June, 2016 Newsletter
London’s Epping Forest Teaches LHA About Pollarding
Over the years, we’ve had many inquiries from members regarding continuing the practice of pollarding the London Plane (Sycamore) trees lining the main streets of LHA. Pollarding is a pruning system in which the upper branches of a tree are removed, promoting a dense head of foliage while keeping the tree smaller than it would naturally grow. With the City no longer covering the cost of pollarding our street trees, LHA has inherited the tree maintenance and associated costs. Read the letter from London.
Safer Crocker Update
Safer Crocker is delighted to announce that through our support they will begin daily security patrols in our neighborhood beginning Monday, June 13. Read the complete update.
Running for the 2017 LHA Board?
Nominations for directors of LHA are due by September 15, 2016. For more election and candidate information, see your Annual Disclosure document, Section 5, Election Rules. More info.
Free Mini Library
Another Little Free Library has opened; this one in Carlston Triangle. Thanks to our anonymous homeowner’s generous donation. It joins two already in business on upper and lower Sunnyhills. Stop by, have seat on the park bench, take a book, leave a book. Enjoy!

Splash Pad’s California Native Plant Garden is in full bloom this spring. Visit the park on Lake Park Ave. and help in the garden the 4th Sunday each month at 9 a.m.

First Thursdays on Grand Avenue happens each month 6–9 p.m. Live music, art, free food. 
Check it out!

National Night Out is Tuesday, August 2nd. Mark your calendar and plan your neighborhood get-together!

Shakewell Bistro (3407 Lakeshore) was on KQED’s Check, Please! Bay Area program this month. Spoiler alert: unanimously relished by testers.


Update from The Grand Lake NCPC
Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council Council member Abel Guillen and Oakland Police Department (OPD) Captain Freddie Hamilton attended the May 18th Grand Lake NCPC to discuss recent crimes in the neighborhood and also to report on crime statistics. Read more.

Watching your Water? Rebates and Resources
If you are like most of us, you are watching your water usage carefully as the drought is not over. Two resources for information on what to grow in our specific Oakland version of a summer-dry climate are Water Use Classifications of Landscape Species database www.waterwonk.us (created by University of California Cooperative Extension and funded by California Department of Water Resources) and EBMUD’s book and on-line list Plants for Summer-Dry Climates. 
Parking Enforcement
Last month, OPD Traffic Control made a pass through LHA looking for parking violations. The officer provided some pointers to avoid getting a parking ticket. Avoid tickets by reading this.
Need an LHA CC&R's Refresher?
Here are some helpful excerpts and highlights from LHA CC&R’s or Bylaws, expressed in lay terms. Refer to these documents for details and all other and additional rules. Read more.
Committee Meeting Times
Neighborhood Preservation—1st Wednesday 7:30 p.m.
Parks—2nd Wednesday 7:30 p.m.
Board of Directors—3rd Wednesday 7:30 p.m.
Membership—3rd Saturday 10:30 a.m.
Committee agendas and minutes can now be found on our website. We'll do our best to get these up in a timely manner.
Agendas and Minutes
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