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Re: “Oakland Celebrates Soda Tax Victory as 'Huge Win Over Corporations'

This is theft. This is another poor tax on low and middle income people to fund more failed liberal social programs.

Posted by Vinny Jones on 11/10/2016 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Thousands of Demonstrators March Through Downtown Oakland to Protest Election of Donald Trump

So funny that the Democrats before the election were like "Accept the results" but now since they didn't get their way, they're angry about the results.

Pot meet Kettle.

Posted by Robert Hope on 11/10/2016 at 10:30 AM

Re: “What A Trump Presidency Would Mean for Marijuana Law Reform: Worry

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Re: “Berkeley Landlord Tax Easily Passes

Such an increase as passed will not make Berkeley more attractive to builders, who realize what the Berkeley voters/City Counsel give today they can take away next election. If you had the money to construct residential housing, would you do it in Berkeley or some other city without rent control, especially when you know when one of your tenants wants to move, they will not give you formal notice and allow you to increase the rent to the market value for a new tenant, but rather will sub-lease through underground sources [which reduces the amount of housing on the open market].

Posted by George Shers on 11/09/2016 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Berkeley Progressives Win Big, but Lament Trump Presidency

I have been told, and this has been confirmed by countless longtime Berkeley residents, that anything south of University is South Berkeley.

The article could use an edit, for it does not make complete sense. Nancy Armstrong Temple was arrestsed at the Adeline encampment AND the encampment at Milvia & Allston is in S. Berkeley, it is where the Adeline campers moved when evicted from the Adeline spot.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 11/09/2016 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Berkeley Progressives Win Big, but Lament Trump Presidency

Well we shall see if he helps the homeless community located at Allston and Milvia not South Berkeley where we have been evicted from

Posted by Sam Spade on 11/09/2016 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Did An Oakland Cop Kill His Wife?

Libby Liibby say what? Impeding a police investigation? Add that to your resume.

Posted by Steve Redmond on 11/09/2016 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Alameda’s District Attorney Wants to Charge Oakland Cops, But Key Witness Sent to Florida

For a traffic accident the Beverley Hills Court flew me from Texas to California and back , only to find they did not give me the right date , and for a crime they cannot buy Them a planer ticket , someone is kidding me , this aside there is such thing as electronic statement across the country , simply have them all in court , all sworn in all supervised by a Judge or DA and get the statement , truth is they want to protect these rotten cops a disgrace to their fellow Officers

Posted by Joel Rambaud on 11/09/2016 at 1:44 PM

Re: “ELECTION 2016 RESULTS: Live Updates, News, and Analysis

Thanks for writing your correction that M1 failed

Posted by Mike Cael on 11/09/2016 at 1:22 PM

Re: “ELECTION 2016 RESULTS: Live Updates, News, and Analysis

You claim that Alameda passed M1, but the Alameda County Registrar of Voters site, which you have a link for above, shows that M1 got a 66% No vote. Which is correct?

Posted by Mike Cael on 11/09/2016 at 5:36 AM

Re: “Did An Oakland Cop Kill His Wife?

Well done BondGraham! Gantt's integrity speaks for itself, while OPD's history speaks for ITSELF. He put up with the politics and corruption for as long as he did because of his passion for his job and service to the people of Oakland

Posted by marv on 11/08/2016 at 10:46 PM

Re: “Prop. 64 Rolls Out New Ads, No on 64 Touts Unfavorable New Poll

What happens to employment drug testing protocol? Hope that goes away or is improved.

Posted by Joel Asmussen on 11/08/2016 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Town Business: Judge Orders Council President McElhaney to Hand Over Records in Ethics Case

Kelly and Hope:
issues are NEVER one dimensional or"black and white"

Kelly,there are various factors that contribute to a healthy -thriving city and on the other hand factors that degenerate it as well..your one dimensional thinking,ignorance, and neglect to see the bigger picture is degenerating Oakland more than its elected officials. Open your mind, think deeper and larger than yourself!

Hope, what an ironic name for someone that only sees the world in terms of race. Blacks can be unqualified just as whites and the rest of the color spectrum of peoples. Your comment is begging to instigate the topic of reverse racism. You have the freedom to say anything about anyone and that includes McElhaney as well. So go on Hope..get it out of your system..say anything you want about McElhaney, because you known she gets under your skin because of her ethnicity and not who she really is or what she does. THERE'S tons of people who would like to bash her, just as yourself.

Posted by Presence on 11/08/2016 at 11:07 AM
Posted by Chhoti Maa on 11/08/2016 at 8:08 AM

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

You should have endorsed Macleay for OSD School Boord

I understand you have a ton of races to cover, little time insufficient staff.
And Don can be a frustrating mix of visionary and nuts /bolts kinda guy which is hard to catagorize for an enorsement.

I have spoken to Jody briefly several times over the years since before she was first elected and followed closely some of the issues she voted on. Last fall I attended two OUSD board meetings for the first time in my life and spoke at one of them pleading for OUSD to issue retroactive parcel tax exemption refunds to seniors and low income homeowners. Last fall I exchanged emails with Jody on the parcel issues and possibly spoke with her on the phone once.

I have talked much more with Don Macleay because we were often found ourselves sitting next to each other at forum during the District 1 Council Member election of 2014. Much to my surprise (and his) we found many things Oakland public policy issues we either agreed on or could agree to disagree on. Consistently, I was impressed by his intellect and focus on local public policy issues. We'd probably have come to blows if we were discussing US economic policy but he's a surprising thinker and we might find ourselves agreeing.

Executive summary: Support Don because we need smart new blood overseeing the cush bureaucracy at OUSD. Dont vote for him if you think his posting are too long. (this one of mine is way way too long, and too late also.)

Beneath those rough edges and "aw shucks" demeanor, is a public policy wonk that is in touch with the needs and desires of the underclass of Oakland that constitutes most of its students and dropouts. He's also led a varied life and career that included supporting Sandinistas in the Nicaraguan civil war and working as a machinist as well as computer repair services business owner, and picking up a phi beta kappa key as an older undergrad at SF State. It's a background that helps explain why he's more in touch with training and ed needs of working and underemployed families here than Jody. of graduating from a UC and going on or back to UC grad school.

I don't think Jody is in the pockets of anyone, though law I know from firsthand experience how expensive even a local district race can be. Just by the number nicely produced mail pieces alone, it is clear she has some deep pocket supporters. And she is going to have be very sure she doesn't want to run for higher office or rerun for this one if she crosses too many of them.

So I was surprised to go to!/city/2/oak… that she had only spent 8k as of the reporting period ending in late October. Since printers and mailing houses require payment up front from politicians :), I don't see how her own committee could have produced even one of those mailing pieces unless she targeted an extremely low percentage of highly likely voting households. That number used to be about 40k in D1. Using a cost of mailing/processing and printing, it costs at least 35 cents per normal sized full color union bug mailer. This is the only time I wished I hadn't thrown the entire 3lbs of political mailers I kept from this election so I could read the disclaimer saying 'Paid for by XXXX" on Jody's pieces. Someone or some group paid at least 14k for each of those mailers unless the mailing was extraordinarily restricted (such our LL's which could only afford to send out 8k mailers twice to the entire city highly likely unique 80K households.

But most likely many of the (no recycled) mailing pieces singing Jody's praises were "slate mailer" subsidized by organizations for which a supported candidate only has to pay equivalent of a time share fee to get sent to every voter in the district.

The biggest advantage to Jody was the endorsement of the Alameda Democratic Party because she could stamp "endorsed by the Democratic Party on everything mailed out for her. Plus, she gets on the restricted City Dem Party slate mailer. All of a sudden her cost of mailing to entire D1 Dems, drops well below 1,000 (Our LL paid 950 to go out to entire city)

Does it mean jodi is in GO" pockets (if you assume as I do now, that's not a good thing) even if their pac spent 14k on a mailing for her? Probably not, but something to think about.

if you're still with me, this gets down to why I signed his original petition and took one of his signs.

OUSD has several much much worse directors than Jody. She's even one of the better ones.

But that ain't saying much compared to the quality of the candidates we've been going for Council and Mayor in recent years.

I asked a colleague on LL why Wellstone (the self-described left wing Oakland Democratic club choice Jody over Don. 'Jody spoke better.' Someone else attended the LWV session and said Don referred the financial questions to Jody.

My response to the above is that Jody's profession as an energy consultant to public orgs involves tons of public speaking practice. Don's business as computer services business owner involve discussions one on one with business owners and the boards of small nonprofits.

Re Don referring fiscal questions to Jody. When she first ran I went up to here or her to me and asked her how much money the state gave OUSD each year for attending. She was absolutely clueless. Now it rolls off her like what's the weather today. She learned and so could Don.

As for Jody's command of the fiscal situation there. Sure they now have a clean audit opinion which allows OUSD reduce borrowing costs by millions each. But what about all those years they were overpaying those millions? She (and all the other directors) never told them constitutes to yell at Jerry Brown to stop the audit power games.

Back to my interactions with Jodi last fall around the parcel tax refunds as I grew frustrated with ousd admin stonewalling. A savvy OUSD gadfly tutored me how I could exercise my right under the Brown Act to get my issue to be placed on the board agenda. Jodi's response:

From: Jody London []
Sent: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 2:33 PM
To: cpas
Subject: Re: Jody, at tonight's Nov 4th session would you be willing to put this on the agenda?

I believe we can address your concerns administratively and do not want to introduce this as a new legislative matter. If you are proposing amendments to the previously approved parcel taxes, I believe that would have to somehow go back to the voters. I will share these concerns, as I have your other concerns, with our staff and work with them to ensure we are doing what we told the voters we would do.

Jody London
Vice President and Director, District 1
Board of Education
Oakland Unified School District

On Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 2:16 PM, cpas wrote:
for future full Board consideration and discussion after Brown Act etc notification

I even publicly thanked her for helping on this. Then I waited and waited . No response from the admin or board re my questions. After about two weeks I gave up on Jody. One member from far side of town, Shanti Gonzalves took less than half a day to get OUSD to start translating their refunds into languages besides English.

Dozens of seniors and some low income home owners contacted me in response to my posts and op-eds asking what they could do. They were the one who shamed OUSD into allowing retroactive refund clams. They were the ones who threatened OUSD that if a mailing didn't go out to every property owner, they vote no on all future ones.

Vote for Don Macleay at this late date because we need a change at the top of OUSD. We need someone who will be resistant to the Kool aid they all drink and give the overpaid, overstaffed admin way too much discretion.

Len Raphael, CPA


Posted by Len Raphael on 11/08/2016 at 4:28 AM

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Posted by Janet Smith on 11/07/2016 at 9:19 PM

Re: “Town Business: Judge Orders Council President McElhaney to Hand Over Records in Ethics Case

Don't forget, if you say anything bad about McElhaney it's racist.

Posted by Robert Hope on 11/07/2016 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Raiders' Dominant Win Over Denver Last Night (Finally) Proves That Oakland Is For Real

I, too, was worried if the Raiders 2016 were\are real, since the defensive stats in the previous games paled in comparison to what the offense was accomplishing. But, with last night's game, the defense showed it is capable of delivering, so the Raiders are definitely play-off contenders. Too early to say if they're Super Bowl bound. Play-offs, yes. (I still think the Raiders are a stellar corner-back shy of being SB-ready: previous winning SB Raiders teams always had incredibly great corner-backs, or at least one).

Posted by Tony Daysog on 11/07/2016 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Top Commander Accused of Turning California National Guard Into ‘Criminal Syndicate’

The CAARNG State Surgeon's Office needs to be criminally investigaed for neglect, harrisment, and reprisal with melicious intent against Soldiers. Willfully ignoring the documentation of medical professionals, purposefully delaying Soldiers due process for medical boards and making their own set of rules to medically flag and discriminate against Soldiers. The CAARNG violates HIPPA law on a massive scale. MG Baldwin allows this mistreatment of Soldiers and the brazen violations by the SSO and subordinate commands, he must be held accountable. There are people inside the SSO who secretly have told the truth about the corruption but are too afraid to speak out and blow the whistle for fear of serious reprisal.

Posted by Douglas Shaw on 11/07/2016 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Town Business: Judge Orders Council President McElhaney to Hand Over Records in Ethics Case

The only thing standing in the way of Oakland shining is its elected officials.

Posted by P. J. Kelley on 11/07/2016 at 7:43 AM

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