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May 24-30 Oakland Political & Community Events

24 May

Tuesday, May 25th – High Hopes for Cannabis Reform

Join the Control & Tax Cannabis 2010 campaign on the lovely back patio of A Cote, and meet Richard Lee, founder of Oaksterdam University and the force behind the campaign. Delicious hors d’oeuvre, wine, and cocktails will be served, and there will be fun door prizes and a raffle. Tickets are $99, with all proceeds benefiting the Tax Cannabis 2010 campaign. The event goes from 6-8pm at A Cote, 5478 College Avenue. Buy tickets online or RSVP on Facebook.

Wednesday, May 26th – AC Transit Public Hearings on Further Service Reductions

AC Transit will sadly be making further service reductions, and Wednesday is the day to tell the Board what lines you can’t live without or to share with them that magical solution you’ve thought of to save the system. The hearings will be held at 2pm and 6pm in the 2nd Floor Board Room, 1600 Franklin Street. You can see the proposed service reductions on AC Transit’s website.

Wednesday, May 26th – Phonebank for Victoria Kolakowski for Judge

Vicky’s campaign for Superior Court Judge continues to gain momentum. Last week she was endorsed by the San Francisco Bay Guardian and was featured in an East Bay Express article. We need to build on the momentum and attention that this race is receiving during the final push to the election on June 8. On Wednesday, May 26 please help Vicky make history by volunteering for her phone bank at 1904 Franklin St., Ste. 609 Oakland, CA 94612, from 6pm to 9pm. RSVP on Facebook or call Andre Charles for further information at (310) 775-0549.

Thursday, May 27th – Walk Oakland Bike Oakland Meeting

The next WOBO Meeting is Thursday, May 27th. WOBO will be slapping address labels on a couple thousand postcards to announce Oakland’s sweetest Car-free Street Party – Oaklavía, June 27th. WOBO could use your help with the mailing, and in exchange for your assistance you’ll get undying gratitude and free snacks! The meeting starts at 6:30pm and will be held at WOBO HQ (436 14th Street) – 2nd floor conference room. For more info, visit WOBO’s website.

Friday, May 28th – 8th Annual Small Business Symposium

The Small Business Symposium is an annual event composed of workshops and panels to inform small business owners and those considering starting a business.  Workshop subjects are focused on what you need to develop a small business, get funds, have a business plan, advertise, use computers, get government contracts, file taxes, do your accounting, and so on. Attend the Restaurant Bootcamp or a Video Production workshop. Learn about Urban Farming or the Green Certification programs. Take a course in Marketing, Finance, or QuickBooks. The symposium takes place from 8am-5pm at the Oakland Marriott City Center located at 1001 Broadway in downtown Oakland. The symposium is free but advance registration is required for all workshops. Each year the symposium is booked to maximum capacity. This is event is presented by the Office of Councilmember Larry Reid and the City of Oakland’s Community and Economic Development Agency.

Saturday, May 29th – Connecting Maya Culture and Astronomy at Chabot

The other day I was talking to V Smoothe about how we both have really want to see Tales of the Maya Skies at Chabot Space and Science Center, but much with other shows that run seemingly forever, we keep putting it off. If you’ve been delaying, Saturday is the time to see it and experience a full day of excitement highlighting the cultural relationship of the Maya with astronomy. Come experience the flavor of the Maya with hands-on activities, performances from Los Angeles-based group Casa de la Cultura Maya, food, music and much more. Tales of the Maya Skies will run all day in English, Spanish, and Mayan. If I wasn’t going out of town this weekend on a much-needed vacation, this is definitely how I’d be spending my Saturday. The festivities run from 10am-6pm, with the last showing of Tales of the Maya Skies at 9:15pm at Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd. See the full day’s schedule and purchase advance tickets on Chabot’s website.

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.