Oakland City Council meets tonight in City Hall
Tonight's City Council meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall at 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. You can also watch the meetings on KTOP (local channel 10) and streaming online.
Here are our top five to watch tonight.
11 Informational Report on North Oakland Gang Injunctions
It's worth reading the full report yourself (it's only nine pages, plus maps) to see the city's justification and own internal evaluation of the North Oakland gang injunctions.
Is this worth it? What will Fruitvale's benefits and costs look like?
9.1 Upholding a Permit for a Drive-through on Telegraph
The McDonald's at 4514 Telegraph Ave. has operated a 24-hour drive through for 17 years without the appropriate permits. Now, while the McDonald's is working through the city approval process for a general site redesign, they applied for the permit to make their existing 24-hour drive through legal.
Frustrated by years of a drive through in such a high pedestrian-rich area, and the city's apparent disinterest in enforcing its own regulations, 26 neighbors filed an appeal to bring the McDonald's application under review.
Tonight, the City Council will review a recommendation to disregard this appeal.
Expect some vocal audience opposition.
7.21 Installation of Bicycle Lanes on MacArthur Boulevard
With this measure, the city of Oakland scores and racks up another half mile for what is on track to become a record-setting year for bikeways Oakland. These new bike lanes will run along MacArthur Boulevard from High Street to Enos, along I-580.
This segment is part of the larger Laurel Access to Mills, Maxwell Park and Seminary project that will ultimately extend past Mills College to Seminary Avenue and offer a continuous, safe bicycle route all the way to Lake Merritt by the end of 2011.
7.11 Settlement Agreement
While approving bicycle lanes on another part of MacArthur Boulevard, the city will resolve a lawsuit over a "trip and fall" accident at 721 West MacArthur Blvd. (between West and Martin Luther King) with a $90,000 settlement.
7.32 Bay Area Library Information System
With this item, the city of Oakland accepts a $73,000 grant to create a "Teen Multimedia Creation Lab" at the 81st Avenue Library. The funds go directly to the acquisition of an Apple Mac Book Air, cameras, video equipment and a new staff position.
The lab will be the first of its type in the Bay Area and build upon partnerships with organizations that include Youth Radio, Youth Uprising, Youth Movement Records.