Scouts Install Edging Along Firestorm Memorial Garden Sidewalk

Over the past few weeks, scouts from Piedmont Boy Scouts Troop 15 helped Eagle Scout candidate Nathan Catalano install Trex edging along the sidewalk on Hiller to retain the soil from the Firestorm Memorial Garden. As part of his project, Nate had to measure sections to determine how much Trex was needed.  Using donated Trex […]

Getting Back to Work and Fun this Fall

As we venture out again after months of hunkering down during Covid, watching the news of infections among fully vaccinated individuals, please take note of these upcoming events that the North Hills Community Association board is planning to strengthen our North Hills community.  Please share with neighbors and other friends who don’t subscribe to our […]

Hillary Conlon’s Shrine to the Fire Victims

When my family and I first moved into our new home in the Oakland Hills in 2003, we began our landscaping like any other family, but then I started finding items in the dirt that seemed to belong to the previous occupants of the land. We had bought the lot from people who had bought […]

Sue Piper’s Post Fire Garden Quilt

Sue Piper’s Post Fire Garden Quilt—I had made a smaller quilt like this before the fire, based on art from Lois Ehler’s children’s book Planting a Rainbow.  Several months after the fire, when I felt the urge to quilt again, I decided to remake the quilt but larger.  The flowers represent the flowers that had […]

Goats in the Hills

Goats in the Hills Living in the Oakland hills we have become used to seeing the goat herds on the hillsides during springtime, ‘mowing down’ the grasses and weeds, which are a big part to management the vegetation in hard to reach hillsides for fire prevention.  We interviewed two of the goat herders, Alberto, and […]

New Fire Chief appointed

City Administrator Ed Reiskin announced the selection of Reginald D. Freeman to serve as the next Fire Chief for the City of Oakland. This became effective May 17, 2021. Mr. Freeman most recently has served as the Fire Chief for the City of Hartford, Connecticut since 2016. He will take over for Deputy Chief Melinda […]

Earth Day 2021

The NHCA Earth Day was celebrated by a number of volunteers enjoying the Gateway Exhibit and Gardens (Tunnel/Hiller/Caldecott Lane) admiring the beautiful vistas, placed granite rocks and color of the current blooming from succulents as well as Iris, Red Bud and Lilies. Participating in community volunteerism gave them an opportunity to meet new friends, learn […]

Nico Laub-Sabater leads Scout Project at Gateway

Eagle Scout Candidate Nico Laub-Sabater (Piedmont Boy Scout Troop 15) has led a multi-work-day project to beautify the Gateway Fire Resistant Garden over the last few months in coordination with the NHCA Garden Committee. Scouts weeded near the exhibit center and then planted succulent cuttings. The Gateway Fire Resistant Garden shows local residents how they […]

Celebrating The Piper’s 50th Anniversary at Gateway

NHCA Committee Chair Sue Piper and her husband Gordon, chair of the Oakland Landscape Committee, shared their 50th Anniversary with volunteers at Gateway. Many thanks to Mary Alice Rathburn for picking up the trash (she does so every week); and to volunteers Lia Turk, Laura Escobosa and Carolyn Burgess for weeding in the garden. It […]

Fourth Bore Coalition (FBC) Overview/Status

Overview In 2005, NHCA joined a coalition of neighborhood groups that worked to ensure construction of the Caldecott Tunnel’s fourth bore was done with the least negative impact and with appropriate mitigations and improvements that are socially, economically, and environmentally beneficial for the entire community. Caltrans opened the new bore to traffic in November 2013 […]

Hooray! our New Oakland Police Chief

On February 8, 2021, Mayor Libby Schaaf and Oakland Police Commission Chair Regina Jackson swore-in LeRonne L. Armstrong as Chief of the Oakland Police Department. Chief LeRonne L. Armstrong was born and raised in West Oakland, California, and is a graduate of McClymonds High School. He attended California State University, Sacramento, and graduated with a […]