Sunday, June 11, 2017

oakland city council cancels special budget meeting

Jun 11 at 8:48 PM
Hello OCNC members,
The City Council Budget meeting THIS MONDAY, JUNE 12th has been canceled. Due to this unforeseen event OCNC will be rescheduling our Day of Action Rally to a later date. We look forward to a future day of action with civic engagement and PEOPLE POWER!! 

At the same time, the City’s Finance Director recently released a memo stating that funding for a cultural arts commission will come back in the mid-cycle budget adjustment after the Cultural Affairs Division's summer community engagement process that "informs the governance of the Cultural Arts Commission".
Our 2-year community process has revealed that Oaklanders need a cultural arts commission right now with the following key impact areas:
  • Work collaboratively across city agencies
  • Make funding recommendations
  • Coordinate arts policy activities
  • Promote cultural policies and plans
  • Develop policy recommendations for cultural preservation and equity
  • Develop and adopt a cultural master plan that supports arts and cultural preservation
We cannot accept the city’s promise to address Arts & Culture during the mid-cycle budget adjustment. We need their commitment NOW - addback $1.33 million in the 2017-2019 budget NOW!
JOIN the Thunderclap campaign  HERE by no later than 6pm tomorrow (posts Tuesday afternoon). We have to get  100 supporters, we are currently at  27.

SHARE the Thunderclap campaign with 5 people in your network – WE NEED YOU to help us reach more artists, local arts organizations, Oakland residents, elected officials and ALL neighborhoods in Oakland. Here is the link to sign up and share:

Let's do this OCNC! For the people, for the culture, for the town!
Take a look at OCNC's budget policy memo here. We have be sharing this with Oakland’s elected officials.
If you have any questions, please send an email to
Be on the look out for regular reminders and updates on developments with the budget process.
Until soon!

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