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Re: “Town Business: Oakland's Proposed $2.6 Billion Budget

Gary, money for broken families in these types of programs is money down the drain. You have to get to the root of the broken families. Throwing money for these programs who lack a stable family are still going to end up in the same place.

Posted by Robert Hope on 05/03/2017 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

Zimmerman supports Israel and illegal settlements. I was not aware that was illegal in the US. Can anyone help me out with the law? If not, then it's his business and right to spend his money as he wishes. I would like every settlement to disappear, but he has every right to support them. There are more than one Islamic organizations in the US with ties to terror groups.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 05/03/2017 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland's Proposed $2.6 Billion Budget

@Bruce Ferrell - The City doesn't build or operate housing itself (the Oakland Housing Authority, a separate agency, does own and operate public housing). But for decades it has provided funding to developers of affordable housing (mostly but not exclusively locally based nonprofit groups). There are long term deed restrictions to ensure that the housing remains affordable and occupied by eligible lower income households.

The City can require developers of new owner-occupied housing (i.e., new condos) to provide affordable units, but State law precludes such requirements for new rental housing unless the City is providing some kind of financial contribution, fee waiver, etc. The City recently enacted an impact fee where developers of market rate housing pay into an affordable housing fund, but it hasn't yet generated much revenue, though it is anticipated to do so in the future as new projects apply for building permits. The City *could* condition rezoning, increased height, reduced parking, etc. on provision of affordable units, but so far it has rarely done so.

Posted by Jeffrey Levin on 05/03/2017 at 12:12 AM
Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 05/02/2017 at 10:37 PM

Re: “Supporter of Controversial Israeli Settlements Would Benefit from Exclusive Oakland Public Land Deal

I guess the City of Oakland learned nothing from the E 12th street housing development debacle several years ago. Here we go again with exclusive deals and ignoring state laws that outline a specific process for disposing of public land. The E 12th street project turned out okay, but only after a major expenditure of time, energy and money by the developer, the city and the neighborhood. Why can't the City just do it right the first time? There are mixed opinions about Israels intrusion into the west bank. Given Oakland's proclivity to take positions on national and international policy issues, it is ok for the city council to have that discussion. However, there should be no mixed opinions about the need to follow the correct and legal process. If you don't, it will never turn out right.

Posted by Gary Patton on 05/02/2017 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland's Proposed $2.6 Billion Budget

This distorted view of reality when it comes to kids has to stop at some point.Closing head start and child development programs and hiring more cops is a recipe for disaster. Obviously, the orange man in Washington doesn't get that. I guess we are also drinking the koolaid at the local level. If you invest in kids, especially disadvantaged kids from broken families and give them a chance at success in life, your chances are better that you don't need the cops down the road. This approach is cheaper in the short and long term, yet because of politics, we screw the kids, hire more cops and build jails. When will the madness stop?

Posted by Gary Patton on 05/02/2017 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Thousands Flood Oakland Streets to Support Immigrant Rights on May Day

They're ILEGAL ALIENS, NOT IMMIGRANTS! How is it so many people are misguided sheeple! WAKE UP PEOPLE, you're running this Country into the ground!

Posted by Todd MacCubbin on 05/02/2017 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland's Proposed $2.6 Billion Budget

The author know very well how much it costs to build affordable housing, but will never report on it because then people will say "Duh, no wonder it's not in the budget". The author likes to keep beating this horse while leaving his readers in the dark.

A recent affordable housing project in East Oakland costs $30million for just 60 units (…). It costs $500k to build a single unit. Who is going to pay for that when people can't afford housing themselves? The entire police academy cost would equal 3 housing units.

The best way to pay for affordable housing is to have developers pay for the affordable housing, and spread the cost over market rate housing. Of course the author doesn't support market rate housing either.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 05/01/2017 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

Yes, I (and others) are pushing to get the advisory board set up immediately. If you are interested in serving on the soda tax advisory board please send your information to my Chief of Staff at SThao (at) Oaklandnet (dot) com.

-Rebecca Kaplan

P.S. Some asked about Oakland's process to appoint Boards. Here is that law:

Section 601. Boards and Commissions.

Members of boards and commissions shall be appointed by the Mayor subject to confirmation by the affirmative vote of five members of the Council and may be removed for cause, after hearing, by the affirmative vote of at least six members of the Council. Vacancies shall be filled for any unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointments were made; provided, however, that if the Mayor does not submit for confirmation a candidate to fill the vacancy within 90 days of the date the vacancy first occurred, the Council may fill the vacancy. If the Mayor does submit for confirmation a candidate to fill a vacancy within the 90-day time frame and the Council does not confirm the candidate, the 90-day period shall commence anew.

Posted by Rebecca Kaplan on 05/01/2017 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Chasing Trane to Find a Love Supreme

Really? Bill Clinton?

Posted by Jono Schneider on 05/01/2017 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland's Proposed $2.6 Billion Budget

Can someone explain how the city provides (in ANY way) affordable housing?

Are there currently housing developments operated and funded/subsidized by the city?

The city has the ability, through policy, to require developers to build and then operate such once built.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/01/2017 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Blacklisted: How The Oakland Police Department Discriminates Against Rappers and Music Venues

Good questions Hiram Delco. Why didn't the article present well researched FACTS vs a whine?

I will also note the comments present more including from a worker pointing out that, anecdotally, there is more to be concerned about around hip hop shows.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/01/2017 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Want to Ban Flavored Blunt Wrappers, Two-Pack Cigars, And Vape Juice

The aim here is to make these products less accessible for youth and prevent youth from picking up the habit in the first place!

Posted by Yesenia Molinar on 05/01/2017 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Contra Costa County Should Unite Behind Marin Clean Energy

As a Berkeley resident, I look forward to when East Bay Community Energy starts offering Alameda County dwellers affordable renewable energy. Serving Alameda County is a big project: it seems that EBCE would do best to focus on getting up and running, rather than competing for customers in other counties.

Posted by Miriam Walter on 05/01/2017 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Contra Costa County Should Unite Behind Marin Clean Energy

I would hope that the Contra Costa County Supervisors make the fiscally prudent and logical local governmental choice by joining with fellow Contra Costa County cities who already selected MCE as the clean energy agency to represent them. Why not go with an agency with a demonstrated track record of success?

Posted by Marcy Kates on 05/01/2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Condominium Conversions in Oakland Displace Renters and Undermine Affordability, According to Tenants and Housing Experts

From Costa Hawkins: (ii) A condominium dwelling or unit that has not been sold separately by the subdivider to a bona fide purchaser for value. The initial rent amount of the unit for purposes of this chapter shall be the lawful rent in effect on May 7, 2001, unless the rent amount is governed by a different provision of this chapter. However, if a condominium dwelling or unit meets the criteria of paragraph (1) or (2) of subdivision (a), or if all the dwellings or units except one have been sold separately by the subdivider to bona fide purchasers for value, and the subdivider has occupied that remaining unsold condominium dwelling or unit as his or her principal residence for at least one year after the subdivision occurred, then subparagraph (A) of paragraph (3) shall apply to that unsold condominium dwelling or unit.

The apartment/condo is still rent controlled, until it sells. If you read all of Costa Hawkins you will see that it doesn't break rent control with every condo or single family homes. A subdivistion is five or more units. Find a good lawyer.

Posted by Michael Stangl on 05/01/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Contra Costa County Should Unite Behind Marin Clean Energy

I lived in Marin where MCE started. The organization proved us with clean energy then and now that I live in Walnut Creek, I'm extremely happy that MCE's the great services are continuing here

Please consider MCE,it will be one of the best decisions the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors could make

Marcia McLean

Posted by Marcia McLean on 05/01/2017 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Well-Engineered, Potent 'Dirty Bird' Cannabis Pre-Roll From 4&20 Blackbird At First Soothes — Then Puts You In A Daze

So much winning going on in The Bay! Author has ADD...and...has been smoking since age 12?

I just can't understand it!

Posted by Biz Markie's Dingleberry on 05/01/2017 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Contra Costa County Should Unite Behind Marin Clean Energy

I'm a resident of unincorporated Contra Costa County - I live 100ft. away from the City of Richmond, but solar is unaffordable on my roof because of the miserable incentives from PG&E. I want my community to have access to locally produced clean energy - it doesn't make sense to wait and wait and wait when we have a proven system working now. Let's join Richmond and get to work.

Posted by Matt 1 on 05/01/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland's Proposed $2.6 Billion Budget

I don't think Schaaf has ever offered a vision of where she thinks Oakland should go. Her budget proposal does suggests priorities which seem to go along with what we know about her political base of support and her campaign funding.

More planners to serve more development. This makes sense since Schaaf's backers are largely developers.

No funds for affordable housing. Maybe there will be some "affordable" units in the new developments.

Potholes in streets seem to be a big deal, especially for the commuters who travel through Oakland towards their jobs, or their homes, elsewhere. Personally, I prefer the potholes to the commuters.

No funding for Shotspotter. We were hoping for an extension into our neighborhood where we get more drive-by shooters than we really can enjoy.

More cops and firefighters. Maybe a good idea, but we seem not to be able to fill existing, already-funded, and perhaps critical, Fire Department slots as it is. More cops has been the mantra of the folks who live on the hill, including Schaaf, for at least a decade, but more seems to be both difficult and not-too-effective. Maybe with a good public safety scheme we could do more with less rather than vice-versa.

I don't know for sure, but my impression has been that Headstart as a nationwide effort has been quite successful. Oakland's poorest and most violence-affected kids no doubt need this kind of support.

Oakland's structural financial deficits having to do with pensions have long been a big challenge which no elected here has wanted to take on. Admittedly a really difficult challenge, so when a Mayor and the Council can only say "feh!" we really can't blame them. Better to deal with the real world of excess soda consumption and the dangers of flavored smokes.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/01/2017 at 9:40 AM

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