Archive for August, 2010

Oakland Pride Day! 9.5.2010 Labor Day Weekend, 12-6 pm

August 17, 2010

Caldecott Properties to sponsor a booth at Oakland Pride Day ~ Stop By!

Show us your love for Oakland. Show us your PRIDE. Join us on September 5, 2010 for the largest LGBTQ Pride Festival in East Bay. Check out the music, food, booths, individuals and organizations that are making a difference for our LGBTQ community.

Sunday 12-6pm
Labor Day Weekend

Uptown Oakland
19th Street & Franklin Street

$5 Admission

Four Stages ~ Live Entertainment!

Global Health Pavilion
Family & Kid Fun Zone
Food, Visual Artist & Community Exhibitors

DJs: Latin, Hip Hop, House, Disco, Electronica, R&B, Pop & More!

For more information about Oakland Pride, visit

Oakland Builders Alliance Endorses Perata for Mayor

August 17, 2010

Group supports candidates who can rescue Oakland fiscally, and re-energize the local economy

(Oakland, CA)—On August 11, 2010, the 17 member board of the Oakland Builders Alliance, the influential group focused on building, economic growth, and job creation in the construction sector in Oakland, CA voted unanimously to endorse Don Perata for Mayor of Oakland in the upcoming November, 2010 election.

The board of the OBA recognized that the next Mayor will be confronted with a worsening fiscal climate in coming years, creating even direr budget conditions for the city.

“Managing this crisis will be less about ideas, and more about successfully wrestling with multiple entrenched interests. Oakland needs a Mayor that can lead a three ring circus, while simultaneously taming lions. Don Perata is the only candidate capable of doing this,” stated Carlos Plazola, Chair of the Oakland Builders Alliance.

The board considered ranked-choice endorsements and dual endorsements, but by the end of deliberations, it became abundantly clear that the only person capable of turning the city around in a hurry was Don Perata.

“As a contractor, I have to make hard decisions in balancing my company’s budget—that includes layoffs, pay-cuts, and flattening out our organizational chart. The city of Oakland needs to get serious about doing the same. Perata will make it happen,” said Joe Sarapachillo, Chair of the Contractor’s Committee of the OBA.

Other candidates endorsed by the Oakland Builders Alliance included:

Courtney Ruby for Oakland City Auditor: Auditor Ruby has consistently shown her commitment to take on tough issues and tough special interests to make sure Oakland is functioning effectively and honestly. We are proud to endorse Courtney for another term.

Pat Kernighan for Council District Two: Councilmember Kernighan won the support of the board based on her knowledge of, and commitment to, restructuring Oakland’s broken pension system that threatens to undermine the city’s ability to deliver quality services to its residents. Her experience will be vital to Oakland’s ability to navigate the coming years.

Endorsement for Council District Four: While there are several strong candidates running, no one candidate was able to acquire the necessary votes from the board to win an endorsement.

Desley Brooks for Council District Six: Councilmember Brooks, who has always been strong on business matters, shares a strong commitment with the OBA to create jobs and revenue by redeveloping blighted or under-developed areas of Oakland. Her understanding of the need to make hard decisions to balance Oakland’s budget also won her the endorsement from the board.

For more information about the OBA, visit their website at

Oakland Grown & Proud!

August 17, 2010

Caldecott Properties is a proud member of Oakland Grown, a “movement celebrating and supporting Oakand’s locally-owned, independent businesses and artists. It’s about making your hard-earned money go further here at home, creating a sustainable economy, and helping to preserve the unique Oakland you love. Individuals, businesses, artists and organizations can all join the movement. Step out of the box. Be Oakland Grown.” Learn more here.

What is Oakland Grown?

Inspired by similar efforts around the country, Oakland Grown is a group of local business owners, artists, and engaged citizens committed to strengthening Oakland’s local economy, social well being, and unique sense of place. Our vision includes the creation of a permanent local network that:

  • Supports the growth and development of locally owned and independently operated businesses and local artists in Oakland
  • Encourages local purchasing by residents, businesses, and artists
  • Creates opportunities for business owners and artists to network and share best practices
  • Advocates for public policies that strengthen independent local businesses and artists, and helps level the economic playing field

 For more information about Oakland Grown and learn more about what you can do to invest in our community, visit

New Borrower Web Site Available ~

August 9, 2010


Fannie Mae has launched, a new consumer education Web site that outlines the choices available to homeowners who are struggling with their mortgage payments, and provides guidance on how they can contact and work with their mortgage company to find solutions.

The online resource, which offers reliable and easy-to-understand information in both English and Spanish, expands on Fannie Mae’s ongoing efforts to help struggling borrowers find alternatives to foreclosure. Key features of include:

  • an interactive Options Finder to help homeowners identify options that might be right for their situation;
  • calculators to help borrowers understand how many of the options work, including refinance, repayment, forbearance, and modification;
  • videos featuring real homeowners discussing how they received help and housing counselors providing advice;
  • a virtual assistant to walk homeowners through key areas of the site; and
  • next steps and helpful forms, including a financial checklist and contact log to help borrowers be prepared when contacting their mortgage company or housing counselor. provides homeowners who are having trouble paying or recognize they can no longer afford their mortgages with detailed information on

  • refinancing, 
  • repayment plans, 
  • forbearance, 
  • loan modifications, 
  • Deed-for-Lease™,
  • short sales, 
  • deeds-in-lieu; and more.

Check out today!