May 18-22 Oakland Political & Community Events

17 May

Tuesday, May 19th – AC Transit Service Reduction Workshop

As you have probably read in the news, these are difficult times for transit agencies across the country. AC Transit is facing the prospect of a $57 million deficit due to significant cuts in state funding, weakening sales tax revenue, and other factors. Among various cost-cutting measures, AC Transit must begin planning for service reductions, likely to take effect later this year. Bus riders and the community are encouraged to attend workshops and provide input into the planning process. Following the workshops, specific proposals will be formulated and presented to the AC Transit Board of Directors in June, with a public hearing likely scheduled in August. This workshop will be held from 6:30-8:30pm at the AC Transit General Offices, 1600 Franklin Street in downtown Oakland. Lines 1, 11, 12, 15, 18, 51, 72, and 72M stop one block away at Broadway and 17th Street.

Tuesday, May 19th – Oakland City Council Meeting

Tuesday’s Council meeting looks to be very brief – maybe they’ll get out of their at a decent hour for once. They’ll be discussing the army base, progress on stimulus grants, and green jobs. See the full meeting agenda and check out my post about how to watch and understand City Council meetings if you need some guidance on how or where to view the meeting. The non-ceremonial parts of the meeting start at 7pm at the Council Chambers in City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Wednesday, May 20th – Oakland School District Superintendent Forum

This Wednesday, Oakland residents will have the chance to listen to and ask questions of the three finalists for superintendent. Via Katy Murphy: “Barbara Adams, recently the chief academic officer for Boston Public Schools; Tony Smith, deputy superintendent of instruction, innovation and social justice in the San Francisco school district; and Ed Velasquez, superintendent and chief of police of the Montebello school district in Los Angeles County, will each make brief presentations while the others wait their turn in separate rooms, out of earshot.” The forum will be held at 6pm in the Oakland Technical High School auditorium, 4351 Broadway.

Thursday, May 21st - Oakland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting

Oakland’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) meets monthly to discusses bicycle and pedestrian issues. The BPAC is extremely inclusive – any Oakland resident who attends three consecutive meetings becomes a voting member of the committee – so if you’re interested in bike and ped issues, you should consider attending. The BPAC will be meeting from 5:30-7:30pm in Hearing Room 4 of City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Friday, May 22nd – Dancing Under the Stars at Jack London Square

Via Angela Woodall: “Free Outdoor Classes from May 1 to July so you can Dance the Night Away on Oakland’s Waterfront. On Friday nights this Spring and Summer, Jack London Square will see sizzling salsa, tight turns, and elegant waltzes. But on this dance floor, there will be no judges and no one will be voted out. Jack London Square today announced Dancing Under the Stars, a summer of free outdoor dance classes open to the public. Over ten Friday night sessions, visitors will be treated to professional instruction in a range of popular steps, all on Oakland’s waterfront and by the light of the stars. Dancing Under the Stars will begin at 8:30 PM each Friday at the foot of Broadway from May 1st to July 3rd.” This Friday, they’ll be teaching the Waltz.

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