LakeShore Avenue Business Improvement District - About Us
About Us
LakeShore Avenue Business Improvement District 2014


The Lakeshore Avenue Business Improvement District was the first BID in the City of Oakland. In 1998 the property owners on Lakeshore and later Lake Park Avenues, joined together to form this non-profit by voting to assess themselves additional fees-based on a combination of frontage and square footage of their properties. They agreed to a plan to assist the merchant district  with beautification and promotion projects. At the time there had been a slight but worrisome decline in business which has been reversed since the inception of the BID.

What we do

The BID uses the assessments to fund: daily sidewalk and gutter cleaning, monthly steam cleaning, gardening in the tree wells and some larger plots, daily private security, promotions and events (4 times a year), and staffing/advocacy for the merchants and property owners in conjunction with neighborhood organizations. We have an Advisory Board which meets regularly. We are always looking for more community input and would be happy to consider a new community or merchant member. Merchants regularly attend our meetings and community updates. Please call or email Director Pamela Drake for more information on Advisory Board meetings/community updates. Call 510-593-3721 or email

Want to update or add your listing to the directory?

To add or update your listing in the directory, contact Pamela Drake, Director of the Lakeshore Avenue Business Improvement District, by calling 510-593-3721 or emailing You can mail items to 4133 Balfour Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610. We are in the process of updating our website so it may take some time to add or adjust listings.

Pamela Drake
Executive Director
About the Board
Barry Gilbert

Steve Banker

Victoria Fong

Ken Betts

George Konstantopoulos

Jim Hopkins

Luly McEtchin


Brook Heath