College Avenue

Rockridge BART 'Safe Routes to Transit' Project Community Meeting, 9/30

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The cty of Oakland is proposing improvements to bicycle and walking access to the Rockridge BART station. The Transportation Services Division will host a meeting Wednesday, September 30, 7:30-9 p.m. at the Rockridge Library to present preliminary project plans and to hear comments from Rockridge residents and business owners.

Kick-off slated for study of CN-1 zoning

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A study of CN-1 zoning (the zoning for the College Ave commercial area, as well as other thriving Oakland neighborhood commercial areas) will kick off next Wednesday evening, May 27th, with a meeting at the Rockridge Branch Library.  RCPC's land use committee will be hosting the first meeting in conjunction with the monthly land use committee meeting.

RCPC Works With RDA on Tree Costs

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Thanks to a collaboration between the Rockridge Community Planning Council (RCPC) and the Rockridge District Association (RDA), we have been able to plant 14 new trees in our neighborhood. Just in time for the recent Earth Day.

Redwood Tree Removal Now on Hold

Monday, March 9, 2015

Recently, the six redwood trees on the former Shell station property at College and Claremont were individually red-tagged for assessment as to whether each tree should be removed. Many neighbors and College Avenue shoppers have expressed concern and dismay that Rockridge may be losing a valued community asset, especially in a location that is otherwise, for pedestrians, a bleak sea of asphalt and concrete.

Long Time on the Avenue for Many Merchants: More Years of Merchants' Service, Part 3

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Following is the third in our series of businesses in business on College Avenue at least 25 years. There are more to come. If your business has been on the Avenue (or adjacent to it) that long, email We want readers of The Rockridge News to know about you and to stop in to see what you offer.

'Tis The Season for Holiday Dinner Help

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The last two months of the year are always filled with the sounds of holiday cheer: the jingle of bells, the crunch of shopping bags being filled with goodies and holiday music being played on our Pandora stations. But with all of that hustle and bustle, sometimes we can also find ourselves uttering words of frustration as meals are burnt or we realize that we don't have that one ingredient to make grandma's favorite dish.

Art on the Avenue: Adria Peterson

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Next door to Rockridge's CCA Galleries, a testing ground for new artists, is the studio of Adria Peterson, one of the neighborhood's established artists. Since 1999, she has shared space at 5253 College Avenue with her husband, architect Kirk E. Peterson, in the building some may remember as a long-gone imports store.


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.

Years of Service by Merchants: Part 2

Friday, October 3, 2014

Have you ever noticed that lime-green building just south of the Rockridge Branch Library? It's the entrance to McNally's Irish Pub, the first bar in Oakland to open its doors after prohibition ended in 1933. Opened by Bill McNally, long-time owner who died in 1973, the business has passed through several owners, but the decor and facilities have remained almost the same: no food, small bathrooms, and walls adorned with pictures of JFK and FDR among other historical items of importance.

Rockridge Talking: Wish Lists & Ideas Shared at June Town Hall Meeting

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Oakland City Planning Director Rachel Flynn drew a huge crowd at the June RCPC Town Hall, where she provided a richly informative overview of Oakland's approach to urban planning, how Rockridge fits into that vision, and what kinds of things we can do to further enhance our neighborhood. RCPC board member Virginia Hamilton then led the 70-plus attendees in an exchange of ideas including expressions of local concerns as well as a wide range of possible solutions.

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