Learn about what the State budget means for you at City Hall this Tuesday

Tuesday is a crazy day in Oakland! There are like 10 million things to do, and not enough time for them all. Highlights include the Oakland Airport Connector at the Public Works Committee, the selection of a new District Attorney at the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting, and discussion of the Measure Y audit at the Public Safety Committee.

I’m going to skip the Public Safety Committee and recommend that you do too (thank goodness for KTOP – you can always get the DVD and watch it later at your convenience) in favor of a concurrent event, being put on by the League of Women Voters Oakland about the State budget.

Here’s the announcement they sent out:

The League of Women Voters of Oakland invites you to their kickoff meeting of the year: “Battle of the Budgets”. What will state budget cuts mean for Oakland Schools, the City of Oakland, and Alameda County? Is there anything Oakland citizens can do about it?

Tuesday September 15, 2009, 6-8 pm

Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 3 (just inside 14th St. entrance)

A knowledgeable panel will share their perspectives and answer your questions:

  • Tony Smith, new Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District
  • Susan Muranishi, Alameda County Administrator
  • Niccolo DeLuca, Former Deputy City of Oakland Administrator, Lobbyist of City of Oakland

Very light refreshments available. No charge; all welcome. For more information call the League at (510) 834-7640.

If you’re concerned about what decisions being made in Sacramento mean for you, I strongly recommend attending. The League has put together a stellar panel, and this event represents a rare opportunity to directly ask questions of some of the few people who know the answers. It sure as hell beats trying to wade through 10,000 newspaper articles from all over the State and pouring through background documents from the Legislative Analyst’s Office.

Afterwards, you can head down the street to one of the DTO’s newest bars, Somar, and unwind at the Easy Bay Young Dems September Membership Mixer.

I hope to see some of you there!