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McElhaney likes the sound of her own voice too much to be council president. She takes up more time talking in meetings than all the other councilmen and making her president will just make this worse.
This should be in an update or in a whole new blog:
Michael Short, freelance photojournalist and eyewitness told Mother Jones:
"Suddenly, behind me, someone started to yell. A protester had discovered the undercover cops and shouted an alarm. Others began to join in, calling them pigs and telling them to go home. The two men passed me in silence, at a hurried pace. Suddenly, a scuffle erupted as one protester attempted to pull off one of the officer's hoods. The officer tackled someone involved, and was quickly surrounded by a small crowd and kicked from several directions while on the ground. (That officer, who was African American, is who you see in the ground in the photo above.) The other officer stepped in front of his partner and brandished a baton. When the crowd did not back up he drew his gun, pointing at protesters and photographers. Moments later, police flooded the area, scattering marchers and blocking others, as the undercover officers arrested the man who had been tackled in the skirmish."
McElhaney's religiosity surely swayed her vote. Hardcore Christians love the passages in the bible that say people can abuse animals.
This is called a push-poll. The questions are carefully phrased to elicit a desired response.
Schaaf is far and away the best candidate in this race.
The Express is too kind to Quan who has embarrassed Oakland by putting her foot in her mouth over and over and over again.
“If we are successful, the DAC closes the next day.”
The Mayor can not do that. Programs set up and budgeted by the city council can't be shut down by the Mayor or City Administrator. Mr. Siegel has also stated that he would have "vetoed" the DAC. Oakland's Mayor does not have veto power.
"an immediate increase in the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour."
That would cause an immediate closure of hundreds of Oakland businesses. Even with an exemption for tip earning workers, it would close every eatery in Oakland that serves food from a counter, whether it is a chain like Starbucks or a mom n pop like Good Bellies in Temescal. $15 would be a 50% or more increase in labor costs for those businesses. This is just an example. Warehouse workers, semi-skilled construction workers, telemarketers and other workers would immediately become too expensive and their bosses would close or relocate.
I wonder if the people who clean Siegel's office make $15?
Also the City Council would never pass this, because of all of the reasons above.
"He vowed to meet each week with the superintendent of schools and keep schools open at night and weekends, and ultimately turn them into community centers."
OUSD matters and funding are outside the authority of the Mayor or anyone else in City Hall.
Dan Siegel does not know what the Mayor of Oakland can and can not do. He is not qualified for the job.
Compare Robert Gammon's writing about this project from 2006-2008 with his writing about it today. Six years ago, he wrote multiple pieces expressing that he thought the process of approving this project was corrupt. He slammed politicians who supported Oak to Ninth and sided with Oakland's biggest NIMBYs every step of the way.
Today, he doesn't even call it Oak to Ninth anymore, instead preferring the name Brooklyn Basin. Why would he suddenly use a completely different name, and why would he completely forget all the controversy from only six years ago?
Now that Jean Quan is the person taking credit for the project (which she didn't even vote for when she was a Councilwoman), and now that she's facing big re-election challenges, all of the sudden her friend Gammon is for the project, talking about how great it is.
The only thing that changed is that a politician he endorses is the one trying to sell us giant ugly condos that real Oaklanders can't afford to live in. They were a sweetheart deal for fat cats six years ago. They still are. Don't believe Quan is a progressive, she's in bed with developers just like Perata and Jerry Brown were.
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