old Verse location). It’s an American made shirt, screen-printed in West Oakland with our logo created right here Old Oakland. Stop by and pick up a shirt for yourself or for gifts and check out the amazing items created by over 50 local artisans at this very cute shop. Many thanks to owners Kerri & Alyssa for carrying the shirts on consignment for us!

Also TONIGHT in Old Oakland

What is Old Oakland Neighbors?

Founded in 2006, Old Oakland Neighbors is a volunteer-based community group comprised of folks who live and/or work in Old Oakland. We invite area residents, businesses, and Old Oakland neighbors to join us in making Old Oakland a wonderful place to live and work. We live here. We work here. We love it here. Visit us at:

We Are OO (Old Oakland)

November 12, 2011

To Whom It May Concern:

We Are OO (Old Oakland). There is no doubt we all understand the aims of the Occupy movement: a progressive tax structure, reigning in the K St/Wall St/Government hijacking, eliminating socialism for financial markets while everyone else bears the brunt of bailouts are ALL things we can AGREE on.
Likewise, we welcome the new found activism addressing these issues, which must be ongoing to effect change. Unfortunately, the encampment in Oakland has not maintained focus on the issues that initially brought it together.

We’ve read in the November 12 SF Chronicle that Mayor Quan brought forward several ideas regarding the campers that directly affect our neighborhood. One is soliciting for CityTeam at 7th St. and Washington to take in occupiers; the other offering historic Jefferson Square Park at 7th St. and Jefferson for an alternate site.

We are not aware of any consultation with Old Oakland Neighbors on these points. This is not right. Downtown residents and small businesses have born the brunt of effects to date of the occupy movement. We are emotionally and financially drained. Existing shelters should be inventoried to determine where the 400 occupiers can go. Mental health services should be allocated to assist with transition for the occupiers. If the City and County do not have the resources, then outreach to foundations, caregiver organizations, and companies should be ongoing.

There should be clear guidelines for lawful protest and activism, including clear rules for march permitting, designated open forum sites for lawful meetings, hours of operation, and rules of civil conduct.

The city should outreach to neighborhoods likely to be affected by the imminent dislocation of the plaza encampment.

As of the morning of November 12, a tent has been set up at Historic Lafayette Square Park at 10th St. and Jefferson. We have worked hard to renovate our parks and the rest of our neighborhood, and we need it to be respected. We live here. We work here. We love it here. We are Old Oakland Neighbors.


Ron Wolf                                                

Chair, Old Oakland Neighbors                    
Phone: 510/999.4OAK(625)                     

More about Old Oakland Neighbors:
Founded in November 2006, Old Oakland Neighbors (OON) is a volunteer-based community group comprised of folks who live and/or work in Old Oakland. We invite area residents, businesses, and other Old Oakland neighbors to join our grassroots community group. We live here. We work here. We love it here! For more information and to become a member, visit:

History of Jefferson Square Park:
In the 1970s downtown Oakland was drastically impacted by the construction of freeways and public transit lines. With the sudden disappearance of the neighborhood in the late 1960s, this park became severely underutilized. In November 2010, Old Oakland Neighbors hosted a ribbon cutting for Oakland’s newest dog play area, basketball court and tot lot while celebrating the history and the future of this park. Read more at:

Find this on Old Oakland Scribd here

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 71644

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