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Re: “How a Handful of Pro-Charter Billionaires Flooded Oakland's School Board Elections With Cash

Lorraine: The Oakland City Clerk webpage has the filing of GO Public Schools and other Super PACs that spent funding in support of the
School Board candidates mentioned in the article.

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 11/16/2016 at 10:26 PM

Re: “How a Handful of Pro-Charter Billionaires Flooded Oakland's School Board Elections With Cash

How does one go about investigating campaign contributions such as finding this info from the article? I've looked on registrar of voters but no info available. I know there's something.

Posted by Lorraine Salas on 11/16/2016 at 6:55 PM

Re: “A New Way to Punish Oakland Cops?

Even though I was an acquaintance, former Lieutenant Clifford Wong was the nicest person I knew. He would go out of his way and put himself before anyone. If he didn't report this incident, he definitely had a reason, and a good one too. Also, I understand if Officer John Hargraves wanted to cover his name badge. There are many bad, terrible people in Oakland. Lots of people dislike police officers, and many people want to harm them. With the internet, just googling one name could give so much information.

Posted by Briella Picardi on 11/13/2016 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Police! Drop That Fungus!

Mushroom collecting in any State Park is illegal unless permits are granted, which is highly unusual. Collecting in Samuel P. Taylor State Park and Tomales Bay State Park is prohibited.

Posted by Ranger Derek Shelly on 11/12/2016 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Thousands of Demonstrators March Through Downtown Oakland to Protest Election of Donald Trump

The hate displayed by many protestors is amazing! So much for tolerance and open mindedness and respect. Just mobs of angry, misinformed young people who have far too much idle time on their hands.
Why aren't they protesting the unconstitutional and deplorable wars in the Middle East? The job killing TPP? Hello?

Posted by Vinny Jones on 11/10/2016 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Thousands of Demonstrators March Through Downtown Oakland to Protest Election of Donald Trump

So funny that the Democrats before the election were like "Accept the results" but now since they didn't get their way, they're angry about the results.

Pot meet Kettle.

Posted by Robert Hope on 11/10/2016 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Alameda’s District Attorney Wants to Charge Oakland Cops, But Key Witness Sent to Florida

For a traffic accident the Beverley Hills Court flew me from Texas to California and back , only to find they did not give me the right date , and for a crime they cannot buy Them a planer ticket , someone is kidding me , this aside there is such thing as electronic statement across the country , simply have them all in court , all sworn in all supervised by a Judge or DA and get the statement , truth is they want to protect these rotten cops a disgrace to their fellow Officers

Posted by Joel Rambaud on 11/09/2016 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Top Commander Accused of Turning California National Guard Into ‘Criminal Syndicate’

The CAARNG State Surgeon's Office needs to be criminally investigaed for neglect, harrisment, and reprisal with melicious intent against Soldiers. Willfully ignoring the documentation of medical professionals, purposefully delaying Soldiers due process for medical boards and making their own set of rules to medically flag and discriminate against Soldiers. The CAARNG violates HIPPA law on a massive scale. MG Baldwin allows this mistreatment of Soldiers and the brazen violations by the SSO and subordinate commands, he must be held accountable. There are people inside the SSO who secretly have told the truth about the corruption but are too afraid to speak out and blow the whistle for fear of serious reprisal.

Posted by Douglas Shaw on 11/07/2016 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Oakland's Street-Repair Deficit is Deep. The Mayor Says a $600 Million Bond Needed to Address the Problem.

Remember Oaklands BAD Garbage Contract
I oppose the City of Oaklands $600 million Bond Measure KK because Oakland is not capable of administering a contract wisely. The Alameda County Grand Jury found that Oakland totally mismanaged the recent $50 million garbage contract resulting in a 50% increase of our monthly garbage bill. [See 2015-2016 Grand Jury Report @ acgov.org/grandjury on p.39] The Oakland Administrative Office botched the garbage contract so badly that at the last minute it assigned the contract to California Waste Solutions, which was not capable of performing the service. Next, Oakland renegotiated the garbage contract to give back most of the collection services to the ongoing collection company, WMI. The new garbage contract costs property owners 50% more because Oakland would not accept a cheaper package deal from WMI.
Now Oakland wants $600 million of taxpayer money to dole out and manage in contracts. Oakland has proven that it cannot manage money wisely and should not be trusted with large budget until it has proven ability to manage small budgets.
Oakland leadership routinely ignores its own Ordinance, which requires competitive bids on all contracts. The leadership merely passes a Resolution to bypass the Ordinance requirement as it did with the ESA Coal Study contract. A month ago, the Oakland Mayor waived the competitive bidding process to hire a part time $300,000/ yr transportation consultant. With the funds from this KK bond the contract spending abuse would be infinite.
Oaklands infrastructure improvements need to be done incrementally. The taxpayer must evaluate the value received before additional tax money is supplied. Marcus Crawley mcprose@att.net

Posted by Marcus Crawley on 11/06/2016 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Oakland's Street-Repair Deficit is Deep. The Mayor Says a $600 Million Bond Needed to Address the Problem.

No!!! I can't afford to pay more taxes in the middle of switching jobs. Are they trying to tax us out of our homes and add to the growing number of people on the street that can neither rent nor own? Use what millions of homeowners have given you already and stop letting people who do not own property vote on what property owners should spend. The logic is backwards. I hardly use my vehicle compared to the number of renters. Probably there are other property owners that do very little impact on the road. It should not be up to renters. Just because taxes go up does not mean property owner's income goes up in order to pay those taxes. Vote No!!! What Paul Merr said and pretty much everyone else on this thread.

Posted by Maggie Fukuda on 11/05/2016 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Kaiser Still Violating Mental Health Laws, Clinicians Say

I have been trying to get help for my son for 4 years we have had 3 suicide threats and attempts in less than 6mo. They have been no help getting my so help through them has been impossible..

Posted by Terri Tankersley-Larson on 11/05/2016 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Top Commander Accused of Turning California National Guard Into ‘Criminal Syndicate’

Would love to have someone contact me in regards to more issues dealing with the CA Army National Guard. My email is razsniper@yahoo.com. I am a whistle blower and issues with the medical department

Posted by Ryan Zarick on 11/04/2016 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Top Commander Accused of Turning California National Guard Into ‘Criminal Syndicate’

Whistle blower part.. yessss.. A contractor one of many abused by personal friends of General Baldwin's, was set up and let go while friends found to have mishandled funds but are still promoted and new positions found for them or they retain jobs they never even had to apply for hmmmm Toss that in this bucket right now

Posted by Sue Miguel on 11/04/2016 at 1:52 PM

Re: “How to Solve Berkeley's Housing Crisis? Two Leading Mayoral Candidates Don't See Eye-to-Eye

You say, "The progressive Jesse Arreguin..." Why does voting against housing count as being progressive? He is certainly more pie in the sky and Capitelli is more pragmatic. I just wish that Berkeley's sacred word "progressive" actually meant something. In this case, it's hot air.

Posted by Peggy Scott on 11/03/2016 at 1:18 AM

Re: “How to Solve Berkeley's Housing Crisis? Two Leading Mayoral Candidates Don't See Eye-to-Eye

Yet both co-authored a tax measure that would give developers a break from a 166% tax increase for 12 years. Go figure. Neither candidate has it wrapped up when it comes to dealing with our housing crisis.

Posted by BerkWatch on 11/02/2016 at 9:37 PM

Re: “How to Solve Berkeley's Housing Crisis? Two Leading Mayoral Candidates Don't See Eye-to-Eye

Mr. Arreguin's talk is cheap: his advocacy for higher percentage of affordable units, his push for higher impact fees, his assertions to be progressive all "sound" good, but lack the test of real-world practical experience, nor are they supported by his record. Those who have real world business experience, such as Mr. Capitelli, understand how far to push on these goals so as to make the projects work both for our city and for those who risk their capital, their reputations and their future. Mr. Arreguin's record on over 1,500 housing units approved by the Council speaks for itself: he either voted against them or abstained.
Now, Mr. Arreguin has resorted to nasty campaigning, trying to tarnish the sterling reputation of a true community leader, Mr. Capitelli. It is shameful!

Posted by Deellan Kashani on 11/02/2016 at 8:11 PM

Re: “How to Solve Berkeley's Housing Crisis? Two Leading Mayoral Candidates Don't See Eye-to-Eye

Both Arreguin and Capitelli support subsidized housing, but Capitelli is also willing to support transit oriented development, which is essential both to reducing the Bay Areas greenhouse gas emissions and to addressing its housing shortage.

This election is the third in 6 years that has become a referendum on whether to build more housing in our transit oriented downtown, and the third showdown between Laurie Capitelli and Jesse Arreguin over this subject. In 2010, 64% of Berkeley voters voted for a progressive downtown plan backed by Capitelli, while Arreguin campaigned against it. In 2014, Arreguin drafted Measure R, which would have stopped much of the housing planned in the downtown. The Berkeley Food and Housing Project, Greenbelt Alliance, East Bay League of Conservation Voters, the Building Trades unions and organizations representing the downtowns small businesses all opposed Arreguins measure. Capitelli helped organize the defense of the downtown plan and 74% of Berkeley voters sided with Capitelli. Now we have a mayoral race that is turning on these same issues.

Capitelli has proven himself as a leader who can forge solutions backed by environmental, business, labor and affordable housing advocates alike. That is hard work and Capitelli is good at it.

Posted by Tim Frank 1 on 11/02/2016 at 4:07 PM

Re: “How to Solve Berkeley's Housing Crisis? Two Leading Mayoral Candidates Don't See Eye-to-Eye

http://www.urbandisplacement.org/sites/default/files/images/udp_research_brief_052316.pdf

Readers might want to look at some actual research on this topic, from a UC Berkeley academic who has been working on anti-displacement issues for years.

The first substantive paragraph of the study reads as follows:

"At the regional level, both market-rate and subsidized housing reduce displacement pressures, but subsidized housing has over double the impact of market-rate units."

Posted by Nathan Landau on 11/02/2016 at 10:19 AM

Re: “How a Handful of Pro-Charter Billionaires Flooded Oakland's School Board Elections With Cash

Did I miss where it says how much they spent on the district 1 race?

Posted by Rafael Cruz on 11/01/2016 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Oakland-Based Amanda Reiman With Drug Policy Alliance Discusses Prop. 64, Legalization, and What's Next

Good job, Ms Reiman! You say:

>>>" Legalization in California is a necessary step toward ending prohibition on the federal level."

Exactly. Prop 64 not only frees Californians, but the whole country - and most of the planet!

Posted by John Thomas on 11/01/2016 at 6:40 PM

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