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Re: “Thursday's Briefing: Oakland council restores recent OUSD cuts; Port workers balk at A's ballpark plans

So... The transfer tax increase passed in 2018, intended to lower taxes for lower value properties has now been taken to pay for OUSD spending money they didn't have?! Do I understand this correctly?

While other elements in the city are stridently demanding a tax that, while it got a simple majority, did NOT pass the two thirds requirement?

And the council is contemplating allowing the As to strangle the industrial center of the city with their traffic?!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 04/18/2019 at 2:10 PM

Re: “The CBD Industrial Complex

And a Carls Jr in Colorado is introducing a CBD infused burger called the Rocky Mountain High... No, regulation isn't necessary at all.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 04/18/2019 at 1:57 PM

Re: “East Bay Land Rush for Swalwell’s Seat in Congress

Swalwell giving up his seat... What a fantasy?
As sure as night follows day, in December Swalwell will be down at the county courthouse filling out papers to run for his congressional seat.
I mean, the odds are 99 to 1 that he will again run to hold his seat.
Treating the electorate like rubes with all his talk about running for president with no going back... rubbish.
"Burn the boats, Swalwell said, name-checking what Spanish conquistador Hernn Corts did when he invaded the Aztec Empire in 1519. They stormed the land. And he had them burn the ships behind them so there was no looking back."
BTW wonderful analogy to use... European invader taking over the local culture and killing thousands of residents... Ooops...
Note to self... next time choose a better story to express your narrative.

Anyway... Swalwell still in his seat 3 years from now...guaranteed.

Posted by Dan de'Data on 04/18/2019 at 11:37 AM

Re: “The CBD Industrial Complex

More regulation is not necessarily better for consumers, as witness the clusterf*** that California's regulations have made of the cannabis industry. Sensible regulations are however in order to assure ingredients are labeled properly and prevent harmful adulterants. CBD products that are purchased through California's regulated cannabis market are properly tested; those sold in health food stores from the interstate hemp oil market are not.
One other thing to look for: undecarboxylated CBD acid, or CBDA, may be as much or more effective than CBD for some conditions even at lower dosages. It's not clear whether some hemp oil products have CBDA or CBD. Once again, however, products tested through California's licensed cannabis system will properly distinguish CBD from CBDA.

Posted by gieringer@comcast.net on 04/18/2019 at 10:15 AM

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Posted by Judith Jones on 04/18/2019 at 9:30 AM

Re: “The CBD Industrial Complex

Good primer. Thanks.

Posted by Ken White on 04/18/2019 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Alameda Council Turns Left

Amazing. Just start doing good! Tax the property owners until they bleed, like in Oakland. What could possibly go wrong?

Posted by Ernest Montague on 04/18/2019 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Thursday's Briefing: Oakland council restores recent OUSD cuts; Port workers balk at A's ballpark plans

Yes, Oakland clearly has so much money that it can afford to give it away. Despite the huge bond debt and the old Police and Fireman's pension fund, still unfunded after all these years. Oakland is increasing debt at an enormous rate, and it's using it to pay pensions and daily government expense.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 04/18/2019 at 7:50 AM

Re: “The Oakland City Council Should Implement Measure AA and Honor Voters' Voices

I am not a representative of the real estate industry, nor a wealthy man making profits from real estate. I am a thirty year homeowner who has seen his property tax bill increase at almost 6% yearly average, over thirty years. That's with Prop. 13 supposedly protecting us. This law is clearly illegal, and allowing the majority to tax the minority is a horrendous idea.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 04/18/2019 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Thursday's Briefing: Oakland council restores recent OUSD cuts; Port workers balk at A's ballpark plans

It is no surprise that the Port of Oakland trade unions and maritime businesses in the area are opposed to a new A's stadium at Howard Terminal.Operations at the port are the biggest economic driver in the City of Oakland. Not only could this project potentially compromise this business sector for Oakland, but everything in the region will be impacted by delays in the transportation of goods. In addition, selection of this Howard Terminal site will totally negate 30 years of public property acquisition and infrastructure improvements in and around the existing Coliseum site. If Howard terminal site is approved, the City of Oakland will have committed extreme fiscal malfeasance in favor of a public relations campaign by Major League Baseball and the Oakland A's. Those two entities are using the press to focus the public attention on making the decision a beauty contest about stadium design. The A's have already changed the design at least once from the original plans at the initial project roll out. No doubt they will continue to dumb the project down as the real costs are realized as the design development process proceeds. The Warriors used the same tactics to fast track approval of a new arena in SF. They told us how beautiful it would be and pushed the exceptional fan experience. Now that the building is nearly completed, they are talking about the lack of parking, gridlock on nearby streets and access to the stadium. You would think that those issues would have been resolved BEFORE the arena was approved. Obviously, when the arena opens later this year, it will be a nightmare for everybody trying to get there and everybody living and working in the area. Similarly, Dave Kaval of the A's response to every issue raised by the Port unions and maritime businesses is "don't worry, we can resolve the issue later". The people of Oakland should not be fooled or distracted. You can design a great looking stadium anywhere. The exercise is not about how it looks or feels, it is about picking the correct site. That decision should be driven by regional transportation criteria and the utilization of fiscal responsibility by decision makers. There is no doubt that based on those two issues alone, the existing Coliseum site is the preferred site, not Howard Terminal. The question is whether or not Mayor Schaaf and the other Oakland politicians will be duped by the shiny object or focused on the real issues. So far, they have not shown any ability to rise above the noise.

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Re: “The Killer Inside Me

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Posted by roland lisa on 04/18/2019 at 6:06 AM

Re: “Alameda Council Turns Left

Alameda voters need to think long and hard about why they moved here, and look out for politicians who want to change the very things that make this a true community, not just another boring suburb.

Posted by Celeste Fountain on 04/17/2019 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Lao Taé Brings Laotian Fare to Montclair Village

Nice review. Especially appreciate the comparisons to other Lao restaurants for depth and context. The reviews are getting stronger lately.

Posted by Heel Spur Warrior on 04/17/2019 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Tuesday's Briefing: Oakland City Council decides whether to collect Measure AA parcel tax

And since we're doing a briefing... Where is the coverage of nearly a million dollars in vandalism (burned a 750k bus and looted and burned a tractor trailer rig) on international?

I guess it was just "Oaktown culture" and doesn't bash OPD so doesn't merit being talked about.

Gack EBX.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 04/16/2019 at 8:27 AM

Re: “The Oakland City Council Should Implement Measure AA and Honor Voters' Voices

The relationship between EBX and truth has been tenuous at best for a very long time. The level of "journalism" and the journalistic standards exhibited by the publication is so poor that it may as well be one of the Hearst publications of the era of the Spanish American war (Remember the Maine!).

Law has no place at EBX, allowing them to scream for implementation of a measures that did not pass, preferring instead, mob rule.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 04/15/2019 at 2:34 PM

Re: “The Oakland City Council Should Implement Measure AA and Honor Voters' Voices

Does the EBX now have a policy of allowing editorial content without identifying the author of the material? Who wrote this?

Posted by Ralph Kanz on 04/14/2019 at 6:48 AM

Re: “The Forces Driving Gentrification in Oakland

Jeff,
you get mugged anywhere, so don't make it seem like displacing people of color cleared that issue up. Just say you don't want to live next to a bunch of poor people of color and go. I for one think Oakland has turned its back on its people for, once again, profit and low-key racist reasons. IF YOU CAN'T LIVE IN AN AREA WITH PREDOMINATELY PEOPLE OF COLOR, YOU NEED TO MOVE SOMEWHERE ELSE! No one living here for 40 + years should have to leave their house because you have money. Nobody cares, go about your business.

Posted by Sunday Alexandria-Avise Simon on 04/12/2019 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Rubblebucket’s Joyous Indie Pop is Perhaps Less Joyous Than Meets the Ears

Posting a link or embedding a video of their music would help.

Posted by Freddie Chavira on 04/12/2019 at 5:29 AM

Re: “East Bay Homeless Campers Accuse Caltrans of Illegally Confiscating and Destroying Valuable Property — and Even Family Heirlooms

well. i was in a tent on w. MacArthur Blvd where CalTrans has no juristiction. someone was spraying my back wall of my tent nightly which was milky white that when dry turned a neon green color.
i now have serious lung problems with a spot on my brain.
i am dying. i hate CalTrans as much as my late husband did.
i will never forgive them.
and strangely you will still see me daily helping addicts resolve their staph and abcesses without hospitalization. it isnt right to cost the community all around because these people cant check their temper. my goal is to save the hospitals enough money so they will take a better look at us and call down an audit of every single low income apartment in oakland ...HUD included. we can end this homeless issue if we audit every housing coordinator in the state of california
we are a force together. we the poverty stricken do not lie. we are here for eachother. let us show you how we can save the state alot of money.
these stories are symptoms. of a cancer infestation in positions of authority.
make them stand down. or we can just keep pissing and moaning about eachother. that is getting boring.
we.the poverty sticken really could give a shit about complaining.
or hell compinsate me for my liquified lungs.
p.s. i never inhaled tabacco.

Posted by Jackie Caylor on 04/11/2019 at 7:05 PM

Re: “The Oakland City Council Should Implement Measure AA and Honor Voters' Voices

Parcel tax proposals require a two-thirds approval for good reason: City government has enormous propaganda advantages when they run a proposal. Renters tend to vote for them because they do not feel directly targeted for a tax increase. *** But Measure AA lost anyway. It just went too far: $198 a year for 30 years. It was a City tax on top of a couple of school district taxes already in effect. And it was put forward while the City has let streets and basic infrastructure fall apart, even after a big tax for that was passed. *** The NAACP in this opinion piece does not care about children and their education - what has it done for the last twenty years while the school district decays into corruption and mismanagement?

Posted by Charlie Pine on 04/11/2019 at 4:57 PM

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