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Portland Oregon and Beaverton, Oregon rallied against shipping coal through their towns and communities. Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Portland Audubon Society helped organize opposition. They won local officials over to their side.
Where is Oakland's environmental community? Does Oakland even have a constituency that cares about global warming? Or does the usual black/white racial politics trump human survival even?
Oaklanders and the People's Republic of Berkeley activists think they are the center of the universe. This is where they tend to show their true provincial--bound forever PC racial politics.
As for Oakland's City Council, in my opinion once again the sorriest bunch of sellouts on the West Coast. The bankrupt Democratic Party machine will hold sway over Oakland until the bitter end.
One of Hillary's biggest pastoral supporters Otis Moss, Jr. also sits on Obama's Council dealing with Faith Based Neighborhood initiatives. It's run out of the Oval Office which does not have a record of transparency.This is where the rubber aka money meets the road.
Jerry Brown just undid his best legacy in his first term as Governor, The California Coastal Comission. Oakland, you can have him back.
The Liberals are oohing and aahing because Governor Brown has echoed what a growing body of scientists are proclaiming-that human extinction is now a possibility. Brown is a master at fooling liberals who love rhetoric more than action. By Brown supporting, Big Ag's Peripheral Canal, twice defeated by California voters, he hastens the very human extinction he proclaims. Let's see if he gets on board this proposal to reform his expensive Peripheral Canal "boondoggle". Somehow, I think not.
Great article Bob!
In my opinion Kaiser Oakland, the flagship mother hospital and place where Kaiser's corporate policies first get implemented and tested, is the leader of the race to the bottom. Also, Kaiser hospitals located in locations with high numbers of people of color seem to result in inferior care compared to say patients in places like San Rafael and Walnut Creek. I know because I have experienced this first hand.
Why waste more taxpayer monies looking for the Messiah? Ever hear of good enough? Robert Gammon is right. Keep Chief Whent. Besides which, he knows which cops are dirty and troublemakers.
There is no magical formula for either keeping Oakland cops nor moral. It all has to do with recruiting the right group of people from the very beginning who will want to stay in Oakland. And that tends to be homegrown folks.
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