A week full of politics, planning & transit

26 Jan

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.

5 Responses to “A week full of politics, planning & transit”

  1. V Smoothe January 26, 2009 at 9:19 am #

    Great roundup, Becks. I’d also add the MGO Democratic Club’s MGO Parcel Tax Forum, where Measure Y Oversight Committee Chair Maya Dillard-Smith and Measure Y Staff member Jeff Baker will be on hand to discuss the four year old parcel tax, and how it’s working (or not, as the case may be). Thursday night at 7:30 at the Dimond Library.

  2. V Smoothe January 26, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    Oh, and also the Planning Commission’s Zoning Update Committee is going to be discussing the downtown rezoning again on Wednesday at 4.

  3. Becks January 26, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    Thanks for those additions V.

    Is anyone else annoyed that Dellums waited until 11:51 am this morning to send out an email announcing his State of the City address? That either demonstrates that he doesn’t want people to come or that his office is so disorganized that they forgot to send out the email until today. Either way, it’s pretty terrible behavior for a mayor.

  4. Roger Miller January 27, 2009 at 6:17 am #

    Thanks for the WOBO shoutout Becks. Sorry that I’ll miss seeing you at the meeting tonight – Jen and I are in Salt Lake City. Hope that you don’t have a repeat of last month’s bad driver incident on the way out of the meeting…WOBO meetings aren’t usually that dangerous!

  5. dto510 January 27, 2009 at 12:21 pm #

    What, car drivers aren’t stalking WOBO meetings to run over those uppity pedestrian advocates?

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