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Re: “Oakland Schools Interested in Building Affordable Teacher Housing on 12th Street Remainder Parcel

I agree with CJ Garrett

Also, what is the case when a teacher is no longer with the district in the classroom? Are they then forced to sell or vacate? And how will the spaces be allotted: who will get the privileged under-market housing; only science teachers - art teachers - special education - primary - secondary? Will total household income play a role?

What makes a teacher any more valuable for local living than a local police officer, or fire fighter? I think we'd all be better served as a community if these people choosing to provide these services we're living in our community.

If a School District wants teachers to be local, then the District should bargain for appropriate local residence pay subsidies based on total household income and accountably renew those standings, yearly, if the teacher continues to be employed in the classroom and reside within Oakland city limits.

Posted by Jeff Winemiller on 08/24/2015 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Oakland Schools Interested in Building Affordable Teacher Housing on 12th Street Remainder Parcel

This is such a weird, pointless controversy--there's no shortage of available land to build public facilities if the funding is present. You can build public buildings anywhere; private housing development is only viable in a few areas of Oakland.

If you really think Oakland should be building public housing for teachers (or recreation centers, or whatever), there's no reason you couldn't sell the E.12th land to the highest bidder, and then take the money and build elsewhere on cheaper land. That way you'd get both 300+ market rate units, (reducing pressure on the existing housing stock and generating substantial tax revenue) plus whatever public facility/affordable housing you want to build.

The current approach is going to leave a lot of public money on the table, money that the city obviously needs.

Posted by C.J. Garrett on 08/24/2015 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Oakland Schools Interested in Building Affordable Teacher Housing on 12th Street Remainder Parcel

What a concept. Instead of making a backroom deal to hand over this site to a marginal developer for more high end housing, look what happens when you actually follow the law. The City of Oakland actually has a chance to not only provide much needed affordable or workforce housing on the site, they can target the units for teachers in Oakland schools and contribute to the education campus vision for the OUSD. Unfortunately, the Mayor and City Council showed absolutely no leadership in this scenario and had to be pushed to the brink by the people to do what's right. I hope this sends a strong message to Oakland City Hall moving forward. As Oakland's own Huey Newton said, the power is to the people, not you temporary stewards with limited investment in the community. If you do not do your job in a transparent, open, thoughtful and inclusive way, the people will come to see you.

Posted by Gary Patton on 08/24/2015 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Inside California's Historic Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill

I own and operate the largest MJ delivery service in California. We are FULLY compliant. Of the 400 services in LA, my company is one of only a handful of fully legal services.

AB266 shuts us down -- intentionally. This bill was designed to line the pockets of the entrenched.

If this corrupt legislation passes, the only winner is the black market. It is the fruit of collusion between corrupt politicians, lawyers and dispensary owners. We (in the industry) know who all these people are. Pretty soon, I'm going to start naming names.

--AJ @ SpeedWeed

Posted by AJ Gentile on 08/24/2015 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Oakland Animal Shelter at 200% Capacity

we adopted a pit bull from a shelter 5 years ago. He had been there 9 months, about to be put down, seen as wild and unsocialized. He is a great, goofy, loving dog: did it take work? yes. Is he aggressive with people? no. Will he protect our home? yes. The neighbors love him, and he loves them.

Posted by Margaret Stone on 08/24/2015 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Inside California's Historic Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill

I totally agree with Eric. I would add the fact that Delivery Services are regulated out of business in these bills. I own West Coast Delivery operating since 2010 in total compliance to 215 and 420, as well as being in good standing with the BOE. I have provided safe access to over 5,000 patients over the years and was hoping that Sacramento would finally recognize the delivery service industry. Sadly, this is not the case. Delivery Services like West Coast Delivery will be illegal under the bills unless operating under the umbrella of a dispensary. My discussions with Bonta's office indicates there was political pressure State wide NOT to include delivery services. Question is WHY? Bottom line is that as written AB266, once provisional licenses are issued the legal protections afforded by SB420 are no longer provided and communities like Lancaster and Palmdale will have no way to secure medicine.

Posted by Leo Anderson on 08/24/2015 at 8:31 AM

Re: “BART Riders Racially Profile via Smartphone App

Always working on interpersonal skills. I once watched a woman consume a pepsi and bag of chips on a bus. When she got up to leave, I said, "excuse me, you forgot your stuff." Her response was just a nod, but she picked up her trash and took it off the bus. When Oakland got the new busses with cloth seats, I observed some teens tagging them with felt markers. I said, "Excuse me, this is my bus, too, and I would appreciate it if you didn't deface it". Their response? They apologized while capping their pens.

Posted by Donna Mori on 08/24/2015 at 5:02 AM

Re: “Updated: Oakland Pot Union Bribery Scandal Exposed

The rest of those indictments need to come down now. Lay everything on the table.

Posted by Paul Lucas on 08/23/2015 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Highs and Lows at Lungomare

my husband and I have dinner we ordered the octopus appetizer it was more like a simple and not an appetizer three small little pieces of octopus mostly fava beans my husband ordered it was undercooked will not go back there for dinner

Posted by Vicky Esquivel on 08/23/2015 at 5:53 PM

Re: “FDA Warns Seven CBD and Hemp Oil Companies Over Medical Claims

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Posted by Editor on 08/23/2015 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Oakland Talks with Raiders and A’s While Waiting for Coliseum City Developer

Kronke will stay in st.louis, the league is pleased with the proposal that st.louis made for Kronke. They are saying that it makes more sense for Kronke to stay in st.louis river front stadium than moving to LA. They are willing to give Kronke public funding to cover that gap to make that river front stadium a reality. Keep in mind that Kronke is rich for one reason and one reason only. So he will go where the money is at. Economically it make more sense for him to stay in St. Louis now that they gave him $400 or $500 million to cover that gap that they needed to make that river front stadium.
It will be the Raiders and chargers in Carson at the end of day.

Los Angeles Raiders 2016 !!!!
"Just Move Baby".
4 season tickets please!

Posted by Gilbert Sanchez on 08/23/2015 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Friday Must Reads: Oakland Loses Bid to Keep Pot Club Open; Judge Indicates that He Will Uphold Berkeley’s Cellphone Law

?? ... according to Reuters, Oakland DOES have standing but the Feds can proceed anyway: "The three-judge panel for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a written opinion that the city has standing to intervene in the civil forfeiture suit against Harborside Health Center, because its closure would cost the city tax revenue."…

Posted by Paul Burton on 08/22/2015 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Oakland Talks with Raiders and A’s While Waiting for Coliseum City Developer

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Posted by Editor on 08/22/2015 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Oakland Talks with Raiders and A’s While Waiting for Coliseum City Developer

The City needs to get off their ass and act like they Want to keep the Raiders. I support the no public funds on a new stadium stance. But, they need to get this stadium deal expedited. Oakland acts like they want the Raiders to leave, and they keep trying to kiss the Oakland A's owner Wolff ass. He doesn't want the team to stay in Oakland, if he had his way the team would be in San Jose. The city needs to accommodate the Raiders as much as possible.

Posted by Ryan Miller 1 on 08/22/2015 at 12:56 PM
Posted by Robert Sandoval on 08/22/2015 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Oakland Talks with Raiders and A’s While Waiting for Coliseum City Developer

I think you're forgetting about Stan Kronor who can give that Jerry Jones experience to the LA market & Spanos. Both owners who have deeper pockets then Mark Davis. They will get the LA market

Posted by Robert Sandoval on 08/22/2015 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Cannabis Extracts Laden with Pesticides, Oregonian Finds

The problem is the pot parasites refuse to give up the cannabis cultivation cash cow. They want to keep the price of marijuana high by keeping it out of your back yard. It is as simple as that. It is about money not public health.

Posted by Cathy Gray-Troutt on 08/22/2015 at 6:34 AM

Re: “Alameda Mayor In Hot Water Over Racially Insensitive Comments

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Posted by Editor on 08/22/2015 at 5:04 AM

Re: “Oakland Talks with Raiders and A’s While Waiting for Coliseum City Developer

When do we get a reality check from the City of Oakland? While Cappio seems to be fulfilling her role as the Mayors high paid cheerleader, the facts on the ground paint a very different picture, especially regarding the Raiders. While Kephart is away tinkering with his magic box of numbers for a complicated, fantasy 20 year mixed use plan in East Oakland, Carmen Policy and Marc Davis are presenting plans to the NFL for a stadium in Los Angeles. This is not 1965. The NFL today is a billion dollar industry comprised of corporate owners who are billionaires, not millionaires. Those owners have a long term interest in growing their brand internationally and want the LA market badly as a part of that plan. In the context of that vision, here is what is real, Oakland is a small town and Marc Davis is not a billionaire. The City of Oakland has no money and local politicians will never ask voters to approve any money for new stadiums. Cappio can try and spin it anyway she wants, but that is the bottom line. That small town toughness has always been what was special about both the Raiders and the A's. We are not New York or LA or Chicago, but we will kick your butt anyway. That may not be enough now and the sooner the Mayor realizes that the better. The league owners want a 2 billion dollar Jerry Jones Dallas like NFL experience for any new stadiums and that will never happen in Oakland. In fact, it has been reported that the LA deal has something in it for the other owners pockets. In my opinion, the hiring of Carmen Policy sealed this deal. As council for Eddie DeBartolo and having negotiated for the Cleveland Browns new stadium, Policy has history with the other league owners. He knows where all of the bodies are buried and can make this happen for Marc Davis. This is an easy call Oakland, who do you think has more juice with the NFL, Carmen Policy or Claudia Cappio?

Posted by Gary Patton on 08/22/2015 at 3:45 AM

Re: “Econo Jam Records

The phone number is now 510-465-2559.

Posted by Tom OShaughnessy on 08/21/2015 at 3:01 PM

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