Wine & Politics: Redistricting Town Hall

The JLDA requests the pleasure of your company for a special neighborhood social to discuss the redistricting process and our broadly defined community of interest, District 3. The District includes not only Jack London neighborhood, but also West Oakland, Downtown and Uptown, among other neighborhoods. According to California law, a "community of interest" is a local community that shares social and economic interests and that should be kept together in a district for purposes of fair representation.

The event is an important opportunity to share and discuss our views about the redistricting process and to talk about the defining elements of our community. Just as important, it's a chance for old friends to catch up and have a glass of Cerruti Cellars' wine!

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  • Ck K.

    I'm not sure it is clear to all that the JLD Association [JLDA] meets every 3rd monday at 7 pm at Radiance Oak (see link on this meetup or go to and that anyone concerned is not only welcomed, but encouraged to request issues they want put on the agenda in advance.
    Participation and communication within the district really does need to be broadened -- it is wonderful that the 9/26 event/meetup is generating needed dialog.

    There are many efforts in the works that might not be known to everyone, and that address issues re improving and growing our neighborhood: grocery [eg Tommaso Boggia's group]; safety [eg JLID issue and other nabe networks and seeClickFix]; image perception [eg Webster Green]; biz growth...ETC but getting more folks onboard and better coordination is needed. Too much to list here (and I don't have a comprehensive list/info).

    Progress has been made and we can keep on going.

    1 · September 27, 2013

  • La Wanda K.

    Thanks Ben for putting this Meetup together, I agree that the Cerruti Cellars owners comments were off putting and disrespectful toward the councilwoman. Perhaps, that's how people treat their council members in Napa but, certainly that's not acceptable here in Oakland. Lynette McElhaney has held several community and business round table discussions in her district to solicit feedback from residents and business owners. His comments show just, how out of touch he really is. Lynette has been one of the most active council members I have seen since, I've lived here for the past 8 years. If, there is anyone who is more capable of moving Jack London forward it's her.

    What we should be asking ourselves is what does Jack London need from the city to improve the district? We should be addressing the needs of residents and business owners to determine what can be done NOW to revitalize the district. Once, we have identified those needs we can "ask" the council member to support us!

    2 · September 27, 2013

    • Ben D.

      Thanks for yout thoughtful comments. But let me put credit where it is due - Savlan Hauser organized the evening, and I think, did a great job.

      I agree that some of the comments were rude and uncalled for. Personally, i am a big fan of Lynette's and think her work has improved our districts' (JLD and 3) representation. I think her thoughts on redistricting were sensative to our concerns, and honest about the difficult process redistricting is.

      I also agree with Chuck's comments that a meeting specifically to address crime and business development is a great idea. I will bring this up at the next JLDA Board meeting and see if we can move it forward.

      Thanks for coming to the meeting and for your work to improve our neighborhood.

      September 27, 2013

  • Chuck F.

    The kinds of questions about local resident and business needs is exactly what I was hoping for from this group. I'd love to see a meeting where such issues were discussed and actions were planned.

    September 27, 2013

  • Savlan H.

    You are completely correct Chuck. Around the room introductions was a very easy missed opportunity. We are learning. Part of the point of this meeting was to demystify the redistricting process, and we're not there yet.

    September 27, 2013

  • Chuck F.

    In the future, I'd love to be involved in organizing the event and helping with the logistics like an agenda, nametags, and around the room introductions.

    September 27, 2013

  • Ben D.

    Thanks for this feedback, Chuck. We will learn from this and make a better plan for our next meeting. Thanks for joining us. & BTW, i was also put out by the rant from Cerruti's owner.

    September 27, 2013

  • Ck K.

    @Chuck you make a very good point. Better info and intros would be helpful. I hope you'll continue to reach out and connect with those of us who share your care for our neighborhood.

    September 27, 2013

  • Chuck F.

    For my first meeting, I was disappointed. There were no introductions or nametags. There were 13 versions of the maps with no context, and eventually the meeting was taken over by the owner of the Cerruti building who had an axe to grind. I care a lot about developing this neighborhood, but I didn't feel very welcome.

    September 27, 2013

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