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Re: “Community and Labor Groups Say Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Has Stacked the Planning Commission with Real Estate Industry Reps

If you know your history, you would know that the makeup of the Oakland Planning Commission has been dominated by real estate developers, architects, land use attorneys, economic and urban design professionals at least since the 1970's, if not longer.This did not start with Libby Schaaf and that inference is really unfair. More importantly, the lack of commission membership historically and currently, from the flat lands of East Oakland or West Oakland is overwhelming. There is no question that having some kind of background in economics, architecture, land development or urban design is an advantage. Planning commissioners are tasked with reviewing complex technical reports from applicants and city staff in order to arrive at decisions on development projects and policy. This is not an easy job and many lay citizens would, at least initially, be overwhelmed with the volume and detail of the information expected to be absorbed. With that being said, when the work of the commission is compromised because of conflicts of interest, there is a problem. Without a doubt, members of the commission not working in the development industry will always bring a much needed community perspective and reality check to the public debate. A healthy representative balance of community members is the ideal mix. We should not forget that Planning Commissioners are unpaid volunteers who spend many, many hours reading reports, visiting sites and talking to the public about planning issues. This job requires the type of personal commitment of time and energy that many across the city are not ready to make. It should be no surprise that those who are educated and experienced in related areas of work tend to be the folks most interested. That is true in most cities. The Mayor and the City Council need to make a better effort in reaching out to all communities to identify those that would provide the balanced perspective that the commission needs. It is especially important now, when Oakland is going through an aggressive bubble of land use and demographic changes.

Posted by Gary Patton on 04/21/2017 at 6:55 PM

Re: “City of Livermore Continues To Hide Records Related To Former Police Officer Accused Of Sex Crimes In 'Celeste Guap' Case

I'm no fan of cops. I am a fan or process.

Were the accused in this anyone BUT, law enforcement Burris would be screaming at the top of his lungs to close off an investigation conducted in this manner.

Please note, I said accused. Innocent until proven guilty? And you don't get to go fishing to prove guilt; else the riders would still be in operation.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 04/21/2017 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Oakland's Poorest Neighborhoods Will Be The Most Susceptible to Flooding Due To Climate Change And Sea-Level Rise

Yes, the Oakland low lands are screwed... So are Long Island, Martinez, Concord and Miami Beach (all of Florida for that matter, but is THAT a loss, really?).

Rising sea level WILL effect everyone not just "the most vulnerable" (jeeze! what an emotionally manipulative string to pull). It won't matter if you have money or privilege or not. Everyone get's screwed. Blatantly manipulative attempts like this cost credibility. They don't motivate anyone.

And please do notice, I say will, not if.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 04/21/2017 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Community and Labor Groups Say Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Has Stacked the Planning Commission with Real Estate Industry Reps

I'm not too sure where else developers or architects (landscape included) tend to work BUT in the that industry.

Again, a half written, innuendo laden partisan smear; without even a pretense of solutions. Just "you did it wrong!!!!!"

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 04/21/2017 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Community and Labor Groups Say Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Has Stacked the Planning Commission with Real Estate Industry Reps

Why even bother to have the pretense of a Planning Commission?

Posted by Gabriel Haaland on 04/21/2017 at 3:46 PM

Re: “City of Livermore Continues To Hide Records Related To Former Police Officer Accused Of Sex Crimes In 'Celeste Guap' Case

Alameda County uses 'Kangaroo Courts' to protect the $fruit$ of Political Corruption.

Posted by Peter Quinn on 04/21/2017 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Corporate Beer Overlords AB InBev To Open Golden Road 'Craft' Beer Garden in North Oakland

Hey EBX, it's been almost a month since you posted any What the Fork updates, man. What the Fork?

Posted by Jono Schneider on 04/21/2017 at 12:13 AM

Re: “Meet the Selection Panel that will Appoint the Members of Oakland's New Police Commission

Dear Mr MontagueIs like to extend you a warm welcome on behalf of your friends, neighbors and fellow tax-payers. Hope you like, and work to improve your city as much as we do!

Posted by WaltFrench on 04/20/2017 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Meet the Selection Panel that will Appoint the Members of Oakland's New Police Commission

In response to Julia's question......Selection Committee service is volunteer---no financial compensation involved.....

Posted by Mary Vail on 04/20/2017 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Ethiopian Café Anfilo in Oakland, Where The Food Is As Strong And Bold As The Coffee

the restaurants are more than they were a couple of decades ago when i tried the coffee in what seemed to be the only one on telegraph avenue. i have ethiopian ancestors. i am more sure of ancestors ethiopian than i am descendants as the older people in my family seem to connect easier in the african area than the younger generations in my family. my family is literally all over the san francisco bay area, especially oakland.

Posted by Estella Davis on 04/20/2017 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Oakland's Poorest Neighborhoods Will Be The Most Susceptible to Flooding Due To Climate Change And Sea-Level Rise

Despite the likelihood of rising sea levels affecting low-lying neighborhoods in far fewer than 100 years, planning ahead is hardly a task for which Oakland's government is prepared.

Looking ahead even one year regarding serious social and environmental problems would be most unusual for Oakland.

Of course our pols do look ahead at their coming elections. Within a few months of being elected, our current Mayor was busily raising money for her next campaign. Her out-of-town developer sponsors are taking no chances.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/20/2017 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Oakland's Poorest Neighborhoods Will Be The Most Susceptible to Flooding Due To Climate Change And Sea-Level Rise

"Oakland's Poorest Neighborhoods Will Be The Most Susceptible....by the end of the century".... Hmm... that is some 83 years from now.
I'm sure that the disadvantaged residents of those neighborhoods would place this important concern at about #147 on their list of potential problems they will have over the next 60 years.

Heck by that time nearly ALL of those neighborhoods will have been gentrified and re-gentrified... Thus the number of poor in those neighborhoods will be reduced to near zero.,
It will be entirely a upper middle class or wealthy person's problem, not affecting more than a handful of poor people.

As far as poor people go this rising sea level in Oakland neighborhoods is a non issue for decades to come.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 04/20/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Oakland's Poorest Neighborhoods Will Be The Most Susceptible to Flooding Due To Climate Change And Sea-Level Rise

Jean, here in the East Bay we don't say "the 880" and "the 580." That's so L.A.

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Posted by Kevin Walsh on 04/20/2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Oakland's Poorest Neighborhoods Will Be The Most Susceptible to Flooding Due To Climate Change And Sea-Level Rise

Excellent article. Tepperman's research on the hazards to the East Bay's most vulnerable communities is as disturbing as it is excellent. Luckily, there are many activists like Margaret Gordon and Brian Beveridge in these communities, aware of the threats and working to build sustainability. But it will take all of us in the East Bay to prepare for what's coming.

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Posted by Barbara Stebbins on 04/20/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Oakland Council OKs $700,000 in Assistance for Survivors Displaced by San Pablo Avenue Fire

I'm sure the money will be paid back.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 04/20/2017 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Oakland's Poorest Neighborhoods Will Be The Most Susceptible to Flooding Due To Climate Change And Sea-Level Rise

As I have been saying since the '70s, it's time to dike & lock the Golden Gate, protecting infrastructure & property all the way to Sacramento. The water from the Delta should be canaled back to the southland (not tunnels). It's cheaper and easier on the environment. Homeland Security should be on board as it protects our Bay from nefarious activity. Historically, the Bay was fresh until about 8000 years ago, when the fading Ice Age caused enough ocean rise to wipe out the waterfall (comparable to Niagara) and made the Bay what it is today. linus.hollis@gmail.com

Posted by Linus Hollis on 04/20/2017 at 10:11 AM
Posted by Ernest Montague on 04/20/2017 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Meet the Selection Panel that will Appoint the Members of Oakland's New Police Commission

Glad to see a wide spectrum of people there! From far left to far left without going through the middle. LOL. Chavez Yoelle is the only one who might be moderate.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 04/20/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Oakland's Poorest Neighborhoods Will Be The Most Susceptible to Flooding Due To Climate Change And Sea-Level Rise

Sound like it would be less expensive and less traumatizing if the government just provides everyone with a new non atmosphere polluting electric car.

Posted by Clive Scullion on 04/20/2017 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Don’t Call It a Goodbye

Will you continue to review at San Francisco Magazine?

Posted by julie weeks on 04/20/2017 at 8:14 AM

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