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Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

Looks like the AIMS school administration and board have adopted the same secret decision making that OUSD administration and board have practiced for years.

We've tried small schools and charter schools. Even the few high performing charters like AIMS seem to self destruct and devolve into money grabs. We tried a state takeover that left us with same problems plus weakened school board and transparency.

With Vos in power, we wouldn't want a Fed overseer for local schools (even if there was such a thing).

The only consistently "good" thing about the Oakland public/charter school system is that it keeps the cost of housing down as parents leave if they can when their kids reach shool age.

Posted by Len Raphael on 05/25/2017 at 10:18 PM

Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

Hey, my school is that one! So here is what happened, my school's superintendent and principal were in the office of the principal, Dr. Perry, and the superintendent, Ms. Wood Cadiz. A few seconds later, Ma. Cadiz started to ask questions and fired him!!! She has been lying to us students stating that he was very very sick!!! SHE IS AN EXCUSE!!!!!!!! WE NEED MORE FIELD TRIPS!!! WE NEED BETTER ACHOOL LUNCHES, WE NEED SUPPLIES AND BOOKS!!!!!!!! I MEAN, COME ON!!!! IM ONLY A 6TH GRADER!!!!

Posted by Vanessa Ly on 05/25/2017 at 9:48 PM

Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

Actually Earnest, if you investigate this particular charter school, you'll find it has danced on the edge of losing it's accreditation for a number of years. When charter schools in general show good results, they do it by expelling or other wise encouraging "problem" students to go elsewhere (cherry picking the students).

Their stats look better but they are NOT what they appear to be.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/25/2017 at 9:07 PM

Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

Unfortunately Occupy had high ideals and no means or method for defending them from the "by any and all means" contingent who leaped to the fore front and stayed there with help all too willing help of the unthinking press (and community). Nor was it able to coherently express those ideals to a wider audience, leaving only the circus to speak for them.

We should keep in mind, ideals are terrific... Ideas and concrete plans are better.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/25/2017 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Video: Oakland's Homeless Residents Are Targets of Arson Attacks

Despicable... And not surprising. Oakland "handles it's own business" and doesn't snitch.

There is no such thing as "inside the system" here anymore... It just got worse after Occupy Oakland.

By the way, did anyone else notice that human trafficking is being investigated by county law enforcement in connection with the street corner fruit vendors?

Maybe if we step up there will be hope.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/25/2017 at 8:48 PM

Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

I'm a life long Oakland resident and home owner/taxpayer.Occuppy is a subversive org. i do not want any of my tax dollars either to support or police it .Go f***off go and go protest some where else maybe Berkeley.
If you the City Of Oakland approve of this subvdrsive org then you betray the trust of the tax payers

Posted by Jim Zigenis on 05/25/2017 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Report: When It Comes to Mortgage Loan Servicing, Banks Are Still Failing to Comply With the Law

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Re: “Where Vegans and Meat-Eaters Happily Coexist

Great article. My fiance is vegan and I love all food! We just moved to the Bay Area and are excited to check these places out. We cook a lot at home and it is NICE to relax a little and enjoy the passionate cooking style of others. Thanks for the article!

Posted by davidmossjr on 05/25/2017 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Oakland’s Eastlake Music Festival at Lake Merritt

Agreed. Two reminders in one paragraph that your beloved city is going to shit. Thanks, Ebx.

Posted by Matt S on 05/25/2017 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

Charter schools are businesses. Local public schools are not. That is the problem with charters. They should not exist. Period. They are a shadow system that only drains resources.

Posted by Eetma A-zole on 05/25/2017 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Berkeley To Consider Banning Plastic Straws

Next week: "Berkeley to ban blunt wrap packages and condoms."

Posted by Gerry Singfeld on 05/25/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Oakland’s Eastlake Music Festival at Lake Merritt

Tacky toss off remark about Dolores Park. Detracts from the story. Ugh.

Posted by S. Taylor on 05/25/2017 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Best Of The East Bay Finalists Are Here! Find Out Who Got Nominated!

Best Non-Profit/ RYSE Center
Best shop/ Rich City Rides
Best place to learn art/ Richmond Art Center

Posted by LaVonda Vaughn on 05/25/2017 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Best Of The East Bay Finalists Are Here! Find Out Who Got Nominated!

Best Non-Profit/ RYSE CENTER
Best place to learn art/ RICHMOND ART CENTER

Posted by LaVonda Vaughn on 05/25/2017 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

Doesn't the American Indian School system in Oakland have the best results in graduation/placement? Must be doing something right. Their high school is rated #1 IIRC.

Too bad the parents don't appreciate that.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 05/25/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

I won't go into the absurd comment above about OO folks participating at OSF. It's completely wacko and does not dignify response.

But, Darwin... please. "It never became anything more than a clusterfuck of the Bay Area activist lefts usual suspects." Really? This comment is just as wacko. We were there. The leading folks, the young people who had the skills and intent to model direct democracy general assemblies and model egalitarian community (including feeding homeless every day), were not the usual anything in the Bay Area. And from what i have seen, they have moved on to live lives modeled on principles of sustainable living, both privately and publicly. Of course there were many Bay Area activists there, that were working before and after for many of the same objectives, that still exist today. But why call them "suspects" as if they are criminals or losers or whatever diss makes others feel superior?

If there is ultimately anything that stopped OO as well as Occupy at every other city, it is the unwillingness for the masses, siting behind their Blue Pill TV minds, to admit their compliance to self-administering ecocide sold to them by 1% Empire. That they are not yet mentally prepared to abandon the luxury and conveniences of consumer culture that war empire sells them and take over policy decisions with direct democracy. That real community means mutual aid for all or none. That a truly meaningful life means spending more time participating in self-organizing localized sustainability with neighbors, than Neo-serfing some 1%er's profit pyramid scheme.

It probably didn't help matters that mayor Quan's authority complex was jilted by not being allowed to jump in front of the speaking queue. But the worst player, aside from Politic1%an PoLice is probably the one with all the peer powerwash, the Media. They did their very best to paint every event after the Quan huff-up, as violent, illegal, filthy, public health problem, etc., making it impossible for anyone behind the screens of not being there, to empathize with the difficulty of confronting a system rigged to crush any presence of egalitarian community asserting a self-governing presence against 1% empire. As is nearly every against-the-system protest that makes airtime.

Posted by Sandy Sanders on 05/25/2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “How City Hall Crushed Occupy Oakland

This "hit" piece on Mike King's book stinks! I think I will put edition of the EBE on the bottom of my chicken coop where it can get the kind of validation it deserves.

Clearly DBG wasn't there to experience what Mike and thousands of others experienced on a daily or weekly basis. "Six years ago, did the people really occupy their town squares to break bread with the dispossessed, and talk about radically refashioning the economy and political system from the ground up?

They did, and they mostly lost. And it wasnt the riot cops who beat them. " What a narrow-minded, clueless response to an exercise in understanding T.A.Z. (Temp. Autonomous Zone), how direct democracy works, consensus decision making, skill sharing, teach-in's, food gardening, art making, info distribution, media making.... just disgraceful that DBG felt the need to shit on a beautiful authentic Occupy....unlike that sanitized event in SF where an event tent with steel 3 sink cleaning station w/ organic food delivered from rich "supporters of the cause" (ha ha) to the campers in Herman plaza. what a joke that was.

Posted by M S on 05/25/2017 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Berkeley To Consider Banning Plastic Straws

As far as I can see there is no need for a plastic straw and take out cup manufacturers will have to adapt. Maybe people can be compelled to bring their own cups? And while we are at it also ban single use plastic bottles NOW.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 05/25/2017 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Okkon Japanese Street Food Serves It How You Like It

Link for the restaurant/pop-up doesn't work.

Posted by dp on 05/25/2017 at 10:40 AM

Re: “New Data Shows Significant Rise In Homelessness In Alameda County, According to Biannual 'Point In Time' Count

Point of fact: biannual means twice yearly. References should be to a biennial count, meaning every other year.

Posted by Rob Jaques on 05/25/2017 at 10:16 AM

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