June 1-7 Oakland Political & Community Events

31 May

Monday, June 1st – Port Commission Hearing on Oakland Airport Connector Funding

On Monday the Port Commission will vote on taking the first step on funding the OAC to the tune of $44 million. You can read all about this issue in my post about this hearing. The meeting starts at 3:30 pm and will be held at 530 Water Street in Oakland (accessible by the 72, 72M, or 72R buses).

Monday, June 1st – City Council Budget Workshop

The Council will be meeting again this week to discuss the budget in further detail. For background, I highly recommend checking out V Smoothe’s coverage of the budget, which is really the only in depth budget coverage you’ll find anywhere. This workshop will be held at 4pm in the Council Chambers in City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Tuesday, June 2nd – Oakland City Council Meeting

Though many items have been scratched from the agenda, there’s still a lot less to discuss. Among other items, the Council will discuss several applications for stimulus funds, a few different grants for youth services, and the proposed municipal ID card, which V Smoothe isn’t too excited about. 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, June 3rd – Alameda County Democratic Central Committee Meeting

Every month, the Central Committee meets to discuss party business and to make plans for the future of the Democratic Party in Alameda County. This month, among other items, we’ll be voting on whether to endorse each of the four Oakland measures, C, D, F & H. If you’re interested in getting involved with the Democratic Party, this is a great way to do so. I’m an associate member for the 16th Assembly District, so you can find me at this meeting every month. The meeting will be held from 7-9pm in the San Leandro Main Library, Dave Karp Room, 300 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro, CA 94577.

Wednesday, June 3rd – Planning Commission Hearing on the Housing Element

This week, the Oakland City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider whether to recommend adoption of the proposed 2007-2014 Housing Element, an Element of the General Plan. The Housing Element is a five-year blueprint for housing Oakland’s residents, at all economic levels, including low-income and households with special needs. It provides an update on housing prices and rents, housing conditions and market trends. For background on the Housing Element, read Tom Thurston’s coverage here, here, and here, and read the Planning Commission staff report. This hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. in Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 1, One Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.

Friday, May 29th – Dancing Under the Stars at Jack London Square

Via Angela Woodall: “Free Outdoor Classes from May 1 to July so you can Dance the Night Away on Oakland’s Waterfront. On Friday nights this Spring and Summer, Jack London Square will see sizzling salsa, tight turns, and elegant waltzes. But on this dance floor, there will be no judges and no one will be voted out. Jack London Square today announced Dancing Under the Stars, a summer of free outdoor dance classes open to the public. Over ten Friday night sessions, visitors will be treated to professional instruction in a range of popular steps, all on Oakland’s waterfront and by the light of the stars. Dancing Under the Stars will begin at 8:30 PM each Friday at the foot of Broadway from May 1st to July 3rd.” This Friday, they’ll be teaching the Foxtrot.

Friday & Saturday, June 5th & 6th – WOBO Successful Campaigns Training

Walk Oakland Bike Oakland is holding a training on choosing, directing, and winning campaigns to increase bicycling and walking. You’ll come away with the tools and confidence to not only advocate for improvements, but win them! The course will be instructed by SF Bicycle Coalition’s founding Executive Director Dave Snyder and WOBO Board members. The training will be held Friday 6:30pm-9:30pm & Saturday 8:30am-5pm at theoffices of Bay Area Wilderness Training at 2301 Broadway, #B off 23rd. You can find all the details at WOBO’s site.

Saturday, June 6th – West Oakland’s Green Scene

This will be celebration of both the new park and the many organizations that are creating healthy and sustainable communities in Oakland. There will be several activities geared towards kids, and plenty to do for adults as well. If you’ve never been to Middle Harbor Park, this is a great chance to check it out (read my review of the park to find out how amazing it is). The event will be held at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park from 11:00am-4:00pm. Parking is limited: ride a bike or take the hydrogen fuel-celled AC Transit Bus #13 (departs every ½ hour from West Oakland BART). You can read all the details here.

Sunday, June 7th – Temescal Street Fair

The annual Temescal Street Fair will be held Sunday (note day change). Enjoy delicious food and drink from local restaurants including Lanesplitter Pizza and Pub, La Calaca Loca Taqueria, Burma Superstar, Bear Naked Burgers, Bakesale Betty, The Avenue and much more. Music at the Main Stage at 51st will feature: Fito Reynoso y su Ritmo y Harmonia (salsa), Cataracs (rock), Destiny Arts Youth Performance Troupe (hip-hop),  Zanza (sassy bossa nova). There are special activities for kids, a fashion show, plenty of opportunities to buy local, and valet bike parking. The fair will be held 12-6pm with an expansion this year from 45th-51st Telegraph Avenue, North Oakland. You can find more info at the Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District’s website and you can see some photos from last year’s fair here.

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