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Comment Archives: stories: Blogs: Seven Days

Re: “Town Business: Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center to Become Private Offices

View-corridor obsessives like OHA, Naomi and James Vann lobbied against the alternate, convention preservation, new hotel tower option and this is what we're left with.

Nice.

Is Darwin still gonna beat that "NIMBYs Dont Exist" drum now that even his allies worked so tirelessly to get us here?

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 10/24/2016 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Town Business: Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center to Become Private Offices

#SaveTheHenryJ #PublicLandForPublicGood For more info check out the Eastlake Music Festival and its efforts to bring back Art, Music and Culture back to Lake Merrit and the Henry J.

Posted by Chang Yi on 10/24/2016 at 10:40 AM
Posted by Tobias Barton on 10/24/2016 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Town Business: Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center to Become Private Offices

Public land for private good.

Posted by JP Massar on 10/24/2016 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Cop Facing Felony Charges in Oakland PD Sex-Abuse Case Says He 'Never Met' Celeste Guap

The "scandal" consists of the actions of perhaps five OPD police, tried in the media, on a force of 700-some officers. Activists who hate OPD so much that they do not care about the public safety of 400,000 city residents are the core supporters of measure LL. They want City positions, on a new political platform, with staff paid at our expense. No on LL.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 10/23/2016 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

Does anyone know when the next meeting is when we can help support the preservation of the site?

Posted by Stephania Widger on 10/23/2016 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Cop Facing Felony Charges in Oakland PD Sex-Abuse Case Says He 'Never Met' Celeste Guap

OPD has been a mess for years. Even though it is improving, without structural improvement in the oversight of OPD, it could easily slide backwards once the Federal monitors leave sometime in the next year or two.

Measure LL was crafted to make sure OPD gets better and stays better.

LL moves the current civilian police review board out from under the control of the City Administrator and renames it the Police Commission. Under the current system, the same City Administrator who oversees OPD, also oversees the current civilian review board.

LL gives the new Commission and its investigatory arm, the authority to investigate and discipline police officers, participate in the hiring and firing of police chiefs, and make recommendations to improve OPD policies and procedures.

The Commission members are selected by a combination of methods. But all will get tenure and have staggered terms so they will be insulated from political influence. Similar to the new City Ethics Commission.

Over the years and many different mayors, the City Administrators have often rejected the decisions of the civilian review board. They get too close to the police they oversee and they take civilian review board decisions as criticisms of their own oversight of OPD. The current system also allows the Oakland police union, OPOA, to exert their political influence over the City Administrator. Measure LL eliminates the inherent conflict of interest having the same City Administrator both run OPD and have veto power over the civilian review board. It removes much of the opportunity for OPOA to influence discipline decisions.

The only organized opposition to LL has been the Oakland Police Officers Association PAC paid for attacks on two early sponsors of LL: Council Members Dan Kalb and Noel Gallo.

There is no opposing argument in the election booklet.

LL is endorsed by a broad spectrum of elected officials and former officials including Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Mayor Libby Schaaf, State Assemblyman Rob Bonta, and former State Assembly members Nancy Skinner and Sandre Swanson, 6 out of 8 Oakland City Council Members.

Organizations supporting LL include the League of Women's Voters, the Democratic Party of Alameda County, California Nurses Association, MOBN, ACLU, NAACP, SEIU 1021, and the Oakland Teachers Association

On Sunday Oct 230 930am to noon at the Temescal Farmers Market come by for a free balloon and ask your questions about LL .

Len Raphael
www.YesOnLL.com

Posted by Len Raphael on 10/23/2016 at 2:21 AM

Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

Dear Cat Wilder -- Thank you for taking the time to reply to my comment.

I know the Obama administration did that, and I won't be surprised if our state Assembly and the city of Berkeley did something similar, as you state.

However, none of those actions carries with it the force of law as regards EBRPD or the city of Fremont. They're simply expressions of sentiments, like letters to the editor of a newspaper.

At the federal level, first the U.S. would have had to sign the treaty (we didn't) and the Senate would have to ratify it (but it can't take any action, since there's no treaty to ratify). The Obama administration's endorsing UNDRIP has no legal effect by itself. It might have some practical effect of dubious legal legitimacy, since President Obama lately has taken it on himself to decree laws on the ground that Congress won't do as he wishes, an attitude I think George III would have admired. Naturally, the courts keep finding his decree-laws unconstitutional, but I imagine he and President Clinton will keep trying.

At the state level, the Legislature would have to enact and the governor sign a bill putting UNDRIP into effect. An Assembly joint resolution wouldn't be enough.

As for Berkeley, I don't know if the city action carries the force of law, but if so, it can't apply to either EBRPD or Fremont.

Posted by imtnbke on 10/22/2016 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

Ohlone college has an entrance why can't the city and school do something to stop the building of a parking lot and use there's. Dam I've been living in the east bay for a long time haven't gone to mission peak in awhile. I didn't know it's becoming that popular.

Posted by Adolfo Hernandez on 10/22/2016 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Town Business: Police Union Attacks Kalb and Gallo; Oakland Claims Garbage Contracts No Problem

Re: Measure KK
I oppose the City of Oaklands $600 million Bond Measure KK because the property tax that pays for it will be twice the stated cost of the bond. The bond is for $600 million but the property tax is $1,179,640,700 [approximately $1.2 billion]. [See Measure KK TAX RATE STATEMENT 4] This doubling of the cost is due to the fact the bond omits the financing costs. Oaklands presentation of Measure KK is deceptive because the only mention of the true property tax cost [$1,179,640,700] of the $600 million bond is buried on the last page of the measure hidden among many other numbers such as parcel property tax rates. Nowhere in Measure KK does Oakland state the finance cost of the bond, as law requires.
I oppose this $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] 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.
I oppose this $600 million Bond Measure KK because the taxpayers were not consulted either as to the importance of the projects or the costs of them. The Bond Measure and the supporting documents refer to budget items such as Streets and Roads Projects, in the amount of $350 million for repaving repairs. Oakland refuses to release documents that show the existing repaving budget, the existing funds for the repaving or the why more funds are needed.
Congress Representative Barbara Lee has done a fantastic job of bringing home Federal funds to repave Oakland streets. City Administration Office has made no attempt to inform the property owners why Oakland needs more money for paving than the Federal funds and the Oakland ongoing paving budget already provides. Oakland has failed to explain the $350 million shortfall in the paving budget. The Bond documents merely states the problem without informing the taxpayers the existing resources that solve the problem.
Oaklands infrastructure improvements need to be done incrementally. The taxpayer must evaluate the value received before additional tax money is supplied. All new property taxes should be spent on Oaklands infrastructure; not 50% given to Wall Street financiers.
Vote NO on Oaklands waste of our tax dollars! Vote NO on Measure KK!
Sincerely,
Marcus Crawley

Posted by Marcus Crawley on 10/22/2016 at 7:26 AM

Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

This is appalling.

Posted by Jessy Brown on 10/22/2016 at 2:19 AM

Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

In response to imtnbke's comment about the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) having not being adopted by the United States:

Actually, the Obama administration officially reversed the former US position on the UNDRIP, explicitly stating US endorsement of the Declaration:
http://www.state.gov/s/tribalconsultation/declaration/

Furthermore, the state of California officially endorsed the UNDRIP in 2014 with Assembly Joint Resolution No. 42:
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AJR42

Also, setting a leading example, this year (2016) the City of Berkeley officially adopted the UNDRIP as municipal policy:
https://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/City_Council/2016/01_Jan/Documents/2016-01-19_Item_31_Support_of_Indigenous_Peoples.aspx

Posted by Cat Wilder on 10/21/2016 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

Ok, let's get EBRPD to amend Ordinance 38 to ban cameras on Mission Peak. If there are no pictures taken, then is it okay to build the parking lot?

I'd also like someone to post a link to the archeological survey of the land at Option A so that it is clear what particular cultural significance is at this site.

Posted by mtnbkr on 10/21/2016 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

Increase access? Sounds like people are getting up there just fine without the additional parking lot. Leave native lands alone. Don't accommodate the selfie takers.

Posted by Julian Flurm on 10/21/2016 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

Time to sue the district, county, city, and state, plus all of those companies in the mix... time to put some sting into the words....

Posted by Xielolixii on 10/21/2016 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

Re the article's recital that parking opponents "noted that the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People requires governments of signatory nations to obtain 'free, prior, and informed consent' from tribal leadership for projects that impact indigenous cultural heritage": the United States is not a signatory nation. We voted against the UNDRIP treaty and it has no legal force in this country. Even if we'd voted for it, the U.S. Senate would have to have ratified it for it to have any legal effect, and the Senate hasn't done so (naturally, inasmuch as it hasn't had to even consider the question).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_…

Posted by imtnbke on 10/21/2016 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

Jose Perez, the problem is at the Stanford Avenue trailhead, not the Ohlone College one. Making it more expensive to park at the Ohlone College trailhead will worsen, not improve, the situation at Stanford Avenue.

Posted by imtnbke on 10/21/2016 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

I am an EBRPD volunteer bicycle trail patroller. Here is the situation:

1. About two or three years ago, Fremont's large Asian and South Asian communities discovered Mission Peak. Theretofore the preserve got little visitation. Mission Peak outings have become the thing to do on weekends for those two ethnic communities. The phenomenon has been written up in The New York Times (see below).

2. As a result of this discovery, thousands of people are becoming more physically fit, seeing the snow-capped Sierra Nevada (yes, from just above Fremont), and acquiring conservation and recreation values.

3. The Stanford Avenue staging area is the main one. It has space for maybe 20 cars, which worked when hardly anyone went to Mission Peak.

4. Now, however, people are parking all over the nearby residential neighborhoods starting at 6 a.m. on weekends, or even earlier. They make noise. Their dogs bark. Their car alarms chirp. No one can sleep past 6 a.m.

5. If you ban parking in those neighborhoods, you consign thousands of people to not visit Mission Peak, sit on couches, lose interest in parklands, and gain weight.

6. So the parking lot is absolutely necessary.

7. I bet my house and the houses of most people reading this are on some sort of Native American sacred land. Probably the whole Bay Area is sacred land. Are we offering to return our homes to Native Americans? No.

That said, I have proposed to EBRPD that it contract with a private shuttle company to run a frequent shuttle to the trailhead from Mission Boulevard. A large parking structure could be built on or near Mission Boulevard and a shuttle service would take people up for perhaps $2. I think it would be a big moneymaker for a shuttle service whose business is imperiled by Uber. That could be the solution.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/05/us/in-cl…

Posted by imtnbke on 10/21/2016 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

here's an idea, why not have ohlone college charge parking on weekends for mission peak visitors?

Posted by Jose Perez on 10/21/2016 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Popular Fremont Hiking Spot for Selfies Prompts Parking Lot on Sacred Land

Another important data point that EBRPD needs to consider is that mission peak has the highest density of nesting eagles. See excerpt below from
http://baynature.org/article/raptor-rapture/

Joe DiDonato spent part of the late 1980s in a cabin in the Ohlone Wilderness, surveying eagles. He recalls that his estimate of more than 20 nests between Mission Peak and Del Valle was met with incredulity. But later surveys by biologists Grainger and Teresa Hunt, who did extensive trapping, banding, and radio-telemetry, confirmed that number. “We have the highest density of nesting golden eagles anywhere in the world,” DiDonato says. In part that’s due to a bountiful prey base, primarily ground squirrels. A resurvey by the Hunts in 2005 found that all 58 territories documented in 2000 were still occupied. Most local goldens, sensitive to human disturbance, nest in remote places.

Posted by Sue K on 10/21/2016 at 9:34 AM

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