OAKLAND -- An area a few blocks deep in East Oakland, struggling with a host of woes in recent years, will be the first site of the hands-on, "block-by-block" neighborhood improvement efforts Mayor Jean Quan touted during her campaign.

Quan and council President Larry Reid will join hundreds of volunteers expected Saturday and Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day for a street cleanup in police Beat 33X, several blocks around the area of International Boulevard and 82nd Avenue.

The cleanup will begin at Allen Temple Baptist Church at 8501 International Blvd. about 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers will spread out from there, picking up trash and helping clean the area.

After a lunch, the group will reconvene at 1 p.m. at the East Oakland Boxing Association, 816 98th Ave.

The cleanup is sponsored by Allen Temple as well as the Men of Valor program at ACTS Full Gospel Church and Service for Peace.

On Monday, starting at 9 a.m., efforts will expand to more parts of the city and resume in several locations:

  • Sobrante Park at 400 Capistrano Drive, near Madison Middle School.

  • Shepherd Park, 6200 Shepherd Canyon Road.

  • Lakeside Park at Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Ave.

    Anyone interested in helping is encouraged to drop by or go to www.mlkchallenge.org or e-mail sfpbayarea@gmail.com.



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