2019 Information on Conference Hotel and Oakland, CA

The Marriott Oakland Downtown/City Center is located in downtown Oakland, adjacent to the exit from the 12th Street BART station.
Rooms at the special PSA rate are $169 for a one king bed room or two queen bed room, +tax.

Make your reservations at  https://book.passkey.com/event/49674028/owner/17821/home

Note: the hotel will charge for any late cancellations (within 3 days prior to the start of the stay) and early departures.
You can find more information about the hotel here: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/oakdt-oakland-marriott-city-center/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2

Rates start at $169 (plus tax, etc.) for double or standard room.

All rooms at the PSA rate must be booked by March 6, 2019–but they are likely to sell out a month or more before then.

Parking at the conference hotel is pretty expensive, but PSA attendees can get a 25% discount; pick up your discount ticket at the PSA registration area.
Information on BART from the Oakland or San Francisco airport–take it to the 12th Street Oakland station, which is directly next to the conference hotel. They now offer a mobile ticketing app, and 25% discount for 2+ people travelling together!  https://www.bart.gov/guide/airport/oak

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Go to https://conferenceshare.co and look up PSA 2019

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About Oakland

The conference hotel is eight miles from the Oakland airport, 26 miles from San Francisco airport, and is directly adjacent to the 12th Street/City Center BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station in Oakland; you can easily take BART from either airport. Ridesharing services from the Oakland airport start under $18, while from the San Francisco airport they start around $50, and taxis cost more. It is easily accessible from the 80/580/980/880 freeways. Parking for the hotel is in the attached Oakland Convention Center garage; PSA attendees can pick up a 25% discount voucher at the PSA registration area. This modern downtown hotel is a short walk from Lake Merritt (walking, jogging, gondolas, Cuban and African drumming in the sunshine!), Jack London Square, the Oakland Museum of California (and their special Friday Night events), and the African American Museum and Library.

Oakland offers PSA members, friends and families a number of restaurants nearby, including unique spots with eclectic food, beverage, and other offerings. The historic and bustling Swan’s Market (with 10 restaurants in one space; more information here) is just across the street from the conference hotel, while the Hive, 10 blocks up Broadway from the hotel, is an innovative “shopping, gathering, working and living space” with a brewery, coffee shop, an art gallery/co-working space, restaurants, and more; more information here). Oakland is also home to numerous places for those who enjoy beer and wine; pick up a brochure at the PSA registration area for the Oakland Ale Trail and Urban Wine Trail. One notable beer destination just blocks from the conference hotel is The Trappist (http://www.thetrappist.com), specializing in Belgian-style brews.

If you want to see glimpses of several city neighborhoods and the diversity of communities within Oakland, follow Telegraph Avenue from downtown Oakland out to Berkeley and watch for halal groceries, Ethiopian/Eritrean eateries, Korean shops, taquerias, Scandinavian bakeries, soul food, and so much more. Oakland offers both electric bicycle and scooter rentals throughout the city to support your explorations. If you want to go farther, you can hop on BART for a short ride to San Francisco. To top it off, in March, Oakland weather stays mostly at a comfortable 63-65 degrees.

You may be familiar with Oakland’s history as the birthplace of the Black Panther Party for self-defense—and Oakland as the beginning and ending setting for last year’s (Marvel) Black Panther movie.  Oakland is, well, Oaklandish—a city of great diversity, with lots of opportunities for celebration. One uniquely Oakland event is the Black Joy Parade, scheduled for February 24 this year (video promo: https://youtu.be/6GS8n5qXMdY  more info: https://www.blackjoyparade.org).

Looking for uniquely Oakland things to do? How about these: 

Go on a walking tour of the birthplace of the Black Panthers, North Oakland–and learn about how this history resonates today.  Download the Detour app on your phone; Black Panther audio/walking tour is $7.99.

Visit the bustling and historic Swan’s Market, just a few blocks from the conference hotel, and mix and match eating from 10 different restaurants that share the street-level space. Other parts of the building are home to nonprofits, small businesses, artsy spaces, and also housing for both low-income folks and those who can pay ‘market’ rates. More information: http://swansmarket.com/about/

Check out The Hive–a 10 block walk up Broadway from the conference hotel. The Hive is a living, working, eating, and meeting place, and includes The Impact HUB (co-working, art gallery, and event space, which “supports a community of entrepreneurs, B-Corps and conscious businesses working at the intersection of art, technology and enterprise”. Have a sip at Drake’s Brewing or Red Bay Coffee, or get some food at one of the restaurants, bakery, or ice cream shop. More information: http://hiveoakland.com/