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Re: “Pardoned 'Crack King' Darryl Reed Says He Wants To Unite Oakland Neighborhoods

It's always amazing how these characters pop up, ex criminals ( we hope) now hoping for government and private grants to do the "good work".

Posted by Ernest Montague on 04/14/2017 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Top Ramen For Life: The Student Loan Crisis

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Re: “Oakland's New Sewer Fees Penalize Water Conservation

Just got new bill from that f..s. 176$ for 2 month. I called them to help me out to understand it. So 3$ - since I wasn't at home, as actually for water and 70 for Okland, 36 for me having the water meter which they are using !!!! 40 service fee. So person on a phone told me that next time I need to call them and cancel the account before go to vocation or they will send 170$ for nothing no matter what...................

Posted by Roman Somov on 04/14/2017 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Support Local Film

Thanks so much for providing two pictures of Jeff sessions eliminating my need to decide whether to use it to line my garbage or my kitty litter box. Alice Elliot

Posted by ustabahippie on 04/13/2017 at 6:06 PM

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

As if to illustrate my point, I just received the following information from a reputable cohort who is involved in this relief effort: "Just found out that the major City-approved fundraiser for the San Pablo fire survivors is going to be disbursed in the form of.....drumroll....Target gift cards. On May 12th. I can't even.
But wait, you wanna know why? Because people are "too likely to use cash to fund drug and alcohol habits." Let's just unpack that one while people run out of money for motels this week, and get picked up for sleeping in cars, and our encampments on Northgate, Brush, Magnolia, and Wood Streets grow ever larger. "

Posted by elizabeth.august1 on 04/13/2017 at 5:58 PM

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

The way the City of Oakland has neglected and dismissed these victims, our neighbors, is atrocious and serves as yet another glaring, unvarnished example of the depth and pervasiveness of gentrification and displacement at the hands of our leaders. It is sickening in it's obviousness and disgracefully unkind.

Posted by elizabeth.august1 on 04/13/2017 at 5:56 PM

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

First Student does indeed have a contract with OUSD, but it's to pick up the disabled students. The AC Transit buses are for the clipper card students.

Posted by Esther Gulli on 04/13/2017 at 3:44 PM

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

Rent control only became an issue after the Bay Area population exceeded the carrying capacity of the land.

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 04/13/2017 at 3:06 PM

Re: “A Fatal Threat to California's Chronically Ill Kids

Interesting, most families that have CCS feel they do not have adequate care, especially through their Medical Therapy program.
Our experience has been terrible, it has delayed treatment, we have so many "stories"
We have no other choice than to look forward to the day she ages out. A year and a half or so. The general consensus is it's a program to cut costs, an even more limited HMO than Medical Managed Care. My daughter has both. We've had more results with MediCal.
They CCS are also ill equipped to handle teen clients, since no peds Doctor will take a patient over 18. Those kids, young adults get left out in the cold. They're required to provide care outside their neteork, but the wait is absurd.
To call it coordinated care would be negligent.

Posted by MedicalMadness on 04/13/2017 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Why Are So Many Rays Dying In Lake Merritt, And Sharks At The Berkeley Aquatic Park?

Thank you, Naomi. I mostly responded to the headline, which, in typical EastBayExpress fashion, hinted at dire deeds, nefarious schemes, and chicanery in public office. Then the artice went on to state that actually the same dead rays might have been counted several times, basically making the headline untrue. There's no scientific study I know of on fish population kills and population densities that indicate anything like the headline indicates. In my opinion, the Lake is by far the cleanest, most pollution free, sediment free and "unstinky" that it has been since I moved here 28 years ago.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 04/13/2017 at 9:39 AM

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

I think the real question is: Should a politically dominant, privileged group be able to vote people out of their homes for no reason and without due process? The City of Alameda council is deciding what are our true values.

Posted by Catherine Pauling on 04/13/2017 at 9:17 AM

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

first student bus company has a $5mil budget supplied by ousd..they should be able to pick up the kids

Posted by r&b on 04/13/2017 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Why Are So Many Rays Dying In Lake Merritt, And Sharks At The Berkeley Aquatic Park?

Ernest, thank you for your comments on Lake Merritt's improvement, a major civic effort under Measure DD. I think you slightly mistook part of the article. While people concerned about Lake M. may consider better management for the floodgates (operated by Alameda County flood control staff, I believe) the tide tubes are in Berkeley at Aquatic Park.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 04/13/2017 at 7:57 AM

Re: “Why Are So Many Rays Dying In Lake Merritt, And Sharks At The Berkeley Aquatic Park?

Lake Merritt is neither a lake nor a tidal estuary, though it pretends to be both. It was simply as stream flowing into the Bay until the lake was dug out. It has always been a problematic body of water. For many years Oaklanders flushed their toilets into it, and threw junk, old cars, and motor oil into it. The current state of the Lake is by far the best it has been since it was built. This article appears to be blaming the City of Oakland is a very passive way for some perceived flaw (tide tubes) and ignoring the amazing work that has been done there. The "aeration fountain" is a joke. In order to properly aerate the Lake, you'd need to cover it with them. The end by the Pavillion and Glen Echo Creek are the far end the furthest from cleansing ocean water, and the most polluted and stagnant. This is not a fault of anyone, if you want to avoid this situation, drain the lake and let the creek flow again. Finally, the salinity levels of the lake vary by day to day, and all over the lake. This is the least conducive environment for any aquatic creature and one of the reasons the lake does not have a strong fish population. It's a semi stagnant lagoon or slough, to be precise. Prettied up by a nice name.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 04/13/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016

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Re: “Why Are So Many Rays Dying In Lake Merritt, And Sharks At The Berkeley Aquatic Park?

Very well written article, thank you. Nice to learn more about Lake Merritt.
The Environmental Academy at Oakland High bears recognition. O-High is one of the least recognized, most improving programs in OUSD.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 04/12/2017 at 10:25 PM

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

Here's the off-island Realty Cabal mentioned above:

Name City Amount
ACCO Management Co Mountain View 20,000
Bruce Rueppel Jr. Grants Bay, Ca 1,000
CAA Issues Committee Sacramento 50,000
CAA Issues Committee Sacramento 103,299
Calif. Rental Housing Services Sacramento 25,000
Cambridge Management Co Santa Clara 16,000
Carmel Partners IV Marina View, LLC Alameda 25,000
C.P. IV Marina View, LLC Phoenix, AZ 8,500
GRE Meadows Folsom 1,000
G.W. Williams Company San Mateo 45,000
Hillsborough Properties, Inc San Mateo 500
KW Multi-family Mgt Group, LLC Beverly Hills 50,000
Mountain View Housing Council Mountain View 40,000
Moseley Niles Los Altos Hills 10,000
Prometheus, Real Estate Group, Inc. San Mateo 50,000
Rose Properties San Jose 1,000
Syrus Properties, Inc Novato 2,000
Tod Spieker Palo Alto 50,000
Tower Alameda LP Mill Valley 25,000
Tan Group, The Palo Alto 20,000
VASONA Management, Inc Los Gatos 45,000
Woodmont Real Estate Services, L.P. Belmont 50,000
Woodmont Real Estate Services, L.P. Belmont 35,000
Various under $1,000 N/A 113,550
Grand Total $765,849

(Source: City of Alameda Campaign Finance Reports)

Posted by MontyJ on 04/12/2017 at 8:36 PM

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

The $3.7 million is a provable lie. Ask the mayor and Jim Oddie to show you the calculation to prove the number. They cannot. It is not provable because not one iota of analysis was done to back it up. The City spent over $300,000 for a consultant to perform a thorough analysis of the cost to administer the city's L1 rent ordinance, but not one red cent to analyze Measure M1. The consultant's report is on the city council web site, if you want to read it, or e-mail me and I'll send you a copy.

As them to show you the "survey" that lobbyist McConnell quoted from. It has never been made public and never will be because the distortions it contains will be revealed.

The Renters Coalition never stooped to lies and distortions, which were the stock and trade of the Realty Cabal opposing them. It's the only way the City-Realty Cabal could have won. And it was shameful.

Posted by MontyJ on 04/12/2017 at 8:17 PM

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

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