If you are interested in politics, planning, or transit, there are several events happening this week that you should consider attending. Tonight, Mayor Dellums will be giving his annual State of the City address. V Smoothe shared her predictions of what Dellums will say tonight, and last year, she wrote an incredibly thorough report of the 2008 State of the City address (if you haven’t read this, it’s long, but a must read). Last year’s event filled far past capacity, and many people were turned away so this year the speech will be broadcast at several satellite locations. You can find out info about where to watch it here.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission will be holding public hearings on its 2035 Regional Transportation Plan. If you have no idea what this plan is about, not to worry – Eric at Transbay Blog poured over the plan and picked it apart for us. Check out his analysis and then head to one of the hearings this week to tell the MTC what you like and don’t like about the plan. Though the MTC is not closely followed by Bay Area media (or activists for that matter), the decisions it makes are important and far reaching so please consider weighing in on this process. You can find some suggested talking points at TransForm’s website.
Big public hearings aren’t what you’re looking for? Then maybe the more intimate Walk Oakland Bike Oakland meeting is where you should go on Tuesday night. I went to last month’s WOBO meeting, and though I got hit by a car after leaving the meeting, I plan to be back. WOBO works on all sorts of pedestrian and bicycle issues in Oakland and has been very successful so far. Whether you’re an expert on these issues or just interested, this meeting is right for you, and I can tell you from experience that you’ll be welcomed and will learn a lot.
Though there’s no Planning Commission meeting this Wednesday, you can still get your fill of planning and development issues by going to a community meeting held by Alta Bates. They are beginning the planning process of upgrading several buildings and building a few new structures at the Summit Campus in north Oakland. You can find the details for this meeting (and most of the events mentioned above) at my Events page.