Christopher Fallis 
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Re: “UC Berkeley Students Inspire Legislation That Would Make California Colleges Provide Abortion Pill On Campus

This is a common sense approach. Like most good ideas, it's so obvious in retrospect.

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 03/23/2017 at 11:57 AM

Re: “ACLU of Northern California Asks Immigration Courts to Immediately Provide Media Access on Behalf of Express

Jim Mzt, in this case the public is allowed. Reporters are specifically targeted for removal, even though they "obey the policies or laws that the public must obey." So what justifies removing the reporters?

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 02/26/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Oakland Disciplines Twelve Cops in Sex Crime Case

I can't imagine O'Malley will ever be electable again if she doesn't charge these perps.

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 09/09/2016 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Should Oakland Even Bother Trying to Keep the Raiders?

Nick, I hear your nostalgia. You love the Raiders the way you might love corn syrup. You enjoyed Coca Cola and Red Vines so much when you were a kid, and now you want those things to not be bad for you. But the Raiders are still bad for Oakland:

A new Raiders home, on a transit corridor.
- If you're saying it's an opportunity to get people on transit, then a stadium provides the least benefit, since the stadium is unused for most of the year. Building 100% housing and retail on the site would get people on transit every day.

An NFL franchise with African-American ownership.
- This has soft value only. You can point and say, look at social progress. But this gesture does not put money into the pockets of Oakland's African-American residents. The plan is to continue taking money out of the pockets of Oakland's residents through taxation. If Lott's goal is to encourage this, then shame on him.

An affordable, mixed-use, live-work hub in the heart of East Oakland.
- You can build more of what you're describing if you leave out the stadium. Private investors would back the whole thing. Any money that the city might put into affordable housing would directly benefit residents. Any money that the city might put into a stadium goes to Mark Davis.

A project backed by private dollars, not city or county coffers.
- The Raiders will only deal if there is a city/county subsidy.

Oh, and maybe even a Raiders Super Bowl.
- Is there an un-subsidized team in the NFL that has won a Super Bowl?

So let's build the urban village of the future on the Coliseum site, with transit, retail and affordable housing for a diverse population. This is not only doable, it's far easier than building a new stadium. If you disagree, take a drive around the Coliseum most any day of the year and ask yourself whether this doldrum makes a community more liveable or less liveable. And ask yourself whether it would be worth city/county money to build it again next year.

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 09/07/2016 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Oakland-Alameda Authority Confirms Unreleased Renderings of Possible Raiders Stadium at Coliseum Site

"But don't count Oakland out just yet."

As usual, the rhetoric assumes that the city needs to play the game as defined by the Raiders. Reality is the other way around. If the Raiders leave, the city is fine. Oakland doesn't need to negotiate, and we don't need to offer any public money to support the team. Mark Davis is like a tenant who doesn't pay rent and then threatens to move out. The city doesn't net anything from the team being here, but for some reason we always talk about ponying up big bucks to keep them from leaving.

McKibben says Oakland might not materialize. He means that an Oakland subsidy might not materialize. That's as it should be.

Christopher Fallis
Oakland, CA

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 08/24/2016 at 10:41 PM

Re: “City Forcing West Oakland’s Alliance Metals to Close on August 20, But Supporters Argue Recyclers Have No Safety Net

Keep it open and then place a San Francisco-style homeless navigation center nearby. That would solve a human problem. Closing the recycling center solves an aesthetic problem, at a human cost. We can't send away the fact of homelessness. We're just sending it back into our own community, but with desperate people who are now even more broke than before. Yes, bin pickers are annoying. Recycling centers are filthy. But they present an opportunity to connect people with services. Taking away the recycling center wastes that opportunity and replaces it with nothing.
Christopher Fallis
Oakland, CA

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 08/10/2016 at 12:53 AM

Re: “Town Business: Did OPOA Gut Oakland's Police Commission?

Wow. How many more teeth will get pulled out of this thing by Tuesday?

Christopher Fallis
Oakland, CA

Posted by Christopher Fallis on 07/25/2016 at 1:40 PM

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