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Re: “Company Illegally Dumps Toxic Dirt Piles in Richmond, Riles Residents

Yeah. Riled ? Seriously? It sounds like you're talking about... This word completely fails to communicate the serious nature of the situation here. PCBs. If you're okay with PCBs in your backyard, fine. But, I don't think so. I think you'd freak out ! Well, this soil is within, what, 20 yards of the nearest residence. Complete with dogs and children. Oh, the elementary school is one entire block away. Riled? Seriously. Get over yourselves and focus on the facts.

Posted by Norma Wallace on 09/30/2016 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Company Illegally Dumps Toxic Dirt Piles in Richmond, Riles Residents

Here is what the Water Board says;

Tom,

Thanks for bringing this situation to our attention. When I asked my staff about it, they said they have looped back to you this afternoon and indicated that this offsite temporary contaminated soil stockpiling was never authorized by the Water Board, nor has the Water Board yet approved of the reuse of this soil onsite in Emeryville. PCBs remain one of our highest priority pollutants to control, so we plan to drill down on this situation to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Let me know if you have further questions or concerns.

Thanks!

Bruce H. Wolfe, Executive Officer
SF Bay Regional Water Board
1515 Clay St., Suite 1400
Oakland, CA 94612-1482

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Posted by Tom Butt on 09/30/2016 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Housing Groups Slam Proposal to Redefine Affordable Housing in Oakland

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Re: “Online Poll Attacks Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, Claims False Endorsements for Peggy Moore

If it's true, Peggy should fire ETC and make an apology. That's just poor work.

Posted by DM Jaeger on 09/30/2016 at 11:35 AM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

Gary Patton, It's easy to judge from an outsiders perspective and have irrational anger. You make it sound like the city spent 2 years tirelessly on this case. I imagine it was only a few hours worth of work spread over a two year time frame. Cool your jets, relax, have a beer, dont have a heart attack.

Posted by Frank Jones on 09/29/2016 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Town Business: Finding a New Police Chief; Bobby Hutton Grove; Saving Oakland's SROs

Oakland's "community" has long had a very good idea of what's needed in terms of police reform including what a new chief needs to do.

The current "outreach" effort is pure PR. City hall should know perfectly well what's needed in Oakland. Oakland's diverse communities have been speaking very directly and loudly to city hall for well over a decade about ethical policing, reducing crime in heavy crime areas, more jobs for the poor, getting away from the madness of the war on drugs, justice system reform and on and on.

The deaf ears in city hall continue. And the incompetence regarding a better future for Oakland's current citizenry will continue.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/29/2016 at 2:23 PM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

That last line is the the crux of it all: If the city cannot get money from you, they don't care what you do. But they will pinch every penny from whomever they can. I deal with the city everyday for my work and the incompetency, phantom charges and outdated infrastructure is a true reflection of who's at the helm. No one cares except when it comes to their pensions.

Posted by jessy smith on 09/29/2016 at 12:41 PM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

If I recall from the original report, the new fence made walking along that area more restricted as it encroached more on the public right of way. So, while some former city employees like to slam the civil servants this is not a solid case.

Why would anyone take it upon themselves to just build a fence on city property?? It really is not that difficult to contact one's council person for more information about issues like this.

Posted by pat lantz on 09/29/2016 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Housing Groups Slam Proposal to Redefine Affordable Housing in Oakland

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Posted by William Gerald Pruitt on 09/28/2016 at 10:02 PM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

I am wondering why the neighbors complained in the first place? Was the fence seen as a nuisance by others the community? If so, why?

Posted by Drew Young on 09/28/2016 at 7:51 PM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

Oakland has rational rules about building private structures or fences within a certain distance of creeks as part of its Creek Protection Ordinance. Since that ordinance was never referenced in this story, I don't know how to assess what happened on this process. But I suspect it was not as irrational from the city's side as it is made out to be.

Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 09/28/2016 at 4:06 PM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

Yet another fine example of Oakland city department wasted money, and another reason to say no to measure KK when they say they need more money to maintain infrastructure. When they can stop wasting the money they already have taken from us taxpayers, we will perhaps consider if they should be allowed more.

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Posted by mildred on 09/28/2016 at 12:58 PM

Re: “The End of the Oakland Fence Saga

Poor Mr Harkinson, caught in the web of idiots at the City of Oakland. Two years of staff time, multiple departments in conflict with each other and at the end of the day, no path provided to a solution. Nobody has the balls or intelligence to make the right decision, so the public just gets passed off between departments. The bottom line concern for the City should have been to make sure that the situation is safe for the public and nobody falls into the creek. That was Mr Harkinsons concern and why he replaced the fence in the first place. Instead, the City is stuck in confusion about permits, revenue and liability. First of all, a 3 foot, split rail fence does not require a building permit. But it does require an encroachment permit because it is in the public right of way. Instead of the City being concerned about the long term deep pocket liability of somebody being seriously injured or dead from falling into the creek and filing a major lawsuit, they focus on the liability of the fence itself. The simple solution was for the city to replace the fence themselves and find the money somewhere in the creek improvement budget. Or allow Mr Hutchinson's fence to be considered as a replacement of the previous fence that had no permits. At the end of the day, the public interest is not in the permits, it is in the safety along this portion of the creek. Two years wasted on something this simple and at least that long and no decision on a simple bust stop relocation at 30th and Telegraph. These idiots are not capable of walking and chewing gum at the same time. Things that happen in most cities as routine items are a big deal in Oakland because the multi layered management staff is incompetent and there is no leadership. How many other simple things around town are not being resolved. Does anybody down there see the illegal dumping and potholes? I guess if you cannot charge anybody fees for permits, it's not that important.

Posted by Gary Patton on 09/28/2016 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in 'Bloody' Scene

A little context might be helpful. KJ was instrumental in getting a quarter-billion dollar subsidy for the NBA Kings to stay in Sacramento. The City gets the stadium, so no property tax revenue, and absolutely no control over the Kings, so in spite of a $9 million hole in the City's budget, it has no leverage if the Kings decide to extort *another* stadium from the City (this new one is the second such act of extortion).

JFYI, professional sports has an anti-trust exemption, so it can charge monopoly rents. Heck, Al Davis has extorted financial concessions from both Oakland and Anaheim for the Raiders.

Most hilarious of all are the commenters calling KJ "liberal" -- you know, sympathetic to working people. This entire scheme is an enormous gift to the plutocrats who own the Kings. Forbes reports that since the stadium's approval, the Kings are worth roughly double what Vivek Ranadive and his merry band of plutocrats (over)paid for them!

Not enough? David Cay Johnston reports that 75% of George W. Bush's net worth comes from a stadium deal in Arlington TX. Yep, KJ is liberal all right...and I'm the queen of England!

One more bit of business: The entire Sacramento oligarchy (from news media to elected officials) conspired to suppress an initiative requiring a popular vote about this stadium deal. The stadium would almost certainly have lost, too.

So... Pie in the face? I say KJ is luck it wasn't a guillotine.

Posted by Adam Eran on 09/28/2016 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in 'Bloody' Scene

This is your mayor and he's not going to jail? Shame on all you virtue signalling losers. There's a storm coming and you deserve to be blown away.

Posted by Ben Sokolow on 09/27/2016 at 7:44 PM

Re: “Sex Worker Advocates Say Oakland's ReportJohn.org Prostitution Snitch Web Site Does More Harm Than Good

http://sanleandrotalk.voxpublica.org/2016/09/20/city-of-oakland-provides-free-revenge-mail-service/

I second what Jan Van Dusen said.

Nice work Lacabe, very good.

Posted by Brooke Colwell on 09/27/2016 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Hit in Face with Pie at Event, Assaults Protester in 'Bloody' Scene

Was directed to this story by USAToday, when they attributed facts to "alternative weekly newspaper East Bay Express" on the front page of the sports section last Friday. Isn't USAToday distributed nationally? Not too shabby.

Posted by Brooke Colwell on 09/27/2016 at 12:38 PM

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