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Re: “East Bay Land Rush for Swalwell’s Seat in Congress

Swalwell giving up his seat... What a fantasy?
As sure as night follows day, in December Swalwell will be down at the county courthouse filling out papers to run for his congressional seat.
I mean, the odds are 99 to 1 that he will again run to hold his seat.
Treating the electorate like rubes with all his talk about running for president with no going back... rubbish.
"Burn the boats, Swalwell said, name-checking what Spanish conquistador Hernn Corts did when he invaded the Aztec Empire in 1519. They stormed the land. And he had them burn the ships behind them so there was no looking back."
BTW wonderful analogy to use... European invader taking over the local culture and killing thousands of residents... Ooops...
Note to self... next time choose a better story to express your narrative.

Anyway... Swalwell still in his seat 3 years from now...guaranteed.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 04/18/2019 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Sweeping Protections for Alameda Renters Likely Coming Soon

There's no need for just cause protections for renters in Alameda. Trying to evict a tenant in Alameda for just causes like Unlawful Detainer (Unpaid Rent) is already very difficult for landlords to win, so this would just make it impossible. If the goal is to shut down the rental market, create more section 8 apartments, and blight all over the city, then by all means keep letting the city council overreach and push rent increases below 5% and make evictions impossible. You'll effect home values and businesses here too. People that can't do basic math and don't understand economics should not by making policy.

Posted by AlamedaFutures on 04/11/2019 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisors to Reconsider Banning Some Rodeo Events

RE the potholes. I ride all over Oakland; the side roads in the hills are way bad. They're often worse than what I've seen in the flats. Check out Escher Drive, for instance. And, no, I don't live in the hills.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 04/11/2019 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisors to Reconsider Banning Some Rodeo Events

Please, I beg you to ban mutton busting and all animals in rodeos! Rodeos using innocent animals are cruel and inhumane. Why are you teaching our precious children that harming animals is ok! Stop making money off cruelty to animals!!

Posted by Linda Middlesworth on 04/04/2019 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisors to Reconsider Banning Some Rodeo Events

Well this is indeed encouraging news. Wild cow milking and mutton busting MUST be banned. Full stop. There is not a single justifiable reason to continue to allow these spectacles to take place.

Posted by Jennofur OConnor on 04/04/2019 at 1:31 AM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisors to Reconsider Banning Some Rodeo Events

Let's please leave the animals alone now . . .

Posted by AnimalCompassion on 04/03/2019 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisors to Reconsider Banning Some Rodeo Events

And a P.S. - Speaking of U.S. Congressman Eric Swalwell (item #3 above), Mr. Swalwell is also a member of the "Rowell Ranch Rangers" (see my previous comment). I'm confident he signed on in the spirit of community support, unaware of rodeo's inherent cruelties. If Swalwell is serious about running for the presidency in 2020, he would be wise to distance himself from the "Rangers." It's said that people who care about animal welfare comprise the single largest lobby in the country. A word to the wise, Mr. Congressman: Being an outspoken advocate for animals could only help your campaign. I would urge you to "come out" during one of your many appearances on The Rachel Maddow Show.

Posted by Eric Mills on 04/03/2019 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Alameda County Supervisors to Reconsider Banning Some Rodeo Events

Animal advocates are urging the Board of Supes to add FOUR non-sanctioned rodeo events to the prohibited list, all cruel to the animals, and having nothing to do with life on a working ranch: "wild cow milking" (in which a cow was killed at the 2014 Rowell Ranch Rodeo); children's "mutton busting" - pictured above, and outlawed in New Zealand; the brutal "goat tying" event; and all animal "scrambles." The Board has received support letters from the Alameda County Veterinary Medical Association, the East Bay SPCA, Hayward Friends of Animals, the Ohlone and Berkeley Humane Societies, et al. An online petition has garnered more than 180,000 signatures.

LET THE BOARD HEAR FROM YOU! Supervisor Richard Valle, president, and members, ALAMEDA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, 1221 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94612. EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR ALL SUPERVISORS:
Richard.Valle@acgov.org
Scott.Haggerty@acgov.org
Wilma.Chan@acgov.org
Nate.Miley@acgov.org
Keith.Carson@acgov.org

Worth noting that Supervisors Miley and Haggerty are both members of the "Rowell Ranch Rangers," as is County Sheriff Greg Ahern. The "Rangers" are an ad hoc group of local politicos who promote and support the rodeo. Sheriff Ahern and Dublin Animal Control, shamefully, are both on record OPPOSING any humane changes in the county rodeo ordinance. And Animal Control is under the umbrella of the Sheriff's Dept....Can you spell "conflicts of interest"? Isn't their job to protect the ANIMALS, not the ABUSERS?

Let the Board hear from you ASAP. Check the Board's online agenda every Thursday evening for the Tuesday agenda, then please attend any hearings to speak up for the animals.

Sincerely,
Eric Mills, coordinator
ACTION FOR ANIMALS - Oakland
email - afa@mcn.org

Posted by Eric Mills on 04/03/2019 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Swalwell Maintains Trump Colluded With Russia; 'Sue me,' He Tells President

@Vivian Khan --
Respectfully, I won't disagree in essence with your dislike of President Trump. I did not vote for him and he does do many things that at best are very irritating.

But, to me, the issue here is about Eric Swalwell, not President Trump. Swalwell continues to claim that he has secret information that apparently Mueller missed after two years and hundreds of FBI interviews. Note that it is a felony to lie to the FBI. Mueller concluded there was not a conspiracy. Period. Time to move on.

Instead, Eric Swalwell choses day after day to grandstand on CNN/MSNBC. To me this is disgusting behavior and not useful for our country. A good representative would move on to more useful representation of his constituents.

Swalwell was elected from a district that has a balanced split of liberal voters and conservative voters. He was elected first in 2012, winning with a vote split of 52% / 48%. That's a balanced district. We need more balance, not more grandstanding publicity seeking politicians.

I did NOT elect Eric Swalwell to be an idiot going on CNN nightly to claim conspiracy theories. I cannot wait to vote him out.

Posted by RicardoSwe on 03/29/2019 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Swalwell Maintains Trump Colluded With Russia; 'Sue me,' He Tells President

Seems to me that Swalwell is doing the job to which he was elected, which includes calling the state of affairs as he sees them. I see no reason for him to limit his criticism of Putin and his minions including his buddies in the White House. The White House Pinocchio won't criticize his best bro in the Kremlin and Fox and the Congressional GOP are not going to call out Russia either. Find it very difficult to believe that positions espoused by an Alameda County congressional representative are "the greatest danger Americans face". To the contrary, it's the idiot in the White House and his uninformed tweets that are the greatest danger we face.

Posted by Vivian Kahn on 03/28/2019 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Swalwell Maintains Trump Colluded With Russia; 'Sue me,' He Tells President

Swalwell is a #Moron. Thousands of homeless wander the County while he seeks national attention for a pathetic #soreloser cause! Jobless rates in mid Alameda County, fffddd up Peralta Colleges and he yearns each night to appear on low ratings #CNN! Let's vote him out!

Posted by miles helman on 03/28/2019 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Swalwell Maintains Trump Colluded With Russia; 'Sue me,' He Tells President

Swalwell and some others in congress seem hell-bent on turning Russia back into the "evil empire" that we must attack and curtail as we fire up the Cold War that we endured from WW2 until the break up of the Soviet Union in 1989-1990...
He is perhaps too young to remember that era of daily fear of nuclear war.
One wonders if his lack of wisdom allows him to think we must keep poking and prodding Russia... because they are pure evil.
Whats the end game Eric? Do you think Russia is going to destroy all their 6,500 nuclear weapons? Do you think a nation that has been troublesome since 1917 is suddenly going to see the error of their ways and start saluting the American flag?
So is Swalwell proposing we do more and more to create a atmosphere of fear and hate for all things Russia....thinking such a tactic will lessen the chance of a intentional or error induced nuclear exchange.
Prodding all things Russia...raising the chances of a military exchange with Russia seems the work of a very naive congressional rep.
Imagine... just ONE out of their 6,500 nuclear weapons were, mistakenly or intentionally detonated over a American city....
What changes would happen to our nation.. Forget the 50,000 to 250,000 dead. How about world trade...brought to halt.... your 401K... dropping in value by 75% overnight.... the dire predictions of Global Warming suddenly dropping in importance to nothing as we cower in fear from more nukes hitting another city, or a full blown nuclear exchange being initiated by hot-heads on either side.
Just one....just the chance that ONE single nuclear weapon would be launched would change the life of our entire nation.... and the entire world.

Yet the nation that Swalwell chooses to demonize as all encompassing evil is sitting, ready to launch THOUSANDS of nuclear weapons on a moments notice.

Yes, congressman... just keep stoking the fires of fear and hate and I'm sure nothing serious will ever happen to the citizens of your district and to the "environment"
Because you, in your "wisdom" are certain there is NO chance such a thing could happen.
I'm sure no one in Russia sees and hears your demonization and then starts moving in the same direction as you... making the USA the personification of all evil.... fearing that America and NATO will launch a attack.

Mr. Swalwell.... just keep ramping it up... the fear...the hate...
No chance it could ever result in a horrible world changing event.
No, instead all your publicity seeking will just make Russia reconsider their evil ways and become nice.
Yes... lets get back to the "new" Cold War... because it will never create a outcome that would dwarf "climate change" as our number one risk.
Swalwell.. born in 1980... remembers NOTHING about the last Cold War where Americans were building bomb shelters in their back yard,, where the Cuban Missile Crisis led us to the brink of nuclear war...
What a idiot... stoking the fires... creating the entire Russian people as dangerous evil maniacs.
Neither the Russian people or their 6,500 nuclear weapons are going anywhere. Who will be in charge over the next 30 years... I don't know, but I don't want them thinking about us... the way you seem to want us thinking about them.... AS the evil of the world. The sworn enemy built into all that is evil.
Trump may be a distasteful idiot, but Swalwell's anti-Russian stance is the greatest danger Americans face.
Remember... how will your world and your future change if just ONE single nuclear weapon explodes over a American city?
Clearly Swalwell thinks the chance of such a event is ZERO.
So onward he goes... What a great president he would make.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 03/28/2019 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Swalwell Maintains Trump Colluded With Russia; 'Sue me,' He Tells President

Eric Swalwell has proven himself to be a stealth politician. He was elected to a district that is balanced in political views, even rather conservative, at least compared to much of California. But he has now made it clear that he is much farther left, much more radical than the district population that elected him.

And it's now clear that he is primarily motivated to see his face and quotes on media and regularly gives extremely strong liberal comments, such as his regular appearances on MSNBC. He teases about running for President...

While running in 2012, Mr. Swalwell talked about governing with a moderate point of view that was a good fit for his district. That has not happened; just the opposite.

I live in his district and I have voted against him since he was elected in 2012. OK -- he won -- good for him. But -- he very poorly represents my views and the views of the 47.9% of this district that voted for his opponent in 2012.

Mr. Swalwell needs to be voted out. He is not representing his district well at all.

Posted by RicardoSwe on 03/27/2019 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember’s Son Fatally Shot in Los Angeles

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Posted by VICTORIA TONY on 03/13/2019 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Future of Urban Shield Remains Uncertain

Sheriff Ahern sent out an alarming memo that was filled with untruths: The recommendations do not reduce the courses offered, but they would provide broader input into the development of the courses.
The recommendations do not end law enforcement participation in the training, but they open up the exercise to participation by all agencies that need to respond to emergencies.
The recommendations do not advocate reducing fire, medical, or community participation. Instead, they advocate measures to generate more diverse participation and collaboration.
Police, fire, and medical personnel need to work in collaboration so our communities are prepared for a large earthquake. If Urban Shield continues to focus mostly on active shooters and terrorist events, instead of whole community preparedness, we will not be ready.
Ahern categorized the recommended changes as a loss, but they will be a gain for the communities that police, fire, and emergency personnel are meant to serve and protect.

Posted by Micky Duxbury on 03/08/2019 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Barbara Lee Endorses Kamala Harris for President; Progressive Heads Explode

Before blindly following Barbara Lee, check out the dismal corporate donor track record of the Congressional Black Caucus which Lee chaired, and also ask what has she accomplished since her antiwar vote almost 20 years ago. The last "progressive icon" the East Bay refused to stop adoring was Ron Dellums, and look into how his late career (as longtime Representative before Lee, then Mayor of Oakland) turned out.

Posted by dee kay on 02/25/2019 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Barbara Lee Endorses Kamala Harris for President; Progressive Heads Explode

If DC wants their money back due to high speed rail reductions, then how about CA contribution to the Federal government getting back or at least a credit due to the 25% shut down of the Federal gov't for 35 days:)?
Gordon Hopkins
East Bay Native and resident in CCC:)

Posted by Gordon Hopkins on 02/22/2019 at 5:00 PM

Re: “It's Time To Overturn the State Ban on Rent Control

Hey fucktards! How'd THAT work out for you?

Posted by Borrowed Card on 02/19/2019 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Pro-Tenant and Pro-Housing

AND WHY IS RENT SO HIGH?? Because we have a severe shortage of WAGE EARNERS who want to live in a city overrun with homeless, garbage, broken down cars, and very limited parking. Nobody wants to come home to that. Nobody wants to see it, smell it, or deal with it.

Posted by Colleen Finley on 12/24/2018 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Libby Schaaf's Moment

This woman is nothing more than an enabler, and has no right at all to say anything to anyone about what they should or shouldn't do. She is literally giving this city to those who do not work or pay taxes, cleans up after them, and keeps it so others will feel right at home and move in. What is her GOAL?? Where is the money going to come from lady? The City is already understaffed and mostly dysfunctional - but she doesn't care. It's all about her - NOT US.

Posted by Colleen Finley on 12/24/2018 at 4:58 PM

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