Many thanks to all neighbors that attended the SHHA Annual Meeting on Saturday September 14th. For those of you who were unable to attend here is a summary of key discussions items:
SHHA Election Results
Sandi Bethune, President
Barbaretta Morris, Vice President
Chris Quan, Secretary
Paul Wong, Treasurer
John Nichols, Director at Large
Barbara Cardoza, Director at Large
Jeff Morelli, Director at Large
Dale Davis, Director at Large
Kris Drobocky, Director at Large
Capt. Steven Tull-Oakland Police Department
Steve gave us some important insight on crime in Oakland, some of which you may have read in the newspaper. Robbery is the number one crime of opportunity. Much of it is committed by juveniles who commit for no other reason that “seeking the thrill,” and they can be very violent. In many cases the police may know who committed the crime but they must have proof before making an arrest, in order to get a conviction in court. He explained that a homicide or an Occupy Oakland type situation requires an all-hands-on-deck response. He also gave us more information about human trafficking problems, gang activity and answered questions regarding some high profile cases.
Capt. Tull, (he prefers we just call him Steve), is personally committed to his job and his responsibiities. He is working hard for Area 4 residents to reduce crime so we can live with less fear. He provided us his contact information:
Cell phone 510-385-8901
email address firstname.lastname@example.org
He also encouraged us to use our City Council process if we feel that city leadership is falling short on our needs.
Susan is a Sequoyah Hills resident who started a text alert service called mobiNotice. She thoroughly explained features, reports and pricing. There are 50 Sequoyah Hills subscribers, as well as other hill area communities. If you would like more information or would like to subscribe to mobNotice, contact Susan directly at email@example.com
Nate Cook-Intervention Security Patrol
You may have seen these “very-police-looking” vehicles positioned at the Merritt College entrance to the Ridgemont Community. This company provides a variety of security services including 12-hour car patrol service (about 7 ride-throughs per 12-hour shift), uniformed employees that will stop and question suspicious looking vehicles or people, vacation service, etc. Many of their employees have backgrounds in law enforcement or the military and they have a relationship with the Police Dept. They customize security services and pricing after determining the exact needs of the comunity. Nate has been invited to the next Board of Directors meeting, October 8th, to get more information about our community’s needs. Once we have a proposal, we will share it with the entire community. Outcomes could include but are not limited to, patrol for individual subscribers (similar to Bay Alarm), patrol services to each home in the neighborhood, vehicles posted at all three entrances/exits. If you have a specific question for Nate please respond directly to me and I will see that it gets addressed at the next meeting.
Sequoyah Hills Car Decals
Jeff Morelli distributed our new Sequoyah Hills Resident car decals to everyone present at the meeting. These stickers are intended to identify vehicles belonging to residents living in this community. If you see the same vehicle repeatedly without a sticker, it could serve as a red flag, that the car may be stolen or in the neighborhood for the wrong reason. If you did not attend the meeting your sticker(s) will be hand delivered to your home over the next several weeks and you will need to sign off for receipt. You will receive a sticker for each car residing at your address. The sticker should be place on your lower rear window on the passenger side.
Be sure to checkout our updated web site at sequoyahhome.org
Reports provided from Social, Safety, Communications, Environmental, Treasurer and Board. All committees are seeking more participation and you do not have to be an official SHHA member to serve. If you want to help, respond to me directly and I will pass your name to the committee chair.
Oak Knoll Update:
SHHA resident Robert Clark was unable to attend the meeting but provided this very informative and detailed update on the reuse of the Oak Knoll Naval property.
Before the economic downturn in 2008, Lehman Brothers (Investor) and SunCal (developer) were working on a development project for the Oak Knoll Naval Hospital property below our development. They planned to put in about 950 housing units and a small retail center with a grocery store as the anchor tenant. The project was abandoned when Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy, and it has taken years for the property to work it’s way through the bankruptcy process.
Lehman has emerged from bankruptcy retaining ownership of the property, and planning has begun on a new version of the project with Signature Homes now in the role of developer. The Oak Knoll Coalition (a coalition of the Homeowners Associations surrounding the Oak Knoll property to which our association belongs) met with Lehman and Signature last month for an update on their plans.
Signature and Lehman are going through multiple iterations of their plans, and have not yet selected a single plan. The developers will present “one or two concepts” at a larger public meeting when they are ready – probably within a few months. They are building on the planning work of the “SunCal era,” but are also taking a fresh look at all of the project elements.
Their current plans are:
Name. The name of the project would remain as Oak Knoll.
Rifle Range Creek. The creek will remain vital to the plan. This would include daylighting and respecting the footprint of the creek although the varying steepness (or slope) might be graded in order to reduce elevation drops. In the last 6 years, they have refined their thinking and now favor a gradual descent to facilitate access by wildlife. The creek drops about 110 feet through the Oak Knoll property. The plan would include a wide open space area all along the creek through the property and include one or more pocket parks.
Trail system. There will be a trail system next to the creek, now on both sides. In fact, depending on the map, trails were being used throughout the property to link the knoll, 14 acres, creek corridor, pocket parks, and the wider community.
Housing. The planned unit count is about 960 housing units.
Commercial. The commercial will be from 65,000 to 82,000 square feet, to be accessed from both the Keller and Mountain Blvd entry. They plan to include a grocery store, a few restaurants, bank, coffee shop. No liquor stores. Whole Foods and Sprouts have apparently expressed interest. Main Street, the main road through the property, will be realigned to parallel the creek greenbelt, would serve the commercial site.
We did an group exercise to identify key area the community wants Board to work on. These are the Key Focus Areas fir next year:
Home Curb Appeal
The meeting was well received by all in attendance and we hope to see more of you at next year’s annual meeting.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Come hear what your neighborhood association has been up to this year. Reports by all committees and officers will be presented. There will be copies of the budget and bank account financials, as well as a great lunch! Come express your concerns and ask your questions.
Please, if possible, bring an extra chair to share.
If you will not be attending the meeting, please be sure to send in your Proxy! It is important that your voice be counted, even if you cannot attend. Proxies may also be brought to the meeting by your designated voter.
Click here to download a copy of the 2013 Annual Meeting Proxy.
Oakland Municipal Band 100th Concert Season, July 10, 1-3 pm, Lakeside Park: The Free Concerts are conducted by Troy Davis and performed by 35 musicians featuring an array of jazz, contemporary, pop, big band, international, classical, marches and show tunes. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Picnics welcomed and Flag waving encouraged. Before or after the concerts enjoy the 9 Gardens at Lake Merritt. For more information, please call 339-2818
Enjoy musical theater in Oakland’s wonderful 2000-seat Woodminster Amphitheater in Joaquin Miller Park. Tickets and details at www.woodminster.com.
Alameda County Fair, June 22-July 10, Alameda County Fair Grounds, Pleasanton: For many people, a visit to the Alameda County Fair is an annual right of summer! There’s something to enjoy for the entire family– food, rides, music, arts and crafts exhibitions and the barkers selling products you didn’t know you needed. Tickets: $8 adult,$6 Seniors, $4 children.
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Nearly 200 folks attended our great, annual Block Party this past Sunday, June 5th. Despite the threat of bad weather, neighbors came to meet, greet, socialize, and eat great BBQ. Mayor Jean Quan, Council Representative Desley Brooks, the Inspector for Vegetation Management and representatives from the Oakland Fire Department all shared in the fun. Kids got to explore the fire truck and hear all about how the fire department promotes fire safety.
Here is where you can let your neighbors know that you do kitchen cabinetry on the side, sell real estate for a living, have children available to babysit or mow lawns, etc. To post your referral leave a comment on this page.Read More»
It’s that time of the year to organize your Block Party! The 2011 National Night Out is Tuesday, August 2, 2011, 7pm – 9pm. Organize a block party, barbecue, ice cream social, or other outdoor event that brings your neighbors together. When neighbors know each other, neighborhoods are safer! Register early to receive give-away items for the kids and a special gift for the host. You can now register on line at: www2.oaklandnet.com/nno (http://www2 NULL.oaklandnet NULL.com/nno) to host a National Night Out Party in your neighborhood, your block, at a park, in your business. On the website, you will find the block party guide and a link to customize NNO block party flyers, etc. You can also call (510) 238-3091 for more information.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday May 18th 6:30pm at East Hills Community Church located at 12000 Campus Drive. Our Guest Speaker is OPD Area 2 Commander Captain Ed Tracey. He will provide updates on district projects. Our New Problem Solving Officer Steve Toribio will also be present to provide updates about your neighborhood. Police Service Technician Eddie Simlin will provide training on Burglary Prevention.
Oakland Public Works will conduct a four-week Pothole Blitz again this year. The first week-long Pothole Blitz started on April 25th in West Oakland. The week of May 2nd will concentrate on Central Oakland, the week of May 9th will be in East Oakland, and during National Public Works Week (May 16th), the focus will be on completing outstanding pothole repair requests in high-traffic areas citywide.Read More»