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Re: “Make Voting Great Again: Introducing the Express' Weekly Election 2016 Column

EBE states, "Oakland landlords can raise rents however much they want, even if the increase violates the city's rent-control law." this is true if said landlord doesn't care about the law. Typically piling more laws on doesn't affect people who are already breaking it, New laws only affect those who try to follow it. Oakland does need to educate its renters and property owners on the ways of existing rent control laws before piling on more. It works if you work it.

Posted by Ilona Nesmith Clark on 08/03/2016 at 10:45 PM

Re: “BART's Lead Negotiator Has a History of Illegal Behavior

I love it! Excellent article. I think it could also be useful for everyone to know how and where to fill a form online. BTW, if anyone needs to fill out a a form, I found a blank fillable form here http://goo.gl/46FheV

Posted by Lavone Minyard on 08/03/2016 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Make Voting Great Again: On Oakland's Police Commission Ballot Initiative and 2016 City Council Races

Thanks, Darwin, for pointing out the very substantial change in police accountability offered by the potential police commission. The glass is certainly much more than half full and much will depend on Oakland residents applying to be commissioners who will bring diligence, fairness and commitment to delivering results for the Oakland community.
We also need to appreciate that the vote was unanimous to place this measure on the ballot -- something that did not seem likely only weeks ago. Special thanks to Dan Kalb and Noel Gallo, the principal authors, Rebecca Kaplan and Desley Brooks who supported the Coalition's call that all 7 commissioners be appointed by the selection panel instead of only 4, and Lynette McElhaney who became our 4th sponsor at the time of the vote.
We look forward to informing Oakland voters about the merits of this proposal so that we prevail in November! Folks who want to help should visit the Coalition's website: www.coalitionforpoliceaccountability.org and click on 'volunteer.'

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 08/02/2016 at 10:53 PM

Re: “The Best Marijuana Strains of Summer 2015

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Posted by Artemis2318 on 08/01/2016 at 10:04 PM

Re: “The Big One: Scientists Say the East Bay is Overdue for the Largest Earthquake in Centuries. And We're Not Prepared.

I write about the Hayward Fault a lot, and from the geologist's professional viewpoint the signs of creep are indeed "marvelous." See a few examples from Oakland at https://oaklandgeology.wordpress.com/2016/…

Posted by Andrew Alden on 08/01/2016 at 5:41 PM

Re: “City Forcing West Oakland’s Alliance Metals to Close on August 20, But Supporters Argue Recyclers Have No Safety Net

I saw the documentary on PBS, IT WAS HEARTBREAKING!!!, How can people in the USA, live & suffer? Where are the homeless advocates, the drug task force, where is the help."Save this company".Im sorry but they are the connection too any to less than none income,for the poor people!!
smh. The company is a green based company, that provides a income to poor and indigent people. I LIVE IN Georgia, I was in utter shock to see the community complaining, but not offering any concrete prevention!!!
Instead of complaing join forces, apply for community improvement grants, green based environmental grants for the company and community!!
Hell no one wants crime or vagrants but wheres the help @least Alliance Metals are helping .What is the community doing as a whole to promote a steller community; prevent homelessness, other than complaining?
Please set up a online patition too stop the closing, Bring in city officials to obtain green grants it's a green company .City officials not the police to assist in setting up a greenspace environmental grant for the company to assist in the clean up the environment around the facilityand bridging relationships with community leaders!!!I cant say that enough.DAH ITS A RECYCLING CENTER, THE GOVERNMENT WILL AID YOU TO IMPROVE THE COMMUNITY, AIR QUALITY, GREENSPACE, FOR THE COMPANY AND COMMUNITY SURROUNDING THE COMPANY!!!Where are the LEADERS city councilman, the new female mayor, the congressman of that district. CLEARLY HAS FAILED AND FAILED BIG TIME. This is a shame and Tragedy for humans whom are clearly addicted and need help are barely, merly existing in this manner, help the poor people ,I'm outraged!!!!!
I AGREE, IF THEY CANT HAVE THE GARBAGE, WHAT CAN THEY HAVE.
SAD IN ATLANTA, GA.

Posted by IsawthisonPBS on 08/01/2016 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of July 27, 2016

Not sure how to send a "letter to the editor" so am doing it here. How about an article exposing the real money behind the so called "Grocery Tax" which is being heavily advertised as hurting small markets in underserved neighborhoods. Is this proposed tax only on sugary sodas or ALL bottled drinks containing sugar? Does it also tax actual food, fresh and canned? If it taxes soda only, who is paying the people featured in the TV and print advertisements? Are they real store owners or actors - the voters would like more clarification of this since we are being bombarded about a grocery tax which may not even tax groceries!

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 08/01/2016 at 7:53 AM

Re: “The Big One: Scientists Say the East Bay is Overdue for the Largest Earthquake in Centuries. And We're Not Prepared.

Here is a source page where you may get accurate fault trace files (KML), etc.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/nca/1868virtualtour/

Posted by hudnut on 07/31/2016 at 11:39 PM

Re: “City Forcing West Oakland’s Alliance Metals to Close on August 20, But Supporters Argue Recyclers Have No Safety Net

To the folks complaining about MOVING INTO THIS NEIGHBORHOOD IN WEST OAKLAND and are shocked by the drug use and thefts all I can say is GO FUCKING HOME . Oakland has been and will be the city it always has been and we will put up a damn good fight before we lay down and let you gentrifying fucks take it making its completely unaffordable even to be fucking homeless . You people make me sick I hope your $600 bbq got sold for meth .

Posted by Tj King on 07/30/2016 at 10:53 AM

Re: “The Big One: Scientists Say the East Bay is Overdue for the Largest Earthquake in Centuries. And We're Not Prepared.

Lot's of really dangerous structures around town. It is scary to think about Earthquakes, but we can't stick our heads in the sand and do nothing when some simple steps could save many lives.

Posted by Clive Scullion on 07/29/2016 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Survivor, Oakland City Hall: Power Struggle Led to Expulsion of City Clerk from Closed Session

This is obviously a personal issue between the City Clerk and City Administrator. The City Clerk's attendance at closed session has never, ever been an issue in the past.Trust me, this is the last organization in the world you would want to hold to a standard of education qualifying somebody for the position they hold. That as a standard would be questionable starting with the Mayor, Assistant City Administrator and Public Works Director. Political connections and relationships seem to be more important than educational background in this place. Perhaps that's why they don't seem to be able to operate without getting in their own way.

Posted by Gary Patton on 07/29/2016 at 5:08 AM

Re: “The Big One: Scientists Say the East Bay is Overdue for the Largest Earthquake in Centuries. And We're Not Prepared.

Man I'm glad my efforts led the University of California Berkeley to evacuate the grounds department from the Edwards Stadium on campus because the building will probably fall down in the big one.

Dolly Fine is character in my historical novel, my real name is Hank Chapot.

http://www.dailycal.org/2016/07/14/campus-…

Posted by Dolly Fine on 07/27/2016 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Make Voting Great Again: Introducing the Express' Weekly Election 2016 Column

"Worthington announced that he forged an alliance with fellow progressive council colleague and already-announced mayoral hopefully Jesse Arreguín." Think you mean "hopeful" here.

Posted by Michael Baker on 07/27/2016 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Make Voting Great Again: Introducing the Express' Weekly Election 2016 Column

Writing in Bernie is a great strategy for electing Donald-is that your goal?

Posted by ed gerber on 07/27/2016 at 3:21 PM

Re: “The Big One: Scientists Say the East Bay is Overdue for the Largest Earthquake in Centuries. And We're Not Prepared.

The map does not show the fault running through the UC Berkeley stadium. It appears further west than I've seen on other maps. Is this an accurate depiction of the fault location.

Posted by jvla2 on 07/27/2016 at 3:00 PM

Re: “The Big One: Scientists Say the East Bay is Overdue for the Largest Earthquake in Centuries. And We're Not Prepared.

The map of the Hayward Fault doesn't seem to be loading properly or is inaccurate. The fault generally follows Highway 13 and then along the backside of the Berkeley Campus, including, as mentioned, through Memorial Stadium. But the fault is pictured several miles away from all that.

Posted by Gregory 'gar' Russell on 07/27/2016 at 2:06 PM

Re: “The Big One: Scientists Say the East Bay is Overdue for the Largest Earthquake in Centuries. And We're Not Prepared.

IT'S TOO BAD YOU CAN'T TELL WHEN AN EARTHQUAKE IS GOING TO HAPPEN

Posted by Jean Blake Fleming on 07/27/2016 at 1:36 PM

Re: “City Forcing West Oakland’s Alliance Metals to Close on August 20, But Supporters Argue Recyclers Have No Safety Net

Let's march out the Elephant in the room here! The City of Oakland gets a huge "franchise fee" (estimated by some to be up to $25 million) from its granting of exclusive rights to companies for their collecting solid waste and recyclables. Such a fee cannot pertain to recycling companies (like Alliance) whose recyclables are not collected by them, but brought to them by individuals (whether in shopping carts or trucks). Oakland's "franchised" collectors charge their clients by volume, and every piece of recyclable material not being collected by them (but by others) cuts the revenue those franchised collectors can charge their clients. This also probably affects the revenue percentage based franchise fees collected by Oakland from their franchised collectors - reducing the city's revenues. The Alliance Recycling outdated website states it collected 15,600 Tons of recyclables in 2008. Imagine how much volume that 15.6 tons removed from the franchised collector's revenue streams, and how they must be complaining about that lost revenue to a city government that is also losing revenue from its reduced franchise fees as a result. The city of Oakland is squarely in bed with those big businesses it granted exclusive collection rights to. One look at the Alliance Recycling location on Peralta Street will confirm that street is packed with industries - it is nobody's idea of a residential or gentile neighborhood setting. Oakland has laws against the illegal collection of recyclables (such as raiding waste bins of such), so rather than expensively policing such violations, it chooses to shut down the recycling company. This is less about sidewalk blocking or nuisances and more about a conspiracy between Oakland and its franchised collectors to do what in anybody else's viewpoint would be the illegal restraint of trade. The elephant in the room here is holding a bundle of money in its trunk, and that money is headed straight for Oakland and its exclusive franchised collectors.

Posted by William H. Thompson on 07/27/2016 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Make Voting Great Again: Introducing the Express' Weekly Election 2016 Column

We can only write-in Bernie's name if there are 55 electors filed. Keep in mind that those disqualified in the primary and independents will be voting in the General Election.

Anyone interested in becoming an elector for Bernie?

Only those names written on the ballot at the General Election for President of the United States, for which a group of 55 Presidential Electors pledge their votes to that write-in candidate, shall be counted as votes.

http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/june-7-2016-presidential-primary-election/qualifications-running-office/

November 8, 2016, General Election
Summary of Qualifications and Requirements:

Presidential Elector - Independent Candidates (PDF)

Presidential Elector - Write-In Candidates (PDF):
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9SQmm-iXRGtblJHZ2tFT2FMQjg/view?usp=sharing

In nearly every state, the candidate who gets the most votes wins the "electoral votes" for that state, and gets that number of voters (or "electors") in the "Electoral College." http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/electoral-college/

Posted by Donald Switlick 1 on 07/27/2016 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Make Voting Great Again: Introducing the Express' Weekly Election 2016 Column

Just to be clear: what I meant by "Goldilocks" was that the rent ordinance adopted by Council in March and that we recently placed on the November ballot rests neatly in between the rent control activists' initiative ("too strong") and the California Apartment Association's initiative ("too weak") -- our ordinance, as Goldilocks would say, is "not too strong, not too weak, but something in between that's just right." Thanks! : )

/s/ tony
tdaysog@alamedaca.gov

Posted by Tony Daysog on 07/27/2016 at 10:27 AM

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