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Re: “Architect Eugene Tssui Might Be the Most Interesting Man in the East Bay

--"When Tssui first drew up his plans for the Ultima Tower in 1991, he estimated that the project would cost $150 billion and would take 25 years to complete. What public official would want to make that pitch to the people? "

That's no problem, he should talk to Gov. Jerry Brown.
He already sold a similar project to the people... its called California High Speed Rail. Jerry's "high-speed" rail could run from termite-mound to termite-mound. Just 40 of them could house the entire population of California...(a 21st Century version of the California Missions)

Posted by Dan de'Data on 02/01/2017 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Time To #DeleteUber In Oakland

I canceled my Uber account on Sunday and opened a Lyft account. But I did so reluctantly because my fellow-Oaklanders are as important to me as immigrants and refugees. So I found this article all too typical of EBX's simplistic black and white view of the world.

I canceled my account to make a point about the actions of Uber's CEO, despite knowing that the company will provide jobs and public tax revenues for my city. I canceled my account despite suspecting that many people who work for Uber feel exactly the way I do about immigrants and President Gaslight Anus Mouth.

My hope is to influence the future behavior of Travis Kalinick. I hope that he will give me a reason to return my business to Uber someday. I would advise Oaklanders to tell Uber exactly how you feel. Vote with your wallet. And watch for changes. But understand that there's gray in the world before wish Uber will go elsewhere. Don't cut off our noses to spite your face.

Posted by Ken Olofia on 02/01/2017 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Time To #DeleteUber In Oakland

Trump is happy to support his Uber friends. They are just as against worker's protection, rider protection and fairness as the Trumputin. We just have to get over thinking that it's always okay to get the best deal and at the same time think we can stick with good values. The Taxi drivers aren't playing us, those that want us to turn a blind eye to exploitation and the destruction of any consumer protections always try to pit us against each other.

Posted by Steve MIchael Birnbaum on 02/01/2017 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Time To #DeleteUber In Oakland

Jay Youngdahl, what a knucklehead...
Oh great, chase Uber out of Oakland. A company that is finally bringing downtown back to life after decades of being a wasted desert in the middle of a booming Bay Area.
With more insane suggestions we can assure everyone Oakland will sleep through the next 20 years, devoid of improvement, jobs, and tax revenue.
Uber moving to Oakland is a far greater event than even saving the Raiders, A's, and Warriors would be.
Oakland is finally peeking its head out from doom and dispair and here we have Jay Youngdahl trying to drag the city down again.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 02/01/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Time To #DeleteUber In Oakland

Lyft management also has deep ties to the new administration. Be careful on deleting Uber because Lyft management is questionable as well in the extreme - it seems that this was covered up preemptively by the ACLU donation - you don't have to dig very deep on Google to find this:… I for one will continue to use both services when needed until the news is more horrible than what I'm reading here. Who is to say that commercial Taxicab companies do not support (he who shall remain nameless). Uber and Lyft are great services for our many young people (and older people as well) "out on the town" needing a safe ride home from any location LATE and AFTER DARK after a fun evening. #notmypresident

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 02/01/2017 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Time To #DeleteUber In Oakland

You're being played by the taxi lobby. Opposing the creation of 3000 new jobs in Oakland is a privileged thing to do.

Posted by Will Roscoe on 02/01/2017 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Time To #DeleteUber In Oakland

meanwhile, Lyft donated $1 million to ACLU-I've always been a lyft user and will continue to do so-bring them to Oakland!

Posted by marty bauer on 02/01/2017 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Loopholes in ADA Law Make "No Pets" Clauses Nearly Impossible to Enforce

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Re: “Time To #DeleteUber In Oakland

Kudos to EBX for exposing Uber for what they really are. When Uber first came on the scene, everyone jumped on their bandwagon, touting them as an example of the "new economy". I have never seen such outright media spin of the facts. The facts are that Uber from it's inception, has continually shown that their business model is based on greed, lies and a refusal to follow rules others in their industry are forced to follow. Despite the rogue business activities, Uber was embraced by many, including Mayor Libby Schaaf, desperate to have positive headlines of any kind during her struggling early term as Mayor. The facts on the ground say that Uber was getting rich on the backs of hard working cab drivers and their own employees. Yes Uber, I said employees. Despite Uber insisting that they are a car service, they own no cars and are not legally liable for insuring their drivers or customers. Uber is not and never was a sustainable business model. They are now paying millions of dollars in fines and settlements all over the country and have been banned in several cities around the world. No wonder they support Trump, who believes that all regulations are bad for business. Oakland should stand for livable wages, public safety and competitive business practices for all those in the same industry. Once again Mayor Schaaf your ready, shoot, aim style of decision making is exposed.

Posted by Gary Patton on 02/01/2017 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Can Legal Weed Save the Music Industry?

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Posted by Micheal Akawu on 02/01/2017 at 1:32 AM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

Olis Simmons sucks millions of dollars from the City of Oakland for her Youth Uprising agency - where she brought in the filthy misogynist rapper Too Short as a "career counselor," hired a "dance instructor" who was caught molesting a subteen girl, and farmed out teens for E-40's rap video in praise of reckless driving. Oh, by the way, she is an incompetent, overpaid manager. No wonder Jean Quan launched her 2010 mayoral campaign from Simmons's Youth Uprising facilities. ... The Express gave Simmons a pass for years, even defending the same anti-social rappers that she foisted on the children. Now that Simmons' opportunism led her to tie up with a vulture capitalist of education, we finally get light on a bit of her plunder.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/30/2017 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Gray Area, Leading Ghost Ship Fire-Relief Fundraiser, Hasn't Distributed a Dime

Josette Melchor -
For years She has given all of Her energy, passion, and creativity to assist artists and/or create safe spaces for them to realize their visions. She always has rented spaces that were dilapidated and forgotten and brings them back to a beaming glory. San Francisco is blessed to have Her, and the many that She befriends, employs, and respects! She will do what She says She will do. She is not only looking to the past of the ones lost, but to the future so this tragedy never happens again. You have handled this fund with business savvy, grace and class all the while going through loss yourself. The critics should be silent and gracious. There is documented contact with the person that was interviewed in this article- so again a little fact checking needs to be the norm not the exception!

Posted by Tamara Melchor on 01/28/2017 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

So the OUSB President is on two boards of the non profit charters...or are/were they for profit schools?

I am going to guess he was getting paid for these board positions, highly irregular and perhaps illegal.

Yes nepotism is and has been rampant in Oakland, in both the schools and City jobs.

This looks an ugly corrupt and expensive failure

Posted by John Maguire on 01/27/2017 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

Such an interesting story and very interesting comments, indeed. So many things are wrong with the facts as they were laid out in this education-focused report. Smells like corruption, theft of public funds, mis-use of grant money, contract violations... a lot. I, too, hope for more reporting of these issues, as the more you report, the more people will know, and the more people know, there more they will able to impact and change. I am very disappointed in what I have read here. There is a lot of stealing and mis-appropriation of money and trust. How this city's schools can continue perplexes me. But, unfortunately, the comments by Janan Apaydin is the best. "Want to improve educational outcomes? Give families free preschool, decent housing, jobs, healthcare, etc. After all, socioeconomic status is the best predictor of educational outcomes. Not that poor students can't learn - they just need the same basics as anyone else to allow learning to happen. So, with our limited resources as a community, what is the best, most effective use of our resources to equitably educate all our precious children?" She is right. If this were to happen, half of the thieves and con artists listed in the article would have to hustle someone else.

Posted by Robert Thompson on 01/27/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

Nice to learn about the charter school hedge fund-like operation. I think charter or public, schools cannot be expected to fix all of societies ills. Want to improve educational outcomes? Give families free preschool, decent housing, jobs, healthcare, etc. After all, socioeconomic status is the best predictor of educational outcomes. Not that poor students can't learn - they just need the same basics as anyone else to allow learning to happen. So, with our limited resources as a community, what is the best, most effective use of our resources to equitably educate all our precious children? Public education is not perfect, but it gets my vote for the choice that at least has democratically elected leadership that the public can hold accountable.

Posted by Janan Apaydin on 01/26/2017 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Were Oakland Police's Tactics Against Anti-Trump Protesters 'Excessive'?

No one got hurt and only a few fools vandalized the city and nobody had their business or car smashed to bits. For a change, Oakland had a powerful and peaceful assembly. Everyone I know who participated thought it was great and felt safe. I'm one of many Oaklanders who went to DC to march. There was a general unease among many of us from the Bay Area that Oakland would get out of hand and provide Trump with ugly, unruly evidence against those who oppose his agenda. Thank you to everyone who came out and made our city proud and to the cops who safeguarded her citizens and streets.

Posted by TBGunther on 01/26/2017 at 8:01 AM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

The charter extremists spent big money to defeat me and the 3 other challengers to the GO Advocates dominated board and management.

Here we are in the same school year and we have the budget in a mess, the superintendent job hopping and poor charter oversight reaping it's rewards.

All of this was said before and during the election, but reporting has been scarce.

Where have Cat Brooks and KPFA been? The other media? Local news needs to report on local government and except for Darwin, it hardly does.

Posted by Don Macleay on 01/26/2017 at 1:00 AM

Re: “Ambushed: Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Sets Up Surprise Stings To Help Federal Immigration Agents Arrest and Deport Immigrants

I guess the threshold for deportation cooperation should be raised really really high. What should we raise it to? Armed bank robbery, rape, arson of a residence? Apparently some people think multiple "minor" crimes are not enough to allow cooperation with ICE.
If I was undocumented I'd be unusually careful about obeying the law.
How hard is that to do.... I don't know, but I've gone 60+ years without an arrest. I guess its not that difficult.
BTW, according to the data in the most recent ICE annual report, if you are one of the 11 million undocumented, and you have not been convicted of a serious crime, your chances of being deported from the "interior" (25 or more miles from the border) of the USA, are in any given year, one in 700.
Yes, the data shows only one person in 700 gets deported as long as they have not been convicted of a serious crime.
Meaning for most who don't commit crimes, their chances of being deported during a entire 35 year working career, are about 1 in 20.
Essentially next to zero deportations unless you are involved in criminal activity.
Say what you want, that is what the data shows.
No need for most undocumented to be "living in the shadows" like we hear about in the news. Those living a crime free life, are all but free from deportation.
I seriously doubt even Trump is going to be deporting them.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 01/25/2017 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

Thanks for this article, East Bay Express. Oakland education has been an under-reported beat recently, but there are plenty of important stories to tell, and there are plenty of people very interested in reading and sharing them. Keep it up!

Posted by Macy Parker on 01/25/2017 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

Oakland schools have been suffering years at the expense of students. So interesting during this boom in housing prices that expectations rise along with home amd rent increases. Some charter schools fail, some are great and are successful, ultimately providing alternative and innovative options to an antiquated, broken and underfunded system. What about public schools who underperformed for whatever justifying reasons, who is angry about the kids that are under served or schools that dont make the district money, is making a profit what this is about? What a coincidence that performing public schools are in affluent areas with privileged PAC'S. The system is now making people ignore the real issues and fight over non relevant issues (like a recent big election), public vs charter. EVERY parent has the right to try and do best by their child without paying over 20k a year for an elementary or middle school education. It is counterintuitive to point fingers at public vs charter and not recognize who suffers, what real issues get ignored. Someone who supports charter schools im sure supports public schools but for one reason or another makes a decision. Having no options is like having one cell phone provider, one grocery store, one banl, one car maker, etc. Stop blaming the wrong people because I guarantee closing charter schools would fix nothing!

Posted by aki on 01/25/2017 at 6:54 PM

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