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Resources and Community Organizations
Some of the links in this section and some businesses may be out of date. As we are all volunteers, sometimes we get a bit—or a lot—behind. Our apologies. We'll update ASAP. Or, if you are Web-savvy and would like to help us keep this website up to date, contact us.
Melrose Branch Oakland Public Library
The Melrose Branch Library is on Foothill at 48th. You can't miss the classic Carnegie building. It's one of the gems of the neighborhood. Use your OPL card to check out books, videos, DVDs. You can also use the library’s computers and participate in children and teen activities and an adult book club. Currently, the library needs your support. If you don’t have one, apply at Melrose Branch for a library card. Use the Melrose Branch to pick up and return your books. Go directly to the Melrose Branch Library Web site to find out what's new, to use the OPL catalog, and to get directions.
Fremont Pool is at 4550 Foothill. This city swimming pool is one of the Oakland Park and Recreation Centers pools. Renovated in 2009, the pool building is decorated with tiles made by neighbors, adults and kids. Unfortunately, the pool is closed except in summer and keeps limited hours. Call 535-5614 for updates. Make your voice heard if you want the pool to be open more often and you will support it. Go to the city's public pool page for listings of more pools with hours during the winter. Lions Pool in Dimond Park is the closest to our neighborhood Recreation Centers & Facilities.
After publishing since April 1989, the MacArthur Metro ceased publication with the October 2012 issue. As of November 2012, some interested members of the community are working to resume publication, perhaps as early as December 2012. More information will be posted here when it is confirmed one way or another. Meanwhile, the MacArthur Metro historical archive is still online, you can link direclty to it in the next paragraph.
The MacArthur Metro is the area's nonprofit community monthly newspaper, covering our beat as well as the Dimond, Laurel, Allendale, Jefferson, Maxwell Park, Leona Heights, Redwood Heights, and parts of the Millsbrae neighborhood. A print edition has been published monthly for more than 20 years. Current copies can be found at the library and in local businesses. You can also read the MacArthur Metro online. Affectionally known as "the Metro," the paper welcomes volunteer writers, photographers, and behind-the-scenes help.
Organizations serving primarily children or teens
Boys & Girls Club
- Boys & Girls Club:
Anna Marie Whelan Branch, 3300 High St., near Walgreens. 535-9461, Boys and Girls Club of Oakland. Our beat supported this club by sponsoring sponsorships for neighborhood children.
Boy's 2 Men Youth Outreach is at 5319 Fairfax. This is an educational after-school group. For information, call 434-0333 A short blurb about the organization can be found at b2myo.org
- Brookdale Recreation Center
Brookdale Recreation Center is at the corner of High & Brookdale is the closest rec center operated by Oakland Parks & Recreation (OPR). It is open afterschool and during school holidays. In this time of financial cutbacks, it's best to confirm hours before heading over. Call 535-5632 or go to the Web site, Recreation Centers & Facilities: Brookdale Recreation Center. You can also find out more about OPR programs by going to the city Web site, click on Residents, then scroll down to Sports and click on Parks,
- Discovery Science Center
Discovery Science Center at 2535 High St. is an after-school science and creativity program. Director Rich Bolecek was the co-founder of this organization, designed to give students from elementary through high school an alternative to the streets. The Center is now a part of Oakland Parks & Recreation (OPR). For information Programs, Classes and Activities: Discovery Center or call 535-5657.
- YMCA Eastlake Branch,
1612 45th Ave., behind Mi Pueblo, 534-7441, Urban Services YMCA
Beat or close-by businesses
Check out this partial list and explore Beat and close-by neighborhoods yourself. If you find a business or organization that should be mentioned, let us know. We are especially interested in listing businesses that support community-building and that are real assets to the neighborhoods.
Arts, Music, Theater
- Flux53, 5300-5312 Foothill Blvd. theater and artspace. Flux is still closed ad of November 2012. Home
Our Retail, restaurant, and service businesses, a very partial list
- Island Market, Congress & High, mom & pop "corner grocery" store. Also has a meat counter. Supports our beat with food and beverage donations to some meetings and the annual Block Party. This business was totally responsible to neighbor concerns and even replaced a solid wall with a picture window to assure customer and employee safety and make the business more attractive. The business deserves our support.
- Mama Rosa's pizza, Fairfax & High, small take-put place with inexpensive pizza, posts MHH meeting notices. Mama Rosa's sells good pizzas for $5 each. Several interesting topping choices.
- Site of the former M&W liquors, Fairfax & High, is once again an empty storefront.
- Mi Pueblo Bancroft & High (old Lucky/Albertsons site) Supports our beat with donations of food for the Block Party and the Thanksgiving potluck
- Susie's Deals Bancroft & High (Mi Pueblo site/old Lucky site) Inexpensive casual clothes and work uniforms
- Foothill & High mini mall
- Chinese restaurant
- Phone store
- Tax preparation business (seasonal)
- Nails-Tek Manicure-pedicure businesses
- Subway sandwich shop
- Pupusas just beyond the mini-mall
- Simpson Soul Food Congress & Foothill
- Red Pepper — At the site of the former La Nueva Taqueria. Jorge, the owner has put planters in front of the little restaurant to help beautify the neighborhood. He opened the business in early fall.
- Oanh Nails near Lighthouse church
- Fairfax Liquors Belvedere & Foothill
Fairfax to Bancroft business block
- Islers Liquors Fairfax & Foothill —Owner Andre Isler. Long-time supporter of our beat with donations of beverages, ice, and snacks for Block Parties,Thanksgiving baskets, and meetings.
- Ossies Chocolate City Barber 5329 Fairfax Ave. has been in the block for several years.
- Girly Girl women’s clothing is closed as of November 2012
- Grounded II is a coffee shop in the middle of this block. This business is only open sporadically
- Luis Coffee shop & breakfast place corner of Fairfax, facing Bancroft
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Other Local businesses/shopping areas
International Blvd. (also known as E. 14th St. in our neighborhood.)
A small section of International Blvd. from High to Bancroft Way is in Beat 27X. This includes the strip mall at the High & International corner (1450 High), one of our Beat priorities. 2011 Top Three Priorities | Where Community Comes First!
International Blvd./14th St. crosses the entire city from the border of San Leandro through central downtown and to West Oakland almost to Outer Harbor. In the vicinity of Melrose High Hopes, International Blvd./E. 14th is a lively shopping district with a definite South of the Border ambiance. It is the site of two major city-wide annual events, Cinco de Mayo and El Dia de los Muertos. Shoppers can find produce markets, restaurants, shops, and several small businesses within walking distance of most of Beat 27X addresses. The Fruitvale BART station is a block off of International Blvd. at 35th Ave.
The Laurel District contains the main shopping area close to Melrose High Hopes Beat 27X. Here shoppers can find a Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, produce markets including House of Produce and the original Farmer Joe’s, a Maxx Value supermarket, Laurel Ace Hardware store, Laurel Books independent book store, Komodo Toys, several boutiques, restaurants, and other small businesses. Laurel District is also the venue for the annual Second Saturday in August Street Fair sponsored by Laurel merchants (Laurel District Association) and venue for the Fete de la Musique, the Summer Solstice Music Festival celebrated in Paris, London, Berlin, New York ... and Oakland.
The Dimond District is about 4 miles from Beat 27X. It is another local shopping area with a large Farmer Joe’s, a La Farine bakery, several coffee shops, cafes, restaurants, a Paws & Claws pet shop, and other small businesses and restaurants, many with local activist owners. It is the site of the Dimond Oaktoberfest. The first Saturday in October will see the Dimond's fifth annual Oaktoberfest.
Horace Mann Elementary School
In 2007, Melrose High Hopes Beat 27X NCPC formally adopted Horace Mann school. Horace Mann Elementary - Oakland, CA - Home
Here is a link to our adoption document describing some of our commitments at the time of adoption.
Fremont Federation of High Schools
Fremont Federation of High Schools, Oakland, CA is at 4610 Foothill Blvd., 879-8881. Fremont High for a brief time was a federation of four, then three, small schools. It reverted back to one school in Fall 2012. You can also reach them through the Web site Fremont Federation of High Schools, Oakland, CA
Houses of Worship
Let us know about any houses of worship in the Beat that are not mentioned here. If your house of worship has a Web site, sent us the url.
- Prayer Tower Church is on 47th Ave. at Thompson. This church often works as partner with our beat, participating at memorials and with the annual Block Party and Thanksgiving potluck.
- Iglesia de Dios 47th Ave.
- Lighthouse Deliverance Church Foothill Blvd. between Belvedere and Fairfax.
- High St. Presbyterian Church, Courtland & High (technically this is across the street from MHH Beat27X but close enough so we are including it.
Mohammad Mosque #26, Foothill Blvd, between Fairfax and Congress.
Home of Peace, 4700 Block of Fairfax, orthodox Jewish cemetery, open to respectful visitors. Closed Saturdays.
Government Officials & city, county, federal contacts & links
City of Oakland
Here is the City of Oakland's official Web site. Check it out. City of Oakland - Official City Website
You can reach almost every city official or agency by starting here. Most city officials and employees also have an email that consists of his or her first initial and last name @ oaklandnet.com. If you do not know and can not find the contact info for an oakland official or employee try that formula. For example, Council member Libby Schaaf can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
MHH Beat 27X is unusual in that four city council members represent all or part of the beat.
Libby Schaaf, District Four
They are Libby Schaaf, 238-7004, email@example.com. Her Aide for Beat 27X is Shereda Nosakhare, firstname.lastname@example.org
You can sign up for Councilmember Schaaf's newsletter by sending an email to email@example.com
Ignacio DeLaFuente, District Five
Ignacio De La Fuente, 238-7005, firstname.lastname@example.org. His Aide for Beat 27X is Richard Fuentes, email@example.com
Desley Brooks, District Six
Desley Brooks, 238-7006, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Kaplan, At-Large
Rebecca Kaplan, email@example.com
Here is a link to the Mayor’s office and some other contacts for city, county, state, and federal officials (some with links).
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Mayor ~ City of Oakland, California
City of Oakland City Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org
City Attorney (this link may need updating) Oakland City Attorney
City Auditor Courtney Ruby Office of the City Auditor - City of Oakland
Oakland Unified School District Oakland Unified School District
Oakland Public Library Carmen Martinez email@example.com
Oakland Unified School District
County Supervisor, Nate Miley About Nate Miley - District 4 - Board of Supervisors - Alameda County
Alameda County District Attorney, Nancy O'Malley Home - Alameda County District Attorney's Office
State of California
Assemblyperson Sandre Swanson, 16th Assembly District California State Assemblymember Sandré Swanson - 16th Assembly District
State senator Loni Hancock, Senate District 9, http://dist09.casen.govoffice.com
Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. (Jerry Brown)
Congressperson Barbara Lee, Representative in Congress, 9th Congressional District, California Congresswoman Barbara Lee : Home
U. S. Senator Barbara Boxer Barbara Boxer Official Website of U.S Senator Barbara Boxer: Home
U. S. Senator Dianne Feinstein Dianne Feinstein, California United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, California : Home
President Barack Obama Home | The White House