Rockridge Community Planning Council

  Breaking News: November 13 College Avenue Safeway Project Appeal



Please come to tonight’s City Council meeting and show your support

The Rockridge Community Planning Council and Berkeleyans for Pedestrian-Oriented Development (BPOD), the two groups who appealed the Planning Commission's approval of the College Avenue Safeway Project, have reached a tentative settlement with Safeway.  A third group, Friends and Neighbors of College Avenue, while not an appellant, has also be highly involved in opposing Safeway's proposal, and has also approved the tentative settlement.

The settlement reduces the size of the entire project by 8,000 sq. ft.  It also moves the Safeway store down to ground level, with screened rooftop parking, and opens up a pedestrian plaza east of 63rd St. between College & Claremont.  Safeway has agreed to eliminate the project’s parking deficit, as well as to pay for residential permit parking within the surrounding two-block area.  There are numerous other benefits included in the settlement.  They will be spelled out at tonight’s hearing.  The settlement was reached as a result of a mediation effort undertaken by District One Council Member Jane Brunner.

The public hearing on RCPC’s and BPOD’s appeals will be heard by the City Council tonight, November 13th.  The hearing will start some time after 6:30 PM.  You can sign up on-line to speak at the hearing at this link:  

Please come to the hearing and voice your support for this settlement.

Assuming the settlement is finalized, the revised project will be considered for final approval by the City Council on December 18th


Rockridge Legal Defense Fund

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Community Calendar

RCPC Town Hall Meeting, Thurs. October 18, 7:30-9pm: Pros and Cons of the
November Ballot Propositions with the League of Women Voters:
Mary Bergan and Julie Waldman present background information plus neutral pros and cons for each of the 11 state and 3 local propositions on the ballot. More>>

Chabot Elementary Carnival, Sun. Oct. 21, 11am-3pm: 6686 Chabot Road: Great spooky fun for kids and adults alike with games, food, prizes, crafts, music, enterainment, and so much more.

Rockridge Halloween Parade, Sun. Oct. 28, 12-2pm: Holiday fun for kids of all ages. Costume parade leaves College Ave. Presbyterian Church at noon. Return for storytelling & songs at 1pm. More>>

Claremont Middle School Auction, Sat. Oct. 27, 6-10pm: Uptown Body and Fender, 401 26th Street, Oakland. Halloween Party and Auction: a festive Halloween-theme fundraiser (for adults only). More>>

Safeway Appeal, Tues. Nov. 13, 6:30pm: City Council chambers,1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor.



Market Hall

Market Hall,
A European-style open-air market

original Rockidge entrance

The original Rockridge entrance


  The Rockridge Community Planning Council is proud to represent the Rockridge Community to the City of Oakland in areas of land use and design review, pedestrian safety and traffic, parks and open space, community schools and public safety. The council is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization serving the Rockridge neighborhood since 1985. Several landmark Rockridge projects have had their genesis in the RCPC, including the Rockridge Library and the Rockridge Temescal Greenbelt, aka FROG Park. The Council is proud to sponsor the biennial Rockridge Kitchen Tour which is a favorite tour in the East Bay. For more about the RCPC please click on the headings and subheadings under WHAT IS RCPC?

Rockridge, an Oakland Community

Rockridge is a nationally recognized model of a sustainable neighborhood commercial district centered around multiple transportation options with an emphasis on the area’s "walkability". The vibrant commercial heart of Rockridge is College Avenue. At its center are the BART Station and popular Market Hall. College Avenue is graced by the Julia Morgan-designed Presbyterian Church and the community designed Arts & Crafts Rockridge Library. It sports professional offices, personal services and a wide variety of retail shops and acclaimed restaurants. Surrounding the avenue on tree-lined streets are one and two-family homes, ranging in styles from Craftsman and Victorian to California Mediterranean and ultra-modern. The internationally recognized California College of Arts, a Jesuit seminary, two elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school serve the families in this diverse neighborhood of artists, professionals and working-class residents.


Craftsman-style Rockridge residence

law office

Law office housed in
1886 Victorian home

rockridge cafe

One of the many charming
cafes on College Avenue

Tiles from the Firestorm Community
Mural at the Rockridge BART station, dedicated to the survivors, firefighters, and those who lost their lives in the
1991 Oakland Hills Firestorm


rockridge library

Rockridge Library


College Avenue Presbyterian Church,
Julia Morgan architect

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