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You might ask why get all riled up before Mayor Schaaf has officially submitted her budget, just based on comments by two council members.
When you have two council members like Brooks and Washington who often disagree on measures, saying the same thing, it's a safe bet that the Mayor was testing the political waters to see how much of the soda tax revenue she could divert to fill the budget black hole.
If we wait for a formal budget proposal to evaluate before speaking up, the horse trading between council members and the Mayor will already be set in concrete.
Here is the Budget language
INVESTMENTS IN HEALTHY CHILDREN
In November 2016 Oaklanders passed Measure HH by 61 percent imposing a one-cent per ounce general
tax on the distribution of sugar sweetened beverages. The tax must be deposited in the Citys general fund.
The Measure also requires Oakland establish a Community Advisory Board to advise the City Council on
how best to support education and prevention programs. As this Board has yet to be established, the
budget includes several new investments that are consistent with the goals of the measure. These total
more than $3.5 million in expenditures. Additionally, the FY 2018-19 budget will reserve an additional $1
million, so that recommendations of the Advisory Board may be considered during the mid-cycle budget
process. We look forward to hearing from these community members on their ideas for how Oakland can
best prevent the negative health impacts of consuming sugar sweetened beverages and enhance the overall
health of our children. We are especially committed to working with our community partners in fighting
against the epidemics of childhood obesity and diabetes.
There has not been a sudden, unexpected worsening in city finances from the start of the soda tax election campaign in 2016 to now to justify any emergency need to divert expected soda tax revenue to any other purpose. The City's budget office has consistently projected large deficits in each of the 5 year projections they have published ever since they were required to do so by Council several years ago.
Campbell Washington wrote the measure as a tax with the proceeds going into the general fund. She knows the general fund is general, not fenced for specific uses. She and Kaplan and other councilmembers now try to shift the blame onto Schaaf. This is a puppet show for those voters who drank the Kool-Aid promises of the tax.
How about we find out the details of the budget rather than jump to conclusions like we do so often with false news. I am so surprised that ACW is jumping on this bandwagon. Please let us know what has been done to set up the committee AND details before throwing someone under the bus so we tax payers can have the correct information with which to respond.
Can't wait to vote her out of office.
The writer speculates if no definitive statements are being made to confirm the articles claims.
This will not go unanswered. Our neighborhood campaigned for this tax on behalf of the children of Oakland. How dare Schaaf try to divert the funds. She'll pay at the ballot box!
While these members of the city council are decrying the alleged use of the funds, I would ask what EXACTLY the city council (in general, these member in particular) has done in regards to setting up the advisory board?
It's really easy to sit back and take pot shots while take NO responsibility using vague language.
As I recall the bill called for the city to form the advisory council. That would seem to me to mean the city council as well as the Mayors office.
It seems to me both Ms Washington and Ms Brooks have been EXTREMELY visible on a number of high profile issues, and now it seems only on those high profile issues... While seemingly ignoring the absolutely essential, day to day issues for the city of Oakland.
I will hold my outrage until the actual proposed budget is released so I can see exactly what the proposed expenditures are.
Please folks, is anyone really surprised by this "Shaft" us again tactic? Distasteful, disingenuous, disgusting and so, so dirty!
This is such a Jerry Brown, mod-Dem tactic and Mayor Schaaf was trained by Jerry too. When mod-Dems pull these kinds of stunts, people don't trust Democrats. This distrust is one reason why the country wound up with #45 in the White House.
That sugar tax advisory board needs to be set up ASAP, and not with Ms.Schaaf's hand picks, which tend to undermine what the purpose of what these boards are supposed to do.
Mexico has a stricter immigration policy than the United States. On top of that, they actually have a wall on their southern border. Who is she to lecture? Just more nonsense from the left.
Hobart, is the Constitution written in English or Spanish? And why should citizens of a great country care about some shithole everyone is trying to leave?
If the Fire Dept sworn (aka uniformed) positions were so overworked, there wouldn't be lines stretching around the block when applications are taken for those positions. Visit a couple of fire stations and then observe local OPD and compare the relaxed, fit appearance of the firefighters to the stressed out of shape cops. You want to be a firefighter in Oakland, not a cop.
If we're understaffed at the firefighter line level, blame the very .effective state and national fire fighters' associations that got laws passed requiring firefighters to respond to medical 911 calls instead of civilian, lower paid EMT's. With newer building code requirements, fires have dramatically declined (or would have if codes enforced). Hiring more line officers is not he solution.
American journalists don't speak Spanish nor do they understand Mexican culture. So coverage of Mexican politics and economics really does not exist.
Ditto most American citizens, even those who play the tourist down south. Ditto Trump, who is nothing other than a typically monolingual American ignoramus.
The problems with the Oakland Fire Department is much deeper than the numbers. The critical issue is lack of qualified experience at top management levels and in other critical areas of the department. This was clearly evident when for almost 2 weeks after the Ghost Ship fire last year, the Fire Chief (Reed) made no public statements and deferred to her Deputy Chiefs to respond to questions at news briefings. The reason was that Reed was hired because of her former colleague at the City of San Jose, Deanna Santana, who was the City Administrator under Mayor Jean Quan. Once again friendships and relationships seem to trump training and experience at the top levels of management in Oakland. Reed was a numbers cruncher in San Jose, responsible for the budget. She was woefully lacking in field operation experience. She was also lacking in professional attitude and demeanor when she lost her cool at a public meeting when challenged by the public about her staffs performance in the north hills area. She should have never been hired for this job. More importantly, there has for years been a serious internal lack of technical expertise qualified to administer codes related to fire suppression systems, hazardous waste and plan checking for new development. Since at least the year 2000, there has only been one or two people on staff to manage those important program areas. All firefighters want to respond to calls in the field, wash the truck, go to Safeway, lift weights and look good in uniform. Somehow very few in Oakland seem willing or required to put in the hours of study and training in the more complex technical areas of fire safety. Change has to come from the top and the focus needs to be on more than just numbers.
I dont always agree with her decisions (almost never), but whether she know its not not, Jonathan Fearn is a smart choice as a developer with a background in affordable housing and community development. He is aware of issues regarding dentrification, displacement and the needs for housing for all income levels and a proponent of environmentally smart urban planning and land use that does not displace long term residents.
It was NOT mentioned that prior to joining SummerHill in 2006, Mr. Fearn worked as Development Manager for Em Johnson Interest, a real estate development firm specializing primarily in affordable housing and economic development projects within low income communities. Mr. Fearn is a certified LEED and GreenPoint Rated Professional and holds a Masters of City Planning with a concentration in Housing and Community Development from UC Berkeley,
Ya know, ya gotta wonder why he couldn't get the arithmetic correct... And if something THAT simple is wrong, what else is?
You might want to check your references before including incorrect information in your articles.... RIO lasers in Santa Clara, which is owned by OptaSense in the UK, actually manufactures semiconductor lasers and has NOT made any bid on the FedBiz website for a border wall.
Wrong about the police department. It has 39 vacant sworn officer positions - 5 percent, not 2 percent. Mr. BondGraham makes the same mistake he made last December. The 39 authorized but unfilled positions are listed in the OPD Personnel Distribution Report for the beginning of April. But Mr. BG insists on using a report based on a convoluted definition of vacancy. That report lists some sergeant vacancies but not one police officer vacancy! Not sensible and not true (there are actually 21 officer vacancies), but with Mr BG, ideology trumps facts.
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