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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Full Disclosure

Re: “Oakland Zoo Operators Violate Election Laws

Great point you make, Jdcash. At this point, Ms. Mayor and the City Council are so in bed with Parrot and the zoo, I don't think they'll do a darned thing.
They've been obfuscating the actual nature of Knowland Park for so long, I don't expect much. I've lived just down the road in San Leandro for decades, and I just found out Knowland Park is a former State Park given to the City of Oakland for all to use, not just the zoo. Now they've given Parrot a green light to build his 57 acre, 37.000 square foot three story office and 'conservation theme park' on top of that ridge.

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Posted by TJ Yarbrough on 10/24/2012 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Oakland Zoo Operators Violate Election Laws

Thanks to this article, I plan to vote against this ballot measure. Of course, the real lesson here is that our system of governance can only function when we have a free and open media, one that can bring public awareness to malfeasance and illegality. No where is that more true than in Oakland. Now, the question is, what does the city plan to do about holding the zoo accountable?

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Posted by jdcash on 10/24/2012 at 6:35 AM
Posted by sonia r. on 09/27/2012 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Candidate for Council Has a Troubled Past

By the way thanks for answering Mr. Gammon

Posted by sonia r. on 09/26/2012 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Candidate for Council Has a Troubled Past

Everything I wrote is true, and I know for a fact I personally saw everything, with exception of him sexualy harassing woman I didnt get to see him do that to other woman, but im 100 % its true because he would sexually harass me! And I know for a fact that he owes 1 person in specic the amount of $50 thousand dollars plus another $50k that he promised to give that person as a yrs profit, wich he obviously hasnt even given that person a single dollar in fact he refuses to take that any calls from that person or meet personally. I honestly think its time for someone to put a stop to him and make him pay. I dont even know how hes gotten away with all this.

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Posted by sonia r. on 09/26/2012 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Candidate for Council Has a Troubled Past

Sonia,

Your comment contained potentially libelous material, and so it violated our website's terms of use.

Posted by Robert Gammon on 09/26/2012 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Candidate for Council Has a Troubled Past

Why was my comment deleted??

Posted by sonia r. on 09/26/2012 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Candidate for Council Has a Troubled Past

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Posted by Editor on 09/25/2012 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Candidate for Council Has a Troubled Past

su vidad pasada no es problem todos tenemos dificutades en la vida . lo que molesta es que a su propia gente le mienta y le robe. pero si le robo a la ciudad city de okland que no robe a su gente, lo que mas me molesta es que tenga un negocio y el negocio lo maneje gente que no tiene experiencia y pase a joder a nuestra gente. porque el siempre se la pasa en el cityhall y no sabe que pasa en su negocio y cuando quiere uno ablar con el para saber que pasa no da la cara. y quiere seguir postulandose para un puesto mas alto, "pobre" si no puede controlar su vidad podra controlar la de los ciudadanos me pregunto?

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Posted by Garcia Gabriel on 09/20/2012 at 4:08 PM

Re: “An Unresolved Death

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Posted by Editor on 09/03/2012 at 9:05 PM

Re: “What Transparency?

Jonathan,

As to the council "not telling anyone" about the new system, it's not the council's responsibility to do so, it's the city clerk's office. And several campaigns told me that they were informed by the clerk's office. So I'd be interested in knowing which campaigns say they were never informed.

But as for councilmembers themselves, they certainly knew about the new system, and yet aren't using it (except for Reid).

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Posted by Robert Gammon on 08/15/2012 at 9:30 AM

Re: “What Transparency?

How can the Council buy an electronic filing system two weeks before the filing deadline, not tell anyone about it, and expect candidates to use it?

Posted by dto510 aka Jonathan Bair on 08/14/2012 at 10:35 PM

Re: “What Transparency?

NetFile is easy to use.

I'll be using it for my District 1 Council election reports.

You're absolutely right about Oakland politicians and transparency. It's something they want for the other pols but exempt themselves.

Today I heard a novel rationalization of why some local pols believe the Brown (aka Sunshine Act) is bad law.

The reasoning went that it discouraged candid discussions of policy, thereby "forcing" council members to meet in small exempt clusters to make decisions before larger council meetings. That the unintended consequence of the Act was to balkanize the Council.

The rest of that reasoning would have it that the public doesn't want to see Council members' reason out loud in front of the cameras'. I guess that it makes them look dumb? The salami making theory of government (no one would eat salami if they watched it get made)

My response was that the few times I've seen the Council members engaging in candid discussion was before the recent Pension Bond vote. While I strongly disagree with their final decision, it was refreshing to see them discuss the issues transparently. Yes it did make some of them look less than up to the task of making 250Mill decisions, but at least it felt like democracy.


Len Raphael, CPA
Candidate for District 1 City Council
LensForChange.com

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Posted by Leonard Raphael on 08/14/2012 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Candidate for Council Has a Troubled Past

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Posted by Editor on 07/10/2012 at 10:45 PM

Re: “Too Hot for School?

I have mixed feelings about American Indian Public Charter School, two of my sons and a niece attended. My oldest son survived, while my niece thrived and is entering her last year of Medical school with an overall 4.0 GPA. My youngest son was ridiculed, degraded and received an unacceptable punishment so, I removed him from the school. Now that my youngest son has graduated from high school, I know for a fact, he would have been a more productive and confident student had I made him complete Ben's program.

There were many things I did not like about the school, location, Ben's intimidation tactic enforced upon student/teachers/parent, his racists comments, etc., but there were many things I loved about the school. AIPCS's Students cover every chapter in each textbook ,unlike many public schools and completing homework is mandatory. The school's rich academic culture is the reason why the test scores are so high. Do I think Ben is crazy? Yes, but I will say this – many students thrive in that environment! The children respect his passion and opening them up to academic greatness.

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Posted by Monica Brown on 06/20/2012 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Ranked-Choice Voting Attacked in Oakland

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Posted by Editor on 04/14/2012 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Ranked-Choice Voting Attacked in Oakland

Well, Approval Voting is a vastly better voting system than Instant Runoff Voting. You can see in Bayesian Regret calculations that IRV is generally the worst of the five commonly proposed Alternative Voting Systems:
ScoreVoting.net/BayRegsFig.html

Approval Voting is much simpler (uses an ordinary ballot, but just removes the one-candidate limit — so you can vote for as many candidates as you want). It can NEVER punish you (give a worse result) for voting for your sincere favorite candidate, the way ranked systems such as IRV can. And its generally the second most satisfying system according to Bayesian Regret calculations.

Here's a more rigorous comparison between Approval Voting and IRV.
www.electology.org/approval-voting-vs-irv

My view is that if Oakland had adopted Approval Voting instead of IRV, the anti-reform forces wouldn't be able to make any credible case in favor of repealing it back to Plurality Voting. It's so simple, they wouldn't be able to claim that people were confused by it. It actually results in LOWER ballot spoilage.

Not that there's any point trying to talk about facts with most IRV advocates. My experience has been that the vast majority of them have no interest in objectively scientifically debating the facts. They seem to have their minds made up, and any attempt to engage them will almost surely be ignored.

Clay Shentrup
The Center for Election Science
San Francisco, CA

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Posted by Clay Sh on 04/12/2012 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Ranked-Choice Voting Attacked in Oakland

This is not about 2010, it's about 2014. This isn't about Quan, this is about ensuring voter hear the nuances between candidates in elections with a myriad of similar candidates.

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Posted by Daniel Weinzveg on 04/12/2012 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Ranked-Choice Voting Attacked in Oakland

Good article. Another specious argument always put forth by the anti-RCV crowd is that (as in the Oakland example), Perata "got the most votes". Having the "most votes", however, doesn't win the election, either by the old system or RCV. What wins the day is a majority, i.e., greater than 50%. Perata did not get more than 50% of the vote. The thing I honestly don't get about the anti-RCV crowd is what, in their heart of hearts, is their complaint.

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Posted by David Cohen on 04/11/2012 at 11:59 PM

Re: “Ranked-Choice Voting Attacked in Oakland

@SteveC: Thank you for correcting my wording about the votes. However, the conclusion is not altered. Quan won by ending up with 54,000 final votes from first, second, and third choices - 44 percent of the 122,000 votes cast. Quan v. Perata is one thing; the legitimacy conferred by getting a majority is another thing. Oakland never united around Jean Quan, neither before the election, nor in the election, and certainly not after the election.

At least the vote numbers are public, unlike Mayor Quan's secret poll a year ago that, according to her, showed the Measure I parcel tax was sure to pass (except it was defeated by a stunning 62 to 38 percent), and unlike Mayor Quan's semi-secret 100-block "safety plan."

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Posted by Charlie Pine on 04/11/2012 at 9:01 PM

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