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 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 HistoricLafayetteSquarePark 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:
Mailing Address

P.O. Box 71644

| Oakland | California | 94612 | 510/999.4OAK |

Old Oakland Neighbors General Meeting :: Tonight

    Wednesday August 24, 2011
  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    555 – 10th St., Old Town Square Community Room
    7:00 Meet Your Neighbors

Guest speaker – Consultant, Isaac Cronin,

7:45 – 8:15 CITY TEAM
Guest speaker – Chris Williams, Executive Director,

8:15 – 8:25
* Safety Security: Crime, Traffic/Pedestrian Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and more
* Parks Beautification
* Social/Events
* Other

8:25 – NEXT MEETING Agenda Building and Social Time

TONIGHT Tues, 8/2/11 :: National Night Out Parties!

2011 NNO logo

 Old Oakland Neighbors (OON) is NOT sponsoring a NNO party to encourage more block parties this year (instead of one big party as we’ve had for the past 4 years).  There are so many new neighbors on every block, and NNO is a great opportunity for community building block by block.
There are 2 registered parties and we hope lots of just as fun yet not registered parties for NNO in Old Oakland:
Please feel free to email the yahoo group about your party and/or email to get your party listed here on the Old Oakland
Neighbors website,

Old Oakland Neighbors board members would also like to visit parties that night, so keep an eye out for us.


Tina Ramos,
Social Coordinator, OON  & Acting Chair, OOB

Hoang Banh
Co-chair, OON

Old Oakland Professionals Wine & Potluck Gathering


Calling all Old Oakland Professionals (OOPs) to gather together to drink some wine, share a meal and discuss the awesomeness that is being a home based business/consultant here in our neighborhood at The Common Room at Swan’s Co-Housing.

Please bring a drink preferably wine but what ever you like and dish/snack/dessert to share next Wednesday, May 25 from 5:30pm-8pm.

RSVP on Facebook here. Questions? Email

When you arrive the day of the event, please go to the inner courtyard and call/text 510/839.8462 to get buzzed in, do not use the intercom.

Old Oakland Professionals is a sub-group of Old Oakland Neighbors, a grass roots community group. 

Swan’s Co-Housing Common Room
930 Clay Street
Old Oakland 
Wednesday, May 25 · 5:30pm  8:00pm

Bike to Work Day Afterparty in Old Oakland :: Thurs May 12 from 5:30-8:30pm

The East Bay’s biggest bicycling event is coming up May 12, 2011 and the East Bay Bicycle Coalition is busy with plans to top last year’s record-setting event.

Join the festivities at the end of the work day at the afterparty on 8th & Washington in Old Oakland.

The Muddy Roses

  •  The Muddy Roses (live Americana music)
  •  Bike Carousel rides with Cyclecide (
  •  Tina Tamale of La Borinqueña with nachos, agua frescas and tamales
  •  El Tacobike with tacos and tortas
  •  Ratto’s with gourmet sandwiches, salads, soups and drinks 
  •  PopcycleSF selling, you got it, Popsicles!
  •  Trumer Pils Beer
  •  Big Tadoo Puppet Theater
  •  Parklets Demonstration

Join us for food, fun, awards, prizes & games! More info:

Bike to Work Day Afterparty
Thursday, May 12, 2011
8th & Washington in Old Oakland

4th Annual We LOVE Old Oakland Mixer at 11th & Clay on Wed 3/30!


Come out to mix & mingle with our Old Oakland community!

Penelope & It’s Grind are hosting this year’s event on 11th & Clay.

Penelope will donate 10% of all food & drink purchases from 5-8pm on Wed March 30, 2011. Did you know that Penelope has yummy sandwiches and other tasty nibbles in addition to fabulous beverages, cocktails & beer? (menu below)

It’s a Grind Coffee  next door will also have $2 chicken tacos from La Borinquena & an Old Oakland Drink special (TBA) and will also donate 10% from those sales from 6-10pm that evening as well! Listen to LIVE music including Latin Jazz by The Sandor Merlin Moss Y Su Mechanica.

All ages welcome at both venues!

Come out for dinner & drinks while socializing with the awesome people that live and/or work or just love it here in Old Oakland! 

Old Oakland Neighbors (OON) is a 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 Mixer

Wed, March 30, 2011
5pm – 10pm
Penelope & It’s a Grind Coffee

Corner 11th & Clay Streets

Oakland, CA

RSVP and invite others on Facebook:

:: Penelope Menu ::


Steak Sandwich
Tri-tip steak, tomatoes, and mixed greens with vinaigrette 8

Smoked Salmon Sandwich
Cucumber, Laura Chenel goat cheese & basil 9

Grilled Cheese and tomato Panini and a cup of house-made tomato soup 10

Chorizo and Apple Sandwich
Fra’Mani spicy chorizo, shaved apples & picked onions 8


Fra/mani Cured meats and Cheese Plate 10

Smoked Salmon Toasts with pickled shallots, creme fraiche & chives 7

Cup of tomato soup 5

Mixed Greens and Herbs Salad with Sheery Vinaigrette 5

OON celebrates Historic Jefferson Square Park as Oakland’s newest dog play area, basketball court and tot lot.

Left to right: Tina Ramos, Audree Taylor-Jones, 
Councilmember Nancy Nadel, Henry Boone & Lilly Soo Hoo Photo Credit: Paula K.Wirth
Oakland, Calif. (November 23, 2010) – The weather forecast this past Saturday, November 20, 2010 was for heavy rain and the early morning was dark, gray & wet. The committee organizing the event, EAT-PLAY-BARK @ Jefferson Square Park decided that despite the weather, the energy and excitement this park renovation had stirred up deserved to be recognized. 

Emails, social media and a recorded message stressed that the event would go on. The bulk of the event was reorganized and placed under tents. Then a miracle happened when the clouds parted and the sun peeked through. 

Park guests of the two-legged and four-legged variety arrived to find that Old Oakland Neighbors, ODOG and Oakland Parks and Recreation had assembled community groups, organizations, individuals and local businesses. This included: 10,000 Steps Oakland, Garden Hortica, EBSPCA, EB Pet Sitter, MOCHA, FourSquare East Bay, Annalee Allen, Roy Byrd (former Harlem Globetrotter) and park basketball mentor Henry Boone. The pot luck was supplemented by warm food and drink by La Borinqueña Mex-icatessen and It’s a Grind Oakland. 


A rededication and ribbon cutting ceremony highlighted the brand new dog play area, basketball court and tot lot by Councilmember Nancy Nadel, Oakland Parks & Rec Director Audree Taylor-Jones and Public Works Facilities Supervisor Lilly Soo Hoo capped the festivities. The renewed historic Jefferson Square Park is open for recreational activities and the park event committee, now called the park advisory committee, looks forward to seeing and meeting members of the community there everyday of the week.


Jefferson Square Park
*field, tot lot, large & small dog play area, basketball court
618 Jefferson St at 7th St
Old Oakland, CA 94607

More photos:
Photos may only be used with permission by including photo credit and link back (online). 

Photos by Paula Wirth:

Photos by Jimmy Kwong: 
Photos by Garden Hortica:  
Photos by Old Oakland Facebook Page:  


To join our grassroots community group’s email list here