At the meeting this past Tuesday, a majority of the City Council voted 4-3 to support this dog park. But, for a resolution to be passed, we need 5 votes. Council Member Jane Brunner was absent, and this matter has been continued on to the Tues., Dec. 18th meeting. Plan to attend if you can. In the event that Councilmember Brunner votes against us, Mayor Jean Quan has the option to be the tie-breaking vote.
Here is how to Council voted in support of the dog park:
YES: De la Fuente, Schaaf, Nadel, Kaplan
NO: Brooks, Reid, Kernighan
CALL TO ACTION
Please take a moment to do the following:
- Email both Jane Brunner and Mayor Jean Quan (and us):
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- Come to the meeting on Tuesday, December 18th at 6:30 pm at City Hall. Although technically public comments can still be heard, both parties (ODOG and Save Astro Park) have agreed that this evening should be about the vote. So while we invite everyone to attend and listen, neither party is encouraging speakers as we all want this evening to be as short as possible. If you have further questions about this, please do not hesitate to email us.
In your email to Council member Brunner, remember to be polite, and ask both Councilmember Brunner and Mayor Quan to join the majority of City Council and support this dog park. Some talking points for your letters:
- It’s in the Lake Merritt Master Plan (approved by City Council in 2002), Adams Point Plan, it was approved by the Park & Rec Advisory Committee (PRAC) in 2010, and the Planning Commission Staff recommended that it be approved in 2012. (The Planning Commission itself denied this proposal – 3 voted against, 1 abstained, 3 were absent).
- ODOG volunteers are out every month at lake cleanups for the past 2 years. Other dog parks across town are so well-maintained that we’ve received letters of praise from other park user groups and Oakland Public Works. Mostly private funds will be used to build and maintain this park, and the Memorandum of Understanding with the city lays out sanctions if standards are not met.
- Oakland has two existing dog parks that are closer to tot lots than this one will be (Hardy Park and Jefferson); they’ve been there for years without any significant amount of incidents.
- San Francisco has nine dog parks adjacent to kids play areas (Duboce, Dolores, Haas, St. Mary’s, Eureka Valley, Upper Noe, Potrero Hill, Alamo Square, Alta Plaza) and according to SF Park & Rec, a “non-existent rate of incidents.”
- There are at least 13 other spots within a mile and a half to play sports (see map), several tot lots, and almost nothing for people with dogs. The Piedmont dog park is at least 2 miles away, one way, and Oaklanders have to pay to use it.
- Dog parks make great neighborhood meeting places, and they build community.
- At least 47% of households in Oakland have dogs as part of their families; and there are more dogs in Oakland than there are children.
Our appeal is going to be heard by Oakland City Council this fall. If we don’t show up this one last time, we will never get equitable space in our parks.
Recently, the anti-dog park group has again been spreading misinformation to rally opposition to this long-planned park. They staked out the footprint of the park. But, in their continuing effort to scare parents they made an entrance to the dog park right next to the tot lot. (See photo).
If this blatant fear-mongering makes you as angry as it did at the Planning Commission meeting, let Oakland City Council know! Send an email and tell City Council they should reject these lies.
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