Thursday, July 13, 2017

No Decision on AIM and the Market Until Fall, We Are Told

The Valley of Decision
The Valley of Decision (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Earlier today my wife heard that a group of those folks intent on ousting AIM as manager of the Grand Lake Farmers Market is going to meet early next week with Abel Guillen, District 2 Councilmember, to press their case.

This afternoon my wife and I talked today with Richard Raya, Abel Guillen's chief of staff, to make sure that those of us who support AIM will have the opportunity to have a similar face-to-face meeting.

Raya assured us we'd have the same opportunity. He also clarified the timeline under which Guillen is operating: Oakland City Council is taking a summer "recess," he said, and no recommendation on a future contract with AIM will go to City Council for a vote until Fall.

This is encouraging since we'd heard a rumor that the question of who will manage the market was going to be resolved shortly in favor of those who oppose AIM. But we've been reassured the neighborhood still has time to make its voice heard, and that Councilmembers are listening.

And, of course, we took the opportunity to remind him that, as of this morning, petitions supporting AIM have collected more than 1,000 signatures, and that we will be at the market this Saturday collecting more.

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