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Re: “Jerry Brown Targets the 99 Percent

True, but it's not like this is news, and mileage varies as to how excited one should get about the fact. We've been paying astronomical sales taxes all our bleepin' lives here and I don't see that changing, though I do see the good citizens of Livermore getting a bit testy at the suggestion they should forgo their BART station after half a century of paying sales taxes for it, as it were. Good data point re Millionaire's Tax as well, though the dueling tax proposals seem unlikely to have a good outcome for any of them.

Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 02/09/2012 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Jerry Brown Targets the 99 Percent

And the Millionaires Tax moves rates closer to where they were historically. That's useful context, but the point of the column is that sales taxes are regressive. Their historic levels don't change that reality.

Posted by Brad Johnson on 02/09/2012 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Jerry Brown Targets the 99 Percent

Well, since what's he's proposing is merely to restore the sales tax to what it was before June of last year, this histrionic response seems a bit much.

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Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 02/08/2012 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Private Cops on the Public Dime

Good reporting on abuse of position by a corporation in the same self-interested, anti-community league as the Koch brothers! Occupy Oakland should opt for constructive activities like pushing for open bid contracts by businesses like Block by Block/SM Holdings seeking city support, instead of trashing City Hall and taking their sense of frustration out on the police and Mayor Quan. Success of such an effort by OO could mean more sorely needed, higher paying jobs for Oakland -- just what the 99% supposedly want!

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Posted by Ruby MacDonald on 01/31/2012 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Private Cops on the Public Dime

Just what is "God-centered, faith based," about transferring good paying government jobs with benefits, paid for by tax dollars, and converting them to low wage jobs and private company profits - for SMS Holdings? Tax dollars are meant for public services not corporate profits! Try this bullshit in berkeley!

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Posted by John Panzer on 01/27/2012 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Private Cops on the Public Dime

Hey Darwin, this is James, and I love your article.

I am keeping their (Fascist) feet to the fire here in Berkeley... and you're blowing them out of the water there in Oakland.

Saw a Department of Homeland [Gestapo] Security SUV cruise by me while I was on my bag (love your photo by the way) a day after I posted my third scathing post on the chimp.

The SUV was coming out of the general area of... wait for it... wait for it... wait fo-o-o-oooooor it... City Hall.


-James Richard Armstrong II

"Anger is a gift . . . ."

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Posted by James Richard Armstrong on 01/27/2012 at 11:40 PM

Re: “The Incompetent Recall

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Posted by Editor on 01/26/2012 at 10:36 PM

Re: “Private Cops on the Public Dime

The "simpler" card check union voting puts good peer pressure on the employee, with the union rep standing there. The horribly complex "secret ballot" must be an evil thing.

The simple card check is so good, for the election next November the voting booths should have screens showing everyone your votes as they are cast. I mean, if you are a good person, what do you have to hide?

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Posted by Gary Baker on 01/25/2012 at 11:12 PM

Re: “Private Cops on the Public Dime

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Posted by Editor on 01/25/2012 at 3:39 PM

Re: “The Incompetent Recall

Dear Mr Gammon,

You dismiss the Recall Mayor Quan Now effort because of a 10-year-old election-law reporting penalty incurred by the group's lawyer, and use as one of your chief sources against the recall James Vann, a Quan supporter.

You conveniently fail to mention that Mr. Vann himself was forced to pay a substantial penalty to the Fair Political Practices Commission in 1995 for some very serious offenses as part of a political campaign.

James E. Vann (1995) FPPC No. SI-90/813 [Enforcement decision].

81004 - Numerous counts, 84211(f) - Numerous counts, 84300(a) - Numerous counts

As treasurer, Mr. Vann failed to properly itemize on a campaign statement the campaign’s receipt of over $60,000 in contributions. He also illegally accepted cash contributions of $100 or more. The campaign also failed to diligently ascertain the true source of thirty-eight $1,000 contributions.
James Vann was fined $10,625.

But you’re the one who believes a penalty from a decade ago is relevant to today’s recall. I don’t.

To be clear: The big error in the recall application process was made by the City, not by the recall movement, when officials failed at the time of application to tell Gene Hazzard to correctly republish his Notice. At that early stage, he could easily have republished it without discarding the signatures of the people who have now since signed, and without confusing potential future signers.

Even a month ago, when this issue was brought to their attention, the City still had a chance to either make Gene Hazzard republish or ask the court for a ruling on how to proceed without significant impact on the voters who support a recall.

Instead the City froze and did nothing. Now it may make the decision to take no position on the legal issue of publication.

That will only compound the confusion created by the City’s original error. This is now a familiar response of our City officials to tough situations.

The competence of the recall participants is irrelevant to the question of the competence of Mayor Quan. But it’s a slick way to distract voters from that very real question.

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Posted by Ken Ott on 01/22/2012 at 2:59 PM

Re: “The Incompetent Recall

Charlie, it would be refreshing (although I suppose, also shocking) if the champions of the recall would acknowledge their real agendas. This isn't about any particular mishandling of any particular issue by Quan. This is about a desire to see a more conservative, pro-development city government.

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Posted by Felix Thomson on 01/21/2012 at 7:36 PM

Re: “The Incompetent Recall

Robert Gammon wrote, "That court ruling concerned certification of a recall petition after parts of it was stolen." If I reasoned about Gammon the way that he reasons about recall, I would dismiss everything he said on the grounds that the good reporter does not know elementary grammar.

It would, however, be wrong to dismiss everything Gammon wrote. He has compiled a large though untidy collection of remarks by one person or another about alleged facts - to the exclusion of evidence as to the facts themselves.

The City Clerk certified a recall petition for signature-gathering. The only group of volunteers actually on the street, Recall and Restore, is circulating that petition. (I am active in that committee, which has a website at ) Gene Hazzard is circulating the petition separately, and so could you if you so desired.

A KPIX poll found that 49 percent of Oaklanders already support recall of Mayor Quan. That means we are getting the 20,000 required signatures from among the nearly 100,000 people who see that two more years of Mayor Quan would be a disaster. Everything else is gossip.

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Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/17/2012 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Occupy, Quan, and the Recall

I disagree that Occupiers will help the recall effort. Whenever anarchists hijack Occupy Oakland to advance their own agenda, it makes Mayor Quan a more sympathetic figure, not less—as happened on Dec. 15 at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club. This will continue as long as the movement, out of an excess of political correctness, remains too spineless to deal with the extremist 1% who infest Occupy Oakland's fringe. For further thoughts, please see my Allvoices article "Anarchists Again Hijack Occupy Oakland," published shortly after the event.

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Posted by Alan Kurtz on 12/16/2011 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Occupy, Quan, and the Recall

Before signing any recall petition, Oakland voters should read the anti-recall editorial (…) in yesterday's West County Times. While the wisdom of some of Mayor Quan's actions are debatable, some of them are to be applauded, especially actions addressing the gross, 2-term mismanagement or non-management of the city by her predecessor. Steering Oakland out of the mess he left should and appears to be Mayor Quan's objective, not appeasing the over-the-top emotions of a movement seizing on a recall campaign to give itself direction.

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Posted by Ruby MacDonald on 12/15/2011 at 9:41 AM

Re: “The Absent Police Chief

I'm glad the article says that the media and others pointed fingers at Quan for his departure...wrongly in hindsight. Good riddance to Batts, from what I can see.

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Posted by Sara Wynne on 12/13/2011 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Occupy, Quan, and the Recall

Recall and Restore (co-chairs Charles Porter and Nancy Sidebotham, for which I serve as spokesperson) began canvassing signatures for the petition to recall Mayor Quan just as this article appears (Tuesday, Dec. 13). As several TV stations reported, there was a lots energy in the air. We are rolling!

Any registered Oakland voter may circulate the petition that the City Clerk has approved for circulation. As far as groups go, Recall and Restore has a real operation on the ground. Recall and Restore is composed of most of the active proponents who signed the original recall application last Oct. 24, plus people who sign up every day.

When someone offers you the petition, you sign if you want a vote to spare Oakland three more years of Mayor Quan. Your reason is your reason, my reason is mine, but we agree: whatever her virtues and skills, Jean Quan does too much damage as Mayor.

You may contact Recall and Restore at

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Posted by Charlie Pine on 12/13/2011 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Occupy, Quan, and the Recall

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Posted by Editor on 12/13/2011 at 5:48 PM

Re: “The Absent Police Chief

Just because he left early on Friday's and was away on weekends does not mean he was out of touch with his staff. Didn't he have a cell phone?

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Posted by V. Wyatt James on 12/11/2011 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Marcie Hodge Loses, Again

Wonderful article revealing yet again the competency of Marcie Hodge.

A year later, and Oakland residents still have NO idea who paid for all those large billboards put up for Marcie Hodge's mayoral run.
She seems to ignore the campaign laws requiring disclosure of the sources of such funding.
I guess she thinks you are entitled to do anything you want regardless of whether it breaks the regulations governing elections.

Were they paid for by friends of Don Perata? Who else would shell out all that money and why? We don't know because Marcie Hodge won't tell us how they were financed.

BTW, I heard or read somewhere that Don Perata has moved out of Oakland since losing the election. I have not seen other confirmation of such a change in residency.
If true, it would seem that if a Quan recall were successful that Perata won't be one of the new candidates.

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Posted by Dan de'Data on 12/01/2011 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Marcie Hodge Loses, Again

Molto bene, I miei amici. Comedy of errors is damn straight. If someone who can't find your address and serve you is worth $20 million in potential earnings, I can't wait for my own incompetence to pay off.

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Posted by Chris Thompson on 11/30/2011 at 12:02 PM

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