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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Election 2012

Re: “Berkeley at a Crossroads

Mr. Gammon, I see a big future for you in marketing. Like the Yes on T flyer I just received. Hey, no downsides! I have to say, I am so weary of this machine, and I am a devoted contributor to the Democratic Party.

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Posted by Fran Haselsteiner on 10/10/2012 at 7:57 PM

Re: “Berkeley at a Crossroads

We readers expect the journalist to provide a fair evaluation of an issue. You have not represented the viewpoints of residents and businesses in West Berkeley regarding Measure T, just those of its proponents. You simply bought the line. Good luck with your career.

12 likes, 30 dislikes
Posted by Fran Haselsteiner on 10/10/2012 at 7:46 PM

Re: “AC Transit Director Faces Tough Fight

Cudos to Bartlett for considering renegotiating the debt terms.

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Posted by Sebra Leaves on 10/10/2012 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Berkeley at a Crossroads

When I moved to Dwight Way in the early 80s, this 36-foot-wide residential street had a fair amount of traffic, and Tom Bates pledged in public to do "something" about it. Well, what we've had is thousands more cars a day, and they are increasingly backed up and my living room smells like exhaust. Studies evidence the health issues of t heavy-traffic proximity. It is an outrage that the few open east-west streets are taking so much traffic, and the West Berkeley project promises even more. We on Dwight Way are the victims of Bates, Moore, and Capitelli. The traffic on theopen east-west streets is the reason I oppose Measure T. Darryl, why don't you represent the people of your district? You don't, you haven't, and you lie about what you have supposedly done here in District 2. You consistently vote with the hills, not the flats. Your only interests are your developer friends and your bid for the Assembly. You should be ashamed of yourself.

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Posted by Fran Haselsteiner on 10/10/2012 at 7:09 PM

Re: “Who'll Replace Jane Brunner?

I consider this to be an accurate article, albeit giving more space to the candidates who have more connections and cash. The description of me and my campaign is accurate. Thanks for some good reporting.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Don Macleay on 10/10/2012 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Berkeley at a Crossroads

Laura Menard,

This piece is designed as a big picture analysis of Berkeley elections this year, and so I focused on the contests that could alter the balance of power in the city, and thus Berkeley's future, particularly concerning the issue of growth, which I view as the main point of controversy.

As I stated in the story, Max Anderson sometimes votes with the council majority on growth issues (like the downtown plan), and sometimes against. And so the outcome of the Dist. 3 race may or may not change the city's direction.

By contrast, the mayor's race and the other two council races are truly pivotal to the city's future on the question of urban growth -- as are the ballot measures I wrote about.

23 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Robert Gammon on 10/10/2012 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Three's Company

Larry Lionel Young Jr does have a website and it was given to the author during the interview.

Posted by Larry Lionel Young Jr on 10/10/2012 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Berkeley at a Crossroads


is there an explanation as to why you left out the district 3 race ? We have a solid alternative in Dmitri Belser to incumbent Max Anderson, well known for his grandstanding speeches during council meetings, but how exactly has Anderson helped south Berkeley ? His campaign materials list a few minor accomplishments, including street repaving. Public works determines the schedule for resurfacing roads, a politician who makes this type of claim is desperate.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Laura Menard on 10/10/2012 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Reforming Three Strikes

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Posted by Editor on 10/10/2012 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Berkeley at a Crossroads

Please, please ,please vote NO on T...
Look upon the works that mayor bates and his cronies have fashioned and weep! Mixed use anyone? Contemplate the vacant store fronts... the loss of set backs and the destruction of Berkeley.

13 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by Constance Rivemale on 10/10/2012 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Endorsements Part I: Vote Kaplan and Yes on Measures B1 and S and Props 34 and 37

@ruth, re bolding: Done; thanks!

Posted by Ellen Cushing on 10/10/2012 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Berkeley at a Crossroads

As it happens, my family and I ran a successful high tech company just two blocks away from the Herst property in the 90s, at 6th and Bancroft. Even then, the Peerless property was getting seedy. I can attest that the lead on this hyped article is pretty much a total fabrication. Things in the neighborhood there are if anything livelier now than they were then, with many vigorous small businesses like Vik's thriving and expanding. It's too bad that Doug Herst wasn't up to keeping the fine business his family founded alive in his generation, but that happens all the time, and has happened in many other families before his. It doesn't entitle him to a personal re-zoning so that he can become a land speculator on his inherited property, which is what Berkeley Measure T is all about. If you want evidence, check who's paying the lion's share of the campaign financing for Yes on T, posted on the city of Berkeley website: Herst and his associate Darrel deTienne. Much of the rest of the article is similar hyperbole. Gammon has seldom met a development he doesn't slaver over. He needs to get some real world business exposure before he pontificates.

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Posted by Becky O'Malley on 10/10/2012 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Endorsements Part I: Vote Kaplan and Yes on Measures B1 and S and Props 34 and 37

You should boldface your Measure A1 recommendation as you have the others! The public has been kept in the dark with zoo feel-good promos and denials that the measure will do anything other than care for the captive animals now in the Zoo. But the fine print makes it clear: this is about paying for the Zoo's environmentally destructive expansion into Knowland Park, fencing off existing wildlife habitat to build a huge visitor center complex with a restaurant, gift shop and offices. These (and a huge media campaign for the measure) are the Zoo's real spending priorities. Something is really wrong with this picture, and the public is figuring it out. Vote NO on Measure A1 to send a message to Zoo execs that you don't buy the package deal and you want a better expansion plan that doesn't sacrifice wildlife habitat for rides and buildings!

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Posted by Ruth Malone on 10/10/2012 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Endorsements Part I: Vote Kaplan and Yes on Measures B1 and S and Props 34 and 37

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Posted by Editor on 10/10/2012 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Endorsements Part I: Vote Kaplan and Yes on Measures B1 and S and Props 34 and 37

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Posted by Editor on 10/10/2012 at 7:59 AM

Re: “There's a Hole in the Bucket

California is a "moderate tax state." It depends how you measure it, but by most analyses CA doesn't have a greater tax burden than other states, unless you're very wealthy (…; and see also….)

Also, CA govt. hasn't been growing over the long run. State spending per capita has actually declined over the last three decades in CA. This is in on top of painful cuts that have been made when the business cycle turns sour leading to declines in revenue, and thus painful cuts to education. The idea that state government is "growing," or that "spending is out of control" is a myth. In fact CA spends less on students than almost any other state, and the decline of our educational system shows for it. CA also has fewer state govt employees than any other state (no there isn't is big bureaucracy).

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Posted by Darwin BondGraham on 10/10/2012 at 7:34 AM

Re: “Who'll Replace Jane Brunner?

Re. repealing the "binding arbitration" clause in the City charter: Call me old fashioned, but to this certified public accountant the value of one resident's life saved from getting shot in the back from some cop so bad that even OPD wants to fire him far exceeds the possible cost of lost lawsuits from aggrieved police.

Lemley, Raya, Kalb and most of the City Council have pledged to preserve high pay for cops and fire; and effectively protect bad cops from getting fired by supporting binding arbitration for all personnel disputes.

Len Raphael
Candidate for District 1 City Council
4521 Telegraph Ave (Original Kaspers Hot Dogs)

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Posted by Leonard Raphael on 10/10/2012 at 1:47 AM

Re: “AC Transit Director Faces Tough Fight

Thank You J. Douglas Allen-Taylor your article enlightens voters and makes
them aware of alternatives choices that they have on their ballots!!!!

2012 Is an ELECTION YEAR we'll never FORGET!!!!!! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!!!!!!

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Posted by Dollene Jones on 10/10/2012 at 12:37 AM

Re: “Reforming Three Strikes

When defending their dangerous and counter-productive war on (some) drugs, unconscionable prohibitio­nists often, cite "our obligation to the children", but prohibition­ has made all of these 'at present illegal' substances available in schools, and even prisons. How has that helped our kids?

Prohibition has also raised gang warfare to a level not seen since the days of alcohol bootlegging in the United States. How has that helped our kids?

Prohibition has creating a prison-for-profit synergy with evil drug lords and terrorists. How has that helped our kids?

Prohibition has removed many of our cherished and important civil liberties. How has that helped our kids?

Prohibition has put many previously unknown and contaminated drugs on our streets. How has that helped our kids?

Prohibition has escalating Murder, Theft, Muggings, and Burglaries. How has that helped our kids?

Prohibition has overcrowded the courts and prisons, thus making it increasingly impossible to curtail the people who are really hurting and terrorizing others. How has that helped our kids?

Prohibition has evolved local street gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, and with significant social and military resources at their disposal. How has that helped our kids?

“The State must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.” — Adolf Hitler, “Mein Kampf”

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Posted by Malcolm Kyle on 10/09/2012 at 11:35 PM

Re: “There's a Hole in the Bucket

Not a bad article, but ...

Fails to mention that the rate of taxation in California is above average, even with Prop 13.

Fails to mention that "earmarking" is a joke. Lotto money was earmarked for education, but that did not stop the government from taking away the other money they used to allocate to education.

Education is just the poster boy. "If you don't give us more money, we will take all the money away from blind widows!" Of course, after they get the money, or if they don't, they must set priorities and allocate in a reasonable fashion (we wish).

It would be nice if government set some percentage of the economy as their take and stick with it, instead of always growing in the long run.

Posted by Gary Baker on 10/09/2012 at 10:32 PM

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