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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Holliday Holiday Wishes for You!

First of all let me tell you how crazy making this time of year is for all of us at Holliday Development. For 11 months of the year we have to keep reminding people that there are two "L"s in our name (HOLLIDAY DEVELOPMEMT) and then the month of December comes and messes with our minds:)

Enough of that nonsense as the purpose of this blog is to wish all of you now living at Pacific Cannery Lofts the best in your new homes! We have so enjoyed getting to know you, watching you get to know each other and hearing your stories for the blog.(the blog will be continued in 2010 so if you are interested in being interviewed please let us know) Here is lifting our glasses to you in congratulations and wishing you happy holidays and good times in the new year.

It is my understanding that you had a smashing holiday party. In case you were wondering what HD did to celebrate check out the image. Our tradition is to draw names and then purchase a toy that reminds you of the person you drew. We got some good ones this year. KB got a sock monkey because it had red hair like his, Thomas got a toy porsche because he just finished a 25 hour car race and Cheryl got a toy tow truck because she had a little fender bender recently. At the end of the evening all toys are donated to Toys for Tots.

Happy Holidays from all of us at HD!

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Don't forget to EXHALE then RESET!

A new year, another beginning...

During this holiday period, there will be times where you should take some time and decompress.

This year has been particularly challenging for everyone, for a myriad of reasons.

As you ponder next year’s journey, you’ll probably make some new, modify some old and simply write-off promises and resolutions as you do every year about this time.

Before you start the year as you do every year, sit back relax, unwind and check out the articles, news and events on some of a few Oakland’s blogs:

As you go forward in 2010, remember, every problem is an opportunity in disguise.

An example: Benjamin Franklin, constantly switched between two pairs of eye glasses for his varying sight needs, in 1784, Benjamin decided to graft two different prescriptions (at the time, two lenses) into one frame, allowing him to see far or near distances.

The bifocal lens is born.

(POPna cross-post)


Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Holidays Central Station

from the Prescott-Oakland Point Neighborhood Area!


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Shopping Late? Parked in the dark?

Attention West Oakland BART patrons:

Get an escort to your car!

On Thursday, December 17th and Friday, 18th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. the Oakland Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA) will escort you to your car.

On an average weekday, there are 4,800 riders exiting the West Oakland BART Station. Now that the sunsets around 5:00 p.m. and BART has reduced the number of on-site parking spaces due to the Earthquake safety work currently underway, BART patrons are parking further away.

The CPAAA working in collaboration with the Oakland Police Department (OPD) and BART Police Department (BART PD) have developed a program which will increase the number of OPD officers and BART PD officers in the West Oakland BART area this Thursday and Friday.

There will be an OPD van taking BART patrons to the perimeter parking lots as well as OPD officers on foot patrol, escorting BART patrons side-by-side with volunteers from the CPAAA.

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AC Transit features a “Commuter Appreciation Day” in partnership with 106.1 KMEL on Thursday, December 10 at 14th & Broadway in downtown Oakland from 7:30-9:00 a.m. The first 200 people to show up at the booth will receive a free TransLink card with $5. They will also be handing out bags of freebies, TransLink pens, and t-shirts, while supplies last, "to thank you for taking public transportation."
Yea, Okay. I thought it was just a good marketing promotion. Whatever it is "I'll take it!"

Speaking of AC Transit, get in sync with your bus by using “NextBus“ to get real-time bus arrival information on your cell phone, computer, and at select bus stops. I am told all buses are equipped with GPS and most have the GPS activated.

Also remember to attend the AC Transit Board of Directors meeting and speak in favor of the adoption of the Revised Service Adjustments Plan on December 16th 6:00 p.m. at 1600 Franklin Street, Oakland. More information and why this item is important can be found on the POPna site.

On Dec. 2nd I submitted the following comments by email to Directors Greg Harper, Christian Peeples, Joel Young and planning department for consideration:

“In regards to the Proposed Line 26 changes, specifically the routing from 7th street and 14th & Wood Street, I am pleased that the change in route and time during peak hours will reach a previously underserved group of residents both long and short term residency, young and mature.”

“However, I would suggest since so much work has been done to mitigate the air pollutants in our neighborhood by regulatory agencies, Port of Oakland and private developments, that alternate fuel vehicles equipped with GPS are used to serve line 26. GPS will benefit our children going to and from school, parents going to work and shop as well as our more mature residents’ seeking services they need. Oaklanders in general appear more and more concern regarding public safety and GPS will not only aid public safety issues but promote increase in ridership, ensure connectivity and timeliness in reaching our destinations.”


Switching topics (somewhat) BART is currently looking for a new police chief and need the community help to gather input on the recruitment and selection process. They have launched a nationwide search to bring new leadership to its Police Department.

What are your thoughts and opinions on a) the issues, challenges and opportunities facing the new Chief ? and b) the background, experience and characteristics the new Chief should possess?

You can either take the on-line survey at http://www.bart.gov/policechief or provide your input at the public forum on Thursday, December 17th at 6:00 p.m. at the Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter Auditorium , 101 8th Street, Oakland (across from the Lake Merritt BART Station).

Other news: BART and Southwest Airlines are giving away one hundred free trips to anywhere Southwest flies! Click here for the Sweepstake.

BART has announced plans to extend hours, run special service New Year's Eve, for more information, click here.


Monday, December 7, 2009

Find "Oakland Grown" Business HERE

Oakland Grown is a movement celebrating and supporting Oakand's locally-owned, independent businesses and artists. It's about making your hard-earned money go further here at home, creating a sustainable economy, and helping to preserve the unique Oakland you love.

Individuals, businesses, artists and organizations can all join the movement. Step out of the box. Be Oakland Grown. Learn More

Oakland Grown is A Program of the Oakland Merchants' Leadership Forum.

Inspired by similar efforts around the country, Oakland Grown is a group of local business owners, artists, and engaged citizens committed to strengthening Oakland's local economy, social well being, and unique sense of place.

Oakland Grown Blog

News, muse, and more on the localization movement - your window into how we can all change the world.

Read the Oakland Grown Blog

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

EBBC's Velo Wonderland: Bike & Art Party

You are invited to the East Bay Bicycle Coalition's holiday event,

"Velo Wonderland: Bike and Art Party".

Date: Friday, December 4, 2009 - 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Admission is free, and everyone is welcome - bring a friend!

Uptown Body & Fender

401 26th Street, Oakland

We've had a fantastic year, and it's time to celebrate with our fellow cyclists. The party takes place the same night as Oakland 's First Fridays art walk, Art Murmur, and we'll have bicycle-themed and recycled art curated by local artist Margo Rivera-Weiss. Enjoy snacks from Spice Monkey and beer from Linden Street Brewery. DJ Olga T will be spinning music all night long.

They will have a pedi-cab on hand, so you can take a ride in style to nearby Art Murmur galleries.

To read more

Pedi-cab services will be available.
Oakland currently has two pedicab services:

Oaksterdam Bike Rental, 410 15th St. , 510-290-1883 and

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