Don Kinkead

Coffee with a Cop

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Working for a safe Rockridge. Left to right: Sgt.Tim Martin, Sgt. Sean Hall, Community Resource Officer (CRO) Anthony Hutzol and Officer Paul Phillips all showed up for a "Coffee with the Cops" session held March 23 at the Rockridge Library. Look for Hall and Phillips as they patrol through Rockridge on OPD bike patrols. They will be joined in May by a walking beat officer who will patrol College Avenue full time. Similar assignments will be made in other Oakland business districts as well.

Library Manager: "Dedicated Staff, Supportive Community"

Saturday, April 9, 2016

A 15-year veteran of the Oakland Public Library system, Paul Schiesser has worked "all over the city," including Oakland Main and the Elmhurst, Eastmont and Montclair branches. He can add the Rockridge Branch to that list of postings since his appointment as Branch Manager last July.

RCPC Projects, Rockridge Today, the Area's Emerging Future

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Rockridge today is a long way from its near-undoing when construction of the Grove-Shafter freeway - Highway 24 - in the late 1960s wiped out more than 3,000 homes and many area commercial buildings, crippling businesses and leaving significant College Avenue storefronts boarded up. Was the evolution due to community involvement? Mere chance? Market action? The answer: all three, in that order.

Community Involvement

Three Cars Burgled During Community Crime Meet

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Thursday evening can be a noisy time for a meeting in the Library's upstairs meeting room when the voices of pedestrians on the sidewalk drift up through the windows. Still, distinctive sounds can rise above the hubbub, distracting some meeting attendees from the topic. Late in the Thursday, June 18, Town Hall meeting, as Oakland Police Lt. Randy Brandwood began to describe the effects of Proposition 47 on criminal activity - lesser penalties for non-violent crimes such as car burglary - a woman heard a noise, looked into the Library parking lot, and cried, "Hey! Hey! Hey!

Meet Captain Darren Allison, OPD Area 2 Commander

Saturday, May 9, 2015

In "The Pirates of Penzance," Gilbert and Sullivan presented a view of law enforcement through the prism of doing one's duty, and turned duty into a burden:
"When constabulary duty's to be done,
"A policeman's lot is not a happy one."

Ask OPD Captain Darren Allison about that, and he has a ready answer: "I love my job!"

Scene In Rockridge

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Rockridge resident and BART commuter Amy Lemley has bought her daily newspaper from vendor Robert Mohead at his BART lobby newsstand for the past nine years. "Over the years, we became friends," she says. Mohead, who worked on the City Council campaign of Carter Gilmore in 1976, reviewed Lemley's mailing pieces during her council candidacy in 2012.

Beating Crime: Useful Resource Links

Sunday, January 11, 2015

How is crime in Oakland these days? Going up or going down? Staying the same? A reading of some recent reports appearing on Next Door Rockridge ( could make it seem that crime is spreading.

Here are abstracts of some Rockridge area postings:

BART Lot Landscaping Rescued by Weather, Repairs. Hopefully.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

If you happened to be heading up to College via Forest Street near Miles Avenue late last month, you might have seen EBMUD at work, connecting a water supply line for the irrigation system that should have been nourishing the landscaping at the Forest Street side of the BART parking lot.

BART had installed extensive plantings to restore greenery to areas at the Forest Street edge of the lot after the stationÕs earthquake retrofitting project was completed late in December 2009.

November Town Hall Report

Saturday, December 13, 2014

None of the speakers at the RCPC November Town Hall mentioned ostriches, but all made it clear that living in the Bay Area and failing to prepare for earthquakes or other major disasters was nothing more than hiding one's head in the sand.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Breathes there a Rockridge resident who has not, at one time or another, cried in frustration; "Oh! To have a hardware store in Rockridge!"?

It's not that hardwarestores are unavailable. There is Home Depot, of course. In Emeryville. There is an Ace on Grand Avenue. In Piedmont. And, true, Oakland has Ace Ellis Hardware on Martin Luther King Jr Way.

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