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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.

Monday Morning Distractions – Surfing the interwebs

3 Nov

I don’t know about you, but I need some distractions right about now. Really, can it be Tuesday night already? I can’t take the anticipation anymore!

To distract myself this weekend, I finally got caught up on blog posts and found some distractions that made me smile. Hope they make you smile too:

David at Brooklyn Avenue spotted a great No on 8 car parked in Oakland.

Apparently, Rockridge BART is the place to be on Thursday night. Oakland North covers the four square games that happen there weekly, complete with video. East Bay West Online (Oakland North’s sister site), also has a fun video up, of the Dia de Los Muertos celebration in East Oakland. Don’t you just love the variety of activities you run into throughout Oakland? And don’t you love Oakland North and East Bay West Online for telling you about them?

Via my cousin’s blog, I found this incredible set of photos of our next president. I know, you’ve already seen plenty of photos of Obama, but these are worth checking out. Make sure to keep clicking “show more images” to see all the beautiful photography in this set.

The Uptown neighborhood in downtown Oakland is hopping! dto510 covers all the excitement popping up in Uptown, including restaurants, apartments, and the soon to be opened Fox Theater. V Smoothe recently visited the brand new park next to the Uptown apartments and took some great photos. I need to find some time to head down there and check it out (after the election).

Check out this stunning photo Andrew at Oakland Geology took from atop Kaiser Hospital’s parking structure. Oakland is simply beautiful at dusk.

Britnney Gilbert’s job is to serve up distractions over at Eye on Blogs. I recently noticed this feature of hers called “Today’s [insert city here].” Check out Today’s Oakland, Richmond, and San Francisco for some stunning Bay Area photos.

Via Awaken Cafe’s blog, I read this sometimes hopeful, sometimes depressing article in the Oakland Tribune about how small businesses are faring in Oakland in the face of an economic downturn. The takeaway from the story is that while some traditional businesses are seeing sales slump, businesses that fill a new niche are doing very well. One industry that’s booming in particular is medical marijuana:

Richard Lee, owner of the nearby Oaksterdam Gift Shop, at 405 15th St., said demand for medicinal marijuana is almost ridiculously high.

“The cannabis industry is booming now that sales are legal,” Lee said. “We’re using that to revitalize this part of Oakland. We think Oakland could be like Las Vegas, which used legalized gambling to expand to other industries, bringing in Cirque du Soleil and stuff like that.”

Lee said the pot club pays $300,000 a year in sales tax and employs 30 people, on top of attracting 1,000 customers a day, who contribute a lot of income to nearby eateries.

Maybe the council will recognize this next year and increase the medical marijuana dispensary permits allowed in Oakland from four to at least six.