You might be wondering what happened after the City Council directed the Temescal McDonald’s owner and the appellants to meet to try to find a compromise. Well, I have some very good news to share.
The applicant and McDonald’s owner, Ed Smith, met with a small group of the appellants last Thursday and came to an agreement on some design issues. The details are still being hammered out, so I don’t have a design to share here yet, but, most importantly, the drive-through will no longer be next to the Telegraph sidewalk – it will be moved to the back of the building.
That is the main thing I and the other appellants were fighting for, and I’m so glad that Smith recognized that there was a design that could accommodate the business and community needs. I am incredibly grateful that he met with us and worked so hard to find a solution. I also am grateful to the Council, particularly Jane Brunner, for believing that the appellants and applicants could work together to find an agreed upon design and for giving us the opportunity to do so.
So what does this mean, exactly? Well, the City Council still has to vote tomorrow (Tuesday) night on our appeal. Since the appellants and the applicants have found a solution, we’re very hopeful that the Council will approve the agreed upon plans, but it’s still important to show up.
Please join us to speak briefly about your support for the compromise plan and to thank the Council and McDonald’s for finding a solution that works for everyone.
The non-consent calendar part of the meeting starts at 6:30pm on Tuesday, May 17th in the Council Chambers in City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza. Our item is second on the non-consent part of the agenda so please arrive early, and know that the item will be done by a reasonable hour. You can fill out a speaker card online.
We haven’t planned anything yet, but I am sure many of the appellants and supporters will be going out nearby to celebrate after the meeting, and we’d love for you to join us.
Please also email the Council before the meeting to express your support for the compromise. Here is contact info for the Council:
Rebecca Kaplan, At-Large
RKaplan@oaklandnet.com or 510-238-7008
Council President Jane Brunner, District 1
JBrunner@oaklandnet.com or 510-238-7001
Patricia Kernighan, District 2
PKernighan@oaklandnet.com or 510-238-7002
Nancy Nadel, District 3
NNadel@oaklandnet.com or 510-238-7003
Libby Schaaf, District 4
LSchaaf@oaklandnet.com or 510-238-7004
Ignacio De La Fuente, District 5
IDeLaFuente@oaklandnet.com or 510-238-7005
Desley Brooks, District 6
DBrooks@oaklandnet.com or 510-238-7006
Larry Reid, District 7
LReid@oaklandnet.com or 510-238-7007
I hope you’ll join us at City Hall, but if you can’t, I’ll post the design here later this week.
Previous McDonald’s posts:
- 5/4/11: Thanks to you, we have the opportunity to find a McDonald’s design that works for the community, pedestrians & the business
- 5/3/11: Can pedestrian friendly neighborhoods and fast food coexist? (A Better Oakland)
- 5/2/11: Staff report fails to recognize that appellants want to improve McDonald’s, not destroy it
- 4/28/11: Urge the Council to approve our appeal of McDonald’s auto-centric design and keep Temescal pedestrian-friendly
- 12/15/10: Thanks to your help, we’re appealing the pedestrian-unfriendly McDonald’s redesign
- 12/9/10: Keep Temescal pedestrian friendly – help appeal the auto-centric McDonald’s redesign