Swanson is busy as a bee this week

swanson.jpgAssemblyman Sandré Swanson, D-Oakland, on Friday will host the Assembly Select Committee on Youth Violent Prevention‘s third and final hearing in a series held across the state. Previous hearing were held in Salinas and Los Angeles; this one — from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the boardroom on the second floor of the Port of Oakland Building, at 530 Water St. in Jack London Square — will focus on “Preventing Youth Violence in Urban Communities: Strategies that Work.”

Joining Swanson will be committee chairwoman Anna Caballero, D-Salinas; fellow committee member Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley; and representatives from community groups, youth and youth-service organizations, public health agencies, social services, the education community and concerned citizens. Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums and other Bay Area Assembly members have been invited as well.

((UPDATE @ 4:22 P.M. WEDNESDAY:Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, will testify at this hearing on to how federal and state resources can be leveraged to address youth violence prevention, and Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson will discuss youth violence prevention initiatives now under way here.))

Then, on Saturday, Swanson will host a town hall meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. in Oakland City Hall, presenting to the community the findings of a report commissioned by the Legislative Black Caucus“The State of Black California Report” — showing disparities in economic opportunities, healthcare, housing, and civic participation among African-Americans and other minorities in California. The meeting will include discussion of current legislation aimed at resolving these inequalities, and community members are invited to give input about how the Legislative Black Caucus can further that goal.

Joining Swanson there will be Dellums, Assemblyman Mike Davis, D-Los Angeles, and experts on health, economics, housing and education. Other Assembly Legislative Black Caucus members have been invited. Other State of Black California Town Halls have been held in Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, San Diego and other sites; it’s sponsored in part by Kaiser Permanente.

This Saturday event will be held at the same time as — and directly across Frank Ogawa Plaza from — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama‘s $1,000-a-head fundraising luncheon.

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.