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Re: “The Push for Oakland's Progressive Ballot Measures

In Measures CC and DD, ethics and redistricting, I find just a suggestion of irony.

If you have ethical elected officials why would you need an ethics commission?

If you have ethical elected officials why would you need to take away from them the responsibility for the fair and ethical designation of Council Districts?

These two Measures say two things, again with a touch of irony: we're sufficiently unethical at heart that you've gotta force us to behave ethically; please provide us with institutions that guarantee that we look ethical.

Of course there's no formal opposition, at least from electeds, for CC and DD.

Are there workarounds for our electeds if both CC and DD pass? You betcha: they can work around nearly anything and have proven it over the years.

Are there alternatives for CC and DD? You betcha: more thoughtful voters electing more ethical candidates.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/08/2014 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Vote Campbell Washington, Droste, Maio, Worthington, and Echols

Regarding Nick Vigilante's comment I would provide two footnotes:

1. Oakland needs to work together but also needs to work in an agreed-upon direction for progressive change. Progressive change requires having a real vision, being able to set priorities, making hard choices and providing clear measurement of results so that adjustments can be made where things are not being accomplished. These requirements demand competent leadership, critical thinking, management skills and follow-through, all of which have long been demonstrably lacking in the city hall that Annie Washington and other establishment candidates have resided in for so long.

2. There are varieties of "agreements" and related characteristics that actual "working together" demands. Real agreement and successful work do not occur without the resolution of inevitable differences and conflicts. Real agreement requires truth-telling, clarity and transparency which are long-standing problems in city hall. Instead of being forthright and dealing with real conflicts, the Oakland establishment favors avoiding conflict and political risk, denying responsibility for obvious failures and keeping complex matters essentially hidden from public view. This needs to change, but no establishment candidate admits to this. It's all, in their view, hunky-dory if you just keep voting for us.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/08/2014 at 9:29 AM

Re: “From Siegel to Parker

This comment was removed because it violates our policy against anonymous comments. It will be reposted if the commenter chooses to use his or her real name.

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Posted by Editor on 10/08/2014 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Pro-Weed Voters Should Not Ignore the Election

First ad for Prop 47.

http://youtu.be/YNhyJ0d0s6Y

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Posted by Peter Choi on 10/08/2014 at 9:11 AM

Re: “From Siegel to Parker

First and foremost this article is a welcome change from the usual mayoral campaign coverage in local media. Usually only the establishment candidates are discussed: Quan, Schaaf, Kaplan and usually completely without any critical thinking. I appreciate the effort to think critically about candidates--it's not an easy task and can create problems with candidates like Quan who tend to be very hostile towards those who are critical.

What's lacking and what is also necessary for voters to understand well concerning candidates is good, strong evidence of their accomplishments, especially of establishment candidates. Oakland establshment candidates tend to spend a lot of time beating their own drums about having "supported" or "voted for" this or that. What they don't talk about is what the actual results are of the efforts they in some way support. For Oakland generally follow-through and results measurement has long been problematic. Despite what "good gov" candidate Schaaf talks about, she plays the same game as everyone else who lives in city hall--she never discusses the results of her efforts.

Also lacking is coverage of all the other candidates, many of whom are intelligent, well-spoken and have good ideas about making Oakland work better. Clearly one of the major reasons there are so many candidates running is widespread dissatisfaction with how Oakland has been run. Candidates who can address problems in creative and useful ways should also have the attention of the media. I hope the writer can do something about this, however late in the game.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/08/2014 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Pro-Weed Voters Should Not Ignore the Election

Thanks for the story. Readers can use http://www.VoteMedicalMarijuana.com to learn more about the candidates' voting records, and see ASA's recommendations regarding the local ballot measures at http://www.safeaccessnow.org/local_ballot_measures_2014

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Posted by Don Duncan on 10/08/2014 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Pro-Weed Voters Should Not Ignore the Election

In Los Angeles Senate District 24 pro-pot Democrat Peter Choi is challenging the incoming Senate President who is backed by Big Pharma and the anti-marijuana lobby. As the only state candidate advocating for marijuana legalization, the Harvard educated Choi has been very articulate and convincing on the campaign trail. In addition to starring in a Vote Yes on Prop 47 ad, Choi has devoted an entire page to the issue of marijuana legalization on his website: http://www.choiforsenate2014.com/#!marijuana/coa4

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Posted by Peter Choi on 10/08/2014 at 8:31 AM

Re: “From Siegel to Parker

This article cites misleading statistics about crime under Quan. The stats are accurate, but they don't tell the real story.

Crime is not down since Quan took office. It is only down since last year. Murders are down since Quan took office. Reported rapes (a very unreliable statistic) are slightly down.

Robbery, burglary, auto theft, assault and many other serious crimes went up from 2010-2014. CRIME IS NOT DOWN UNDER QUAN.

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Posted by Mary McFarlane on 10/08/2014 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Vote Campbell Washington, Droste, Maio, Worthington, and Echols

The East Bay Express endorsement of Annie Campbell Washington will be viewed in future years as a benchmark statement that everyone in Oakland should work positively together. regardless of political differences, to make Oakland a better community. These are the key attributes of Annie's character and behavior, and they are the core reason I support her.

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Posted by Nicholas J. Vigilante on 10/07/2014 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Tuesday Must Reads: Oyster Farm Finally Agrees to Shut Down; Feds Probe PG&E Judge-Shopping Scandal

Facebook needs to take responsibility for their subcontracted work force, who are not sharing the benefits of the new tech economy.

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Posted by Doug Bloch on 10/07/2014 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Monday Must Reads: Brown to Endorse Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland; Governor Rakes in Millions for Ballot Measures

"I find it hard to understand why Hobart would claim Libby Schaaf "doesn't get it" about either modern urban planning or bicycling."

C. Kidd doesn't know much about Schaaf. Planning staffers came up with a road diet plan for a street in Schaaf's District 4--35th Ave/Redwood Road. Street design is poor, dangerous, encourages speeding, crashes, is damaging to community. Road diet plan similar to that proposed currently for Telegraph Ave. Schaaf would not support.

Sure, Schaaf is a pol. When she sees the way the wind is blowing, she falls in line. Thus her WOBO/Transport Oakland support. On the other hand, her fundamental lack of understanding of urban planning/community development means that when she cannot sense the direction of the political wind, she is totally undependable and destructive.

There are better candidates out there than Schaaf. Much better.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/07/2014 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Monday Must Reads: Brown to Endorse Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland; Governor Rakes in Millions for Ballot Measures

I find it hard to understand why Hobart would claim Libby Schaaf "doesn't get it" about either modern urban planning or bicycling.
It was this spring that council member Schaaf worked directly with Walk Oakland Bike Oakland to introduce and pass Oakland's Vulnerable Road Users Ordinance, providing more protection to bicyclists and pedestrians on our streets.
She was also the sole mayoral endorsement of Transport Oakland, an organization solely focused on improving transit, walking, and biking in Oakland. The membership of Transport Oakland is made up almost entirely of young urban planners - I doubt they would endorse a candidate who "didn't get" modern urban planning principles.

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Posted by Chris Kidd on 10/07/2014 at 7:30 AM

Re: “In Oakland Hills Race, A Battle of Ideologies

In my opinion, Ms. Broadhurst’s recent misuse of the Sierra Club logo on her campaign literature reflects an integrity problem on her part. This is not the first time that Ms. Broadhurst has done something like this, and it’s important for the voters to know about it before they cast their votes.

Ms. Broadhurst is responsible for the same deceptive thing on an April Montclair Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) mailer sent to everyone in Montclair, and on her website when she claimed to be “the founding member” of the Montclair NCPC. She was forced by Nick Vigilante (me), one of two actual founders, to change her website. Now, Ms. Broadhurst’s website reads “a founding member.” This is still somewhat misleading because she was not involved in the beginning efforts to form the Montclair NCPC in 2002 and before she was elected to the inaugural NCPC Board in May 2003.

The mailer I am referring to above was paid for by donations from Montclair residents collected by the Montclair NCPC. This money is suppose to be used for non-partisan activities such as safety and community betterment. If you examine the mailer, you will ask yourself why on earth would they give Ms. Broadhurst so much coverage on this mailer which promotes raising 60K in donations for a mural? This is not what an NCPC is used for – soft political campaigning?

As you know, Oakland has high rates of crime and fire and eartquake safety risk factors. Those problems should be given priority consideration by NCPCs. The Montclair NCPC is attempting to raise 60K for a mural !!!. In my opinion, this is a misguided effort. Jill Broadhurst is the Chair of the Montclair NCPC and she is responsible for that NCPC does. Is this what Jill Broadhurst will do if she becomes a City Council Member?

I hope you will consider the comments above before you decide which candidate you think is best for the City of Oakland.

Nicholas Vigilante

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Posted by Nicholas J. Vigilante on 10/06/2014 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Monday Must Reads: Brown to Endorse Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland; Governor Rakes in Millions for Ballot Measures

"http://sf.streetsblog.org/2014/05/09/oakla

"easy to find pix of JQ on a bike."

Please let me explain: yes, JQ is always ready for a publicity stunt picture. As in one photo. JQ riding a bicycle as a practical method of travel for reasons of personal health or a commitment to the environment or in setting an example to others--lead us to all those "pix."

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/06/2014 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Uptown Oakland Named One Of The Best Neighborhoods in America

Organizations such as Oakland Heritage Alliance worked for years and years to ensure the preservation of the Fox Oakland, the Floral Depot (now Flora restaurant) and Sweet's Ballroom. OHA printed a run of "save the Floral Depot" postcards around 1982. Art Deco Society of California helped too.

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Posted by Naomi Schiff on 10/06/2014 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Monday Must Reads: Brown to Endorse Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland; Governor Rakes in Millions for Ballot Measures

Why does Gov. Brown talk about 'creating' a rainy day fund? One not only exists, he put $1.6 billion dollars in it this year!

The only fund he creates, a rainy day fund for schools, pulls money OUT of their minimum constitutional funding guarantee -- promising to replace it (ya, right) in down years.

Furthermore, he forces school districts to dump their local reserves as soon as he does 'save' a dime (along with any April property taxes they'd hoped to use to fund ongoing education before the second annual installment in December).

Local control? Hah. No on 2.

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Posted by Jennifer Bestor on 10/06/2014 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Sierra Club Threatens Legal Action Against Oakland Council Candidate Jill Broadhurst Over Campaign Mailers

I believe that Ms. Broadhurst has an integrity problem. I offered two examples in my October 3 post to support my opinion. I will now offer some additional evidence to support my opinion. The mailer I was referring to in my October 3 post was paid for by donations from Montclair residents collected by the Montclair NCPC. This money came from Montclair residents for non-partisan causes related to safety and community betterment. If you examine the mailer, you will ask yourself why on earth would they give Ms. Broadhurst so much coverage on this mailer which promotes raising 60K in donations for a mural? This is not what an NCPC is used for - soft political campaigning? Maybe those who doubt me should look a little closer before dismissing Ms. Broadhurst's "mistakes" as a non-issue in this campaign?

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Posted by Nicholas J. Vigilante on 10/06/2014 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Monday Must Reads: Brown to Endorse Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland; Governor Rakes in Millions for Ballot Measures

I had not planned on making Libby one of my choices in this election, but the Jerry Brown endorsement has made me reconsider that. Jerry has stated publicly in the past that "there is no substitute for experience." But, it appears that there is something about Libby that has made him reconsider that position with respect to her Mayoral candidacy. I had wondered if Libby was ready to serve as Mayor of Oakland given that she has only been in elected office for about four years. So, I decided she will be my third choice. Posted by Nicholas Vigilante - Oakland

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Posted by Nicholas J. Vigilante on 10/06/2014 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Monday Must Reads: Brown to Endorse Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland; Governor Rakes in Millions for Ballot Measures

Other notable Schaaf endorsements include Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club and City Council President Patricia Kernighan. Schaaf also lists the Oakland Tribune as an endorser. As I recall the Tribune editorialized that Joe Tuman was its first choice for Mayor.

Schaaf has, indeed, lots of powerful endorsements, the biggest of which is her some $350k of funding, most of that from outside Oakland. Her vision may be “Oakland Love” but it’s certainly not “Oakland Money.”

All this aside, it’s notable that no other candidate’s endorsements have appeared here. Does this mean that the East Bay Express endorses Schaaf, at least by default? I think that some other candidates do have some “significant” endorsers.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/06/2014 at 12:51 PM

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