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Re: “Richmond at a Crossroads

Also, the article could go into more depth about the Point Molate development. Butt is working backroom deals with his developer friend to build luxury condos on the ecologically sensitive shoreline. Currently there are no roads, power, water and sewer services capable of supporting the development. You can bet that the developer (who failed to get a Casino there a few years back) is not going to foot the bill for the infrastructure improvements.
So Butt's plan is to get some consulting money by representing his friends interests and stick the bill to the city.

Also, Butt recently kicked Marylin Langlois off the planning and zoning commission while allowing his son to remain, clear evidence of his conflict of interest.

Melvin Willis for Richmond.

Posted by Mykee Ramen on 10/18/2018 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Richmond at a Crossroads

On December 15 2016, twelve Richmond city inspectors scrutinized my house (Burnt Ramen) on the orders of Mayor Butt. My house was red tagged. Me and my housemates were thrown out to the streets. Butt was quick to use the Ghost Ship disaster and the deaths of our friends to persecute artist communities around Richmond. Safety was the stated concern for the city's actions yet almost none of the citations were even remotely safety related.
Almost 2 years later and we have worked on drawing plans to resolve the issues. Painstakingly drawn to the city's specifications on a shoestring budget, Richmond planning CBO rejected those plans. Then EBR wrote about a grow op represented by Butt's consulting firm that was allowed to operate in a red tagged building.
Such hypocrisy from Butt! I guess that's the way corruption works here.

Posted by Mykee Ramen on 10/18/2018 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Richmond at a Crossroads

Butt hasn't done too badly for Oakland. We can all see what "Progressive" leaders will bring. Look at Oakland and SF.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 10/18/2018 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Isn't Meeting Its Affordable Housing Goals; Is the City Discriminating in Contracting?

Thanks to Clarence Johnson for pointing out the massive economic problem. We need more affordable housing, maybe. The reason I live in Oakland is that I couldn't afford to live in SF. I moved here thirty years ago.

That's one way of dealing with it. There is no "right" to live anywhere you choose. That's political scammery.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 10/18/2018 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Targeting Muslims?

Posted by Wolfgang Raven on 10/18/2018 at 7:54 AM

Re: “What's Missing in Oakland's First Cultural Plan in 30 Years?

What's missing is the edit or delete comment option(after 5 minutes) on this fucking idiotic website.

Posted by Wolfgang Raven on 10/18/2018 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Who Will Be There When You Call 911? Our Writer Plunges Into the World of For-Profit Ambulances.

Fired departments have also been found committing Medicare fraud (Dallas, Santa Monica).

Posted by Mark Baird on 10/18/2018 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Gentrification Changed the Names of Oakland Neighborhoods

When you here a naive millennial complain about gentrification while utilizing their iPhone and Mac pro to do so...

Posted by Wolfgang Raven on 10/18/2018 at 7:26 AM

Re: “A Guide to Berkeley's Ballot Measures

Important omission: The proposed increase in the property transfer tax would not only affect only 1/3 of transfers, it would affect only the MOST EXPENSIVE THIRD of properties transferred which is another reason realtors are against P.

Posted by Ruby MacDonald on 10/18/2018 at 7:10 AM

Re: “The Express' November 2018 Endorsement Guide

Beckles' supporters are far better at their job than she is

Actually fixing the housing crisis requires more than grandstanding and platitudes.

Posted by Hiram Delco on 10/17/2018 at 9:25 PM

Re: “Island Gone Wild

I don't know Mayor Spencer and after reading your article, I thought "how crappy is another politician with no integrity." But, it seems you are painting her in a poor light without doing thorough research. The Alameda sun reported on this and shares another side to the story.

At least represent her opinion too. "Spencer said that she has tried several times to resolve this matter with staff over the intervening year and a half, by having them meet at her bank, and has been unable to have the staff do so. " - Article Targets Islands Mayor, Alameda Sun, 10/11/18.

I don't think there is a conspiracy here, just people who aren't playing nice. If the photo you showed last week is accurate, why not go to her bank and investigate further? How did you get the documents?

Let's be completely transparent if we really want to go there.

-David Lapedis

Posted by Dlapedis on 10/17/2018 at 6:59 PM

Re: “The Express' November 2018 Endorsement Guide

The endorsement in AD-15 is beyond lame. This paper purports to be pro-housing, but draws the line in the sand at Prop 10? Prop 10 which affordable housing experts across the state says could very well curtail housing availability?

This is what you wrote about Wicks in March: "Of all the candidates in the race, Wicks may be the most pro-housing. .. Wicks understands that California's extreme housing shortage and out-of-control prices are due in large part to cities blocking multifamily housing near transit for decades.

We were also impressed by Wicks personally. She's a formidable and engaging person, and we think she'll quickly become a leader in Sacramento."

This is what you wrote about Beckles: "The last candidate we interviewed was Richmond City Councilmember Jovanka Beckles... But of our top six candidates, she had the fewest ideas for solving California's problems."

Disappointed in the East Bay Express - grow a spine and take a position. You did the same thing with the DA's race in the June election. Sorry excuse for an editorial board.

Posted by Dawn Cornelius on 10/17/2018 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Opinion: I’m Running for AD 15 on a Bold, Progressive Platform

What this paper said about Jovanka in March: "The last candidate we interviewed was Richmond City Councilmember Jovanka Beckles. We've admired her work on the Richmond council, especially in battling oil giant Chevron and helping enact progressive reforms in the city. But of our top six candidates, she had the fewest ideas for solving California's problems."

What they said about her today: "But we can't endorse Richmond Councilmember Jovanka Beckles either. Although Beckles is solidly progressive, she has repeatedly exhibited poor judgment over the years, including a deplorable incident in which she publicly mocked then-Councilmember Vinay Pimpl, the first blind member of the council, by shouting at him, "Vinay is a Pimple on Tom's Butt!" We're also troubled by the fact that Beckles carried conspiracy-theory legislation decrying the government's alleged use of 'chemtrails' to target citizens."

Posted by Dawn Cornelius on 10/17/2018 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Role Reversals in the Oakland Mayor's Race

Every election I get depressed at how dumb the voting public appears to be...or at least how dumb the candidates think we are! Anything that's wrong with the city, especially things that are part of gigantic trends way outside of the city's control, is blamed entirely on the acting mayor. Yes, even if said mayor has worked on said issue and made improvements.

The fact there's still homeless people in the Town? All Libby's fault.
The fact that housing is more expensive than ever? All Libby's fault.
Illegal dumping? All Libby's fault!

It's reductive and ignorant at best, and charlatanism at worst. And then opportunists like Brooks have the audacity to claim that if THEY were mayor, they would've swooped into action solved the problem immediately. Brooks claims that if she were mayor, the displacement crisis and the homelessness crisis would be solved, which to me is an enormous red flag.

In conclusion, Schaaf all the way. When you actually consider the greater context of all the issues she's dealt with, she's done great in her first term with a good mix of pragmatic and progressive policy. As far as I can tell, Brooks and the rest are all talk.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 10/17/2018 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Opinion: I’m Running for AD 15 on a Bold, Progressive Platform

The only interest I ever heard her speak on was "wetting of beaks" and obstruction unless she got that.


Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/17/2018 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Opinion: I’m Running for AD 15 on a Bold, Progressive Platform

Jovanka's "inability to find common ground" with corporate stooges who, in no way, spoke on behalf of the interests of the people of Richmond, speaks volumes about her. Meeting in the middle is not a moral or principled stance to take, nor something to be admired in politicians, especially when our lives and livelihoods are at stake.

Posted by AWU on 10/17/2018 at 3:59 PM

Re: “The Acharis' Dark Inward Journey

No offense to the band, because I'm sure they are awesome, but I had to laugh at the author for this: "Either way, the sampler is a welcome break from playing pre-recorded drums off of their laptop, which was what they did at their early shows before they earned money for a sampler."

Talk about a distinction without a difference! What do you think the computer was doing in the first place? Functioning as a sampler... I mean, don't pretend to break down the way music is made when you clearly don't know! LOL ;-P

Posted by TS Edison on 10/17/2018 at 3:58 PM

Re: “No Punches Thrown in Oakland Council District 6

I will vote for three candidates NOT named Desley Brooks, who is the epitome of cancer in municipal politics. Mya seems like a really good person, but probably too young. I will vote for Natasha Middleton, Marlo Rodriguez, and Loren Taylor as my top 3.

Anybody but Brooks!

Posted by TS Edison on 10/17/2018 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Opinion: Why I’m Supporting Mya Whitaker for Oakland Council District 6

I would have to agree with everything Bruce wrote. However, I will vote for any/all candidates in a ranked choice system EXCEPT Desley Brooks. Brooks has to go no matter what.

Posted by TS Edison on 10/17/2018 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Brown Signs Controversial Law on Charitable Food

My biggest concern is that this law will prohibit families from doing a good deed by taking some of their own income, and, as a family, cook a healthy hot meal and then drive around delivering it to our unhoused neighbors living on the streets.
This practice of voluntary community involvement has been growing in the last 2 years, as more and more residents want to help ease the suffering of America's Economic Refuges.
These families, that already are burdened by the rising cost of not only the ingredients for their offerings of homemade meals, but gas for their vehicles to perform this "mitzvah," will need to register and pay a fee in order to not be cited for performing a compassionate act that will be illegal, effective Jan. 1, 2019.
I do not see this in any way shape or form being anything other than one more way to criminalize both being or supporting the homeless,

Posted by Barbara Brust on 10/17/2018 at 2:45 PM

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