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About Rockridge

Rockridge, an Oakland Community

“Cities are dynamic places, and this is strikingly true of their successful
parts, which offer a fertile ground for the plans of thousands of people.” This quote by Jane Jacobs, author of "The Death and Life of Great American Cities", describes the commuter friendly north Oakland enclave called Rockridge.

The name Rockridge is derived from a 1911 land tract whose columns still dominate its entrance on Broadway at Rockridge Boulevard. By the 1920’s, the main street, College Avenue, had its own women’s and men’s clubs, a firehouse, a bank, a theater, a doctor’s office and pharmacy, a middle school and a branch library. Today Rockridge is a charming Oakland neighborhood, with BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) at its center, and a vibrant shopping and dining area along College Avenue. The neighborhood of Rockridge generally is bounded by 51st Street, Highway 13, the Berkeley border and Telegraph Avenue. The Rockridge Community Planning Council represents a described area within Rockridge and has prepared a map showing the organization’s boundaries.

About the Rockridge Community Planning Council

The Rockridge Community Planning Council (RCPC) was incorporated in 1985 as a non-profit public-benefit organization founded to:

  • bulletPreserve and enhance the unique character of the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland, California
  • bulletPromote the health, safety, and quality of life of its residents
  • bulletFurnish a forum for community involvement
  • bulletProvide leadership and representation of neighborhood interests

RCPC is a 14-member board of directors representing the Rockridge community to the City of Oakland. Its directors are elected by its members, the citizens of Rockridge who live within its boundaries. The Board meets monthly and its standing committees have their own schedule of meetings. Click here for the current meeting calendar. The 2012-13 RCPC Board of Directors is comprised of the following volunteer members:

  • Chair: Andrew Charman
  • Vice Chair: Christopher Chin
  • Secretary: Laura Schlichtmann
  • Treasurer: Bernie Baltaxe
  • Stu Flashman
  • Michael Kan
  • Don Kinkead (non-voting)
  • Bill Kaufner
  • Ronnie Spitzer
  • Ann Winterman

Elections are held each spring, generally in April. Any resident who lives within RCPC boundaries and is 18 years or older is eligible to run for a seat on the RCPC board and to vote in the election. These elections are held in the evening at the Rockridge Branch Library at 5366 College Avenue and are announced in the April issue of The Rockridge News.

The Rockridge News is the RCPC newsletter published each month (except August). Articles from The Rockridge News are available online. See the navigation bar link for more information on The Rockridge News.

RCPC Projects: Several landmark projects had their genesis in the RCPC and their successor projects remain under the fiscal umbrella of the RCPC. These include the Friends of the Rockridge Temescal Greenbelt (FROG Park). The Friends of the Rockridge Library is now a separate 501c3.

RCPC offers many opportunities to be involved in the community through its standing committees. See the link on the navigation bar or click here.