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City and Community Work Together to Build New Mosswood Recreation Center

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Since Mosswood Recreation Center burned down three years ago, neighbors have been organizing and working with the city to build a new center that serves the needs of families and community members at the city park across the street from Kaiser Hospital in North Oakland.

The recreation center at Mosswood Park, builtin 1953, was destroyed by fire in November 2016. Since then, a temporary center has been serving the local community at the park.

The city recently held the fifth of a series of community workshops for the public to give input on what facilities they want to see built.  Phase one of the project, which is the only part of the plan that has funding so far, will be to build the new community center, according to Sean Maher, public information officer for the City’s Public Works and Transportation departments.

The new center will contain a multipurpose room, computer labor, spaces for classrooms, meeting and rental, an innovation lab/maker space and a commercial kitchen, as well as a parking lot to serve visitors.

The ultimate vision for the project, which would comprise the center, landscaping, and other park uses, would create “a vibrant destination for civic, cultural, social, educational, and recreational activities…inclusive of a diverse community of users, universally accessible, flexible in use, and thoughtfully designed,” according to the City of Oakland website.

The city already has on hand $10.2 million to build the center — $4 million from Measure KK, the California Natural Resources Agency and insurance settlement funds. “Fundraising will continue over the coming year to fully fund the first phase,” said Maher.

Staff are saying that the construction could begin as early as March 2022,  he said.

Future phases will require additional fundraising to pay for the construction of a pool and gym. The full proposal also includes the meadow and creek, baseball field and continuing the existing tennis courts at the park.

The final design plan will be based on input from community members and groups, as well as city leadership, the local Recreation Advisory Council (RAC), Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation and others, said Maher.

“The design process places an emphasis on consensus-building among the stakeholders, while balancing maintenance, operations and budgetary needs for the project,” he said.

Alongside the center, plans for the park also feature as a separate project, the renovation of the old mansion —  the Mosswood House. The J. Mora Moss House was built in the 1860s by J. Mora Moss and his wife Julia Wood Moss. The city purchased the building and the park land in the early 1900s.

According to Maher, the city has applied for $5 million in grant funding to renovate the house and is “optimistic about securing that funding.  The renovated building will be used for conferences and seminars.

Community outreach for the project is managed by the city and carried out by the design team: building architects, landscape architects and a community engagement consultant.

Feedback and input can be emailed to mosswood@oaklandca.gov. For project information and updates, go to www.oaklandca.gov/projects/mosswood-community-center

The next community workshop will be  Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mosswood Recreation Center, 3612 Webster St. in Oakland.

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Oakland Post: Week of June 12-18, 2024

The printed Weekly Edition of the Oakland Post: Week of June 12-18, 2024

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Mayor Breed, Actor Morris Chestnut Attend S.F.’s Indie Night Film Festival

On June 1, the acclaimed Los Angeles-based Indie Night Film Festival arrived at the Kabuki Theater in San Francisco. San Francisco native Dave Brown, Founder and CEO of the Indie Night Film Festival, has a vision for the film industry that is squarely focused on promoting the many talented producers, actors, and designers contributing to this billion-dollar industry. The festival has been running for 12 years and it’s only up from here, he says.

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(Left to Right) Dave Brown, CEO, Indie Night Festival, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, and actor Morris Chestnut. Photo by Y’Anad Burrell
(Left to Right) Dave Brown, CEO, Indie Night Festival, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, and actor Morris Chestnut. Photo by Y’Anad Burrell

By Y’Anad Burrell

On June 1, the acclaimed Los Angeles-based Indie Night Film Festival arrived at the Kabuki Theater in San Francisco.

San Francisco native Dave Brown, Founder and CEO of the Indie Night Film Festival, has a vision for the film industry that is squarely focused on promoting the many talented producers, actors, and designers contributing to this billion-dollar industry.  The festival has been running for 12 years and it’s only up from here, he says.

A weekly celebration of cinematic artistry designed to elevate emerging talent while providing a platform for networking and collaboration, entrepreneur Dave Brown created Indie Night to bridge gaps within the filmmaking community by fostering connections between like-minded individuals worldwide. The Indie Film Festival currently has over 450 film submissions worldwide, and its cinematic vault only continues to grow.

The festival showcased over 10 short films and trailers, and featured Faces of the “City: Fighting for the Soul of America,” produced by veteran actor Tisha Campbell.  This film is about the vibrancy and legacy of San Francisco. The festival also previewed “When It Reigns,” a trailer by Oakland’s burgeoning filmmaker Jamaica René.

Indie films have not just challenged traditional cinematic norms; they’ve shattered them. These films offer unique storytelling perspectives and push creative boundaries in truly inspiring ways. With their smaller budgets and independent spirit, they often tackle unconventional subjects and portray diverse characters, providing a refreshing alternative to mainstream cinema. As a result, indie films have resonated with audiences seeking an escape from formulaic blockbusters and are increasingly celebrated for their authenticity and originality.

Organizers say the mission of Indie Night is to elevate the craft of independent artists and creators. It also provides a venue for them to showcase their work, network, and exchange information with new and established creatives. It creates a community that values and supports independent art.

For more about the Indie Night Film Festival, visit www.indienightfilmfestival.com.

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Sen. Wiener, Mayor Breed Announce Bill to Shut Down Fencing of Stolen Goods

On June 3, San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed joined State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to announce a bill aiming to combat fencing, the sale of stolen goods. Authored by Wiener and sponsored by Breed, Senate Bill (SB) 925 would allow San Francisco to create permitting requirements to regulate the sale of items commonly obtained through retail theft and impose criminal penalties for those who engage in this practice.

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On June 3, San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed joined State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) to announce a bill aiming to combat fencing, the sale of stolen goods.

Authored by Wiener and sponsored by Breed, Senate Bill (SB) 925 would allow San Francisco to create permitting requirements to regulate the sale of items commonly obtained through retail theft and impose criminal penalties for those who engage in this practice.

“The sale of stolen items in San Francisco has created unsafe street conditions and health and safety hazards that have negatively impacted residents, businesses, City workers, and legitimate street vendors,” states a statement released by the mayor’s office.

San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) Chief Bill Scott praised the effort.

“I want to thank Mayor Breed and Senator Wiener for identifying new ways to combat the illegal fencing of stolen goods. This will help our hard-working officers continue to make progress in cracking down on retail theft,” said Scott.

Under the legislation, San Francisco can require vendors to obtain a permit to be able to sell items deemed as frequently stolen by asking for documentation that the merchandise was obtained legitimately, such as showing proof of purchase.

The legislation also establishes that those in violation would receive an infraction for the first two offenses and an infraction or a misdemeanor and up to six months in county jail for the third offense.

Under this bill, people can still:

  • Sell goods with a permit
  • Sell prepared food with a permit
  • Sell goods on the list of frequently stolen items with a permit and proof of purchase.

“In San Francisco we are working hard to make our streets safer and more welcoming for all. SB 925 would greatly help us get a handle on the sale of stolen goods, all while taking a narrow approach that specifically targets bad actors,” said Breed.

Wiener says the cultural richness of San Francisco and the livelihoods of legitimate street vendors are threatened when bad actors are allowed to openly sell stolen goods on the city’s streets.

“With this bill we’re taking a balanced approach that respects the critical role street vending plays in our community while holding fencing operations accountable for the disruption they cause. It’s critical that everyone feel safe on our streets, including street vendors and neighborhood residents,” said Wiener.

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