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Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

Ms Farha as a person who works with this population there are many reasons that some have not been able to be assisted; one being trying to help people who have mental health issue get treated so that they can find housing etc. My question to Ms Farha where will we help these people find housing that they can afford with no jobs. You say in a rich state like California seems to imply that everyone in California has money which is very untrue. Many who have places to live in California are just barely making it themselves. Although there are companies that are making lots of money these are the same companies that now will be getting big tax breaks but that will not be helping any homeless person. We need many ideas on how to solve this issue.

Posted by Lynne Wilkins on 01/23/2018 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Voices from Saturday’s Women’s March in Oakland

It was an awesome, joyful march on a beautiful day, with Oakland and our diverse East Bay communities at their best!

Posted by Nancy_in_Berkeley on 01/23/2018 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Oakland Desperately Needs a New City Auditor

Th prime factor affecting Ms. Roberts' re-election chances won't directly be the lack of criticism from her elected Oakland officials but whether the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee finds someone else to endorse for Auditor.

(Disclosure: I was the candidate in the last election that lost overwhelmingly to Ms. Roberts)

Citywide election campaign advertising costs upwards of $100k if the candidate does not get on the "slate mailers" sent out by the Alameda Democratic Party. The endorsed candidates need only reimburse the County Democratic Party for the relatively modest cost of the slate mailer.

The Auditor race is a "low information" race ignored by the media. No due diligence is performed other than the City Clerk checking that the candidates have a current professional license. It's a position that pays over $200,000/year in salary plus benefits, involving all sorts of sensitive matters. No one checks references to see if there were problems at previous jobs or looks at resumes for inconsistencies.

In 2014 the majority of voters skipped voting for either of us in 2014 probably because they either didn't know what the Auditor does or never heard of the candidates. A majority of those who did vote might have remembered seeing Ms. Roberts on a slate mailer and not knowing that all Oakland municipal races are non-partisan assumed incorrectly that she was the only Democrat. On paper and in person Ms. Roberts comes across as a personable auditor's auditor. You'd never guess she would have mistreated her staff as has been reported.

Most voters assume the job of the Auditor is to personally design and supervise audits, rather than select audit areas and competently manage staff and independent contractors. The combo of stated job experience, Democratic endorsement, and endorsement by a large list of well known local and county elected officials, plus the East Bay Express and the East Bay Times cinched the election for her in 2014.

For the coming election, If the Alameda Democratic Party Central Committee does not endorse anyone for Auditor for the coming election, then the power of incumbency kicks in. The challenger would have to raise a $100,000 to pay for mailers and other advertising just to get name recognition.

The Committee will have to give strong assurances of that endorsement long in advance of the official endorsement vote if they want a serious candidate to commit the time and money to run against the incumbent. Most accountants dislike campaigning and won't waste their own money on long shots.

Without that endorsement assurance, the minority of voters who don't skip the Auditor section, will skim the candidates election booklet mini-bio, think auditor's auditor, see incumbent, and check the box for the incumbent.

Len Raphael, CPA

Posted by Len Raphael on 01/23/2018 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Opinion: The Youth Shall Inherit the Coal

I am a 12 year old at Urban Promise Academy ,this is a important because
coal can create Asthma , which has Lead ,which is poisonous.No Coal in
Oakland !

Posted by Tanaya Patton on 01/23/2018 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Opinion: The Youth Shall Inherit the Coal

This article was very interesting I agree that coal should banned.

Posted by Alicia Argueta on 01/23/2018 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Voices from Saturday’s Women’s March in Oakland

This is fantastic! Thank you to all who came out. Time for a BLUE TSUNAMI in November!

Posted by Native Californian Local on 01/23/2018 at 12:56 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

This is happening everywhere. It's a problem of GREED and of AirBnBs and cost of living rising while pay isn't. To the people who suggest that homeless move somewhere else where they can afford it... S#$w YOU! Many people who are down on their luck have lived here all their lives and truly have nowhere else to go. You can't just tell people that. It's not as simple as that. There needs to be caps on rents, more buildings converted into housing, and an attitude of a little more tolerance toward the homeless. I walk a thin line, myself, from being in my apartment and on the street. Constantly in fear that if I get sick or cannot work for whatever reason I'll be out. It's a crisis of epic porportions. The rich get richer. There needs to be some solution, and I don't know what it could be.

Posted by Native Californian Local on 01/23/2018 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Tinkerer, Gadfly, Soldier, Spy

I was outraged to see the place has been leveled as of a couple days ago. Shame on you Emeryville.

Posted by Maurice Tierney on 01/23/2018 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Tinkerer, Gadfly, Soldier, Spy

I rode my bike past there the other day and the place has been bulldozed and is ready for development. Shame on Emeryville Council.

Posted by Maurice Tierney on 01/23/2018 at 12:42 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

I live in Humboldt County and the problem up here is awful. The people in this town are very hateful towards the homeless and addicts that are on our street. The homeless in our town are beat and even set on fire on a regular basis. Not treated like humans, not even treated as well as animals, but treated like trash! People just want them to go away, but they don't want to help them.

Posted by Collee J Earlhart on 01/23/2018 at 12:12 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

seize empty houses that are currently used as investments and put people in them. stop allowing homes to be sold to wall street and investors who dont even live in the county/state/country. make housing a right

Posted by Derek Prine on 01/23/2018 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Should Censure Desley Brooks

After reading all of your comments which have varying degrees of merit, I think it is time the council member leave and get some mental health counseling. Acting out against the public and bullying anyone who gets in your way, even if you are making strides to eradicate inequities, is just wrong. Its Trumpian politics and that shit is Cray cray!

Posted by Nomi Bear on 01/23/2018 at 8:42 AM

Re: “The Bacon-Wrapped Economy

I think that this article is very informative and well written. It gives insightful examples and provides an explanation for everything! good work!

Posted by cellki on 01/23/2018 at 6:44 AM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

Homelessness has exploded in California since 1991 due to the passing of "fast track eviction" laws. Renting is not a road to buying a home. Families can be evicted in forty days and their credit reports are ruined if they contest eviction. The callousness towards homeless people here is unbearable.

Posted by Donna Deiss on 01/23/2018 at 3:41 AM
Posted by Mark Sheetz on 01/22/2018 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Voices from Saturday’s Women’s March in Oakland

I CAN'T wait to see what she thinks of San Diego!

Posted by Mark Sheetz on 01/22/2018 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Hoover-Foster Library Effort Gathers Steam

We also had a library on San Pablo right past the Jug Club called the Cambridge branch. I went to Durant , Hoover , an Westlake growing up on 34th..glad to see this effort for an area decimated by BART and the "freeways"

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 01/22/2018 at 7:15 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

I lived in Oakland from 2012 until 2015 When I got there I was amazed at the homeless situation I am an east coaster that moved from the Midwest . The tolerance is very high there. Im in Seattle now and I feel its worse here, I went back to Oakland in 2016 it seemed like there were less homeless or just not as visable... I used to take the freeway to Alameda and drove by all the tents under the bridge Its seem to just be status quo as the young people drink their Starbucks coffee have their food delivered by Amazon and Uber around everywhere. The food banks here though are amazing ... donation by Whole Foods aka Amazon Trader Joes and Local farmers market... its easy to get SNAP food assistance and Apple health Aka Medicaid in Washington state too. I feel the housing is just as expensive if not more here!!! I want to go back to Oakland but not sure I can even afford a room there... the whole crisis is just awful we need mental institutions again I have seen the craziest shit since living in Seattle mentally ill and drug addicts out of their minds!!

Posted by Karen Wagner on 01/22/2018 at 6:54 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

I wonder what criteria is needed to seize property by eminent domain. I see so many abandoned buildings in disrepair in Oakland-or just vacant because no one can afford to rent-couldn't these properties be seized and converted into affordable housing?

Posted by LBELL on 01/22/2018 at 5:48 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

I too am a bay area native... My people came to California from the dust bowl; Picked fruit and cotton in the central valley and dealt with "sundown towns"... Okies.

For most of my life, I couldn't afford to live in Oakland, San Francisco or any of the other cool parts of the bay area. No city had an obligation to find me housing in the places I wanted to live. It was my responsibility to find a place I could afford, just as it was for "my people".

I've lived on the streets of Oakland. I didn't like it and I hustled my butt off to get out of that situation. Not everyone can do that. Many that I knew when I was on the streets do need help. Mental health help, substance abuse help, education. No amount of food or warehousing will do that, but that's all the "activists" call for.... Get 'em off the streets where we can't see 'em.

Yes, it's a social problem... The problem is that as a society, education isn't valued... Athletic prowess, popularity, notoriety and the ability to scream are valued above all else.

Until THAT changes, nothing will and people will be trapped as minimum wage slaves.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 01/22/2018 at 3:29 PM

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