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Re: “How to Solve Berkeley's Housing Crisis? Two Leading Mayoral Candidates Don't See Eye-to-Eye

Yet both co-authored a tax measure that would give developers a break from a 166% tax increase for 12 years. Go figure. Neither candidate has it wrapped up when it comes to dealing with our housing crisis.

Posted by BerkWatch on 11/02/2016 at 9:37 PM

Re: “How to Solve Berkeley's Housing Crisis? Two Leading Mayoral Candidates Don't See Eye-to-Eye

Mr. Arreguin's talk is cheap: his advocacy for higher percentage of affordable units, his push for higher impact fees, his assertions to be progressive all "sound" good, but lack the test of real-world practical experience, nor are they supported by his record. Those who have real world business experience, such as Mr. Capitelli, understand how far to push on these goals so as to make the projects work both for our city and for those who risk their capital, their reputations and their future. Mr. Arreguin's record on over 1,500 housing units approved by the Council speaks for itself: he either voted against them or abstained.
Now, Mr. Arreguin has resorted to nasty campaigning, trying to tarnish the sterling reputation of a true community leader, Mr. Capitelli. It is shameful!

Posted by Deellan Kashani on 11/02/2016 at 8:11 PM

Re: “How to Solve Berkeley's Housing Crisis? Two Leading Mayoral Candidates Don't See Eye-to-Eye

Both Arreguin and Capitelli support subsidized housing, but Capitelli is also willing to support transit oriented development, which is essential both to reducing the Bay Areas greenhouse gas emissions and to addressing its housing shortage.

This election is the third in 6 years that has become a referendum on whether to build more housing in our transit oriented downtown, and the third showdown between Laurie Capitelli and Jesse Arreguin over this subject. In 2010, 64% of Berkeley voters voted for a progressive downtown plan backed by Capitelli, while Arreguin campaigned against it. In 2014, Arreguin drafted Measure R, which would have stopped much of the housing planned in the downtown. The Berkeley Food and Housing Project, Greenbelt Alliance, East Bay League of Conservation Voters, the Building Trades unions and organizations representing the downtowns small businesses all opposed Arreguins measure. Capitelli helped organize the defense of the downtown plan and 74% of Berkeley voters sided with Capitelli. Now we have a mayoral race that is turning on these same issues.

Capitelli has proven himself as a leader who can forge solutions backed by environmental, business, labor and affordable housing advocates alike. That is hard work and Capitelli is good at it.

Posted by Tim Frank 1 on 11/02/2016 at 4:07 PM

Re: “How to Solve Berkeley's Housing Crisis? Two Leading Mayoral Candidates Don't See Eye-to-Eye

http://www.urbandisplacement.org/sites/default/files/images/udp_research_brief_052316.pdf

Readers might want to look at some actual research on this topic, from a UC Berkeley academic who has been working on anti-displacement issues for years.

The first substantive paragraph of the study reads as follows:

"At the regional level, both market-rate and subsidized housing reduce displacement pressures, but subsidized housing has over double the impact of market-rate units."

Posted by Nathan Landau on 11/02/2016 at 10:19 AM

Re: “How a Handful of Pro-Charter Billionaires Flooded Oakland's School Board Elections With Cash

Did I miss where it says how much they spent on the district 1 race?

Posted by Rafael Cruz on 11/01/2016 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Oakland-Based Amanda Reiman With Drug Policy Alliance Discusses Prop. 64, Legalization, and What's Next

Good job, Ms Reiman! You say:

>>>" Legalization in California is a necessary step toward ending prohibition on the federal level."

Exactly. Prop 64 not only frees Californians, but the whole country - and most of the planet!

Posted by John Thomas on 11/01/2016 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

Comment above-- "Alan Blueford" was changed to "Bluebird" although I corrected it several times. Grrrrr.

Posted by Cynthia Morse on 10/31/2016 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

Kamala Harris has had many opportunities to show that she won't stand for police corruption and to use her Attorney General's office for its intended purpose--to supercede local politics on crimes that local da's will never have the guts or principles to prosecute.

In the last few years , police murders of young black men have been brought to her for action that only an Attorney General can take, and she has closed her eyes to the crimes (Alan Bluebird's murder, for example).

The most action she has taken is calling the CHP to attack the petitioners, then never make any statement at all--always with her political future in mind. She will be the most glad-handing system player DC has ever seen.

Posted by Cynthia Morse on 10/31/2016 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Low-Income Tenants to be Directly Displaced by Development in El Cerrito

I know the people in the photo, and it breaks my heart to hear of this. I pray they all have found safe and affordable housing. I too find myself now in search of affordable housing. There is no way I can return to the Bay Area or other desirable places, but there are lots of good agencies out there who are being more compassionate and helpful than before, understanding how many people are losing their homes.

Posted by Carolyn R. Cox on 10/28/2016 at 8:36 AM

Re: “How a Handful of Pro-Charter Billionaires Flooded Oakland's School Board Elections With Cash

Will hundreds of thousands buy a better Oakland School system or an Oakland School Board that supports Republican ex New York Mayor Bloomberg's stop and frisk education policy of growing unregulated charter schools?

A way for Oakland voters to disrespect the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party is by electing bought Oakland School Board majority that will grow more charter schools. Some of existing Oakland charters refuse to provide the Feds free breakfast program likely for fear hungry students might lower their test scores.

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 10/26/2016 at 11:15 PM

Re: “How a Handful of Pro-Charter Billionaires Flooded Oakland's School Board Elections With Cash

When we go to bed with Republican ex NY Mayor Bloomberg because we like his massive financial support of our HH soda tax and his support of gun control, he's bought our silence over his financial domination of our school board elections. That's why NYC voters got sick of his after 3 terms. They were tired of him of his elitist bs. Maybe it take a wealthy elitist to counter big money food and gun lobbies. But maybe it's not worth the Faustian price.

Posted by Len Raphael on 10/26/2016 at 9:24 AM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

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Posted by Moises Williams on 10/23/2016 at 3:31 AM

Re: “Oakland's Street-Repair Deficit is Deep. The Mayor Says a $600 Million Bond Needed to Address the Problem.

I oppose the City of Oakland’s $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. Oakland’s 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.
Oakland’s 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 Oakland’s infrastructure; not 50% given to Wall Street financiers.
Vote ‘NO” on Oakland’s waste of our tax dollars! Vote ‘NO’ on Measure KK!
Sincerely,
Marcus Crawley

Posted by Marcus Crawley on 10/20/2016 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Oakland Struggles to Hold Banks Accountable

Once again council has failed in its' fiduciary responsibilities to Oakland's residents. Why isn't our Ethic Commission investigating this obvious failure to perform there sworn duties?

Its' a good that there are a lot of engaged, well wishing Oaklanders pushing our city forward...it sure ain't the council.

Posted by Richard Clarke 1 on 10/19/2016 at 4:10 PM

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Posted by Jsmine Dovr on 10/15/2016 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Candidates Vying for Oakland School Board Seats Defined by Positions on Charter Schools

Does Mr. Harris still live in San Leandro and send his kids to Head-Royce? Do Charter Movement affiliated Foundations fund the scholarship programs at Head Royce?

Does the Harris family receive private school scholarship money funded by the Roger's Foundation or their affiliates?

Posted by Ann Nomura on 10/14/2016 at 11:20 PM

Re: “Beverage-Industry Playbook Expands as 'Big Soda' Spends Large to Defeat Oakland and San Francisco Taxes

So, grown folks need to give up some more tax money to keep their kids from drinking too much soda pop....Are we stupid??? If blaming/taxing the manufacturers was the solution,smoking would be over. This reminds me of the mom who sued McDonalds because she could not stop feeding her child fast foods...grow up. This is just more government where it is not needed

Posted by Coastrider711 on 10/13/2016 at 6:39 AM

Re: “Berkeley's City Council Races: A Dozen Progressives and Moderates Vie for Four Seats

"Both Hahn and Murphy support the Downtown Area Plan." Hah! You've got to be kidding. Hahn led the fight AGAINST the Downtown Plan - that's exactly what Measure R was when it got defeated just two years ago. Hahn co-authored it, helped to fund it, and led the fight. Did you vet what these candidates told you?

Posted by Goodkind on 10/12/2016 at 8:42 PM

Re: “Beverage-Industry Playbook Expands as 'Big Soda' Spends Large to Defeat Oakland and San Francisco Taxes

I'm voting no regardless. I can make the decision for myself and my family to drink soda or not. I don't need the City of Oakland to "Look out" for my *best* interest.

Funny that pot is good, soda is bad.

Posted by Robert Hope on 10/12/2016 at 3:25 PM

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