Develop Alice St. w/o Displacement

$2,260 of $2,200 goal

Raised by 52 people in 41 months

We need to raise $2,000 to cover filing fees in order to appeal the Oakland Planning Commission's approval of the development on a 16 story condo at 250 14th St (at Alice).  We have until  February 12 to file an appeal of this decision to the Oakland City Council.

The City Council must hold this development accountable to not having detrimental impacts to a City of Oakland cultural institution, the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts. It should also protect the City's investment in the mural, which received $40,000 in public art funds. After passing a Housing Equity Roadmap, the City must commit to all strategies that increase the supply of affordable housing during this housing crisis, including exchanging building height increase and parking reduction for meaningful community benefits. The City Council should also enforce the Lake Merritt Specific Area Plan, which calls for 15-28% affordable housing units in all new developments.


The development would take away parking from local businesses, residents, staff and attendees of the City's Malonga Casquelourd Arts Center and local businesses; cover up a beautiful new $80,000 community mural, and not provide affordable housing or significant family units for existing residents.


Since City staff didn't do their jobs to ensure that this new 16-story market-rate development meets the community's needs, it's up to us, the people of Oakland, to make sure that Bay Development commits to our demands in writing:

1) Finance or fundraise 100% of replacement mural costs.

2) Dedicate a floor of the parking garage to Malonga Arts Center staff and patrons, to support the continued flourishing of its many dance and music classes offered to the community, as the heart of the newly designated Black Arts Movement Cultural and Business District.

3) Make at least 15% of the units affordable to families earning less than $64,000.  That means setting rent at $1,600 or below for only 18 of the 126 units.  Increase the number of 3-bedroom family units from 2 to 15 so that families can stay in Oakland.  Not creating housing for families hurts our Oakland schools.

Bay Development, and all developers, should be working with neighborhoods to meet the community's needs and requests if they want to continue developing in Oakland and benefiting from our public and cultural resources.

#KeepOaklandCreative #HousingJustice #FairTransitAccess

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CRP has been documenting this story for the past three years. Here is the trailer to the upcoming feature film on the mural and the community:


In addition, the Oakland Creative Neighborhoods Coalition has been fighting for artists protections throughout the city. CRP produced this video from a protest at an early Downtown Specific Plan meeting:

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Thank you so much to all of our supporters! We've made our first goal and raised the filing fee for our appeal! With this amazing outpouring of support, we decided to expand our goal an additional $200 for a small stipend for the Geghamyan Law Office ( www.geghamyanlaw.com) , which is part of the Oakland Law Collective ( www.oaklaw.org )! Big Shout Out!They are supporting us "low-bono" and allowing this contribution to go much further than their standard rates! With their guidance, our appeal will be much stronger. Its not just our duty to fight, it is our duty to win!

We've also had some great media successes already!
Starting with Davey D's interview for Hard Knock Radio - https://kpfa.org/episode/hard-knock-radio-february-5-2016/

We've even been featured in the SF Business Journal (bit.ly/1QqB2AQ)

Stay Tuned for articles in the East Bay Express and Oakland Post!

We will be filing our appeal of the Planning Commission's decision this Thursday at 11:30 AM. We will meet at the parking lot at 14th and Alice Street and march to City Hall , where we will present our petition and file the appeal! Here is a link to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/663838503755662/

Also if you haven't signed the petition, please do! Here is the link: https://www.change.org/p/bay-development-build-real-community-benefits

Finally, there are two more actions that we are asking supporters to take. First, share the petition, event and this fundraising page on all of your social media platforms.

Second, we need you to contact the Oakland City Council and let your voice be heard! Here is their info:

District Name Phone Fax Email
1 Dan Kalb 238-7001 238-6910 dkalb@oaklandnet.com
2 Abel Guillen 238-7002 238-6910 aguillen@oaklandnet.com
3 Lynette Gibson McElhaney 238-7003 238-6910 LMcElhaney@oaklandnet.com
4 Annie Campbell Washington 238-7004 238-6129 acampbell-washington@oaklandnet.com
5 Noel Gallo 238-7005 238-6129 ngallo@oaklandnet.com
6 Desley Brooks 238-7006 238-6129 dbrooks@oaklandnet.com
7 Larry E. Reid 238-7007 238-6910 lreid@oaklandnet.com
At Large Rebecca Kaplan 238-7008 238-6910 rkaplan@oaklandnet.com

Thank You Again for Your Support! See you in the Streets on Thursday!
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We're so close to our goal! We need less than $280 to complete our fundraiser. Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed! We will be using these funds to file our appeal of the Planning Commission's decision this Thursday at 11:30 AM. We will meet at the parking lot at 14th and Alice Street and march to City Hall , where we will present our petition and file the appeal! Here is a link to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/663838503755662/

Also if you haven't signed the petition, please do! Here is the link: https://www.change.org/p/bay-development-build-real-community-benefits

Finally, there are two more actions that we are asking supporters to take. First, share the petition, event and this fundraising page on all of your social media platforms.

Second, we need you to contact the Oakland City Council and let your voice be heard! Here is their info:

District Name Phone Fax Email
1 Dan Kalb 238-7001 238-6910 dkalb@oaklandnet.com
2 Abel Guillen 238-7002 238-6910 aguillen@oaklandnet.com
3 Lynette Gibson McElhaney 238-7003 238-6910 LMcElhaney@oaklandnet.com
4 Annie Campbell Washington 238-7004 238-6129 acampbell-washington@oaklandnet.com
5 Noel Gallo 238-7005 238-6129 ngallo@oaklandnet.com
6 Desley Brooks 238-7006 238-6129 dbrooks@oaklandnet.com
7 Larry E. Reid 238-7007 238-6910 lreid@oaklandnet.com
At Large Rebecca Kaplan 238-7008 238-6910 rkaplan@oaklandnet.com

Thank You Again for Your Support!
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Raised by 52 people in 41 months
Created February 4, 2016
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Whitney Collins
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For all those who look out the Malonga windows and find themselves daydreaming and/or remembering Oakland's beautiful artistic community (like I did when I last visited the area). Sending my love.

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Deirdre Spencer
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For AXIS Dance Company and the other Malonga arts organizations so vital to Oakland.

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Goo luck on preserving and increasing affordable housing.

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