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

No!!! I can't afford to pay more taxes in the middle of switching jobs. Are they trying to tax us out of our homes and add to the growing number of people on the street that can neither rent nor own? Use what millions of homeowners have given you already and stop letting people who do not own property vote on what property owners should spend. The logic is backwards. I hardly use my vehicle compared to the number of renters. Probably there are other property owners that do very little impact on the road. It should not be up to renters. Just because taxes go up does not mean property owner's income goes up in order to pay those taxes. Vote No!!! What Paul Merr said and pretty much everyone else on this thread.

Posted by Maggie Fukuda on 11/05/2016 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Kaiser Still Violating Mental Health Laws, Clinicians Say

I have been trying to get help for my son for 4 years we have had 3 suicide threats and attempts in less than 6mo. They have been no help getting my so help through them has been impossible..

Posted by Terri Tankersley-Larson on 11/05/2016 at 8:57 AM

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

Would love to have someone contact me in regards to more issues dealing with the CA Army National Guard. My email is razsniper@yahoo.com. I am a whistle blower and issues with the medical department

Posted by Ryan Zarick on 11/04/2016 at 7:39 PM

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

Jody the charter school Appeaser London is the progressive choice of the East Bay Times? Time for a change in the East Bay Oakland School Board District 1 when Wednesday night Jody London is arguing that buried in Measure J pasted by the voters to specifically rehabilitate the following specific sites Washington Elementary (name changed to Sankofa), Roosevelt, McClymonds, Glenview (being rebuilt with student temporary relocated to Santa Fe Elementary), Skyline, Webster CDC replacement, Whittier, Sobrante Park, Madison and Madison "sports complex", the Broad has the right to take funding from these schools, many over 70 years old to fund the renovation of 2nd Avenue buildings Administrative Building and Dewey High School.

Members of the Measure J oversight appeared and said that the Measure J money could not be used for funding 2nd Avenue projects.

I had another Board member beside Jody the charter Appeaser provide the following language that gives the Board the power to change the site specific buildings that Measure J money can be spent on:

o redeveloping administrative sites and inactive school sites,

o reconfiguring inactive school sites for alternative uses such as teacher housing, alternative academics, and training,

o reconfiguration of sites or parts of sites to house administrative functions, and

o optimizing active school sites to host community partners.

This language is not in the extended text or the summary statement of the purpose of Measure J.

I am still looking to find reference Jody made to Measure J language that allows the Board to switch site-specific priority list for Measure J that Jody the charter Appeaser mentioned at Wednesday night's Special Board meeting regarding plans for Second Avenue facilities.

Jody the charter Appeaser shouldn't be trying to divert money that the public authorized to be spent on listed projects to funding 2nd Avenue project.

Second Avenue is an important project to address but not at the expense of promises made to the voters and property owners that pay the bill.

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 11/04/2016 at 2:47 PM

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

Whistle blower part.. yessss.. A contractor one of many abused by personal friends of General Baldwin's, was set up and let go while friends found to have mishandled funds but are still promoted and new positions found for them or they retain jobs they never even had to apply for hmmmm Toss that in this bucket right now

Posted by Sue Miguel on 11/04/2016 at 1:52 PM

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

I'm personally dissapointed that you endorsed Jody. I was certainly not interviewed and I have no idea why you endorsed this GO candidate, but not the others.

Some reason would be nice.
I found nothing in the write up.

Posted by Don Macleay on 11/04/2016 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Tenant Activists in Alameda Test Progressive Rent-Control Waters with Measure M1

Tony I'm still waiting?

Posted by Mike Yarmouth on 11/04/2016 at 9:46 AM

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

I'm voting for Zakhary Mallet precisely because he was not afraid to expose the political motives that dictated the route of BART's proposed San Jose extension. Bad transportation. I also want a BART director who will rein in the overblown salaries and benefits of BART employees, who get free or almost free family health coverage no matter ther family size. When BART personnel were finally required to pay into their pensions, they got a wage increase of exactly that amount, defeating the purpose. This wage stuff needs to be addressed, and Lateefah Simon is establishment politics as usual, based on her endorsements.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 11/03/2016 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Tenant Activists in Alameda Test Progressive Rent-Control Waters with Measure M1

Tony, I've spoken with you before and I'm surprised what a fraud you are coming off as...this the issue you're planting you pole on? Sad.

I live just off Buena Vista and Webster...please answer me a quick little litmus test question...what is the single biggest issue facing people living on the west end? There is one clear answer.

Posted by Mike Yarmouth on 11/03/2016 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Tenant Activists in Alameda Test Progressive Rent-Control Waters with Measure M1

When the 470 Central evictions happened days after council issued a moratorium on no-fault evictions (the eviction notices using the loophole-ridden language that the city put into the moratorium), council was outraged and rushed to close the loopholes they had opened. Months later, they drafted their rent ordinance that now will allow mass evictions just as long as it's only 25% per year. There are no rent caps. It puts the burden on already burdened tenants to appeal to a mayor-appointed mediation body and air all of their financial hardships into the public record. That is what Tony Daysog is championing here. He happens to also be up for reelection next week.

Posted by Jason Buckley on 11/03/2016 at 10:42 AM

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

Jody London at last night's meeting regarding Board's plans for new administration building and upgrading Dewey High School facility--both located at 1025 Second Avenue-- referenced language in Measure J giving the District the right to spend Measure J money for rehabilitating the water damaged District Administrative building.

I am not sure, but I think she was referring to the part of the language below that gives the Board the right to make changes in the Measure J listing of projects the public voted on.

Board Member London's assertion that the Board could make change in the listing ignores that the changes have a context having to do with possible adjustments that have be made because the funding is insufficient to fund all of the projects listed.

Its a robbing Peter to pay Paul situation not diverting large portions of Measure J to pay for reconstructing damaged 2nd Avenue Administration building and upgrading Dewey. and negatively impacting the projects the public was promised would be funded.

Finally, the Board's changes would have to be supported by the Measure J civilian oversight committee and the Measure J Civilian Oversight Committee opposes the use of Measure J funding for 2nd Avenue upgrade.

Measure J extended text:
"Completion of some projects may be subject to further government approvals by State officials and boards, to local environmental review, and to input from the public. For these reasons, inclusion of a project on the Bond Project List is not a guarantee that the project will be funded or completed. The Board of Education may make changes to the Bond Project List in the future consistent with the projects specified in the proposition."

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 11/03/2016 at 8:04 AM

Re: “How to Solve Berkeley's Housing Crisis? Two Leading Mayoral Candidates Don't See Eye-to-Eye

You say, "The progressive Jesse Arreguin..." Why does voting against housing count as being progressive? He is certainly more pie in the sky and Capitelli is more pragmatic. I just wish that Berkeley's sacred word "progressive" actually meant something. In this case, it's hot air.

Posted by Peggy Scott on 11/03/2016 at 1:18 AM

Re: “How to Solve Berkeley's Housing Crisis? Two Leading Mayoral Candidates Don't See Eye-to-Eye

Yet both co-authored a tax measure that would give developers a break from a 166% tax increase for 12 years. Go figure. Neither candidate has it wrapped up when it comes to dealing with our housing crisis.

Posted by BerkWatch on 11/02/2016 at 9:37 PM

Re: “How to Solve Berkeley's Housing Crisis? Two Leading Mayoral Candidates Don't See Eye-to-Eye

Mr. Arreguin's talk is cheap: his advocacy for higher percentage of affordable units, his push for higher impact fees, his assertions to be progressive all "sound" good, but lack the test of real-world practical experience, nor are they supported by his record. Those who have real world business experience, such as Mr. Capitelli, understand how far to push on these goals so as to make the projects work both for our city and for those who risk their capital, their reputations and their future. Mr. Arreguin's record on over 1,500 housing units approved by the Council speaks for itself: he either voted against them or abstained.
Now, Mr. Arreguin has resorted to nasty campaigning, trying to tarnish the sterling reputation of a true community leader, Mr. Capitelli. It is shameful!

Posted by Deellan Kashani on 11/02/2016 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Tenant Activists in Alameda Test Progressive Rent-Control Waters with Measure M1

Ms Nader writes, "Tony Daysog would like to see the entire island gentrified. He stood by while 700 families were unjustly evicted from Harbor Island. " To see four hundred families evicted en masse on short notice in 2004 was, indeed, terribly tragic, the repercussions of which to this day affects the West End of town in the form of closed schools, some of which only recently re-opened as charter schools that attract youth from throughout the island. That mass eviction was indeed tragic . . . and contrary to what Ms. Nader says, I and the then-Council took the matter to court, all the way to Judge Alsop's court, where he ruled that the out of town property owner could displace 400 families en masse. As for gentrification, no, I don't want to see the entire island or parts of the island gentrified, and I see in Measure L1 a tool that council and the City finally has in slowing down the indicator of gentrification, ie excessive rent increases. While I believe the relocation benefit\penalty (a fee that the landlord must pay to tenants in instances of 'no cause' evictions) we, the Council, adopted in March 2016 is too high, there is, nonetheless, such a tool to stifle 'no cause' evictions, along with other tactics in the March ordinance (ie Measure L1). So I encourage residents to give L1 the chance to keep working, as it has in the form of the ordinance adopted in March. Thanks.

Posted by Tony Daysog on 11/02/2016 at 7:56 PM

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

I am astonished by your endorsement of Jody London for Oakland School board in district 1. According to your own reporting, big money interests such as GO Public Schools are trying to influence our elections- http://m.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/how-a-handful-of-pro-charter-billionaires-flooded-oaklands-school-board-elections-with-big-time-cash/Content?oid=5016336 Just because they aren't making large contributions to Jody London now doesn't mean that they haven't in the past. London is still endorsed by GO. Her opponent, Don Macleay, is endorsed by the Oakland Justice Coalition, AFL-CIO, the Oakland Education Association, Rebecca Kaplan, and OUSD Parents United. He is also endorsed by the Green Party. Don believes in transparency, strong management, and accountability. Knowing what you know about GO Public Schools and their goals, I find your support of his opponent unfathomable. As an Oakland teacher who has attended a lot of school board meetings and who keeps up on the issues, I support Don Macleay.

Posted by Bethany Meyer on 11/02/2016 at 7:12 PM

Re: “The Truth About Medical Marijuana Card Privacy

So this means no extensive like the most extensive back round check can revel a person has a medical mj card cause this is part of ur privacy like the rest of ur medical record??

Posted by roxxxx on 11/02/2016 at 7:05 PM

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

I cannot say it better than Farshid Moussaka so I am reporting that person's comment:"I am disappointed by your endorsements for OUSD board member Jody London - OUSD has been terribly non-transparent and bypassing process in its allocation of millions of dollars of borrowed taxpayer money, and Jody has not been responsive nor has she made accountability of OUSD a priority in her campaign. Oakland deserves better, I urge you to reconsider and endorse Don Maccleay- he has made accountability a central issue in this campaign. Furthermore you are opposed to GO control of our school district, yet Jody is supported by GO, and Don is vehemently opposed to it. Thank you."

Janet Arnold

Posted by Jan Arnold on 11/02/2016 at 6:56 PM

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

I am disappointed by your endorsements for OUSD board member Jody London - OUSD has been terribly non-transparent and bypassing process in its allocation of millions of dollars of borrowed taxpayer money, and Jody has not been responsive nor has she made accountability of OUSD a priority in her campaign. Oakland deserves better, I urge you to reconsider and endorse Don Maccleay- he has made accountability a central issue in this campaign. Furthermore you are opposed to GO control of our school district, yet Jody is supported by GO, and Don is vehemently opposed to it. Thank you.

Posted by Farshid Moussavi on 11/02/2016 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Tenant Activists in Alameda Test Progressive Rent-Control Waters with Measure M1

Evictions are very serious and carry negative consequences for everyone involved. Renters lose their homes, communities are disrupted - the effects are obvious and terrifying. For property owners, evictions are time-consuming and very expensive. Vacancies generate no income while overhead stays the same or increases. Evicting your renters is like shooting yourself in the foot.
Normally, we don't need laws against shooting ourselves. Unfortunately maintaining rent below market value in the face of pending rent control legislation is more like shooting yourself in the head. Especially for new owners with a high mortgage and unknowable rising costs, like new Rent Board fees.
Simon-Weisberg is right, there have been waves of evictions in Richmond as well for similar reasons.
When the balance sheets don't balance and you have to sell at a loss because rent control depresses income (on which property values are based, in part); a foot starts looking pretty expendable - evictions are the only option - If the landlord goes out of business, are renters better off? This is the problem with trying to make public housing out of private investments.
The biggest losers in rent control are undoubtedly renters evicted by large property owners. The next biggest losers are small property owners who are just scraping by and can't spare a foot or even a toe.
I wish Richmond (my city) had an "L1" to vote for.
Measures M1 and L in Alameda and Richmond, respectively are toxic to all.

Posted by Ilona Nesmith Clark on 11/02/2016 at 5:20 PM

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