Come talk City budget with Make Oakland Better Now!

So this weather is yucky, huh? It does not make me want to leave the house at all. My plans for today had included a visit to the Grand Lake Farmer’s Market and perhaps a trip across the Bay to go see that cool elaborate dresses made out of paper exhibit at the Legion of Honor.

After taking a short walk around downtown this morning, my plan is now to stay in my apartment doing work, and then take a nap.

But no matter how yucky the weather is tomorrow, I will find a way to muster the motivation to leave the house and get to Lakeshore, and you should too, because for people who care about the City’s budget, Make Oakland Better Now!’s “Overhauling Oakland’s Budget meeting is a seriously can’t miss event.

Here are the event details, via Make Oakland Better Now!:

Make Oakland Better Now! and the East Bay Young Democrats present Make Oakland Work Better Now! – Overhauling Oakland’s Budget

In the weeks and months ahead, our Mayor and City Council will be making critical budget decisions that will have a profound impact to Oakland citizens for years to come. Join us. Become informed. Make your voice heard.

Our guest speakers will include:

  • Courtney Ruby, City Auditor
  • John Russo, City Attorney
  • Ignacio de la Fuente, Vice Mayor, City Council Member and Council Finance & Management Chair

Items of discussion will include:

  • Establishing a Rainy Day Fund
  • Paying for pensions
  • Instituting a performance based budget
  • Reforming the budget process, more specifically how to pay for city services in a permanent financial crisis

When: Sunday, February 20, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church, 3534 Lakeshore Avenue (directions)

Immediately following the presentations and discussions, Make Oakland Better Now! will have a brief business meeting, as required by MOBN!’s Articles of Association.

Plus continuing discussion over cocktails afterwards at Easy Lounge down the street.

The way the City has been handling its budget is clearly not working, either for the City or the citizens, nor is it sustainable. I know that we can do better, and I am so glad that Make Oakland Better Now! has taken on the task of figuring out how. Oakland is in dire need of this conversation.

If you want to come super prepared, as homework, make sure you read the materials Make Oakland Better Now! has been putting out this week explaining some of their ideas and research. Over at their blog, they’ve posted items about the frightening Police and Fire Retirement System debt obligations and a rainy day fund proposal. Here at ABO, Make Oakland Better Now! Boardmember Bruce Nye has kindly allowed me to post two pieces on budgeting based on performance and outcomes.

So I hope to see a lot of you folks at Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church tomorrow!

One thought on “Come talk City budget with Make Oakland Better Now!

  1. Tonya

    Today is definitely a stay inside and catch up on old movies and crocheting the nephew’s blanket day.

    I might stop by to the budget meeting tomorrow after church. I will be out anyway. I won’t have to struggle to get myself to leave the apartment. :)