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Re: “Monday Must Reads: Oakland Animal Rights Activists Face Terrorism Charges; Monster El Niño Forming Along West Coast

Even with big new El Niño, there is no guarantee of wetter weather. Only greater likelihood of tropical system weather effects.

With wetter weather in a warmer climate much more risk of flood damage.

A much wetter year won't solve drought problem because of limited storage capacity. Warmer climate also limits critical storage in snowpack.

Bottom line is need to rethink water plan/water policy statewide. Water problems don't disappear with El Niño.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/27/2015 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Why Governor Brown Broke His Prop 1 Promise: Big Money Interests Dumped $21.8 Million into the Prop 1 Campaign

Great article Dan! Thank you for writing this. Whatever happened to the 2014 Water Bond who we, the voters passed? Where are the big water projects? If the politicians still have the money, why do they still have it? The drought is happening right now. How long are they going to sit on the money? Is it all being saved for the Delta Tunnels?

Why hasn’t the media followed up on where the $7+ Billion has gone? To everyone reading this, call your local TV station and demand they assign a reporter to ask our elected officials on the record: Where has the money ($7.2 Billion) from the 2014 water bond, props 1 and 2, been applied? If they still have the money, why haven’t they initiated any water projects yet?

Our elected officials have shown they can bypass Environmental Impact Restrictions to build the Downtown Arena for the Sacramento Kings, they can certainly do it for water storage structures. Ask your politicians. Call your representative. Go here to find your representative: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

Ask them: “Where has the money ($7.2 Billion) from the 2014 water bond, props 1 and 2, been applied? And demand answers.

The silent majority will be heard.

Ryan

Posted by Ryan Gregory on 07/26/2015 at 10:33 PM

Re: “Public Land Is Plentiful in Oakland, But Rules Don’t Require the City to Prioritize Affordable Housing

Matt, i followed the story as it developed. the $8m in AH benefits you describe weren't part of the original sale and weren't onsite, so they were essentially vaporware. If you look at that neighborhood's income and demographics, it's predominantly low-income and Asian, so adding 300 $3000/month (and up) condos could significantly impact rents by driving up the cost of housing in neighboring units. Also, Parker's memo just happened to concur with the legal opinion of several other experts, including Public Advocates. Then you say,"All that was really accomplished was exacerbating the housing crisis and causing financial injury to a Black developer." It could be argued that not building affordable housing as required by law exacerbates the housing crisis, as does misleading Asian Seniors into thinking that there are AH units in a market-rate development. It could also be argued that the City Council exacerbated the housing crisis by repeatedly ignoring AH requirements and pursuing shady backroom deals. And it could be argued that what was accomplished was exposing disregard for the law by elected officials. As for Johnson being black, i dont see what that has to do with it; it's not like luxury housing units are somehow more affordable for average African Americans. Also, if you check the fine print on their website, UrbanCore has several partners which i dont believe are black-owned firms. It's fairly common in construction to have an ethnic token up front to satisfy minority hiring requirements. The Pentagon Papers reference is cute, but without a government whistleblower, its likely the sale would have been approved despite violating the law. But you want to direct your outrage not at apparent examples of corruption, but at a muckraking journalist. Interesting priorities.

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Posted by Eric Arnold on 07/26/2015 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Public Land Is Plentiful in Oakland, But Rules Don’t Require the City to Prioritize Affordable Housing

"An action plan prepared by the Oakland Department of Housing & Community Development's Strategic Initiatives Unit and PolicyLink, recommends establishing a new comprehensive public lands policy for Oakland that would emphasize affordable housing development on more than just “surplus lands,” including redevelopment properties. "

Oakland city staffers often come up with practical progressive suggestions for policy.

Which are as often ignored by the Council and the Mayor.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/25/2015 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Public Land Is Plentiful in Oakland, But Rules Don’t Require the City to Prioritize Affordable Housing

Before we can figure out our choices on to whom and how much we want to sell the properties held by the Redevelopment Successor Agencie(s) we're going to need to do for the Successor Agencies what 99.999% of us avoided doing for the +60 years of California Redevelopment Agencies: understand the state laws controlling them and understand their finances. Not obvious to me, for example, how much of the proceeds from selling those properties will be needed to pay back the 450Mill of existing Redevelopment bond obligations. Not obvious to me that any money left over after bond repayment won't have to go back to Jerry Brown.

The Housing Equity Road Map states that it's recommendations have been vetted by experts, but didn't give any detail on that.

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Posted by Len Raphael on 07/24/2015 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Public Land Is Plentiful in Oakland, But Rules Don’t Require the City to Prioritize Affordable Housing

Matt_Chambers, the original RFP for the 12th Street Remainder Parcel, and the developer's original proposal, and updated plans until June 2015 (http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/ar…) were for a completely market rate project with no affordable housing on site, and no in-lieu fee.

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Posted by Darwin BondGraham on 07/24/2015 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Public Land Is Plentiful in Oakland, But Rules Don’t Require the City to Prioritize Affordable Housing

Really Darwin? "where a developer and the city wanted to build a luxury apartment tower with no consideration for affordable housing". So what do you call the EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS in affordable housing consideration in the E 12th St deal? You egotistically think you and those self-righteous "housing advocates" won and that is absolutely not the case. You took one legal opinion from Barbara Parker and acted like it was the release of the Pentagon Papers, and that is not the case. All that was really accomplished was exacerbating the housing crisis and causing financial injury to a Black developer. Good job to you Darwin!

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 07/24/2015 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Public Land Is Plentiful in Oakland, But Rules Don’t Require the City to Prioritize Affordable Housing

The city should auction surplus land off to the highest bidder, and dedicate 100% of proceeds to the affordable housing trust. The city should not be involved in RFPs where favored parties are carefully selected.

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Posted by Ian Rees on 07/24/2015 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Opposition Grows Against Proposed Coal Exports from Oakland Army Base Project

Maybe the Oakland City Council can convince Governor Brown, upon his return from the Vatican, to give his buddy Phil Tagami a phone call. After all, it was Brown , as ex Oakland Mayor, who made Phil Tagami a major player in town. Tagami was no more than a run of the mill commercial broker until his relationship with Brown elevated his status and political influence in ways that ultimately landed him the Oakland Army Base development. This project was always more than Tagami's experience and abilities suggested he could handle. The City should not be surprised that there are major problems already. Tagami has no experience in this kind of industrial based project and jumped at the dollars offered by this Utah group. Tagami's two Oakland projects of note (Fox Theater and Rotunda) were underbid by him on the front end and required additional public money on the back end to pay for the real costs and change orders. It looks like he has done it to the city again. The question is, without his buddy, Jerry Brown, will the current group of politicians ignore their own environmental policies, public opposition and sensibilities to cover Tagami's decision making gaffe?

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Posted by Gary Patton on 07/22/2015 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Richmond City Council Supports Just Cause Eviction Protections and Rent Control

City of Richmond sucks..
The city does not need RENT CONTROL,
but needs BUDGET CONTROL

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Posted by Cliff Yang on 07/22/2015 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Tuesday Must Reads: California Ranks 49th in Kids’ Economic Well-Being; Oakland Council Puts Off Compost-Trash Issue

We're second-to-last on caring for kids, but we're #1 when it comes to encouraging and catering to the super-rich.

I'm so very proud of us!

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/21/2015 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Trust in Richmond Police Strained by the Shooting of Richard Perez

"the city has made efforts to portray Richard Perez as a troubled young man whose actions are to blame for his death, rather than investigating the officer."

This tells the story. The police don't investigate the officers, but rationalize their own actions -- no matter how irrational they may be. If Mr. Perez was a "troubled young man", that should have been the first consideration. Was no one with Officer Jensen such that two people could have dealt with an unarmed, troubled young man? Why was Officer Jensen's weapon even out, so that Mr. Perez could "grab for it?" Did he try to grab it out of the holster? Couldn't Jensen and his partner have handled that without shooting?

THESE LIVES MATTER!!! Stop killing us!

Posted by Jan Boudart on 07/21/2015 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Tuesday Must Reads: Gas Prices Skyrocket in California; Governor Signs Bill Outlawing Fines for Brown Lawns

WE as Californians need to Put Jerry Brown In Prison for Fraud. He is as Corrupt as are the Oil Companies

Posted by Mark James on 07/20/2015 at 9:46 AM

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