District Update

August District Updates

Jack London District Update

August 2019

Annual Block Party A Success!

Thanks to all who came out to celebrate our neighborhood and build community at our Annual District Block Party! We had a terrific turnout of over 25 businesses with activities and donations, a festive beer garden, an energized team of volunteer residents from Covenant House, and delicious baked goods created by neighbors and donated to raise funds for the youth shelter. The talented Jack London resident and artist DJ Hightop got the crowds dancing. Thank you to NCPC Co-Chairs Jen Newman and Betsey Archer and resident/business owner Winnie Anderson for garnering so much community participation, and to the generous Jack London businesses who shared in the celebration. See y'all next Summer!

Stakeholder Survey Results Help Inform District Priorities

Nearly 200 stakeholders responded to the Jack London Stakeholder Survey this July. Great ideas around new retail and business offerings and neighborhood improvements were shared. Thank you all for the significant amount of input and engagement to help us inform our work. Excerpts from survey results included here in this month's Board meeting slideshow.

Help Welcome New Businesses to the District

Now, Jack London has even more to offer with so many exciting new businesses opening this Summer! We hope you will go out, support and say hello.

  • United Grooming is now serving up fresh haircuts to the people in their new Fourth Street East retail space at 180 3rd St.

  • James and the Giant Cupcake is officially open! They have re-activated the old Authentic Bagel Shop space at 465 2nd St.

  • Donut Farm's newest location Eternal is open for brunch! Their new restaurant and delicious vegan donuts have replaced the old Chop Bar space at 247 4th St.

  • Planted Table is settling in to the former Encuentro space at 550 2nd St and continuing the tradition of delicious plant-based meals and weekly meal plans delivered to locals!

  • Chop Bar has re-opened at 190 4th St! Their new expanded space also includes an expanded menu in the works.

  • NIDO's Backyard at 104 Oak St is nearly finished. Help donate to their NIDO backyard fund if you want your outdoor margaritas faster!

  • Buck Wild Brewing's gluten-free brewery has their new Jack London taproom coming soon to 401 Jackson!

2 District Beautification Projects Complete

Tree Trimming Results - We pruned overgrown trees in front of the Metro Opera House, Z Hotel (pictured above) and Covenant House to spruce up the sidewalk environment and pedestrian experience. Like our new 'do?

100 New District Banners - Our new banner program has launched with a variety of new designs by local design team Barretto-Co installed around the District. We hope you are loving all the added color as much as we are!

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Upcoming District Events

  • The next Business Coffee Hour is tomorrow Thursday, August 22nd at minimo wine shop (420 3rd St) at 10 AM. Businesses and merchants: network with your peers in the Jack London business community. Bagels on us, coffee thanks to Mr.Espresso.

  • Bicycle Coffee's 10 Year Anniversary Party is on Friday, August 23rd with music, drinks and more at the Jack London Roastery, starting around 4pm!

  • Be part of the safety solution! Next NCPC meeting is Tuesday, August 27th from 6:15-7:15 at 333 Broadway.

  • Enjoy Wine & Design's Paint Night at the A's Ballpark on Wednesday, September 4th.

  • Our next Board Meeting is Monday, September 9th. See agendas and minutes here.

  • Save the Date for the Jack London Brewing District Oktoberfest Brewery Crawl on Saturday, October 19th.

Jack London in the News

June District Updates

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Summer Stakeholder Meeting a Success!

Our team was overwhelmed by the great turnout and positive response at the Stakeholder Meeting Friday. An estimated 70 attendees enjoyed local coffee generously provided by legacy business Mr. Espresso, cold brew and other creative beverages from Bicycle Coffee, delicious bites from Town Square Eats, and desert from the soon-to-open-in-Jack-London James and the Giant Cupcake. Thank you to these great businesses and to all who shared in the milestone celebration.

“I really enjoyed the Stakeholders Meeting. Your presentation was very enlightening and the various merchants do a great job bonding and growing their businesses. I really appreciated that the A’s are going to recognize the Ambassadors and their families!! They do a great job and deserve the praise!!”
-- Brenda Ivey, City of Oakland Neighborhood Services Coordinator, Beat 1X

A recap of staff's Impact Report presentation can be downloaded here.

Board Meetings are held monthly on the second Monday of the month, 5pm at 472 Water Street. Agendas and details posted here. On July 8th, the Board will discuss upcoming PG&E work in the District to minimize impact to businesses, hear from the Department of Transportation on planned repaving work and improvements on Broadway, and consider a permitted annual assessment increase.

Jack London Improvement District’s Board of Directors is notifying stakeholders as it considers an assessment increase of 5% due to rising costs of operations that are projected to exceed 5% over the current year. In addition, the District has experienced increased demand for services thanks to increased activity and growth. More information here.

Last month the Oakland A's presented a transportation-focused presentation to the BART Board of Directors. Transportation and access is one of the ways the infrastructure improvements for the planned stadium will be important for Jack London and surrounding neighborhoods. We'll be learning more at the August Board Meeting. view slides

Please lend the District 5 minutes of your time and feedback--respond to this survey and help inform priorities and service delivery.

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Jack London Development Talk and tour with SPUR on July 17th. Hear from Beth Van Clute, General Manager of Jack London Square and Savlan Hauser, Executive Director of the Jack London Improvement District on what's new and coming to Jack London.

Waterfront Warehouse District

Are you a property owner within the historic Waterfront Warehouse District, and planning an improvement project? Thanks to funds from Carmel Partners' Fourth Street East Project, the Facade Improvement Matching Grant program is available for eligible properties and projects. Join an informational meeting with the City of Oakland's Project Manager on July 24th, 10:30AM at 333 Broadway.

Jack London in the News
New Embarcadero Bridge over Lake Merritt Channel Finally Opens

May District Updates


Above image: April's Jack London Sidewalk Sale with great neighbors and treasures! Image credit: Jennifer Newman

May Updates - Jack London

May 5-11 is Small Business Week in Oakland. For 2019, the City of Oakland is taking the Small Business Week workshops into the commercial districts that small businesses call home by working with its nonprofit business service provider partners. Topics will include social media, tech tools, access to capital, cyber security, business models, women mentoring women, business operations and more. The full roster of free activities is posted at oaklandca.gov/sbw.

Many ways to "Cinco" In Jack London! Visit Chop Bar, Crooked City Cider for Cider and Beer MicheladasNido Kitchen and Bar, and Jack London Square for special food and drink delights, and don't miss the amazing Cinco de Mayo Celebration with low-riders, a Mercado, Aztec dancing, and Ballet Folclorico this Saturday 5/4 at Jack London Square. 

Doing Business in Jack London? Join your fellow merchants and businesses at this month's Jack London Business Coffee Hour graciously hosted at Wine and Design on May 22. This is an opportunity to check out the Studio, network with your peers, and grab a cup of local coffee.

Announcing First Ever SeeClickFix Sweepstakes! Data Drives Deployment.That's why we encourage all stakeholders to utilize the City's SeeClickFix system to help solve problems in the public right-of-way. Report issues, vote on your favorites, and track response from the City. Here's the Jack London Watch Area. For the month of May, we're launching the first ever SeeClickFix sweepstakes. Send us a report you filed or post it on our Facebook Page and be entered to win a fabulous gift from a Jack London merchant. Winner to be announced May 31.

Jack London Improvement District Board of Directors Meeting is May 13th. Find meeting info, Agendas and more here.

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Jack London In the News
Jack London Featured on NBC's "California Live"
A's Fans Rally at Capitol for Relocation to Jack London Waterfront
Jack London Square adds Town Eats - SF Chronicle
Jack London Square announces New Market Hall - SF Chronicle