December 14-20 Oakland Political & Community Events

13 Dec

Wednesday, December 16h – AC Transit Meeting on Service Adjustment Plan

At AC Transit’s regular Board meeting, the Board will be voting on final approval of the service adjustment plan. They also will be voting on changing transfer policy so that transfers would be valid for 2 hours, instead of the current 1.5 hours. This was a change requested by many community members during the service adjustment planning process. This meeting will take place at 6pm in the 2nd floor board room, 1600 Franklin Street. You can read the agenda and see the relevant memos here.

Wednesday, December 16th – Americans for Safe Access Holiday Party

Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the organization I used to work for, is throwing its annual holiday party to celebrate a year of successes in the fight for safe access to medical marijuana. There will be a silent auction, appetizers, champagne, live music by the Brass Liberation Orchestra, and a screening of “Medical Cannabis in California: A report from the front-line.” The event is 21+ and you must bring your physician’s recommendation for access to vapor lounge. The party runs from 7:30pm-11:55pm at Maxwell’s Restaurant & Lounge, 341 14th Street at Webster in Oakland. For tickets and more information, visit ASA’s website or call ASA’s office at 510-251-1856.

Thursday, December 17th – BART Forum on Police Chief Selection

BART’s Chief of Police is retiring at the end of this year and BART is undertaking a nationwide search to replace him. This forum will be a chance for the public to provide input on the recruitment and selection of the new police chief. This forum takes place at 6:00 p.m. at Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter Auditorium, 101 8th Street in Oakland (across from the Lake Merritt BART Station). For more details, visit BART’s website.

Thursday, December 17th – Oakland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting

Oakland’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) meets monthly to discusses bicycle and pedestrian issues. This month’s agenda looks very exciting, including discussions of Oakland’s Bus Rapid Transit Locally Preferred Alternative, the citywide parking study, and bicycle wayfinding signage project implementation. 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 BPAC will be meeting from 5:30-7:30pm in Hearing Room 4 of City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Thursday, December 17th – East Bay Young Dems Holiday Party: Cozy Cocktails

Join the East Bay Young Dems as we gather to celebrate our collective successes and prepare for the work ahead in 2010. Cozy Cocktails is an intimate get-together where fellow EBYD members (and prospective members!) can bond and really get to know one another over a cup of holiday cheer. Please bring a cocktail or some snacks to share. The party will be held from 6:30-9:00pm at the home of Hon. Abel Guillen, Peralta Trustee, in North Oakland. For the address, more details, and to RSVP, see the Facebook event.

Friday, December 18th – Citywide Holiday Open House

On Friday, December 18, stores and restaurants throughout Oakland will stay open late (from 6-8pm) to give you a chance to do some last-minute holiday shopping. Several of the stores will feature  live music, refreshments, discounts, gift wrapping, and a variety of other activities. Visit the website for a listing of all of the participating stores.

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