"How a Handful of Pro-Charter Billionaires Flooded Oakland's School Board Elections With Cash" By Darwin BondGraham, News, October 25:
Oakland's Faustian Bargain
When we go to bed with Republican ex-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg because we like his massive financial support of our HH soda tax and his support of gun control, he's bought our silence over his financial domination of our school-board elections.
That's why New York City voters got sick of him after three terms. They were tired of his elitist BS. Maybe it takes a wealthy elitist to counter big money, food, and gun lobbies. But maybe it's not worth the Faustian price.
'Stop-And-Frisk Education Policy'
Will hundreds of thousands of dollars buy a better Oakland school system? Or an Oakland school board that supports Republican ex-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's stop-and-frisk education policy of growing unregulated charter schools?
A way for Oakland voters to disrespect the fiftieth anniversary of the Black Panther Party would be by electing a bought Oakland school-board majority that will grow more charter schools.
"Vote With Us! The East Bay Express' Endorsements for Election Day 2016" by the Express Endorsement Board, Opinion, October 12:
Not OK with KK
Oppose the City of Oakland's $600 million Measure KK, because the property tax that pays for it will be twice the stated cost of the bond. This $600 million bond will cost approximately $1.2 billion in property tax. This doubling of the cost is due to the fact that the bond omits the financing costs. The only mention of the true property tax cost of the bond is buried on the last page of the measure and hidden among many other numbers.
Oakland is not capable of administering a contract wisely. The Alameda County Grand Jury found that Oakland totally mismanaged the recent $50 million garbage contract.
Now, Oakland wants $600 million of taxpayer money to dole out and manage in contracts. Oakland should not be trusted with large budgets until it has proven its ability to manage small budgets.
Oakland's infrastructure improvements need to be done incrementally. The taxpayer must evaluate the value received before additional tax money is supplied. All new property taxes should be spent on Oakland's infrastructure; not 50 percent given to Wall Street financiers.
Vote "no" on Measure KK!
"How to Happy Hour Like a Tech Bro on an 'I Only Live in Oakland Because My Apartment is Rent Controlled' Budget" by Pilar Reyes, Feature, October 26:
Is This The 'East' Bay?
I can't believe this is in the East Bay Express. What a rude title. If this is how you feel, please move to San Francisco. We don't want you. Consider a revision.
I think we could all learn to enjoy earning money like a "tech bro." Just saying. And the title seems like a horrible attempt at being tongue in cheek, if in fact that was the intention of the author.
"On Tom Hayden" by Nick Miller, Editor's Note, October 26:
Don't Dis Bernie
Nick Miller's dismissal of Bernie Sanders fails to recognize the ongoing power Bernie has, especially as the most popular national politician and the moral ground gained from Wikileaks' revelations of DNC bias toward Hillary Clinton. With our support, Bernie and Elizabeth Warren are well positioned to keep Clinton honest and achieve many of the progressive goals that are needed. No, Bernie is no Tom Hayden. But I think Tom would have agreed that Bernie is in a much more powerful position than Tom ever was to effect change.
Tom Miller, Oakland
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