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Re: “Fourth Ex-City Worker Alleges Oakland Auditor Abuse

It appears that Roberts is Oakland's version of Harvey Weinstein, or in this case is it Harriet Weinstein?

I find it interesting that city states that they took steps to address the bad behavior of Roberts. I wonder if that included a censure, loss of pay, or suspension from duty for a period of time. Probably not.

I believe the City Council should look into this since it appears that the City Administrator and the director of HR has failed the taxpayers as well as the current and former employees of the Auditor.

Posted by tomroberts on 11/15/2017 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Fourth Ex-City Worker Alleges Oakland Auditor Abuse

Oakland tragically missed out on an opportunity to elect a thoughtful, competent and ethical Auditor when voters did not support Len Raphael in favor of Roberts.

I never cease to be amazed at how Oakland's supposedly progressive citizens keep electing the same sort of corrupt and incompetent pols to office.

Oakland is in profound need of leaders with the skills and integrity that are so noticeably missing in too much of what goes on in city hall.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/15/2017 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Colin Kaepernick Is Winning the Long Game

The simple reason nobody wants Kapernick is that nobody knows what he will do next, but they do know that it will cost ticket sales. The NFL is going downhill fast now.

I totally support Kapernick's right to protest, and go to a knee. However, as a paying customer, I totally support my right to quit going to games that become protests. I totally protest the rights of the owners to not hire him.

Football is how Kapernick made a fortune, thanks to the NFL. I could call him ungrateful, but that's not true. But I do call him feckless.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/15/2017 at 7:38 AM

Re: “The Return of the Crematorium

Where is your compassion and understanding of environmental racism, which includes planning and zoning. there is not toxic and Industrials where affluent or people in Oakland that live in the hills have to endure those impacts. understand what it does to one's health and in this identified top 5% disadvantaged communities by https://oehha.ca.gov/calenviroscreen/report/calenviroscreen-30 CalEnviroScreen East OaklandS leadership, planning department, planning commissioner and the loopholes in the city where a business comes in and allowed to still operate knowing what it emits THAT KILLS peole and again those people it is going to impact, is environmental racism.

Posted by EM Goolsby on 11/15/2017 at 12:31 AM

Re: “Fourth Ex-City Worker Alleges Oakland Auditor Abuse

Non-disclosure agreements should not be allowed for settlements with public officials or agencies that are paid for by the government or public agency. The voters need to know the allegations so they can make their decision of who was right or wrong at the ballot box.

Len Raphael, CPA
Temescal

Posted by Len Raphael on 11/14/2017 at 10:32 PM

Re: “The Return of the Crematorium

There is no doubt that poor and low income neighborhoods in America have always been impacted by injustice and unequal treatment when it comes to nuisance land uses that create dangerous environmental impacts. Lack of political power and lack of concern and sensitivity for the welfare of these neighborhoods (racism) by politicians are most assuredly to blame. Both West Oakland and East Oakland have long histories of industrial land uses interspersed in and around residential neighborhoods. As the factories and warehouses which once provided jobs for residents of these neighborhoods began to disappear in the later part of last century, awareness of environmental issues began to increase. Remaining on many of these sites are the dormant remnants of previous industry. There are storage tanks, lubricants, oils, solvents, paints, and contaminants of all kind.While I understand the concern about the Neptune Society, the fact is that they prevailed in court because they followed the zoning and environmental laws in existence at the time they chose to locate a site in East Oakland. Because of political pressure, the City then tried to retroactively deny their permit, which is illegal.There is also the "poltergeist" factor of a crematorium, which nobody wants to live next to, but many choose as an alternative for deceased love ones. Neighbors should be concerned about the impacts of remaining industrial uses whose operations are grandfathered from modern air and soil monitoring requirements. In addition, there are regional ambient environmental impacts from freeways filled with diesel trucks servicing the Port of Oakland and stuck on I-880 in traffic. There are diesel powered container ships sitting at the Port for days until they can offload their cargo. There is a prevailing southeast wind blowing contaminants over East Oakland 24 hours a day. These impacts are real whether or not the Neptune Society locates in East Oakland. They are also a much more dangerous threat to short and long term public health. It is good that people are mobilizing to protect their neighborhood, but the Neptune lesson is that neighborhoods need to focus on areas where they can actually make a difference. If neighbors want to affect change, make the City amend the General Plan and Zoning laws, which were the real problem in this case, not environmental racism by individual decision makers.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/14/2017 at 6:58 PM

Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

Don't expect much push back from the City of Oakland in terms of protecting sensitive environmental habitats. If Cappio is involved, the impact will be down played and developers will always be able to find a way to move forward. Several decades ago, under her watch in the City of Emeryville, a paved parking lot was constructed over Native American burial grounds. If that is her concept of appropriate mitigation of a significant unavoidable impact, the birds at Lake Merritt are doomed. They should start packing their bags immediately.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/14/2017 at 3:25 PM

Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

"team that does not black mail a small city"

The Raiders broke ground in Vegas this week.

You must be thinking of them, because the A's are *paying for their own ballpark*.

Next uninformed kneejerk reaction?

Posted by jq7925 on 11/14/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

Honestly, they should have come to San Jose instead of Oakland (or Sacramento.) It would be much better received here for two reasons:

1) The South Bay lacks the culture of NIMBY-ism that Oakland and SF have, but more importantly:

2) SAN JOSE HAS NO GOOD BREWERIES. A Golden Road would be a step up from everything here. (This isn't the case in Oakland, SF, or Sacramento.)

Posted by batmanpopfigure on 11/14/2017 at 1:45 PM

Re: “A New Richmond Neighborhood

The NRMAC does not reflect or fully represent the entire North Richmond community. There is not a single Latino or Asian person on the NRMAC and their participation and membership has been minimal at best. Annexation is long over due and the former gatekeepers can no longer justify their positions other than to help the transition to the New North Richmond. The modicum of power they obtain from having an advisory position is not worth the community's potential for improvement by being part of the Richmond and not just another Contra Costa County step child.

Posted by Andres Soto on 11/14/2017 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Letters of The Week: Our Readers Chime in on Alameda Landlords

Frank Snapp, I assume you're being sarcastic. In response: No one's looking to take the shirt off your back. What we want as a public asset is that pile of shirts you were planning to rent to those with nothing to wear.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 11/14/2017 at 2:10 AM

Re: “The Laney College Opposition

"Selling Laney College and its surrounding property off to build a stadium"

Okay, seriously now, where the F*CK do you people keep getting "Sell Laney to build a ballpark"?

THEY AREN'T TALKING ABOUT LANEY.

They want to move the Peralta Admin Center (and they will buy PCCD the new location), they'll cleanup the toxic plumes underneath that Peralta is so far behind on dealing with or even *monitoring* that penalties in the millions will rack up soon, and build a ballpark *not even on the same side of the estuary* as Laney.

"He is also interested in developing the area in order to increase rents and drive out low income communities of color."

B

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Where is your backup for this allegation?

Don't bother answering, YOU DON"T HAVE ONE.

Posted by jq7925 on 11/13/2017 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Why Are So Many Rays Dying In Lake Merritt, And Sharks At The Berkeley Aquatic Park?

Ernest Montague has no idea what he is speaking of in regards to the chronic mass epizootic die off of sharks, rays, skates and fish in San Francisco Bay area (San Mateo, Alameda, Berkeley and Oakland in particular).

Tide gates and storm water run off (not 'fresh water') are the vectors for this chronic problem and conflict of interests in conservation, research and public awareness.

Lean more, contact Pelagic Shark Research Foundation: mobile 831 600 5214, dispatch 831 459 9346 and/or Email psrf@pelagic.org

I would be happy to discuss this issue with Ernest or anyone else genuinely interested or concerned with the environment and SF Bay wildlife.
Thank you.
Cordially,
Sean
PSRF
Since 1990

Check out our PELAGIC SHARK RESEARCH FOUNDATION Facebook page to view video and photo documentations, interviews and more.
Thanks again, have great Thanksgiving everyone.

p.s. Excellent Report by Eastbay Express !!! Keep up the good work.

Posted by Sean R. van Sommeran on 11/13/2017 at 10:06 AM

Re: “The Oakland Coliseum’s Uncertain Future

Here's a great idea: keep the A's at the Coliseum. Soooo many problems solved.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/13/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “The Laney College Opposition

The article doesn't get into A's owner John Fisher of Gap, Inc, who has ties to the charter school movement like Betsy DeVos and the Walton Family (Walmart), and his interest to privatize colleges. He is also interested in developing the area in order to increase rents and drive out low income communities of color. He is also anti-union and anti-environmental so he really could care less about the stadium creating so much pollution (light, sound, smog, trash) that will most likely drive protected birds and wildlife away or kill them. Selling Laney College and its surrounding property off to build a stadium would be the death knell of Oakland's Laney College as a public school, Lake Merritt, and neighbors who include Chinatown and other ethnic communities. If you follow the money behind the A's scam you will realize that stadium will be Oakland's biggest black eye if it comes to fruition.

Posted by Kit Vaq on 11/12/2017 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Can Oakland Protect Chinatown and Eastlake?

Gary Patton does an exceptional job of precisely describing the fate of Chinatown and Eastlake neighborhoods in the event a baseball stadium is installed at Laney College as proposed by the Oakland A's. If the Peralta Trustees give a green light to the proposal, the existing peaceful and affordable neighborhoods will disappear almost overnight. QUESTION: Where does a current Oakland resident who is forceably displaced get a replacement apartment ? You're right ... far away from Oakland ! One look at a stadium superimposed on the Peralta site exposes the real motive of the A's and their deep-pocketed investors. The present site is too small. The true objective of the A's and their investors is the land occupied by Chinatown & Eastlake, Laney College, Dewey Continuation School, La Escuelita Elementary, and the OUSD administration. The A's and their investors envision a mega-development of shopping malls, multi-level parking structures, office towers, high rises of luxury condominium, boutique shops, fancy restaurants, and night life entertainment. The bottom line here is not the A's -- they will sell out to new owners and be gone within 5 years -- Neither the A's or their investors will shed one tear of concern for the city of Oakland or its people -- THEIR OBJECTIVE IS MONEY, LOTS OF IT !! And they will "play" Peralta and the City like chumps to get to their ultimate goal.

Posted by James Vann on 11/12/2017 at 4:02 PM

Re: “The Laney College Opposition

Jay78, do you really feel the only way you and the city you live in can be validated is if theres a new sports stadium? Whats your argument against having the As stay where they are?
Looks like you privilege billionaire corporations over education. Sad.

Youre rightI dont want it in my backyard, which is where itll be. Why dont they have a built next to YOUR house, Jay78 and see how you feel about the noise. Thats what I thought.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/12/2017 at 2:14 PM

Re: “The Laney College Opposition

Oakland needs the A's more than it needs your NIMBY complaint.

Posted by Jay78 on 11/12/2017 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Oakland Tenants Say Eviction Notices on Rise After Ghost Ship, Call on City Hall For Moratorium

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Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

So, the birds who stop by a man-made lake and fly to an estuary next to I-880, a major multi-lane interstate that sees heavy traffic pretty much all day with the noise and pollution associated with it, will be endangered by a baseball stadium?

Nice try. NEXT!

Posted by Kai Chang on 11/12/2017 at 1:40 AM

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