Ralph Kanz 
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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

Re: “Restricting Public Access, Oakland City Council Approves Controversial Land Sale for Luxury Apartments

Time for the members of the City Council to reacquaint themselves with the Brown Act. Like Government Code section 54953(a): "All meetings of the legislative body of a local agency shall be open and public, and all persons shall be permitted to attend any meeting of the legislative body of a local agency, except as otherwise provided in this chapter." The exceptions don't include blocking access to meetings in any way. Watching the meeting on a TV is not attending the meeting. You have a completely different understanding of the proceedings when you are in the room and can witness the interactions the camera does not pick up. Where are the City Attorney and the Public Ethics Commission in all of this?

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Posted by Ralph Kanz on 06/18/2015 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Schaaf Fails Her First Big Test

Oakland mayors have no power to do what Schaaf has claimed authority to do. The Charter in Section 207 provides in part: "The Council shall be the governing body of the City. It shall exercise the corporate powers of the City and, subject to the expressed limitations of this Charter, it shall be vested with all powers of legislation in municipal affairs adequate to provide a complete system of local government consistent with the Constitution of the State of California." When it comes to the powers of the Mayor the Charter in Section 305(b) says that the mayor has the power to "Recommend to the Council such measures and legislation as he deems necessary and to make such other recommendations to the Council concerning the affairs of the City as he finds desirable." (Note the sexist term because this was written by and for Jerry Brown.) The clear message here is that the Mayor of Oakland does not have the power to do what Schaaf has done. Schaaf could be making a recommendation to the City Council, but she does not have the authority to make a policy, only the City Council does.

23 likes, 28 dislikes
Posted by Ralph Kanz on 05/26/2015 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Institutes Ban On Nighttime Street Protests

It is quite telling that Libby Schaaf cannot cite the law that allows her to suppress the people's First Amendment Rights. Is it some moldy Oakland ordinance that should have been rewritten long ago?

32 likes, 49 dislikes
Posted by Ralph Kanz on 05/22/2015 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Updated: Court-Appointed Investigator Slams Oakland’s “Broken” Process for Dealing with Bad Cops

It is time to look again at whether an elected City Attorney is benefiting the City of Oakland. Do we want a pandering politician worried about re-election making legal decisions for the City or would we be better served by an appointed City Attorney? Based on the history a strong argument can be made for both methods of filling the office. Parker has been a clear decline in quality from Russo, but what is the best approach going forward?

16 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Ralph Kanz on 04/16/2015 at 6:24 PM

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