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Re: “Rent Increases In Alameda Outpace Regional Hikes As City Debates Whether Policy Is Working

Here's the off-island Realty Cabal mentioned above:

Name City Amount
ACCO Management Co Mountain View 20,000
Bruce Rueppel Jr. Grants Bay, Ca 1,000
CAA Issues Committee Sacramento 50,000
CAA Issues Committee Sacramento 103,299
Calif. Rental Housing Services Sacramento 25,000
Cambridge Management Co Santa Clara 16,000
Carmel Partners IV Marina View, LLC Alameda 25,000
C.P. IV Marina View, LLC Phoenix, AZ 8,500
GRE Meadows Folsom 1,000
G.W. Williams Company San Mateo 45,000
Hillsborough Properties, Inc San Mateo 500
KW Multi-family Mgt Group, LLC Beverly Hills 50,000
Mountain View Housing Council Mountain View 40,000
Moseley Niles Los Altos Hills 10,000
Prometheus, Real Estate Group, Inc. San Mateo 50,000
Rose Properties San Jose 1,000
Syrus Properties, Inc Novato 2,000
Tod Spieker Palo Alto 50,000
Tower Alameda LP Mill Valley 25,000
Tan Group, The Palo Alto 20,000
VASONA Management, Inc Los Gatos 45,000
Woodmont Real Estate Services, L.P. Belmont 50,000
Woodmont Real Estate Services, L.P. Belmont 35,000
Various under $1,000 N/A 113,550
Grand Total $765,849

(Source: City of Alameda Campaign Finance Reports)

Posted by MontyJ on 04/12/2017 at 8:36 PM

Re: “Rent Increases In Alameda Outpace Regional Hikes As City Debates Whether Policy Is Working

The $3.7 million is a provable lie. Ask the mayor and Jim Oddie to show you the calculation to prove the number. They cannot. It is not provable because not one iota of analysis was done to back it up. The City spent over $300,000 for a consultant to perform a thorough analysis of the cost to administer the city's L1 rent ordinance, but not one red cent to analyze Measure M1. The consultant's report is on the city council web site, if you want to read it, or e-mail me and I'll send you a copy.

As them to show you the "survey" that lobbyist McConnell quoted from. It has never been made public and never will be because the distortions it contains will be revealed.

The Renters Coalition never stooped to lies and distortions, which were the stock and trade of the Realty Cabal opposing them. It's the only way the City-Realty Cabal could have won. And it was shameful.

Posted by MontyJ on 04/12/2017 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Rent Increases In Alameda Outpace Regional Hikes As City Debates Whether Policy Is Working

You know, everybody always thinks that voters who don't vote for the same candidates/measures as they do are, "Brainwashed", "Misinformed", "Uneducated" etc.. ad infinitum. Not true. People just disagree with you, is all.

Posted by Michelle Blanchard on 04/12/2017 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Rent Increases In Alameda Outpace Regional Hikes As City Debates Whether Policy Is Working

"... Alameda voters overwhelmingly chose the citys ordinance."

Almeda voters were swayed by a massive $766,000 misinformation campaign controlled by the California Apartment Association ("CAA") and funded by out-of-town realty interests.*

Prominent among the misinformation was the city's "$3.7 Million Lie," a grossly overstated estimate of the budget required to administer Measure M1 (the renters' measure.)

The $3.7 million cannot be defended. Not once ounce of analysis is behind it, yet Oddie wrote an Op-ed piece promoting it and allowed his photograph to be used in campaign signs and literature touting the $3.7 million lie.

Also prominent among the misinformation was the assertion that the renter group (the Alameda Renters Coalition) was comprised of "radicals from Berkely." Nothing could have been further from the truth.

The CAA's media campaign funded expensive newspaper ads and TV commercials touting the same lies and distortions. In the face of this media onslaught, how can voters be expected to make informed choices? They cannot.

Renters were not the only casualties of this dishonorable Realty exploitation of Alamedans; Democracy itself was slain on the steps of City Hall.


The City Council I think got it right. [Officials] struck a balance, said Greg McConnell, a consultant from Danville representing the landlords]..."

"Consultant"? Greg McConnell is a highly paid lobbyist who was allowed to speak on behalf of landlords at Council meetings without being identified as their paid lobbyist. He quoted from an expensive fake telephone survey (undoubtedly funded by Realty interests) that spoon-fed the same misinformation in the form of crafty leading questions. McConnell was undoubtedly behind this massive campaign of misinformation.

If voters knew the truth, they would have voted differently, but they were overwhelmed by lies and distortion.


*These facts and figures are taken from the city's web site for campaign finance filings

Posted by MontyJ on 04/12/2017 at 4:39 PM

Re: “AC Transit to Cancel Supplemental OUSD School Bus Routes

AC Transit is currently more interested in creating a FLEX service in other parts of its district to compete with Uber and Lyft for affluent riders with multiple transit options.....and OUSD students can go eat sand. Poverty is structural and decisons like this by the meat puppets at AC Transit illustrate it well.

Posted by Chantrea Nok on 04/12/2017 at 9:42 AM

Re: “AC Transit to Cancel Supplemental OUSD School Bus Routes

@Anthony Moore, "I believe there is still REGULAR service serving these schools" Sad to say there are no buses that serve the 2/3 schools that I know of and attended, Montera and Skyline, used the supplemental bus service exclusively to get to and from school. I could get by over a decade ago getting to Montera as there was a bus that got within 2-3 blocks of Montera, however that route was cut about a decade ago. Secondly, I would hate when the supplemental buses would skip my stop that went to Skyline, there were 6 of them 3 to each of the 2 lines that served that stop. The only option at that point was to take a bus near Merritt College and walk about a mile and a half uphill equivalent to 65 story building in height only to miss my first class entirely.

Posted by Calvin Tam on 04/11/2017 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Can Legal Weed Save the Music Industry?

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Posted by Barry Lee on 04/11/2017 at 11:13 PM

Re: “AC Transit to Cancel Supplemental OUSD School Bus Routes

Saint Mary's High in Berkeley also gets its own bus line. Private schools get traffic lights, while public schools, maybe get crossing guards, sometimes. On Lincoln Avenue in Oakland, it is only a matter of time until a speeding Head Royce parent runs down a Sequoia Elementary student. Head Royce has had 2 traffic lights and massive structural traffic mitigation put in place in the last 20 years. Sequoia gets a crossing guard when budgets allow.

Posted by Ann Nomura on 04/11/2017 at 8:56 PM

Re: “AC Transit to Cancel Supplemental OUSD School Bus Routes

Re: the previous comment on "there is still REGULAR service serving these schools"

The "school" bus from my kids school to home comes on time and takes 20 min. The "regular" bus from my kids school to home is a combination of 3 buses that takes 2 hrs 40 min total - the most optimal combination - each way.

Additionally, even if I allowed my kids to spent 5.5+ hrs on bus every day, assuming all 3 legs of the trip come on time (a huge assumption), even if kids left from home at 6 am, and used regular buses, they could NEVER come to school by the start of school time. There is just NO way to get to school from many portions of Oakland by the time school starts. Again, we're talking about NOT EVEN A SINGLE day ever could they come to school by the start of classes.

Posted by Maria Ku on 04/11/2017 at 8:13 PM

Re: “AC Transit to Cancel Supplemental OUSD School Bus Routes

One thing conveniently left out of this article is that I believe there is still REGULAR service serving these schools. SUPPLEMENTAL service merely means that an extra run or two was added just for the students... a GOOD thing. HOWEVER, students would STILL be able to take the bus the school... just as I and many other OUSD students have done for decades.

Posted by Anthony Moore on 04/11/2017 at 7:11 PM

Re: “AC Transit to Cancel Supplemental OUSD School Bus Routes

Furthermore....AC Transit *DOESN'T* serve the general public? Isn't that why it's called PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION?

Posted by elizabeth.august1 on 04/11/2017 at 5:53 PM

Re: “AC Transit to Cancel Supplemental OUSD School Bus Routes

"The dispute boils down to money." What else is new. The "dispute" in Oakland is consistently, and ever more so about money; those that have more of it, want even more and those with less, get less. Services and access to basic necessities of Oakland living - like kids taking a bus to school - are blithely overlooked in favor of money. It's despicable, but sadly it's another perfect example of Oakland discarding the needs of the needy. How about some of the "haves" stand up and help out these school kids and the OUSD? Hello Google Bus, Uber, etc...y'all could use some good PR.

Posted by elizabeth.august1 on 04/11/2017 at 5:42 PM

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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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Re: “Letters of the Week: Make General Electric Clean Up East Oakland Lot

What needs to be done about the Raiders is to design a "poison pill" of some sort that would never allow them to return.

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Posted by David Bell on 04/08/2017 at 10:18 AM
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Re: “Pardoned 'Crack King' Darryl Reed Says He Wants To Unite Oakland Neighborhoods

Why not 26 year's ? Time served or he could a year in the Fed's and got a show with snoop dogg ? Can't blame the youth of we don't see the truth

Posted by Vai Smile on 04/07/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Oakland's Culture Clash

Oooooohhhh very well put Carol, I'm from Oakland and there is a lot of truth to everything you have written.
RESPECT AND LOVE is a key attribute for balance.

Posted by Ahmad Muwwakkil on 04/05/2017 at 9:17 PM

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