The Temescal Telegraph BID is presently composed of 11 board members.

The Board's President, Vice-President I & II, Secretary and Treasurer make up the Executive Committee which helps manage and focus the Board's responsibilities.

We look forward to hearing from you and are actively seeking volunteers. All meetings are open to the public.

Note: From March 17th to May 3rd, all meetings will be conducted via Zoom, which has video conferencing and call-in capabilities.

Attend a Zoom Committee Meeting via phone or computer: https://zoom.us/j/208942811

Meeting ID: 208 942 811 or Call-in: 1-669-900-6833; 208942811#

The April 22nd Board Meeting (5-6pm) and 2020 Annual Meeting (same day, 6-7:30pm) can be attended via computer or phone: https://zoom.us/j/496548991

Meeting ID: 496 548 991 or Call in: 1-669-900-6833; 496548991#
  • Board – Meets 4th Wed. at 6pm, Temescal Works, 490 43rd St
  • DEsign/Econ Development Committee – Meets 3rd Thurs, 4pm, 490 43rd St
  • Promotion/Safety Committee – Meets 1st  Wed., 9:30 am  at  490 43rd St
  • Neighborhood Council - Meets 3rd Wed. at 7 pm at Faith Presbyterian Church every other month on odd months.

Executive Director 
Shifra de Benedictis-Kessner
Temescal Telegraph BID
490 43rd St.
Oakland, CA 94609

Board of Directors

Allison Futeral
Promotion/Safety Committee

Business Owner
Crimson Horticultural Rarities
info [at] crimsonhort.com

Pat Smith
Vice President I
DE/ED Committee

Property Owner - 5928 Telegraph
psmith43 [at] sbcglobal.net

Tom Murphy
Promotion/Safety Committee

Property Owner
Tom [at] MurphyFinancing.com

Emil Peinert
Promotion/Safety Committee

Business Owner
Kingfish Pub and Cafe
5227 Telegraph Ave.
emil [at] kingfishpub.com

Toni Sholes
Promotion/Safety Committee 

Business Owner
Universal Beauty Supply & Style Center
universalinoakland [at] gmail.com

Gloria Gee
DE/ED Committee  

Property Owner - 4935 Shattuck Ave
g8whiz [at] yahoo.com

Don Macleay
DE/ED Committee

Resident, Property & Business Owner
East Bay Computer Services
dmacleay [at] earthlink.net

Marisol Vela-Chiu
DE/ED Committee 

Community Member at Large
iLdae20 [at] gmail.com

Lynn Howe
Chair, Promotion/Safety Committee

Community Member at Large
lynn.howe [at] gmail.com

Adriana Valencia
Chair, DE/ED Committee 

Community Member at Large
avalenc [at] gmail.com

Cynthia Armour
DE/ED Committee

Community Member at Large