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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
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%.
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!
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.
@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.
To fight obesity, people must workout daily. Stop robbing our pocketbooks.
This is theft. This is another poor tax on low and middle income people to fund more failed liberal social programs.
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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].
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.
Well we shall see if he helps the homeless community located at Allston and Milvia not South Berkeley where we have been evicted from
Thanks for writing your correction that M1 failed
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?
What happens to employment drug testing protocol? Hope that goes away or is improved.
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.
Don't forget, if you say anything bad about McElhaney it's racist.
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).
The only thing standing in the way of Oakland shining is its elected officials.
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