Oakland City Council: Reject College Avenue Safeway Project
  • Petitioned Hon. Pat Kernighan

This petition was delivered to:

Oakland City Council Member
Hon. Pat Kernighan
Oakland City Council Member
Hon. Libby Schaaf
Oakland City Council Member
Hon. Ignacio De La Fuente
Oakland City Council Member
Hon. Desley Brooks
President, Oakland City Council
Hon. Larry Reid
Oakland City Council Member
Hon. Nancy Nadel
Oakland City Council Member
Hon. Jane Brunner
Oakland City Council Member
Hon. Rebecca Kaplan
Mayor, City of Oakland
Hon Jean Quan

Oakland City Council: Reject College Avenue Safeway Project

    1. Stuart Flashman
    2. Petition by

      Stuart Flashman

      Oakland, United States

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November 2012

Victory

Thanks to the petition and other evidence of community opposition, Safeway came to the bargaining table and, through a successful mediation, agreed to modify their plans to reduce project impacts and make it more compatible with the neighborhood.

The oversized Safeway project will cause major traffic and parking headaches, undermine a successful neighborhood commercial area, and disrespect Oakland's zoning standards.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. ... and don't forget to donate.

      Stuart Flashman
      Petition Organizer

      Now that you've signed the petition, we need your financial help in this fight. RCPC has established the Rockridge Legal Defense Fund to support the professional help we need to make our appeal effective, and to fund litigation against Safeway, should that prove necessary. You can easily make your donation via Paypal by following this link: http://www.rockridge.org/LegalDefenseFund.html
      (The Paypal button is at the right side of the page.)

    3. Time to send a message!

      Stuart Flashman
      Petition Organizer

      To those coming to this page via the November issue of the Rockridge News, welcome! The City Council hearing on RCPC's appeal is only a week away, and there's a mediation scheduled for this Thursday that might provide a settlement, IF Safeway and the City can be convinced that the neighborhood overwhelmingly supports a smaller, less-impactful project. Please sign, and forward a link to all your neighbors, friends, and relatives. We're fighting to protect Rockridge's future vitality.

    4. Hearing Postponed - More time to add signatures!

      Stuart Flashman
      Petition Organizer

      At Safeway's request, the City Council's hearing on the College Ave. Shopping Center Project has been postponed until November 13th at the earliest. We are looking at asking that the Council hold a special meeting to hear the appeal on a night when Berkeley Council Members could come and testify. (Normally, they meet the same night as Oakland.) While this means having to try to notify the entire community of the change, it also means we have more time to gather signatures on our petition. Please tell you friends and neighbors about both the hearing date change and this petition.

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Above 250; keep 'em coming!

      Stuart Flashman
      Petition Organizer

      At this point, between on-line and paper signatures, we're over the 250 mark. However we still have a long way to go to show the City Council the overwhelming community opposition to Safeway's current project. Please spread the word - by twitter, Facebook, e-mail, and just talking to friends and neighbors. We have printed petitions that include a link for on-line access, as well as ones that can be signed in pen and ink. Both are available at 5626 Ocean View Drive (just off College Ave., front porch). We're also going to try to have some available at merchants across the street from Safeway.

    7. Reached 100 signatures
    8. Appeal hearing scheduled for City Council

      Stuart Flashman
      Petition Organizer

      The appeal of the Planning Commission's approval of the College Avenue Safeway Shopping Center Project is set for Tuesday, October 16th at 6:30 PM in the City Council Chambers, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 2nd floor. Please come and talk to the Council in person.

    9. You can ask people to sign a hard copy of the petition

      Stuart Flashman
      Petition Organizer

      The petition will be available for people to put their "John Hancock" on at the Rockridge Community Planning Council's booth at Out and About on College Ave., tomorrow, October 7th, between 1 PM and 5 PM. Come on by and say hi.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Karen Krongold OAKLAND, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I live here and the traffic is already terrible! thanks.

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    • Maryly Snow OAKLAND, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      The expansion is too big for the scale of College Avenue. Plus, just a mile away is a big Safeway at Rockridge Shopping Center that will be getting bigger. Traffic is already extremely congested between Claremont and Alcatraz. Why make it worse? Listen to the neighbors!!!

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    • Ellen Cohler OAKLAND, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      This huge Safeway will cause horrible traffic issues in this neighborhood which has worked so hard to be pedestrian, local business and ecologically friendly. Parking would be a giant problem. The current plan is completely inappropriate for our area. Please don't wreck our wonderful neighborhood.

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    • Claire Wahrhaftig BERKELEY, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Safewayneeds imrpovement. But the plan is overkill. The traffic around there is already so heavy that coming straight thorugh on Colkege to, say, Alcatraz is a veritable traffic jam, esp. at commute hour. SAfeway should scale back. Also, I do hope that the work on the other Safeway at 51st and Broadway will not take plae at the same time. We need one or other of these facilities to shop. Otherwise Safeway will lose all of its customers yo Trader Joes and Star Market. Thats the way it is.

      Claire Wahrhaftig

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    • Foster Goldstrom OAKLAND, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      We do not need a big bulk store in our quaint neighborhood... Especially when there is one a mile away.

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