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And to think that James Harris ran his re-election campaign primarily by slinging mud at his challenger for his alleged fiscal mismanagement, all the while knowing that he himself was at the helm of a sinking ship. 2 sinking ships if you count that multi-million deficit he was helping Antwan create in OUSD.
Regarding the "My Voice Matters" article, these women are directimg their frustrations at the wrong person. They should be addressing their letters to our own US Senator, Dianne Feinstein. I use the term "senator" loosely, because for this past critical year, Feinstein has been missing in action.
I actually wrote her to inquire if she was still alive, because she was nowhere to be found on the camapaign trail to stump for our first female candidate running for the highest office of the land. She is the senior senator representing the most populated state in the nation, and she decides to take a powder for the entire 2017 election.
California is supposed to be leading the nation for progressive causes, and we have an 83 year old senator who has absolutely ZERO interest in representing our interests. She is just riding out the gravytrain until her retirement in 2018, but these next two years are critical to the survival of our nation. Can we really afford a do-nothing Trump lackey who intends to rubber-stamp every pick he submits for both his cabinet and the US Supreme Court? That is EXACTLY what she intends to do. Go along to get along seems to be her guiding philosophy.
Feinstein has been milking the assassination of Harvey Milk for way too long. That unfortunate event was a gift to her and she's made a lucrative career out of it. It's time for her to step aside and let Gavin Newsom assume her duties as our voice in Washington. She obviously is no longer up for the challenge. It's the right thing to do for both California and our nation. Dianne, please step aside and let someone who is physically up for the challenge speak for California.
More of Oakland nepotism at work. not only do we have to follow the money.... in Oakland, you have to know who is related to whom. Because... there are generations of extended families who all make their livelihood off the school district. So... the Executive Director of CCTS is the wife of an OUSD Executive Director in charge of equity who has a history of working on many community special interest projects with a guy who happens to be the President of the school board. THIS is why protocols are not followed. And you think the "south" has a " good 'ol boy" network???
Its been a long time but change is coming. Change needed is to make sure charters have language that requires a charter to notify the District when they go out of business. I say business because a charter is like a free business license.
Another thing that bothers me about this article is that Board members take positions on charter school Boards and don't see a conflict of interest between public and private. "...OUSD board President James Harris joined the CCTS board. The Board is entitled to place their representatives on non-profit school boards but the Board needs a rule barring Board members from joining privately managed charter school governing boards.
And, that those charters the District votes on from now on should contain a provision stopping a charter from borrowing against future revenue without the Board as the authorizing authority authorizing such a loan.
What was Olis Simmons' salary?
James Harris needs to recuse himself from all votes and contracts which address charters. His obvious conflict of interest in these matters creates an ethical and legal problem for the district and undermines the credibility of the School Board and OUSD.
Again this proves that charter schools are not public schools. What happened to all the extra startup money these charters were given?
O'Malley and entire family should be charged. Really think this is the first time this is happened? Contra Costa County is the most corrupt police force in the world as far as I'm concerned it's reasons like this that the mafia was invented
Can anyone tell me where all the green zones are in California please?
We've had oversite for many years. I not sure what it's supposed to accomplish. I remember the "riders" they were fired along time ago but what deficiencies in the department is the continuing oversight trying to correct?
That's a nice looking building. I wonder why the owner doesn't fix it up. Rent control? It can be very difficult to repair apartments while long term tenants live in an apartment. You can't do lead remediation while perplexed are living there. I guess the owner will be forced to evict?
Santa Clara County is one of the most corrupt Counties I have ever encountered. I am eligible for this amnesty program and they denied me. I sent in 4 applications and they denied me for different reasons each time, on one app they claim there was no citation under my name. It took them 8 months to deny me, to deliberately run down the clock. They said 14601.1 is not eligible because it was a reckless driving. Really? hmmm cause when I look it up that is a driving while suspended which is what this program is for.
I am so fed up with these people and the courts. I even have documents where SCC actually changed the dates to appear as tho I missed the cut off. Now where do you go with this proof. Not the DOJ or the Grand Jury. They are not interested in that.
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Ummm... Possibly a silly question, but how is it that other have managed to navigate this "too arduous" process? And how is fair to those who have jumped through those hoops that other want to bypass them?
The primary effect of the vaguely requested changes are that more events are held. What are the things the process are intended to block?
I arrived at Madison Park at 10 am and it was jammed packed.
Just a quick correction - attendees had gathered well before 10am at 9th and Madison. I arrived with my group at 10am and there were already several thousand people there.
AND the Chronicle's coverage of the Women's March in the Bay Area is dismal. Despite over >200k having marched locally, the cover photo is from Washington DC. And the piece about the SF march had minimal real information - e.g. turnout numbers.
I particularly like the sign with the great drawing of Trump that said, "I'm not a real President, But I play one on TV." What great Oakland artist created that? I want one.
OPD told CBS 5 later on that it was closer to 85K. It felt that big today, moving like molasses.
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