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Re: “Court Orders Landlord to Fix 'Inhumane Conditions' in Lead-Contaminated, Fire-Damaged Fruitvale Building

The lead in these units can now be sealed and treated all for the same low cost of regular paint. Ecobondlbp.com

Posted by Paul Barthel on 01/25/2017 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

And to think that James Harris ran his re-election campaign primarily by slinging mud at his challenger for his alleged fiscal mismanagement, all the while knowing that he himself was at the helm of a sinking ship. 2 sinking ships if you count that multi-million deficit he was helping Antwan create in OUSD.

Posted by Tony D 1 on 01/25/2017 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of January 25, 2016

Regarding the "My Voice Matters" article, these women are directimg their frustrations at the wrong person. They should be addressing their letters to our own US Senator, Dianne Feinstein. I use the term "senator" loosely, because for this past critical year, Feinstein has been missing in action.

I actually wrote her to inquire if she was still alive, because she was nowhere to be found on the camapaign trail to stump for our first female candidate running for the highest office of the land. She is the senior senator representing the most populated state in the nation, and she decides to take a powder for the entire 2017 election.

California is supposed to be leading the nation for progressive causes, and we have an 83 year old senator who has absolutely ZERO interest in representing our interests. She is just riding out the gravytrain until her retirement in 2018, but these next two years are critical to the survival of our nation. Can we really afford a do-nothing Trump lackey who intends to rubber-stamp every pick he submits for both his cabinet and the US Supreme Court? That is EXACTLY what she intends to do. Go along to get along seems to be her guiding philosophy.

Feinstein has been milking the assassination of Harvey Milk for way too long. That unfortunate event was a gift to her and she's made a lucrative career out of it. It's time for her to step aside and let Gavin Newsom assume her duties as our voice in Washington. She obviously is no longer up for the challenge. It's the right thing to do for both California and our nation. Dianne, please step aside and let someone who is physically up for the challenge speak for California.

Sincerely,

Mark Romankiw
Oakland CA

Posted by MarkRomankiw on 01/25/2017 at 2:23 AM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

More of Oakland nepotism at work. not only do we have to follow the money.... in Oakland, you have to know who is related to whom. Because... there are generations of extended families who all make their livelihood off the school district. So... the Executive Director of CCTS is the wife of an OUSD Executive Director in charge of equity who has a history of working on many community special interest projects with a guy who happens to be the President of the school board. THIS is why protocols are not followed. And you think the "south" has a " good 'ol boy" network???

Posted by Renae McGlamery Briggs on 01/24/2017 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

Its been a long time but change is coming. Change needed is to make sure charters have language that requires a charter to notify the District when they go out of business. I say business because a charter is like a free business license.

Another thing that bothers me about this article is that Board members take positions on charter school Boards and don't see a conflict of interest between public and private. "...OUSD board President James Harris joined the CCTS board. The Board is entitled to place their representatives on non-profit school boards but the Board needs a rule barring Board members from joining privately managed charter school governing boards.

And, that those charters the District votes on from now on should contain a provision stopping a charter from borrowing against future revenue without the Board as the authorizing authority authorizing such a loan.

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 01/24/2017 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

What was Olis Simmons' salary?

Posted by Trish Gorham on 01/24/2017 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

James Harris needs to recuse himself from all votes and contracts which address charters. His obvious conflict of interest in these matters creates an ethical and legal problem for the district and undermines the credibility of the School Board and OUSD.

Posted by Ann Nomura on 01/24/2017 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

Again this proves that charter schools are not public schools. What happened to all the extra startup money these charters were given?

Posted by Mike Hutchinson on 01/24/2017 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Oakland Disciplines Twelve Cops in Sex Crime Case

O'Malley and entire family should be charged. Really think this is the first time this is happened? Contra Costa County is the most corrupt police force in the world as far as I'm concerned it's reasons like this that the mafia was invented

Posted by poeticjustice on 01/24/2017 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Exclusive: Oakland’s Big New Pot Plan

Can anyone tell me where all the green zones are in California please?

Posted by Michael R. Perrine on 01/24/2017 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Questions Need for Court-Appointed Police Monitor, Delays Renewing Contracts

We've had oversite for many years. I not sure what it's supposed to accomplish. I remember the "riders" they were fired along time ago but what deficiencies in the department is the continuing oversight trying to correct?

Posted by bill h on 01/24/2017 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Court Orders Landlord to Fix 'Inhumane Conditions' in Lead-Contaminated, Fire-Damaged Fruitvale Building

That's a nice looking building. I wonder why the owner doesn't fix it up. Rent control? It can be very difficult to repair apartments while long term tenants live in an apartment. You can't do lead remediation while perplexed are living there. I guess the owner will be forced to evict?

Posted by bill h on 01/24/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “California Traffic Tickets Amnesty Program Leaves Many Behind

Santa Clara County is one of the most corrupt Counties I have ever encountered. I am eligible for this amnesty program and they denied me. I sent in 4 applications and they denied me for different reasons each time, on one app they claim there was no citation under my name. It took them 8 months to deny me, to deliberately run down the clock. They said 14601.1 is not eligible because it was a reckless driving. Really? hmmm cause when I look it up that is a driving while suspended which is what this program is for.
I am so fed up with these people and the courts. I even have documents where SCC actually changed the dates to appear as tho I missed the cut off. Now where do you go with this proof. Not the DOJ or the Grand Jury. They are not interested in that.

Posted by Andrea Dgeorge on 01/24/2017 at 8:19 AM

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Re: “Critics Say Oakland's Entertainment Permit Process Too Arduous, Contributes to Unsafe Spaces Like Ghost Ship

Ummm... Possibly a silly question, but how is it that other have managed to navigate this "too arduous" process? And how is fair to those who have jumped through those hoops that other want to bypass them?

The primary effect of the vaguely requested changes are that more events are held. What are the things the process are intended to block?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 01/23/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “In Oakland, Massive Crowd Of 100,000 Turns Out For Anti-Trump Women's March

I arrived at Madison Park at 10 am and it was jammed packed.

Posted by C. Leonard on 01/22/2017 at 11:41 PM

Re: “In Oakland, Massive Crowd Of 100,000 Turns Out For Anti-Trump Women's March

Just a quick correction - attendees had gathered well before 10am at 9th and Madison. I arrived with my group at 10am and there were already several thousand people there.

Posted by Raighian Morris on 01/22/2017 at 4:17 PM

Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

AND the Chronicle's coverage of the Women's March in the Bay Area is dismal. Despite over >200k having marched locally, the cover photo is from Washington DC. And the piece about the SF march had minimal real information - e.g. turnout numbers.

Posted by KND on 01/22/2017 at 8:58 AM

Re: “In Oakland, Massive Crowd Of 100,000 Turns Out For Anti-Trump Women's March

I particularly like the sign with the great drawing of Trump that said, "I'm not a real President, But I play one on TV." What great Oakland artist created that? I want one.

Posted by Joyce Roy on 01/21/2017 at 7:35 PM

Re: “In Oakland, Massive Crowd Of 100,000 Turns Out For Anti-Trump Women's March

OPD told CBS 5 later on that it was closer to 85K. It felt that big today, moving like molasses.

Posted by Brian Hofer on 01/21/2017 at 7:10 PM

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