In case you missed it, Oakland has been a bubbling hotbed of political and community activism these days.
From Mayor Jean Quan's push to get 2,000 volunteers to mentor at-risk
students, to education activists demonstrating against budget cuts,
Oakland is definitely raising its voice and taking a stand.
you're feeling the urge to make your own voice heard - whether you want
to dive into political action, help the schools, or volunteer at the port - here's a few
items to put on your calendar:
TODAY, Thursday, March 3, join GO Public Schools and MK Think for a
community convening to discuss the capacity, enrollment and demographic
data being used for Oakland Unified School District strategic planning.
The event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Jack London Aquatic center, 115
Embarcadero. For more information click here.
- Wondering what's to become of the Lake Merritt Station
Area? If you missed the first planning meeting, you've got a chance to
catch up this Saturday, March 5, when the Lake Merritt Station Area Plan
community workshop meets again to discuss ideas about how the area
should develop into the future. The open house at 9 a.m. kicks things
off and the workshop will focus on the area, which includes the greater
Chinatown area. Like the Feb. 26 meeting, it will be held at Laney
College Student Center/Cafeteria, 900 Fallon St. Workshop material is
here. Newsletter for the project is here.
- Also on Saturday, March 5, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Mayor Jean Quan is
holding a District 6 Town Hall Meeting at Havenscourt Middle School.
This will be the mayor's second Town Hall meeting with Oakland
residents. For more information, contact Jeffrey Cash.
Now if you're interested in long-term opportunities to help the city,
there are numerous city board and commissions that need new members.
Here's just a couple of commissions that have openings:
Both the Port Commission and Planning Commission are looking for
candidate. Note: they both require a major unpaid commitment. For the
Port of Oakland gig, a letter of interest and resume should go to
Richard Cowan who's looking for candidates with financial oversight
experience, knowledge of trade or transportation industry and/or
knowledge of China and other major trading partners.
The Mayor's Commission on Aging, has four vacancies. The commission works in partnership with the Department of Human
Services to identify and support senior resources to address the needs
of the city's diverse population of senior citizens. Contact Tracy
Jensen at email@example.com or call (510) 238-3434.
To check out other boards and commissions openings, visit the city's website.