Archive for the Dimond District Category

Parking Meter Poles

Posted in Dimond District, general weirdness, Oakland on February 1, 2011 by Nada

A couple of years ago, the city of Oakland came into the burg and cut the heads off most of the parking meters, Cool Hand Luking them. (BTW: All of Cool Hand Luke is on YouTube in 10 minute segments. Watched it ALL last night instead of packing) Then, the city just left the poles sans meter heads. There have been various and sundry campaigns to get rid of these naked poles. Me? I contacted the T.V. news, and though they responded briefly, I guess the story was too boring. The news guys could have made it excited if they had tried, like “70 decapitated and left for dead on city sidewalks,” and then when you get past the teaser you find out it’s only parking meter poles with their heads cut off and left dysfunctional. But no, the news passed on the story all together. And so, the poles stuck up in the air like giant metal birdie fingers to all us residents, as in look what the city can do. Na Na. And you can’t do squat about it. Screw ya.

Until yesterday. A city worker was by the Safeway FINALLY Cool Hand Luking the poles at their base.He’s coming back Wednesday to cut some more. And I have to say, he was none too friendly when I tried to talk to him. I guess I was a bit over enthusiastic about the final removal of the city’s mess. Yup. Mess. Those meter poles with no meter heads just pushed my ADD and anti-litter buttons simultaneously and repeatedly. About the time they will all be gone, so will I.

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Tanner’s De-skunking

Posted in Dimond District, life on January 25, 2011 by Nada

I went into Paws & Claws Pet Store the other day and found Tanner in the back, getting a bath. Tanner is one of the (furry) people in the hood. He used to be an arch enemy of the big dog, until one day they saw each other at the dog park and then it was like, “Oh it’s only you. No big deal.”

And so, I’m trying to wander around the burg and say good-bye to my friends, but it isn’t working out. I ended up sobbing in Farmer Joe’s, on one of my buddy’s shoulders in there. Then today, the lead cashier yells at me, “I hear you’re going to Paris.”

I yelled back, “No Pacifica. That wouldn’t work out for Paris now would it as in redneck dislocated in Paris?”

So, today I decided no more good-byes. It’s ridiculous. Okay, maybe not ridiculous, but I’m just moving across the bay. One of my friends said, “But you don’t know anyone there.”

I told her, “I didn’t know anyone when I came here.” And I didn’t. Honestly though, I know in my heart I will never find neighbors and people I love and like this much. I also know in my heart, it’s time for me to go. It’s a hard thing, very hard, and there are certain people I will miss so bad that I’m sure there will be days I wish I hadn’t left, but I plan to get a wet suit and swim in the ocean. I plan to fish on the pier. I plan to go to the Pacifica theater. I plan to worry a lot less. Okay, maybe the last one is a lie.

It’s a War Zone Here

Posted in Dimond District, holy crap, home invasion, Oakland, she-it on November 20, 2010 by Nada

Tuesday morning OPD and the highway patrol chased down some kids on the bay bridge and arrested them. The news was all over it, saying those suspects were the ones responsible for the home invasions robberies. Maybe. On Wednesday, I took this photo, of the police responding to an armed robbery call across the street from where I buy dog food.

In the mean time, the police made more arrests of two different sets of suspects. The news keeps reporting the woman in the last set of arrests says she “accidentally” shot a victim. What the hell? She shot someone. It doesn’t matter whether she “accidentally” did it or not. She used a gun to perpetrate a crime. And then this happened last night after the victim got off the 57 bus, down the MacArthur corridor.

In the mean time, we seem to have an offer on the house. Seems like a good offer. We are selling it “as is” now, and at a good price. Yup, we are running. Seems like the prudent thing to do at this point, and I have to admit I’m more than a little angry with my realtor. At a meeting to discuss terms, she told me I was all “entrenched” in this scene, and it was my “reality.” Then she tacked on “You make you own reality.” Huh? Um, yeah, the home invasion was across the street from me. The robbery was across the street from my pet store. The killers of this last victim were on the bus I ride. How does one get dis-entrenched from this? Well, something will happen to her, and then soon I suppose it will suddenly become her reality too.

UPDATED: Yup, another shooting.

5 More Robberies

Posted in Dimond District, Oakland, she-it on November 16, 2010 by Nada

Tonight. 2 miles from here, near MacArthur Corridor, Dimond District. Same guys as the ones doing the home invasions, same time, but different car. Now they are using a black Lexus. Still 2 African American males, waiting in the dark around 7pm for unsuspecting people to come home. Then, they rob their victims at gunpoint. SEND HELP!!!! It’s a war zone here, and we are getting hammered.

Oakland Home Invasion

Posted in Dimond District, holy crap, home invasion, Oakland on November 13, 2010 by Nada

Last night, my neighbors directly across the street from my house were victims of a home invasion robbery. The police responding to the call said the suspects have pulled more than 20 crimes of this nature in our area. The suspects are believed to be driving a silver infiniti. They target large Asian families because of the speculation they are hoarding cash in the house. According to the police, another family on our street at the foot of the hill was also victimized in the last couple of weeks, along with a homeowner one street over. The home owner one street over owns a pit bull, and the suspects brought dog food to pacify the animal. The suspects are 2 male African Americans, slight build, with grey hoodies and a bandana covering their face. One of their names is Marcus. They wait for the victims to come home after dark, and then they apprehend their victims outside their home and force them inside at gunpoint. For one of the crimes, a Caucasian male did join the 2 male African Americans. There is a reward for the capture and arrest of these suspects.

The crime across the street from us took place at 7:15pm. At approximately 10pm, they pulled another home invasion on another family around the corner and up the street from us. The suspects are young and according to the police, calm. They are hitting homes off the MacArthur corridor.

Our surveillance camera did capture images of the suspects prior to the home invasion, but both suspects had their grey hoodies pulled down to conceal their faces. Prior to committing the crime, the suspects did attempt to hide in our next door neighbor’s driveway, but a motion sensitive spotlight came on, and they moved.

One suspect was able to conceal himself across the street in front of the victim’s house behind a bush. The other suspect concealed himself on the victim’s premises. They did threaten to shoot and kill the victim’s 10 year old daughter.

If you have any sort of overgrown vegetation on your premises, please cut it back. Please alert the police to anyone unusual in the area. I do suspect these are people living in the area.

Oaktoberfest, Oakland’s Oktoberfest

Posted in Dimond District, food, Oakland, party on October 1, 2010 by Nada

October 9, 2010 11am – 6pm where Fruitvale Avenue meets MacArthur Boulevard. PLENTY OF ZA BEER!!! So, I’ve had a lot of people ask me about the Oaktoberfest, not because I’m an organizer, but because I’m the neighborhood busybody. So, I went and talked to one of the organizers today. He said, “Some microbreweries are going to only bring a couple of kegs so if you want to sample ample, come early.” EARLY! As in 11am. Start drinking in the morning. It’s liberating.

Another question: “We ran out of beer last year. Are we going to run out this year.” Actually, they did not run out of beer last year. Some microbreweries simply depleted their stock. Once drunk, it’s gone. Come early. Don’t wait until 4pm.

Another question: “Will the lines be as long as last year?” The first year, 1400 people showed up at our Oaktoberfest in the Dimond District. The next year 10,000 people showed up. Yes, the lines were long last year. We were not prepared. This year we are, but still – come early. Steins will be sold for beer purchases. Once the steins are gone, they are gone.

Another question: Will Big Lou, the Accordion Princess be there? YES!!!! I would link you up to her site, but it looks like she’s having some problems with it.

Daniel Swafford City Council District 4

Posted in Dimond District, District 4, Oakland, political, politics on September 12, 2010 by Nada

I have no interest in politics. Zip. None. But I do have a high interest in electing someone to Oakland City Council for District 4 who’s done a whole heck of a lot for my community. That person is Daniel Swafford. He’s running for Oakland City Council District 4 in the November 2010 election. His volunteer work speaks for itself. What the web site doesn’t say is how Daniel never runs from a tough situation. He wades in and mediates. Do I know him personally? Sure, I do. I think everyone in the Dimond District knows him and knows how much he has helped our community with his sincerity, hard work, and willingness to unselfishly give his time for the betterment of community. Okay, now I sound like some kind of ad. Vote! Daniel. That’s what I say. And I only recommend the best on this blog. He’s the best. I know. I know. Another best.