Protecting our investment

The CBD is a special assessment district into which property owners contribute money to ensure the district is safe, clean and promoted. The help of property owners allows us to continue the tremendous success of the KONO Community Benefit District. Check out our accomplishments to learn more about what we've achieved through the support of property owners. Your help is still needed to take our community into the next phase of economic growth. 

Annual Report to City Council 2016

Annual Report to City Council 2015
Annual Report to City Council 2014

History of the CBD

In 1999, the Oakland City Council approved the Oakland Property Business Improvement District Ordinance (Ord. No. 12190 C.M.S). This legislation allows for the formation of property-based assessment districts (CBDs) to undertake a range of services within an assessment area, independent from government, to further the development and economic viability of an area.

Property owners along Telegraph Avenue from 20th to 35th Streets in Oakland voted to approve forming a CBD for that area in July of 2007. They were unhappy about the long economic decline of the area and wanted to band together for positive change. The goal was to create a strong advocacy group that would bring resources and attention and make the area more attractive for visitors. The small residential population could not support widespread economic revitalization, so outside investment from the district's large number of Korean-American property and business owners was targeted. They approved calling the new CBD Koreatown Northgate, which reflects both new investment and the existing neighborhood. The CBD works to build strong community relationships among property owners, merchants and residents.


About the Community Benefit District

There are 8 volunteer members on our board of directors. They are residents, business owners, and/or property owners in the CBD. One 3/4 time and one 1/2 time staffis employed to complete all administrative duties. Property owners contribute approximately $308,000 each year into the CBD. The assessments are an addition to each owner's property tax bill.

55% of funds are used for Public Right of Way Sidewalk Operations (PROWSO).
25% of funds are used for administration.
15% of funds are used for marketing and identity.
5% of the funds are held in contingency, to reimburse
         the City and County for collection costs.

Security & Operations Committee

Safety1st ambassadors sweep sidewalks, report and remove illegal dumping, remove graffiti, report feedback from businesses and residents and monitor crime and loitering. Regular meetings with the Oakland Police Department to eradicate quality of life crimes from the area. Strategically placed cameras combat graffiti and protect small businesses. In light of recent police reductions, including our Walking and Problem Solving Officer, it's imperative that Oakland Merchants unite in an effort to ward off neighborhood crime and nuisances. More information here Utility boxes like the ones shown below are a graffii abatement effort and a beautification project

Upcoming Meetings

Executive Committee - Every first Tuesday of the month @ 6:00 pm
Board of Directors - Every second Tuesday of the month @ 6:30 pm

Meetings takes place at the KONO office (2633 Telegraph Ave., Suite 109, Oakland, CA 94612), in the Sears Lofts


Marketing & Identity Committee

KONO website created by LocalOn allows merchants to post events and coupons directly to the site. Promotional partnerships with East Bay Express, Korea Times, Oakland Local, and Oakland Grown work with merchants to drive business and encourage local holiday shopping. Art in vacant storefronts and on utility boxes highlights local talent and attracts businesses to the area. Street banners enliven and promote the district. 83 trees restore greenery to Telegraph Avenue. The CBD organizes a yearly multi-cultural street festival.


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