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Re: “Rent Increases In Alameda Outpace Regional Hikes As City Debates Whether Policy Is Working

You know, everybody always thinks that voters who don't vote for the same candidates/measures as they do are, "Brainwashed", "Misinformed", "Uneducated" etc.. ad infinitum. Not true. People just disagree with you, is all.

Posted by Michelle Blanchard on 04/12/2017 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Rent Increases In Alameda Outpace Regional Hikes As City Debates Whether Policy Is Working

"... Alameda voters overwhelmingly chose the citys ordinance."

Almeda voters were swayed by a massive $766,000 misinformation campaign controlled by the California Apartment Association ("CAA") and funded by out-of-town realty interests.*

Prominent among the misinformation was the city's "$3.7 Million Lie," a grossly overstated estimate of the budget required to administer Measure M1 (the renters' measure.)

The $3.7 million cannot be defended. Not once ounce of analysis is behind it, yet Oddie wrote an Op-ed piece promoting it and allowed his photograph to be used in campaign signs and literature touting the $3.7 million lie.

Also prominent among the misinformation was the assertion that the renter group (the Alameda Renters Coalition) was comprised of "radicals from Berkely." Nothing could have been further from the truth.

The CAA's media campaign funded expensive newspaper ads and TV commercials touting the same lies and distortions. In the face of this media onslaught, how can voters be expected to make informed choices? They cannot.

Renters were not the only casualties of this dishonorable Realty exploitation of Alamedans; Democracy itself was slain on the steps of City Hall.


The City Council I think got it right. [Officials] struck a balance, said Greg McConnell, a consultant from Danville representing the landlords]..."

"Consultant"? Greg McConnell is a highly paid lobbyist who was allowed to speak on behalf of landlords at Council meetings without being identified as their paid lobbyist. He quoted from an expensive fake telephone survey (undoubtedly funded by Realty interests) that spoon-fed the same misinformation in the form of crafty leading questions. McConnell was undoubtedly behind this massive campaign of misinformation.

If voters knew the truth, they would have voted differently, but they were overwhelmed by lies and distortion.


*These facts and figures are taken from the city's web site for campaign finance filings

Posted by MontyJ on 04/12/2017 at 4:39 PM

Re: “AC Transit to Cancel Supplemental OUSD School Bus Routes

AC Transit is currently more interested in creating a FLEX service in other parts of its district to compete with Uber and Lyft for affluent riders with multiple transit options.....and OUSD students can go eat sand. Poverty is structural and decisons like this by the meat puppets at AC Transit illustrate it well.

Posted by Chantrea Nok on 04/12/2017 at 9:42 AM

Re: “AC Transit to Cancel Supplemental OUSD School Bus Routes

@Anthony Moore, "I believe there is still REGULAR service serving these schools" Sad to say there are no buses that serve the 2/3 schools that I know of and attended, Montera and Skyline, used the supplemental bus service exclusively to get to and from school. I could get by over a decade ago getting to Montera as there was a bus that got within 2-3 blocks of Montera, however that route was cut about a decade ago. Secondly, I would hate when the supplemental buses would skip my stop that went to Skyline, there were 6 of them 3 to each of the 2 lines that served that stop. The only option at that point was to take a bus near Merritt College and walk about a mile and a half uphill equivalent to 65 story building in height only to miss my first class entirely.

Posted by Calvin Tam on 04/11/2017 at 11:54 PM

Re: “AC Transit to Cancel Supplemental OUSD School Bus Routes

Saint Mary's High in Berkeley also gets its own bus line. Private schools get traffic lights, while public schools, maybe get crossing guards, sometimes. On Lincoln Avenue in Oakland, it is only a matter of time until a speeding Head Royce parent runs down a Sequoia Elementary student. Head Royce has had 2 traffic lights and massive structural traffic mitigation put in place in the last 20 years. Sequoia gets a crossing guard when budgets allow.

Posted by Ann Nomura on 04/11/2017 at 8:56 PM

Re: “AC Transit to Cancel Supplemental OUSD School Bus Routes

Re: the previous comment on "there is still REGULAR service serving these schools"

The "school" bus from my kids school to home comes on time and takes 20 min. The "regular" bus from my kids school to home is a combination of 3 buses that takes 2 hrs 40 min total - the most optimal combination - each way.

Additionally, even if I allowed my kids to spent 5.5+ hrs on bus every day, assuming all 3 legs of the trip come on time (a huge assumption), even if kids left from home at 6 am, and used regular buses, they could NEVER come to school by the start of school time. There is just NO way to get to school from many portions of Oakland by the time school starts. Again, we're talking about NOT EVEN A SINGLE day ever could they come to school by the start of classes.

Posted by Maria Ku on 04/11/2017 at 8:13 PM

Re: “AC Transit to Cancel Supplemental OUSD School Bus Routes

One thing conveniently left out of this article is that I believe there is still REGULAR service serving these schools. SUPPLEMENTAL service merely means that an extra run or two was added just for the students... a GOOD thing. HOWEVER, students would STILL be able to take the bus the school... just as I and many other OUSD students have done for decades.

Posted by Anthony Moore on 04/11/2017 at 7:11 PM

Re: “AC Transit to Cancel Supplemental OUSD School Bus Routes

Furthermore....AC Transit *DOESN'T* serve the general public? Isn't that why it's called PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION?

Posted by elizabeth.august1 on 04/11/2017 at 5:53 PM

Re: “AC Transit to Cancel Supplemental OUSD School Bus Routes

"The dispute boils down to money." What else is new. The "dispute" in Oakland is consistently, and ever more so about money; those that have more of it, want even more and those with less, get less. Services and access to basic necessities of Oakland living - like kids taking a bus to school - are blithely overlooked in favor of money. It's despicable, but sadly it's another perfect example of Oakland discarding the needs of the needy. How about some of the "haves" stand up and help out these school kids and the OUSD? Hello Google Bus, Uber, etc...y'all could use some good PR.

Posted by elizabeth.august1 on 04/11/2017 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Oakland Tenants Say Eviction Notices on Rise After Ghost Ship, Call on City Hall For Moratorium

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Posted by Alicia Julio on 04/11/2017 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Day After Deadly West Oakland Apartment Fire, City Modified Real Estate Deal to Financially Benefit Negligent Landlord

And more depth to the situation, all of which BondGraham somehow managed to miss:

http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article…

And this person is an award winning journalist?!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 04/01/2017 at 1:00 PM

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

The real issue here is that municipalities, regions, states and even the nation establish Public Banks to serve the needs of the 99%. The usual pro-business anti-socialist, pro-capitalists protect their pyramid scheme turf because they stand to loose their privilege to wealth and may have to actually compete with talent equally enabled. The US banking system is a private system enforced by a government controlled by Bankster1%. This is why we now face crisis upon crisis as the 1% just cannot get the idea that a truly free market enabled to EVERYONE equally policed by the people's government can establish a fair system with nominal loan and savings interest for EVERYONE. Money is the property of the people, created through OUR authority allowing banks to manufacture it 10x+ held assets. It is now time we assume this authority for the 99%, under the scrutiny of the people for people. The profits are rolled back into more loans and savings interest securing the Public Commons with a future.

Oh and now we must hear the whining R1%CH and their sycophant wanna bees protecting profit turf with the usual ungrounded fear-mongering and cries of "socialism". Socialism? Like fully self-funded SS and Medicare (no matter what they say this is a fact)? Yes... and let's get on it!

Posted by Sandy Sanders on 03/31/2017 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Day After Deadly West Oakland Apartment Fire, City Modified Real Estate Deal to Financially Benefit Negligent Landlord

...And while BondGraham is busy chasing the property owner and attempting to incite class conflict, the Chronicle has unearthed documents indicating the fire department urged the closure of the the building... And were ignored.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Oakl…

While Oakland (politicians AND general community) have pursued "civic pride" in the form of million dollar subsidies to sports teams and other boondoggles, basic services have gone unfunded, roads unmaintained and schools are under funded.

Blaming a mayor elected in the last year while long term city council members go nearly unmentioned and unwatched is disingenuous at best, but totally expected from this tabloid style reporter.

The fact that the community has re-elected these council members repeatedly is incredible to me and even more incredible EBX never mentions it.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 03/31/2017 at 8:09 PM

Re: “General Electric Plans To Demolish East Oakland Factory. But Residents Want More Than A Polluted, Vacant Lot

See http://oaklandheritage.org/historic-ge-building.html for a sample letter and more info from Oakland Heritage Alliance

Posted by Daniel Levy on 03/31/2017 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Day After Deadly West Oakland Apartment Fire, City Modified Real Estate Deal to Financially Benefit Negligent Landlord

Over and over again, it is the same old story. The City of Oakland illustrates it's incompetence and a determination to go to great lengths to deal with shady characters. Jabari Herbert is a decent guy, but has been around about 20 years, always promising development deals with the City of Oakland, but never putting anything in the ground. His only role appears to be as a middle man using his relationships and the process to maintain a permanent income source. Again, Council member McElheney appears to have no ethical boundaries. Her apparent relationship with Kim, a man previously convicted of insider trading and other questionable financial deals is shameful. This time folks, while she focused on interceding in a questionable real estate deal with Kim and her friends, people who lived in his substandard and knowingly dangerous property died. When will this madness stop?

Posted by Gary Patton on 03/31/2017 at 3:34 AM

Re: “Day After Deadly West Oakland Apartment Fire, City Modified Real Estate Deal to Financially Benefit Negligent Landlord

Corrupt financial dealings are bad enough.

A government which fails to provide for the public safety because it is too busy doing fishy deals really needs to be taken down.

Didn't we create and fund a Public Ethics Commission a couple of years ago? What is that august body up to?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/30/2017 at 10:57 PM

Re: “Day After Deadly West Oakland Apartment Fire, City Modified Real Estate Deal to Financially Benefit Negligent Landlord

Yes, thank you, Darwin. Once again, documents reveal totally corrupt City of Oakland officials 1) enriching private citizens at public expense, and 2) aiding and abetting the operation of a large apartment building without legally required fire safety equipment, leading to 4 deaths.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 03/30/2017 at 10:13 PM

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

Public Banks and pot will solve all our problems! Whose smoking what?

Posted by Richard Clarke 1 on 03/30/2017 at 8:40 PM

Re: “General Electric Plans To Demolish East Oakland Factory. But Residents Want More Than A Polluted, Vacant Lot

I don't care if GE wants to tear down the building. Make them clean up their mess. Keep them in court until they do. People should be able to be safe anywhere on the property, after GE is gone. A concrete cap is GE's way of disparaging Oakland and leaving pollution to float through the aquafer. GE's final "screw you!"

Posted by Joan Soo on 03/30/2017 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Day After Deadly West Oakland Apartment Fire, City Modified Real Estate Deal to Financially Benefit Negligent Landlord

Thank you Darwin!
I knew it---the city is culpable. But do the victims of this fire have any recourse? When do the lawsuits begin? The Oakland city government is a nest of vipers.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 03/30/2017 at 3:32 PM

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