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Re: “Oakland Officials Describe Vandalism After Anti-Donald Trump Rally As Some Of Worst They've Seen

A citizen's Right of peaceful protest is in the Constitution. There is no Right to break the windows of businesses, start fires, write grafitti on sidewalks and buildings, to encourage confrontation and block Freeways.

We have worked so hard to make Oakland a great place to live and work. It is starting to blossom. Art gallaries, restaurants, new businesses, jobs and more to come. Supposedly youre protesting Donald Trump. He does not live in Oakland. Most residents do not support these violent protests. Please, respect your city, our city and the people who live here. C.Burd

Posted by Carolyn Burd on 11/11/2016 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Berkeley Landlord Tax Easily Passes

The final quote from Krista Gulbransen makes me feel uneasy; it almost sounds like a veiled threat. My assumption in voting for Measure U1 was that the tax was significant but not unsustainablethat profit margins would cover a large part of the cash going to taxes. Is there any way of measuring the real effect that this will have on landlords ability to make repairs and upgrades to old buildings? Aren't there laws on the books to ensure that necessary maintenance is done?

Sincerely, someone who lives in an old building in Berkeley.

P.S. it strikes me that 166% is a very misleading and alarmist way of explaining a tax hike from 1.08% to 2.88%.

Posted by J.C. on 11/11/2016 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Describe Vandalism After Anti-Donald Trump Rally As Some Of Worst They've Seen

This self-indulgent expression helps what? Glass companies. Police officers who collect overtime pay. Law-and-order wingers who want evidence for a more repressive state. More useful forms of protest, please!

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 11/11/2016 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Oakland Celebrates Soda Tax Victory as 'Huge Win Over Corporations'

Studies show that no matter what amount of education on the health dangers of, e.g. smoking (or soda consumption), people do not change their habits until their pockets are hit.

Posted by oaktowngrrl on 11/10/2016 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Describe Vandalism After Anti-Donald Trump Rally As Some Of Worst They've Seen

VANDALISM
.......kills
the Message

Posted by oaktowngrrl on 11/10/2016 at 11:01 PM

Re: “Berkeley Landlord Tax Easily Passes

@George - New construction is exempt from the higher tax for 12 years. And construction built after 1980 in Berkeley is statutorily exempt from rent control.

Posted by Igor Tregub on 11/10/2016 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Oakland Celebrates Soda Tax Victory as 'Huge Win Over Corporations'

To fight obesity, people must workout daily. Stop robbing our pocketbooks.

Posted by Vinny Jones on 11/10/2016 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Oakland Celebrates Soda Tax Victory as 'Huge Win Over Corporations'

This is theft. This is another poor tax on low and middle income people to fund more failed liberal social programs.

Posted by Vinny Jones on 11/10/2016 at 11:36 AM

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Posted by davorris90 on 11/10/2016 at 12:36 AM

Re: “Berkeley Landlord Tax Easily Passes

Such an increase as passed will not make Berkeley more attractive to builders, who realize what the Berkeley voters/City Counsel give today they can take away next election. If you had the money to construct residential housing, would you do it in Berkeley or some other city without rent control, especially when you know when one of your tenants wants to move, they will not give you formal notice and allow you to increase the rent to the market value for a new tenant, but rather will sub-lease through underground sources [which reduces the amount of housing on the open market].

Posted by George Shers on 11/09/2016 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Berkeley Progressives Win Big, but Lament Trump Presidency

I have been told, and this has been confirmed by countless longtime Berkeley residents, that anything south of University is South Berkeley.

The article could use an edit, for it does not make complete sense. Nancy Armstrong Temple was arrestsed at the Adeline encampment AND the encampment at Milvia & Allston is in S. Berkeley, it is where the Adeline campers moved when evicted from the Adeline spot.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 11/09/2016 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Berkeley Progressives Win Big, but Lament Trump Presidency

Well we shall see if he helps the homeless community located at Allston and Milvia not South Berkeley where we have been evicted from

Posted by Sam Spade on 11/09/2016 at 5:27 PM

Re: “ELECTION 2016 RESULTS: Live Updates, News, and Analysis

Thanks for writing your correction that M1 failed

Posted by Mike Cael on 11/09/2016 at 1:22 PM

Re: “ELECTION 2016 RESULTS: Live Updates, News, and Analysis

You claim that Alameda passed M1, but the Alameda County Registrar of Voters site, which you have a link for above, shows that M1 got a 66% No vote. Which is correct?

Posted by Mike Cael on 11/09/2016 at 5:36 AM

Re: “Prop. 64 Rolls Out New Ads, No on 64 Touts Unfavorable New Poll

What happens to employment drug testing protocol? Hope that goes away or is improved.

Posted by Joel Asmussen on 11/08/2016 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Town Business: Judge Orders Council President McElhaney to Hand Over Records in Ethics Case

Kelly and Hope:
issues are NEVER one dimensional or"black and white"

Kelly,there are various factors that contribute to a healthy -thriving city and on the other hand factors that degenerate it as well..your one dimensional thinking,ignorance, and neglect to see the bigger picture is degenerating Oakland more than its elected officials. Open your mind, think deeper and larger than yourself!

Hope, what an ironic name for someone that only sees the world in terms of race. Blacks can be unqualified just as whites and the rest of the color spectrum of peoples. Your comment is begging to instigate the topic of reverse racism. You have the freedom to say anything about anyone and that includes McElhaney as well. So go on Hope..get it out of your system..say anything you want about McElhaney, because you known she gets under your skin because of her ethnicity and not who she really is or what she does. THERE'S tons of people who would like to bash her, just as yourself.

Posted by Presence on 11/08/2016 at 11:07 AM
Posted by Chhoti Maa on 11/08/2016 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Town Business: Judge Orders Council President McElhaney to Hand Over Records in Ethics Case

Don't forget, if you say anything bad about McElhaney it's racist.

Posted by Robert Hope on 11/07/2016 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Raiders' Dominant Win Over Denver Last Night (Finally) Proves That Oakland Is For Real

I, too, was worried if the Raiders 2016 were\are real, since the defensive stats in the previous games paled in comparison to what the offense was accomplishing. But, with last night's game, the defense showed it is capable of delivering, so the Raiders are definitely play-off contenders. Too early to say if they're Super Bowl bound. Play-offs, yes. (I still think the Raiders are a stellar corner-back shy of being SB-ready: previous winning SB Raiders teams always had incredibly great corner-backs, or at least one).

Posted by Tony Daysog on 11/07/2016 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Town Business: Judge Orders Council President McElhaney to Hand Over Records in Ethics Case

The only thing standing in the way of Oakland shining is its elected officials.

Posted by P. J. Kelley on 11/07/2016 at 7:43 AM

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