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Re: “How a Billionaire-Funded, Anti-Union Think Tank in Nevada Shapes Bay Area News Media Coverage of Public Employee Pay

Simply a amazing article where the "reporter"... essentially suggests that the public is better off NOT KNOWING the facts about how much they are paying public employees or how high the pensions are for such employees.
Incredible that she would imply that newspapers, and other media outlets not have access to such information that can be passed onto the public.
I suppose this same reporter would banish the Brown Act that guarantees the public's right to attend and participate in meetings of local legislative bodies.
Yes lets hide the actions, budgets, and salaries of all government workers from the taxpayers who pay the way.
Secrecy in government is best... Public can't be trusted in understanding the facts. Just leave it all up to the politicians and public employees like in Bell California...
Sheesh... this article deserves some kind of prize for for the "Most anti-free press" article of the year.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 08/11/2017 at 1:03 AM

Re: “Best Model Citizen: Leon 'DNas' Sykes

It's great to see who the mysterious Leon Sykes is - I read his posts about where we want the city to be and how to keep its character while improving jobs and housing, and agree vehemently when it comes to the issue of homeless people being treated like people! Thank you, Leon!

Posted by Lynne Miller on 08/10/2017 at 10:43 PM

Re: “How a Billionaire-Funded, Anti-Union Think Tank in Nevada Shapes Bay Area News Media Coverage of Public Employee Pay

This is a hack argument that attacks the messenger rather than the veracity of the data. I mean, the Koch brothers funded Wonder Woman too. Treasury Secretary and key Trump advisor Steven Mnuchin was an executive producer. Does that mean that we should stop taking our daughters to see it?

More information is good, and I'm happy that the Koch brothers are doing it rather than our time-crunched, cost-cutting newspapers (the Bay Area News Group used to perform the public records requests before Transparent California took over) or on an ad hoc basis by random citizens. The reason this information is public, which the writer failed to note, is because of the Bell scandal, where city manager Robert Rizzo and his crony Angela Spaccia collectively cost taxpayers of the poor city over a million a year, and lied to residents by giving them a forged document with his contract at $1 a page. Some city managers actually found that Transparent California raised employee compensation since unions could easily look up what their peers were making and ask for more. So I don't see how the data affects anything. you can choose to draw your own conclusions, but the NPRI's data is neutral.

Posted by Henry Fung on 08/10/2017 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Nellie's Soulfood Will Reopen in JK's Brickhouse in West Oakland

did they open?

Posted by Andrew Chang on 08/10/2017 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Commission Candidates Face Questions of Experience, Bias, and Conflicts

Chavez Yoell should recuse herself from these proceedings on Tagami being considered at all!

Posted by Nancy Sidebotham 1 on 08/10/2017 at 1:54 PM

Re: “How a Billionaire-Funded, Anti-Union Think Tank in Nevada Shapes Bay Area News Media Coverage of Public Employee Pay

What unmitigated garbage in this 'article' - more like an SEIU opinion piece. The arrival of entities such as Transparent California - and there are many, many more - are due to a growing pension debt approaching $1 TRILLION in California alone. Most of the public was unaware of how this could happen, until the salaries, pensions and benefits became available for all to see.

Unions are furious, of course. What was previously a secret is now common knowledge, and that knowledge has led to some major research into public pension systems and their drain on taxpayers. End of story. To have printed this article is an insult to people's intelligence. Who is funding YOU?

Posted by Jody Morales on 08/10/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Best Model Citizen: Leon 'DNas' Sykes

Mr. Sykes is known also as a frequent poster on NextDoor - interesting to learn the rest of his story. Thanks EBX.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 08/10/2017 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Best Garden Whiz and Butterfly Savior: Victoria 'Tora' Rocha

I second what Mary Ellen said - but more so. A well-deserved tribute indeed.

Posted by Ken Katz on 08/10/2017 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Best Garden Whiz and Butterfly Savior: Victoria 'Tora' Rocha

A richly deserved tribute! But the street is Bellevue, not Belleview.

Posted by Nina Fedora on 08/10/2017 at 6:52 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Commission Candidates Face Questions of Experience, Bias, and Conflicts

The article does not examine the selection panel at all, only the applicants to the commission itself. Well, councilmember Campbell Washnington nominated Shikira Porter to the selection panel. She recently posted on a neighborhood list that if any OPD community policing officer merely spoke to some Latino youth, it would "put these 3 young men in harms way" and cause "irreparable harm." Anti-OPD venom drives this whole commission.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 08/09/2017 at 10:41 PM

Re: “Best Garden Whiz and Butterfly Savior: Victoria 'Tora' Rocha

All true and even understated. Tora is a genius at plants and community involvement, She's creative and endlessly generous with her ideas for community wellbeing.

Posted by Mary Ellen Navas on 08/09/2017 at 9:52 PM

Re: “How a Billionaire-Funded, Anti-Union Think Tank in Nevada Shapes Bay Area News Media Coverage of Public Employee Pay

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Posted by tiana katherine on 08/09/2017 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Black Oakland Leaders Criticize Mayor and Police Chief for 'Lack of Control' Over Police Department

First of all, both Brooks and Carson come from the Ron Dellums political tree, who last time I checked, had very little time or sincerity for the plight of the citizens of Oakland. With that being said, God only knows their motives for deciding to check in publicly on this issue. No doubt it is completely self serving for both. Secondly, how ironic is it that while the Oakland command staff remains in turmoil, OPD Deputy Chief Danielle Outlaw is selected as the new Chief of Police for the City of Portland. Outlaw is a Black woman who is educated, qualified, experienced and ready to lead. Not only that, she is an Oakland native and veteran of the OPD staff. Why did I not hear her name one time while the Mayor of chaos (Schaaf) looked for and hired at least three new chiefs in 9 months? My sense is that Outlaw had the common sense and good instincts to know that the Oakland Police Chief job is a looser and did not apply or was glossed over by unqualified people making the selection. A good candidate who is up and coming with an eye to their professional future would want no part of the job. She knows full well that the executive and command staff of OPD is a mess. Further, that nobody in City Hall, not the Mayor or anybody else in the City Administrators office has any idea what they are doing. Congratulations to Danielle, who illustrated that knowing the difference between a good opportunity and any opportunity is a sign of intelligence. Too bad Oakland is so screwed up, we will not get to reap the benefits of the potential for real leadership in the Police Department any time soon.

Posted by Gary Patton on 08/09/2017 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Diamond Dogs Brings Affordable Dining to Oakland's Jack London Square

$9 for a Hot Dog ain't worth an "affordable" tag line, bro

Posted by Jono Schneider on 08/09/2017 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Group Calls for Oakland Animal Services to Lower Euthanasia Rate, But Administrators and Allies Say Shelter is Best it’s Been in Years

As a former volunteer whose plans to return have been dashed due to current mismanagement, I am heartbroken. Director Katz showed great promise upon her arrival at OAS which makes its present irresponsible conduct that much harder to swallow. I don't doubt that cats and smaller dogs are being rescued at a quick pace, but big dogs, esp. pit bulls, do not seem to be given a fair shot. Expert behaviorists and evaluators should be a core element in a shelter--they literally make life or death decisions. A robust foster program and support for foster parents is also a key element that is missing. I am disappointed, disgusted and heartbroken and hope Katz will quickly shake off her shocking negligence of Oakland's homeless dogs and engage in constructive dialogue with her critics.

Posted by Stephanie Rubin on 08/08/2017 at 11:40 PM

Re: “Group Calls for Oakland Animal Services to Lower Euthanasia Rate, But Administrators and Allies Say Shelter is Best it’s Been in Years

I pull dogs from OAS for rescue's and have seen a huge improvement in the dogs from OAS coming out of the shelter in much better condition during Rebecca Katz' tenure at OAS. 3-5 years ago, almost every dog I pulled from OAS was very sick with kennel cough, Giardia, pneumonia and worse - it was awful. The last year has gotten so much better, almost every dog I pull has been healthy. Last weekend I helped pull 24 dogs to go on transport up to Embrace a Discarded Animal Society - in Washington and none of the dogs were sick. That would have never been the case 3-4 years ago.

I also foster for the shelter and the last two dogs I fostered were spayed /neutered, fully vaccinated and microchipped by the shelter vet, prior to coming to my home. This also never used to be the case.

In my opinion, while the shelter is still not perfect, it's much better than it has ever been in the past 7 years that I have been involved with them. The entire management team and all of the current volunteers seem very committed to doing right by the animals and improving the conditions for the animals while they are in their care. This is just my humble opinion, but I've seen vast improvements in the last 2-3 years.
Cindy Douglas
Paws Crossed Small Dog Rescue

Posted by Cindy Douglas on 08/07/2017 at 10:18 PM

Re: “Oakland Rallies Around Owner of Henry's Gallery Café, Who Recently Lost His Business and Life's Savings

So... It seems EBX is ONLY concerned by wrong doing by the OPD, not wrongs done IO the community BY the community. Nor, it would seem, is the city council the EBX sockpuppets for.

In this same "issue" I see one member of the council is up for corruption and EBX is ONLY concerned about the amount needed for the defense.

Not a word from EBX on the swarm attacks or general lawlessness in the streets of Oakland.

VERY community oriented EBX.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 08/07/2017 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Lee Williams and the Holy Ghost

I enjoyed the reading from 2012 of Lee Williams and the Holy Ghost

Posted by Essie Goodson on 08/07/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Bare Knuckle Pizza in Oakland is a New Destination for Vegan Pizza

One day, I hope that someone makes pizza here who is an afficianado of Di Fara's. If you have been to Di Fara's, that is my Brooklyn pizza heaven.

Posted by Bertha Pearl on 08/06/2017 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Black Oakland Leaders Criticize Mayor and Police Chief for 'Lack of Control' Over Police Department

This is typical of the terribly biased reporting of Darwin Bond-Graham, Ali Winston, and the East Bay Express in general. "The Oakland police also didn't immediately respond to a request for more information about the incident" is the extent of their investigation into the OPD's version of what happened, especially regarding the Foothill incident, yet the case for the viewpoint expressed in the letter is bolstered by references to the Stanford study, previous poor behavior on the part of OPD, and quotes from multiple sources who support the aims of the letter.

When it comes to presenting a viewpoint which Bond-Graham and the EBX do not agree with, the extent of their effort is asking the OPD PIO for an "immediate" comment and then throwing up their hands and giving up.

Strange how the EBX has so many sources inside the department when it comes to reporting on scandalous material, but they can't be bothered to do more than a perfunctory press inquiry when it comes to looking for a side of the story that may contradict the radical agenda for which the EBX is the unabashed mouthpiece.

Posted by John Tremain on 08/05/2017 at 6:05 PM

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