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Re: “Oakland's Ron Dellums on President Trump: 'Step Forward'

These are important words of wisdom from someone with deep experience in broad-based coalition building. Practical expertise and moral guidance is certainly what we need now, more than ever! I am so thankful to the Congressman for his many years of public service setting an example for the next generation of the bridge-building left as well as our current Democratic leaders.

Posted by Trina B on 11/15/2016 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on President Trump: 'Move Beyond Anger to Action'

Mayor Schaaf why have you not loudly affirmed Oakland's status as a Sanctuary City and vowed to protect immigrants? This is an opportunity for you to lead and be a voice for justice.

Promise us that you will use the full force of your office to protect Oakland's immigrants persecution and deportation by the Trump administration.

Reassure us that you and OPD will not assist Immigration and Homeland Security authorities in terrorizing our friends, neighbors and families.

Posted by Ann Nomura on 11/15/2016 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Community Coalition and Wood Partners Strike Deal on Massive 13th Street  Housing and Retail Project

Where else in Oakland would the community allow a whole block project without asking for community benefits that were outlined in the area specific plan voted on by the City Council 2 years ago? What is dismaying is that the community had to organize and threaten legal actions before serious discussion took place. Chinatown is a community and it has the right to receive the same respect as any other neighborhood.

Posted by Dr. Floyd Huen on 11/15/2016 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

I made a video about this movement, over the weekend. Feel free to use it if it helps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPnEbtpLGs…

Posted by Garrett Birkel on 11/15/2016 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Hina Yakitori in Oakland Works Magic with Whole Chickens and a Charcoal Grill

'But much of why I loved the place had to do with the other sensory pleasures that come with sitting at the counter to watch the chefs do their thing in the smoke-filled haze of the kitchen fiddling with the vents on the grill or flipping pieces of fried chicken over with a pair of chopsticks. It's a scene that could as easily take place in a back alley in Tokyo as an upscale-ish restaurant in Oakland.'

Yes! Sitting at the counter and smelling like the skewers is what makes a yakitori-ya experience special.

Posted by Sampson Shen on 11/15/2016 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

Will there be follow up actions? How can I hear about them and how can I participate?

Posted by ramoriii on 11/15/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Community Coalition and Wood Partners Strike Deal on Massive 13th Street  Housing and Retail Project

The comment posted by Matt may in fact be true, but it is interesting that when communities of color get the public benefits they want from developers, it is called a shakedown or a dirty victory. When white and affluent communities do it, it is just called "the deal" or the "cost of doing business". It is a historical fact that developers, hand in hand with the government, have destroyed urban neighborhoods for a century without balancing those changes with any public benefit to those neighborhoods. The results have been the destruction of entire ethnic communities destroyed by new construction, along with freeways, culverts and train tracks. In addition, the government piled on with trendy terms like model cities and urban renewal and redevelopment. All implemented under the guise of community benefit. The problem was that the community, usually black or brown, most impacted never got the benefit. Look at what happened to the Filmore District in SF or the history of environmental genocide in W. Oakland. If you observe the history of big and medium size cities all over the country, it is the same story. The only community who always seems to benefit is the white community. The politics of the deal points aside, the people of Chinatown should be congratulated for being aggressive about protecting their interests. When the politicians downtown don't honor your interests, you need to do whatever it takes to get what you want. The City of Oakland is obviously tone deaf when it comes to some communities. The neighbors came together to affect the outcome on the E. 12th st remainder parcel and the proposal to process coal on the Army Base. It is interesting that when development is proposed in white and affluent neighborhoods and cities, the developer starts with asking what the neighbors want or need. In neighborhoods of color, the developers only care about convincing the City and then they jointly tell the neighborhoods what is best for them. Discussion of what the communities of color want usually come at the back end and as a result of a long and costly process for both sides.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/15/2016 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

Thank you to all who participated. What a beautiful city and community.

I would have attended but didn't want to drive from Sonoma County and contribute to climate change, or to Big Oil's coffers, or to DAPL.

Just know that many more were there with you in spirit. I hope this will inspire similar events in cities large, small, and tiny, across the country, and around the world. What a brilliant idea that therapist had! Now let's roll up our sleeves, volunteer to create good, resilient, supportive communities, and work to prevent Trump from dismantling what is good in this country. We can do this.

Posted by yrba on 11/15/2016 at 6:55 AM

Re: “Community Coalition and Wood Partners Strike Deal on Massive 13th Street  Housing and Retail Project

This was a dirty victory. One group performed a shakedown on a developer to benefit its closest friends and allies. If you don't get that, then well, that could explain the state of affairs in Oakland.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 11/14/2016 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

Mike M: What rights has government taken from you? Who is telling you how to think? That sounds conspiratorial. If Trump does what he says he will do, there will be many rights taken away. For starters, we can surmise he will try to take away freedom of speech. Consider how thin-skinned he is; he won't tolerate being criticized very well. Couple that with his admiration of Putin's strength (dictatorship) and we can guess that he will try to eliminate freedom of speech. Of course, no one can predict for sure, but the signs are there. If you were someone with brown skin, say Hispanic, Indian, Middle-Eastern, Islander, or others, you would probably not be as comfortable with the Trump presidency. He has threatened to send police to go to schools and mosques to remove children or check-on "those people." Don't you know what this is? Or what it could lead to? Fascism -- Nazi era stuff -- The Gestapo. I believe we all, even you, have a reason to worry about our future. By the way, Trump is better at bankrupting businesses then building them. Do the research. We're doomed. And Hillary is near 2 million over Trump for the popular vote. And Trump did not win fair and square. Voter suppression policies, such as removal of voting places in minority areas and illegal purging of voter rolls, essentially stole the vote. Slimy republicans did it again!

Posted by Terra Wilson-Kaysser on 11/14/2016 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

I didn't take part in this demonstration because I don't live in CA. But if I had, my personal reasons would be that I believe in a civilized society and freedom and respect for all people. The President-elect has chosen to speak with hate-filled words against many minorities, racially antagonizing words, and threats to do away with minority rights. If I took part in this demonstration I would be saying, Mr. Trump you are going to be held to higher standards than what you've been saying you are going to do and if you pass laws that take away the rights of minority groups you will be held accountable and the people will be heard!

Posted by Lessandra Sigretto Grimley on 11/14/2016 at 8:16 PM

Re: “Public Defender Turned Solo Performer in The Golden Hammer

'Formerly' trained as an actor, or formally trained?

Posted by Kalliope Bellesis on 11/14/2016 at 6:30 PM
Posted by Tobias Barton on 11/14/2016 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

Voter suppression tactics:

http://america.aljazeera.com/blogs/scrutineer/2014/11/14/voter-purges-alteruspoliticalmap.html

Posted by Chris Vernon 1 on 11/14/2016 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

Debbi McReynolds: Yes honestly curious. Democracy only is a democracy if people can and do vote and their votes are counted. If people are being either discouraged or blocked from voting or their ballots are not being counted, we should be fixing it. As my post indicates, I am aware and concerned about research indicating significant amounts of voter suppression activities that are projected to have denied a large number of Democrats their votes. If you have knowledge of other suppression activities in either direction or even in unknown directions, I am interested to know. It is small-d anti democratic whatever way it cuts.

Posted by Tom Lent on 11/14/2016 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

Tom Lent:

I am curious what the active voter suppression tactics were. Honestly, curious?

Posted by Debbi McReynolds on 11/14/2016 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

I'm not really into the some of these protests for various reasons, but this one was powerful and it's too bad that the national media made sure to spotlight the " after protests" (when the anarchists show up AFTER the main, generally peaceful gatherings)- but no mention of this peaceful display. This would have been a powerful statement to show up on CNN or the network news.

Posted by Anthony Moore on 11/14/2016 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Protesters Join Hands Around Lake Merritt in Oakland to Protest Trump, Hate Crimes

There were many many more people there in spirit than physically possible.

Posted by Karl Smith on 11/14/2016 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Chinese Shadow Banker and Blackhawk Luxury Developer Taking Control of East 12th Street Parcel

Every dollar spent on housing is a dollar not spent on fracking.

I'll happily assist them in redirecting their money towards the benefit of Oakland.

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 11/14/2016 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Chinese Shadow Banker and Blackhawk Luxury Developer Taking Control of East 12th Street Parcel

Why does this City make the same mistakes over and over and over? When will they learn to stop dealing with underfunded groups like Urban Core, who have no development track record and no capital. The answer is that there is no quality leadership at City Hall. Mayor Schaaf is a nice lady, but has no experience in negotiating development deals. In fact, this whole E 12th st debacle started with her making a backroom deal with UrbanCore. Somehow her high paid, so called "Development Zcar" (Cappio) either does not know the law, or is willing to tell politicians anything they want to hear, even if it is illegal. Her history suggests that the latter is true. She certainly missed the boat on both the E 12 st site and on the coal proposal at the Army Base. In that case, it was a diligent educated public that brought to light the unqualified consultant Cappio hired to provide direction to the City Council.
What is so special about Michael Johnson to cause the City to even deal with UrbanCore? Development deals, especially on public land should be made based on ability to complete the project on time and within the budget. Nothing about Johnsons background would lead you to that conclusion. Another group he represented, bought and operated Yoshi's SF for only 6 months before it went out of business. Being friends with the Mayor or being Black or being a friendly guy should not be sufficient qualification to go to the front of the line and acquire public land.There is a higher standard when the asset (land) belongs to the people. At the end of the day, it probably does not matter where the money comes from. The tragedy is in the perception that nobody downtown knows what they are doing or who they are doing it with.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/14/2016 at 11:03 AM

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