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Back up.today. ... seems the scam is really people trying to bring down.pot companies. Using shares to purchase or cut deals is pretty smart. Wait five years and then open your mouth
what? Burger Boogaloo not in top 7?
EGH's comment says it all. A measly 6% profit and they think she's still greedy and underpaying her staff. EGH, you're so EBX it makes me sad. She's not greedy at all. Housing "activists" and good old fashion NIMBYs have created a perfect storm of housing development obstruction in time when tens of thousands of people are flocking here for really high paying jobs. That's why her employees can't afford rent anymore!
Claudia Cappio follows Jerry's orders...He wants the coal here and Claudia was put in place as the Assist. City Admin. to run that department and make it happen....Claudia is Jerry's designated liar and will say what he wants her to say.....Bets used to be taken by staff when she was head of CEDA as to what lies she would tell at council meetings to sell what ever projects that Jerry wanted pushed....Jerry is running Oakland for his developer buddies at the expense of the citizens of Oakland. Claudia Cappio knows exactly what she is doing and I can guarantee it is not for Oakland's benefit!
Perhaps it's time for Rebecca Kaplan to step in as Mayor, once and for all!
Vivian, there are a lot of Black Cops, but not a lot in command. She has not chosen to share the race of the White Cops under investigation, and she shouldn't have the Black Cops. It doesn't matter what others do or say, they are not elected officials or the Mayor.
It's a real problem.
My partner's been running a small family-style catering business in the South Bay for a dozen years. We keep our prices moderate, we get top reviews from our clients, and it's still a constant struggle.
Customers want full-service catering for McDonald's prices, because their budgets are tight. Commercial rents are skyrocketing right alongside residential rent & home prices. Our two paid staff are almost family, they've been with us for a decade. We'd love to give them more money & more hours, and we can't.
The only reason my partner can keep our prices as reasonable as they are and keep the paid staff we do is because my partner and I bought houses before the last real estate bubble, limiting our housing expenses, he works incredibly hard, and I don't take any salary for the work I do.
All but the very top income brackets are being squeezed hard by the Bay Area economy, so the labor issues in food service are not a simple matter of raising wages, they are a complicated issue of managing income to cost-of-living ratios, (especially housing costs).
Bay Area restaurants are not experience a "labor shortage". Bay Area restaurant workers are experiencing a salary shortage. I guarantee that if you paid workers more, there would be no "shortage".
AC Transit provides a much needed service to the community. Bus drivers need a place where they can take a break and use a restroom too. Do residents want them to go in the bushes or on the street instead? Shorestein Pit is not a solution for this problem either. When these resident car drivers' cars break down, they will wish they had public transportation nearby.
If the City Council votes yes on this outrageous plan to export coal, they are complicit in the crime of planetary ecocide due to global warming. That is an issue that needs no further study. 97% of scientists agree that global warming is real and it has already caused many problems including floods, droughts, greater severity in storms, and it will lead to all of our coastlines going underwater due to rising sea levels. The primary cause of this climate catastrophe, they all agree, is burning fossil fuels, of which coal is the worst.
That alone should be the beginning and end of discussion on this plan. That it has a chance, even in the face of overwhelming evidence referenced above about global warming, is a tribute to madness of public policy discussion in Oakland. I wish I could say that madness about climate change was confined to Oakland. Sadly, it is replicated throughout nearly all of our nation's and the world's communities.
This is just another example of a diversion technique from the Assistant City Administrator(Claudia Cappio). First of all, ESA was never qualified to complete a study focused on the community health and safety impacts of coal on the community. They were not hired based on expertise but on personal relationships with her. Several months ago, at the last minute, the community exposed ESA and uncovered an extremely weak coal related report they prepared in another city, Somehow Cappio never thought to review any of their previous work on the subject? Now Cappio wants to avoid giving the public and the City Council ample time to examine the new submittal. Again, the lack of transparency and sloppy staff work is concerning. Schaaf appointed Cappio to her high paid position and touted her as her "Development Czar". For the Mayor, this coal issue is an embarrassing mess along with the E12th St affordable housing project and Coliseum City/Raider debacle. As Dr. Phil would say, how is that working out for you?
Why are they jumping on the Mayor? I heard a news report several days ago in which John Burris stated that the source of the offensive messages was an African-American police officer.
"The firm hired to do the report is working until the last minute in order to reach the strongest possible conclusions."
Why would I even imagine that the firm, which consults mainly to the extraction industry, is working hard to outfox any possible health or climate change challenges?
Why would I even imagine that giving environmentalists the shortest possible time to analyze and respond to the report isn't really all about transparency and democratic participation?
Could be that I'm kinda familiar with how city hall works.
Schaaf just digs in deeper and deeper.
Clearly she has no idea about how to deal with a troubled, poorly-managed, low-morale police department in a city beset with violent crime.
She has no understanding of the intent of the restrictions against public disclosure of personal information or administrative personnel matters for public safety employees.
that title explains their hatred towards the OPD, what a shame.
My husband said "One of your best columns" :-)
I think it's easy to say the Eastbay Express is doing a great job expressing what the OPD has become... A circus of clowns and corruption!! Thanks for expressing the voice of Real Oaklanders who are over the OPD and it's decades of corruption! By the way it isn't a' sex scandal' it's a SEX CRIME: Sexual Exploitation of A MINOR... by Multiple Officers!!
Why does the Express hate OPD so much? It's not enough to spend an inordinate amount of time burning the place down, but you add an unprofessional headline also.
Bus drivers need such a location. They aren't machines. End of story.
About half-a-century ago advertising agencies came up with the same principle: "sell the sizzle not the steak."
Folks in Oakland who like coffee should look at local coffee importer Sweet Maria's website. You can buy green coffee from all over the world there, roast it at home and have a fine cup at a lower cost than buying grocery store coffee.
One of the major problems with commercially-produced coffee is that it is 'way over-roasted so that it has nothing other than the taste of burnt beans. Then you add milk, sugar and other flavorings to make it palatable.
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