Welcome to Alameda, Guv’ner
When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger comes to Alameda on Wednesday for his “open conversation” with attendees of the Bay Area Council’s Outlook Conference 2008 (this being an “open conversation” with folks who can afford to pay $500+ to chat with him), he can expect a rousing welcome from the Alameda PTA Council and supporters of our public schools. Looks like the PTA Council, Alameda Education Foundation, Keep Alameda Schools Excellent and others are planning to rally against the governor’s proposed $4.5 billion in cuts to public education and proposed suspension of Proposition 98, the state’s minimum funding guarantee. The groups plan to set up at 7 a.m. or so (the district’s website says 7:30) across from the USS Hornet on Alameda Point, where the conference is taking place. They hope to have a presence there until about noon, when Schwarzenegger’s chat should wrap up. PTA Council prez Trish Spencer says she wants to make sure everyone who wants to have a say on this issue to have a chance to participate. Registration for the conference begins at 7:30 a.m.; Schwarzenegger is scheduled to chat at 10:30 a.m. (And here’s a special note for those of you who have an opinion on the Iraq war: Retired Gen. John Abizaid, who headed the U.S. Central Command through much of the war, is also slated to speak). More information on the Bay Area Council’s event is here. Directions to the Hornet are here. And if you’re really feeling motivated, you can join folks for a sign-making party from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Longfellow School (sounds like the AEF folks are organizing this one; check in with them about it here). We’ll provide any updates if they come.