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Re: “Can Bates Outsmart Anti-Growthers, Again?

The author of this article seems pretty sure that Tom Bates is outsmarting the proponents of the Downtown Initiative. But perhaps it's Mayor Bates es who is getting outsmarted.

The Civic Center Overlay district is something that citizens have been seeking for over a year, but Bates' Council Majority has dragged their feet. Later will be too late after the Federal Government sells the Post Office to a deep pocket developer with plans to build condos or offices, and privatize the building forever. Once it's gone, it's gone. You don't get your public commons back.

Unions, who backed the signature gathering for the Initiative, are also getting some of what they want . . . developers who were uninterested in working with the Unions are suddenly open to discussions. Bates didn't put any pressure on developers to work with the unions until the Initiative was on the ballot. Now, some Unions have successfully entered into agreements with developers to work on their projects.

So, maybe the proponents of the initiative are getting what they want . . . and Bates is the one who is being outsmarted. Something to think about!

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Posted by JP Massar on 08/05/2014 at 9:35 AM

Re: “A Little Dab Could Doom Ya

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Posted by Editor on 08/05/2014 at 12:16 AM

Re: “Do Or Die for Mystery Pot Law

We in the Golden State don't want this Senate bill. It will restrict the ones who have the expertise to to make medical cannabis what it is today. Blocking felons from working in the industry is absurd. Just another way for the police to keep felons uninvolved in any decent employment. That way they can keep arresting to feed the Prison Industrial Complex. Private prisons, 60+ in CA alone, as well as the police unions, Corrections unions, etc. They have the largest lobbies in the state and spend millions on political donations.

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Posted by Scott Sherwood on 08/04/2014 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Books Are Dead. Long Live Books.

I thoroughly enjoyed this post. For the first time in years, I'm truly sorry I moved away from the East Bay in the 90's. So happy to read about this rich literary culture.

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Posted by Lily Barry on 08/04/2014 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Oakland's New Playground for Artists

Rad. PS He probably meant commodify not commodity ("I don't want commodity fetishism to create these distances between me and my own heritage")

Posted by Justine TenZeldam on 08/04/2014 at 3:20 PM

Re: “New YouTube Series Features Berkeley Restaurant Anh Hong

Hi! Just wanted to clarify, the show will be premiering on youtube soon, melancholyball is an AKA for my youtube channel, and feel free to follow developments with the show at our Facebook hub: https://www.facebook.com/melancholyball
And at Anh Hong, in addition to the beef, you can't go wrong with the wings or the clay pot fish. :)

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Posted by Dominic Mah on 08/04/2014 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Oakland to Feds: Stop Pot Raids; Feinstein: Keep Raiding

Eric Cantor.

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Posted by David Joseph on 08/03/2014 at 6:13 AM

Re: “The Dirty Fight for Oakland's Trash

It is ridiculous to complain about not getting outside bidders, while the rest of the article harps on the fact that only inside bidders have the preexisting facilities to handle the job.

Some people spend all their time showing how they good they are at seeing problems, but are not smart enough to know that most solutions require compromises balancing the good and bad

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Posted by Gary Baker on 08/02/2014 at 8:07 PM

Re: “The Dirty Fight for Oakland's Trash

Why the distinction between multi-unit buildings and single family dwellings? WM gave me a green can with instructions for what should go in it and then I was billed accordingly. There was NO "opt in" option. Making and keeping Oakland a green city is everyone's responsibility.

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Posted by Allene Warren on 08/02/2014 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Go Away, Oyster Man — Really

Under its permits, the DBOC is able to operate motorboats within Drakes Estero all through the year. However, recreational kayak users are prohibited from the waters during the Harbor Seal pupping season. Also, the courts allowed the DBOC to continue to operate during the litigation due to orders for "emergency injunctions." The DBOC closed to the public on July 31st, and the Department of the Interior gave it a 30-day extension to continue to harvest oysters for wholesale.

Posted by Catherine Carlson Rucker on 08/02/2014 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Medi-Pot Rules Still Struggling With Basics Like Cost, Jurisdiction

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Posted by Editor on 08/02/2014 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Updated: Libby Schaaf Dominates Race for Oakland Mayoral Campaign Cash

You need to actually do some work well beyond going to mayoral debates to understand what the candidates are all about. Two minute soundbites don't do it, although Schaaf is very good at the empty soundbite. Listen carefully to what she says and you will see that there's no there there.

Schaaf has spent over a decade in city hall and has established her role very well as an establishment figure. She has little to show for this time in city hall. Perhaps her "highest" accomplishment was the miserable failure of Measure Y of which she was a chief author. She has done very well going with the flow, avoiding taking risks and covering her butt. As mayor with Schaaf we'll have even more of the same thing we've had with Quan.

For many Oaklanders, having a progressive mayor is important. Quan can no doubt claim to be a liberal but she is incompetent. Schaaf is far to the right of Quan. Schaaf is a financial hawk, with essentially Republican sensibilities. She is the darling of white, Oakland hills groups like Make Oakland Better Now. She was at first a supporter of the DAC until it became clear that it was politically infeasible in progressive Oakland. Schaaf was a timid supporter of raising the minimum wage and showed no leadership until the grassroots pushed her in the right direction.

If we elect Schaaf we'll have a less-progressive, but no doubt updated version of Jean Quan. That's not what I think Oakland needs.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/01/2014 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

I also suspect Yelp employees are clicking on Pay-per-Click ads to drive more revenue to Yelp - I cannot prove it but I seemed to hit my limit very quickly with zero real leads for my business month after month until I told Yelp that I am cancelling.

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Posted by Allan Radman on 08/01/2014 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Updated: Libby Schaaf Dominates Race for Oakland Mayoral Campaign Cash

I have gone to a mayoral debate and listened to Schaaf speak in two other occasions - she appeals to people not because of her role as a city councilmember in the administration as another commenter points out but despite that to a large extent. She has substantive solutions to very complicated problems and is not afraid to address difficult questions head on. I am hopeful that people make their choices for mayor based on who is best qualified after listening to them and hearing what they have to say, not based on preconceived notions of what they believe people's positions to be. Just because she is in City government doesn't mean she agrees with everything taking place right now. I encourage people to go to events, debates and house parties and listen to the candidates, ask for their positions on matters that are important to them as voters and make a decision based on facts. Just because someone is critical of the current administration, as many of us are, doesn't mean they are qualified to lead.

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Posted by Carolyn Baldocchi on 08/01/2014 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

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Posted by Editor on 08/01/2014 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Updated: Libby Schaaf Dominates Race for Oakland Mayoral Campaign Cash

There just might be a somewhat more useful way to look at who or what dominates the mayor's race. If you think only about the establishment, then perhaps it makes sense to focus on the corporate Democrat and out-of-town finance success of Schaaf. That might well be the perspective of someone who doesn't live in or know much about Oakland.

Of the twenty-something people running for mayor just three are currently members of the establishment--Schaaf, Quan and Kaplan. I exclude City Auditor Ruby because she has made a point of criticizing and taking on the establishment. We probably don't have to think really hard to try to discover why there are so many challengers.

Of the people listed here the establishment candidates, Schaaf, Quan and Kaplan, have raised a total of about $702K.

Of the people listed here the challengers to the establishment, Siegel, Ruby, Parker and Tuman, have raised a total of about $731K.

What is this money spent on? It's spent on communicating with the electorate. What are the messages? Probably something like "We're doing great" and "we're not really doing so great."

Combine the above thoughts with the way our instant-runoff voting system "works." The system divides the votes and strongly favors candidates who don't get a majority on the first count.

Seems to me many Oakland voters really want change this time around. I think this is what the evidence shows rather than that Schaaf will continue our fine traditions.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/01/2014 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Go Away, Oyster Man — Really

#Rhys Ludlow-Did you not read the article? " In fact, he's been operating all through his legal appeals, tending his oyster beds, planting invasive species, and buzzing his boats through the estero, past important pupping grounds for harbor seals."
This is the harm: Planting invasive species and buzzing his boats through pupping grounds for harbor seals.
Since he has lost at every angle, why is he allowed to continue? Why isn't he arrested or at least cited for violating National Park lands Prohibited uses or something?

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Posted by Di Sahhar on 08/01/2014 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Do Or Die for Mystery Pot Law

I'm grateful for Assemblyman Ammiano's continued support of finding reasonable ways to advance patient access to medical cannabis. The 7/2/2014 version of SB 1262 (page 21, lines 33-36), gave law enforcement 100% veto power to obstruct all licensing throughout California if a license might "tend" to create any "problem for law enforcement" (perceived or real), including law enforcement in other states. Effectively that would have shut down all cultivators and dispensaries under SB 1262. That latest mock-up of SB 1262 (to be amended soon), is even worse and violates Fourth and Fifth Amendment civil rights over search & seizure, and protections against self-incrimination. SB 1262 is a mess!

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Posted by Matt Gray on 08/01/2014 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Updated: Libby Schaaf Dominates Race for Oakland Mayoral Campaign Cash

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Posted by Editor on 08/01/2014 at 9:26 AM

Re: “A Little Dab Could Doom Ya

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Posted by Editor on 08/01/2014 at 6:42 AM

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