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March 8-14 Oakland Political & Community Events

7 Mar

Monday, March 8th – Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board Meeting

This month’s Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board (LPAB) meeting has several items of interest on the agenda. First, there’s the report of the initial staff research into view corridors. Staff analyzed 5 corridors across the lake — 3 views to City Hall and 2 views to the Tribune Tower. Staff will present on their determined maximum heights that could be allowed to preserve the view corridors. Next, there’s an item on proposed heights in historic districts as part of the commercial corridor zoning process. Also, there will be a sub-committee report on the Broadway-Valdez Specific Plan. This is important because there will be a full LPAB review of the plan for April and public input can help guide the process. The meeting takes place at 6pm at Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Hearing Room One. You can also watch it on KTOP. For more information, see the meeting agenda.

Monday, March 8th – Oakland LGBT Roundtable

Topics will include:
– The Survey Committee will give an update about the status of the needs assessment survey.
– Oakland Pride committee will give an update on the developments of East Bay Pride.
– Presentation about the history Oakland’s 1879 “Immoral Dress Code.” And update on getting this ‘cross dressing’ law ended in 2010.
– Councilmember Kaplan’s intern, Stephanie McLeod, will give a presentation about her trip to Washington DC’s LGBT Community Center.

This meeting takes place from 5:30-7:30 pm in Hearing Room 4, Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza. Contact Ada Chan in Councilmember Kaplan’s office at 510-238-7083, or Achan1@oaklandnet.com, if you have any questions about the roundtable.

Wednesday, March 10th – Public Meeting to Discuss Options for Setting Bay Area’s Target For Curbing Greenhouse Gases from Cars and Light Trucks

MTC and ABAG will host a public meeting to learn about and comment on options for setting a “target” or goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks for the San Francisco Bay Area. To reduce greenhouse gases, a major goal set by state legislation, regions will be given specific targets by CARB to meet for reducing vehicle-related emissions. Senate Bill 375, signed by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2008, requires that CARB set such a target by September 30, 2010. A draft target is expected by June 30, 2010. The law also, among other things, calls upon regional agencies to develop a Sustainable Communities Strategy, or SCS, in conjunction with the long-range regional transportation plan. That effort is slated to begin this spring, with an SCS and updated transportation plan adopted in 2013. This meeting takes place from 2-4pm at Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter, Lawrence D. Dahms Auditorium, 101 Eighth Street (across from the Lake Merritt BART Station).

Thursday, March 11th – Mix It Up East Bay

Join us for a monthly happy hour bringing together young activists, organizers and leaders in the East Bay. Oakland City Councilmember At-Large Rebecca Kaplan will be the featured speaker, giving a talk entitled, “It’s the Economy, and We’re not Stupid: Creative Approaches to Job Creation.” Free Snacks! Drink specials ’til 7 pm! Speaking program begins at 7 pm. Mix It Up East Bay is held every 2nd Thursday of the month from 6-9pm at Shashamane at 2507 Broadway. It’s accessible by 19th Street BART station or by AC Transit lines 1/1R, 51, 59. For more info and to RSVP, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Friday, March 12th – Estuary Art Attack

First Fridays are not the only day of the month to check out art galleries. Jingle Town and Alameda artists have joined together to start the Estuary Art Attack, a monthly event held on second Fridays to showcase the area’s galleries, restaurants, and bars. The Art Attack will be held from 6-9 pm throughout Jingle Town and Alameda. Check out their website for more details.

Saturday, March 13th – Screening of FRESH:  New thinking about what we’re eating

Come see a screening of FRESH the MOVIE, food-friendly documentary. Sign up for a CSA that delivers fresh food in your neighborhood like Eatwell Farm featured on the History Channel or Shooting Star CSA located only 40 miles from Berkeley. Talk to Farm Fresh to You about having a CSA box delivered to your door, or sign up for a special heirloom tomato CSA with Tomatero Farm of Watsonville. Volunteer for a community garden like Funk Town Farm or meet urban farmers from Phat Beet Produce, a North Oakland non-profit. Enjoy food from Oakland vendors like Taco Grill, proudly serving Neiman Ranch Beef in Fruitvale. Free Valet Bike Parking! Doors open at 6pm for “DIGEST” an Art Show , Food Vendors, CSA Info booths, community garden booths and other Oakland food organizations. The event takes place at Regeneration Church, 238 E 15th St. Oakland. Suggested Donation at the door: $5-$10. Proceeds will subsidize CSA food boxes for low income families.  For more info and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page.

December 7-13 Oakland Political & Community Events

6 Dec

Monday, December 7th – Oakland LGBT Roundtable

From Jean Quan’s newsletter: “Topics to be discussed include  Port of Oakland Commission appointment; report back on Chicago LGBT Community Center visit; Oakland LGBT Community Center next steps and Oakland Pride Update. Bring unwrapped NEW toys to support the Oakland Mayor’s Community Toy Drive.” This meeting takes place from 5:30-7:30 pm in Hearing Room 3, Oakland City Hall.

Tuesday, December 8th – Oakland City Council Meeting

Among other items, the Council will be voting on granting eleven Mills Act contracts to historic buildings, extending the eminent domain authority under the Coliseum Redevelopment Plan, implementing a solar financing program modeled after Berkeley’s program, increasing the fee for residential parking permits, approving the City’s 2010 federal and state legislative agendas, approving a contract with an independent monitor for the police department under the negotiated settlement agreement, and hearing updates on several stimulus projects. 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 in the Council Chambers in City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Wednesday, December 9th – Joint Annual Holiday Party

Several local elected officials are joining together to throw a holiday party. Hosts include Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Senator Loni Hancock, Assemblymember Sandre Swanson, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, Mayor Ron Dellums, AC Transit Director Joel Young, and Peralta Community College Trustee Abel Guillen. This event is free and refreshments will be served. This party will take place from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at Uptown Body & Fender, 401 26th St. For more info and to RSVP, visit the Facebook page.

Wednesday, December 9th – WOBO Volunteer Potluck and Social

Come share food, conversation and holiday cheer at the inaugural Walk Oakland Bike Oakland Volunteer Potluck and Social. Don’t let the name fool you, you don’t have to be a volunteer – all WOBO supporters and enthusiasts are welcome. WOBO’s new partner, Xtracycle, has generously donated the use of their space, and the East Bay Bicycle Coalition and Linden Street Brewery have donated some of their specially crafted winter beer, so you won’t want to miss out on the fun. It is a potluck so you’re asked to bring something in the way of food or a non-alcoholic beverage. WOBO’s trying to be light on the planet so you’re encouraged to bring your own plate, glass/mug and utensils if possible. There’s plenty of bike parking in the gated Xtracycle lot and places to lock up to, so if you bike, definitely ride over. The party takes place from 6pm-9pm at Xtracycle, 1078 60th Street. Find more info and RSVP on Facebook.

Thursday, December 10th – Mix It Up East Bay

Join us for a monthly happy hour bringing together young activists, organizers and leaders in the East Bay. ‘Tis the Season for Sustainable Giving! The holiday season is upon us – instead of heading to the mall, come hear (brief) presentations on shopping sustainably in the East Bay:

  • Libby Wenger, Fair Trade Towns USA
  • Oakland Unwrapped!
  • Eric Kos, Alameda Sun Newspaper & Greater Alameda Business Association
  • Amy Thomas, Buy Local Berkeley

Mix It Up East Bay is held every 2nd Thursday of the month from 6-9pm at Shashamane at 2507 Broadway. It’s accessible by 19th Street BART station or by AC Transit lines 1/1R, 51, 59.

Thursday & Friday, December 10th & 11th – Holiday Buy Night

Who needs a boring mall when we’ve got an amazing variety of shops, artisans, and locally made items right here? Get your holiday shopping all wrapped up at the Holiday Buy Night, hosted by Oakland Unwrapped, in collaboration with Jack London Square, ProArts, and Oakland Grown. Two floors, two nights INSIDE the warm & cozy Jack London Market! An Oakland shopping mall-ternative featuring the best of local and indie gifts, art, accessories, clothing and more from Oakland Unwrapped!, Pro Arts and Oakland Grown. Choose from Oakland shops, artisans, fine artists and products that are manufactured here in Oakland! Items for all ages, genders and tastes. The event takes place on Thursday and Friday nights from 5pm-10pm at Jack London Market, 300 1st St. Find more info on vendors and entertainment on Facebook.

Saturday & Sunday, December 12th & 13th – Temescal Skate & Stroll

From the Temescal District website: “Popcorn, candy canes, hot chocolate, carolers, and lively merchants await you on Telegraph Ave., all weekend long. Show your moves at the outdoor ice skating rink (skates available) at 49th and Telegraph. Drop in on your favorite local merchants for a little last minute holiday shopping. And don’t forget to smile when you take your picture with Santa! On Sunday: celebrate the work of Oakland artist Mark Brest van Kempen at the community dedication of Views of the Greenbelt. This public art project, commissioned by the City of Oakland, is a series of sculptures focused on the flora and fauna of the Rockridge Temescal Greenbelt. The dedication event starts at the art sculpture podium adjacent to the DMV parking lot (5300 Claremont Avenue) at 11 AM. Enjoy a brief walking tour of select sculptures ending with light refreshments at Hardy Park.” This event takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 12:30-4:30pm in Temescal.

Saturday & Sunday, December 12th & 13th – The Crucible Holiday Gifty Art Sale

This weekend, the Crucible will be hosting its annual Holiday Gifty Art Sale & Open House. I try to make it to this event every year because I find it’s one of the best places to find unique gifts for your friends, family, and of course, for yourself. They have a little bit of everything – glass, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, and all sorts of stuff you’d never find anywhere else. Though there are plenty of artsy holiday sales going on at this time of year, the Crucible’s generally has the best entertainment. Where else can you go to shop and see fire dancing stilters? They also will be doing demonstrations of the fire arts that are taught at the Crucible, like glass blowing and welding, so you can get a sneak peek of classes. This event will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm at The Crucible, 1260 7th Street. The Crucible is accessible by the West Oakland BART station or by AC Transit lines 13, 19, or 62.