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Your URNA Newsletter!

MAY 3, 2017

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Greetings Upper Rockridge Neighbors,     

This is your monthly URNA Newsletter to help us better stay in contact with you!
(This mailing is addressed to: Current and Former Members of URNA, Volunteers, Newsletter subscribers. Feel free to forward to anyone and ask them to subscribe)

OKAY, Truth is that only about 1/4 of the URNA Newsletter readers are active members!
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: We really need more URNA members to sustain/grow the patrols and cameras!  We want to add more evening hours (many car break-ins lately) and WE NEED YOUR HELP. We know a lot of you have alarm systems already and even some with patrols, but MORE PATROLS means lower crime statistically and our patrol watches the neighborhood, not just individual subscribers. PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING URNA. We have a low-low rate for Associate members now too. Help us keep the neighborhood safe. Thx.  CLICK HERE TO SEE THE NEW MEMBER RATES BELOW

Village Market Membership Drive table:  Do you have some time to help man a table and hand out flyers to our neighborhood hub visitors? Please contact us.

Apr 29 Meeting with OPD/City Council

Did you know that there are SEVEN different Neighborhood Associations in the Rockridge area of Oakland? And we're talking security-focused groups that hire patrols, offer security advice, etc., just as URNA does.  What does this mean?  Well, you probably know already - that our area could use more of a police presence to aid in crime prevention, but that is not the reality now, so we've all started efforts to make up the difference. There are a few good signs, and on April 29, URNA and six other Oakland neighborhood patrol groups met this with OPD Deputy Chief Darren Allison, Captain Randy Wingate, Our CRO (Community Resource Officer) Kristine Jurgens, City Council-members Annie Campbell Washington and Abel Guillen, a representative from Dan Kalb's office (he was traveling), along with Patricia Rose - our NSC (Neighborhood Services Coordinator), to discuss crime trends and ways to improve coordination with OPD.
Some Oakland stats first - Good news/bad news:
The good news is that OPD is budgeted for 797 officers and staffing is currently up to 753 officers. Since Mayor Schaff took office the staffing increased from 600 - 753 officers! Good progress, although some analysis recommends 1200 officers for a city of our size.
The bad news is that Oakland faces significant challenges in its 2017-2019 budget, which projects a $32 million deficit. The budget 
does include a third police academy to bring staffing up to the authorized number.  Other items:

  • OPD had monthly meetings with security companies in past and we're looking into re-starting those, likely with a quarterly meeting frequency.
  • AREA CRIME Stats are available anytime on City web site. Here is the link for AREA 2 stats. (URNA: We are in Area 2 and Police Beat 13X - FYI) 
Deputy Chief Allison and Captain Wingate also spoke about:
  • Citizen home camera video can be very helpful for identifying suspects in crimes! Urged all to use the Oakland CAMERA REGISTRY (click to see info below)
  • "Ceasefire" efforts focusing on the highest-risk individuals have helped drive down crime in Rockridge and the Oakland hills.
  • CHANCES OF ANOTHER OFFICER ON BEAT 13: New OPD Chief Kirkpatrick open to looking at the deployment model - in place since 1970s.   So, it is possible, but hard to judge...
  • OPD Priorities: Obvious that they prioritize physical harm or the risk of it in responding to calls. If you call in a crime, make that your priority too. (Example: A robbery will have slower response than a robbery with possible robber on premises, etc.)

If you feel that public safety should continue to be prioritized, please attend Dan Kalb's public budget forum on Saturday, May 13, from 10am to noon at Beebe Memorial Cathedral or one of the other six budget forums listed at

Oakland Camera Registry - you can help solve crimes!
There is a Camera Registry in our city. The Camera Registry is volunteer run and they don't store the data. (Doesn't fall under Freedom of Information Act - for those of you concerned about privacy of such information). The police can be greatly assisted by video you may have on your camera system! Cameras down the block often catch the perps putting on hoodies, etc. and automobile, so they are very important. License plate reader cameras are especially so.  While police often canvas area for such video, the camera registry aids in the efficiency of the process, so please consider registering your cameras at:

AREA CRIME MAP  April turned out to be even more calm than March, after a crime spurt during the first few months of 2017.  These incidents are often gang related according to the OPD and several arrests have been made in recent months. This is not to say we should relax on vigilence. See the PARKING OUTSIDE tips below or on our website.

Check out the crime map from April below. CLICK on map or link below for interactive version.

The BEST way to view this is interactively via the CrimeMapper link:    If you pick an address close to the center of URNA coverage map (e.g. 77 Clarewood Ln is good), you can see crime in the whole area when you don't limit to the 1 mile radius as shown above...
***FACTOID: THERE ARE OVER 1500 homes in URNA coverage area. Our patrols benefit ALL of them. We could add day and night patrols OR double our patrol cars if only 10% of you participate! We're working hard for you! Please take part in the collective safety of our neighborhood!    -->OUR PATROLS are there to protect the community, not just individual houses!

See the LOWER MEMBER RATES  below and JOIN URNA now! Our patrols augment the security of our area, even if you have a personal patrol service.


WHAT TO DO if you see suspicious people or experience crime: 

OPD, Cpt. Wingate made it clear that we should call in all incidents that happen in our area for the simple reason that OPD resources are assigned by need. If there is ANY chance your are in physical danger, please specify it clearly to dispatch, since that can greatly improve response time!
CRO:   We also have a "Community Resource Officer".  So, if you see a suspicious person you can call the CRO and for any more serious incidents, of course call the OPD.
CRO Area2: Kristine Jurgens
Her OPD WORK EMAIL: (preferred)
Work Telephone: (510)507-6560
Area 2 CRO Sergeant: T. Martin
Tel: 510-238-2008
  • FOR EACH approx 12 new members we can expand patrol hours by ~ 10 hours - an extra shift.
Please JOIN URNA so we can expand hours
Volunteers/Board Members: We are always looking for more volunteers, and someone to help with community education and outreach.  Please contact us if interested. You are also welcome to attend a board meeting at any time. 

Tax Expert? We are looking for someone to help with Association tax returns...
New Membership Options:  Please forward this newsletter to neighbors and anyone who might be interested. Check our new website for the URNA Patrol Coverage Map and Membership info. Patrol hours will be sent separately to members...  THANK YOU.
Don't just subscribe to our free news.
PLEASE CONTRIBUTE by joining URNA and help us expand patrols!

The URNA Website -  a great wealth of info.. We are also on Twitter and Facebook!

CHECK OUT our redesigned Website with many helpful tips and full information.

SAFETY TIPS/FAQS/NEWS ITEMS & More! Read our new Mission Statement...
If you park a car on the street or have visiting guests doing so, Never leave anything in the car these days. They DO check before breaking in according to sightings in our area, and there does seem to be gangs of people doing this in concert. Secondly, it is not a good idea to leave a garage door opener in your car if you park outside anymore. Thirdly, we keep images of our registration on phone/dropbox and cut the address out of any documents in the car. If your car is broken into at Bart, they may come to house with suspicion you're not home...  Be safe out there!   We'll post these tips in our URNA April newsletter too:
Are you on yet?! URNA and the OPD urge you all to join the website to keep up to date on what's going on in the 'hood!  Additionally, Oakland Police have accounts and often post useful info on crimes, statistics for our Area2, etc. Our city councilperson Dan Kalb has been posting crime reports on NextDoor as well. URNA does not receive any money from NextDoor for this advice!
NOTE NOTE!  To join NextDoor, you need a valid address in one of the neighborhood sectors they created. The boundaries are a little funky, in that your neighbor a block away may not be in your neighborhood, and therefore will not see your posts unless they include your neighborhood in their view. You can choose to see posts from many neighborhoods and to receive daily summaries of such posts too. Be sure to check your settings...


We now have two new rates for members!  The biggest obstacle to getting the most out of our patrol services is membership!  We NEED MORE OF OUR NEIGHBORS to participate. More members = more hours of patrol service = more safety for our area! We hope these rates will be attractive.

We know that some of our neighbors have their own alarm service patrols and some areas have cameras too. Remember that we ALL benefit from our service and the others. We now offer TWO MEMBERSHIP levels for URNA*:

FULL MEMBER:  $35/mo*

For full information about what features are included, please visit the website and see JOIN NOW!

 Did you know URNA now has a Facebook group page? And a Twitter account?  Follow us on these and you can sign up for the newsletter on those pages too!
URNA on Facebook :
URNA on Twitter:
HOW TO EMAIL US:  We have created convenient aliases to contact URNA, as well as through the contact form on the website. Here they are: -- General Inquiries or Membership Info -- Billing Matters -- Join Newsletter -- To help membership drive -- vacation watch request (Full members only)
- Gordie, Brad, Craig, Ben, and Lori

The Upper Rockridge Neighborhood Association is a California nonprofit unincorporated association formed in the Fall of 2014, and is not organized for the private gain of any person. The Association is organized exclusively as a social welfare organization within the meaning of Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.  See Website for List of Board Members.

SC3 Patrol officers are unarmed and do not use racial profiling. They are trained to observe and report suspicious or criminal activity. Their first response to any criminal or safety concern is to contact OPD, and then observe, report, and, when it is safe to do so, assist anyone in need. 

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY OR URGENT SITUATION, ALWAYS CALL 9-1-1 (from landlines) OR THE OPD EMERGENCY LINE (510) 777-3211 (from cell phones) FIRST

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