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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
Posted by Don Macleay on 10/11/2016 at 10:47 PM

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

Why was I not invited to participate in the interview for the At Large for Oakland City Council? Nancy Sidebotham, Candidate for City Council At Large, Oakland.

Posted by Nancy Sidebotham 1 on 10/11/2016 at 10:08 PM

Re: “Candidates Vying for Oakland School Board Seats Defined by Positions on Charter Schools

Parents United for Public Schools' full endorsements, as well as full candidate questionnaires, can be found here:

Posted by Ann Swinburn on 10/11/2016 at 9:37 PM

Re: “Oakland Bus Stop Battle Continues, Outcome Unclear

This stop has been restored and is back in full service. The only difference is that it has been moved across from it's former pre-Sprouts location to 2969 Broadway.

Score it, The People : 1
Bully Boys : 0

Posted by Bruce Langley on 10/11/2016 at 9:15 PM

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

Why don't proponents of the measure feature store owners who say they'll compensate for the tax by raising prices on soda alone -- that the tax won't affect the cost of other groceries? They can even point out that it's the soda industry itself that would benefit by pressuring grocers to shift the tax onto other items.

This is a no-brainer. Proponents of the measure should respond directly to the attacks with such a clear presentation.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/11/2016 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Candidates Vying for Oakland School Board Seats Defined by Positions on Charter Schools

Good report, I consider it fair.
I feel correctly quoted.

There are basically two slates:

The local school slate led up by the four Oakland Justice coalition candidates, including me (

The privatization / Eli Broad, outside money friends group mostly defined by GO Public Schools endorsed and funded incumbents.
(With a couple exceptions of course)

Glad to see some of this incredible money and influence in the press. This has been the big story in our schools for a couple elections now. The big difference is that we now have a challenger from the pro public school side in every district in contention. If 3 of the 4 win, we have a new board majority free of GO control, where as they currently helped elect 6 of the 7 incumbents.

What I felt deserves to be added is the consistent 15 year erosion of racial integration caused by charter and charter style school choice. KQED did a good recent series on the subject:…

Posted by Don Macleay on 10/11/2016 at 7:28 PM

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

And vote Yes on Measure X if you live in Contra Costa County, or have a friend or coworker who lives there. It relieves congestion, smoothes traffic on busy streets, repaves streets and expands transit, walking and bicycling.

Posted by Dave Campbell 1 on 10/11/2016 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Snoop Dogg, Too $hort Endorse California Marijuana Legalization in New Video

Some of you are thinking short-term. California needs to legalize in order to send a message to the world, legalization is the next step. Cannabis is plant and therefore like all plant you have the choice of getting you vegetables at a local independent farm or you can buy the same plant from a corporation, the difference is who you are supporting. (buying it from)

I will be buying from independent farms no matter the size, only the quality.

Posted by Sergio ♃☉☿ on 10/11/2016 at 3:59 PM

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

For District 5 residents, virtually everything good that's happened has happened while Noel Gallo has been our councilman:

1) The basics: Noel's predecessor, Ignacio de la Fuente, spent most of his time consulting with his mentors (e.g., Don Perata), running for higher City officD 5 residents, rast, constituent service and consulting with community organizations and , not so much. The IDLF years were for me and too many other residents, like being in political Siberia, but with lots, lots more company.

2) Housing and public safety: There's a reason so many of my neighbors involved in public safety. street safety and and housing issues support Noel's re-election. Ignacio has endorsed Viola Gonzales. Viola Gonzalez has said that Council-members need to be nicer/more cooperative with housing developers and that she will repair the public-OPD -community relationship with (gist) 'more talking and dialogue'....I don't want to go back to the IDLF way of being "represented" (OPOA wishes first) and I certainly don't think OPD's issues with sex trafficking, s.uggish- 'compliance' with the Riders case NSA and racial profiling can be 'talked away'. I have and will give credit where its due for reforms that OPD has implemented, usually only after relentless pressure fromthe Federal Court, but Council person who's in the OPOA's pocket and is likely to buy in to idea that Oakland is safer by throwing love and money at the OPD and OPOA is going backwards

3) The Oakland Animal Shelter------Gonzalez's patron, IDLF, constantly talked about selling or closing the shelter and stated his budgetary vision was of Oakland as a 'basic services only' City. Noel from the start of his term advocated for correcting budget and staffing shortfalls at OAS, then for a new civilian-community governance structure....Since late 2014 OAS has been on the rebound in its service level and relationships with its volunteer and animal welfare non-profit partners.......I don't want to go back to the past where OAS was first up on the chopping block at budget time.

4) Protection of our non-police civic and physical infrastructure-----Noel. again after both reaching out to constituents and being asked by constituents, is a strong advocate for our libraries, senior and youth services, parks, schools and libraries. During his first term, he has built strong relationships with neighborhood school communities and the traffic and street safety working group in my neighborhood. Viola Gonzalez will be the go-t0 Council member for a few interests and an advocate for City 'police first' budgets that cut and starve other City services.

Let's move forward together....

Mary Vail,
31 year Oakland-Glenview-District 5 resident

Posted by Mary Vail on 10/11/2016 at 2:41 PM

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