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Re: “Oakland Is Killing Adoptable Dogs

I don't like dogs. Dogs kill more people than wild animals. Guns don't kill people, Dogs kill people.

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Posted by Marie Smith on 10/15/2014 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Vote Libby Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland

Schaaf is far and away the best candidate in this race.

The Express is too kind to Quan who has embarrassed Oakland by putting her foot in her mouth over and over and over again.

22 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by Jenny Johnson on 10/15/2014 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Measure Z and Oakland's Operation Ceasefire

No evidence is presented here on the effectiveness of Oakland's Ceasefire efforts. Yes, some details are provided on how it works. Not the same.

Bottom line is that Ceasefire, where it is effectively implemented, has reduced homicide rates by 50% within a year. That is the kind of evidence of effect that we need and have not been given by the city of Oakland. Homicides are down but we need much more information before we can even guess that this is the result of Ceasefire. It's important to keep in mind that we don't even know the scale of Oakland's Ceasefire and we do know that it has produced nothing in past iterations here. We also know that it has yet to be staffed with a full-time manager and other administrators which, according to David Kennedy, are absolute requirements for success.

Until some useful information is provided to show clearly whether Ceasefire is producing real results on the street, we, as with Measure Y, are being sold a bill of goods. However admirable the intentions.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/15/2014 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Vote Libby Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland

No other candidate has the record of working with youth that Mayor Jean Quan does, and if she is not reelected, that will be a huge loss to all of Oakland.

She raised funding for 2,125 Summer Jobs for Youth this year—more than 4 times that of previous mayors. Quan targeted the jobs to kids from the most troubled neighborhoods, opening their view of what is possible for their future.

Quan started Peace in the Parks events on Friday nights during the summer, which took back East and West Oakland parks from drug gangs. Quan personally attended each of those events; no other mayor—or candidate—has been out in those neighborhoods among local families to that extent.

Quan worked to create school-to-jobs pipelines, including a program that coordinates between the school district, Merritt College's criminal justice program, and OPD to help more Oakland youth become police officers. State law prohibits a residency requirement for police, so this is a practical work-around created while other candidates are still posturing about "requiring" 50% residency for new hires.

Mayor Quan has reestablished the Education Cabinet, abandoned since Elihu Harris left office. The cabinet is coordinating city resources and school resources to better serve the young people and families of Oakland.

22 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 10/15/2014 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Measure Z and Oakland's Operation Ceasefire

For more information on why Measure Z is a bad idea, visit

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Posted by MarleenLee on 10/15/2014 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Vote Libby Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland

"She's extremely smart." Has the writer ever had a conversation with her about something she doesn't already have a position on, thus a well-rehearsed answer? My version: not too bright.

"One of the first of the major candidates to strongly back Measure FF." Not in Oakland. Not in the Bay Area where there were local pols in other towns talking $15 an hour.

"She co-wrote Measure DD." How exactly would DD improve governance in Oakland? It's essentially all show, no go, just like typical Oakland "initiatives."

"Making Oakland more walkable and bike-friendly." Not in her own neighborhood District 4 where she would not support a city proposal to reconfigure 35th Ave/Redwood Road.

"Her call for the Oakland Police Department to focus more on community policing and crime-solving." This is sloganeering. She knows little about community policing or policing generally. She was a prime author of Measure Y, a phony "community policing" effort and a total failure in reducing crime.

"Joe Tuman is bit too far to the right." What planet does the writer live on? He cannot ever have had a meaningful personal chat with Tuman.

Schaaf is the most conservative of the establishment Mayor candidates. She's a fiscal hawk with strong ties to the Hills' conservative group Make Oakland Better Now. She is personally very risk- and change-averse, adopting "progressive" positions only long after others have forged ahead. Creative, forward-thinking? Not really; not at all.

At best Schaaf is the new model of Jean Quan with an updated paint job.

11 likes, 23 dislikes
Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/15/2014 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Wednesday Must Reads: Oakland Tenant Protection Law Advances; Housing Prices Continue to Soar

I guess the just released Chamber Poll that shows Kaplan still leading by double digits doesn't fit the EBX narrative and fanboying of Schaaf as a "must read".

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Posted by Juli Van on 10/15/2014 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Vote Libby Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland

Why is the Express recommending changing horses in mid-stream, and for such bogus reasons, when even you admit Quan's "mostly on the right track?"

Occupy Oakland was an impossible situation for any mayor. Early on, Councilmembers were split between support for Occupy and wanting to shut them down immediately. Occupy's consensus process for decisions was unwieldy and meant they were unable to take many actions. They claimed at the time that there were no “leaders” and told the mayor that if she wanted to talk to anyone she could wait in line for the evening open mic (usually a two-hour process!) like everyone else—never mind candidate “Shake” Anderson's claim to have been Occupy spokesperson. Oakland had a particularly toxic anarchist group that did most of the damage; by definition, their goal was to create chaos, not to protest. Their actions were irrational and unpredictable.

Police Chief Sean Whent has been excellent, making significant progress on court-ordered reforms as well as overseeing reorganization of the department. Chief Batts was a Dellums hire. He was job hunting before Quan was even elected. When he left abruptly, Howard Jordan was promoted from within for stability in a department that needed it, but Jordan was unable to buck the police officers' union to make enough progress with reforms.

The previous administration had left us with a $38 million deficit, followed quickly by a reduction in property tax revenues and by Jerry Brown seizing redevelopment funding to balance the state budget. Santana's financial skills were very appropriate for that period of crisis. Promoting Fred Blackwell to replace her was great; unfortunately for us, he was offered his (other) dream job shortly afterward, but he has continued to work on the Coliseum City project proposal. Bringing in the brilliant (former City Manager) Henry Gardner meant we had no learning curve for Blackwell's replacement until we know who will be elected for the next 4 years.

For the first time since the mid-1990s, more people think the city is going in the right direction than think it is going the wrong way. Why switch horses? I'm voting to continue the momentum with Jean Quan.

~Valerie Winemiller

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Posted by Valerie Winemiller on 10/15/2014 at 10:37 AM

Re: “How Balanced Breakfast Is Changing the Bay Area Music Scene

So glad Anna found us, and wrote this. It's hard to describe how good it feels to be part of supportive music community such as Balanced Breakfast. You should really come and experience it. Hope to see you soon!

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Posted by Stefan Aronsen on 10/15/2014 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Vote Libby Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland

You explain how well Mayor Quan has done on the job-despite setbacks NOT of her own making, such as Occupy's unwillingness to work with anyone at city hall (I think Schaaf voted early on to displace them) and the elimination of redevelopment when it was most needed (you forgot to mention that little setback.) If anyone remembers or was actually there during OO, you'd have to have noted that they refused discussions and then went on to refuse emergency help when it was needed.
Yes, the first eviction was a disaster but the second was coordinated with the mayor's office, peacekeepers and community members who moved people out ahead of any police action following the killing there. Whatever went wrong and much did, I defy anyone to state they could have done better in any credible way. As a result 44 officers were disciplined and OPD was reorganized.
Let's see Quan hired Sean Whent. She didn't hire Batts and Jordan was thrust on her as a stability stopgap by the monitor, then removed by same. Sanatana had her usefulness during the budget restructuring and was removed when she began to insert herself beyond her position.
I have watched Schaaf at city hall manipulate the new rent ordinance in order to water it down and twice refuse to allow discussion of a police commission so that's open government? It's like watching a shell game but you missed the pea being so deftly moved in front of your face that you convinced yourself that it couldn't have happened that way, hence open...
I'll give Ms. Schaaf this, she is politically astute, seeing that the Living Wage campaign was popular, she got onboard; and she works waay harder than the longer-term Kaplan who has yet to accomplish anything that didn't result in a payoff for her.
It's also interesting that the Express picked the candidate with the least labor backing for its no. 1 spot. I can only guess that Jerry Brown's endorsement impressed them in ways I have yet to appreciate.

21 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Pamela Drake on 10/15/2014 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Berkeley Measures Test Popularity of Council Majority

I am not aware of any major affordable housing advocacy organizations supporting Measure R. Meanwhile, the Berkeley Food & Housing Project, whose mission is to end homelessness in Berkeley, has endorsed No on Measure R because they recognize it would mean fewer affordable units and/or less funding for new affordable housing projects.

9 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Eric Panzer on 10/15/2014 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Oakland Is Killing Adoptable Dogs

Since the city of Petaluma turned its open-admission shelter over to a bunch of concerned volunteers, the shelter has achieved a 98% save rate AND taken on the animal control services for three surrounding cities. It is perfectly possible to be open admission and no-kill. Examples abound.

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Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 10/15/2014 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Oakland Is Killing Adoptable Dogs

First of all, stop calling it "euthanasia" when it's killing for human convenience or any other reason that isn't the welfare of the dog. As long as bureaucrats can hide behind that euphemism, they'll continue to get away with the carnage with our tax dollars in the violation of the Hayden laws. There's nothing remotely "euth" about this killing.

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Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 10/15/2014 at 9:06 AM

Re: “It's All About the BART Strike

It's clear after the BART strike last year that changes have to be made on the board. Everyone that complained and was directly affected by the strike now has a chance to do something about it.

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Posted by Emilio Lazaro on 10/15/2014 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Vote Libby Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland

I agree with the Libby endorsement. I'm still looking into the measures. However the measure N campaign has been vague about what it is and how the funds will be administered... and the campaign seems to be funded by shady interests -so that's a big NO!

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 10/15/2014 at 7:06 AM

Re: “Vote Libby Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland

I disagree with East Bay Express endorsement of Measure N: "Our only concern about Measure N is that some of the funds would go to privately run charter schools. But we think that tradeoff is worth making in order to help students in the city's cash-strapped public high schools."

Here's why it is a bad deal. No other school district in the Bay is taxing its property owners to fund "privately run charter schools". Measure N lasts ten years and for ten years charter school operators will have millions of reasons to start a charter school in Oakland and get some of the $12-13 million a year generated by the Measure N tax.

As more charters come for the Oakland Measure N money the amount of money going to Oakland public schools will become ever decreasing amount of the Measure N funding.

Measure N is a bad deal. Vote No on Measure N's charter school tax.

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Posted by Jim Mordecai on 10/15/2014 at 6:51 AM

Re: “Vote Libby Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland

I officially disown you East Bay Express. You endorse Schaaf?? I mean, you do remember she worked for Del la Fuente and is a Brown crony, far from progress, her list of donors reads like a who is who of developers who'd love to sell off Oakland to the highest bidders. I guess a politician who does "special favors" for her friends with taxpayer money/services is acceptable to you.

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Posted by surely hamilton on 10/15/2014 at 1:09 AM

Re: “It's All About the BART Strike

RR knew that Hock would worsen relationships with the workers but he thought management should look toug-he should take more responsibility for what followed.

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Posted by Pamela Drake on 10/14/2014 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Berkeley Measures Test Popularity of Council Majority

How can you possibly discuss Measure R without discussing the Civic Center zoning overlay provision, one of its most important components?

Not to do so shows an utter lack of journalistic integrity.

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Posted by JP Massar on 10/14/2014 at 10:42 PM

Re: “It's All About the BART Strike

There is no BART in Alameda. Who the hell would vote for a BART Board candidate from Alameda? Raburn is right. Tam is just looking for a new job. Vote Raburn.

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Posted by Mary McFarlane on 10/14/2014 at 10:32 PM

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