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Re: “Vote by Oakland Council President McElhaney Preceded Husband's Substantial Contract for UrbanCore Project. Was it a Conflict?

Why should we expect anything better from a Councilmember who continually thumbs her nose at the public process ? She personally used her own staff and City Planning management staff to inject her wishes on a private development project next to her home. Moreover, the City's illegal backroom deal with Urbancore on this E12th St parcel should have been a warning sign of what was to come. Nobody believes that the principal of Urbancore (Michael Johnson) accidently selected a firm that employed McElhaneys husband to survey the site. Also, I am sure that it was a coincidence that he personally performed the work. There is an old saying that some people don't believe fat meat is greasy. I am not one of those people. McElhaney is a shady operator who does not care about conflict of interest and disclosure requirements for public officials. As I recall, she has already been fined at least once by the FPPC for her shenanigans. I expect that there will be more disturbing stories unveiled as this Urbancore project moves forward. The project has wreaked with questionable ethical issues from the developer and the City from the beginning. My question is for City Attorney Barbara Parker. What will it take for the members of the City Council to comply with the law?

Posted by Gary Patton on 07/15/2016 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Eddie Huang Doesn't Care About the New Shit in Your City

I agree with Eddie...Bun Mam Soc Trang has the best Vietnamese soups I've had in either Oakland, SF or NYC. Well, at least since V's on Webster closed down about 10 years' ago.

Different of course from omnipresent Pha...and thus possibly to Vietnamese homey for some americans. But oooohhhh so good.

We'll get Bun Mam Soc Trang a place to open again soon enough!

Posted by Hugh Morrison on 07/15/2016 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Landlord Being Sued for Allegedly Pushing Out SRO Tenants

So just to confirm Lily. One of the 5% owners has a Chinese wife, and therefor has decided he can "take out all of your belongings without notice" Is that right? *All* of your things were thrown away without notice? Are you familiar with Libel laws? There are always 2 sides to a story, but maybe only say true things if possible.

Posted by James Kilpatrick on 07/15/2016 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Jet Martinez Brings a Floral Green Flash to Downtown Oakland

This effect of Mr. Martinez's gorgeous mural on downtown Oakland, given its sight lines, becomes a real part of the city scape. The artist RIGO was painting large scale murals in San Francisco in the 1990's that functioned in a similair way, but to completely different effect. While RIGO's work often seemed to protest, Jet celebrates. Thanks for keeping it positive in this moment.

Posted by Kyle Knobel on 07/15/2016 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Mid-Week Menu: Stag’s Is Closing, FuseBOX Will Expand, and Human Interaction-Free Quinoa Comes to Berkeley

Stag's was tasty but a sure fire rip off, man. $25 for a roast beef sandwich and a soda? You should go out of business with that shit.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 07/15/2016 at 1:28 AM

Re: “Barclay's Pub Forced to Leave Rockridge after 25 Years

Wow Bijan, you're a real prognosticator! You "predicted" the business would fail "back in the 90's" and only had to wait 20+ years for your prediction to "come true." Except the business isn't failing at all. It's being forced out by the landlord and plans to reopen. Also, if you wait long enough pretty much any business will close. Hey, I predict that you will die someday! I'm never wrong.

Posted by DawnTB on 07/14/2016 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Felony Marijuana Arrests Drop In California

Do you have any figures of deaths attributed to meth or speed? Thanks for the information.
Isaac Jackdon,
San Francisco, CA

Posted by Isaac Jackson on 07/14/2016 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Town Business: Taxing Short-Term Rentals, Uber, and Revenue Wreckage

In other Uber news...

(Rideshare Driving - Exposed)

Posted by Stew Pidassil on 07/13/2016 at 3:05 AM

Re: “Federal Police Officer Offered to Pimp East Bay Teenager at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Abuse Scandal

Hugh Morrison...that's easy. He knows the union will protect him and he'll be ok. They'll say it was a joke between two adults and he'll go back to work in a few months. No big deal.

Posted by Mike Yarmouth on 07/12/2016 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Town Business: Taxing Short-Term Rentals, Uber, and Revenue Wreckage

Apparently Oakland has a huge issue with not being able to negotiate & administer contracts. The lack of competency in basic city government functions does not surprise me but it ought to.

Posted by Jeff Diver on 07/12/2016 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Town Business: Taxing Short-Term Rentals, Uber, and Revenue Wreckage

"A Uber/Lyft driver who operates in SF but drops off someone in Oakland."

In the capitalist world businesses are mostly taxed based on their business locations. This is a way of assessing taxes based on the administrative, economic and other costs of the business to its relevant locale.

An Uber/Lyft driver will owe taxes based on where he or she lives, works or otherwise creates costs to the public.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/12/2016 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Town Business: Taxing Short-Term Rentals, Uber, and Revenue Wreckage

A Uber/Lyft driver who operates in SF but drops off someone in Oakland is expected to pay the city the tax? Good luck with that!!

Whenever "Fair Share" gets tossed around you know you're going to get screwed.

Posted by Robert Hope on 07/12/2016 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Town Business: Taxing Short-Term Rentals, Uber, and Revenue Wreckage

Oh oh!

Sounds like another reality check for Princess Mayor.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 07/12/2016 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Oakland SRO Tenants Sue Tech Housing Investors for Harassment

I lived in Hotel Travelers for about a year prior to it being owned by Danny Haber. I can state that the current complaint regarding, "trash to pile up in the hallways, removed the building's wifi, and allowed the elevator to go unfixed", these problems existed in 2014/2015 and are partly the reasons I moved out.

As for the front desk attendee, they made me feel like I lived in a minimum security prison. They were confrontational/unpleasant. It also sucked not having a key to your own front door and having a bad tempered employee annoyed that you woke him up to get into your own building. If the tenants now have a key to the front door it might be a good thing.

I empathize for my former neighbors. That building was difficult to live in prior to the renovation and I can't imagine the situation is better. But it needs to happen.

Lou Prado

Posted by Lou Prado on 07/12/2016 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Cops That Worked at Richmond Schools Now Under Investigation for Alleged Sexual Misconduct with Former Student

The concept of placing responsibility for the conduct of adult POLICE OFFICERS on a teenager is beyond disgusting--it must come from all the adult males in government, "law enforcement, " and all those positions of power that attract sociopaths and child molesters--I can't contain my wish to castrate all those pretenders to morality on behalf of all who are subjected to their posing and filth.

Posted by Cynthia Morse on 07/12/2016 at 4:19 AM

Re: “California Set for Historic Vote on Cannabis Legalization

"Federal Supremacy" folks occurs when state laws directly conflict with federal law like the CSA! NO state law can legalize "selling" and "profiting" from a controlled substance and the transactions involved! What's been happening here in California is a travesty of justice and a conspiracy of money hungry law makers and greedy for-profit corporations misleading and misguiding us ALL in order to "profit" from our personal choice of medicine! You see since current state law doesn't specifically say we can "sell" and "profit" from marijuana they want to rewrite it so it says we can and that will make what they've been doing for years unlawfully lawful in the future! NO one is currently following state law as is was meant to be followed because the state didn't and doesn't explain the facts and the truth properly to individuals and organizations! Why you may ask, well they can't tax lawful business activities where NO transfer of ownership or "sale" occurs but they can tax unlawful business activities! They made the "Compassionate Use Act" the "Cash in on our Use Act" turning compassion into compensation just so they can "sin tax" what should be tax free medicine like prescribed medicine and produce! Marijuana is our #1 cash crop and they want a piece of the pie and because marijuana is a controlled substance and recommended not prescribed they think we're just stupid stoners that will let them TAX the hell out of our personal choice of mother natures finest cure! Wake up people and smell the cannabis before these lawmakers and for-profit corporations pull the wool over our eyes even further! The laws we have now coexist and coincide with federal laws and if followed properly protect us from outrageous taxation and the potential of federal prosecution so why let them turn it all upside down so we can continue to be fleeced out of our money for what God put on this planet to heal us and make us happy! This is ALL about money folks so read up, educate yourselves and vote NO to the corporate capitalist trying to continue to mislead and misguide us simply so the can make money from a plant that can and will save America and the world!

Dave Armstrong
Managing Member of MediMarts a Califirnia Collective

Posted by Dave Armstrong on 07/11/2016 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Federal Police Officer Offered to Pimp East Bay Teenager at Center of Oakland Police Sex-Abuse Scandal

Unreal. How could he even contemplate something this stupid?

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 07/10/2016 at 9:49 PM

Re: “#PhilandoCastile #AltonSterling #BlackLivesMatter — Share Your Words and Thoughts With the Express

Police need to be trained under fully adrenalized practice scenarios to minimize perceived threats to their own safety by methods other than murder, especially because adrenaline spikes are a huge contributor to nearly every circumstance of violence onto or by police. Police also need to see themselves as spokes in the wheel of society rather than a massive wrench that needs to bend the wheel to their own will.People of all backgrounds need to work together harder, teaching adults and people in power how to approach one another more thoughtfully. Some people say we shouldn't be prejudiced because we are all the same. That's a sweet idea, but really stupid. Because we ALL have prejudices that won't just disappear even though we want them to, we must instead constantly force ourselves to acknowledge and work with those prejudices instead of trying to ignore them.

Posted by batya_lee on 07/10/2016 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Jet Martinez Brings a Floral Green Flash to Downtown Oakland

As a father to a young child, and a person invested in the success off the collective, the value and importance of this kind of artistic care in our urban environment must be recognized, fostered, and acknowledged. Truly, a beautiful creation.

Posted by Jason Ricca on 07/10/2016 at 12:21 PM

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