Blog roundup – green jobs, running for delegate & Safeway design review

24 Jan

No time for a full blog post today, but I wanted to point you to a couple blog posts I wrote elsewhere and an important A Better Oakland post.

A few weeks ago I started working at the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) as online organizer and program associate. Part of my job includes tweeting, posting on Facebook, writing emails, and blogging. I wrote my first blog post last week, about a green jobs report released by Next 10. The report has some amazing, colorful graphs that inspired me to want to include more graphs and visual representations when writing:

CLCV blog Next 10 graph

I’ll be blogging at CLCV’s blog Groundswell regularly so if you’re interested, sign up for our RSS feed. We tend to post 2-3 times per week so the feed shouldn’t be too overwhelming.

I also wrote a blog post last week for Emerge America. I’m currently in the Emerge Califonia program, which trains Democratic women to run for office. It’s an incredible program. We meet once a month for ten hours, followed by a two hour reception – the grueling schedule alone is good training for what it will be like to run for office! As part of the program, we all have to write blog posts and Emerge America decided to publish my post about running for delegate.

One last post you should read is A Better Oakland’s post about the Pleasant Valley Safeway design review, which will be happening this Wednesday evening. The project is somewhat improved from the initial design that united (probably for the first time) ULTRA, STAND and RCPC in our objections to the proposal. The Planning Commission largely agreed with the concerns the community raised at the 2009 scoping session so Safeway has made some changes, like slightly reducing the parking, orienting more of the retail towards the street, and moving the 51 bus stop closer to the development.

Unfortunately, the Safeway store is still way at the back of the lot so to get there, pedestrians, bicyclists and bus riders will have to move through a sea of parking to get there. Our comments made a difference last time so it’s important to to continue asking for improvements, as the project could still change. If you’d like to voice your thoughts, please come to the Design Review Committee meeting this Wednesday at 5pm at Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 1.

7 Responses to “Blog roundup – green jobs, running for delegate & Safeway design review”

  1. Justin January 24, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Awesome, Becks, and I’m looking forward to reading CLCV’s blog. On a wonky note, the Next Ten report–and this is a huge deficiency in lots of talk about green jobs–totally neglected PUBLIC TRANSIT jobs (the Clean Transportation was all clean cars manufacturing and technology). A job nmeed not be new fangled to be green!

    • Becks January 24, 2011 at 10:20 am #

      Thanks Justin, and that’s a good point, especially since transit jobs make up a huge portion of the green economy. Maybe you should write an NRDC blog post about this 🙂

  2. Hometown grrl January 24, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    What changes would you propose for the Safeway development?

    • Becks January 26, 2011 at 8:06 am #

      Mostly moving the Safeway towards the front or figuring out a way to improve the pedestrian experience. I like some of the alternatives V Smoothe shared in the A Better Oakland post.

  3. Tim Anderson January 24, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    I agree that the comments made a difference last time. So much so that the Safeway folks took the feedback to heart and came up with the current redesigned plan. I think it represents a good compromise.

    My worry about the Safeway being all the way up front with parking in the rear is where do the delivery trucks enter the store? I’m also concerned that there is a real chance Safeway will go with Plan C which is leave everything like it is and move into the CVS space leaving the current space vacant. There are already too many vacant buildings on that corner.

    Unlike the McDonalds on Telegraph, Safeway has spent two years working with the community to incorporate our input. I hope the plan is approved and Safeway continues to be a good neighbor.

    • Becks January 26, 2011 at 8:08 am #

      Yeah, Safeway has done a much better job working with the community than most do and I’m pleased with some of the improvements that have been made to the plan. I don’t plan to speak “against” the project and do hope it moves forward. However, I am going to ask for more improvements.

  4. lorraine February 19, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    Uunfortunately, the jan 26 meeting on this project, across the street from the condo i live and serve in the BoD of, was on my birthday. I seriously considered going to the meeting!

    Is there anywhere – blogs, city notes ( i get lost in that site. Can’t find a thing!), ??? – where i can find follow up notes about how the city meeting went. I’m very interested in the city’s response to the alternatives presented and whether they sent them back again to the drawing board, as they should have, IMO. New timelines? anything…

    thanks so much for your help.

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