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Events
Throughout February Black History Month Events in Oakland
Tuesday, February 16 Special City Council Budget Workshop - At City Council Chambers and Viewable on Cable Channel 10
Thursday, February 18 Lakeshore and "Complete Streets" project- Discussion of Preferred Alternative (Landscape Design)
Saturday, February 20 FREE Lunar New Year Festival Activities at Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Monday, February 22 Mayor Dellums to Present his Third State of the City Address
Saturday, February 27 FREE Immigration Workshop: Private Consultations with Immigration Attorneys for the First 200 Participants, and Training on How to Avoid Fraud
Throughout February Recycling Facility Open to Accept Your Various Waste Items Including Electronics.
Thursday, March 4 Residential Rezoning in the Grand Lake - A Town Hall Meeting Hosted by Grand Lake Neighbors Community Group
Thursday, March 4 Campaign Contribution and Voluntary Expenditure Ceiling Limits considered by the Oakland Public Ethics Commission
Reports
City Budget Balancing Continues
Launch of City's New Beta Website, and Increased Bandwidth for Live City Council Streaming Video
PG&E Starts Further Excavation under El Embarcadero
Family Bridges Grand Opening Celebration of Hong Lok II Center for Seniors
Your Chance to Comment on Oakland Public Library Branch Schedules
East Bay Culture Corridor, www.510Arts.com, Showcases Art Communities of East Bay Cities
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City Budget Balancing Continues
 
Despite the recession, I see all sorts of great signs of energy and vitality in Oakland, which is encouraging. As many businesses are doing, the City is working hard to build on our strengths and manage the challenges of substantially reduced revenues. But I must tell you that the financial realities of the City budget have become extreme and, if not managed correctly, threaten much of the wonderful progress our City has made in the past six or seven years. Because of falling revenues, the City's budget is dramatically out of balance and the City Council must make decisions in the next two months that will substantially reduce basic public services. 

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Launch of City's New Website, Increased Bandwidth for Live City Council Streaming Video
 
The City Administration has recently unveiled a beta website showcasing a new and improved Oaklandnet.com Many new features have been added and information reorganized so that users can find what they are llooking for fast. This is a beta site - the City is still working out the kinks. Usability and accessibility testing is now underway. In the coming months, they'll redesign the rest of the site to have one consistent look for all City departments. They'd like your feedback! Email the City here to offer your thoughts and suggestions. To go back to "classic view," click here.

Good news for those of you who don't have cable TV, but want to watch City Council meetings: The City's IT department has recently implemented a new server, whichallows many more viewers to watch City Council meetings on streaming video. The previous 130 user limit restriction had been causing headaches when many are trying to log on at the same time. The newer system will utilize the available bandwidth the City has for its Internet pipeline.
PG&E Starts Further Excavation under El Embarcadero

The Embarcadero-Lakeshore Avenue project, funded by Measure DD, is close to completion. Once the rains stop and the new lawns dry out a bit, the black plastic fencing will be removed, the landscaping contractor will mow the lawn. At present, the ground is too wet and the mowing equipment would be sure to leave ruts. Before all is said and done, however, PG&E has more work to do on its Transmission Project under El Embarcadero.

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Family Bridges' Grand Opening Celebration of Hong Lok II Center for Seniors

Family Bridges' new Hong Lok Senior Center is now open. It's located at the center of Oakland Chinatown, at 261 11th Street, inside the Lincoln Recreation grounds.

The center will be open from Monday to Friday, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. It will provide the seniors with various activities, such as English class, Mahjong, bingo, chess, computer class, movie and music entertainment. For inquiries, please call (510) 419-0160.

 
Your Chance to Comment on Oakland Public Library Branch Schedules
 
Six months have passed since the budget crisis in the City of Oakland led to a reduced schedule at all branches of the Oakland Public Library. Last August, all branches cut their
days of service from six days to five, with a pledge from Library Administration to reassess the new schedule after six months. That review is now underway, and input is sought from the public.  
 
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East Bay Culture Corridor, www.510Arts.com, Showcases Art Communities of East Bay Cities
 
The East Bay Culture Corridor (EBCC) is a collaboration between the cities of Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Richmond. This partnership reinforces the role of the arts in our local communities. The mission of the collaboration is to increase the visibility, accessibility and sustainability of the arts communities. The EBCC will support the diverse arts communities of each city by leveraging new audiences and resources for the arts as well as new resources for each partner city. Local business will also benefit locally through partnerships with the arts. 

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