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Re: “A Message to Readers

Thanks for the comment, Sam. The Bay Citizen was staffed, like the Center for Investigative Reporting into which it was merged, with fantastic journalists who do great work. But I continue to believe that the Bay Citizen model was unsustainable which ultimately doomed this noble experiment. - Jay

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Posted by Jay Youngdahl on 10/22/2014 at 9:18 AM

Re: “AC Transit Incumbent A No-Show in Campaign

Ugh.

That was my screw-up, Joyce. It's fixed now.

Posted by Robert Gammon on 10/22/2014 at 8:58 AM

Re: “AC Transit Incumbent A No-Show in Campaign

BTW, please correct Dollene's name in the subtitle. It is Dollene Jones, not Dollene Young.

Posted by Joyce Roy on 10/22/2014 at 8:43 AM

Re: “A Message to Readers

You misrepresent why The Bay Citizen folded a couple years ago. It had nothing to do with funding or the business model, and the reasons were widely reported at the time. You should really do your homework before reporting something as fact. You wrote, "the news media generally does a terrible job telling the truth about itself." And then you did exactly that type of bad reporting. Geesh!

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Posted by Sam Burns on 10/22/2014 at 5:48 AM

Re: “AC Transit Incumbent A No-Show in Campaign

This is a test; will voters simply chose the incumbent on this down ballot race or will they check it out?

Your choice agrees with the GREEN voter guide. In addition,it endorsed a candidate for Ward 4, a very clear choice, Murphy McCalley, a retired transit professional. The incumbent, Mark Williams, is so young and inexperienced that he takes his clues from Joel.

To quote from Supervisor Nate Miley's endorsement letter, he gives the following three reasons for endorsing Murphy:

He's exceptionally qualified. He has over 30 years of professional experience in the public transit industry. He will bring a great combination of public policy breadth and real-world transit experience. A complete list of the transportation industries where Murphy has worked can be found on the website:
www.votemccalley2014.com.

Second, Murphy can relate to AC Transit riders, having grown up in the East Bay and whose family relied on public transit as their primary mode of transportation.

Finally, Murphy has the right approach to public service, knows how to work with others to get things done, and has a proven track record of applying imaginative as well as practical solutions to solve problems. He has demonstrated a strong commitment to transit. He views the office as a way to better the community, not as the stepping stone to a higher office. Murphy will work to see improved service frequency and routes to the community, stable or reduced fares, and continued ADA/senior services.


My thought is: What a great addition he would be for the board! You do not find someone like him every day.

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Posted by Joyce Roy on 10/22/2014 at 12:48 AM

Re: “Chevron Bids to Retake Richmond

Ramsey fails to mention that the budget deficit is due to Chevron's fire and explosion of August 2012, lowering their property value and therefore less tax money for Richmond and the county.

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Posted by Jeannette Kortz 1 on 10/22/2014 at 12:39 AM

Re: “Vote Libby Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland

"Schaaf ... has an admirable work ethic". "As for Kaplan, we like her buoyant, upbeat attitude about Oakland, and her work to promote smart growth, mass transit, and bikeable streets. But we're concerned about her work ethic and her tendency to avoid taking tough stances on issues". So how does that square with Schaaf blowing off the vote on Coliseum City tonight at Council and Kaplan being the only one to vote for no extension because of a lack of transparency in the financials presented to Council? Who's avoiding what stance here? Also this leads to another question of how many other votes has Schaaf avoided like this or abstained on since she has been on the City Council?

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Posted by Rob Gerson on 10/21/2014 at 11:12 PM

Re: “The Battle for Richmond's Soul

I am NOT a resident, I am only a landlord. Tom Butt has been the ONLY elected official who ever returned my call and talked to me.

At the time, I had questions about Point Mulate gambling program. I went to council meetings then and I can testify that Butt was on the right side, Richmond side from the beginning.

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Posted by Gershon Luria on 10/21/2014 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Chevron Bids to Retake Richmond

Albeit not quite to the extent of Chevron, what is so overlooked by the media is that VEOLIA has also had a major influence in Richmond politics with thousands of dollars in both individual campaign contributions as well as PACs (BMW)

Where Chevron may keep money out of the City's coffers because of tax loopholes, Veolia takes money directly out of the hands of the taxpayers by not doing what they're contracted to do and by the City filing a lawsuit against VEOLIA in 2008 that lasted 17 months and resulted in VEOLIA paying Richmond $1.92 million.

Of the current council, Mayor hopefuls,

TOM BUTT and NAT BATES, took campaign contributions from Veolia (Vivendi/US Filter) leading up to Richmond signing the privatization contract of its wastewater system to VEOLIA in 2002 and afterwards.

JIM ROGERS has also taken contributions from Veolia.

Besides the issues that led up to the 2008 lawsuit, Veolia has also been responsible for allowing Hydrogen Sulfide to be released into the community causing residents to become ill, failed to report sewage spills within the state-mandated time, been fined $150,000 by Contra Costa DA, to name a few.

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Posted by Jason Myers on 10/21/2014 at 10:10 PM

Re: “Bookstores Turn to Internet for Help

Very nice to see this, and also good to see the bookstores doing practical, creative things that actually work instead of playing the victim to Amazon. The people who value what you're doing will often support it.

Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 10/21/2014 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Broken Promises of Oakland Foods Co

Uh, plastic grocery bags are illegal, so it's good they didn't have any. Do you mean there were no trash bags on the shelves?

Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 10/21/2014 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Vote Libby Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland

http://www.oakmayor2014.com/candidate-ques…

After reading through the candidates' questions & answers, I'm feeling less enthused about Schaaf than I was before. Most of her answers are vague and nonspecific, talking about ideas and aspirations rather than actual concrete strategies and statistics. I'm beginning to get a sense that she'll just be Quan all over again: lots of high-minded talk, but averse to taking action for fear of pissing off X group of fringe 'constituents'.

After reading through these, I'm for Joe Tuman 100%. Unlike most of the other candidates, his answers to the questions are consistently detailed, analytical and well thought-out. Clearly he cares passionately about the job and has done his research. And most importantly, his approaches strike a healthy and effective balance between conservative and liberal methodologies, rather than blindly pandering to the left like most of the other candidates. Sadly, it is for that reason that he's unlikely to get far in the election...but damnit I'll vote for him anyway because this city badly needs that kind of balanced and strong-willed leadership.

If you're going to vote, PLEASE read through these:
http://www.oakmayor2014.com/candidate-ques…

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Posted by Max Chanowitz on 10/21/2014 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Vote Libby Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland

Would be very useful if all the Schaaf supporters here would provide some lists of her accomplishments as District 4 Council member. That means not just projects or policies she "supported" or voted for, but the tangible, measurable results of any such projects or policies.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/21/2014 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Broken Promises of Oakland Foods Co

On one of my visit to FC, they had ran out of plastic bags. How does a grocery store run out of plastic bags. Management needs to focus on other things and let the workers ORGANIZE!

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Posted by Cynthia Cornelius on 10/21/2014 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Vote Libby Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland

N. Vigilante says:

"Libby is a very hardworker and has done a good job as our Councilmember. Libby listens to what her constituents tell her, considers viewpoints even if she does not agree with them, and is respectful to everyone."

That's not what I was talking about. Vigilante needs to learn to listen. I said that Schaaf has not accomplished anything significant as Council member for District 4.

Being a hard worker and hearing constituents (because there are political consequences) is exactly what Jean Quan, or any pol that stays in office for a long time, does.

Thus my opinion that Schaaf is nothing other than a renewal of the Quan franchise. No real vision, no actual priorities, nothing accomplished, no change.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/21/2014 at 12:40 PM

Re: “The Growth of Weed Apps Is Explosive (Despite Federal Finger-Wagging)

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Posted by Editor on 10/20/2014 at 10:18 PM

Re: “Vote Libby Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland

I do not agree with Hobart Johnson's statements about Libby performance in District 4. I've worked with Libby over the years as a volunteer in many different capacities. In my opinion, Libby is a very hardworker and has done a good job as our Councilmember. Libby listens to what her constituents tell her, considers viewpoints even if she does not agree with them, and is respectful to everyone. I like those qualities very much. If she were running for re-election to District 4, I would have supported and voted for her. She will be one of my three choices for Mayor.

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Posted by Nicholas J. Vigilante on 10/20/2014 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Save Knowland Park Releases Poll Showing Strong Voter Opposition to Oakland Zoo Expansion

I would like to correct my earlier comment about the gondola. It should state that it's approximately 1/4 mile long, not 1 mile.

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Posted by Stefanie Gandolfi on 10/20/2014 at 3:02 AM

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Posted by Editor on 10/20/2014 at 1:28 AM

Re: “Save Knowland Park Releases Poll Showing Strong Voter Opposition to Oakland Zoo Expansion

Most of the stuff that's been published mentions the gondola ride without going into any detail about it, but it alone is an environmental disaster. The line will be nearly a mile long. Eight concrete towers up to 60 feet high will be required to support it. The terrain is so rough, the components will have to be brought in by helicopter. And it is located directly -- directly -- above the Hayward fault, on ground that has been designated unstable by the US Geological Service. It is also, as we know, located in the middle of rough parkland in the East Bay Hills, one of the highest fire danger areas in the state. All we need, when the Big One hits or the next Firestorm starts (perhaps because a kid sneaks a cigarette at the new campground up top), is a bunch of people trapped mid-air in closed gondola cars. What could possibly go wrong?

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Posted by Stefanie Gandolfi on 10/20/2014 at 12:47 AM

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