March 16-20 Oakland Political & Community Events

15 Mar

Monday, March 16th – Urban Sustainability & Community Development Forum

The Center for Community Innovation is sponsoring a lecture by UC Berkeley City and Regional Planning Professor Malo Hutson with discussant  Romel Pascual, LA Deputy Mayor for the Environment. The “green movement” has provided a window of opportunity for cities to develop in a more sustainable way. What role can the government, nonprofit and private sectors play in ensuring that our urban communities are more sustainable and equitable? This talk will explore the opportunities and challenges that exist in our current political and economic climate to enhance the quality of life within economically disadvantaged urban communities by focusing on four areas—economy, environment, equity and health. This forum will be held at 6pm in 106 Wurster Hall, located on UC Berkeley’s campus, just off Bancroft and College. No RSVPs necessary.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, March 17th – Oakland City Council Meeting

This week’s City Council meeting looks like it’s going to be another contentious and long one. They’ll be voting on measures that are set to be put on a special election ballot, including the hotel tax and the repeal of Measure OO. At the last Council meeting, they could not agree on the details of a Measure OO repeal so it should be interesting to see where the votes end up at this meeting. The Council will also vote on a resolution in support of Assembly Bill 312, which would require BART to create an office of citizen complaints for the BART police department.  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, and if you’d like to see the meeting in person, head to the Council Chambers in City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Thursday, March 19th – 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 agenda for this month’s meeting is not yet online, but I know that they’ll be voting on new officers. The BPAC will be meeting from 5:30-7:00pm in Hearing Room 4 of City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Thursday, March 19th – 2nd Annual We Love Old Oakland

On Thursday, join Old Oakland Neighbors in a community celebration. There will be entertainment, delicious food, music, stimulating conversation, and more in support of Old Oakland! Old Oakland Neighbors is a grassroots community group that welcomes residents, business owners and other concerned individuals in our neighborhood. Tickets for this event are $10 and include appetizers and door prizes. All ages are welcome. This event will be held from 6-10pm at the Washington Inn, 495 10th Street at Washington. For more info, email oldoakland@sbcglobal.net.

Friday, March 20th – Open House with Oakland’s State Legislators

Join Senator Loni Hancock, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, and Assemblymember Sandre Swanson for a joint open house this Friday. Meet your state representatives and their staff, learn about State programs and services and celebrate the arrival of a new season. The open house will be held from 5:30-7:30pm at Elihu M. Harris State Building Atrium, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland (between 14th and 16th Streets). To RSVP, please email melissa.male@sen.ca.gov or call (510) 286-1333.

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