The Prop. 8 battle comes to Oakland on Tuesday

It’s going to be a busy day in Oaktown tomorrow, as both the “No on 8” and “Yes on 8” campaigns stage significant events within about an hour and two and half miles of each other.

First, Mayor Ron Dellums, Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris and others will speak at an 11 a.m. news conference on the steps of City Hall, at 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, to signal African-American community opposition to Proposition 8, the proposed state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

Then, the “Yes on 8” statewide bus tour makes what I believe will be its only Bay Area stop at noon outside Foothill Missionary Baptist Church, at 1530 Foothill Blvd.

I’ll be at both; gimme a wave if you see me…

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.