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Re: “Beverage-Industry Playbook Expands as 'Big Soda' Spends Large to Defeat Oakland and San Francisco Taxes

Councilmember Campbell Washington admits the campaign against the grocery tax "is compelling because it appears authentic." She made it a grocery tax and gave it authenticity. The tax would be levied on distributors, who recover increased cost by the prices they charge retailers, who recover increased costs by raising prices on whatever they sell, according to their best judgment of impact on sales. That's how the tax impacts the price of milk, bottled water, diapers, whatever. And Campbell Washington's proposed law sends the tax revenue into the general fund, where, to her delight, it can be spent on anything. No wonder Bernie Sanders opposed this tax when it was proposed in Philadelphia.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 10/12/2016 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

And to add to Ann's comments pertaining to Don Perata, when looking at our underfunded non-police services and crumbling civic and physical infra-structure, a big reason is the Raiders return deal of 1995, which not only constructively evicted the A's and grossly re-muddled the Coliseum, but put the County and City of Oakland on the hook for 12 million a year in Raiders Tax. Shame the Don can't be forced to pay it himself.......Libby's no subsidy/Raiders Tax 2 one thing she is doing right.

Posted by Mary Vail on 10/12/2016 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Berkeley Mayoral Candidates Debate Who Can Fix the City Council 'Circus'

For the most part I support these progressive candidates and their policy agendas. But the one issue that far-left candidates are totally wrong about—and arguably the most important issue in the Bay Area today—is housing policy.

To please their environmentalist voter bases, progressive politicians generally support heavy restrictions on building, massive levels of environmental review for proposed buildings, etc. Progressive voters love this because it FEELS like they're helping the environment by stopping those big scary construction projects (and evil developers) from trashing the city. But in reality, restricting housing construction in the hub cities only creates more pollution and waste, as people have to move farther away to seek housing, and drive their cars longer distances to their jobs.

Progressive politicians also generally cling to the notion that forcing developers to build affordable housing will lead to them to capitulate and give the city what it needs, rather than just cancelling projects and going somewhere else. Affordable housing is fantastic, but it's such a tiny portion of the overall housing stock that you literally have to win a lottery to get one. It's a band-aid solution, not a real substantive one. What we really need is a streamlining of the planning process and approval of denser buildings throughout the city (and the Bay) so we can start building the 30 years worth of housing we should've built by now, but didn't thanks to 30 years of NIMBYism and obstruction.

We will see if progressive candidates wake up to the fact that their heavily-restricted housing policies are hurting the poor and vulnerable people they're so earnestly trying to help. The data has shown it to be so — now we'll see how long until the ideology catches up.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 10/12/2016 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

Kalb claims "building up size of the force"? The mayor set the number of officers in her budget. Kalb added nothing. Recently, the City turned from slow expansion of OPD to letting it shrink again by attrition. Kalb did not oppose that. *** The major "dysfunctional" element weighing on OPD is a monitor who keeps rating the department not in compliance with goals because that would terminate the multi-million contract imposed by judge Thelton Henderson. Kalb has done nothing about this.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 10/12/2016 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016.

Many people in Vallejo are East Bay transplants and still look to your research, thank you. VALLEJO: These 4 candidates will make a difference and MUST WIN our Vallejo CA local elections. Bob for Mayor; Liat, Mina and Robert for City Council.

~~Bob Sampayan has already served as Council Member and so knows the ropes and the city staff. Like me, he is also passionate about access to healthy food for all. He does so much work behind the scenes: Here is a report that Bob contributed to that was just published.

***Liat Meitzenheimer has served for 20 years on the GVRD. If you love all the great work our parks and recreation department does---just think what she can do as a council member.

~~ Mina Diaz started the Diaz & Loera Centro Latino on her own time. When I sat down for coffee with her, for 3 hours, I learned of her strong moral compass and years of professional experience. She is “retiring” early to get to work for her City.

***Robert H McConnell is just amazing. His experience on the City Council and his voting record alone are enough for me. His years as a lawyer mean: I want McConnell in the room when our city is talking to corporations that want to do business in Vallejo.

All kinds of organizations are endorsing these four. Their combined range of skills and experience make them a dream team.

Posted by Boudicca Hot-toddy Todi on 10/12/2016 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016.

Hmmm . . . in the description of this article, you claim to give your endorsements for many communities, including Richmond. Yet not one Richmond issue is represented; in fact, the entire Contra Costa County has been completely ignored. East Bay Express? Maybe you should change the name to East Bay Elitists, because that is how you behave.

Posted by Ellen Seskin on 10/12/2016 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

Dan is a really excellent council peron, one with a vision for Oakland while attending to the needs of his district. His opponent is backed by the Landlords Association

Posted by Judy.Belcher on 10/12/2016 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016.

Last time I looked, your paper was called the East Bay Express, not the Alameda County Express. I get that endorsements are labor intensive as your editorial board needs to interview all the candidates.

Nonetheless, leaving out Richmond is a serious dereliction of duty. Richmond has the most vibrant progressive electoral organization in the Bay Area, the Richmond Progressive Alliance, which could easily take a clear majority of the City Council if either of their candidates, Ben Choi and Melvin Willis, wins in November. There is also a rent control ordinance on the ballot that could easily win

None of that counts to you all. Shame on you.

Posted by Chris Darling on 10/12/2016 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Beverage-Industry Playbook Expands as 'Big Soda' Spends Large to Defeat Oakland and San Francisco Taxes

What about this so-called regressive tax aspect of Proposition HH?

The Big Soda campaign is pushing the line that the 1 cent/oz distributor tax is a regressive tax that unfairly burdens low income folks. Let’s talk about that.

How deeply has Big Soda really thought about the evils of regressive taxing, and based on these principled concerns, what actions have they taken to alleviate disproportionate burdens placed on low income communities that might speak to their bona fides? I obviously doubt that this is a sincere concern of Big Soda, but others, in good faith, may be giving this argument some weight; so let’s look more closely.

Surely the “regressive tax” concern rests on the theory that lower income communities consume and spend on Big Soda at rates that are higher (proportional to total expenses or to total income) than those of higher income communities. If that’s true, then doesn’t it also follow that the damaging effects on health (of which there is no doubt) would be disproportionately greater than the ill effects visited on higher income communities? Shouldn’t that, actually, be the real concern?

Proposition HH is designed to engage market forces to tamp down Big Soda consumption across the board (not to eliminate it), to use money collected, as channeled through the general fund, to run programs that encourage healthy patterns of food and beverage consumption, and to broadly raise awareness of the harm inflicted by massive Big Soda consumption. As Proposition HH has the intended societal impact, to the extent that the distributor tax is "regressive aspect", it will dissipate.

It’s all good. Vote Yes on HH.

Posted by David Cohen on 10/12/2016 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016.

Bummer! But . . . I do appreciate the line you included: "Councilmember Tony Daysog has served Alameda admirably over the years, but . . ." Of course, we might have our difference over the predicate following the "but" : ) But, regardless, I do appreciate what you wrote. All the best. (Still, I'll always be an avid reader of EBX!)

/s/ Tony Daysog

Posted by Tony Daysog on 10/12/2016 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Beverage-Industry Playbook Expands as 'Big Soda' Spends Large to Defeat Oakland and San Francisco Taxes

Money isn't everything, Gerry! Voters won't believe the lies if they realize that they're lies. The industry needs to be called out clearly and sharply on the nature of those lies (as I've described).

Whining about being outspent isn't the answer. Smarter counter-advertising might do the trick.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/12/2016 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

So many of these police unions take outrageous positions. And it's particularly troublesome since so many of of the police live outside of Oakland. But that's a reality we have to deal with. The other reality is the department is deeply dysfunctional. Proposition LL provides for a much needed independent oversight. The Oakland police and their union should not be threatened by this. They need to be more sensitive and understanding of the community's needs. . . Not constantly "circling their wagons". I'm voting for LL and for Dan. It's not just this one issue thing he's been a good all-around supervisor.

Posted by Ben kapinski on 10/12/2016 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016.

> His top priorities are building new housing

Oh, so why'd Arreguin block almost 2,000 units of housing in his term?…

Thats a very weird way to act on that priority.

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 10/12/2016 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Berkeley Mayoral Candidates Debate Who Can Fix the City Council 'Circus'

In addition to local developer contributions made directly to his campaign Capitelli is also benefiting from independent expenditures from outside Berkeley. The National Association of Realtors Fund reported to the City yesterday spending of $39,384.63 to support his candidacy.

Posted by Rob Wrenn on 10/12/2016 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016.

I hope you will consider making endorsements for Berkeley Rent Board.

Posted by Leah Simon-Weisberg on 10/12/2016 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016.

Please discuss school board candidates.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 10/12/2016 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Beverage-Industry Playbook Expands as 'Big Soda' Spends Large to Defeat Oakland and San Francisco Taxes

The soda industry will defeat HH, more money spent and voters will believe their ads and TV commercials.

Posted by Gerry Pong on 10/12/2016 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Savor Filipino Comes to Oakland

Please include / interview Needa Bee - the Lumpia Lady - a Filipino Oakland original!
maowunyo de asis

Kin Folkz

Posted by Kin Folkz on 10/12/2016 at 12:12 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Spending Thousands on Effort to Unseat Councilmembers Kalb and Gallo

Dan Kalb is at a fork in the road he is being pressured by OPD and courted by Mayor Libby Schaaf, who is desperately trying to build a political machine that is loyal to her, and her corporate campaign sponsors. Libby loves her lobbyists: the Port of Oakland, real estate developers, the construction industry, the Chamber of Commerce, OPD and their rotten union, the Charter School Movement, and racial profiling hills residents. Libby grew up in a divided Oakland, where hills residents got functional schools and city services; and West, North and East Oakland were over-policed and underserved. Then she trained under Council Member Ignacio De La Fuente, lead confidant to Don Perata who ran Oakland’s political machine. The Don, as he was called, started out as an Alameda County Supervisor, who sold public lands to developers and built a political machine trading contracts and land, for campaign support, and many say private gain. The Oakland City Council was so loyal to the Don’s agenda that they were called Peratistas. Ignacio was considered his bag man, trading real estate and contracts for political influence and many say cash. LIbby worked for the Port of Oakland in PR, and she worked for Mayor Jerry Brown on 11 failed crime plans, including curfews and gang injunctions. Jerry rode his failed 'Public Safety Platform" and the construction of the school to prison pipeline into the state office of Attorney General. The prison guard's union then provided him with the seed money to run for governor.

Hillary Clinton has apologized for her support of Bill Clinton's tough on crime legislation which resulted in criminalization of Black and Brown people and mass incarceration. Libby's “Public Safety” campaigns have supported the criminalization of Black and Brown people in Oakland and the mass incarceration and abuse by police of Oakland's Black and Brown communities. “Public Safety” is Libby's campaign center piece -she assures us that she cares about crime and will build and support the police. Unlike Hillary, Schaaf has never acknowledged past errors or how her, until recent, unconditional support of OPD has empowered OPD to engage excessive use of force, sex trafficking of teens, and police killing of Black, Brown, and mentally ill people.

Dan Kalb has decide whether he wants to support Libby, OPD and their union in policies, practices and programs which criminalize Black and Brown people and result in mass incarceration. Dan can join “Team Libby” it’s sort of a public safety pro-development, pro-charter cheerleading squad led by, Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington, with Lynette McElhaney, Abel Guillen and Larry Reid sucking up for fun and campaign support. Libby’s trying to buy Kaplan and Gallo's seats by fully funding loyal and weak minded candidates to replace them.

Dan Kalb is being sent a clear message join team Libby, take the photo ops, the cash and connections. Stop pissing off OPD and their union with radical legislation like the Citizen’s Police Oversight Commission, be an insider and vote with Libby and the lobbyists, be a pro-development public safety winner; or fight the machine and loose your seat on the council.

Come on Dan, do the right thing!

Posted by Ann Nomura on 10/12/2016 at 12:09 AM
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