Oakland, Berkeley, And East Bay News, Events, Restaurants, Music, & Arts
And at around fifty bucks to attend both days of the festival, the Burger Boogaloo is a great bargain too. And it really is a great community event where everybody has fun, no matter who is playing. Seriously.
I never knew the official name of the place. I call it 'Skank Park.' I have to take the bus on San Pablo Avenue there, mostly after midnight. It's still active at that time- cars constantly pull up to buy/ sell drugs with park people. As a white female, I've never been hassled too much- the occasional aggressive panhandling. It is a very intimidating place, though. Everyone hanging out there is pretty strung out. I occasionally see police cars there, both day and night, but they don't seem to do anything, besides cruise by. Sometimes I catch a cab or a friend will drive me home. When we pass the park, it's embarrassing. I always hear comments about what a bad neighborhood I live in. I don't know what this park renovation will look like, how long it will take, or where those folks will go in the meantime. I'm scared that I will see drug deals go down in front of my building, but I'm more scared that even my 'bad neighborhood' is beginning the process of gentrification. My rent is cheap right now, which is necessary since I only work a part-time job. If I lose my place due to a rent increase or property sale, it's all over for me. I wonder if I will be able to live in Skank Park after the renovation?
I have just read your Pet Issue. I wanted you to be aware of a small non-profit called PAW Fund that serves low-income/ homeless pet owners & stray animals in the East Bay. Every month they have a free shot clinic set up in a parking lot for dogs and cats, with local vets donating their services.
PAW Fund helps those who have pets in need by arraigning discount veterinary services or pet food donations. They have saved & placed many animals into
loving homes that would have otherwise not survived. They do so much good work over here, and receive no city funding whatsoever (unlike similar services in
San Francisco). The woman who runs it, Jill, is tireless in her efforts to help animals in need. I know that they desperately need funding, and that PAW
Fund operates on a month-to-month basis. Please check out their website, www.pawfund.org and FaceBook page, please, please!
I love them and they are largely unheard of. Their omission from your Pets Issue proves this point.
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