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General Membership Meeting

  • 26 Jan 2011
  • 12:00 PM
  • Buttercup Kitchen 229 Broadway
We've planned a great luncheon event 
for you 
to start off the New Year!   

A General membership meeting this coming Wednesday January 26th at noon at the at the B
uttercup Kitchen Restaurant, 229 Broadway, Oakland 


Join with us in meeting and listening to our superb guests speakers Joe Tuman and John Russo.

Joe Tuman (abbreviated Biography) is a Professor of Political and Legal Communications in the Department of Communication Studies at San Francisco State University for twenty years. He has published extensively in the field of political and legal communications,  

A past recipient of the Jacobus tenBroek Society award for teaching excellence, Professor Tuman has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley, St. Mary’s College, The New School for Social Research, and Paris IIundefinedthe top law school in France.

Tuman is also a Political Analyst for CBS5 news on television and KCBS for radio, where he has offered commentary since 2004. 

His analysis has frequently been cited in articles for major daily newspapers in New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, St. Louis, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco, and he has often contributed editorial essays to both the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Tuman has also periodically appeared on NPR nationally, and BBC radio internationally.

John Russo 

(abbreviated Biography) 
He graduated with honors in Economics and Political Science from Yale University and earned his law degree from New York University School of Law

John moved to Oakland in 1987. For the next seven years he was deeply involved in the life of his new community. Among his many volunteer activities, he served as president of Friends of Oakland Parks and Recreation, Treasurer of the East Bay League of Conservation Voters, and pro bono attorney to many neighborhood associations and non-profits.

In June 1994, John was elected to the Oakland City Council, where he became the Council's leading advocate for fiscal accountability and government reform. In his six years on the Council, John implemented community policing, developed the first truly balanced budget in a generation, and authored Oakland's open government law called the "sunshine" ordinance. 

In March 2000, John won the voters' nod as Oakland's first elected City Attorney and was re-elected in 2004. 

In 2002, John served as President of the League of California Cities spearheading initiatives to protect local tax revenues from state fiscal mismanagement and amend California's Constitution to ensure public access to government records and decision-making. His ability to work 'across the aisle' earned him a seat on the Board of the National League of Cities, an organization which represents more than 18,000 towns and cities, in December 2003. 

In the fall of 2003, John received the California First Amendment Coalition's prestigious Beacon Award for his dynamic leadership in promoting public access to government and going "beyond the norm to assure government transparency." California Lawyer Magazine honored John as well by naming him California's Government/Public Policy "Lawyer of the Year".

No RSVP, see meeting notice below.           
See all of you on Wednesday


Wednesday   January 26th, 2011   12:00 to 1:30 PM

Buttercup Kitchen Restaurant   229 Broadway, Oakland

Between 2nd & 3rd, Free Parking in Restaurant Parking Lot

For general information call George Burtt, at 510-839-6999 

his Month’s Special Subjects and Guests


New Election Process • New Mayor

Same Old Budget and Pension Deficit Problems


Joe Tuman – Oakland Mayoral Candidate 2010

Election 2010 - Reflections

Oakland's issues; the political, social, economic and financial


John Russo – Oakland City Attorney

Issues and Initiatives from the City Attorney’s Office

"Time for reckoning on Oakland's pension debt"






Facility Charge of $15 per person For Members &  Non Members

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