Don Howe 
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Re: “Oakland's Anti-Coal Activists Decry ‘Deceptive’ Mailer

I got this mailer too, and I find this summary of its inaccuracies, omissions, and outright lies - as well as the apparently phantom nature of "Jobs 4 Oakland" - to be quite newsworthy. Please continue reporting it.

Posted by Don Howe on 06/28/2016 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Sunset Magazine Finds New Horizons in Jack London Square

Walter Street? Really? Come on, you guys. You're local press. Get it right. And if that's not possible at least fix it faster than this.

Posted by Don Howe on 06/04/2015 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Video: An Oakland Taco Bell Is Paying Its Janitor in Burritos, Not Money?

Ok, I'll elaborate some. Hit by a car as mentioned already, slip and fall on spilled liquid, inhalation of toxic dust disturbed by sweeping action, exposure to other hazardous materials from noncompliant cleanup of illegally-dumped construction debris on property, puncture wound from inadvertent contact with sharp object, dumpster lid falls on hand or arm. Oh, and food poisoning from consuming bad paycheck. Just off the top of my head.

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Posted by Don Howe on 02/20/2015 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Gallo Sought to Censure Gibson McElhaney for Wrongdoing

I'm encouraged - a little - that there's one member of the city council who understands that at the bare minimum, we deserve some explanations. Too bad it's not the one I voted for; that would be Dan Kalb. Dan? Got an appetite today? Anything? My vote is watching this.

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Posted by Don Howe on 02/20/2015 at 6:51 AM

Re: “Records Indicate that Gibson McElhaney Used Her Council Office for Personal Gain

"This is a violation of the privacy to which I am entitled." Really? Gibson McElhaney is certainly entitled, but not to privacy in her side windows. Nobody in an urbanized area has an inherent "right to privacy" that precludes being overseen by other structures; a single family home built to code on that lot would also see and be seen from the neighbor's windows. If that condo is allowed per the zoning in place for that neighborhood, then it's allowed. This kind of special-circumstance, privileged and inside-track NIMBYism is infuriating to see coming from the very group that's expected to honorably steer Oakland's development. But not surprising.
Next, what's up that Gibson McElhaney needed to have that letter written for her? It's quite short and makes very few arguments. She couldn't have managed that herself? How embarrassing.
Finally, is 530 32nd St in West Oakland now? That's news.

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Posted by Don Howe on 02/18/2015 at 7:48 AM

Re: “New Roots for City Trees

I'd love to see some education efforts going out to the business owners in this town who routinely brutalize their street trees; I believe they imagine this to be "pruning" but it's not. There's a recent pitiful example at the nasty taqueria at Market and MacArthur, but it happens all over. Plant all you want but without a community that either cares, or is shamed into caring, this is what we'll get.

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Posted by Don Howe on 02/05/2015 at 7:38 AM

Re: “West Oakland Councilmember Fails to File Campaign Reports

"Moral hazard": yes, at minimum. In the worlds of nonprofits and politics, allowing the appearance of impropriety is an impropriety in itself. And after having a look at the East Bay NHS website, I'm puzzled what they really do (besides having shelled out quite a bit on at least one executive salary). Its programs page lists only two: "Every Soldier Home" leads to a page under construction, with no information available there or anywhere else on the site ("End Veteran Homelessness" on the site's front page links to http://va.gov/, not to any additional NHS content). The second, "Rental Listings", advertises that NHS owns and manages "over twenty single family and multi-family homes", with none currently available. There's a link to a rental application, but no information is provided on tenant qualifiers, determination of need, how rent is calculated- is there an income cap, for example? Do you need to be in danger of displacement? Is rent fixed or income-based? Who knows? Browsing the site some more, "Our Staff" leads to another "coming soon" void. So does "Resources". The most recent listing on the events calendar is December 2013; there are no upcoming events listed for 2015, and 2014 is blank. The board of directors listing includes no bios for two of seven directors, and McElhaney's bio neglects to mention her city council position. Clicking on "Success Stories, we get exactly one, describing the acquisition of a reverse mortgage. Success story videos and photo gallery? Also "coming soon". The "Get Involved" page includes a photo of what appears to be a house under construction - huh? Do NHS volunteers build houses? Isn't that something they'd want to talk about?

This nonprofit organization's website proudly claims to be serving "the needs of over 7500 families across the East Bay". I would expect it to also show me how and what kind of service is being provided, but it's glaringly absent, unless some of those "over twenty" multi-family homes are really, really large apartment complexes.

If I were looking for a place to volunteer or donate money, everything about the NHS website would be a red flag. And if I were looking for a city council president, I'd want one capable of applying her signature to a legally-required disclosure prior to the legally-required due date.

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Posted by Don Howe on 01/01/2015 at 10:05 AM

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