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Re: “Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley Faces Thorny Re-election Fight Against Bryan Parker

I know of Nate Miley and his accomplishments for at least 15 years since I have been in Castro Valley. I also have talked to him about issues that affect us here in Castro Valley and Alameda County. He has always been for the good of his constituents and I am always struck about his accessibility to us. His nature and demeanor is always careful and considers the effects of his decisions of the majority and these are rare attributes in a public officer for certain. We need to keep Nate as our representative.

Posted by Dave Siegel on 06/06/2016 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Tenant Advocates say Oakland Officials Delaying and Obstructing Rent Control Ballot Measure

The story should include an explanation of why tenants didn't just collect signatures for a ballot measure and by-pass the city council altogether. For years Oakland's leadership has watched the intense gentrification/displacement of local residents and done very little. Based on their history, no one should expect Oakland's political leadership to care much about tenant rights or fair rent control, other than sound bites and meaningless words. It's time for a change of politicians in Oakland!

Posted by Robert Frances on 06/06/2016 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Tenant Advocates say Oakland Officials Delaying and Obstructing Rent Control Ballot Measure

It's a pretty bad day for East Bay journalism when the subject of a report has to comment on it to correct MAJOR omissions made by the author. Shame on Darwin BondGraham for his clear manipulation. Shame!

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 06/06/2016 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Richmond Developer Pushes Two Ballot Measures

Is John Haslet really a person or a pseudonym? He can't be both a Richmond and Oakland resident and I wonder if he just adopted the name of a Revolutionary War hero. Intriguing.

Richard Poe, perhaps you will tell the people of the City of Richmond how much you fleeced them for the rental of your white elephant building as the interim City Hall - as I recall, it was something like $100K per month, but you have the exact figures. The people might like to know.

Posted by Roger H on 06/06/2016 at 6:20 AM

Re: “Switching Sides

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Posted by Marina Casey on 06/03/2016 at 9:53 PM

Re: “California Effort to Increase Police Transparency Dies in State Capitol

This Saddens Us GREATLY. The Police Officer's Bill Of Rights Is Keeping The MURDER of Our Unarmed, NOT Committing Any Type of a Crime, Except for being Intoxicated in a store to which he had walked to, and was SHOT and KILLED by a GUN-HAPPY, KILLER-COP...from being INVESTIGATED. The SPECIAL Set Of Laws, ALLOWS for the KILLING of ANYONE at ANYTIME, by a Police Officer...and ALL of the POLICE RECORDS Are KEPT CLOSED. I am the Grandmother of Richard 'Pedie' Perez, who was KILLED in Richmond CA, on September 14, 2014 by Police Officer Wallace Jensen, who after continuing working until about August 2015, he went on PAID Medical-Leave, and is 'retiring' when that runs out. Patricia L. Perez Pedie's Grandma

Posted by Patricia L. Perez on 06/03/2016 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Tenant Advocates say Oakland Officials Delaying and Obstructing Rent Control Ballot Measure

Thanks to Darwin Bond-Graham for his insightful and timely article, and to Tonya Love for a clear expression of the the city's delay and malfeasance in not scheduling the "Protect Oakland Tenants Initiative" for council consideration to place the measure on the ballot -- since March !! While it is true that the City Attorney acted swiftly upon formal request to reduce the summary to its legal limit, a personal request was informally made to the C.A. a full week before the revision was made. Finally, through a confusing mishmash of legalisms and springing back and forth between committees, we are (seemingly though not clearly) to believe that the measure will finally be considered on June 20 or 21 -- but with this council, who knows !

No similar drawn-out procedure was imposed for the "sugar tax" or the "lease extension" -- measures that appeared at Rules Committee one time, were immediately advanced to the next city council meeting. and were immediately voted onto the ballot. If the comparative treatment of the "rent protection" measure is not obstruction , delay, and obfuscation ... then what in the world is it !!

Posted by James Vann on 06/03/2016 at 7:08 AM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley Faces Thorny Re-election Fight Against Bryan Parker

To address Mr. Jack Norton and his comment:

Nate Miley's son, Chris Miley, does work for Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle and is a Deputy Chief of Staff. That is not slinging mud but, rather, a FACT.

Nate Miley's daughter, Sarah Miley, does work for Paramedics Plus. Paramedics Plus has a contract that is voted upon by Alameda County Supervisors. Also a FACT.

Nate Miley does pay for his health club membership with campaign funds. FACT.

So, Mr. Norton, in your small brain world, all of the above may be ok. However, most educated people would see terrible choices and conflicts of interest.

Posted by Mari jones on 06/02/2016 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley Faces Thorny Re-election Fight Against Bryan Parker

I also attended the forum in Castro Valley. One thing that was clear to me was that Bryan Parker, although running on the democratic ticket, is what I would call a "republican in disguise". Since he has little political accomplishments of his own, it seems his strategy is to make vague references to "innovation" and to sling mud at the incumbent. Kudos to Nate for not being dragged down into negative campaigning!

Posted by Jack Norton on 06/02/2016 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Tenant Advocates say Oakland Officials Delaying and Obstructing Rent Control Ballot Measure

Darwin, I'm not sure if you've tried this but, ask Council President McElhaney sometime about whats happening. I'm certain she'll be happy to explain to you whats going on.

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 06/02/2016 at 12:54 AM

Re: “Tenant Advocates say Oakland Officials Delaying and Obstructing Rent Control Ballot Measure

To the editor and readers:

This story misrepresents the City Attorney’s response to tenant advocates.

We explained to the reporter why the accusation of “delaying and obstructing” by the City Attorney’s Office is unfounded.

But that explanation isn’t in the story, which of course makes it look like we didn’t offer any explanation.

So if you read this and you want to know why the City Attorney’s Office wrote a title and summary over 500 words, here you go:

The City’s practice for decades has been to write a 500-word summary (when needed) and a separate title, e.g. Measure Z from 2014.

This ballot measure is complex and needed a full summary, so we followed the City’s historical practice and wrote a 500-word summary, with a separate title of about 30 words. We provided the summary and title to the City Clerk on time. Five days later, the proponents objected to the word count. We immediately revised the summary to accommodate their concerns and filed it the day after they objected.

Why exclude this explanation from the story? And why leave out the timeline showing a quick response by my office and minimal "delay"? It certainly doesn’t support the premise of the story, that “Oakland officials are delaying and obstructing” the measure.

The City Attorney is a strong advocate for tenants. For example see the many public nuisance and tenant protection lawsuits she has filed against problem landlords in Oakland. She’s also an advocate for good landlords who follow the rules and treat people fairly. And she personally supports expanding just cause eviction protections citywide.

The City Attorney’s job on this and other ballot measures is to provide voters with an impartial, fair and factual summary, title and analysis, and she will continue to do so.

For the record, my original response to the reporter’s questions is below.

Alex Katz
Chief of Staff
Oakland City Attorney’s Office


Mr. Bond Graham:

With respect to the ballot measure:

There’s no attempt to delay. We followed the same practice the City has followed for decades of applying the 500-word limit to the summary. Oakland is a charter city, meaning the City can follow its charter and ordinances. We revised the summary after the proponents objected to accommodate their concerns.

We issued the original title and summary on March 18. The proponent's letter objecting to the word count is dated March 23. We issued the revised title and summary on March 24th, one day after the proponents objected.

As to your question about advice to Councilmembers:

The City Attorney is bound by attorney-client privilege. We are legally and ethically barred from releasing confidential advice to clients. We cannot even confirm whether or not we provided advice. However, the client who holds the privilege can share advice with you if s/he chooses to do so.

I also understand that you are asking about the City Attorney's rental property? Her property is already covered by the just cause ordinance, therefore there is no conflict.

Thanks, Alex

Posted by Alex Katz on 06/01/2016 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Tenant Advocates say Oakland Officials Delaying and Obstructing Rent Control Ballot Measure

Despite the alleged moratorium, several of my neighbors who are tenants have been slapped with rent increases which I would say are considerable. One woman organized her building and fought management back - the tenants ended up with a smaller but still significant increase. And last I heard, they has still received nothing in writing about the change. The other folks I know are too fearful to fight since they are in a small building and "things could be worse". Not sure what is happening elsewhere but from what I see, the effect of the moratorium in increases has been nil.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 06/01/2016 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Tenant Advocates say Oakland Officials Delaying and Obstructing Rent Control Ballot Measure

Tonya Love,
Thanks for laying out the winding legislative path this has taken so far.
I think your version is pretty accurate. It was my impression that the CED Committee intended to eventually hear the ballot measure, but yes, in a narrow sense they only forwarded the report/legal analysis to rules for scheduling.

Posted by Darwin BondGraham on 06/01/2016 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley Faces Thorny Re-election Fight Against Bryan Parker

As a long-time Oakland resident, I cannot recall anything that Miley has executed that really has (or had) an impact in the Oakland-Alameda County communities. So, I took the opportunity to hear him speak at a forum in Castro Valley. Miley does not present himself well. He sounds very ignorant and stated that he believes the County is well run. I disagree.

Miley said that it should be acceptable for him to pay for his Claremont Hotel sports club membership with campaign funds. But, he makes $232,000.00. He cannot afford to pay for the membership? Meanwhile, his constituents are becoming homeless due to unreasonably high rents.

Scott Haggerty, another Supervisor, was recently investigated by the Grand Jury and the result indicated that his official office cost the County money in the 2014-2015 final report: https://www.acgov.org/grandjury/reports.ht…

In addition, Miley sits on the Coliseum Joint Powers Authority which has issued some very questionable contracts including one to a law firm affiliated with the politically corrupt Don Perata:
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/the-…

Voters be smart. VOTE for BRYAN PARKER!

Posted by Mari jones on 06/01/2016 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Tenant Advocates say Oakland Officials Delaying and Obstructing Rent Control Ballot Measure

From what I can follow, last week the CED committee heard the city's report on the ballot measure. They then decided (before all of the public speakers could comment) that they would send the report back to rules to schedule for a full council reading. During that process Kaplan recognized that they wouldn't be sending the ballot measure to council, just this report and that council wouldn't be obligated to vote on the measure. Then, ACW requested that there be a full 'legal' analysis done and sent to council before they vote on the ballot measure. Parker's staff said that a full legal analysis needed to be requested by city council. So they sent the full legal analysis report request to Rules, so that Rules can schedule city council to make the request for the report. Once full council makes the request for the report, then the report would be finished for the June 20th meeting. THEN on June 20th the full council will be able to read and hear the report and vote on the ballot measure.

All of that to say..this was a lot of procedure, taking place in May, for a request that came in March. It makes me wonder, if a full legal analysis would be needed to consider the ballot measure, why wasn't it then requested in March? Why wait until May? All this process seems so unnecessary. :(

Posted by Tonya Love on 06/01/2016 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley Faces Thorny Re-election Fight Against Bryan Parker

" 25 years as supervisor and an Oakland city council member"

Question... has either Oakland or Alameda County been run that great in all the years that Miley has been in office? I have to say no... and that nothing Miley has contributed has altered that poor performance of those entities.
25 years in office... Is there no limit to how many times we keep giving these people yet another term. After 25 years they have simply run out of new ideas. Time to try something new.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 06/01/2016 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Tenant Advocates say Oakland Officials Delaying and Obstructing Rent Control Ballot Measure

The fact that the City Attorney is unable to count should of significant concern to the residents of Oakland.

Or that she should deliberately sabotage an effort to bring a critical issue to a vote of the people.

Posted by JP Massar on 06/01/2016 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Tenant Advocates say Oakland Officials Delaying and Obstructing Rent Control Ballot Measure

The measure was not forwarded out of committee last week. The measure was never in committee last week - only the City Manager's report on the measure was on the agenda as an informational item.

The committee voted on moving forward in some incredibly confusing way, but it did not move the ballot initiative itself, per se, out of committee as best I could understand what happened.

Posted by JP Massar on 06/01/2016 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Some Say Alameda County's New Green Energy Plan Isn't Green Enough

We can and should get far more than 10% of our electricity from local renewables versus relying on remote centralized solar arrays which are usually located in fragile desert ecosystems and which lose a significant amount of electricity in transmission. But even more important is that the program prioritize demand reduction and energy efficiency -- the fastest, cheapest, cleanest form of electricity is the electricity you don't consume!

Posted by Erica Etelson on 05/26/2016 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Last Days at Downtown Oakland's Hotel Travelers?

What Allen Stanford speaks of is a lot of what I came across when Brown was Mayor of Oakland. He bragged to me right to my face about how much rents had gone up since he became Mayor. When I asked him to help us get folks and to keep the ones we have already got indoors, off the streets, severely disabled, elderly and sick people, human beings that need our help, He answered with. "You folks are getting food stamps for those people, that should be enough." I am proud to say we saved lives. But I am ashamed that I once believed Jerry Brown was a good person and "One of us." By that I mean " A Human being" A human being with motivation more than crass Narcissism and Ego.
The level of corruption between Real Estate Nabobs and Nickle and Dimer Politicians in Oakland and Berkeley is incredible and there isn't one news agency that isn't bought and paid for or too scared to speak the truth. Rackets? Just call them "Consultant" and cut them a check. Go though any City Council Agenda and count up the "Consultants" and their "Fees" A third grader could make a case...Mr. Stanford just tells of the tip of the iceberg..There are hundreds of people that know about the filth that has led to the miserable deaths of thousands, Hell we all know, every one of us. We just think. What can we do about it? Are there really no good leaders left? Are they ALL just poseurs and shills? Thanks for your honesty Mr. Sanford

It's a rare commodity.
Dan Gerous
Commissioner
Berkeley,CA

Posted by Dandylion on 05/25/2016 at 11:20 PM

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