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Re: “Fracking Jerry Brown

Your right James and Eileen You can lead a horse to water but you cant make it think. "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell".
Edward Abbey

Posted by Karl Greenblatt on 01/08/2014 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Parking Solution

If you think Donald Shoupe is a respected academic, you should do a little more research. Mr. Shoupe admits that his data is based on questionable studies that were conducted over decades and there is no reliable evidence that any of his theories have cut traffic or stopped people from driving. In fact, the folks in Copenhagen are voting on a few changes to their bike oriented system, and the SF voters, including many irate Muni riders, are ready to throw the SFMTA under their bus. No one believes street diets are the way to improve traffic. The only people who are benefiting from these programs are the developers and contractors the cities are hiring to take more money out of the citizens.

Posted by Sebra Leaves on 12/19/2013 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Parking Solution

It will not be any more difficult than usual due to the short parking period allowed. Lakeshore's problem is that the public lot is not being monitored by the company responsible for that and parkers now stay all day.
It's also true that we need public transit solutions for employees so they don't take up the shoppers' parking spots. We need a shuttle to BART or more AC Transit routes.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 12/13/2013 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Parking Solution


Offering free parking might seem like a goodwill gesture at first. But when shoppers arrive at a busy retail district during the holidays and are forced to repeatedly circle the block because they can't find parking -- then the goodwill gesture is lost, particularly if they decide to shop elsewhere as a result.

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Posted by Robert Gammon on 12/12/2013 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Berkeley's Parking Solution

Oakland does indeed have a pilot program in Montclair using the same principles. As the Director of the Lakeshore BID I am adamantly in favor of these kinds of plans, but it can take time to convince business owners to try these different strategies. In fact, Lakeshore would probably benefit from increased parking fees.
Also, Mr. Gammon is uncharacteristically wrong in that the free holiday parking does not encourage people to park all day (since this was actually my proposal back in the 90's when we first did it-while I was chief of staff to Nate Miley). The posted hours for parking are the same. After your one or two free hours are up, you will be ticketed if you don't move. And please never underestimate the power of a gesture like this to promote good will toward your fellow citizens and local shoppers.

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Posted by Pamela Drake on 12/11/2013 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Berkeley's Parking Solution

A good discussion of a classic urban transportation planning problem. The principles of maximizing business activity rather than generation of income to the city goes right along with the goals of minimizing pollution from circling cars and creating the greatest benefit for the most citizens. European cities have been doing this with great success for many decades. Good urban parking policy creates an environment that attracts American tourists to European cities.

Too bad Oakland can't get on the bandwagon. We want to keep our neighborhood shopping districts and downtown unpleasant and inaccessible because we need all that extra income from parking fees.

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Posted by Michele Ocla on 12/11/2013 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Oakland's Measure Y Is a Bad Law

Robert, your closing paragraph is even more relevant today as we approve the sunset of Measure Y than it was when you wrote it in February 2009.

Posted by Leonard Raphael on 12/09/2013 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor's Race Heats Up

The fellow who commented about the Unions clearly has no idea about what is happening in the world. Unions only have 11% market share. They are hardly the major factor in any campaign. What they lack in numbers they do make up for in tenacity and on the ground canvassing. Most times the Labor candidates tend to be business oriented and have a habit of bringing in income generating projects. Stop bashing Labor.

Posted by Christie Garrett on 12/07/2013 at 2:27 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor's Race Heats Up

These "deep pocket" construction jobs. Will they be going to local workers primarily? I don't see it as an accomplishment unless this is the case. Even then, what happens to those workers once the projects are completed? They sell peanuts at the games?

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Posted by JJ Noire on 11/22/2013 at 10:52 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor's Race Heats Up

No on all of them...And the Unions should keep their nose and money out of this one. We need someone tough on crime. And smart about what makes a city work! Clean, Safe and above average citizenry intelligence!!! Whoever the Union supports, you don't want to support!!!!

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Posted by Stan James on 11/20/2013 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor's Race Heats Up

One wonders just where the writer of this editorial resides, geographic and ethical locations included.

Schemes of progressive vs center vs right ideologies have almost nothing to do with the real politics of Oakland. Analogy to sports events e.g. "races heating up" is also vacuous and deeply disconnected.

Real politics in Oakland have everything to do with management competence, leadership, understanding of problems and real, useful knowledge of governance. All Oakland incumbents considering new positions are cast from the same die. Kaplan, Quan and Schaaf are much more poseurs than accomplished politicians, not to mention political leaders. Quan and Schaaf are 1%ers, elites living in the hills in big houses with wealthy husbands. None of these three has ever accomplished anything significant or substantial as pols. Quan and Schaaf were authors and sponsors of the miserable failure of Measure Y--and neither of them will own up to this failure. Tuman is also an elite, but he's also actually an accomplished person who has been enormously successful outside the inbred world of local politics.

A real political discussion about the challenges of leading Oakland towards change would be very useful, I would think, to most readers.

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Posted by Michele Ocla on 11/20/2013 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor's Race Heats Up

Don't see that Mayor Quan's actions show a fundamental shift in her politics.

But it makes no never mind whether Mayor Quan has moved towards what used to be considered center for Oakland.

Feels more that about 50% of the residents have moved right of the old center and maybe Mayor Quan's base of 26% have moved further left.

Result is that Mayor Quan has gotten increasingly isolated from all the residents.

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Posted by Leonard Raphael on 11/19/2013 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor's Race Heats Up

Nex year Quan will push a vote for more Measure Y taxes, which expire in 2014. She insisted in 2004 that we would get a total of 802 police. Instead, police staffing went down! It is now 100 officers below what we had ten years ago.

The other candidates' stand on Quan's extension of Measure Y will be a litmus test. It is not hard to speak more coherently than Jean Quan, but if the policies are basically the same, nothing will change for Oakland.

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Posted by Charlie Pine on 11/19/2013 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Fracking Jerry Brown




verb: bribe; 3rd person present: bribes; past tense: bribed; past participle: bribed; gerund or present participle: bribing


persuade (someone) to act in one's favor, typically illegally or dishonestly, by a gift of money or other inducement.

"an undercover agent bribed the judge into giving a lenient sentence"

synonyms: buy off, pay off, suborn; More

informalgrease someone's palm, fix, square

"he used his wealth to bribe officials"


noun: bribe; plural noun: bribes


a sum of money or other inducement offered or given in this way.

synonyms: inducement, incentive, payola; More

informalpayoff, kickback, boodle, sweetener

"she accepted bribes"

Governor Brown can call those so called contributions whatever he wants. It is still wrong. Once a criminal always a criminal, or politician. And we elected him again. Show how much we know.

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Posted by Jerome Brown on 10/18/2013 at 10:34 PM

Re: “Fracking Jerry Brown

The U.S. is spending a water budget without understanding how much water is available or what the use of water in energy production will mean for local communities, agriculture, or other commercial uses." Americas Clean Energy Agenda.

The Southwest is in the midst of a record drought, some 14 years in the making, which means the water supply for many Western states - California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada - is drying up. Last month the Bureau of Reclamation announced they're cutting the flow of water into Lake Mead, which has already lost 100 feet of water since the drought began.

What happens if the Southwest drought does not end soon?

Will we keep using 3 to 6 million gallons of Clean Water per Fracked well, to extract natural gas?

The State of California has mandated that 33% of its Energy come from Renewable Energy by 2020.

The state currently produces about 71% of the electricity it consumes, while it imports 8% from the Pacific Northwest and 21% from the Southwest.

This is how we generate our electricity in 2011, natural gas was burned to make 45.3% of electrical power generated in-state. Nuclear power from Diablo Canyon in San Luis Obispo County accounted for 9.15%, large hydropower 18.3%, Renewable 16.6% and coal 1.6%.

There is 9% missing from San Onofre and with the current South Western drought, how long before the 18.3% hydro will be effected?

Another generator of power that jumps out is natural gas, 45.3%, that is a lot of Fracked Wells poisoning our ground water, 3 to 6 million gallons of water are used per well. If Fracking is safe why did Vice Pres Cheney lobby and win Executive, Congressional, and Judicial exemptions from:

Clean Water Act.

Safe Drinking Water.

Act Clean Air Act.

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act.

National Environmental Policy Act.

"Americans should not have to accept unsafe drinking water just because natural gas is cheaper than Coal. the Industry has used its political power to escape accountability, leaving the American people unprotected, and no Industry can claim to be part of the solution if it supports exemptions from the basic Laws designed to ensure that we have Clean Water and Clean Air" Natural Resources Defense Council.

We have to change how we generate our electricity, with are current drought conditions and using our pure clean water for Fracking, there has to be a better way to generate electricity, and there is, a proven stimulating policy.

The Feed in Tariff is a policy mechanism designed to accelerate investment in Renewable Energy, the California FiT allows eligible customers generators to enter into 10- 15- 20- year contracts with their utility company to sell the electricity produced by renewable energy, and guarantees that anyone who generates electricity from R E source, whether Homeowner, small business, or large utility, is able to sell that electricity. It is mandated by the State to produce 33% R E by 2020.

FIT policies can be implemented to support all renewable technologies including:
Photovoltaics (PV)
Solar thermal
Fuel cells
Tidal and wave power.

There is currently 3 utilities using a Commercial Feed in Tariff in California Counties, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, and Sacramento, are paying their businesses 17 cents per kilowatt hour for the Renewable Energy they generate. We can get our Law makers and Regulators to implement a Residential Feed in Tariff, to help us weather Global Warming, insulate our communities from grid failures, generate a fair revenue stream for the Homeowners and protect our Water.

Why it is better to own your own Renewable Energy System.

"The benefits of owning a renewable energy system far outweigh the benefits of a lease or a power purchase agreement (PPA). Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, homeowners are eligible for a federal personal income tax credit up to 30% of the purchase cost of their renewable energy system, without a maximum limit.** Homeowners can utilize the incentive money in any way they choose. But homeowners that choose to lease their systems turn over their rebates and incentives to the third party lease or PPA companies associated with the solar systems installed on their homes."

"The owner of a renewable energy system is also sheltered from rising electricity costs, which have historically increased on average of 3-5% each year. This presents homeowners with opportunities to save money each month on energy and also reduces their reliance on third-party utility companies. By purchasing a renewable energy system with cash or through a loan, a homeowner can completely pay off his or her system and then independently produce clean energy.

By choosing a lease or a PPA option homeowners are essentially substituting their utility companies with third-party leasing companies. Additionally, homeowners will likely be required to purchase their systems, renew their leases, or have the systems removed from their roof and revert to paying utility rates once their leases have ended." Charlie Angione.

"There’s absolutely no such thing as a $0 down solar lease or PPA and here’s why. A requirement of both of these financing programs is that you agree upfront to give the leasing or PPA company your 30% federal tax credit which is worth thousands of dollars as well as any other financial incentives.

At $5.57 per Watt. a 6 kW solar system would yield a federal tax credit of $10,026!

With a $0 down loan instead of a lease, you’ll get to keep the 30% federal tax credit as well as all other applicable financial incentives for yourself and you’ll own your solar system instead of renting it, for a much greater return on investment.

And if you do decide to lease instead of own, good luck ever selling your home with a lease attached to it. What homebuyer will want to purchase your home and assume your remaining lease payments on a used solar system on your roof, when they can buy and own a brand new system for thousands less." Ray Boggs.

We also need to change a current law, California law does not allow Homeowners to oversize their Renewable Energy systems.

Campaign to allow Californian residents to sell electricity obtained by renewable energy for a fair pro-business market price. Will you read, sign, and share this petition?

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Posted by Daniel Ferra on 10/02/2013 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Fracking Jerry Brown

It looks like our "Drill, Baby, Drill" governor is helping ignite the carbon bomb that will cook the planet. Jerry Brown's pursuit of oily campaign donations, his blockage of any bill that would restrict fracking, his failure to get DOGGR to monitor fracking, and his support of a weak-noodle SB4 tells it all. Brown doesn't care about the environment. He doesn't care if fracking destroys California's aquifers, he doesn't care about the health concerns of Californians, and he doesn't care what these fracking eye sores do to our property values. What he cares about is oily campaign donations. It looks like Jerry Brown's legacy will be the governor that led California into Climate Hell.

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Posted by James McFadden on 10/02/2013 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Fracking Jerry Brown

Edwina please educate yourself on the problems with fracking! If nothing else look at the history of how it got so easily pushed through because the CEO of Halliburton had the bright idea that if he got into the Whitehouse he could remove all safety restrictions. It's not difficult to do a quick search of the ongoing disaster in Colorado after the floods and the 'new' earthquake zones created by this destructive practice.

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Posted by Eileen Rose on 10/02/2013 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Fracking Jerry Brown

So what? There's nothing wrong here, though the story seems to try to create something that effect. Parties negotiate while legislation is going through its process. And legislators and public officials receive campaign contributions. We have a new bill which requires companies that perform hydraulic fracturing to report their activities and the chemicals they use to the State and to affected property owners. At the same time, new, badly needed jobs will be created in California helping people get on their feet, manage their debt, and feed their families. This is a non-story unless we're celebrating the fact that we now have rules for hydraulic fracturing in California. It's time.

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Posted by Edwina Reed on 10/02/2013 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Oakland to Spend $1.5 Million to Help Influential Contractor

No answer on my previous, Bill.

Let's move on. Bill, do you or do you not owe back rent, in excess of, say, $100,000?

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Posted by Jeff Hobbs on 09/20/2013 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Oakland to Spend $1.5 Million to Help Influential Contractor

OK Bill.

Let's start at the top. Is there, or is there not, a judge saying that you owe back wages?


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Posted by Jeff Hobbs on 09/19/2013 at 10:03 PM

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