So many meetings, so little time

So one of the main objections people raise to more frequent Council meetings, or say, moving Council Committee meetings to the evenings throughout the week in order to facilitate attendance by members of the public is that more nighttime meetings would create scheduling conflicts with all the other community meetings the Councilmembers and the public want to attend. I think the Council should meet more often, but the concern is certainly one I’m sympathetic to. After all, there are already so many interesting meetings going, often at the same time, that it’s impossible to get to them all. Just take a look at what engaged citizens have to choose between tonight.

  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee: 5:30 to 7:30, City Hall Hearing Room 4.

    Tonight (PDF), the Committee will be briefed on the bike/ped related recommendations from the Oil Independent Task Force, discuss the three projects being submitted for FY 09-10 Transportation Development Act Article 3 funding (27th Street/Bay Place bikeway, Citywide Curb Ramps, and walkway rehabilitation of the Margarido Stairs and Eucalyptus Path), and get an overview of the City’s bike/ped improvement 2009 work plan.

  • Planning Commission Special Projects Committee: 5:30, City Hall Hearing Room 1.

    The Committee will discuss the City’s proposed green building requirements (PDF). Raymond at Oakland Space Academy has an excellent post up today outlining his concerns with the current proposal.

  • Progressive Economic Roundtable: 7:00 to 9:00, Council Chambers, City Hall.

    Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, Oakland City Council President Jane Brunner, and Assemblymember Sandre Swanson host a discussion of “a progressive perspective on the economic crisis.” The roundtable will also feature a professor from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, a representative of PolicyLink, and a speaker from ACORN/Alameda Labor Council (that’s how it’s billed – I didn’t realize those organizations were the same, but wev). This is one I’m not sad at all about missing – the roundtable is only notable in that nobody who has anything to do with the actual economy will be at the table. What politicians and unions think about our “key economic issues” and “creating a more equitable and sustainable economy” in the future sounds totally unenlightening to me.

  • Lake Merritt BART Station Area Plan meeting: 6:00 to 9:00, Asian Cultural Center Main Auditorium, 368 Ninth Street, Suite 290, Oakland.

    Kind of self-descriptive. A community meeting on improving the area around the Lake Merritt BART station. There will be other opportunities to be involved in the Station Area Plan later on, but attending this one will help you understand the process and get in early.

  • MGO Democratic Club: 7:30 to 9:00, Dimond Library, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland.

    The club will vote on whether to change their name, which isn’t terribly riveting, but the meeting will also feature guest speaker Michael Roosevelt of the Oakland Think Tank. To find out more about the MGO Democratic Club, you can read their most recent newsletter (PDF) here.