Your Neighborhood Is On the Line: Answer the Call

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"Find a need and fill it" was the slogan an Oakland cement company once painted on the sides of its mixer trucks.

The trucks are gone but the echo of the slogan infuses the spirit sustaining Rockridge today.

Over the years, residents have found local needs and rallied others to join in and fill them. It was volunteers who rallied neighbors and the city government to build on the Rockridge that already existed. It was volunteers who conceived of and created a permanent home for the Rockridge Branch Library, Frog Park, and other amenities we now enjoy.

There are still needs to fill, and there are means available to do it. One way is to find a project and rally others to join you in the job. (RCPC can help.) Another way is to serve on the board of the Rockridge Community Planning Council.

Service on the board allows one to be part of ensuring that local transportation and land use decisions are informed by a robust range of views, and that the city understands the community's priorities and concerns. It's also an opportunity to actively support Frog Park, Scenic Streets and other local volunteer efforts.

Annual board elections will be held in April to fill two open two-year-term seats.

No specific experience is required, but an accounting or bookkeeping background in particular, and knowledge of and experience with land use planning or property development, nonprofit management, event planning, and local government operations are all pluses.

If you are at least 18 years of age, live within the RCPC boundaries (, and want to serve your community, submit your interest in candidacy for election to the board now. Write for more details. The deadline for submitting a statement of interest is February 26, 2015.

Whichever you choose, fill the need!