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Re: “General Electric Plans To Demolish East Oakland Factory. But Residents Want More Than A Polluted, Vacant Lot

If you have thoughts about this site, the city is accepting comments on the draft EIR until 4 pm April 11. Address comments to pvollmann@oaklandnet.com

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 03/29/2017 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

More socialism and more failure. Nobel intentions. Socialism and radical environmentalism and rampant, unchecked criminality in Oakland only have made things very bad for businesses and residents. In order to attract good companies, you first have to clean up this ultra violent city. Businesses will come back when it is safe to do so. Ultra tolerance is hurting Oakland. Fighting the imaginary "Man" doesn't work.

Posted by Marshall Mathers on 03/28/2017 at 4:36 PM

Re: “A Look at Who is Financing Oakland City Council Candidates

Thanks for the information provided. Politics is a quite dirty thing and ordinary people cant even imagine how much money is regularly invested in political campaigns. All the candidates want to look like fair and honest people but most of them have something to hide and quite often they lie about where they get the money for their campaigns. There are many people living through http://quickandeasyloanservice.com/ while millions of dollars are invested every year to make somebody rich even richer.

Posted by Diana Sparks on 03/26/2017 at 6:15 AM

Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

@ Erik Kengaard

Well, yes, quite a lot has changed since the 1950's. Not just Berkeley, for that matter.

I didn't come to Berkeley until the end of the 1960's. I was a teenager and only had the contents of what I carried in my backpack, having immediately preferred Berkeley to the mean streets of LA. We didn't even have the term "homeless youth" then, but retroactively that would apparently apply.

However, back then, it was pragmatically possible to meet and mix things up with quite a lot of people, which also led directly to joining households and at a affordable rate even for one in my position then. This same premise also often led directly to various work, gigs, and other pursuits. Same held true in any number of other cities, towns, whatever of the time. Imagine that. And no "case management".

Posted by Christoverre Kohler on 03/24/2017 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

A typical stance for those that make their living inserting themselves between people and homes is to "adv ocate" for various "services" [theirs, of course] instead or as concommitant. The demonstrated Housing First successes have manifestly proven otherwise,while the dubious "services" have perpetuated and/or worsened homelessness for quite a long time now.

And just what requires New Constructions to do Housing First? Nothing.

Posted by Christoverre Kohler on 03/24/2017 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

Timothy Counts: Do you have any sources and math to back that up?

And, regardless, the State of California is far more skilled at budget and spending management than Oakland. So, there is no comparison of management risk.

Posted by Michael Good on 03/24/2017 at 8:03 PM

Re: “The Old Mervyn's Headquarters in Hayward Underscores a Lack of Resources to Address the City's Homelessness Crisis

I'm a California native. My grandparents and parents here came out of the dust bowl... Picked fruit and cotton in central valley when they got here... Did what they had to, to survive. Okies had to deal with sundown towns too. This what people did. I'm baffled at what goes on now. People seem willing to live in what is effectively a cave to avoid change.

Please, someone explain this to me.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 03/24/2017 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

Local police departments are not obliged to enforce federal immigration laws for good reasons. One, it makes the job of keeping the community safe much harder, because witnesses to crimes who are undocumented are afraid to come forward. Many families in Oakland and around the country have mixed immigration status, by the way. Two, honoring ICE detainees is expensive, because it requires keeping people in jail beyond after they've served their time in state custody. Three, under federal immigration law, ICE detainers are requests, not orders, and local police are also not obliged to deputize their officers as immigration agents. Kate Steinle's death was a heartbreaking tragedy, no question about that, and so it's understandable that people feel passionately about it, and are dismayed that the man responsible was released by San Francisco. He should never have been transferred to SF in the first place, because of his prior deportation orders, but one bizarre tragedy should not dictate policy. In fact, studies show that immigrants as a group commit far fewer crimes than American citizens. I am speaking as an expert here; I am an immigration attorney.

Posted by Nora P on 03/24/2017 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

The state of California could have saved tens of billions of dollars had they run their bonds and banking through a state bank when the 2008 crash happened.
Getting them to set up a bank will be near impossible as long as we let the banks buy elections.

Posted by Timothy Counts on 03/24/2017 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

" .....the state threatening to take money away, and the feds threatening to take money away, and various expenses the city has that it cant afford, and to know that a public bank could solve those problems."

This says it all.

Being the custodian of the assets of others is not the same as gaining a new source of revenue. The inability to distinguish and respect the differences between the two elementary concepts (assets, revenue) has led to many financial disasters/

No doubt, the temptation to plunder a new pot of someone else's money would be irresistible. The pathetic track record of fiscal management of Oakland speaks for itself.

Oakland needs to learn how to manage its own money before it earns the right to manage other people's money. But, abusing the power over other people's money is so much easier. Anyone remember the last banking crisis and how it happened?

Posted by Michael Good on 03/24/2017 at 6:40 AM

Re: “The Old Mervyn's Headquarters in Hayward Underscores a Lack of Resources to Address the City's Homelessness Crisis

gee how the time flies, seems like just yesterday that the stores were in their heyday, but, all good things come to an end. i am sure the city will be glad to see the success of the housing project in any case. when SEARS goes, everything must follow, though.

Posted by Estella Davis on 03/23/2017 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

I agree with all the commenters who have a healthy dose of skepticism. Oakland government seems financially illiterate (and also governance illiterate- like filling potholes, or inspecting buildings for fire safety, the pension crisis coming, the myriad of ways in which Oakland city government has shown its ineptitude. Then there are the ethical challenges Oakland officials have as well. I wouldn't rush in- some things just have to be sorted out prior. Why not make a requirement of Oakland city officials, at least some, to "... have strong backgrounds in finance but also be dedicated to the mission of public service. "

Posted by Jeff Diver on 03/23/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

This really does a lot to show how out of touch the city of berkeley is with their homeless community. One visit to any of these camps and you can immediatly see that any solution to this problem must first include drug and alcohol treatment. Lets make a realistic path to end homelessness, not just build nicer homeless camps.

Posted by Robert Murphy on 03/23/2017 at 5:50 AM

Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

Thanks to Bartlett we are on a new oath. A path that is real not Rreguins pie in the sky scheme

Koncentration kamp will go empty and that's what pathways. A pathway straight to lockdown a ghetto of undesirables

Posted by Sam Spade on 03/22/2017 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

Who knew there were 12,000 homeless people on Berkeley's streets?

"But for a city with 10 percent of the population on the streets, tiny homes are not space efficient."

Only off by approximately an order of magnitude!

Posted by JP Massar on 03/22/2017 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

@ Candace

Tiny homes (usagi goya) are a consequence of over population. There are no alternatives when the land has been fully developed.

Tokyo is the Bay Area's future.

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 03/22/2017 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

@ Christoverre Kohler

I don't recall many homeless in Berkeley when I was a student there in the 1950s. And rent was quite affordable. $135/month split three ways for a brand new 2 bedroom apartment at Ridge and La Loma.

What the hey happened?

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 03/22/2017 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

Of course Oakland leaderswon't be able to handle a public bank, just look at how they're handling our potholes!

Posted by Ellen.Gierson on 03/22/2017 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

Lousy idea - kennel homeless people in sheds?

Other places have been markedly succeeding with the Housing First approach, which provides people real homes like other people have. That can restore then OUT of this kind of underclass that this plan would more permanently condemn them to.

Mayor Tom Bates said Berkeley has been receiving mutli-MILLION$ of dollars EVERY YEAR ostensibly to "help the homeless". But try to find a cogent line-item budget for just HOW all that money's been spent.

There's little to no excuse for why Berkeley has NOT already been using the PROVEN "Housing First" way.

http://www.endhomelessness.org/pages/housi…

Posted by Christoverre Kohler on 03/22/2017 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

I want Wall Street's role in the overall global economy to be less than it is today. It would be great to eliminate them from Oakland altogether.

However, Oakland has frequent management and corruption problems and may not be capable of managing a bank. If Wall Street isn't held accountable why would the Oakland bank be any different?

Posted by Vince Rubino on 03/22/2017 at 4:40 PM

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