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Re: “The Case for Private Security Guards

Private security guards can be a really good way to keep what you can about safe. They are trained and know how to prevent bad situations from happening. I think the private firms always look a lot more menacing, and I wouldn't want to do anything bad when I was around them.

Posted by McCall Hazelson on 02/03/2016 at 1:35 PM

Re: “The Return of Don Perata?

Appreciate the initial report and comments here. I'm sick of Phil Tagami (bringing both coal and more billboards) to Oakland, with the corrupt and maddeningly "Father Knows Best" mentality of this move by Perata. When will the City of Oakland council members like Kaplan and Reid get real and see through this bs? Thanks to the Express for trying to keep the City and County to make good on transparency regulations. These fat cats are always good at obfuscation--note that the billboard deal that Tagami struck with City of Oakland will deliver him significant $ for 66 years unless we all pay attention in 15 years. It all stinks of cronyism and we end up footing the bill.

Posted by Karen Hester on 01/30/2016 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Schaaf's Stance on Raiders Is Spot On

Davis and I have one thing in common: We both have $400 million dollar shortfalls. I'm from Oakland and live in LA. I'm glad to see the Mayor standing up for the tax payers and not giving in to pressure. On a personal note, I hope the Raiders stay in Oakland where their loyal fans are and where they built their reputation.

Posted by Kalani Das on 01/15/2016 at 9:08 PM

Re: “The Return of Don Perata?

The fact that you have an election this year and seats that Don and his Machine Type Politics has controlled for over 20+ years makes this move a slam dunk!!! Voters should be very concerned cause Oakland is controlled by both Jerry Brown and Don Perata...Neither can rely on the voters to keep their hand picked candidates in office...If the voters who continue to complain do not wake up in this election year....Oakland will continue it's downward spiral!

Posted by Nancy Sidebotham 1 on 01/14/2016 at 7:57 PM

Re: “The Return of Don Perata?

With all the Raiders news, I just was thinking the other day about our City and County Raider tax, which is really the price of our local government letting the Don play at Sports Impresario. Plus in 1995, he was arrogant, dismissive of the interests of the A's and their fans; he told everyone to shut up and listen to him and he designed the worst season ticket seat license program ever. The crooked, so connected, so arrogant and so costly. A sharp 10 year old could figure out that this out-of-State law firm was so NOT hired for the legal expertise of its lawyers and was hired for the Don's being in the firm.......In the contest for worst agent for the City retained by our officials, the Don edges ahead of Phil 'bringing the coal' Tagami. And no surprise, this firm was hired an un-noticed meeting, as one of the Don's mo is, do it 'for he public, but do it in secret'. Mary Vail, Oakland, CA

Posted by Mary Vail on 01/14/2016 at 2:09 PM

Re: “The Return of Don Perata?

This same law firm has their name atop a new skyscraper in downtown Vegas (100 N City Parkway) in huge type, clearly visible from the freeways nearby. They are definitely seeking a high profile...

Posted by John R. Grout on 01/13/2016 at 5:09 PM

Re: “The Return of Don Perata?

I am glad we can find common ground at times Mr. Gammon. This stinks. Thanks for reporting.

Posted by Jeff Diver on 01/13/2016 at 2:59 PM

Re: “The Return of Don Perata?

The System is a dead mackerel stinking up the landscape before dawn.

Posted by Peter Byrne on 01/13/2016 at 1:38 PM

Re: “The Return of Don Perata?

Obviously, California is devoid of qualified attorneys. Why else would the Coliseum Authority hire a firm who's attorneys have no license to practice in California? This is just more of the same. One more example of a political corrupt, incompetent family tree of current and ex Oakland City Council members (Miley) being exposed. The legal requirement to post a public meeting agenda is a basic requirement that every public official should know. Be sure that Don Perata has his tentacles reaching far into this decision. Raising money for Miley's re election run seems to me to be a reasonable exchange for this firms services, in an alternate universe. The question is how long will the citizens of Oakland and Alameda County allow this shady political behavior to continue? As Dr. Phil would say, you teach people how to treat you.

Posted by Gary Patton on 01/13/2016 at 9:13 AM

Re: “The Return of Don Perata?

The tide must be out. The smell of fish is very strong. A stimulating and familiar sensation for an Oakland morning.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 01/13/2016 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Berkeley Shows How It's Done

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Posted by Editor on 01/12/2016 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Berkeley Shows How It's Done

See what Manhattan has become to see the future they want for Berkeley. ugly impersonal glass towers full of unaffordable units that block sunlight and destroy views. See the NY Times series "Towers of Secrecy" exposing this trend . 2211 Harold Way will protrude like a huge carbuncle in the vista of the Golden Gate. If BART is overloaded now, imagine it after this thing is built. To demolish the Shattuck Theatre in favor of dreary "screening rooms" such as the ones at the Opera Plaza shows a cynical disrespect for lovers of film and is a true obscenity. Why are modern architects creating such hideousness?

Posted by Rachel De Carlo on 01/12/2016 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Schaaf's Stance on Raiders Is Spot On

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Posted by Editor on 01/12/2016 at 6:44 AM

Re: “Berkeley Shows How It's Done

To prop up and saddle Berkeley on a high horse by way of comparison to and maligning of Oakland or any other city, thereby crippling its chance of independent merit, seems tacky and reveals envy, in my view.

Posted by Dan Bruno on 01/09/2016 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Schaaf's Stance on Raiders Is Spot On

I believe any private business, especially pro-sports, and "super-especially" a Davis-owned "Raiders," should live or die on its own. Simply granting lucrative access to Oakland's and its surrounding areas' dedicated fan base, seems a hella sweet deal, and should be selectively bestowed to the franchise that promises, proves equipped, and shows genuine dedication to improving the lives of its people most in need, and not given to sniveling whiner owners claiming entitlement, because some long-gone mayor allegedly and dorkingly said so.

Libby cares, thankfully.

Have we not learned from our experience with Al Davis?
And why does it cost $500 Million to relocate to LA?

LA is already the headache of California, so paying to go there only to receive a concussion, makes no sense to me.

Posted by Dan Bruno on 01/09/2016 at 5:56 AM

Re: “Schaaf's Stance on Raiders Is Spot On

"Despite reports to the contrary, Schaaf and her colleagues actually have a viable plan for the Raiders to build a new stadium in Oakland. No, it doesn't include public subsidies of the kind that St. Louis and San Diego are offering, but it could still work. "We're obviously ready and willing to sit down with the Raiders to discuss it further," the mayor said in an interview on Monday."

A viable plan actually exists? Proof is needed.

Not $100s of millions in cash subsidies like some other cities, but probably significant subsides after all. It would be nice to know exactly what is being offered--acres of public land of real and increasing market value and/or $90 million in required infrastructure improvements?

The writer seems to have deep trust in Mayor Schaaf. Does he recall her campaign promise to make reducing violent crime her first priority? What's happened with that? Her promise to have a public safety plan in the first 100 days of her administration? Where's that? Oh yes, she has offered hints that she has now a public safety plan but no one in the public has seen it. Sounds to me Just like her Raiders plan.

The potential for a new Raiders deal being smoke and mirrors hiding the same-old, same-old is very high as far as I'm concerned. The writer may well find smoke and mirrors fascinating; I simply do not.

Bottom line is as Gary Patton observes: lots of fans and team support here. Combined with city and county pols utterly incapable of transparency or any new thinking.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 01/07/2016 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Schaaf's Stance on Raiders Is Spot On

So let me get this straight. The mayor of Oakland wants to build what politicians call "affordable housing" which means a SLUM. Right next to a bran new NFL stadium. Mark Davis needs to move anywhere rather than take those terms. If he can't move to LA. Then he needs to move to St. louis or somewhere that the politicians have a clue. Because the politicians in Oakland are making this into a joke and the people in Oakland should be smart enough to realize it.

Posted by Randy Walker on 01/06/2016 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Schaaf's Stance on Raiders Is Spot On

Raze the old coliseum site and build public-funded housing for the people who commute to jobs in San Francisco (with secure parking for their vehicles unlike San Francisco). That would add more tax revenues to the city and the county and revitalize an area that is closer to blight than a sports complex. Add shopping and access to the water for a livable, friendly, safe space for everyone.

Posted by J.J. Lasne on 01/06/2016 at 6:26 PM

Re: “Schaaf's Stance on Raiders Is Spot On

I'm a bit confused about the statement made regarding parking. Since when is a 15% reduction "close" to the original amount? I'm pretty confident if the author's salary was reduced by 15% percent he wouldn't sign off on it stating it was close enough!

Posted by Wendy Nathan on 01/06/2016 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Schaaf's Stance on Raiders Is Spot On

Mayor Schaaf is absolutely correct in her stance against spending more public money on keeping the Raiders in Oakland. However, she should find a way to leverage the land around the Coliseum owned by the City to get Davis to the table. Even if it means a land transfer of some kind to Davis to make it happen. What else is the City going to use the land for? They have just taken 2 years and wasted several hundreds of thousands of dollars to prove that the Coliseum City dream cannot be financed. Mayor, It's time to let it go! The reason the Redevelopment Agency originally acquired the land was for new stadium construction. Davis is not interested in housing projects and all of the complicated long term financial arrangements that would be required. Remember, Marc Davis is not a developer. He has one goal, get a stadium built to play football. Without a doubt, a third place finish in the NFL franchise race to LA should finally get Davis to the table in a meaningful way. So far, he is playing games and hoping that Carmen Policy's long history of relationships with league owners will get him over the hump. However, Policy has been out of football for a while and his legacy is tied to Eddie DeBartola, who did not exactly exit the NFL shining a bright light on the shield (gambling scandal in Louisiana). Similarly, major league baseball has finally ended Lew Wolffs hopes of moving to San Jose. The combination of these actions could finally get the right people to the table with a real world mindset to get a deal. At the end of the day, the NFL owners of today are a collection of billionaires, not millionaires. Marc Davis is not that. He also lacks the experience and relationships in the ownership circles that he would have garnered had he grown up in the organization and been an integral part of the operation when Al was alive. He was not. As I recall, he spent more time partying than sitting in the draft room, negotiating contracts or going to league meetings with his dad. It would seem that the Raiders would have learned a lesson from their last venture to LA. As Dr. Phil would say, how did that work out for them? Oakland and the people here are what makes the Raiders special. He needs to never forget that and do what it takes to celebrate this special place and City!

Posted by Gary Patton on 01/06/2016 at 3:01 AM

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