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

I usually rely on the Express for guidance with difficult decisions in election seasons. However, this year your credibility is cast into a gray area with your recommended support of prop 64. In other words, "I do not think this bill means what you think it means." Prop. 64 was written not to decriminalize cannabis, but to legalize a recreational commercial cannabis industry. Two very different things. For example, the tax revenue will not go into a general fund to benefit all Californians but instead to the California Marijuana Tax Fund an enormous slush fund designated solely to financing the massive bureaucracy that Prop. 64 would create. There are multiple other reasons as well if you do your reading. I grew up in Humboldt, I know the local growers who are farming sustainably and protecting the woods and watersheds. Every single one of them is for legalization but against prop 64. Please do your homework so I can continue to rely on your assistance. I'm sure there are many out there who feel the same.

Posted by Robert Martien on 10/23/2016 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

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Posted by Florine Watcher on 10/23/2016 at 6:31 AM

Re: “How the Oakland Police Department Worked to Cover-Up Sex Crimes and a Home Invasion Committed by Cops

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Posted by Moises Williams on 10/23/2016 at 3:31 AM

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

Borrowing money to buy a house, which you can live in and will likely appreciate, can make sense, as does borrowing money to buy an expensive tool to increase your income. But to borrow money for maintenance is like borrowing money to pay for your utilities. Not only will you have to continue paying ongoing utilities, but you will also have to pay on the loan, plus interest, Meanwhile, wealthy people who buy those bonds not only get good interest on a fairly safe bet, but that income is usually exempt from taxation, depriving communities of more income. If BART management is too incompetent to keep up with maintenance (and cleanliness), get rid of them and get new ones, and DO NOT even talk about another transbay tunnel until the current mess is cleaned up. Finally, borrowing billions makes the decision makers careless with money (prime example: the East Span, where they spent 10 times what a much more rational southern crossing should have cost. The quake damage should have been quickly and easily repaired as only one section was damaged, protecting the whole bridge, as it was designed to do.

Posted by Steve Juniper on 10/22/2016 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Proposition 64 Leads in the Polls. But Insiders Say Weed Prohibition's End is No Sure Thing.

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Posted by 360BayArea on 10/21/2016 at 6:57 PM

Re: “Former Black Panther Party Newspaper Staffers Discuss Social and Racial Justice

Congrats on an article well done. Since I was not living in the Bay Area at the time, much of what we read and saw on TV in LA was heavily biased. We knew it, but had no access. Your interview points that out and emphasizes the relevance of improved communications to #BlackLivesMatter and other activist groups. When I later became a social worker with the homeless in San Francisco, my mentor, Betty Crowder, always credited Willa Gray, her professor at San Francisco State and the Black Panthers for her training. Thanks for your hard work. See you at OMCA and Power to the People!

Posted by Susan Hirtz on 10/20/2016 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Oakland's Street-Repair Deficit is Deep. The Mayor Says a $600 Million Bond Needed to Address the Problem.

I oppose the City of Oakland’s $600 million ‘Bond Measure KK’ because the property tax that pays for it will be twice the stated cost of the bond. The bond is for $600 million but the property tax is $1,179,640,700 [approximately $1.2 billion]. [See Measure KK ‘TAX RATE STATEMENT’ ¶4] This doubling of the cost is due to the fact the bond omits the financing costs. Oakland’s presentation of Measure KK is deceptive because the only mention of the true property tax cost [$1,179,640,700] of the $600 million bond is buried on the last page of the measure hidden among many other numbers such as parcel property tax rates. Nowhere in Measure KK does Oakland state the finance cost of the bond, as law requires.
I oppose this $600 million ‘Bond Measure KK’ because Oakland is not capable of administering a contract wisely. The Alameda County Grand Jury found that Oakland totally mismanaged the recent $50 million garbage contract resulting in a 50% increase of our monthly garbage bill. [See 2015-2016 Grand Jury Report @ on p.39] Now Oakland wants $600 million of taxpayer money to dole out and manage in contracts. Oakland has proven that it cannot manage money wisely and should not be trusted with large budget until it has proven ability to manage small budgets.
I oppose this $600 million ‘Bond Measure KK’ because the taxpayers were not consulted either as to the importance of the projects or the costs of them. The Bond Measure and the supporting documents refer to budget items such as ‘Streets and Roads Projects, in the amount of $350 million’ for repaving repairs. Oakland refuses to release documents that show the existing repaving budget, the existing funds for the repaving or the why more funds are needed.
Congress Representative Barbara Lee has done a fantastic job of bringing home Federal funds to repave Oakland streets. City Administration Office has made no attempt to inform the property owners why Oakland needs more money for paving than the Federal funds and the Oakland ongoing paving budget already provides. Oakland has failed to explain the $350 million shortfall in the paving budget. The Bond documents merely states the problem without informing the taxpayers the existing resources that solve the problem.
Oakland’s infrastructure improvements need to be done incrementally. The taxpayer must evaluate the value received before additional tax money is supplied. All new property taxes should be spent on Oakland’s infrastructure; not 50% given to Wall Street financiers.
Vote ‘NO” on Oakland’s waste of our tax dollars! Vote ‘NO’ on Measure KK!
Marcus Crawley

Posted by Marcus Crawley on 10/20/2016 at 10:19 AM

Re: “The Truth About Medical Marijuana Card Privacy

A lot of pain in my hips and my hands and my knees trying to be able to get some lotions and creams that's why am asking about a pot card or how to get a card legally

Posted by Robin V Jones on 10/20/2016 at 1:07 AM

Re: “The Truth About Medical Marijuana Card Privacy

This might sound dumb but how do I get a card

Posted by Robin V Jones on 10/20/2016 at 1:06 AM

Re: “Letters for the Week of October 19, 2016

I also think that the Board including in its 12 year $120 parcel tax the provision that increase in the Board's middle school charter school enrollment, over and above any District middle school enrollment increases, will trigger a redistribution of District pay raises to fund addition pay raises for mostly non-union Board charter school employees is going to upset Oakland Unified School District employees when they see their pay checks being reduced.

Whomever thought up this redistribution of employees pay raise to charter school employees for Measure G1 should be fired. And, passage of Measure G1 means that this dumb idea will be in place for 12 years.

Anyone want to join me in voting NO on Measure G1 dumb parcel tax?

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 10/19/2016 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Oakland Struggles to Hold Banks Accountable

Once again council has failed in its' fiduciary responsibilities to Oakland's residents. Why isn't our Ethic Commission investigating this obvious failure to perform there sworn duties?

Its' a good that there are a lot of engaged, well wishing Oaklanders pushing our city sure ain't the council.

Posted by Richard Clarke 1 on 10/19/2016 at 4:10 PM

Re: “California Teachers Have Been Financing Evictions


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Posted by Alice Smith on 10/19/2016 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Proposition 64 Leads in the Polls. But Insiders Say Weed Prohibition's End is No Sure Thing.

I have a medical marijuana cooperative that is mandated by the state and protected by the food and agriculture code. I was approve and was allowed to open by the county of Kern in Bakersfield California if this law passes does that mean I'm grandfather to grow hemp....Louie 6613765890

Posted by Louiesantana on 10/19/2016 at 5:41 AM

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

Hmm, all that text and only one mention of climate (in the endorsement of Eric Swalwell, who sadly is no position to do much that isn't just rhetorical). I didn't watch all the video, but did the subject even come up?

Surely the critical issue of our time deserved more attention than that?

Posted by Steve Bloom on 10/18/2016 at 7:06 PM

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

Your analysis of the results of K1 in Alameda failing are grossly incorrect. It will not "blow a $5 million hole in the general fund." There are two items in the measure:
1) an advisory vote on the transfer of over $3M/yr from Alameda Municipal Power to the city. Pass or fail nothing will change.
2) A vote to update the UUT to cover more items. If it fails the current UUT will continue to be collected, so no change. If it passes the UUT will be extended to new services and the funds generated will increase.

You have done a great disservice to people looking for voting guidance by saying the city will lose $5M from the general fund if K1 does not pass.

Posted by Marvin Hamon on 10/16/2016 at 7:12 PM

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

I don't understand your Alameda endorsements. At a LWV Candidate Forum, Marilyn Ashcraft explicitly endorsed L1, not M1. Vella failed to endorse either, but explicitly opposed L1. How is Ashcraft better on Alameda Point development than Daysog? Vella a "Labor Leader"? She has only been a lawyer for barely 4 years, and her first job seems to be as a lawyer representing Teamsters, but she has never been a union laborer herself. how does that limited experience make her a "labor leader"?

Posted by Florence Erlenmeyer on 10/16/2016 at 2:40 PM

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