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Parking around Lake Merritt about to get worse… if possible.

By cburt
Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at 3:56 pm in Lake Merritt.

Starting Friday, May 1 and continuing through late June, parking along the west side of Lakeshore Avenue at Lake Merritt will be severely restricted while the contractor demolishes the sidewalk and replaces it with a new multipurpose pathway.

It’s one of many improvements to the lake that Oakland voters were promised when in 2002 they approved Measure DD, the $198 million Trust for Clean Water and Safe Parks bond. 

The sidewalk work will be done in stages from E. 18th to El Embarcadero. By Wednesday, May 6, the entire length should fenced off and no parking will be allowed on the west side of the street.

The good news? Joggers and walkers will be able to use the new shoreline path, although access points will be limited the Pergola and the E. 18th Pier and a couple of other spots. Also, the city is suspending street cleaning on the east side of the street during the construction.

For more information, contact Lyle Oehler, the city’s capital improvement project coordinator at 238-3389.

Check out Waterfront Action or the city of Oakland website for project descriptions and updates

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3 Responses to “Parking around Lake Merritt about to get worse… if possible.”

  1. ercle Says:

    E. 14th was changed to International. Let’s change E.18th to Eastlake Blvd.

  2. Chef LeBlanc Says:

    Hi Cecily,

    Do you remenber me? This is what happened after your aritcle four years ago. Tell me what you think. Katie Murphy wrote a similar article on the topic a week or so ago.

    California Educator / CTA

    Oakland culinary program lacks kitchen after four years

    Volume 13, Issue 8 – May 2009

    The school: BEST High School, a small school on the campus of the former McClymonds High School in Oakland, has a culinary arts program taught by a teacher who is a professional chef. After four years, the program still lacks a kitchen due to insufficient funding. (During the first two years, there was no running water in the classroom.) Students cook on a portable gas range or use a tiny area of the cafeteria when it is free. The program was supposed to become affiliated with the American Culinary Federation and become certificated. But without a kitchen, it doesn’t qualify. Students cater events to buy supplies for the program. The district announced that BEST High School will be closed next year due to budget cuts, but administrators hope the culinary program can survive elsewhere.

    Student Sareesha Sims, 17
    I don’t know if I would have come to school on a regular basis without my cooking class or my teacher, Mr. Le Blanc. It was the best thing about 11th grade last year. I woke up every morning and said, “I get to go to cooking class.” And I went to school — even if I didn’t want to. I now enjoy school. But it used to be a drag.
    Lots of the students that I went to middle school with joined gangs. But I am not in a gang because I have better things to do. I just ignore them. I have school.
    I have a GPA of 3.71. I want to go to college — a big school. I have applied to San Francisco State, Fresno State and East Bay State University. I pray I will get into any one of them. It doesn’t matter which one. I may study child development, or I may study nursing. I’m just a regular person who wants the best out of life.
    My cooking class helped me do well in my other classes. In biology class I was able to do the measurement conversions because I learned how to do it in cooking. I was able to do all the experiments. Cooking helped me in math, too. I guess that I like to learn things hands on.
    Now they may get rid of the program, and I feel that it’s not right. You have a program that motivates kids who have problems with attendance, and they should be putting more money into it — not less. They should be doing whatever it takes to motivate kids to come to school.
    Honestly, this school doesn’t have what it should have in many ways. In cooking class we share the cafeteria in this itty-bitty space. Our school doesn’t have enough electives or enough teachers. We only have two honors classes. Our math books are torn. They say they can’t afford new ones.
    I don’t understand how this program can stay open if they shut down our school. Where will the students go who are already here?
    I don’t understand why they put more money into jails than schools. They should put more money into schools, period. If children don’t learn, they will end up in jail. But if students are learning and having fun at the same time, they probably won’t.
    People want a difference in the world. We have to push to make a difference or nothing will ever change.

    Teacher Harold Le Blanc, Oakland Education Association
    My goal has been to get students prepared for college and the food industry. My class offers transferable skills and prepares them for entry-level positions. This program develops career-minded students and gets them excited about school. We cover reading comprehension, science, nutrition and sanitation. But there is no budget for us to buy food. We have to earn the money. I start off every year investing out of pocket. We have no kitchen. They’ve made promises, but there has been no funding for us. These kids are mostly low-income kids. They work so hard in my class, but due to lack of funding, they don’t get the real deal. And they don’t know any different. It’s sad.

  3. Donald Dorsey Says:

    We continue to host “The Blue Candle” on Tuesdays for poets and spoken words. Most folk come for dinner and share. In a previous article it was stated that the candle’s flame had been blown out. I’m sending this note to let you know that “The Blue Candle” at Dorsey’s Locker for poets in alive and well.

    Thanks…

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