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Big Inauguration-Day event planned for Oakland

Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson is coordinating the planning for a big Inauguration Day bash, most likely at the Oracle Arena, so a large East Bay crowd can gather to watch Barack Obama sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.

“We’re almost sure we’re going to have the contract for the arena that day,” Carson told me a few minutes ago, just hours after about 25 representatives from various faith congregations, community groups and local agencies had gathered for their first meeting to plan the event. “Everybody is saying, ‘What can I do to help?’”

They’re also planning a series of other community events in the 10 days leading up to the Jan. 20 inauguration, including an event Sunday, Jan. 11 at Oakland’s new Cathedral of Christ the Light near Lake Merritt, and another on Sunday, Jan. 18 at Beebe Memorial Cathedral on Telegraph Avenue. Other institutions have set tentative dates as well.

“We know that we are in the middle of… very volatile times in the community, and even with a new administration, it’s going to be difficult locally for us for years to come. This gives us an opportunity to find new friends, to recommit to communicating across those lines to see how we can leverage our resources and infrastructure to help people,” Carson said today. “Barack’s campaign on some level was kind of indicating we as a country need to do that.”

Tickets for Oracle Arena event – likely to start pretty darned early on Tuesday, Jan. 20, as the president is traditionally sworn in at noon, meaning 9 a.m. PST – might cost a nominal fee, if only to control their dissemination, Carson said; as many as 17,000 people might fit into the arena for such an event.

That’s all we know for now; I’ll provide more details as they become available.

Carson, like Rep. Barbara Lee and Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, is a protégé and former aide to Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums during Dellums’ Congressional tenure. Swanson and Dellums had endorsed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary, while Lee and Carson backed Obama; all of them supported Obama in this month’s general election.

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Schwarzenegger video of the week

This week, from ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” this past Sunday, it’s Gov. Arnold Schwarznegger saying, “Um… just kidding, Mr. President-elect.”

Careful, governor: Eating that much crow can be fattening.

On a related note, Schwarzenegger should ask Obama for a one-on-one basketball showdown. I’d think the scalping price of tickets to that matchup would be at least as high as what some might pay for the inauguration, no? Sell the television broadcast rights, too, and it could help close California’s budget gap! (Well, not really, but it doesn’t sound as if Sacramento has a better plan, and at least this wouldn’t require that blasted two-thirds vote in the Legislature.)

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Cal prof in contention for Obama economic post?

As Cal’s Boalt Hall School of Law Dean Christopher Edley advises president-elect Barack Obama’s transition team, at least one other East Bay figure could be in contention for an Obama Administration post.

The New York Times reports today that Laura D’Andrea Tyson is among names “being circulated for top economic posts in the Obama administration.” Tyson, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, was chairwoman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors during the Clinton Administration.

I sent her an e-mail a short while ago inviting her to speculate on the speculation; her assistant just sent a reply saying that “(u)nfortunately, Prof. Tyson’s schedule doesn’t allow for any interviews at this time.”

Meanwhile, if we’re indulging in speculation, why not go all the way: Politico.com last week said House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Martinez, might be in contention for appointment as U.S. Secretary of Education…