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Re: “Town Business: Oakland's Proposed $2.6 Billion Budget

Robert, let me clear. What I advocate is the importance of programs like Head Start, pre and after school care and early child development. Those are not funds loosely distributed to dysfunctional families, but programs targeted directly to the kids. Just because you are born into a dysfunctional and disadvantaged family and neighborhood does not mean that your life has to end up that way. These are the kids who need public investment of time and money because they need the help the most. I believe that this approach over time would have greater societal benefit than writing these kids off at birth, hiring more cops and building more jails. That's where America is now and it ain't working!

Posted by Gary Patton on 05/03/2017 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Sex Clubs for Shy Submissives

My boyfriend and I are looking for a STD clean female to join us sexually. This is our first time. Please let me know if they're anyone interested.

Posted by Cjay on 05/03/2017 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Thousands Flood Oakland Streets to Support Immigrant Rights on May Day

Thanks for your comments from San Antonio, Todd.

Posted by John Seal on 05/03/2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland's Proposed $2.6 Billion Budget

Looking over the actual budget document, not Mr BondGrahm's carefully slanted excerpt, I see that fire prevention is more than doubled. What he characterized as "more planners for faster development" is in fact code enforcement. Interesting how much his reporting looks and sounds more and more like FOX News

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/03/2017 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Town Business: Strengthening Code Enforcement

Even more of the story our intrepid carpet bagger missed... Exactly what the issue and barriers to good enforcement and what is needed to actually make it work, including estimated costs and where to place responsibility. Most telling is how far back the problem goes.…

I personally just LOVE how poorly EBX has covered the issue. It puts me in mind of this infamous headline:

Remember the Maine!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/03/2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland's Proposed $2.6 Billion Budget

What is in the 24.44% "non-departmental" slice? That's 635 million dollars.

Is it mostly the "growing CalPERS pension costs, retiree medical bills, the old Police and Fire Retirement System" that the mayor points to?

Posted by Jack Woodruff on 05/03/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

Isn't Zimmerman and company a major campaign backer of our local politicians?

Is this more Libbyest real estate cronyism?

I know Libby prefers fashion statements, to political statements, but does she have anything to say here? Since the Ghost Ship fire and Raider's retreat, our mayor's gone into hiding. What happened to transparency and secret sauce? Mayor up Libby!

Great reporting. Thanks!

Posted by Ann Nomura on 05/03/2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Mexico's Top Investigative Journalist Talks Trump, U.S.-Mexico Relations, and the Dangers of Reporting at UC Berkeley

"Hobart, is the Constitution written in English or Spanish? And why should citizens of a great country care about some shithole everyone is trying to leave?"

Mexico's constitution is written in Spanish. Mexico is a great country. No country can be described as a "shithole" except by such as you:

"George Lincoln Rockwell (March 9, 1918 August 25, 1967) was the founder of the American Nazi Party."

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/03/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

Great.....more bureaucracy with ANOTHER advisory board. Nothing like government creating more government.

Now we'll need to fund their salaries which they will produce no results and will be on the dole for that pension tsunami.

Rebecca, which family member or friend is going to get selected?

Posted by Robert Hope on 05/03/2017 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland's Proposed $2.6 Billion Budget

Gary, money for broken families in these types of programs is money down the drain. You have to get to the root of the broken families. Throwing money for these programs who lack a stable family are still going to end up in the same place.

Posted by Robert Hope on 05/03/2017 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

Zimmerman supports Israel and illegal settlements. I was not aware that was illegal in the US. Can anyone help me out with the law? If not, then it's his business and right to spend his money as he wishes. I would like every settlement to disappear, but he has every right to support them. There are more than one Islamic organizations in the US with ties to terror groups.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 05/03/2017 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland's Proposed $2.6 Billion Budget

@Bruce Ferrell - The City doesn't build or operate housing itself (the Oakland Housing Authority, a separate agency, does own and operate public housing). But for decades it has provided funding to developers of affordable housing (mostly but not exclusively locally based nonprofit groups). There are long term deed restrictions to ensure that the housing remains affordable and occupied by eligible lower income households.

The City can require developers of new owner-occupied housing (i.e., new condos) to provide affordable units, but State law precludes such requirements for new rental housing unless the City is providing some kind of financial contribution, fee waiver, etc. The City recently enacted an impact fee where developers of market rate housing pay into an affordable housing fund, but it hasn't yet generated much revenue, though it is anticipated to do so in the future as new projects apply for building permits. The City *could* condition rezoning, increased height, reduced parking, etc. on provision of affordable units, but so far it has rarely done so.

Posted by Jeffrey Levin on 05/03/2017 at 12:12 AM
Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 05/02/2017 at 10:37 PM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

I guess the City of Oakland learned nothing from the E 12th street housing development debacle several years ago. Here we go again with exclusive deals and ignoring state laws that outline a specific process for disposing of public land. The E 12th street project turned out okay, but only after a major expenditure of time, energy and money by the developer, the city and the neighborhood. Why can't the City just do it right the first time? There are mixed opinions about Israels intrusion into the west bank. Given Oakland's proclivity to take positions on national and international policy issues, it is ok for the city council to have that discussion. However, there should be no mixed opinions about the need to follow the correct and legal process. If you don't, it will never turn out right.

Posted by Gary Patton on 05/02/2017 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland's Proposed $2.6 Billion Budget

This distorted view of reality when it comes to kids has to stop at some point.Closing head start and child development programs and hiring more cops is a recipe for disaster. Obviously, the orange man in Washington doesn't get that. I guess we are also drinking the koolaid at the local level. If you invest in kids, especially disadvantaged kids from broken families and give them a chance at success in life, your chances are better that you don't need the cops down the road. This approach is cheaper in the short and long term, yet because of politics, we screw the kids, hire more cops and build jails. When will the madness stop?

Posted by Gary Patton on 05/02/2017 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Thousands Flood Oakland Streets to Support Immigrant Rights on May Day

They're ILEGAL ALIENS, NOT IMMIGRANTS! How is it so many people are misguided sheeple! WAKE UP PEOPLE, you're running this Country into the ground!

Posted by Todd MacCubbin on 05/02/2017 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland's Proposed $2.6 Billion Budget

The author know very well how much it costs to build affordable housing, but will never report on it because then people will say "Duh, no wonder it's not in the budget". The author likes to keep beating this horse while leaving his readers in the dark.

A recent affordable housing project in East Oakland costs $30million for just 60 units (…). It costs $500k to build a single unit. Who is going to pay for that when people can't afford housing themselves? The entire police academy cost would equal 3 housing units.

The best way to pay for affordable housing is to have developers pay for the affordable housing, and spread the cost over market rate housing. Of course the author doesn't support market rate housing either.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 05/01/2017 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

Yes, I (and others) are pushing to get the advisory board set up immediately. If you are interested in serving on the soda tax advisory board please send your information to my Chief of Staff at SThao (at) Oaklandnet (dot) com.

-Rebecca Kaplan

P.S. Some asked about Oakland's process to appoint Boards. Here is that law:

Section 601. Boards and Commissions.

Members of boards and commissions shall be appointed by the Mayor subject to confirmation by the affirmative vote of five members of the Council and may be removed for cause, after hearing, by the affirmative vote of at least six members of the Council. Vacancies shall be filled for any unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointments were made; provided, however, that if the Mayor does not submit for confirmation a candidate to fill the vacancy within 90 days of the date the vacancy first occurred, the Council may fill the vacancy. If the Mayor does submit for confirmation a candidate to fill a vacancy within the 90-day time frame and the Council does not confirm the candidate, the 90-day period shall commence anew.

Posted by Rebecca Kaplan on 05/01/2017 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Chasing Trane to Find a Love Supreme

Really? Bill Clinton?

Posted by Jono Schneider on 05/01/2017 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland's Proposed $2.6 Billion Budget

Can someone explain how the city provides (in ANY way) affordable housing?

Are there currently housing developments operated and funded/subsidized by the city?

The city has the ability, through policy, to require developers to build and then operate such once built.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/01/2017 at 4:10 PM

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