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July 27-August 2 Oakland Political & Community Events

26 Jul

Monday, July 27th – Musical Mondays at Jack London Square – Lava

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 prix fixe 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 28th – Oakland City Council Meeting

No, this isn’t a typo – the Council is holding a special meeting at an earlier time this Tuesday, which will be the last until after recess, in September. This should be a particularly interesting meeting since there’s no consent calendar or ceremonial items, which means you should tune in at 5 if you don’t want to miss anything. The meeting will start off with a discussion of the Army Base, which alone could take hours. Then they’ll discuss the budget, budget, and more budget. But wait, haven’t they already passed a budget? Sure, they passed one a month ago, but things have gotten worse since then, and they’ll likely be dealing with the budget throughout the year. V Smoothe has a thorough (and thoroughly depressing) post up about the new proposals for budget cuts and revenue increases. 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 5pm at the Council Chambers in City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Tuesday, July 28th – Walk Oakland Bike Oakland Monthly Meeting

Summer is ON. Join us Tuesday for the next WOBO Volunteer Meeting, featuring a project to update the City’s inventory of over 250 paths and stairways. This presentation is a prelude to a month-long volunteer-led data-gathering project that will take place across the City during August. The collective inventory will assist the City in developing a sound, prioritized approach for fixing/maintaining these pedestrian resources. Come learn more about the project, how it works and how to get involved. (This project is a collaborative effort of Oakland Urban Paths, WOBO and the City of Oakland.) This meeting will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm at Bay Area Wilderness Training, 2301 Broadway, Suite B – enter on 23rd Street. For more info, visit WOBO’s website.

Thursday, July 30thSpecial Election Campaign Party

With all four ballot measures passing, the Measure C Committee will be hosting a party to celebrate and to thank the volunteers who helped with the campaigns. All campaign committees and volunteers are welcome to attend. The party will be held from 5:30 – 7:30pm, at Oakland Marriott City Center, at A.J. Toppers.  RSVP by July 28 to Manette@oaklandcvb.com or 208-0526.

Thursday, July 30th – BART Police Department Review Committee Meeting

The BART Police Department Review Committee seeks public input on the Draft Model of Citizen Oversight for the BART Police Department. The draft model of Citizen Oversight will be posted on Monday, July 27 with the BART Board Notice of the Special Meeting. The meeting will be held at  6:30 p.m. at Joseph P. Bort Metro Center Auditorium, 101 – 8th Street in Oakland (across from Lake Merritt BART Station).

Saturday-Sunday, August 1st-2nd – 2nd Annual Lakefest Street Festival

Lakefest ’09 will be the the second annual Lakeshore Avenue street festival. Lakeshore Ave will be turned into a pedestrian zone from Lake Park to Mandana to host this free community event featuring live music, artisans, merchant sidewalk sale, art installations, “green” businesses and non-profits, street performers, children’s fun zone. Lakefest will take place on August 1-2 (Sat. & Sun) from 10am to 6pm, in the Lakeshore Avenue Business District, Lakeshore Ave exit off of 580 Freeway (near Grand Ave and Lake Merritt). AC Transit lines 12 and 57 will get you there. For more information, visit www.oaklandlakefest.com.

Sunday, August 2nd – Health Care Forum

The Maxwell Park Neighborhood Association and the Obama Organizing for America will sponsor a Health Care Forum this Sunday.  Speakers will include Judy Pope, Health Committee, Wellstone Democratic Club speaking for Single Payer Health Care; and Dr Sue Jacobson, Kaiser Physician, for Public Option, Obama health plan.  Respondents will include community residents.  Please attend to gain clarity around the current battle in Washington DC as well as plans for health reform here in California.  Donation will be requested at the door to help pay the rental but nobody will be turned away.  The forum will be held from 3-5 pm at The Space, 4148 MacArthur in the Laurel District one block from High Street.

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.

July 6-12 Oakland Political & Community Events

5 Jul

Monday, July 6th – Musical Mondays at Jack London Square – Carlos Godinez

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 7th – Oakland City Council Meeting

Finally, the budget discussions are over (for now), and the Council can move on to a myriad of other important issues, and judging from the lengthy agenda, they have a lot to catch up on. Among other items, they’ll be discussing updates to Central Business District Zoning, the MacArthur Transit Village, many stimulus grant applications, and civilianization of internal affairs of the police department. 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 8th – Oaktown Meetup

This event will highlight numerous non profits and volunteer based organizations in Oakland that need our help. Meet representatives from each organization and learn about the type of help they need. Interested parties will have the opportunity to sign up to volunteer with these organizations on-site. This is a great opportunity to find out about the ways to help make Oakland a better place, and a unique chance to network with community service minded individuals and organizations. The event will be held from 5:00-7:30pm at Levende East, 827 Washington St. RSVP and find more info on Facebook.

Wednesday, July 8th – East Bay Democracy for America Meetup

At their July meeting, Democracy for America will be focusing on Prop 13 and recent changes in the Democratic Party. John Burton, newly elected Chair of the California Democratic Party, will be speaking about his vision for the CDP, and this will be your opportunity to meet him and ask him questions. San Francisco County Assesor Phil Ting will then be discussing his “Close the Loophole” campaign to create greater equity in our tax system, shut down corporate tax loopholes and bring back fiscal sanity to the California budget. The meeting will be held at 6:30 at the Rockridge Library, 5366 College Avenue. RSVP here.

Thursday, July 9th – Mix It Up East Bay Two Year Anniversary Party

Join us for a monthly happy hour bringing together young activists, organizers and leaders in the East Bay. This month will be extra special and fun because it’s Mix It Up’s Two Year Anniversary Party. There will be free food, a raffle, and drink specials. 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, July 9th – Broadway Auto Row Planning Meeting

Ugh, I really, really want to go to one of these meetings but they keep conflicting with other events! So I hope one of you will attend and tell me all about it. This will be the second in a series of meetings to help plan the revitalization of Broadway Auto Row. This meeting will focus on existing conditions and a market demand report. If you’re interested in this corridor (and you should be), please attend this meeting. It will be held from 6-8pm at First Presbyterian Church, 2619 Broadway at 27th. And when it’s done, walk down to Shashamane to join the Mix It Up party. More info on the Auto Row planning process can be found here.

Friday, July 10th – 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, July 11th – Central Estuary Plan Community Workshop #4

This Saturday, the fourth meeting will be held for for the Central Estuary Plan, which is designed to build a vision and provide a framework to support development and enhancement of the Estuary from Adeline Street to 66th Avenue.  At this workshop, you’ll be asked to “roll up your sleeves” and participate in a mapping exercise to develop alternatives that reflect your ideas and what you’d like to see in the Central Estuary area in the future.  You will have the opportunity to present your ideas to the project team and fellow community participants. You can read about the first meet at Oakland Streets or at A Better Oakland. (The CEDA website also includes meeting presentations and other materials.) The meeting will be held from 9am-noon at Beacon Bay School, 2101 Livingston Street.

June 15-21 Oakland Political & Community Events

14 Jun

Monday, June 15th – Musical Mondays at Jack London Square – Jump City

Last week, Jack London Square started its 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 Palm Tree Plaza (yes, they really call it that) in Jack London Square.

Tuesday, June 16th – Port Commission Hearing on Oakland Airport Connector Funding

Two weeks ago, the Aviation Committee of the Port Commission voted to move move the OAC funding issue onto the full committee, and then for some reason the full commission delayed the hearing. On Tuesday, the full 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 4:30 pm and will be held at 530 Water Street in Oakland (accessible by the 72, 72M, or 72R buses).

Tuesday, June 16th – Oakland City Council Meeting on Budget (note special time)

Tuesday’s Council meeting, which starts in the afternoon and should be very long, is all about the budget. Councilmembers Jane Brunner, Ignacio De La Fuente, Pat Kernighan, and Jean Quan will be presenting their alternative budget proposal to Mayor Dellums’ proposal, and I think it’s a huge improvement.  They’ll be discussing a mix of taxes, fees, and cuts, which is a refreshingly well-rounded approach compared to what’s going on in Sacramento. 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 meeting starts at 3pm at the Council Chambers in City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Wednesday, June 17th – Special Community Meeting for Zoning Issues in the Oakland Hills

The City is updating its zoning regulations, which govern the physical development of land.  Zoning regulations affect many people living and working in Oakland. We urge you to become familiar with the zoning update process and get involved. The purpose of the meeting is to familiarize you with the issues and zoning in the Oakland hills as well as to obtain input about additional issues with development in the hills, and the preliminary zoning outline for the Oakland hills. This meeting will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Skyline Community Church, 12540 Skyline Boulevard.

Thursday, April 18th – Uptown Unveiled & Taste of Uptown

On Thursday night, several blocks in Uptown will be closed to car traffic and instead filled with music, food, and tons of people. There are going to be three stages on Telegraph from 16th to 20th featuring incredible music, including Damon and the Heathens, The Kev Choice Ensemble, and John Santos. Franklin will also be closed to traffic between 21st and 22nd and will be showcasing Uptown’s finest food. And if you haven’t checked out the Fox Theater, they’ll be doing tours for the public. I honestly can’t imagine doing anything else on Thursday night. So head to Uptown from 5-10pm to enjoy what the area has to offer. More details can be found here (PDF) and I’ll likely be writing a more detailed post about it early this week because there’s far too much to cover here.

Thursday, April 18th – Central Estuary Plan Community Workshop #3

If for some bizarre reason you’d rather stay inside than hang out on the street in Uptown, you can check out the third second meeting for the Central Estuary Plan, which is designed to build a vision and provide a framework to support development and enhancement of the Estuary from Adeline Street to 66th Avenue.  The workshop will be in an “open house” format where project staff will be available to answer questions and discuss information gathered on Plan Area existing conditions. You can read about the first meet at Oakland Streets or at A Better Oakland. (The CEDA website also includes meeting presentations and other materials.) Please drop by any time between 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. to visit the open house information stations at your leisure. Light refreshments will be served. This workshop will be held at The Unity Council, Fruitvale-San Antonio Senior Center, 3301 East 12th Street, Suite 201 (Fruitvale Transit Village).

Friday, June 19th – 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 Hustle.

Saturday, June 20th – 4th Annual Laurel Summer Solstice Festival

For the fourth year in a row, the Laurel Village Association is coordinating a Summer Solstice Music Festival on June 20, 2009.  Amateur and professional musicians perform for free in unconventional public spaces such as street corners, merchant parking lots, and residential driveways.  Join us at numerous sites along MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland’s Laurel neighborhood from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. on June 20th! Find more details at their website.

Saturday & Sunday, June 20th & 21st -The Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus Presents: Cabaret – Zoot Suit!

The Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus and Swing Fever of San Francisco is proud to present Cabaret-Zoot Suit! on Saturday, June 20th, 7:30 pm and Sunday, June 21, 5 pm at First Christian Church of Oakland, 111 Fairmount Ave., Oakland, CA.  Proceeds from this event are used to produce the chorus’s concerts and community projects throughout the year.  Visit their website for map, directions, tickets and more!