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Re: “Oakland Police Officer Ryan Walterhouse Arrested on Conspiracy Charges

Ya think?
Too many excuses by too many people for too many years. Yes on Measure LL. Oakland deserves better.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 10/20/2016 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Cinco TacoBar in San Leandro Redefines the Strip Mall Taqueria

Thanks, Robert. Fixed.

Posted by Luke Tsai on 10/20/2016 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Dance with Your Arms Up at 'Hairy Pits'

<3 Thank you for this write up! <3

Posted by Tasha Yar on 10/20/2016 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Former Black Panther Party Newspaper Staffers Discuss Social and Racial Justice

Congrats on an article well done. Since I was not living in the Bay Area at the time, much of what we read and saw on TV in LA was heavily biased. We knew it, but had no access. Your interview points that out and emphasizes the relevance of improved communications to #BlackLivesMatter and other activist groups. When I later became a social worker with the homeless in San Francisco, my mentor, Betty Crowder, always credited Willa Gray, her professor at San Francisco State and the Black Panthers for her training. Thanks for your hard work. See you at OMCA and Power to the People!

Posted by Susan Hirtz on 10/20/2016 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Nellie's Soulfood Plots a Triumphant Return to West Oakland

Can't wait...

Posted by Ken Washington on 10/20/2016 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Oakland's Street-Repair Deficit is Deep. The Mayor Says a $600 Million Bond Needed to Address the Problem.

I oppose the City of Oakland’s $600 million ‘Bond Measure KK’ because the property tax that pays for it will be twice the stated cost of the bond. The bond is for $600 million but the property tax is $1,179,640,700 [approximately $1.2 billion]. [See Measure KK ‘TAX RATE STATEMENT’ ¶4] This doubling of the cost is due to the fact the bond omits the financing costs. Oakland’s presentation of Measure KK is deceptive because the only mention of the true property tax cost [$1,179,640,700] of the $600 million bond is buried on the last page of the measure hidden among many other numbers such as parcel property tax rates. Nowhere in Measure KK does Oakland state the finance cost of the bond, as law requires.
I oppose this $600 million ‘Bond Measure KK’ because Oakland is not capable of administering a contract wisely. The Alameda County Grand Jury found that Oakland totally mismanaged the recent $50 million garbage contract resulting in a 50% increase of our monthly garbage bill. [See 2015-2016 Grand Jury Report @ on p.39] Now Oakland wants $600 million of taxpayer money to dole out and manage in contracts. Oakland has proven that it cannot manage money wisely and should not be trusted with large budget until it has proven ability to manage small budgets.
I oppose this $600 million ‘Bond Measure KK’ because the taxpayers were not consulted either as to the importance of the projects or the costs of them. The Bond Measure and the supporting documents refer to budget items such as ‘Streets and Roads Projects, in the amount of $350 million’ for repaving repairs. Oakland refuses to release documents that show the existing repaving budget, the existing funds for the repaving or the why more funds are needed.
Congress Representative Barbara Lee has done a fantastic job of bringing home Federal funds to repave Oakland streets. City Administration Office has made no attempt to inform the property owners why Oakland needs more money for paving than the Federal funds and the Oakland ongoing paving budget already provides. Oakland has failed to explain the $350 million shortfall in the paving budget. The Bond documents merely states the problem without informing the taxpayers the existing resources that solve the problem.
Oakland’s infrastructure improvements need to be done incrementally. The taxpayer must evaluate the value received before additional tax money is supplied. All new property taxes should be spent on Oakland’s infrastructure; not 50% given to Wall Street financiers.
Vote ‘NO” on Oakland’s waste of our tax dollars! Vote ‘NO’ on Measure KK!
Marcus Crawley

Posted by Marcus Crawley on 10/20/2016 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Cinco TacoBar in San Leandro Redefines the Strip Mall Taqueria

Sounds good, but there is no ñ in habanero.

Posted by RobertLauriston on 10/20/2016 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Nellie's Soulfood Plots a Triumphant Return to West Oakland

OMGGGG I sure hope this happens. I miss Nellie's. Those oxtails and the dressing..muahh. Please keep us all updated. What a gift to start the holidays with.!!!!

Posted by Darlene E. Jones on 10/20/2016 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Is Oakland Council President McElhaney Faking Sick, Canceling Meetings to Avoid Hearings on Ethics Violations?

Actually the charge to censure is being led by private citizens, many from McElhaney's own District.

Posted by Bill Chorneau on 10/20/2016 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Eleanor Roosevelt's Great Lesbian Love Affair

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Posted by Taylar Calin on 10/20/2016 at 6:10 AM

Re: “Nellie's Soulfood Plots a Triumphant Return to West Oakland

Well bless the Lord. 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

Posted by Sheryl Jackson on 10/20/2016 at 5:48 AM

Re: “The Truth About Medical Marijuana Card Privacy

A lot of pain in my hips and my hands and my knees trying to be able to get some lotions and creams that's why am asking about a pot card or how to get a card legally

Posted by Robin V Jones on 10/20/2016 at 1:07 AM

Re: “The Truth About Medical Marijuana Card Privacy

This might sound dumb but how do I get a card

Posted by Robin V Jones on 10/20/2016 at 1:06 AM

Re: “Social Justice in a Produce Box

Posted by Dije Mima on 10/20/2016 at 1:03 AM

Re: “Is Oakland Council President McElhaney Faking Sick, Canceling Meetings to Avoid Hearings on Ethics Violations?

Crooked Desley Brooks is leading the charge to censure McElhhaney?? Really? Brooks is hypocrisy personified. OMG, it's impossible to make this stuff up.

Posted by Jan Van Dusen on 10/19/2016 at 10:54 PM

Re: “Town Business: Police Union Attacks Kalb and Gallo; Oakland Claims Garbage Contracts No Problem

@ Peter Stokes: "OPD officers told me they live outside Oakland for the welfare of their families. I was stunned." You shouldn't be. The killers of Judy Salamon cheerfully threatened witnesses with death. Some guys are really bad characters. You don't want your spouse and children to have an "accident" on an Oakland street. * * * I've talked to officers who have rotated through many assignments, served in beats all over the city, and certainly "understand Oakland for what it is."

Posted by Charlie Pine on 10/19/2016 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Listen to Ah Mer Ah Su's Dreamy, Downcast Ballad "Klonopin"

The Night Light event for those in Oakland

Posted by Arthur Dwyer on 10/19/2016 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of October 19, 2016

I also think that the Board including in its 12 year $120 parcel tax the provision that increase in the Board's middle school charter school enrollment, over and above any District middle school enrollment increases, will trigger a redistribution of District pay raises to fund addition pay raises for mostly non-union Board charter school employees is going to upset Oakland Unified School District employees when they see their pay checks being reduced.

Whomever thought up this redistribution of employees pay raise to charter school employees for Measure G1 should be fired. And, passage of Measure G1 means that this dumb idea will be in place for 12 years.

Anyone want to join me in voting NO on Measure G1 dumb parcel tax?

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 10/19/2016 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Oakland Struggles to Hold Banks Accountable

Once again council has failed in its' fiduciary responsibilities to Oakland's residents. Why isn't our Ethic Commission investigating this obvious failure to perform there sworn duties?

Its' a good that there are a lot of engaged, well wishing Oaklanders pushing our city sure ain't the council.

Posted by Richard Clarke 1 on 10/19/2016 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Town Business: Police Union Attacks Kalb and Gallo; Oakland Claims Garbage Contracts No Problem

Re the garbage contracts, "cool" is the new "rigged."

Re the police (also firefighters and to an unknown extent public works personnel), it's astonishing that the widely-covered abandonment of New Orleans by police especially in the Katrina aftermath hasn't been taken as a model for what will happen in Oakland in the event of a severe Hayward fault rupture (due any time now, note). Unamazingly, under such circumstances people will prioritize the safety of their own families.

State law, passed by the Legislature in the '70s under union pressure, prohibits cities from enforcing residency requirements for employees, but one would think a simple sense of self-preservation would be enough to motivate the majority of Californians living in major earthquake hazard zones to get that changed.

Posted by Steve Bloom on 10/19/2016 at 3:52 PM

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