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Re: “Town Business: City Workers Plan to Strike, and Oakland's Affordable Housing Fees Slow to Raise Money

At the end of the day, you can't squeeze orange juice from a rock. The bottom line is that the City of Oakland is broke. For workers to expect to be among the highest paid public employees in the bay area is delusional. A 4 % initial and retroactive salary increase seems to me to be fair. To connect future raises to revenue projections seems to be a fiscally responsible approach.My question is where was the fiscal responsibility when the budget adopted in June of this year included no money for employee raises? Why would you do that unless you wanted to use that omission as a future bargaining tool to limit the scope of upcoming labor agreements. In my view, both city management and the union employees need a dose of reality. First of all, every time there is a budget problem in Oakland, the cuts seem to always be made at the lower staff levels. The city always seem to have money for high paid unnecessary managers in the Mayor and City Administrators offices. If times are tough Mayor Schaaf, you and Ms Landreth need start by looking around your tables and making some cuts. I read that the Asst City Administrator is retiring. There is one unnecessary position that does not need to be filled. That alone would save over 200 K a year. I am sure there are other high paid unnecessary managers organization wide who could disappear and nobody would know the difference.The bottom line would get much more bang for the buck if some of that level of staff came off the payroll. Secondly, as a group, City of Oakland employees are far from being the best motivated efficient and competent group in the bay area. There are some good employees, but the lack of leadership and proper training over time has left many who do the minimum and expect to get paid like top performers. Beyond the past and continuing inept bungling of the Ghost Ship fire issues, ask anybody you know who resides in Oakland. Whenever you contact the City about a problem, you can generally expect that your experience will not be good. What you get are bad attitudes, people who do not return calls, can't explain or don't know the policies and usually there is no follow up. Your salary should be commensurate with your performance and City of Oakland employees generally are far from the top in comparison with other cities. These folks need take the 4% retroactive for 2 years, negotiate the language of future adjustments now or later and get back to work..

Posted by Gary Patton on 12/05/2017 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Cheeseboard Alumni Launch Dimond Slice Pizza

Don't use the CB name to promote other businesses that are trying to copy CB. Do your journalism.

Posted by zetetic on 12/04/2017 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Monday Must Reads: Brown to Endorse Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland; Governor Rakes in Millions for Ballot Measures

This lady is tough, consistent, stands up for Oakland and really works hard on crime and homeless problems. She gets my vote and I don't live in Oakland. Best thing that has happened for Oakland in a very long time.

Posted by RLT on 12/04/2017 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Town Business: City Workers Plan to Strike, and Oakland's Affordable Housing Fees Slow to Raise Money

Oakland is a tough City to work in. There are too few staff to meet City Council/Mayor demands. We are paid less than our counterpoints in other Bay Area cities and have been for years. "Wait until next contract" is what we hear every time. Well, no more.

Posted by Veritegrity on 12/04/2017 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Alameda Health Systems Removes License Plate Reader Surveillance Camera from Highland Hospital in Oakland

Kudos and thanks to Privacy advocate and researcher Mike Katz-Lacabe !!!

Posted by Amelie Love on 12/04/2017 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Town Business: City Workers Plan to Strike, and Oakland's Affordable Housing Fees Slow to Raise Money

The City of Oakland affordable housing ordinance adopted last year was as much of a joke as the budget the Republicans are trying to ram through Congress. The City of Oakland politicians knew as far back as 2006 that they could never collect enough fees to even begin to address the affordable housing needs. The only way to make sure that affordable units are built is to require them to be built alongside and at the same time as market rate projects. As one reader noted, the creation of zones did absolutely nothing. s A 2006 study concluded that the only places where land values can support new construction of affordable units is in the downtown, Broadway corridor, Montclair, Temescal and Rockridge neighborhoods. The City Council did not have the balls to take on those neighborhoods in 2006 and 10 years later the current ordinance again fails to deal with the issues for what they really are. The development community does not want to build in affordability into their projects, white neighbors in those neighborhoods don't want it and there is nobody in City Hall, including the Mayor who will fight for it. Look at what happned at E12th st last year. The Mayor and City Council actually broke the law in order to circumvent the affordability issues for a project there. It was only after the neighborhood outrage became too loud and EBX surfaced a cautionary letter from the City Attorney that the project was modified to include affordable housing. The City of Oakland cannot even coordinate building and fire inspections to keep people from dying in unsafe warehouses. Do you really think they will collect 7 million dollars from developers who have units in the ground already completed? What kind of a scam ordinance allows developers to proceed with construction and promise to pay later? This has as much chance for success as trickle down economics.

Posted by Gary Patton on 12/04/2017 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Town Business: City Workers Plan to Strike, and Oakland's Affordable Housing Fees Slow to Raise Money

I live in East Oakaland and truth be told, I don't see much in the way of building going on. Why is it significant that the fees don't kick in for another 8 months or so?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/04/2017 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council: Tenant Relocation Assistance Delayed, But Moratorium on Rent Control Loophole Passes

When the likes of tenant activists push to have landlords subsidize market rent they should push very, very hard to have that subsidy or payments be a taxable deductions for the property owner and declared income by the tenant. Why isn't any of that put forth by the socialist groups such as Centro Legal de la Raza. What say you, Leah?

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 12/03/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Oakland School Board Members Apologize for Mid-Year Budget Cuts at Packed Board Meeting

Members of OUSD school board should do whats decent and resign. They each have failed to fulfill what they were elected to do. Saying youre sorry is nothing but sorry.

Posted by GinaJ on 12/02/2017 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Oakland Bus Stop Battle Continues, Outcome Unclear

This penalizes ;low income, l who are dependent on public transportationI. I wonder how much the bank invests in the community

Posted by Aram Attarian on 12/01/2017 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Peralta Faculty and Laney Students Vote to Oppose New A's Stadium Plan

It would, among other problem, fill parking spots for a substantial distance around Laney., especially weekday games. The city picks up the tab for lsecurity,parking ,Auto ingress and regressThey haven't explained in any detail how it would benefit the surrounding community. The jobs claim is a bait and switch.; the construction jobs are temporary. The stadium jobs will be minimum wage, part time with no benefits and mostly filled with unskilled labor which means no new jobs for those collecting unemployment and skilled workers ;like

Posted by Aram Attarian on 12/01/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Peralta Faculty and Laney Students Vote to Oppose New A's Stadium Plan

It would, among other problem, would fill parking spots for a substantial distance around Laney., especially weekday games. They haven't explained in any detail how it would benefit the local community. The jobs claim is a bait and switch. The construction jobs are basically temporary. The stadium jobs will be minimum wage, part time with no benefits and will be mostly filled with unskilled labor which means no new jobs for those collecting unemployment.

Posted by Aram Attarian on 12/01/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Alameda County Superior Court Reverses License Suspensions for Nearly 54,000 Drivers Who Couldn't Afford to Pay Traffic Fines

This is honorable to reverse those suspensions on poor people who cannot pay the high fines and fees. Suspending licenses for failure-to-pay is the same as putting the people in Debtors Prisons. But using Debtors Prisons is a despicable practice that civilized societies ended over a century ago.

James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

Posted by James Walker on 11/30/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “OPD Responds to Noise Complaints by White Man Against Black Drummers at Lake Merritt, Sparks Concerns About Racial Profiling

There is no right to make as much noise as you want. There is a right to play drums. If the park closes at dusk, the right goes with it.

I am there 3-4 days a week, and find the drumming usually appropriate and occasionally annoying. I am pretty sure that if I lived next to it and heard it constantly I would find it much more annoying.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/29/2017 at 5:43 PM

Re: “OPD Responds to Noise Complaints by White Man Against Black Drummers at Lake Merritt, Sparks Concerns About Racial Profiling

This has nothing at all to do with race. Suggesting that is so unbelievably stupid and immature

your skin color does not give you an excuse to cause excessive noise. excessive noise is not only a nuisance, its an actual health hazard. the east bay times wrote a detailed article about it 7 years ago. you should give it a read http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2010/07/20/ear-aches-noise-pollution-rattles-nerves-harms-health/

your skin color does not give you an excuse to do anything that any other person of any other race can't do

the law applies to you just as much as it applies to anyone else, whether you are black, white, or purple

it does not matter what color your skin is

it does not matter what your ethnicity is

you are required to follow the same laws as everyone else

if making noise is against the law and you still do it

dont be surprised when you get cited

dont cry "racism!" because it has nothing to do with your race
NOTHING

THE SAME RULES APPLY TO EVERYONE

FOLLOW THE RULES

Posted by followtherules on 11/29/2017 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Peralta Faculty and Laney Students Vote to Oppose New A's Stadium Plan

Hopefully one day Oakland will just say no to Major League Sports.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/29/2017 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council: Tenant Relocation Assistance Delayed, But Moratorium on Rent Control Loophole Passes

An extra $6,500 and $9,875? Wow. Better than nothing, but it won't go far. Oakland has a social crisis on its hands and it can't keep up. I love this city, but its government leaves little to be desired. These council members couldn't care less, sitting in their nice homes with their six-figure salaries, driving to work through homeless camps that resemble the outskirts of Lagos.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/29/2017 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council: Tenant Relocation Assistance Delayed, But Moratorium on Rent Control Loophole Passes

It is so terrible that the Councilmembers postponed this needed remedy of relocation assistance for tenants who are being evicted. Is it any wonder there is such a huge homeless problem? People can't afford to get a new place when they are evicted. The Council members need to go spend some time at a homeless encampment getting to know the displaced Oakland residents they are harming through their actions on behalf of greedy realtors. Maybe they should spend a night out in the cold before their next vote.

Posted by Gabriel Haaland on 11/29/2017 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Cheeseboard Alumni Launch Dimond Slice Pizza

This is a really good deal for Dimond dwellers since a quick trip to Berkeley for a bite has become all but impossible due to:

1. Our excellent regional transportation planning and service,
2. An abundance of new techie commuters,
3. Anytime freeway gridlock and 24/7 car crashes.

A trip from Oakland to Berkeley at the "right" time of day will take you about 90 minutes. That's about enough time for me to make a pizza from scratch at home.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/29/2017 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Sideshows Spin Donuts Around Police Over Thanksgiving Weekend in Oakland

For the person who wrote that "the cops deserve it," they might wish to consider that few of the police officers live anywhere near the places in Oakland where sideshows take place. Those of us who do are mostly individuals and families of color. Sideshows block our access to our homes, make it impossible for us to get emergency services (fire and ambulance), and either keep us up late into the evening or wake us up in the middle of the night.

Do we deserve this? I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that part of the reason this is allowed to continue is because most of those residents who are impacted are people of color.

Posted by Ajuan Mance on 11/29/2017 at 11:33 AM

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