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Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016

Vote No on Oakland School Board $120 per parcel Measure G1. This is the third parcel tax and the worse of all three.

If you read G1 extended text on how Measure G1 funding is allocated between annually between the Board's 37 charter schools with mostly non-union employees, and the District's union employees, you can see the Measure is written to take funding from District employees pay raise and redistribute that pay raise funding to the Board's charter school employees. The language of Measure G1 requires that each year the percentage of G1 funding that funds employees is divided between District and charter employees based on the enrollment of middle school grades 6, 7, 8. Oakland charter friendly School Board keeps approving more and more charter schools. Tomorrow night they will approve a 6 through 8 charter that will reduce the funding that could be offered to District employees in a pay raise if there where the current 20 charter middle schools.

Millions are being released by the Federal government to grow more charters and as the middle school charters grow funding flows to the Board's charter school employees.

In the middle of a teacher shortage it makes no sense to be reducing the pay of Oakland School Teachers and increasing the funding of the Board's charter school employees. But, buried in the text of Measure G1 that is what voters are being asked to vote on by the Oakland School Board.

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 10/12/2016 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016

As a member of the Coalition for Police Accountability and the Measure LL campaign, I want to express our gratitude and appreciation for your endorsement. It represents a very thorough understanding of the context and history of the Measure as well as a recognition of the role Measure LL can play in helping to rectify the problems associated with our police department and influence future policy decisions and standards of conduct.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 10/12/2016 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016

Hi, this is Nick, the editor at EBX. I want to address a few of the comments:

Re the school board, Richmond, and Contra Costa races, I'm going to paste what I wrote in the introduction of these endorsements: "You’ll notice that there are a few missing endorsements — Oakland school board, Berkeley city council, Richmond city council, BART board. Those will be published online soon and in print next week. (Apologies for the delay; we’re human!)."

Thanks for reading!

Posted by Nick Miller on 10/12/2016 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016

Why no comment on the Superior Court Judge candidates?
Caroline Kim

Posted by Caroline Kim on 10/12/2016 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016

Many people in Vallejo are East Bay transplants and still look to your research, thank you. VALLEJO: These 4 candidates will make a difference and MUST WIN our Vallejo CA local elections. Bob for Mayor; Liat, Mina and Robert for City Council.

~~Bob Sampayan has already served as Council Member and so knows the ropes and the city staff. Like me, he is also passionate about access to healthy food for all. He does so much work behind the scenes: Here is a report that Bob contributed to that was just published. http://www.foodispower.org/wp-conte...

***Liat Meitzenheimer has served for 20 years on the GVRD. If you love all the great work our parks and recreation department does---just think what she can do as a council member.

~~ Mina Diaz started the Diaz & Loera Centro Latino on her own time. When I sat down for coffee with her, for 3 hours, I learned of her strong moral compass and years of professional experience. She is “retiring” early to get to work for her City.

***Robert H McConnell is just amazing. His experience on the City Council and his voting record alone are enough for me. His years as a lawyer mean: I want McConnell in the room when our city is talking to corporations that want to do business in Vallejo.

All kinds of organizations are endorsing these four. Their combined range of skills and experience make them a dream team.

Posted by Boudicca Hot-toddy Todi on 10/12/2016 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016

Hmmm . . . in the description of this article, you claim to give your endorsements for many communities, including Richmond. Yet not one Richmond issue is represented; in fact, the entire Contra Costa County has been completely ignored. East Bay Express? Maybe you should change the name to East Bay Elitists, because that is how you behave.

Posted by Ellen Seskin on 10/12/2016 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016

Last time I looked, your paper was called the East Bay Express, not the Alameda County Express. I get that endorsements are labor intensive as your editorial board needs to interview all the candidates.

Nonetheless, leaving out Richmond is a serious dereliction of duty. Richmond has the most vibrant progressive electoral organization in the Bay Area, the Richmond Progressive Alliance, which could easily take a clear majority of the City Council if either of their candidates, Ben Choi and Melvin Willis, wins in November. There is also a rent control ordinance on the ballot that could easily win

None of that counts to you all. Shame on you.

Posted by Chris Darling on 10/12/2016 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016

Bummer! But . . . I do appreciate the line you included: "Councilmember Tony Daysog has served Alameda admirably over the years, but . . ." Of course, we might have our difference over the predicate following the "but" : ) But, regardless, I do appreciate what you wrote. All the best. (Still, I'll always be an avid reader of EBX!)

/s/ Tony Daysog
http://www.daysog.com

Posted by Tony Daysog on 10/12/2016 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016

> His top priorities are building new housing

Oh, so why'd Arreguin block almost 2,000 units of housing in his term?

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CtdNtzpUkAI4ic…

Thats a very weird way to act on that priority.

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 10/12/2016 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016

I hope you will consider making endorsements for Berkeley Rent Board.

Posted by Leah Simon-Weisberg on 10/12/2016 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016

Please discuss school board candidates.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 10/12/2016 at 9:40 AM
Posted by Don Macleay on 10/11/2016 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016

Why was I not invited to participate in the interview for the At Large for Oakland City Council? Nancy Sidebotham, Candidate for City Council At Large, Oakland.

Posted by Nancy Sidebotham 1 on 10/11/2016 at 10:08 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016

And vote Yes on Measure X if you live in Contra Costa County, or have a friend or coworker who lives there. It relieves congestion, smoothes traffic on busy streets, repaves streets and expands transit, walking and bicycling. www.getcontracostamoving.com

Posted by Dave Campbell 1 on 10/11/2016 at 5:36 PM

Re: “The Express’ 2014 Endorsement Write-Ups

Cheryl,

Our pre-election newspapers tend to be pretty popular. From what we hear, they were gone in most spots by last weekend.

Posted by Robert Gammon on 11/04/2014 at 12:35 PM

Re: “The Express’ 2014 Endorsement Write-Ups

I was unable to find a copy of EBX , (current edition), anywhere they usually are. Not in Oakland...Not in Berkeley, 'sup ?

Posted by Cheryl L Evans on 11/04/2014 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Vote McLaughlin, Beckles, Myrick, and Eduardo Martinez for Richmond City Council

In San Leandro City Council Distsrict 5 -- I'm surprised you would endorse my opponent, a police lackey who says the police tell her that the BEARCAT armored personnel carrier they want to get is not military and not a tank and will be helpful for our City. Please, do your homework Easy Bay Express. At least the Bay Area News Group interviewed us all before making a choice.

Posted by Mia Ousley on 11/01/2014 at 7:17 AM

Re: “The Express’ 2014 Endorsements

The Express takes the same positions on the statewide propositions as does the Peace and Freedom Party.The local recommendations are not the same. You can find more at www.peaceandfreedom.org. From there you can find the 2014 elections page.

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Posted by Marsha Feinland on 10/30/2014 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Vote McLaughlin, Beckles, Myrick, and Eduardo Martinez for Richmond City Council

I appreciate that you have endorsed Mike Katz-Lacabe - my husband - for San Leandro City Council District 1. But I am puzzled as to why you did not give a nod to Mia Ousley for District 5. While Mia doesn't have the experience that Mike does - frankly, nobody does -, she shares the same values, the same willingness to stand up for what's right and a deeper engagement with the San Leandro community than any other candidate in the race.

Other than Mike, Mia has attended the most City Council, Committee and Commission meetings. She was key in creating an urban farming ordinance, and wrestling it away from the Police Chief when the Chief tried to turn it into an "animal control ordinance" that would give her broad rights to enter people's private property. Mia spoke out repeatedly against the ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, and collaborated in the process of forming a good ordinance allowing them. At numerous council meetings, she's spoken out against surveillance cameras, long-term retention of surveillance data, the purchase of an armored vehicle and military equipment, putting limits on police power, in favor of restoring minutes and increasing transparency, and many, many other progressive issues. The same cannot be said about any other candidate for any other Council seat (other than Mike).

Mia was also responsible for co-founding the successful coalition to Save San Leandro Hospital - at a time when pretty much everyone had accepted that Sutter would be able to close the emergency room.

What Mia doesn't have are strong ties to the political establishment. She is a citizen, an activist, someone who is willing to do the hard work of government. Indeed, her knowledge of the nitty-gritty details of the City's financial obligations gained her the endorsement of the Oakland Tribune, not a small feat for someone who is so unabashedly liberal.

Moreover, it was because of Mia's courage in making raising the minimum wage part of her platform, that other candidates were forced to come out in favor of supporting it.

It's a pity you did not meet with her, got to know her record and learned about her vision for San Leandro.

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Posted by Margarita Lacabe on 10/30/2014 at 7:20 AM

Re: “Vote McLaughlin, Beckles, Myrick, and Eduardo Martinez for Richmond City Council

Considering that a progressive political operative used political intimidation and political violence to beat & torture my cats, vandalized and assaulted my home 2 weeks using political violence to intimidate us from our supporting non-progressive incumbents & candidates here in Richmond My family & I kicked the individual's ass to the curb! He ran off into the night screaming like a little boy! If this happens again, they wont get so lucky! WE ARE THE RESISTANCE, WE ARE TEAM WOLVERINE!

Mike Raccoon Eyes Kinney
Richmond, CA..

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Posted by Mike Raccoon Eyes Kinney on 10/29/2014 at 2:52 PM

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