July 20-26 Oakland Political & Community Events

19 Jul

Monday, July 20th – Musical Mondays at Jack London Square – Bobby Young

This summer, Jack London Square is holding a two month series of Musical Mondays. Jack London Square hosts live musical entertainment to enjoy while playing favorite board games. Check out chess, checkers, scrabble and much more. Build up an appetite and check out the prefix dinner menus that the JLS restaurants will feature to help you ease into another work week. This event will be held from 5:30-8:00 pm at the foot of Broadway in Jack London Square.

Tuesday, July 21st – Oakland City Council Meeting

Among other items, the Council will be discussing seeking public and private funding to improve parks, establishing the Oakland Tourism Business District, increasing fees for parking garages and monthly swim passes, and various grants. But the real fireworks should happen during the item that’s not really agendized, the Army Base. Instead of discussing who to award the Army Base contract to, they’ll just be discussing when to agendize a discussion of this – either for their special Council meeting on July 28th or something after recess. Both Larry Reid and Ignacio De La Fuente walked out (at different times) on last week’s Rules Committee meeting, which is why this discussion is happenign at the full Council meeting. 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, July 15th – MTC Hearing on Oakland Airport Connector Funding

This Wednesday, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)  will be voting on $140 million in funding for the Oakland Airport Connector (OAC). This vote will be one of the last votes on funding for the OAC, yet BART has failed to provide accurate information on projected ridership and a bus alternative. We are urging MTC not to approve this funding until BART can answer questions that advocates have been asking for months. Please join us at 10am at MTC Headquarters, 101 Eighth Street near Lake Merritt BART. For more info, visit OaklandAirportConnnector.com.

Thursday, July 23rdWellstone Democratic Club Meeting

The Bay Area Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club will present and discuss “Reforming the California Budget and the Process for Change” at its monthly meeting. The panel consists of San Francisco Assessor Recorder Phil Ting of “Close the Prop 13 Loophole”, http://www.closetheloophole.com, who states, “California cannot continue to mortgage the future to protect corporate tax loopholes for commercial properties” and proposes adopting a split-roll strategy so that corporate property taxes can increase while homeowners retain their low rates. The panel also includes, UC Berkeley Professor of Linguistics, George Lakoff, who will discuss the ways Californians can begin to frame the debate in which this difficult change can be made. The meeting will be held at the Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street in Oakland. The program begins at 7:30 PM following a potluck and business meeting at 6 PM. For more information, visit the club’s website.

Friday, July 24th – Fourth Friday Summer Nights: The Secret Garden

This summer, the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate is hosting free movies on the fourth Friday of each month. This month, they’ll be showing The Secret Garden. Via V Smoothe, “The grounds open at 6 PM for picnicking and wandering. Music is provided before the movies, which begin around 8:30, once the sun sets. And if you don’t have a car, no problem! AC Transit line 45 drops you off maybe a 10 minute walk (or less, depending on how fast you walk, I guess) from the Estate and runs until midnight.” The estate is located at 2960 Peralta Oaks Ct.

Saturday, July 25th – 2nd Annual Bike for Life

Healin’ From Killin’, a Bike Ride For Peace – from Lake Merritt to DeFremery Parkm, led by SCRAPER BIKES. Ride starts at 2pm from Lakeside Park, 468 Perkins St. Party begins at 3pm at DeFremery Park, 1651 Adeline St. Featuring food, prizes, skateboard exhibition, turf dancing, and performances by the Trunk Boiz, Queen Deelah and special guests! Find more info at www.bikes4life.com.

Saturday, July 25th – Craft Bazaar at Pretty Penny

The Parlour Gallery and local vintage haunt, Pretty Penny, are joining forces to highlight emerging bay area talent with their first ever Craft Bazaar. The bazaar will be a day focused on a small number of handpicked local fashion and craft designers and their amazing fares.  With an intimate feel, shoppers will have the chance to get know each artist and what goes into their designs, while enjoying some great music. Join in the support and come see how talented your neighbors really are Saturday July 25th from 11am to 7pm at Pretty Penny, 5488 College Ave.

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