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Re: “Vote Libby Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland

Agreed on the endorsement of Schaaf. I'm disappointed—but not surprised—to see the Express staying comfortably within its hard-left ideology with the dismissal of Tuman for being "too conservative." (agreed on the parking gripe though.) Basing your endorsement largely on whether someone is "progressive" enough is simplistic partisan reasoning, and shows a concerning lack of critical thinking. I'm a left leaning person myself, but it's important to look outside these dumb reductionist labels and study what works and what doesn't in government.

Also, this is important: the economic upturn in Oakland was NOT brought about by Quan's 'effective leadership'. For that you can thank the national economy recovering from the Great Recession — and even more so, SF's tech boom, which caused a massive overflow of money and people into the Town. The way I see it, the huge boost to Oakland's economy happened in spite of—not because of—Quan's haphazard leadership. If we'd had a more powerful, development-friendly, business-savvy leader during that time, I suspect Oakland would have reaped far more of the benefits of the Bay's economic windfall, and we'd see far fewer empty storefronts and lots Downtown and Uptown — and with that, a bunch more tax revenue to put towards the ambitious safety and infrastructure plans that every candidate loves to talk about but nobody has the money for!

I only hope that more people are able to see this, and that more people don't give Quan undue credit for larger trends she had little to do with. Because if we keep a weak-willed non-leader like her in office and the Bay falls upon hard times, I'm worried about what may happen to our city.

15 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Max Chanowitz on 10/16/2014 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Save Knowland Park Releases Poll Showing Strong Voter Opposition to Oakland Zoo Expansion

It amazes and stuns me that Mayor Quan and Mayoral Candidate Libby Schaff have not yet come out in support of creating a Win-Win deal for preserving our regional --not only City of Oakland-- Knowland Park heritage wildlife habitat, while still allowing the Zoo to augment/expand its offerings WITHIN its existing AND roomy footprint, where the native habitats have already been destroyed.

I've been compelled to urge my Oakland resident family voters (4) to look to other candidates --who support preservation of Knowland Park's rare native habitats-- for mayor.

Peter

17 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Peter Rauch on 10/16/2014 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Measure Z and Oakland's Operation Ceasefire

For more information about why Measure Z is a good idea for Oakland, please visit www.asaferoakland.com

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Nicholas J. Vigilante on 10/16/2014 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Troubles at Six Flags

Breena, Thanks for bringing this to everyone's attention! Fellow readers, if you are interested in protesting the deaths of 13 dolphins, 2 orcas, 8 elephants, 2 kangaroos, 10 wallabies, one young giraffe who died in a barn fire, one baby seal lion who was cooked to death when the heater of his class enclosure was turned up too high over night, plus more animals totaling 43 animals since Six Flags took over the park, join Advocates for the Animals at Six Flags at 10:30 on Saturday, Oct. 25. If you can't make it this time, like us on Facebook and keep current for future protests and current write-in protests. https://www.facebook.com/AdvocatesForTheAnimalsAtSixFlags

Posted by Janet Locke on 10/16/2014 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Troubles at Six Flags

If you are interested in protesting the deaths of 13 dolphins, 2 orcas, 8 elephants, 2 kangaroos, 10 wallabies, one young giraffe who died in a barn fire, one baby seal lion who was cooked to death when the heater of his class enclosure was turned up too high over night, plus more animals totalling 43 animals since Six Flags took over the park in 1997, join Advocates for the Animals at Six Flags at 10:30 on Saturday, Oct. 25. If you can't make it this time, like us on Facebook and keep current for future protests and current write-in protests. https://www.facebook.com/AdvocatesForTheAnimalsAtSixFlags

Posted by Janet Locke on 10/16/2014 at 11:27 AM

Re: “The Dolphin Dilemma

If you are interested in protesting the deaths of 13 dolphins, 2 orcas, 8 elephants, 2 kangaroos, 10 wallabies, one young giraffe who died in a barn fire, one baby seal lion who was cooked to death when the heater of his class enclosure was turned up too high over night, plus more animals totalling 43 animals since Six Flags took over the park, join Advocates for the Animals at Six Flags at 10:30 on Saturday, Oct. 25. If you can't make it this time, like us on Facebook and keep current for future protests and current write-in protests. https://www.facebook.com/AdvocatesForTheAnimalsAtSixFlags

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Posted by Janet Locke on 10/16/2014 at 11:22 AM

Re: “In Oakland School Board Races, A Crowded Field of Newcomers

The District 4 race is a tough one for me. I'm unable to decide between two of the candidates that I think are the best ones: Ninna Senn and Karl Debro. They are both very good choices.

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Posted by Nicholas J. Vigilante on 10/16/2014 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Vote Libby Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland

Over the years there have been many polls saying Jean Quan would not win this and that election and most of those polls were wrong. Jean has several qualities that I admire: she is persistent and does not give up, she is devoted to Oakland and to concepts of social equity, and she is a hard worker for Oakland 24/7. The problems in Oakland are very complex. Oakland has turned around in the right direction while she has been our Mayor. Jean has attracted the hardest working and most contributing neighborhood advocates throughout the city and they have helped turn around Oakland block by block. That is a significant leadership attribute that she brought to the Mayor' Office from her many years of experience. Volunteerism and everyone is welcome - That's the way it should be. I hope you vote for Jean to continue this forward movement.

8 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Nicholas J. Vigilante on 10/16/2014 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Oakland Is Killing Adoptable Dogs

Just after the Oakland Firestorm, I did a pro-bono case (and when I won the City asked me what I'd settle for for attorney fees, and I said I don't want any fees). In that case, the City agreed to a permanent injunction against itself that provided that no longer would the City have a policeman (sgt.) running the animal shelter--they'd hire civilians for this position, and they'd stop killing animals based on breed (which was illegal anyway)--they'd been labeling, for example, singed loose-running pets of various breeds, as pit bulls. I recall one was an Irish Setter. The name I gave the case when I filed it was "In re Lucky Dog", because one of the dogs with its hair largely burned off had been dubbed "lucky" just because it was still alive. David HIcks 5105952000

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by David Hicks on 10/16/2014 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Best Car Repair

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Posted by Editor on 10/16/2014 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Cannabis Protects Brain From Injury, New Study Shows

I can vouch for this statement "Other recent studies show cannabis may protect teen binge drinkers’ brains"

Love B

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Posted by Brian Hackler on 10/16/2014 at 5:22 AM

Re: “Vote Libby Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland

I have to say, I raised an eyebrow when I noticed my building owner/landlord on Schaaf's list of donors - this same person who raised the rent on our shoddy warehouse 50% to bring us up to "current market rates", and kicked out my mechanic (who less than a year before had remodeled and expanded his shop) to tear down the bldg to build condos and retail space. hmmmmm.....

9 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Marie Salit on 10/15/2014 at 11:16 PM

Re: “Vote Libby Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland

Why change?? We have a really hardworking Mayor with the experience of many years in elected office to know how to move Oakland forward. If we change now there will be a 1-2 year learning curve. It will be two steps forward and ten steps back while Oakland waits for a new Mayor to get their feet wet. I wonder what kinds of miss steps Ms Schaff would make? Let our Mayor continue the upward trajectory Oakland is on now.
Mayor Quan has made the children of Oakland a priority I don't see any of the other candidates having that kind of interest

20 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Judy belcher on 10/15/2014 at 5:16 PM

Re: “New Poll Shows That Quan Voters Also Like Kaplan

The only front runner with a clear record, and who's also run an honest, inclusive campaign is Libby Schaaf.

3 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Matt_Chambers on 10/15/2014 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Vote Libby Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland

Oakland has been doing really well under Mayor Jean Quan that people seem to have forgotten how bad it was before she got in. She had to clean up the mess that the previous administrations left her and now Oakland is thriving. The other candidates are simply riding on her tail claiming credit for things she accomplished or claiming they'll do the same and better, but they won't. Ms. Schaaf did not do better as a councilmember in District 4 than Ms. Quan did in that same position, and Ms. Kaplan will never be known for working very hard in any position. I would rather back our current mayor who has worked harder than her predecessors. This mayor would not have to learn her job over as if for the first time. In fact, she would be even more effective in her second term raising Oakland higher than before.

22 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Kit Vaq on 10/15/2014 at 4:39 PM

Re: “New Poll Shows That Quan Voters Also Like Kaplan

With Mayor Jean Quan Oakland's children are a priority

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Posted by Judy belcher on 10/15/2014 at 4:19 PM

Re: “New Poll Shows That Quan Voters Also Like Kaplan

I fear for Oakland's children especially the most vulnerable.
None of the candidates have the passion and the experience to bring forward the solutions to make life better for them

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Posted by Judy belcher on 10/15/2014 at 4:18 PM

Re: “New Poll Shows That Quan Voters Also Like Kaplan

If people really knew how little Kaplan has done for Oakland they would not vote for her. Kaplan is a huge disappointment to those who have watched her political career for over a decade. She is a good speaker, but that is all. She has proven to be unreliable both in her attendance at meetings and with causes she claims to support. She does not keep her word, and she takes credit where credit is not due. Look deeply at her record and talk to people who know her work from the AC Transit Board to the Oakland City Council, from community organizations to neighborhood activists throughout Oakland.

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Posted by Kit Vaq on 10/15/2014 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Vote Libby Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland

I find it surprising that the Express relegated Mayor Quan to its second place recommendation on the grounds of her response—very early in her tenure as mayor--to Occupy Oakland. Most will agree, even with the advantage of hindsight, that there was no likely course of action that WOULD have succeeded. Yes, mistakes were made. However, in the wake of Occupy, Mayor Quan moved forward tirelessly on multi-pronged efforts to make sure that the police were properly trained to deal with future crowd actions, moved ahead to institute real community-based policing. This is the hallmark of leadership. And Oaklanders who have been around for a while are relieved that a mayor has finally taken seriously the 2003 federal mandate for reform of the OPD, which had pretty much been ignored by other mayors: She has met with, and worked with, the compliance director to accomplish the goals for the police mandated after the infamous “Riders” case.

This is the hardest-working mayor I have seen. Mayor Quan knows every neighborhood in Oakland. I have heard her say that part of her job is to introduce the city to itself. Her love for the city—the whole city--and her successes in moving it forward, in every arena, convince me that she deserves election to a second term in office.

21 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Christie A. McCarthy on 10/15/2014 at 3:38 PM

Re: “New Poll Shows That Quan Voters Also Like Kaplan

Snooze. The most relevant numbers are that 21% of voters haven't selected their first choice for mayor and that 55% haven't selected their second and third choices.

Think about it for a moment if you can.

No, it's not solid news. It's pure snooze.

5 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/15/2014 at 2:43 PM

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