Monday, March 9th – AC Transit 51 Line Open House
AC Transit is hosting a series of open houses for the public to hear strategies to improve Line 51. If you’ve ever ridden the 51, you know how crowded it can get and how unreliable the buses are – it’s not uncommon to wait 20+ minutes for a bus that’s supposed to come every 10 minutes. So for the past two years, AC Transit has been working to evaluate the line, including usage patterns and sources of delays, while compiling a list of recommendations to improve the line’s overall reliability. AC Transit staff is interested in sharing these recommendations with, and eliciting comments from, the public. The three open houses will include a brief staff presentation, the opportunity for one-on-one conversation with staff members, and an open-ended question-and-answer period. I highly recommend reading or at least skimming the staff report before attending the meeting (and don’t worry – if you’re not up to reading the 86 page report, I’ll be writing about it later this week). Monday’s open house will be held from 6:30-8pm at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley. (There will also be an open house on Thursday in Alameda and Saturday in Oakland – details for the Oakland open house can be found below).
Tuesday, March 10th – Gavin Newsom Town Hall
If you’re like me, you probably haven’t done your homework yet on the governor’s election. But eventually you’re going to have to figure out who to vote for, and now’s as good of time as any to start learning about the candidates. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is holding a town hall this Tuesday in Oakland, where you’ll have the opportunity to hear about his plans for California and to ask some questions. The town hall will be held from 6-8pm at the Rotunda, 300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. You can RSVP and find out more info here. (Just to be clear – I am not endorsing Newsom, I’m just sharing this event for informational purposes. I’ll keep my eye out for other upcoming candidate events to share.)
Thursday, March 12th – Mix It Up East Bay: Water – Not a Dry Subject
On Thursday night, have a few drinks, meet politically engaged Oaklanders, and learn about the pressing water issues we face at Mix It Up East Bay. Water might not be the sexiest political issue, but it is one of the most important ones. Come and hear (brief) presentations on water and water conservation by:
* Andy Katz, East Bay Municipal Utility District
* Stephen Knight, Save the Bay
* Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (invited)
Mix It Up East Bay is held every 2nd Thursday of the month from 6-9pm at Shashamane at 2507 Broadway. If you plan to attend, please RSVP here.
Saturday, March 14th – AC Transit 51 Line Open House
This will be the final of three open houses AC Transit is holding this week to seek input on planned improvements to the 51 line (see details above). Saturday’s open house will be held from 10:30am-12pm at AC Transit General Offices, 1600 Franklin Street, Oakland .