MGO Needs You to Take Part in Revitalizing Our Club

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Our club has a long and illustrious history with many accomplishments.   However, in the last few years we have faced falling attendance at meetings and  a drop in membership.  We need a new direction, one suitable for our current times.

Recently many of you filled out a survey on the club.  Please attend onWednesday to further look into our options to change the club with changing times, to explore what the survey told us, and to help make some important decisions where the club must move.

MGO is your club.  If you care about MGO and its continued existence, please join us.

Wednesday, July 25th, 7:30 P.M.

Dimond Library

3565 Fruitvale Ave.

Oakland, CA

  • Read the July 2012 survey results results here in the The Platform newsletter

Fun, Schmoozing and Gossip

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Join MGO Members and Friends

For an evening of

Fun, Schmoozing and Gossip

At the lovely

Lake Merritt Hotel,

1800 Madison St.

At 18th St.

Just off the Lake.

7 to 9 p.m.

Monday, June 25th, 2012

We’ll have food, a no-host bar, and time to distill our collective wisdom about the primary election just finished, the November races to come and where that leaves the liberal Democrats of Oakland and the East Bay.

Several Councilmembers and candidates will be there, so you can get their ears if you’re quick!

Come for conversations you just don’t want to miss in a place with a beautiful view of the Lake, and a vintage Oakland elegance.

Be there!

Public Safety in Oakland – General Meeting, October 2011

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As you all may have read in the papers today, or heard last night, Police Chief Batts has resigned, and Oakland will be searching, yet again, for a new Chief of Police.

A couple of years ago, Chief Batts gave a stirring speech to our club about his plans for fighting crime in Oakland. To paraphrase, at the end of his talk, he said that he could not succeed without the community getting involved. I think that this is equally true for the next Chief.

But what kind of involvement? For years, the City has been trying to strike some sort of balance between increased law enforcement measures, and measures to encourage young people in Oakland from turning towards crime. Chief Batts left behind three law enforcement proposals that have yet to be endorsed or rejected: 1) Expanding the use of Civil Gang Injunctions; 2) Implementing Youth Curfews; and 3) Beefing up our Loitering Ordinance. These are measures that some categorically reject as violations of civil liberties, and that some accept as a necessary measure to save lives and control crime. Many, though, are unsure, or have yet to be heard from.

Though Chief Batts is gone, the City’s acceptance or rejection of these measures will help determine what kind of Police Chief, or what kind of Police Department that we will have for years to come.

At the next Club Meeting, we will discuss these issues and decide whether MGO wants to take a public position as they will soon go back to the City Council.

The meeting will be at:

Dimond Library
3565 Fruitvale Avenue
Thursday, October 20, 2011
7:30 PM

Meet Jean Quan

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MGO encourages members to attend:

The Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club
 Luncheon on FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011, NOON TO 1:30 P.M. AT EVERETT & JONES RESTAURANT, IN JACK LONDON SQUARE, 126 Broadway, between 2nd Street and West Embarcadero, Oakland, Ca 94607.

APRIL 8, 2011, 12 NOON TO 1:30 P.M.

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Please join in on the discussion of the following topics:
  •               a fresh look at Oakland;
  •             a balanced budget with social responsibility and fiscal responsibility;
  •             education and youth;
  •              jobs;
  •             and public safety
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The meeting will begin at noon and includes a buffet lunchSpace is limited.  Please sign up on-line at, or RSVP to Club Treasurer Guy Bryant at (510) 836-7563, or by e-mail The event is open to the public, $25 includes lunch.  Please pay on-line You may apply for, renew, or reinstate your membership and pay your 2011 annual dues of $25 by credit card at

State Convention 2011 – Destination: Sacramento

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When the rest of the country was turning red, we bucked the national trend and kept California a beautiful shade of blue.

After winning 9 of 9 statewide races, it’s only fitting that we celebrate our victories and hold our next state convention right here in Sacramento.

Friday – Sunday, April 29 – May 1, 2011
Sacramento Convention Center

This is where you will be able to find all the information you will need in order to register, take care of travel arrangements and get a glimpse of
what to expect at this year’s convention.

For full info, go to: