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Yes, thank you, Darwin. Once again, documents reveal totally corrupt City of Oakland officials 1) enriching private citizens at public expense, and 2) aiding and abetting the operation of a large apartment building without legally required fire safety equipment, leading to 4 deaths.
I totally agree with Clarence C. Johnson. Did NOT understand the brouhaha about where in the building the affordable units were located. I'd like to point out some advantages of living on lower floors: Residents of the lower floors will spend less time waiting for elevators, will possibly be able to walk the stairs to and from their apartments whenever they want to, and will be able to get in and out a lot faster than residents of the upper floors. Upper floor residents will have better views. Life is a trade-off.
Oakland doesn't need to finalize its policy in order to do the right thing with this land: build low-income housing - that remains low income housing forever - on the entire city-owned parcel. Neighbors don't like it? Too bad. Time for the hills to accept their share of low income housing.
Wait, it's "mishandling evidence" to have a typist transcribe recorded interviews with a suspect? Unless Gannt is a terrific typist, someone else definitely should have transcribed the tapes. And no matter who transcribed them, the transcript could contain errors. So presumably the tapes are still available, because THEY, not the transcript, are the "evidence."
As for the rest of these allegations, everyone knows OPD is totally corrupt and that the City and the DA allowed or enabled this corruption for many years.
Let's get rid of this ineffectual, unqualified fire chief already. Surely we can afford to fully staff the fire department/fire marshall's office if we are throwing money at a sports team? Where are people's priorities? I'm inclined to agree with the commenter who said we need to return to the strong city manager/weak mayor form of government, because no Oakland mayor since Jerry Brown has been any good. SOMEONE needs to clean up the corruption and put the money where it will do the most good, and that someone is not likely to be a politician.
NOT ONE DIME for the Raiders. Fund the Public Works Department instead! Unlike City Council, PW actually does something useful. Use "surplus" public land to provide housing for middle income people, and keep building until rents become reasonable again. Oakland streets ruin cars and kill bicyclists and pedestrians; our median strips feature dead bushes, weeds, and garbage. The homeless are forced to camp under overpasses, with zero city amenities provided. Trees have not been trimmed in years, and some parks have had little or no attention for just as long. OPD tells us to "download a report," and complains of understaffing while apparently staffed sufficiently to abuse its authority. We need City Government to focus on providing BASIC CITY SERVICES. Let the Raiders go.
I'm voting for Zakhary Mallet precisely because he was not afraid to expose the political motives that dictated the route of BART's proposed San Jose extension. Bad transportation. I also want a BART director who will rein in the overblown salaries and benefits of BART employees, who get free or almost free family health coverage no matter ther family size. When BART personnel were finally required to pay into their pensions, they got a wage increase of exactly that amount, defeating the purpose. This wage stuff needs to be addressed, and Lateefah Simon is establishment politics as usual, based on her endorsements.
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