Ralph Kanz 
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Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

First Amendment.......

Posted by Ralph Kanz on 01/19/2017 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Oakland to Vote on $350 Million Public Subsidy for New $1.3 Billion Raiders Stadium This Tuesday

The City and County have not done their due diligence on Fortress Investment Group. They have a bad history with sports events, including the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the recent taking Milwaukee and Wisconsin hostage for public subsidies for the Milwaukee Bucks new basketball arena. See the story: http://mortgageflimflam.com/

Posted by Ralph Kanz on 12/12/2016 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Oakland to Vote on $350 Million Public Subsidy for New $1.3 Billion Raiders Stadium This Tuesday

Let's be clear. The actual subsidy is $445 million. $350 million plus the $95 million for Mount Davis. And then we need to look at the Bay Bridge, who Libby Schaaf's mentor Jerry Brown turned into an economic train wreck. We could have had a simple viaduct for $1.3 billion that turned into $6.4 billion. http://www.wnyc.org/story/316201-brief-his… If the stadium is started and comes up short on money who will be left holding the bag? The City of Oakland will have no choice but to add money to complete the project. What was once a $445 million subsidy will become ?????

Posted by Ralph Kanz on 12/09/2016 at 6:47 PM

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

The bigger question here are the ethics of EMC. EMC generally does legitimate polling for groups or candidate interested in how voters perceive candidates and issues. My wife received this email poll, and it was clearly an attempt to advocate for Moore. The poll never disclosed who was behind it, but it was quite clear that it was put out to support Moore. Time for EMC to step up and provide full disclosure with their polls. Otherwise, any results they produce should be viewed with great skepticism.

Posted by Ralph Kanz on 08/29/2016 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Oakland Housing Rights Activists Face 8.5 Years in Prison

The reason there have been no prosecutions of banks by O'Malley's office is because her office has a policy of not prosecuting predatory lending. Because predatory lending primarily targeted minority communities in Alameda County, the subsequent foreclosures have helped to fuel gentrification and displacement of long-time Oakland residents.

Posted by Ralph Kanz on 03/17/2016 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Salmon RIP?

The striped bass comments from someone in the AG industry is another red herring thrown out by the very people that have caused the destruction of the Bay-Delta ecosystem. You cannot divert over 50 percent of the water from a system and expect it to function. Striped bass and salmon thrived together before the construction of the State and federal water projects. Fish need water. Get over it and give it to them.

Posted by Ralph Kanz on 12/07/2015 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Oakland Proposes New Rate Hike on Recycling to Resolve Contractor Dispute

The staff report for the meeting does not suggest there was any effort on the part of the City to negotiate changes in the outrageous and unfair increases for the residents that use 20 gallon containers. So much for Oakland honoring those who reduce their impacts and reduce the amount of material going to the landfill.

Posted by Ralph Kanz on 09/28/2015 at 6:39 PM

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