May 4-10 Oakland Political & Community Events

3 May

Monday, May 4th – BART Police Department Review Committee Meeting

You might have heard that the BART Police Department Review Committee had been holding secret meetings, but luckily Sweet Melissa called them on this and now they’re announcing their meetings. Well, announcing the times and locations, but they’re still not providing any further info in the form of an agenda or even a general description. So you’ll just have to head down there to find out what they’re talking about. The meeting is at 10am in the BART Board Room, which is located in the Kaiser Center 20th Street Mall, Third Floor, 344 20th St., Oakland

Tuesday, May 5th – Oakland City Council Meeting

On Tuesday, the Council will be considering approving the surface parking lot in Uptown and we need your help to stop it. Check out the full action alert here. Oh, and they’ll be discussing some other issues too. They’re done voting on the special election tax measures so now they’re moving on to discussing other ways to get money, mostly in the form of federal stimulus funds. 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 6th – Young OBA Mixer

The Oakland Builders Alliance now has a younger arm and they are holding their first mixer this Wednesday. According to their Facebook page, “This will be a special opportunity to meet with young professionals like yourself interested in the future of Oakland.” They’re holding the event at Somar, which I’ve yet to check out so I’ll likely be stopping by for a drink before BARTing to the County Democratic Central Committee meeting. You should stop by too from 5:30-7:30pm at Somar, 1727 Telegraph Avenue. For more info and to RSVP, see the Facebook event or check out V Smoothe’s post about it.

Thursday, May 7th East Bay Young Dems’ First Annual Awards Gala

East Bay Young Dems is holding our first awards gala this week, honoring Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson. I’ve personally invested a lot of time and energy into this event, and I would love it if you could make it to the party on Thursday. If you’ve attended or heard about an EBYD event, then you know we know how to throw incredible parties, and this one will be no different. So join us on Thursday from 6:30-9:30pm at Swarm Studios & Gallery, 560 2nd Street in the Jack London Square neighborhood. For more info and to RSVP, head over to Facebook.

Sunday, May 10th – Visit Chabot Space & Science Center or Oakland Museum of California for Free

This is awesome – on Mother’s Day, the Koret Foundation is sponsoring several Bay Area museums to offer free admission. And two of the museums offering free entry are in Oakland – Chabot Space & Science Center and the Oakland Museum of California. If you’re looking for a Mother’s Day activity, this sounds like the perfect opportunity. Chabot is open from 11am-5pm and is located at 10000 Skyline Boulevard. Oakland Museum of CA is open from 12-5pm and is located at 1000 Oak Street.

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