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MGO Meeting on Tuesday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. Primary Election Endorsement Meeting with the Alameda County Democratic Lawyers

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Dear MGO and Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club (ACDLC) Members and Friends:   

The MGO Democratic Club and the ACDLC will be holding a joint candidate endorsement zoom meeting on Tuesday, April 12, 7:30-9:00 p.m.    We invite you to attend and see and hear the public-spirited candidates who are making time to come and speak to us and answer questions.  They are democracy in action.   Please note, if MGO members wish to discuss the candidates after their presentations, we will go into club-separated closed members-only session with all candidates excluded.

MGO Dues and Voting Rights

    Only paid-up members will  receive ballots. They will be sent by email after the meeting.  Our dues year began on January 1st. If you have not yet paid your dues, please go to our website, mgodems.org, and click on the “Join MGO” icon.  (This is inapplicable to anyone in the midst of a two-year membership term.) We are inviting candidates for the following elections.

–  Board of Supervisors, District 3
–  District Attorney
–  Sheriff
–  Alameda County Superintendent of SchoolsWe will also discuss the following ballot measure.
–  Oakland Library Parcel Tax Renewal

MGO members will receive separate confidential e-ballots via OpaVote which will be returnable to their respective clubs on a deadline to be announced.

ACDLC Dues and Voting Rights
Please renew your ACDLC dues for 2022 ($25 payable via check to ACDLC [mail to: Guy Bryant, Treasurer, 5075 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton, CA. 94588 or make a payment using PayPal [Login to your PayPal account and send payment to contact@alamedademlawyers.org]). Only Dues paying members will be allowed to vote.  Dues paying members will be emailed a link to the official Endorsement Ballot via OpaVote on or around April 12, 2022 and will have until 5:00 pm Friday April 15, 2022 to turn in their vote. Check payments must be received by April 12, 2022 to allow voting. New members may vote immediately upon payment of club dues.    The meeting is open to the public. Invite a friend, neighbor or student.

    See you there!

     Gary Sirbu and Guy Bryant
     For MGO           For Demo Lawyers

This event will be from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Register/join the meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUlfuyorDoiGNAH-vic_gb9MLvgdx56L3Vi
Call in number:  1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID:    818 9502 1824

The Metropolitan-Greater Oakland Democratic Club (MGO) is the oldest Democratic club in Oakland, and has been involved in Oakland politics and public policy for over 60 years.

Metropolitan-Greater Oakland Democratic Club
Presenting Local Government–Keeping It Accountable–Promoting Democratic Values

Alameda County Democratic Lawyers
The Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club (ACDLC) is one of  the oldest Democratic clubs in Oakland and has been influencing local policy, laws and political races in Alameda County for over 50 years. ACDLC has recently received statewide and national recognition from helping candidates like Kamala Harris and Eric Swalwell obtain their first major political endorsements.  

MGO Meeting on Tuesday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.

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Updates on the 2022 California Democratic Party Platform

Hello MGO Members and Friends:

The 10-million member California Democratic Party is the nation’s largest statewide party. This weekend it is meeting online to vote on endorsements and update the final draft party’s 2022 platform. The document is impressive. You can review it at this link.

At our March 8th meeting MGO Vice President and California Democratic Party Executive Board member Alfred Twu will present the platform’s major  highlights  and after that we’ll have open discussion.

Hope to see you on zoom on Tuesday evening.

Gary

This event will be from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Register/join the meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkd-mtrD4sE9cvJ642_2quQb48mENzzdDv

To join by phone: 1-669-900-6833
Meeting ID:   859 0052 5693
Passcode: 271208

The Metropolitan-Greater Oakland Democratic Club (MGO) is the oldest Democratic club in Oakland, and has been involved in Oakland politics and public policy for over 60 years.

Metropolitan-Greater Oakland Democratic Club
Presenting Local Government–Keeping It Accountable–Promoting Democratic Values

MGO Meeting on Tuesday, February 8, 7:30 p.m. A Conversation on Housing & Homelessness with Shola Olatoye, Director of Housing and Community Development for the City of Oakland.

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Hello MGO Members and Friends:

Homelessness, street encampments, and the extent of the progress being made in solving these urgent and tragic  situations are top-of-mind for all of Oakland.  Our speaker this coming Tuesday evening is right on point:  We will be joined by Shola Olatoye, Director of Housing and Community Development for the City of Oakland.

Ms. Olatoye leads the city’s strategic development plans to implement Mayor Libby Schaff’s Housing Plan to create and to preserve 17,000 units of affordable housing in the City of Oakland. She manages the $69M “Housing” department where she manages a team of 75 professionals focused on providing deeply affordable through targeted programmatic, policy and financial interventions. Most recently, she is leading the city’s effort to distribute more than $40M in emergency rental assistance while acquiring more than 1,000 hotel/motel rooms to house formerly homeless persons.

Hope to see you on zoom Tuesday evening This event will be from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Register/join the meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEude6qqz0pHdQx6jM0hD4ShO8CF_Uobxx9

To join by phone: 1-669-900-6833
Meeting ID:   853 2725 6370 The Metropolitan-Greater Oakland Democratic Club (MGO) is the oldest Democratic club in Oakland, and has been involved in Oakland politics and public policy for over 60 years.

MGO Meeting on Tuesday, January 11, 7:30 p.m. A Conversation with Judge LaDoris Cordell

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Hello MGO Members and Friends:  

Judge LaDoris Cordell was the first African American woman to sit on the Superior Court in Northern California and is also a former Independent Police Auditor for the City of San Jose.   

During her many years of service on the court she saw firsthand how prejudice has permeated the legal system, but she still believes in that system. She will provide an insider account, sharing stories of the cases that came through her courtroom and revealing the strengths, flaws, and much-needed changes within our courts.

This presentation, which coincides with the publication of her new book, Her Honor—My Life on the Bench, What Works, What’s Broken, and How to Change It, will take you into her chambers where she haggles with prosecutors and defense attorneys and into the courtroom during jury selection and sentencing hearings. She will also use real cases to highlight how judges make difficult decisions while facing outside pressures from the media, law enforcement, lobbyists, and the friends and families of the people involved.

Her  account of her years on the bench shines light on all areas of the legal system, from juvenile delinquency and the shift from rehabilitation to punishment, along with the racial biases therein, to the thousands of plea bargains that allow our overburdened courts to stay afloat—as long as innocent people are willing to plead guilty.

(The above introduction was excerpted from publisher’s information and edited for this announcement.) 
This event will be from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Register/join the meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrf-6hrDMtHNUjjmXBmVsZWxIgz14RGwg9

To join by phone: 1-669-900-6833
Meeting ID:    826 8792 8761
Passcode:    313751

Happy New Year to everyone!

MGO Meeting, Tuesday, November 9, 7:30 p.m. A Discussion on State & Local Redistricting  

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Hello MGO Members and Friends:   As you know, voting district lines are currently being redrawn to follow the population changes reflected in the 2020 Census . The results of the redistricting can change the distribution of political power for the next ten years.    MGO VP Alfred Twu will lead a review and discussion of the process and criteria for redistricting, the proposed maps and how you can provide input.  The links below will get you to the drafts maps of major government units being redrawn in our area. We will focus on the drafts of the City of Oakland, State Assembly and State Senate  maps. 
Statewide
Preliminary visualizations released in October.  Draft maps will be released by Nov. 15th, followed by additional meetings.  Final maps will be approved by late December.
https://www.wedrawthelinesca.org/

Alameda County
Board is currently holding meetings, final map will be approved in early December.  https://redistricting2021.acgov.org/

City of Oakland
Workshops and meetings are happening now.  Final map will be approved by Dec. 31st.  https://www.oaklandca.gov/boards-commissions/redistricting-commission

AC Transit
Redistricting workshops are planned in January and public hearings will be held in March 2022.  https://www.actransit.org/ward-redistricting

BART
In October 2021, the BART Board approved a consultant contract to assist in the redistricting process, which has to be completed by April 2022. 
This event will be from 7:30 pm to 9pm. Register/join the meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pcuGoqz0rEtKhQB7_pp5LMA8Df8P2FL-d

To join by phone: 1-669-900-6833
Meeting ID:    894 5805 6186
Passcode:    599581