Obama fans to clean up Oakland’s act

Grassroots supporters of the 2008 presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., will fan out in East Oakland this weekend to take part in Earth Day projects, led by City Councilwoman Desley Brooks.

“Barack Obama is the voice of hope for our country,” organizer Sumi Paranjape said in a news release. “We are urging everyone to turn out for Earth Day as an opportunity to improve our communities, help the environment, and be inspired about what each of us can do to get our country on the right track. Our ultimate goal is to mobilize a massive turnout for the California primary next February.”

Although Sunday is actually Earth Day, the Obama volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Foothill Hardware, 6733 Foothill Blvd.. Some will remain there while the rest go to work on three other commercial corridors: Foothill at Seminary; Seminary at MacArthur; and 73rd at MacArthur. They’ll meet up again for a noon BBQ in Arroyo Park.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.