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Re: “A Recap of East Bay Express Endorsements

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Posted by roxane1989 on 04/20/2011 at 12:52 AM

Re: “Kaplan, Quan, and Tuman for Oakland Mayor

Joe Tuman is the only person for Oakland Mayor who is talking about the regressive and excessive parking fines and enforcement, the cronyism that is letting 'blight' be an excuse for even more excessive city fines, and on and on. Whether he wins or not, you have three votes - please join me and other true progressives who want to get to the heart of what ails Oakland, and vote Tuman #1. He was my college debate coach 25 years ago, and while I haven't kept in contact with him, I can tell you he is head and shoulders above these other candidates, and is our best hope for a brighter future for Oakland.

Posted by Modestexpert on 11/02/2010 at 2:25 PM

Re: “A Recap of East Bay Express Endorsements

Peterson for DA? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
I thought the Express was very much left of center... so you're going with a right wing republican?
That makes total sense.

Posted by O. Finn on 11/01/2010 at 11:30 PM

Re: “A Recap of East Bay Express Endorsements

As evidence of the Express' "NIMBY Obstructionist" label for Jesse Arreguin:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scqNk7dZ3tA

Posted by btg on 11/01/2010 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Kaplan, Quan, and Tuman for Oakland Mayor

Joe Tuman was one of my three choices, but after hearing him speak and answer questions for two hours at a Town Hall meeting, he is my #1 choice. He is head and shoulders above the other candidates. Far from having only an academic knowledge of policy, he has spent years paying close attention to our government’s fun & games and has detailed long range plans to fix our financial mess. He will be a hands-on mayor. He will be a strong mayor (have we ever had one of those?), accessible to citizens, and even attend and participate in city council meetings!! If you have decided on someone else for #1, make Joe your #2.

Posted by Joyce Roy on 10/31/2010 at 7:18 PM

Re: “A Recap of East Bay Express Endorsements

It's important to know that Berkeley has 30,000 people commuting into the city a day. We need more workforce housing - below market affordable and affordable to mid-income ranges. You get the latter by increasing housing supply and bringing rents down. Yes, someone will make money building this housing. Some people in Berkeley think that's a good enough reason to oppose new housing, but I'm sure that if you ask people spending unnecessary time in their car commuting every day (and creating traffic and pollution) I think they'd opt for convenient, environmentally responsible housing choices. That's why I'm voting Yes on Measure R. If Berkeley expands housing opportunity, maybe we can regain some of the diversity we've lost.

Posted by btg on 10/31/2010 at 6:05 PM

Re: “A Recap of East Bay Express Endorsements

Toschian: Your assumptions off: "There are 94 employees in that store creating a demand for 94x4=376 units of housing (I am assuming an average family of 2 wage earners, 2 children and 2 grandparents on each side, thus 2 jobs create 8 units of housing)." You assume (at 4 units per paid employee) that no one lives together: parents, children and grandparents all live is separate units. Additionally, as for supported dependents, either you can claim 2 unemployed children or 4 unemployed grandparents, but not typically both.

Your argument that a city should be able to support its daytime population might be valid, just don't destroy it by over-inflating your numbers. Try something like "units = employees/1.5 + students/2" which is more reasonable (1.5 = "50% of employed people living alone and 50% living with someone else who is employed" and 2 = university student housing averaging double occupancy; both of these can be adjusted if you can find statistics) and it probably still shows how much more housing Berkeley needs.

Posted by Scuttles on 10/31/2010 at 7:39 AM

Re: “Kaplan, Quan, and Tuman for Oakland Mayor

My friend who lives in Rickridge received the email below from someone on his block yahoo group, and I was able to get permission from the writer to re-post on the Abetter Oakland Blog.

I am sorry to send a second political email to the group. But I feel this is an extremely important matter.

I know that many of us on the block remember the chaos, panic, and anger we experienced when some of us got the false, or in some cases actual but unwarranted, blight citations issued by CEDA and/or Public Works (part of the same umbrella organization) as a result of blank forms being given to a private citizen or a Building Services inspector colluding with a neighbor when the citations were unwarranted.

As a result of that experience, I’ve become very involved in helping to uncover and expose massive corruption within CEDA. Some of you have been informed about this through choosing to stay on my mailing list. But I am now writing to the block as a whole to inform you that Michael Kilian, candidate for City auditor, has been instrumental in helping with routing out the CEDA corruption. By contrast, our current auditor, Courtney Ruby, has not only missed the corruption but failed to act on it when it was reported to her.

In fact, CEDA abated one whistleblower’s house a “substandard public nuisance” and scheduled it for demolition – without ever having set foot in it – as a result of her reports to Ruby. All of this went ignored by Ruby, who has an obligation to protect whistleblowers.

The corruption going on within CEDA – which is detailed on the site linked to below – is in my opinion the worst to occur in our city, or even arguably any city, in a long time. A citizen lawsuit has been filed against the city administrator and other high City and CEDA officials for violation of the state constitution and other state and local laws, alleging that CEDA has inflated its fees and ramped up its lien process in order to balance the Oakland budget on the backs of blameless homeowners, some of whom it has forced into foreclosure. CEDA also now stands accused of damaging nepotism, kickbacks, and more. Its head of Building Services recently resigned in the face of these accusations.

Michael Kilian, who is not yet our auditor, is doing something about this. Courtney Ruby on the other hand, who holds the office, not only has done nothing but has ignored the information and evidence after being handed it.

Please vote for Michael Kilian for auditor.

Posted by RdwithCypress on 10/30/2010 at 9:16 PM

Re: “A Recap of East Bay Express Endorsements

The Chicago developer has been a presence in the downtown for the past 3 years as owner/manager of all of Patrick Kennedy's former buildings.

They are just starting the process on their first project in Berkeley and have hired a local architect who is highly respected by local preservationists.

They're supporting a ballot measure that calls for all buildings to be LEED Gold.

It's in their interest for the downtown to be a more attractive place to live and it just so happens also to be in the interest of environmentalists and all other endorsing organizations. A coalition like this is positive to see in Berkeley: http://www.yesonmeasurer.info/endorsements

Posted by btg on 10/29/2010 at 5:14 PM

Re: “A Recap of East Bay Express Endorsements

While I doubt that its passage would necessarily lead to a Manhattanized
Berkeley, I am concerned about Measure R, especially because the
campaign's chief funder is Sam Zell, the exceedingly wealthy Chicago
developer who already owns property in downtown Berkeley. (The Express
must be the only local publication that hasn't seen fit to mention this
fact.) And according to the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association,
another generous donor to the Measure R campaign is Berkeley
developer, landlord, and registered sex offender Lakireddy Bali Reddy,
the gentleman convicted in 2001 of importing young girls from India for
his sexual use.

I live seven blocks from Shattuck and Center. I, too, would like to see
a more prosperous and enjoyable downtown, with existing buildings modified and rehabbed to provide more housing (perhaps with the help of Affordable Housing Associates, who develop truly affordable units for less affluent Berkeleyites), a traffic-free central plaza, a daylighted Strawberry Creek, and sidewalk cafes, but not with the help of these people.

P.S. How are highrises going to solve other downtown problems, such as our filthy, litter-strewn sidewalks? And where is the proof that more highrises will do something besides enrich the developers who are funding Measure R?

Posted by Stella on 10/29/2010 at 4:44 PM

Re: “A Recap of East Bay Express Endorsements

Height Limits on Residential Buildings in downtown Berkeley and southside bad idea

The reason: Berkeley, like every city in the bay area, has a housing deficit.
As an example, consider the new Trader Joe building on University and MLK:
There are 94 employees in that store creating a demand for 94x4=376 units of
housing (I am assuming an average family of 2 wage earners, 2 children and
2 grandparents on each side, thus 2 jobs create 8 units of housing).
There are 148 units of housing, thus the project creates a net housing deficit.

However, had the Trader Joe building been allowed to be 40 Stories high, it
would have generated 1480 units of housing, a quantity larger than the demand
it created from the commercial operations, and started to cut into the City of
Berkeley housing deficit.

A similar analysis would reveal that the Brower Center at the corner of Allston
and Oxford added to the housing deficit: Number of housing units 17 stories high
(where was the ASUC, when they should be looking after the interests of
students??)

The University of California should have all their steel framed buildings exceed 17 stories,
have several departments share the highrise and build steel framed high rise apartment
buildings on campus.

We need a state law that forces every city to be balanced and that forces every
city to house its workers and students (number of housing units > (4 * number
of jobs) + number of university students), the law should not allow any
University or college to expand without supplying the additional housing
required by the expansion. Cities with housing deficits should not be allowed
to have hight limits on residential apartment buildings.

The unbalance and lack of housing in the various Bay Area cities has
disastrous consequences on the environment and on the health of the workers
and the students in the Bay Area. For example, so many people spend so much
time commuting, that they don't have time to exercise, we are starting to see
an epidemic of type 2 diabetes as a consequence.

Stairs should be open to the public:
-------------------------------------

There should be a very simple law: if you can go between 2 floors using the
elevator, you should have the option of using the stairs. There should be a
heavy fine (> $10000/day indexed to inflation) for buildings that close their
stairs.

Better Approach to affordable housing:
---------------------------------

1-outlaw hosing deficits at the state level and force every city to be balanced as described above.
2-give rent stamps to help low income people.

Students, Workers, true progressives and environmentalists should take notice
that the pseudo-progressive and pseudo-environmentalist candidates Jesse
Arreguin, Kriss Worthington and Stewart Jones are opposed to high rise
apartment buildings and think there is a housing glut in Berkeley.

Not every person who puts on the green label is a true progressive and
environmentalist. For example, several years ago, the pseudo-environmentalist
Donna Spring voted against a car-free housing development in downtown Berkeley,
because it did not have parking. Also true progressives and environmentalists
should be concerned about overpopulation and demand and end to tax deductions
fo having children. It should be the reverse, the more children people have,
the more taxes they should pay.

The silence of the Berkeley NIMBYs about the new Caldecott Tunnel is deafening.


Thanks in advance.
Thanks for listening.

Thank you very much. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Thanks, Ghaouar Camij Toschian, gct@@ dslextreme.com
2500 Durant # 310, Bk, CA 94704, Rotating Outage Block 50
510 5408013 http://www.balancedcities.org/
Please don't send me attachment files. Please include a meaningful subject in your email.

Visualize that the smoke of cigarettes is unpleasant to other people.
Visualize that peoples' civic duties do NOT include having to breathe the smoke from cigarettes.
Visualize that astrologers, fortune tellers, tarot card readers, psychics and palm readers are Crooks, Fools or Both.
Visualize using the Metric System.
Visualize that Skepticism is a virtue and that faith is NOT.
Visualize taking the stairs instead of the elevators.
Visualize walking instead of driving.



Posted by Toschian on 10/29/2010 at 4:32 PM

Re: “A Recap of East Bay Express Endorsements

marijuana initiative (proposition 19) bad idea in its current form:
The 1st problem with proposition 19 is 2nd hand smoke
I support the right of all adult mature people over the age 27 in the society to put any chemical in their bodies.
I don't recognize the right of anybody to put chemicals into my body or in the air I am about to breathe, such as by smoking or holding a burning tobacco or marijuana cigarette.

The key question is if I am walking in the public domain who decides what chemicals touch my lungs and sinuses?
Should I or the person p0 smoking or holding a burning cigarette make the decision ?
I think I and NOT p0 should make the decision.
I have never consented to allow the chemicals from burning cigarettes touch my lungs and sinuses.

I support banning smoking on sidewalks, malls, parks and other places. I and others have NEVER consented to have our lungs and sinuses raped and molested by cigarettes and marijuana smokers. I and other victims of lungs and sinuses rape and molestion should be able to sue offender for $10e6 indexed to inflation / incident.
Consumption of tobacco and marijuana products should be limited to the non-smoking route.

The 2nd problem with proposition 19 is it assumes the brain matures at 21, but cognitive scientists have determined that the brain does not mature until the age of 27. The appropriate age should be determined after consulting with cognitive scientists, who have been doing the funtional MRIs and studying the structure of the brain.

I would love cognitive scientists to comment about the appropriate age and take a position on proposition 19.

Instead of proposition 19, I propose the following:

Support full Body Sovereignty for each adult mature person over the age of 27
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Let p0 be any adult mature person over the age of 27.
Every adult mature person in the society p0 should have full Sovereignty over p0.
only p0 should have full Sovereignty over p0,
p0 should have full Sovereignty only over p0.
If p1 violates p0's full Sovereignty over p0, po has the right to sue p1 for large monetary damages (> 10e6 indexed to inflation)
(cognitive science has determined 27 the age at which most people's brains mature)

Implications:
Let p0 and p1 be any 2 distinct mature adult persons in the society
If p0 and p1 want to marry/have sex, that is the business of p0 and p1 only
and the business of nobody else,
p0 should have the right to put any chemical/drug in p0's body witout FDA
approval.
p0 should have no right to put any chemical/drug in p1's body without p1's
consent, where p1 is any other member of the society.

p0 has no right to hold a burning cigarette on the sidewalk as there are other
pedestrians who have never consented to allow the chemicals touch their lungs
and sinuses.

I support banning smoking on sidewalks, malls, parks and other places. I and
others have NEVER consented to have our lungs and sinuses raped and molested by
cigarettes and marijuana smokers.

Victims of lungs and sinuses rape and molestation should be able to sue offender
for $10e6 indexed to inflation / incident.
Smokers should use a device like a
Smokeless cannabis delivery device efficient and less toxic
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/200…

Also, marijuana users should be aware of the following:

researchers in Canada are reporting that smoking marijuana, like smoking
tobacco, has toxic effects on cells Marijuana smoke caused significantly more
damage to cells and DNA than tobacco smoke, the researchers note. However,
tobacco smoke caused chromosome damage while marijuana did not
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/200…

Experiments with rodents and humans have shown that cannabinoids, the active
ingredients of marijuana, can actually amplify and prolong pain rather than
damping it down
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/200…

I support people's rights to sovereignty over their bodies and my own right to
sovereignty over my body.

I support a comprehensive policy, that requires children by the the age of 12 to have basic knowledge about:
1-organic chemistry
2-chemistry of the various neurotransmitters
3-how drugs modulate activity of various neurotransmitters
4-how the brain is structured (reptilian part, frontal lobe, pleasure and pain centers, etc..)
5-how the various brain structures work
6-important findings in cognitive science, including the famous experiment of Filip Zimbardo and how most people follow the herd just for the sake of group acceptance.
7-introduction to the concept of addiction, advancements in treating addiction, such as
naltrexone (50mg oral dose) plus buprenorphine (4 mg sublingual) combination in the treatment of opioid dependence
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1640165…
Naltrexone (mean dose of 117mg/day) reported significantly greater decline in stealing behavior compared to those taking placebo
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/200…
Suppression of voluntary ethanol consumption in rats by gamma-butyrolactone
GBL, injected intraperitoneally at the dose of 200 mg/kg, twice daily for 3 consecutive days, decreased ethanol intake by about 80% on the days of treatment, but did not reduce total fluid intake. Ethanol intake remained significantly reduced up to the 5th day following cessation of GBL
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=A…

8-how humans are predictably irrational (http://www.predictablyirrational.com/)
9-respect people's Sovereignty over their bodies.
Smokeless cannabis delivery inhaler device efficient and less toxic
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/200…

10-effect of smoking on athletic performance, especially endurance events.
11-students should get an accurate idea on the time and material it takes
to raise a child before having a chance of getting pregnant.


Thanks in advance.
Thanks for listening.

Thank you very much. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Thanks, Ghaouar Camij Toschian, gct@ dslextreme.com
2500 Durant # 310, Bk, CA 94704, Rotating Outage Block 50
510 5408013 http://www.balancedcities.org/
Please don't send me attachment files. Please include a meaningful subject in your email.

Visualize that the smoke of cigarettes is unpleasant to other people.
Visualize that peoples' civic duties do NOT include having to breathe the smoke from cigarettes.
Visualize that astrologers, fortune tellers, tarot card readers, psychics and palm readers are Crooks, Fools or Both.
Visualize using the Metric System.
Visualize that Skepticism is a virtue and that faith is NOT.
Visualize taking the stairs instead of the elevators.
Visualize walking instead of driving.

Posted by Toschian on 10/29/2010 at 4:25 PM

Re: “A Recap of East Bay Express Endorsements

Dear Editors,

While I applaud your endorsement of Gayle McLaughlin, Jovanka Beckles, and Eduardo Martinez, I am perplexed by your endorsement of a yes vote on Measure U, and your endorsement of Jim Rogers. It makes me feel that you really do not understand the issue, nor who Jim Rogers is. I would advise that you go to the website: http://www.cfspm.org to see what the negative impacts of what a gambling casino could bring to the citizens of Richmond, and the negative impacts on the environment. The promise of jobs to Richmond residents is not binding, nor will it bring 17,000 jobs as claimed. I feel that Mr. Cheasty of Citizens for East Shore Parks, and Mr. Levine, the developer, may have something to do with your endorsement.

The no on Measure U movement has a long list of environmental groups who are opposed to the proposed casino. We have an alternative vision that will bring sustainable green jobs, alternative energy research, education and outdoor programs, open space, and eco-tourism that will provide jobs and revenue to the city without jeopardizing the health and well-being of our environment and citizens.

As far as your endorsement of Jim Rogers, the "People's Lawyer", he has a tainted past. He was going to be removed from the California State Bar for bilking his clients, but quit his practice before he was removed, and has not been the best friend of progressives in Richmond. He also hides his campaign funds by putting the money into his mother's account, and she then "lends" him the money. He also gets money from Chevron. Check it out. You have the resources.

Please do your homework before you put out these endorsements. I'm surprised that an investigative journal such as yours fell off the cliff on this one.

Thank you,

Jeanne Kortz
A Richmond Resident

Posted by Jeanne K. on 10/28/2010 at 5:42 PM

Re: “A Recap of East Bay Express Endorsements

Don Perata would trash all the arts and neighbor development programs to give the money to police services. We don't need a mayor who is owned by the prison guard's union -- they pay Perata $400K a year and they have paid his campaign hit pieces.

We need both more police AND better, community-based policing.

We don't need a closed door mayor. We have had enough of that recently. Jean Quan would put her calendar on the web and hold Town Hall meetings in all 7 districts of Oakland.

We don't need a mayor who will complain about the pittance the city spends on murals and community arts.

So vote for Rebeca AND also vote for Jean Quan as your #2 or #3 -- remember we get 3 choices in an instant runoff. And Jean is only 2-4% behind Perata. Rebeca Kaplan is about 10 pts behind Perata but definitely in 3rd place.

I am voting for Rebeca as my #2 and I am asking my friends who support her as their #1 to reciprocate by voting for Jean as their #2.

Anyone who supports the arts in Oakland needs to oppose Perata and support BOTH Kaplan and Quan. No one else can defeat him. See notdon.org!

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Posted by HD on 10/28/2010 at 5:13 AM

Re: “Kaplan, Quan, and Tuman for Oakland Mayor

Fraser,

I actually used to think Tom was a bad apple. After all he made a lot of money developing frog town into a tech center. Since then, however he has embraced the community is such a positive way. I love everything he has done in Richmond. He and Andrew have really benefited Richmond in so many ways.

Posted by RdwithCypress on 10/27/2010 at 8:45 PM

Re: “A Recap of East Bay Express Endorsements

Prime blight abatement contractor for CEDA pays piddling permit fees for personal residence
October 27, 2010
CEDA Building Services staff gave preferential treatment in permit fees for an addition to his personal residence to Arthur Young, owner of Arthur Young Debris Removal Service, the number one contractor used by CEDA to abate blight. Building Services records show that in 2008, Young paid only $353.66 for permits to build a 2,361 square foot addition to his home at 13811 Campus Drive. By contrast, permit fees for a comparable project — a 2,700-foot home at 556 Fairbanks, in 2006 – cost over $17,000, or roughly 5% of the estimated cost of the project. Had Young been charged this more-customary percentage, his permit fees would have totaled in the thousands.

To see the rest of the story got to:

http://www.auditoaklandceda.com/index.php?…


Auditor Candidate Kilian Files Nepotism Complaint Against CEDA Top-Dog Antoinette Renwick
October 22, 2010

Michael Kilian, candidate for city auditor, reported to the Oakland Public Ethics Commission that Building Services Inspection Services Manager Antoinette Holloway-Renwick failed to report a close familial relationship with Arthur Young, who owns Arthur Young Debris Removal Service, the City's number one blight abatement contractor.

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Michael Kilian, candidate for city auditor, reported to the Oakland Public Ethics Commission that Building Services Inspection Services Manager Antoinette Holloway-Renwick failed to report a close familial relationship with Arthur Young, who owns Arthur Young Debris Removal Service, the City's number one blight abatement contractor.
Kilian's complaint alleges that this relationship costs the City millions of dollars a year because of the preferential treatment Young receives from Holloway-Renwick. Building Services records, as well as a deposition of Holloway-Renwick in an unrelated lawsuit, reveal that Holloway-Renwick was directly responsible for both contract and invoice approval for Arthur Young Debris Removal Service. The amount of those contracts exceeds $4 million since 2007.

A 2007 audit of Public Works contract bidding process showed that Arthur Young Debris Removal Service was the number one Public Works contractor at that time.

Courtney Ruby's hiring-practices audit, dated October 21, 2009, does not include Holloway-Renwick's relationship with Arthur Young.

Holloway-Renwick retired several days after Kilian filed his complaint.

Posted by RdwithCypress on 10/27/2010 at 8:14 PM

Re: “25 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Vote for Don Perata

Prime blight abatement contractor for CEDA pays piddling permit fees for personal residence
October 27, 2010
CEDA Building Services staff gave preferential treatment in permit fees for an addition to his personal residence to Arthur Young, owner of Arthur Young Debris Removal Service, the number one contractor used by CEDA to abate blight. Building Services records show that in 2008, Young paid only $353.66 for permits to build a 2,361 square foot addition to his home at 13811 Campus Drive. By contrast, permit fees for a comparable project — a 2,700-foot home at 556 Fairbanks, in 2006 – cost over $17,000, or roughly 5% of the estimated cost of the project. Had Young been charged this more-customary percentage, his permit fees would have totaled in the thousands.

To see the rest of the story got to:

http://www.auditoaklandceda.com/index.php?…

Posted by RdwithCypress on 10/27/2010 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Kaplan, Quan, and Tuman for Oakland Mayor

Prime blight abatement contractor for CEDA pays piddling permit fees for personal residence
October 27, 2010
CEDA Building Services staff gave preferential treatment in permit fees for an addition to his personal residence to Arthur Young, owner of Arthur Young Debris Removal Service, the number one contractor used by CEDA to abate blight. Building Services records show that in 2008, Young paid only $353.66 for permits to build a 2,361 square foot addition to his home at 13811 Campus Drive. By contrast, permit fees for a comparable project — a 2,700-foot home at 556 Fairbanks, in 2006 – cost over $17,000, or roughly 5% of the estimated cost of the project. Had Young been charged this more-customary percentage, his permit fees would have totaled in the thousands.

To see the rest of the story got to:

http://www.auditoaklandceda.com/index.php?…

Posted by RdwithCypress on 10/27/2010 at 8:06 PM

Re: “End Prohibition; Vote Yes on Prop 19

It is fantasy to believe that any modern society can exist without at least one inebriant commonly used by adults.
Shouldn't it be the parents family and friends who decide the right and wrong behavior, what is safe and what is adult, proper, immodest, or degenerate? And we teach this by example to our kids?
Pot is the LEAST of California's problems (for health, happiness, reason, children, crime or anything), so why is the NANNY state so viciously enforcing morality laws upon otherwise law abiding taxpayers for Hemp flower gardening, use or sale? Can California taxpayers afford this unconstitutional punishment of "imoral behavior"? What with overpriced and overcrowded prisons, drug task forces with paramilitary swat police helicopters, jails and overflowing courts, all costs helping to break state county and municipal budgets (and that we for pay so dearly, and who should serve society by catching, trying, and imprisoning murderers, rapists, polluters, poachers and thieves).
Is it a wise policy that so monetarily and morally bankrupts our government, without any possible "victory" without end?

Posted by nobodyslaw on 10/26/2010 at 8:35 PM

Re: “25 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Vote for Don Perata

Courtney Ruby fails to report preferential treatment given to a supporter and misses nepotism within CEDA


Building Services records obtained yesterday show that in 2008 Ruby supporter Carlos Plazola, former Chief of Staff of Ignacio Delafuente, president of Terra Linda Development, and founder of the Oakland Builders' Alliance, had a $10,000 fence erected at the City's expense and paid for by Building Services from Fund 2415. The fence was erected by Arthur Young Debris Removal Service, the City's #1 blight abatement contractor and, according to a complaint filed by Michael Kilian, a relation of former Buiding Services Inspection Services Manager Antoinette Holloway-Renwick.
Building Services records reveal that Holloway-Renwick was directly responsible for both contract and invoice approval for Arthur Young Debris Removal Service.
A 2007 audit of Public Works contract bidding process also showed that Arthur Young was the #1 Public Works contractor at that time.


Courtney Ruby's nepotism audit does not appear to have either detected or corrected the Renwick/Young nepotism.
Renwick held the title of Inspection Services Manager from 2002 until October 15, when she appears to have retired five days after Kilian's complaint was received by City staff.

http://www.auditoaklandceda.com/index.php?…

Posted by RdwithCypress on 10/26/2010 at 5:45 PM

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