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Re: “Foreclosure and its Aftereffects

Meddling can be such fun, raves CEDA Director Cohen
December 30, 2010
In an e-mail exchange between Director of Building Services Raymond Derania and Walter Cohen, Derania boasts that Building Services heavy-handed treatment is routine.
Neighbor A complains to Public Works that the sidewalk median strip vegetation (flowers) maintained by Neighbor B is encroaching onto the public right-of-way, forcing him to navigate his stroller around the offending area. Neighbor B complies with Building Services' request and cuts back vegetation several inches from the sidewalk. Nonetheless, Building Services staff fine Neighbor B $1300 because of a second complaint filed by Neighbor A a year later. Neighbor B filed an appeal with Building Services. The appeal was denied (ILLEGAL DETERMINATION) by Rich Fielding on the basis that the alleged overgrowth had existed in the past. Complaint abated; owner fined nonetheless. ?????

Derania: "For the new administration, would you consider turning-over a new leaf and just letting us handle stuff? This is routine. If transgressors are turned-back to us, it's surprising how quickly they see-the-light and get with the program (even though it costs them some money sometimes)."


Cohen: "Well!.... If you insist... meddling can be such fun! But OK."

Walter, do you mean meddling in peoples' lives or meddling with the heavy-handed practices of Building Services?

See actual email click here:
http://www.auditoaklandceda.com/web_docume…

Posted by RdwithCypress on 12/30/2010 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Will Lehman Abandon Oak Knoll?

Meddling can be such fun, raves CEDA Director Cohen
December 30, 2010
In an e-mail exchange between Director of Building Services Raymond Derania and Walter Cohen, Derania boasts that Building Services heavy-handed treatment is routine.
Neighbor A complains to Public Works that the sidewalk median strip vegetation (flowers) maintained by Neighbor B is encroaching onto the public right-of-way, forcing him to navigate his stroller around the offending area. Neighbor B complies with Building Services' request and cuts back vegetation several inches from the sidewalk. Nonetheless, Building Services staff fine Neighbor B $1300 because of a second complaint filed by Neighbor A a year later. Neighbor B filed an appeal with Building Services. The appeal was denied (ILLEGAL DETERMINATION) by Rich Fielding on the basis that the alleged overgrowth had existed in the past. Complaint abated; owner fined nonetheless. ?????

Derania: "For the new administration, would you consider turning-over a new leaf and just letting us handle stuff? This is routine. If transgressors are turned-back to us, it's surprising how quickly they see-the-light and get with the program (even though it costs them some money sometimes)."


Cohen: "Well!.... If you insist... meddling can be such fun! But OK."

Walter, do you mean meddling in peoples' lives or meddling with the heavy-handed practices of Building Services?

See actual email click here:
http://www.auditoaklandceda.com/web_docume…

Posted by RdwithCypress on 12/30/2010 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Perata Spending Closes in on $1 Million; Marcie Hodge Fails to Disclose Donors

My friend who lives in Rickridge received the email below from someone on his block yahoo group, and I was able to get permission from the writer to re-post on the Blog.

I am sorry to send a second political email to the group. But I feel this is an extremely important matter.

I know that many of us on the block remember the chaos, panic, and anger we experienced when some of us got the false, or in some cases actual but unwarranted, blight citations issued by CEDA and/or Public Works (part of the same umbrella organization) as a result of blank forms being given to a private citizen or a Building Services inspector colluding with a neighbor when the citations were unwarranted.

As a result of that experience, I’ve become very involved in helping to uncover and expose massive corruption within CEDA. Some of you have been informed about this through choosing to stay on my mailing list. But I am now writing to the block as a whole to inform you that Michael Kilian, candidate for City auditor, has been instrumental in helping with routing out the CEDA corruption. By contrast, our current auditor, Courtney Ruby, has not only missed the corruption but failed to act on it when it was reported to her.

In fact, CEDA abated one whistleblower’s house a “substandard public nuisance” and scheduled it for demolition – without ever having set foot in it – as a result of her reports to Ruby. All of this went ignored by Ruby, who has an obligation to protect whistleblowers.

The corruption going on within CEDA – which is detailed on the site linked to below – is in my opinion the worst to occur in our city, or even arguably any city, in a long time. A citizen lawsuit has been filed against the city administrator and other high City and CEDA officials for violation of the state constitution and other state and local laws, alleging that CEDA has inflated its fees and ramped up its lien process in order to balance the Oakland budget on the backs of blameless homeowners, some of whom it has forced into foreclosure. CEDA also now stands accused of damaging nepotism, kickbacks, and more. Its head of Building Services recently resigned in the face of these accusations.

Michael Kilian, who is not yet our auditor, is doing something about this. Courtney Ruby on the other hand, who holds the office, not only has done nothing but has ignored the information and evidence after being handed it.

Please vote for Michael Kilian for auditor.

Posted by RdwithCypress on 10/30/2010 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Kaplan, Quan, and Tuman for Oakland Mayor

My friend who lives in Rickridge received the email below from someone on his block yahoo group, and I was able to get permission from the writer to re-post on the Abetter Oakland Blog.

I am sorry to send a second political email to the group. But I feel this is an extremely important matter.

I know that many of us on the block remember the chaos, panic, and anger we experienced when some of us got the false, or in some cases actual but unwarranted, blight citations issued by CEDA and/or Public Works (part of the same umbrella organization) as a result of blank forms being given to a private citizen or a Building Services inspector colluding with a neighbor when the citations were unwarranted.

As a result of that experience, I’ve become very involved in helping to uncover and expose massive corruption within CEDA. Some of you have been informed about this through choosing to stay on my mailing list. But I am now writing to the block as a whole to inform you that Michael Kilian, candidate for City auditor, has been instrumental in helping with routing out the CEDA corruption. By contrast, our current auditor, Courtney Ruby, has not only missed the corruption but failed to act on it when it was reported to her.

In fact, CEDA abated one whistleblower’s house a “substandard public nuisance” and scheduled it for demolition – without ever having set foot in it – as a result of her reports to Ruby. All of this went ignored by Ruby, who has an obligation to protect whistleblowers.

The corruption going on within CEDA – which is detailed on the site linked to below – is in my opinion the worst to occur in our city, or even arguably any city, in a long time. A citizen lawsuit has been filed against the city administrator and other high City and CEDA officials for violation of the state constitution and other state and local laws, alleging that CEDA has inflated its fees and ramped up its lien process in order to balance the Oakland budget on the backs of blameless homeowners, some of whom it has forced into foreclosure. CEDA also now stands accused of damaging nepotism, kickbacks, and more. Its head of Building Services recently resigned in the face of these accusations.

Michael Kilian, who is not yet our auditor, is doing something about this. Courtney Ruby on the other hand, who holds the office, not only has done nothing but has ignored the information and evidence after being handed it.

Please vote for Michael Kilian for auditor.

Posted by RdwithCypress on 10/30/2010 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Updated: For Quan and Perata, It’s a Two-Person Race

DeSilva/Gallagher for Mayor?
October 27, 2010
Is a vote for Don Perata really a vote for DeSilva Enterprises?
Perata for Mayor top-level staff is Anne Willcoxon, wife of Michael Willcoxon, attorney for DeSilva Enterprises. Perata's Oakland office is at 502 Oakland Avenue. The Willcoxon's reside at a golf club in Moraga.

Perata supporter Oliver DeSilva, doing business as Gallagher & Burke, is the number two Public Works contractor according to the 2007 Low Bidder Response Analysis. DeSilva is based in the Dublin/Pleasanton area.

Gallagher & Burke recently won a competitive bid between four contractors for a $1.4 million street resurfacing project. The item was never discussed by City Council; it was on the "consent calendar," meaning batch-Ayed.

DeSilva, doing business as DeSilva, is the number two blight abatement contractor for CEDA.

Just whose "dream job" is Oakland Mayor?

Posted by RdwithCypress on 10/30/2010 at 8:27 AM

Re: “Kaplan, Quan, and Tuman for Oakland Mayor

Fraser,

I actually used to think Tom was a bad apple. After all he made a lot of money developing frog town into a tech center. Since then, however he has embraced the community is such a positive way. I love everything he has done in Richmond. He and Andrew have really benefited Richmond in so many ways.

Posted by RdwithCypress on 10/27/2010 at 8:45 PM

Re: “A Recap of East Bay Express Endorsements

Prime blight abatement contractor for CEDA pays piddling permit fees for personal residence
October 27, 2010
CEDA Building Services staff gave preferential treatment in permit fees for an addition to his personal residence to Arthur Young, owner of Arthur Young Debris Removal Service, the number one contractor used by CEDA to abate blight. Building Services records show that in 2008, Young paid only $353.66 for permits to build a 2,361 square foot addition to his home at 13811 Campus Drive. By contrast, permit fees for a comparable project — a 2,700-foot home at 556 Fairbanks, in 2006 – cost over $17,000, or roughly 5% of the estimated cost of the project. Had Young been charged this more-customary percentage, his permit fees would have totaled in the thousands.

To see the rest of the story got to:

http://www.auditoaklandceda.com/index.php?…


Auditor Candidate Kilian Files Nepotism Complaint Against CEDA Top-Dog Antoinette Renwick
October 22, 2010

Michael Kilian, candidate for city auditor, reported to the Oakland Public Ethics Commission that Building Services Inspection Services Manager Antoinette Holloway-Renwick failed to report a close familial relationship with Arthur Young, who owns Arthur Young Debris Removal Service, the City's number one blight abatement contractor.

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Michael Kilian, candidate for city auditor, reported to the Oakland Public Ethics Commission that Building Services Inspection Services Manager Antoinette Holloway-Renwick failed to report a close familial relationship with Arthur Young, who owns Arthur Young Debris Removal Service, the City's number one blight abatement contractor.
Kilian's complaint alleges that this relationship costs the City millions of dollars a year because of the preferential treatment Young receives from Holloway-Renwick. Building Services records, as well as a deposition of Holloway-Renwick in an unrelated lawsuit, reveal that Holloway-Renwick was directly responsible for both contract and invoice approval for Arthur Young Debris Removal Service. The amount of those contracts exceeds $4 million since 2007.

A 2007 audit of Public Works contract bidding process showed that Arthur Young Debris Removal Service was the number one Public Works contractor at that time.

Courtney Ruby's hiring-practices audit, dated October 21, 2009, does not include Holloway-Renwick's relationship with Arthur Young.

Holloway-Renwick retired several days after Kilian filed his complaint.

Posted by RdwithCypress on 10/27/2010 at 8:14 PM

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