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Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

I want Wall Street's role in the overall global economy to be less than it is today. It would be great to eliminate them from Oakland altogether.

However, Oakland has frequent management and corruption problems and may not be capable of managing a bank. If Wall Street isn't held accountable why would the Oakland bank be any different?

Posted by Vince Rubino on 03/22/2017 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Uber Not Coming To Oakland After All?

the gig economy is independent contracting that really doesn't benefit you. All the expenses fall on the driver, taxes, upkeep, etc. After putting 100,000 miles on a 2014 Avalon a part time driver for Uber will soon need a new car while still paying for the old one.
"I'm Making Only $2.64 an Hour Working as an Uber Driver" "Takele Gobena makes well below minimum wage and says he has no health coverage if injured."
http://www.alternet.org/labor/im-making-only-264-hour-working-uber-driver

Posted by Betty Gleason on 03/22/2017 at 3:09 PM

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Posted by Cifer Smith Morgan on 03/22/2017 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Berkeley's New Progressive Majority Gets Serious About Homelessness Solutions

Micro pads sound like an excellent step for Berkeley. But a regional alliance could also be formed to plan for housing so that a coordinated approach can be taken.

I wonder if proponents of tiny homes are taking into account utility hookups and earthquake engineering which will require a set foundation. Adding those items in will make them as expensive as any other type of construction on a per square foot basis.

Posted by Candace Hyde-wang on 03/22/2017 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Uber Not Coming To Oakland After All?

How is the gig economy rubbish ? As a second job (not Uber or Lyft ride sharing), the "gig economy" EASILY, without much of a sweat puts an extra $400-$500 a week in my pocket. I know what I got into and am ABSOLUTELY satisfied with the arrangement.

Posted by Anthony Moore on 03/22/2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Berkeley, National Embarrassment?

George needs a hug.

Posted by Julia Allen on 03/22/2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Uber Not Coming To Oakland After All?

Good riddance to bad, unethical, gig economy rubbish.

Posted by John Seal on 03/22/2017 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Berkeley, National Embarrassment?

george rockwell has the problem all bigots and fools suffer...
belief in his own stunted humanity and lack of informed real world solutions... racist and jingoist with a touch of sexist nonsense for distraction... a black female, namely Rep. Barbara Lee has been the voice for reason and justifiable restraint from hatred and war mongering just for one prominent example... george rockwell has not made any convincing points to justify his ignorance... george rockwell is a constant embarrassment to any sentient being...

Posted by michel chavaniac on 03/22/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Uber Not Coming To Oakland After All?

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Posted by Michael Good on 03/22/2017 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: 'Baconslut,' Single-Payer Health Care, and More

I totally agree with Clarence C. Johnson. Did NOT understand the brouhaha about where in the building the affordable units were located. I'd like to point out some advantages of living on lower floors: Residents of the lower floors will spend less time waiting for elevators, will possibly be able to walk the stairs to and from their apartments whenever they want to, and will be able to get in and out a lot faster than residents of the upper floors. Upper floor residents will have better views. Life is a trade-off.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 03/22/2017 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff's Letter Supporting Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions Draws Criticism From Immigration and Civil Rights Advocates

Good for Ahern, he is following the law...I know that is odd for the "progressives" but for law abiding people it is refreshing. Next thing the "progressives" will want to empty the jail as most of them are political prisoners. Thank you for protecting us from criminals.

Posted by Rich Davis on 03/22/2017 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

@Berkeleyhills- a credit union functions as a customer to an existing bank, and thus doesn't go outside the "Wall Street" establishment

Posted by Jason Ricca on 03/22/2017 at 6:53 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Students Inspire Legislation That Would Make California Colleges Provide Abortion Pill On Campus

What happened to pulling out and shooting a load on the face? Washing face vs flushing out offspring, hmmm...

Posted by George Rockwell on 03/22/2017 at 12:00 AM
Posted by Berkeleyhills on 03/21/2017 at 8:55 PM
Posted by Michelle Castro on 03/21/2017 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Alameda Sheriff's Letter Supporting Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions Draws Criticism From Immigration and Civil Rights Advocates

Great article, but I would love more information about how someone who clearly doesn't represent the interests of the majority of alameda county became Sheriff and if there is any effort to replace him with a progressive sheriff that better represents the values of our community.

Posted by Phil Jones on 03/21/2017 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Uber Not Coming To Oakland After All?

I wonder what Uber saw in Oakland in the first place? What changed their minds? Did the city put up its usual anti anything road blocks and discouraged them? Is their business model stalling?l wonder.

Posted by bill h on 03/21/2017 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Become First U.S. City To Ditch Wall Street And Establish A Public Bank?

After reading Ellen Brown's book, I thought that a Bank of Oakland COULD be a good thing for Oakland's finances and thus our social and environmental foundation.

However, we need to keep in mind the history of Oakland's financial dealings and many high expectations profoundly dashed because of management incompetence and a failure of elected officials to think critically.

Thus these statements from the essay are especially relevant:

"Oakland would need to make a strong case that its got a solid business plan, and has the capital to finance it, or a good management team to execute it."

"If the bank takes on unprofitable loans intended to help the community, the riskier loans might be more prone to default and could run the bank into the ground."

"The management team chosen to run the bank will be required to have strong backgrounds in finance but also be dedicated to the mission of public service. With little precedent, these dual qualifications might be hard to find."

Finally, I have some doubts about the projected income from the cannabis industry. Right now with cannabis somewhat decriminalized and the medical pot biz maintaining high prices, selling pot may be a good business. When recreational cultivation use becomes legally less restrictive next year I wonder whether potheads will continue to pay $200 or more an ounce for a plant that is as easy to grow in a garden or a flowerpot as basil, chives or parsley.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 03/21/2017 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Uber Not Coming To Oakland After All?

Uber should insure the city is involved regardless of their personal business goals. This appears to be more important now as they are apparently more of a landlord than driver of business in our city.

It is clear that Uber merely needs to act like a landlord in our great city and work with the citizens, businesses and government to insure a successful uptown transition.

Uber - please take this opportunity to extract your company plans from our need for an improved and properly integrated downtown. Sounds like one outreach individual is not enough.

Help us help you! :-)

Posted by Joshua Gordon on 03/20/2017 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Berkeley Is First City in America to Divest From Companies that Work on Trump's Border Wall

WOW!!!!!! Why is it that so many WHITE IMMIGRANTS have so much to speak about when pitting BLACKS and ILLEGALS AGAINST ONE ANOTHER? TRUE FACT!!!! WHITE FOLKS will not!!!! perform the jobs or duties that BLACKS or ILLEGALS get done. If in fact there is an strong argument somewhere in that, then let's argue that WHITE RAN INDUSTRY hire more BLACKS FOR EQUALITY IN PAY AND CONDITIONSINSTEAD OF CUTTING CORNERSBY HIRING ILLEGALS UNDER THE TABLE AND TREATING THEM AS THEY CHOOSE!!!! REAL B REAL.....TOGETHER!!!! WE CONQUER, DIVIDED WE'RE FALLING INTO ANOTHER TRAP!!!! WE DON"T HAVE TO ACT LIKE OPPRESSORS, DON'T HATE OR DISCRIMINATE.......LET'S START TO APPRECIATE!!!!!! LIFE AND LIBERTY BELONGS TO NOT JUST SOME, BUT ALL

Posted by Curtis Funderburg on 03/20/2017 at 4:54 PM

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