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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Full Moon Buy Night-Thursday, Oct. 1st

There are many rituals associated with a full moon. There is one ritual that brings together song, dance, magic and comedy.

On Thursday evening, October 1st, starting at 5:30 p.m., Jack London Square will host Full Moon Buy Night, a night market in the festive tradition of Italian village fairs, the German holiday market, and the Moroccan bazaar.

Between 7:30 p.m. enjoy a This dockside concert aboard FDR's presidential yacht, the USS Potomac will be a great evening of live music by The Picasso String Quartet.

For those wanting a more relaxed activity while enjoying the moon, shop Oakland online where you can just about find anything.

Additional information can be found on POPna

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

New Townhome Model at PCL

The Townhomes on the Grove at PCL were the last in the construction order and are now completed and selling. The new Townhome Model is open for viewing and has been a big hit. These units are versatile, with two bedrooms and two baths on three floors. The first floor is very flexible and can be used to set up a business with its roll up "garage style" door opening onto the beautifully landscaped grove full of Chinese lantern plants and banana trees. The middle floor, or living level entertains an open kitchen, dining, living area while the sunlit master bath and bedroom are upstairs for quiet and privacy. Because of the bright light throughout the unit we chose a very dark saturated forest green accent paint that compliments the rose/red wood flooring complimented by some infrared photography by Nancy Holliday. Patio decking from Ikea was used on the bathroom floor and draws a lot of attention. If interested in viewing the model check in with with the staff in the new sales office.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

GreenPoint Showcase Tour

On the Prescott Oakland Point neighborhood blog, I stated how the Pacific Cannery Lofts is featured in the self guided GreenPoint Showcase Tour, on Sunday, October 4th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

As a guest writer, I believe this site is the appropriate location to provide more specific information regarding Build It Green since the Pacific Cannery lofts are the recipients of the GreenPoint Rated certification.

Everyone who owns a unit will receive a certificate stating their units GreenPoint Rating.

About Build it Green

In 2005, Build it Green was created as a result of the merger of the Green Resource Center and Bay Area Build it Green. Build it Green has developed the GreenPoint Rated rating system which has become the standard for evaluating the green performance of new single-family and multi-family projects, although it can also apply to neighborhood and high-rise residential development. This system is solely based in California and includes practices that exceed California codes. GreenPoint Rated is also a point based program with third party certification.

Green building is a whole-systems-approach to building that includes:
· Designing for livable communities
· Using sun and site to the building's advantage for natural heating, cooling, and daylighting
· Landscaping with native, drought-resistant plants and water-efficient practices
· Building quality, durable structures
· Reducing and recycling construction and demolition waste
· Insulating well and ventilating appropriately
· Incorporating durable, salvaged, recycled, and sustainably harvested materials
· Using healthy products and building practices
· Using energy-efficient and water-saving appliances, fixtures and technologies

Five principles of green building:
· Livable communities
· Energy efficiency
· Indoor air quality
· Resource conservation
· Water conservation

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Chinatown’s People (Pacific Coast Canning Co.)

This article was found in the Oakland Magazine, September-October 2009 edition, Legacies section:

Chinatown’s People by William Wong

An Oral-History Project Preserves the Chinese Experience


Jean Moon Liu is a granddaughter of Lew Hing, who started the Pacific Coast Canning Co. in West Oakland in 1904, a business that provided canned fruits and vegetables nationwide and to U.S. military personnel in Europe during World War I.

Their stories — and that of a few others I have gathered — collectively represent a “bridge generation” between long-gone Chinese Oaklanders who lived during the harshest days of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and those who came of age after World War II …

As a child, Jean Moon Liu remembers her grandfather, the tycoon Lew Hing, living in a house built near Lake Merritt, a locale generally unfriendly to Chinese families in the early 20th century. Lew Hing was prominent in both Oakland and San Francisco Chinatowns.

Jean went on to a productive work life as an accountant for both private and nonprofit organizations. Her daughter, Carol Liu, has been a member of the California Legislature since 2000 (Assembly for six years, Senate since 2008). Jean Moon Liu, 91, still lives in Oakland.

[Full Story]

Other interesting information:

Lew Hing's Pacific Coast Canning Company (Naruta 2005)

From the Pacific Coast Canning Company to the Pacific Cannery Lofts, Click Here

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