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Re: “Oakland-Alameda Authority Confirms Unreleased Renderings of Possible Raiders Stadium at Coliseum Site

First - realize this is a rendering of what a stadium COULD look like, not actual plans or paid-for development

Second - the price here or there doesn't amount to a hill of beans. No one needs to outspend anyone. It all comes down to;

Third - Vegas is voting on $550-$690 million THAT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE REPAID BY THE RAIDERS. More income stays in Davis' pocket - most state 65% of all revenue generated goes to the Raiders.

Fourth - the best plan put forward by Oakland so far is to FINANCE 100% OF THE COST AND THE RAIDERS AND STADIUM REVENUE CAN PAY IT BACK. Less money going into Davis' pocket. The ONE thing no one has heard is what % of revenue the Raiders get to keep. And guess what - the NFL shares revenue. You not only have to convince Davis, you have to convince the NFL. The league will not let them play there for next to nothing. It doesn't matter if Oakland would produce more revenue than Vegas, if the league doesn't get much of it.

So far, there is hope on a plan that works well for Oakland...but no one else.

Posted by David C Noonkester on 08/24/2016 at 8:22 PM

Re: “Oakland's Street-Repair Deficit is Deep. The Mayor Says a $600 Million Bond Needed to Address the Problem.

Right now, I do not trust any proposal originating from the Mayor's Office. Any property owner, who is not residing or registered to vote in Oakland will not be able to vote for or against this proposal. Further, I have little or no confidence in any internal City of Oakland accounting practices or capabilities. And to make matters even worse, there is no input from the City of Oakland City Auditors Office. Essentially, renters who are registered to vote can vote but property owners cannot. This is the worst proposal I have seen in years. I would urge a NO vote on this or any other tax proposal bearing the support and approval of the Oakland City Council.

Posted by Dennis the Menace on 08/24/2016 at 8:19 PM

Re: “'Big Soda' Argues Oakland's Proposed Tax Will Cut Sales — But Proponents Say That's Exactly the Point

At Frank:

I won't address the opinion of individual choice except to say, with this measure choice isn't taken away. No one is banning sodas or other beverages. You still have the choice to buy.

Secondly, this isn't the only "tool" public health is using to improve the health of America. If you watched the segment on CBS This Morning that I posted above, they tell us that the FDA just approved requiring the food industry to include the amount of added sugars to nutrition labels. Also you can see currently plenty of food companies making a concerted effort to reduce the amount of corn syrup in their products. There are other efforts like menu labeling and using natural ingredients happening all over the country, most notably in California who has always been at the forefront of public health interventions.

So the Beverage industry isn't the sole target by any means.

But as I stated before, programming and education doesn't come free. The government alone can't pay for it all. This way we all have the opportunity to contribute, while enjoying an occasional beverage - if you choose. 😉

Posted by Tonya Love on 08/24/2016 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Oakland's Street-Repair Deficit is Deep. The Mayor Says a $600 Million Bond Needed to Address the Problem.

As a mortgage owner in Oakland who pays plenty of property tax and has just watched a rental across the street be occupied by new tenants who have 7 vehicles which they park in the street. I would rather see a vehicle tax increase so that those people who create the potholes contribute to their repair. It doesn't seem right that property owners are asked to fund a bond to repair the damage caused by large numbers of vehicles in the area.

Posted by alphie noakes on 08/24/2016 at 7:43 PM
Posted by Marísa Mendoza on 08/24/2016 at 7:23 PM

Re: “'Big Soda' Argues Oakland's Proposed Tax Will Cut Sales — But Proponents Say That's Exactly the Point

"Tools" are something to be picked up and used or not picked up and used. "Tools" shouldn't be used to hit people's head or their pocket book. Who wants to make the first blow and "be a tool" for either side?

This is a power grab. Money is power grabbed out of our wallets. Stop tip toeing through the tulips of individual choice and freedom and instead EDUCATE about sugar. Start with why did the FDA make "sugar" part of the "food pyramid". This proposed law is dishonest by not addressing the matter (sugar) directly, but indirectly by beverage. Most all prepared food on the store shelf has added sugar. Who adds sugar to vegetables?! Yeck.

My id photo shows I am for individual human rights, meaning rights to whom owns the body. Forcing someone should never be necessary. Who wants to be forced? Right, so education is the answer.

Posted by Frank McGinness on 08/24/2016 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Oakland-Alameda Authority Confirms Unreleased Renderings of Possible Raiders Stadium at Coliseum Site

Will NEVER BE BACK IN la!!! 😂😂😂😂😂 you all still dreaming?!! GTFO!!

Posted by David Hernandez on 08/24/2016 at 6:05 PM

Re: “'Big Soda' Argues Oakland's Proposed Tax Will Cut Sales — But Proponents Say That's Exactly the Point

OK , we taxed cigarettes to death (and to some being smuggle in).
I agree excessive sugar might be harmful to some people. But there must be a point where we let people decide their behavior. I know the people reading this who approve would get pissed, if "they" took your dangerous pot away.

Posted by stan miller on 08/24/2016 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Cooking Other People's Food: How Chefs Appropriate Bay Area 'Ethnic' Cuisine

Why is it on the restaurants to ask themselves why they're doing what they're doing? As long as they aren't explicitly selling themselves as something they are not, I don't see the problem.

I would love to see restaurants come together and discuss with each other and the community these types of issues, rather than grapple with them on an intimate level.

If the consumers are supporting restaurants that sell a veneer of authenticity, culture, and diversity, that's our collective responsibility to be more mindful and investigative in our consumption.

Posted by Timothy Ng on 08/24/2016 at 5:52 PM

Re: “'Big Soda' Argues Oakland's Proposed Tax Will Cut Sales — But Proponents Say That's Exactly the Point

At Charlie Pine:

While, I share your hesitation to trust that the City Council will spend all of the funds as intended, if not the current electeds but any future elected officials, there are some accountability measures written into the ballot measure.

1. There will be a Committee who will make recommendations on how the money is to be spent. Members of the community who are public health professionals as well as members of the communities most effected by the tax.
2. The committee will write a report that is open to the public which will show how the money is spent (presumably in comparison to their recommendations) and the success of programs/education funded. So the public will be able to see if the the city spends the money responsibly and can respond.

You may say that these same measures were put into place for Measure Y (I don't know actually)..

But how effective these accountability protocols are depends on how strongly the community enforces it. As with anything, the city council responds and are "checked" by community pressure. There will be watch dogs (myself and can I assume, you too, if this passes) who will keep an eye on the money. 🙂

Posted by Tonya Love on 08/24/2016 at 5:50 PM

Re: “Cooking Other People's Food: How Chefs Appropriate Bay Area 'Ethnic' Cuisine

Thanks, Luke. No easy answers here but humanity.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 08/24/2016 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Oakland's Street-Repair Deficit is Deep. The Mayor Says a $600 Million Bond Needed to Address the Problem.

No! No! No!
Oakland treats Home Loaners (notice I didn't say home owner..the bank owns my home) like endless cash cows. We already pay a ton of taxes, and get little in return. Where does all my money go anyway? How come Oakland doesn't have money for road repair during a record influx of money? Audit the city's expenses first, and tell us where all the tax money goes before asking for more money. If you want affordable housing money, ask all those out of state developers that are building profitable giant apartment buildings.

Posted by Joe Average on 08/24/2016 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Oakland-Alameda Authority Confirms Unreleased Renderings of Possible Raiders Stadium at Coliseum Site

Bill drawdy ....first sellout in how many years ?..Raiders will double in value once they're back in LA!!!

Posted by Anthony J on 08/24/2016 at 4:46 PM

Re: “'Big Soda' Argues Oakland's Proposed Tax Will Cut Sales — But Proponents Say That's Exactly the Point

Mr. Commentator under the moniker of reporter: Thanks for acknowledging your error on the basic mechanics of the proposed tax. You're halfway to accuracy. Distributors of beverages can recover the cost of the grocery tax by up-pricing any of the beverages they sell. You might like an increase in the price of beer, but that has nothing to do with sugar. Furthermore, the retailer, hit by increased cost, can up-price anything he sells from milk to diapers. However, congratulations on your search for a professor who mouths the opinion you want to publish. Prof. Auerbach might know law, but he clearly does not understand the first thing about comparative price elasticities, taught to students in micro-economics class.

If Ms. Love thinks the City of Oakland will spend most of the tax revenue on education, she should look at where Oakland spent its Measure Y "police staffing" revenue (hint: not on police staff), to mention only the most egregious example of broken commitments by City Hall.

The grocery tax is a regressive tax with a bit of lipstick on it to make trendy "progressive" politicians feel good while they enjoy the added revenue.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 08/24/2016 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Oakland-Alameda Authority Confirms Unreleased Renderings of Possible Raiders Stadium at Coliseum Site

Lmao at vegas is a better fit than oakland and more revenue hahahaaa. Yea ok way more money in oakland than vegas. Stadium damn near already sold out on season tickets. Vegas will never sell out season tickets before the season starts smfh. We the OAKLAND RAIDERS and it will remain that way. The A's are looking at howard terminal as i type. So the raiders will have coliseum site to them selfs

Posted by Bill Drawdy on 08/24/2016 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Oakland-Alameda Authority Confirms Unreleased Renderings of Possible Raiders Stadium at Coliseum Site

I see a pattern working here.

I saw an article on Facebook yesterday that said the Raiders would stay in Oakland for the next three years.

The new stadium in LA will be totally built in three years.

Posted by Troy Miller on 08/24/2016 at 4:11 PM

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Posted by Chrys Malone on 08/24/2016 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Oakland-Alameda Authority Confirms Unreleased Renderings of Possible Raiders Stadium at Coliseum Site

Mark Will take a cheaper stadium over moving away from Oakland bc he DOES want to stay in Oakland and he knows that in order to Make Oakland the city get in toit, u gotta scare them into thinking ur gonna leave and making something happen. Also he's putting money in, his own money, so if he can save a few bux and keep the team in Oakland he will definitely do it.

Posted by Joey Baracchini on 08/24/2016 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Oakland-Alameda Authority Confirms Unreleased Renderings of Possible Raiders Stadium at Coliseum Site

no new renderings,..its the whole 120 acre lot or nothing at all!...Mark wants the whole property! plus they have to match the price of the new stadium at 1.4 billion,..why would Mark want a cheaper stadium built for his team?..Las Vegas is a better fit for the future of the Raiders and will produce more revenue!

Posted by Eddie Aguilar on 08/24/2016 at 2:55 PM

Re: “'Big Soda' Argues Oakland's Proposed Tax Will Cut Sales — But Proponents Say That's Exactly the Point

Thanks for analyzing the facts behind the proposed Oakland ordinance and research on how it is playing out in Berkeley.
This is particularly important because of the blatant lies by Joe Arellano, the American Beverage Association, and the No campaign on the Oakland Soda Tax. It is a tax on sodas and on distributors, period. The only way they can hope to defeat the soda tax is through misinformation. Such an approach is disingenuous and shameful.

Posted by Jon Evans on 08/24/2016 at 2:52 PM

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