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Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

Of course Oakland leaderswon't be able to handle a public bank, just look at how they're handling our potholes!

Posted by Ellen.Gierson on 03/22/2017 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

Lousy idea - kennel homeless people in sheds?

Other places have been markedly succeeding with the Housing First approach, which provides people real homes like other people have. That can restore then OUT of this kind of underclass that this plan would more permanently condemn them to.

Mayor Tom Bates said Berkeley has been receiving mutli-MILLION$ of dollars EVERY YEAR ostensibly to "help the homeless". But try to find a cogent line-item budget for just HOW all that money's been spent.

There's little to no excuse for why Berkeley has NOT already been using the PROVEN "Housing First" way.

http://www.endhomelessness.org/pages/housi…

Posted by Christoverre Kohler on 03/22/2017 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

I want Wall Street's role in the overall global economy to be less than it is today. It would be great to eliminate them from Oakland altogether.

However, Oakland has frequent management and corruption problems and may not be capable of managing a bank. If Wall Street isn't held accountable why would the Oakland bank be any different?

Posted by Vince Rubino on 03/22/2017 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

Micro pads sound like an excellent step for Berkeley. But a regional alliance could also be formed to plan for housing so that a coordinated approach can be taken.

I wonder if proponents of tiny homes are taking into account utility hookups and earthquake engineering which will require a set foundation. Adding those items in will make them as expensive as any other type of construction on a per square foot basis.

Posted by Candace Hyde-wang on 03/22/2017 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

@Berkeleyhills- a credit union functions as a customer to an existing bank, and thus doesn't go outside the "Wall Street" establishment

Posted by Jason Ricca on 03/22/2017 at 6:53 AM
Posted by Berkeleyhills on 03/21/2017 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

After reading Ellen Brown's book, I thought that a Bank of Oakland COULD be a good thing for Oakland's finances and thus our social and environmental foundation.

However, we need to keep in mind the history of Oakland's financial dealings and many high expectations profoundly dashed because of management incompetence and a failure of elected officials to think critically.

Thus these statements from the essay are especially relevant:

"Oakland would need to make a strong case that its got a solid business plan, and has the capital to finance it, or a good management team to execute it."

"If the bank takes on unprofitable loans intended to help the community, the riskier loans might be more prone to default and could run the bank into the ground."

"The management team chosen to run the bank will be required to have strong backgrounds in finance but also be dedicated to the mission of public service. With little precedent, these dual qualifications might be hard to find."

Finally, I have some doubts about the projected income from the cannabis industry. Right now with cannabis somewhat decriminalized and the medical pot biz maintaining high prices, selling pot may be a good business. When recreational cultivation use becomes legally less restrictive next year I wonder whether potheads will continue to pay $200 or more an ounce for a plant that is as easy to grow in a garden or a flowerpot as basil, chives or parsley.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/21/2017 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

Oakland needs to be clear and oppose Trump's policies on this.

Posted by Janice Albert on 03/18/2017 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Bay Area Activists Protest Peter Thiel's Partnership With Immigration and Customs Enforcement

As a wise sage from the 20th century suggested, "the media is the message". And the message here is that the media you are using is creating data that is being used for someone else's profit and, in some cases, against you and your interests. Take action and disconnect from Fakebook, Pay Pal, Amazon, iTunes, etc.

Posted by Vince Rubino on 03/15/2017 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

Police are not there to interpret which laws to enforce. They're there to enforce all laws. These "People" are also draining resources from the people who are here legally.

Are we saying that it's okay to lie, cheat, and steal? Really?? That's what you tell your children, family and friends.

Posted by Robert Hope on 03/15/2017 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

@margeret cunningham....."our people"...how about that homeless veteran on the corner that we give a smaller stipend than the the illegal alien gets. Illegal aliens are not "our people"

Posted by Coastrider711 on 03/15/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

Enforce the law. Can't pick and choose.....So the murderer of Kate Steinle would not be reported to ICE because Oakland is a sanctuary city....??? Don't make me laugh....solve the crime,protect Americans....OPD takes an oath to defend the Constitution. The lady killed by the 5 time deported, multiple felon,illegal alien driving drunk in Los Angeles would not be apprehended here ,because DUI is a misdemeanor...not really a crime...WTF is wrong with us

Posted by Coastrider711 on 03/15/2017 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

Just points to the need for effective oversight of the police. We have a new chief. Will she do it? Let's see.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 03/14/2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

Repatriation is good for everyone! Glad OPD is going to help.

Posted by John Kracht on 03/12/2017 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Should The Next Oakland Unified Schools Superintendent Be Homegrown?

The charter comments are not based in reality. Can you site your data that supports the anti-charter comments? Close to 1/3 of Oakland public school students attend charters. Growing for sure.

Posted by David Castillo on 03/11/2017 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

The City absolutely needs to make sure that Oakland Police play NO role in assisting ICE or any other agency that detains our people for deportation. We are a SANCTUARY City, and we have to be sure that means something!

Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 03/10/2017 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

Someone needs to talk to all those folks with fancy titles who hang out in city hall about OPD, the Oakland Police Department, which is, in fact, an actual, official, Department of the city government of the city of Oakland.

Thus whatever OPD does is fundamentally the responsibility of those elected folks with fancy titles.

If the fancy-titled electeds don't know what OPD does, then what the hell are those folks doing?

Some things they are not doing is providing for the public safety, insuring ethical behavior in OPD and making sure OPD reforms mandated nearly 15 years ago are fully implemented. Not to mention being responsible for whatever OPD does with regard to protecting Oaklanders from ICE and whatever Trump comes up with.

Maybe we need a new city commission like the new Police Commission. This new commission would oversee what the fancy-titled electeds in city hall do with all their time.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/10/2017 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

I agree with Pamela Drake. We need more clarity here.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 03/09/2017 at 11:20 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Question Police Partnerships with Federal Immigration Agents and FBI

The loopholes in our so-called sanctuary city ate big enough to drive a couple ICE vans through. The city needs to take charge of OPD agreements and keep its promise to its residents.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 03/09/2017 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Keeping Goats in Oakland

Some people have a herd of 5 to 7 goats in the Dimond District. The walk the goats all over the neighborhood as demonstrated by long stretches of goat droppings all over the side walk. Laguna, Carmel, Delmer, Madeline, Coolidge....

The goats are cute, but if I have to pick up after my dog, then you have to clean up after your goats. Don't mean to be a killjoy, I can't walk on the sidewalk without stepping in the broad swath of pellets. Every hundred feet, hundreds of goat pellets cover the sidewalk.

My dog smells and eats the droppings. I get that stuff on my shoes.

Sorry, but it's unsanitary and unneighborly and... unacceptable.

Posted by Joseph Chianese on 03/09/2017 at 12:16 PM

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