There you are, watching Oakland City Council Meetings from the comfort of your home (live online or via Oakland's public access channel KTOP) or while being locked out of the meeting room at City Hall. What do you do with yourself for those long, long hours? Here are some ideas!
Join the fun on twitter! Livetweeting City Council Meetings is a huge deal in Oakland! Follow along and participate with the #oakmtg crew.
- Here's the feed of all tweets tagged #oakmtg.
- Fun fact: on Jan. 22nd, 2013, during the City Council meeting that included debate over hiring police consultant Bill Bratton, #oakmtg was one of the most-used hashtags nationwide [source].
- More info:#Oakmtg Hashtag Flexes Its Growing Political Muscle (Analysis) (East Bay Citizen, 2013-07-22)
- Play #oakmtg Bingo! Here's a version for the July 30th, 2013 City Council Meeting.
Have a spontaneous protest.
- Question: how often do protests happen during City Council Meetings???
- Sing a protest song and dance along with Council!
- Add details as they're being discussed to the relevant entry on Oakland Wiki. Folks watching City Council Meetings have documented everything from the Astro Dog Park controversy to the Domain Awareness Center. Keep Oakland Wiki info up to date and complete so that we have a central place to document current issues in Oakland and help more people learn about the things the Council is working on.
- Remember that the 2014 Mayoral Election is coming soon. Take the Oakland Wiki 2014 Mayor Key Issues Survey and let us know what issues you think the candidates should be addressing. The Oakland Wiki 2014 Mayoral Election Team will try to get candidates to address the top issues identified in our survey.
- Make City Council Meeting video mashups! City Council meetings are streamed and archived. BUT you will not be able to download them from that site. Here's how to download them!