Repairing Telegraph Community Open House

Department of Transportation Open House Community Meeting
Tuesday, August 21 | 6 – 8pm | Faith Presbyterian Church | 430 49th St. | Open to All
Earlier this year in April, we announced that our campaign to get the City of Oakland to recognize the paving that needed to be on Telegraph had been successful. With over 600 signatures of the petition, the mass numbers of calls and emails and the overall support of sharing our campaign, the City of Oakland decided it was time to take action. Over the past two months, the City of Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT) has been collecting input on community and business priorities for the street and evaluating strategies to improve safety, equity and vibrancy along the corridor.

2018 40th Street Block Party

On July 14th, The Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District hosted its annual 40th Street Block Party which included great live music curated by Broken Guitars Oakland, local food, craft beer and wine, and unique artisan vendors. This year, we managed to have TWO music stages, plus FREE facepainting, kids activities and more!
There was great live music by Prima DonaDestroy BoysAnistaziSame GirlsDead SoundArrica Rose, Three o’clock Rock and Leila Sweetleaf. There were also special guests and DJs on our second stage: Paranoid Trooper, DJ Inti, Kevin Preston, La Chica Elastica aka Rubberband Girl, and DJ Crimson. Exclusive food offerings included Homeroom Mac’n’cheese,  Kenny’s Heart and Soul food truck, Momolicious food truck, beer by The Hog’s Apothecary, wine by Oakland Yard, SubRosa Coffee drinks and more!

2018 Temescal Street Fair

On June 10th, Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District hosted our 15th Anniversary Temescal Street Fair from 12-6pm! This event featured live music on three different stages with great food from popular Temescal eateries and mobile food vendors. We also had craft beer and scores of artisans at our FREE Festival which celebrated its 15th Anniversary! Oakland’s acclaimed Kinetic Arts Center Circus Stage featured high-energy, high-flying artistic performances by local dare-devil aerialists, acrobats and clowns which thrilled the crowd. Also, many onlookers checked out the 100+ local artisan booths and learned about local business and community organizations.

Kasper’s Pedestrian Plaza

The Temescal Telegraph BID is planning to create a pedestrian plaza bounded by the 46th St, Shattuck Ave, Telegraph Ave and 45th St. The planned reconfiguration of this intersection would create a pedestrian plaza from the existing public sidewalk surrounding the Kasper’s building at 4521 Telegraph Ave, and expanding the area into a public plaza to include Shattuck Ave between 46th and 45th Streets, as well as 45th St between Telegraph and Shattuck Avenues. The purpose of this pedestrian plaza is to significantly improve traffic, bike and pedestrian safety, and create a welcoming public gathering place for the Temescal community.

Temescal Nights Food Trucks at Kasper’s Plaza

The Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District hosted a return of Temescal Nights food trucks, presented by Food Truck Culture which started Monday, May 7th and ran every following Monday night for the summer months from 5-8pm. Locals from all around the Bay Area were delighted to come and try crunchy southern fried chicken sandwiches, bulgogi beef on bao buns, Fried cheese tacos and even black bean burgers served on a brioche bun with havarti cheese. After delicious meals, many finished it off with creamy frozen custard to start their week off right! Temescal Nights continued every following Monday with rotating food trucks, activities and music! The first week’s food trucks included Kenny’s Heart & Soul, Judie’s Tacos Locos, Culinary Cruiser, Street Steam Bunz and IzzyA’s Frozen Custard!

Temescal Art Map Launch FREE Public Art Walking Tour

On May 12th, The Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District led a guided walking tour of Temescal’s public art in partnership with local artists, in celebration of the launch of the first ever Temescal BID Art Walking Map showcasing over 97 pieces of public art and galleries in the district! The Temescal District is home to beautiful murals, creative artwork on utility boxes, and mosaics on trashcans, along with galleries, sculptures, and even an artistic pocket park.