Charlie Stephen 
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Re: “It’s Time to Call Lew Wolff’s Bluff

Good story. It amazes me that, throughout the past fourteen months of negotiations, we've never seen these considerations raised in the local media such as the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Posted by Charlie Stephen on 07/09/2014 at 9:19 AM

Re: “BREAKING NEWS: Oakland Strikes Deals with Four Major City Unions

Employee furloughs are a concession from the taxpayers, not from the unions. They get a day off, we get less service. Or is there something wrong with my reasoning?

Posted by ces on 06/27/2011 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Ignacio Wants More Concessions from OPD

De la Fuente's plan sounds smart to me. More furloughs mean fewer layoffs, and that means we keep younger and less expensive cops who are more likely to walk the beat. Layoffs, on the other hand -- thanks to our endlessly self-interested police union -- will protect the older cops with their 200 k salaries and throw the recently-hired ones out of work. Of course, the real answer lies in raising more revenue, hiring more police.

Posted by ces on 06/25/2011 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Has Oakland Killed Community Policing?

Dishonest conduct once again from our government. How is it legitimate to change the law after voters have passed it, and been taxed for it? Perhaps Mr. Dan Siegel knows the answer; after all, he seems to know so many truths the rest of us do not. Incidentally, I live in the hills, where many of us are the furthest thing from rich, but I'd feel just as demoralized if I lived in any other part of Oakland, given that I simply cannot trust this city government any more.

Posted by ces on 03/24/2011 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Peralta Budget Cuts Services, Preserves Raises

Congatulations to Elihu Harris, Marcie Hodge, and friends!

You've won the lottery! You've won the multiple! Here it is. Apathetic voters x Your friends on the board = Lots of money for both of you!

The problem is, students from Berkeley College still can't do the math. If they could do the math, and I mean simple arithmetic, the two of you would be out on your asses, and maybe you'd be in court.

Posted by ces on 08/15/2010 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Friday Must Read: Marcie Hodge Enters Oakland Mayor's Race; Judge Lifts Stay on Gay Marriage Ruling

No more Marcie Hodge. She's a leech on the public teech.

Posted by ces on 08/15/2010 at 7:44 PM

Re: “Cops’ Union Attacks Quan

Oakland police are the fourth-highest paid in the country; their average salary and benefits package is four times as large as this city's average household income. Over thirty percent of officers earn more than 200k per year, working in a town where unemployment is 18%. And now we're told to tax ourselves. . .again. . .so that the police can retire with nearly full pay at age 50, and without contributing a dime to their own pensions. Unbelievable.

Posted by ces on 06/24/2010 at 12:46 PM

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