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Posted by Berkeleyhills on 03/21/2017 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

After reading Ellen Brown's book, I thought that a Bank of Oakland COULD be a good thing for Oakland's finances and thus our social and environmental foundation.

However, we need to keep in mind the history of Oakland's financial dealings and many high expectations profoundly dashed because of management incompetence and a failure of elected officials to think critically.

Thus these statements from the essay are especially relevant:

"Oakland would need to make a strong case that its got a solid business plan, and has the capital to finance it, or a good management team to execute it."

"If the bank takes on unprofitable loans intended to help the community, the riskier loans might be more prone to default and could run the bank into the ground."

"The management team chosen to run the bank will be required to have strong backgrounds in finance but also be dedicated to the mission of public service. With little precedent, these dual qualifications might be hard to find."

Finally, I have some doubts about the projected income from the cannabis industry. Right now with cannabis somewhat decriminalized and the medical pot biz maintaining high prices, selling pot may be a good business. When recreational cultivation use becomes legally less restrictive next year I wonder whether potheads will continue to pay $200 or more an ounce for a plant that is as easy to grow in a garden or a flowerpot as basil, chives or parsley.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/21/2017 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

Oakland needs to be clear and oppose Trump's policies on this.

Posted by Janice Albert on 03/18/2017 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Bay Area Activists Protest Peter Thiel's Partnership With Immigration and Customs Enforcement

As a wise sage from the 20th century suggested, "the media is the message". And the message here is that the media you are using is creating data that is being used for someone else's profit and, in some cases, against you and your interests. Take action and disconnect from Fakebook, Pay Pal, Amazon, iTunes, etc.

Posted by Vince Rubino on 03/15/2017 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

Police are not there to interpret which laws to enforce. They're there to enforce all laws. These "People" are also draining resources from the people who are here legally.

Are we saying that it's okay to lie, cheat, and steal? Really?? That's what you tell your children, family and friends.

Posted by Robert Hope on 03/15/2017 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

@margeret cunningham....."our people"...how about that homeless veteran on the corner that we give a smaller stipend than the the illegal alien gets. Illegal aliens are not "our people"

Posted by Coastrider711 on 03/15/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

Enforce the law. Can't pick and choose.....So the murderer of Kate Steinle would not be reported to ICE because Oakland is a sanctuary city....??? Don't make me laugh....solve the crime,protect Americans....OPD takes an oath to defend the Constitution. The lady killed by the 5 time deported, multiple felon,illegal alien driving drunk in Los Angeles would not be apprehended here ,because DUI is a misdemeanor...not really a crime...WTF is wrong with us

Posted by Coastrider711 on 03/15/2017 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

Just points to the need for effective oversight of the police. We have a new chief. Will she do it? Let's see.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 03/14/2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

Repatriation is good for everyone! Glad OPD is going to help.

Posted by John Kracht on 03/12/2017 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Should The Next Oakland Unified Schools Superintendent Be Homegrown?

The charter comments are not based in reality. Can you site your data that supports the anti-charter comments? Close to 1/3 of Oakland public school students attend charters. Growing for sure.

Posted by David Castillo on 03/11/2017 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

The City absolutely needs to make sure that Oakland Police play NO role in assisting ICE or any other agency that detains our people for deportation. We are a SANCTUARY City, and we have to be sure that means something!

Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 03/10/2017 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

Someone needs to talk to all those folks with fancy titles who hang out in city hall about OPD, the Oakland Police Department, which is, in fact, an actual, official, Department of the city government of the city of Oakland.

Thus whatever OPD does is fundamentally the responsibility of those elected folks with fancy titles.

If the fancy-titled electeds don't know what OPD does, then what the hell are those folks doing?

Some things they are not doing is providing for the public safety, insuring ethical behavior in OPD and making sure OPD reforms mandated nearly 15 years ago are fully implemented. Not to mention being responsible for whatever OPD does with regard to protecting Oaklanders from ICE and whatever Trump comes up with.

Maybe we need a new city commission like the new Police Commission. This new commission would oversee what the fancy-titled electeds in city hall do with all their time.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/10/2017 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

I agree with Pamela Drake. We need more clarity here.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 03/09/2017 at 11:20 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

The loopholes in our so-called sanctuary city ate big enough to drive a couple ICE vans through. The city needs to take charge of OPD agreements and keep its promise to its residents.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 03/09/2017 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Keeping Goats in Oakland

Some people have a herd of 5 to 7 goats in the Dimond District. The walk the goats all over the neighborhood as demonstrated by long stretches of goat droppings all over the side walk. Laguna, Carmel, Delmer, Madeline, Coolidge....

The goats are cute, but if I have to pick up after my dog, then you have to clean up after your goats. Don't mean to be a killjoy, I can't walk on the sidewalk without stepping in the broad swath of pellets. Every hundred feet, hundreds of goat pellets cover the sidewalk.

My dog smells and eats the droppings. I get that stuff on my shoes.

Sorry, but it's unsanitary and unneighborly and... unacceptable.

Posted by Joseph Chianese on 03/09/2017 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Should The Next Oakland Unified Schools Superintendent Be Homegrown?

I'm casting a vote for home grown - let's support promotion of worthy candidates from within the system. There is no need to spend a lot of scarce funding on national searches if we have strong candidates here - plus they won't have sticker shock when they have to buy a home here!

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 03/09/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT, NUMBER ONE BEST HOSPITAL IN THE NATION, THE MAYO CLINIC whatever health legislation that came with the outgoing administration or barack obama administration, get rid of it, please. period. end of issue. plain and simple, whatever good this legislation had, upgrade it and keep going in a better direction for health. thank you. health can be such an intimate topic, please have some respect. thank you, i prefer the word, service to the word, care. thanks,

Posted by Estella Davis on 03/06/2017 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

If the Express is going to continue to commission and print articles by authors who are not identified in its masthead, don't we deserve to know who those writers are? I see that Alice Feller is an MD and psychiatrist practicing in Berkeley. This is really useful information to have in appreciating her reports on the state of healthcare.

Likewise, who are Matt Davis and Teresa Foglia, who often write for the Express on urban issues? They too aren't in your staff list.

Using freelancers is fine. Not identifying their expertise and affiliations is a disservice to both them and your readers.

Posted by travel2165 on 03/05/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Special City Council Election Zeroes In On Housing, Homelessness Issues

Looks like this website not-so-subtly endorses baby Ben. Look at the front page photo for this article: it shows Ben fully and cuts Kate off so one cannot recognize her. The photo should be recropped or removed. Or put a full presentation of Katie's face and clip Ben's face untl he is unrecognizable. You know, act like journalists and be fair.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 03/03/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

I work. I have worked since I was 16. Maybe Mr. Udinsky has made a ton of money every year that he has worked, but I have not. He says people didn't plan adequately. Maybe people could not save because employers don't pay adequate wages. Maybe people can't save because they are saddled with ever increasing college costs and interest rates or by huge increases in their rents. Maybe someone had a life-threatening illness or injury that wiped out their savings. Maybe people got bilked by speculators or by the Wall Street-created recession. Maybe we got laid off because we are too old or too expensive (although they of course don't tell us that). Maybe our employers left the country to get even cheaper labor elsewhere. Maybe natural disasters wiped them out.

There are many factors which may have led to people not being able to purchase health insurance. Please do not assume we were all out there wasting our money. I must rely on Obamacare because after I was laid off none of my current three employers offer health care. I will not be able to buy health insurance on my inadequate wages. Oh and by the way, I do pay for my insurance. Yes, I receive a subsidy but I do pay a significant chunk of my income for insurance.

If you don't want to pay taxes to help your neighbors, how about working to get everyone a decent wage so we can afford to pay for health insurance (mind you, that does not necessarily mean health care). You and I both subsidize every employer who pays minimum wage because those employees are the ones who go to the emergency room and need food stamps.

Posted by Karen Hesse on 03/02/2017 at 9:14 PM

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