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:


Monthly Meeting – Redevelopment

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Thursday, March 17th, 7:30 p.m.,
Dimond Library, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland

Academic, television commentator and recent mayoral candidate Joe Tuman will discuss the pros and cons of Redevelopment Districts, which have been used extensively in Oakland.   As we know, Governor Jerry Brown (who used Redevelopment a lot for projects he advocated as mayor) is proposing that such districts be abolished in California.   Come and learn
  • What these districts are and how they function;
  • What benefits do they provide for cities like Oakland?
  • What are the disadvantages of these districts?
  • What choices do we have in CA to save money but still provide benefits to cities?

Board Retreat

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The MGO Board will hold a retreat this Saturday, January 22, 2011 from 11 AM to approximately 3 PM to discuss general Club issues and strategy.  As with all Board meetings, this meeting is open to the membership, but please contact Joe Trapp, MGO President, at (510) 652-6616, if you wish to attend.
The meeting will be held at the home of Joe Trapp at 3508 Richmond Boulevard in Oakland, near the intersection of Broadway and MacArthur Boulevard.  Please note, that the home has approximately 25 front steps!
We will resume regular meetings at the Dimond Library in February, on the third Thursday night of each month.  Board meetings will be held the following Monday nights at Piedmont Gardens.

September 30 Endorsements

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From Joe Trapp, Club President:

First, I want to thank all of those who attended and voted, and all of the candidates who came to speak.

Five members of our Executive Board met tonight and counted all of the ballots, following our ranked choice voting procedures.

By the Club’s Bylaws, we do not release the actual vote tallies.

Here are the results for September 30th, 2010:

  • Oakland Mayor – No candidate received 60% of the votes, therefore no candidate receives the Club endorsement.
  • Oakland City Auditor – The Club endorses Courtney Ruby.
  • Oakland City Council, District 4 – No candidate received 60% of the votes, therefore no candidate receives the Club endorsement.
  • Oakland Unified School District District 4 – The Club endorses Gary Yee.
  • Peralta Community College District Trustee District 3 – No candidate received 60% of the votes, therefore no candidate receives the Club endorsement.
  • Peralta Community College District Trustee District 5 – The Club endorses Willam Riley.

Next Endorsement Meeting – Sept 30

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Due to a conflict with the League of Women Voters of Oakland Mayoral Candidates Forum on September 23, 2010, we must reschedule our 2nd Fall 2010 Endorsement Meeting to:

Thursday, September 30th, 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

The tentative schedule will be:

Oakland Mayor:  10 Candidates (7 Democrats), 7:00 to 7:50
City Auditor:  2 Candidates, 7:50 to 8:00
Oakland City Council District 4:  7 Candidates, 8:00 to 8:35
Oakland School Board District 4:  2 Candidates (1 Democrat), 8:35 to 8:45
Peralta College District 3:  2 Candidates, 8:45 to 8:55
Peralta College District 5:  2 Candidates (1 Democrat), 8:55 to 9:05
Club Discussion of Candidates

  • This time, we will supply pizza!

Dimond Library Directions: 

By car, 580 east to the Fruitvale Avenue exit.  Turn left onto Fruitvale Avenue.  580 West to Coolidge Avenue/Fruitvale Avenue exit, merge onto Montana Street and turn right at Fruitvale Avenue.

By AC Transit, take 53, 57, or NL to Fruitvale Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard.

By BART, exit at the Fruitvale Station.  AC Line 53 up Fruitvale to MacArthur.  Walk east (towards the hills) one block.  The library is on the left across from Safeway.