In August 2004, commercial and residential property owners along Telegraph Avenue and adjoining areas voted to form a special benefits assessment district along Telegraph Avenue from 40th to 66th Street (Berkeley border), including small portions of Shattuck Avenue, 51st Street, Claremont Avenue, and also Children's Hospital. This is known as the Temescal/Telegraph Business Improvement District ("Temescal Telegraph BID"). The BID is managed by the Temescal Telegraph Community Association (TTCA).
The BID's mission is to make the Temescal Telegraph commercial corridor more pedestrian-friendly for its residents, build upon the sense of community, and attract new shoppers.

For more information on the Temescal Telegraph BID and its community efforts, view our final 2015-2020  Strategic Plan

2005 - 2014 Accomplishments include:

  • Sidewalk sweeping, litter pick-up & graffiti abatement throughout the district
  • 70 new pedestrian street lights
  • 100 pole banners
  • Gateway signage at District entry points
  • Annual special event programming
  • Temescal Flows mural
  • 100 planters installed with beautiful greenery
  • 50 artistic murals and banners installed on the PG&E substation and the Kelly Moore building
  • Obelisk installed at Pennzoil on 52nd St
  • 47 trash cans transformed with mosaic art
  • 14 utility boxes decorated with art by Peralta School
  • District website created
  • Provided $10,000 grant to start the Farmer’s Market at the DMV

About the Temescal Telegraph

District Maintenance:
Block by Block

Starting February 1, 2017, Temescal Telegraph has contracted with a new company, Block by Block to provide 112 hours per week of the following Environmental Maintenance Services in Temescal:

·      Removal of Litter and Debris
·      Removal of handbills, stickers, posters
·      Power Washing – hot spots
·      Watering Services – of the Temescal BID’s                planters & landscaped medians
·      Graffiti removal from public property and                  private property (please contact BBB to                        coordinate private property graffiti removal)
·      Weed Control
·      Illegal Dumping – working with the city to                remove illegal dumping.
·      Special Projects & limited landscaping
Keith Carter, the new full-time in-district Block by Block Operations Manager for the Temescal BID’s maintenance services, can be contacted for requests, questions and concerns regarding maintenance in the Temescal:

Keith Carter, Operations Manager: 510-295-9131