Sobrante Park Resident Action Council (RAC)

What is the Sobrante Park Resident Action Council (RAC)

The Sobrante Park Resident Action Council is the heart of the CCNI, and a hub for community action!  It has met each month since Sept. 2005.

How does the Sobrante Park Resident Action Council Work?

The SP RAC bridges two ethnic groups – African-Americans and Latinos. All Monthly meetings are bilingual in English and Spanish, and include time for cultural sharing.

At RAC meetings, residents also:

  • Meet resource people from the City, County and other community groups
  • Get trained on how to be an effective voice for community change
  • Plan community-wide events like Earth Day (every April) and National Night
  • Every three months, the SP RAC has a joint meeting with the Brookfield/Columbia Gardens/Sobrante Park Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council (NCPC).  The format allows for neighbors to problem solve on crime issues at the beginning of the meeting and then focus on other neighborhood issues for the later part of the meeting.

What Difference does the RAC make?

A  RAC Success:

  • Through the RAC, more than 200 residents have given input into a re-design of the “streetscape” around the entrance to Sobrante Park and nearby Tyrone Carney Park.
  • They worked with landscape designer Walter Hood to develop blueprints and choose the best design. The new design includes areas for walking and gathering, and will increase pedestrian safety.
  • The City of Oakland gave residents a $30,000 grant to continue this important work.

For more info or to join, please contact:

German Martinez (habla español)
(510) 267-8013
German.martinez@acgov.org

Bill Richie
(510) 472-8911
brichie@oaklandnet.com

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