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Re: “Save Oakland Art

Again, I'll voice my indictment directly toward our so-called "arts" mayor, Libby Schaff, as I feel she should be held personally and primarily responsible for TAKING ACTION as a champion for the Oakland arts community by stepping up immediately to stop this bleeding. Schaff used Oakland artists and the Oakland arts community at large as her personal, free marketing campaign, cleverly branding herself as the arts mayor, yet she has not done a damned thing to show up for that same community now that she's mayor and the community is falling apart at the seams. The City, Schaff and her predecessor have enjoyed the fruits of Oakland's arts community for years now by way of enormous publicity from newspapers and travel journals etc, touting Oakland's "thriving" arts community. Well, the community isn't thriving now is it, and I don't see those same journals publishing stories about the struggle. It's about time to demand that Schaff do something to save the Oakland arts community she pretends to support.

Posted by elizabeth.august1 on 02/24/2016 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Lose Its Artistic Soul?

I agree with Kerri Lee Johnson's comment about holding Oakland's City Council's feet to the fire, and I continue to challenge our self-proclaimed "arts" mayor to personally and immediately step-up in actual support of the artists, artisans, and independent arts-related businesses who are 100% responsible for the Oakland renaissance. Schaff, in particular, has a unique responsibility to this community. She has exploited the arts community and used it as her brand, but hasn't done a thing to support it. To Schaff I say; Put your power and influence as mayor where our mouth is.

Posted by elizabeth.august1 on 02/17/2016 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Oakland Aims to Allow Food Trucks to Operate All Over the City

"After that, Reiff will write a draft of the actual ordinance, which he hopes will be ready to be reviewed by the planning commission in late April or May. From there, the law would need to be discussed at two city council meetings before getting passed into law." This is Oakland city council speak for "don't hold your breath."

Posted by elizabeth.august1 on 02/09/2016 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Where Will Rock Paper Scissors Collective Go?

Where's our Patron Saint of the Arts Mayor now? What's up Libby, snail car unavailable for your photo op? This is an Oakland Arts Institution and you oughta get to steppin on using your artsy fartsy might to keep RSP in business.

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Posted by elizabeth.august1 on 07/16/2015 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Can Realtors Rebrand Oakland?

Disappointing that no actual residents (other than one council member), or any of the numerous neighborhood associations were quoted in this piece. Because of that, I find this article a waste of time, and a continued disservice to the people who actually live in this area, many of whom have strong opinions about this topic.

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Posted by elizabeth.august1 on 10/10/2013 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Alameda County DA: We Don't Want Oaklanders in Alameda

The fact that O'Malley herself declined to comment speaks VOLUMES. I would imagine she and her staff are scrambling to come up with something after they suss out all of the stories and public comments. The story makes it clear that O'Malley is at least ill-informed, biased, and lazy. Whether or not she's racist seems like a distraction from the more obvious point that, given all that, her opinion on this matter is irrelevant.

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Posted by elizabeth.august1 on 09/04/2013 at 2:22 PM

Re: “On Violence, Oakland, and the Future of First Fridays

I believe that the reason why this particular shooting stands out among others, is not because it occurred in the "gentrified" and precious Uptown neighborhood, but because the City was warned, over and over and over again, by many of us who participated in the organizing and producing of the original event (on 23rd St.), that the event was becoming unmanageable and many of us feared for our safety, and for the safety and security of the public in general. Every single individual whom I have spoken with since last Friday (including a group of OSA teenagers) has said something along the lines of: "it was just a matter of time". The Mayor's comments: "the City is taking immediate action to assess the security and overall nature of the event and will meet with our community partners to determine the needed measures to make sure First Fridays will continue to be safe and successful moving forward", is not only a little too little, too late, but it also smacks of disingenuousness to me. The Mayor knew full good and well what the risks were. There were a number of formal meetings that took place to discuss the risks, concerns and "measures" that should be taken for moving the event forward in a safe and sustainable way. But those discussions were for nothing. I feel very strongly that the event NEVER should have blown up from a one-side-street, well-managed and thoughtfully-planned event, to a 9 block free-for-all, all at once. As Karen Hester points out, the planning for, and preparation of such large events requires a LOT of time and effort by professionals, a shortage of which Oakland does not suffer, and many of whom, as Karen also points out, offered and strongly encouraged the city and participating business districts to carefully consider. It's a flatly ridiculous idea to think that the huge and sudden expansion would work, even if we lived in Mayberry, and we don't live in Mayberry, do we. How it is that scads of us, regardless of our connection with the event, saw this coming, but those who are elected/appointed officials; whose actual job it is to ensure that this kind of event is well-planned, and well-managed, and supported, somehow ignored the obvious, is to me, at the heart of the failure of these so-called "leaders". The event very, very quickly turned from something grass-roots and art/culture-based, to a big mess that I wanted nothing more to do with. I no longer felt safe after dark there, I hated the energy and the mish-mash of activities, and I forbid my 13-year-old from going. Many of my friends feel the same, and now with this tragedy, I can't imagine who, or what it will take to recover. And that is another damned shame in a long list that the City of Oakland, and the rest of us who love it, will now have to live with.

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Posted by elizabeth.august1 on 02/06/2013 at 5:41 PM

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