Central Station

The Bay Area's Newest Destination

Friday, July 30, 2010

The Downtown Broadway (B) Shuttle Arrives

The "B" Shuttle runs between Jack London Square and Grand Avenue, Monday-Friday, run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (except on major holidays) every 10 minutes during peak times or every 15 minutes during non-peak times.

Whether its Bocanova for Pan-American cuisine, Bakesale Betty's famous fried chicken sandwich, sushi at Ozumo, California-infused Southern specialties at Pican or Cajun-Creole delights at Miss Pearl's Jam House there’s no better way to get to Jack London Square for lunch or early dinner?

Look for the bright and colorful "B" signs along Broadway.

For a detailed map of stops and destinations, click to view in GIF or printable PDF format.

Jack London Square is about 1.5 miles from Uptown and less than a mile from the downtown core around City Hall and City Center, an office complex encompassing more than 3.5 million square feet of office space.

Along that stretch, pedestrians pass by Old Oakland and Chinatown and under an overpass for Interstate 880.

SF Business Times reporter Blanca Torrres shares her experience of catching BART to Oakland, riding the shuttle and what she did at Jack London Square, here.

This shuttle was made possible by a grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District that provides $1 million over two years, with the rest of the operating cost between $700,000 and $850,000 per year from sources that include the developers of Jack London Square, city funds and the Downtown and Lake Merritt-Uptown Community Benefit Districts.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

National Night Out at Central Station

August 3rd, 2010 will be the 27th annual National Night Out! Last year's National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 36 million people participated in National Night Out 2009.

Come help build a stronger, safer community by attending the annual National Night Out at Central Station.

Please join us between
6 and 9 P.M.
14th Street between Frontage Road and Wood Street

Meet your neighbors and enjoy delicious BBQ'd food, drink, entertainment and activities for the kids.

Dance to the music of a DJ

Bouncey House for the Kids

Aerial Performance by Circus Performer at 7:15

Support from Local Businesses including:

99 Cent Store

California Waste Solutions

Mandela Foods

Rebuilding Together Oakland

Visits from Local Police and Fire


On the evening of August 3, the road that passes from Frontage Road through Zephyr Gate to Wood and Pine Streets
WILL BE BLOCKED OFF. Residents of Zephyr Gate will need to access their garages from Wood and Pine Streets.
Residents of Ironhorse and the Pacific Cannery Lofts WILL have access to their garages from Frontage Road. Please
plan your travel accordingly for this evening.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

The Crucible's "Heat: A Fire Cabaret."

Scarlett & Axelrod's act is just one of many that will be seen this year at The Crucible's "Heat: A Fire Cabaret."

The evening, which includes circus performers and music by legendary Bay Area jazz singer Kim Nalley inside the 56,000-square-foot West Oakland space (on the edge of the Prescott neighborhood), is a more intimate evening than what The Crucible usually offers during the summer.

WHAT: "Heat: A Fire Cabaret" featuring Kim Nalley Band

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday with a special Fire and Light Soiree dinner at 6 tonight

WHERE: The Crucible, 1260 Seventh St., Oakland

COST: $40-$45 with a $5 discount for The Crucible members. The soiree dinner is $250 ($150 is tax-deductible).

TICKETS: (510) 444-0919, Ext. 122; www.thecrucible.org.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Regional Championships at Lake Merritt

Competitors in the United States Rowing Association Southwest Masters Regional Championships power their way across Lake Merritt in a 1,000-meter sprint, Sunday, July 11, 2010, in Oakland, Calif. (picture by D. Ross Cameron/Tribune Staff)

The Lake Merritt Rowing Club hosted this year's United States Rowing Association Southwest Masters Regional Championships, drawing 840 athletes and almost 530 boats, mostly from California, Oregon and Arizona, a race official said. The turnout was more than 100 athletes larger than last year.

"The Bay Area is really the epicenter of rowing in California," said Paul Wilkins, program coordinator for USRowing. "And Oakland has two spectacular places to row: Lake Merritt's one, and the other is the Jack London Aquatic Center. Really, this town is one of the best places to row in the whole country."

The Lake Merritt Rowing Club has a rowing class for beginners starting Saturday, which will run three weekends. For details, call Watt at 510-526-5958 or go online to http://www.rowlakemerritt.org/.

By Sean Maher, Oakland Tribune http://www.contracostatimes.com/bay-area-news/ci_15492690


Friday, July 9, 2010

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT BLOCK Party, Aug. 3rd, 2010, 7-9pm

Organize a block party, barbecue, ice cream social, or other outdoor event that brings your neighbors together.

Register early to receive give-away items for the kids and a special gift for the host.

For more information and to register online or call 510.238.3091

National Night Out Guide, here

When neighbors know each other, neighborhoods are safer.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

A video message from Oakland Police Chief Batts


Blues Tonight and Every Thursday at 5:30pm

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Did you know, the 2000 U.S. Census, the City of Oakland had the third-highest gay and lesbian concentration in the country?

According to The Bay Citizen, Oakland has the largest per-capita lesbian population in the United States. http://www.baycitizen.org/

Demographic studies show the city ranks among the top LGBT communities, according to Gary Gates, a Williams Distinguished Scholar at UCLA and the author of “The Gay and Lesbian Atlas.” In Alameda County, there are twice as many lesbians as gay men, and Oakland ranks fifth in the nation in lesbian population, Gates said. http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/900695_GL_FactSheet.pdf

Five percent of all Oakland females reporting identified themselves as gay or bisexual in a recent California Health Interview Survey. The number of female same-sex couples in Oakland, according to an American Community Survey, was nearly five times the national average.

The Bay Area is the gayest area of the country,” Gates said.

Oakland is home to some of the world's most notable black gay and lesbian film-makers to include the late Marlon Riggs (Tongues Untied & Ethnic Notions) and more recently award winning directors Debra Wilson (Butch Mystique & Jumpin. The Broom) and Maurice Jamal (Dirty Laundry & Ski-Trip) who's films have also been shown on Logo (MTV-Networks).

Another unique characteristic of Oakland is that it is home to the largest population of African and African-American LGBT people in Northern California, according to a recent survey by the International Federation of Black Prides. http://www.onbayarea.com/node/337

Oakland would like a complete picture of the economic, social and cultural makeup of LGBTQI community. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our residents.

Help identify and plan for services and economic development for the LGBTQI community by taking this survey.