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Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

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.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 04/29/2017 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

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.

Posted by MVelasco on 04/29/2017 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Top Ramen For Life: The Student Loan Crisis

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Posted by Alfred Morgan on 04/29/2017 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

Can't wait to vote her out of office.

Posted by John Michaels Grabowski on 04/29/2017 at 1:12 AM

Re: “Tenants Sue Landlord and Housing Nonprofits Over Deadly West Oakland Fire

The writer speculates if no definitive statements are being made to confirm the articles claims.

Posted by Napola on 04/28/2017 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

Yeah, Iam Rhiannon, Berkeley has a loophole. It sounds as if it's a bait and switch scam and it SHOULD be closed... But I'm not a resident of Berkeley. I AM a resident of Oakland. Do keep in mind, HUGE swaths of Berkeley's rental units are occupied by students. Yeah, they are residents, but are also... Transient. Here for a few years and then gone.

Oakland on the other hand, has a bread and circuses and temper tantrum mentality... If the populace can't demand other pay for what they want, they tie it up so thoroughly the developers go away and no one get's housing.

Witness the proposed construction for the MacArthur transit village... Potentially about 400 new housing unit are now completely stalled. Not because there isn't low income housing reserved, but what is reserved is all on the lower levels.

Do you think that encourages needed new development?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 04/28/2017 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

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!

Posted by C. Leonard on 04/28/2017 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

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.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 04/28/2017 at 8:44 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

Please folks, is anyone really surprised by this "Shaft" us again tactic? Distasteful, disingenuous, disgusting and so, so dirty!

Posted by Ellen Gierson on 04/28/2017 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

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.

Posted by Kit Vaq on 04/28/2017 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

Berkeley has a loophole in its condominium conversion ordinance that allows new high density rental housing to convert to condos as long as they do it before any units are rented. At least 90% of the projects approved as rentals in the past several years were never intended as rentals, and have been converted to condominiums. Most of these projects were granted a 35% density bonus in return for 5-10% below market rate rentals, but were not required to 1) put all units, low-income and market rate, on sale to the public; and 2) increase the percentage of moderate income units available. Instead they are being allowed to "condo" some while renting out the required below market rate units.

At least Oakland isn't that sneaky.

Posted by Iam Rhiannon on 04/28/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

As someone who works at live music venue, I can say that the increased security at hip-hop shows is necessary. Unfortunately, they are significantly more violent than the other shows we have and our security needs the police presence to ensure safety of people at work as well as other attendees. I also live blocks away from Karribean City and avoid that block when walking home after work because it has been a lightning rod for violence downtown. I want there to be hip hop shows, but something has to be done about the well documented violence that does occur at them.

Posted by John-Paul de Veer on 04/28/2017 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

The raves are "underground" and un-permitted (interesting phrase, that. It means NOT allowed). Certain elements scream "it's too hard to get permits". Might it be your observations of the problems associated with raves are why?

The violence at sporting events (Raider Nation anyone?) *tends* to be so successfully prosecuted as to deter outbreaks. When they do happen, it isn't large in scale, compared to the size of the crowd. No/little culture of "we don't snitch" in effect there.

Hip-hop/rap events in clubs on the other hand, live at the opposite end... A couple hundred or so in attendance with and almost guarantee of people shot and robbed with depressing regularity and "We don't snitch" is the chorus line.

As I said before, if the promoters/performers could/would self control the events... But they don't. The gangsta mystique IS the spice of the show.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 04/28/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “The Oakland Haiku and Jazz Festival Makes its Debut

Question: What is a "haigagraph?"

Posted by Kathleen Giustino on 04/28/2017 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Mexico's Top Investigative Journalist Talks Trump, U.S.-Mexico Relations, and the Dangers of Reporting at UC Berkeley

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?

Posted by George Rockwell on 04/27/2017 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

A friend of mine was killed in a shooting outside of vinyl by a stray bullet. He had nothing to do with it and was playing a show next door at a different venue. That doesn't fit your narrative I guess but I'll never get my friend back. RIP Emilio.

Posted by vaxination on 04/27/2017 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Fire Department Still Seriously Under-Staffed

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.

Posted by Len Raphael on 04/27/2017 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Mexico's Top Investigative Journalist Talks Trump, U.S.-Mexico Relations, and the Dangers of Reporting at UC Berkeley

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.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/27/2017 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

It's so easy to point at shootings that have occurred and say "We got to be safe," but meanwhile ignore the bigger picture. What about the illegal drugs and deaths stemming from raves? What about violence at 49ers' games? What about the violence at recent protests? Should we ban all forms of free speech or assembly if sometimes the outcomes are not what we'd hoped?

Posted by David Johnson-Igra on 04/27/2017 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

How many people have gotten into a scuffle at the Fox or Paramount or New Parish, gone to their car to retrieve a gun and then ended up shoot innocent people while trying to kill the person they fought with??? This is a complex issue.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 04/27/2017 at 10:59 AM

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