Grand Lake traffic-calming proposals

An all-volunteer committee has prepared recommendations for pedestrian and traffic improvements at the intersections of Lakeshore/Lake Park Avenues and Lakeshore/MacArthur Blvd. and for northbound Lakeshore between MacArthur and Lake Park. Please read and weigh in. Your input is important!

Retail vacancies pose opportunity for community input

The departures of See’s Candies and GapKids, and other changes, open up significant retail vacancies on Lakeshore and Grand Avenues. How will they be filled? Ken Katz explains that history shows the best tenants result from an engaged community, and the time is ripe to renew that process.

Goose poop finally back on City’s agenda

Councilmembers Kernighan and Nadel host a community meeting this Thursday, June 26, at 7 PM to discuss ways to manage Lake Merritt’s profusely pooping population of geese.

Our Succulent Future

In his Rand Avenue succulent garden, Hayden Foell may be showing us a glimpse into the future of the California landscape given the severe drought predictions arising from Global Warming. He will discuss a proposal to landscape the Lakeshore Avenue off ramp (across from the future Trader Joe’s) this Thursday, June 7.

Comfort, danger, and City inaction for those homeless in our neighborhood

The story of the pilgrimage of the three daughters of Mary, a homeless woman who died last summer on Grand Lake’s streets, is hopefully helping bring renewed concern about the plight of the thousands of homeless individuals living on our streets. Two other local homelessness-related stories, one personal and one systemic, give little reason for comfort.

Beware the green boxes of Gaia

The big, green donation bins, labeled Gaia or Campus California, on sidewalks near you are a scam. If you know where one is, turn its location in to Ken Katz, who is collecting this information for City Council members Kernighan and Quan.

Hahn family’s FatBurger in the fire

Ken Katz explores the Kwik Way impasse and takes an unflattering look at the dynamics underlying the Hahn family’s real-estate investments.

Me at Splash Pad Park dedication, Oct. 20, 2003

While I’ve seen how things too often don’t work, the incredible success of Splash Pad Park has inspired me to strive for nothing less than the best we can be.

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