Kit Vaq 
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Re: “Online Poll Attacks Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, Claims False Endorsements for Peggy Moore

Supporters of the current mayor, who represent big corporate development money are obviously trying to get the people who are more progressive out of the running, out of elected seats and away from appointed positions. Their pockets for funds are almost bottomless when compared to grassroots community. This is happening in District 5 too with the council and school board candidates. Oakland 's soul is being sold, but many voters in the hills , who are starry-eyed over this mayor, don't realize what is going on here and will vote our interests away this election .

Posted by Kit Vaq on 08/30/2016 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Residents Complain AC Transit Turning Downtown Oakland Park Into De Facto Bus Terminal

AC Transit provides a much needed service to the community. Bus drivers need a place where they can take a break and use a restroom too. Do residents want them to go in the bushes or on the street instead? Shorestein Pit is not a solution for this problem either. When these resident car drivers' cars break down, they will wish they had public transportation nearby.

Posted by Kit Vaq on 06/23/2016 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Makes Way for a New Beer Garden

Rumbo's former location on Park Blvd. needs a new restaurant in the Glenview. That spot is vacant.

Posted by Kit Vaq on 05/18/2016 at 12:00 PM

Re: “From Harborside to Marijuana Legalization to Oakland's New Pot Rules, A Recap of the Bay Area's Wild Weed Week

Corrections on auto spell: Regulations, not relations. ... This is more than a courtesy.

Posted by Kit Vaq on 05/11/2016 at 12:46 PM

Re: “From Harborside to Marijuana Legalization to Oakland's New Pot Rules, A Recap of the Bay Area's Wild Weed Week

It would be a good idea if the City of Oakland enforced no smoking relations in general before legalization of pot occurs, especially before the legalization of pot as a recreational drug occurs. Nonsmokers of both tobacco and marijuana are at the mercy of unwanted exposure in public places such as sidewalks, parks, bus stops, etc. It would do the City good to curb people's public smoking habits because smoking is detrimental to the lungs regardless of the sustance, especially for children and adults with allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivities, lung problems, etc. This more than courtesy. This for public safety.

Posted by Kit Vaq on 05/11/2016 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Oakland Bus Stop Battle Continues, Outcome Unclear

The Coalition of the Broadway-Valdez/Pill Hill & Greater Oakland Community to Bring Back Our Bus Stop at 30th & Broadway agrees with AC Transit's recommendation to have the bus stop in front of Summit Bank for pedestrian and traffic safety reasons. The fact that Summit Bank keeps preventing the bus stop's placement and stating that bus riders and people who hang out with bus riders are a safety threat to their customers shows Summit Bank's tunnel vision of what community means to them. Their coded language is racist, classist, and discriminatory on so many levels. Summit Bank is mainly concerned about itself, not what the community really needs. The Coalition includes the residents, seniors, and disabled in the neighborhood and #51 bus riders. It also includes organizations like ACCE Action - Riders for Transit Justice, Block By Block Organizing Network, Sierra Club, Transport Oakland, Urban Habitat, and the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club who work with the community and support the needs of those who are most impacted by the removal of the bus stop at 30th & Broadway.

Posted by Kit Vaq on 04/17/2016 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Mayor Libby Schaaf Hires Oakland's First Transportation Policy Director

The money for transit improvements weren't available for the City of Oakland until voters recently passed Measure BB in November of 2014. Governor Jerry Brown also took away Oakland's (and other California cities') redevelopment funds during Mayor Quan's term so there was not enough in the City's budget to even fix the potholes. Now that there is a stream of funds coming our way, everyone is scrambling for a piece of the transportation pie.

Let's hope the current and new policymakers listen to the people who live here, especially in the flats and lower income communities of color who are much more transit dependent, and who have to walk long distances to get to a bus. Let's also hope they do not forget seniors and disabled who are often stranded because they simply can't walk that far or can't even ride a bike. Let's hope these reps do the right thing for those who have been neglected for too long.

People should also understand that before Mayor Quan Oakland did not have representation on the San Francisco-centric Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which controls the region's transportation funds. Quan and transit advocates worked hard to get that seat for Oakland as well as for San Jose. Mayor Schaaf, now in that MTC seat, also needs to advocate for all of Oakland's citizens, not just for the new millenial arrivals coming from San Francisco.

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Posted by Kit Vaq on 03/04/2015 at 5:11 PM

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