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Re: “California Attorney General: Oakland's Coal Ban Is Legal

Heck yah, screw you Kentucky! Take your coal elsewhere.

Posted by Jay78 on 12/08/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “California Attorney General: Oakland's Coal Ban Is Legal

State Planning law clearly grants local government specific police powers, including the regulation of land use. Additionally, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) doubles down on the responsibility of lead agencies to protect California citizens from significant environmental impacts generated by those land uses. Tagami never had a chance of winning in court and should be spending his time and money trying to find a use for the site that will actually work. In typical Tagami fashion, he used his political favors and friends to get in position to control the site. He then then tried to bully the City into accepting a coal related use that nobody in Oakland wants. I applaud the West Oakland neighborhood for holding the City Council accountable and stopping this project.

Posted by Gary Patton on 12/08/2017 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Says: The Remedy is More Women in Power Now

To the poster, Hobart Johnson, who accuses the mayor of "jump[ing] upon the current media bandwagon regarding sexual exploitation of women": To be clear, I asked the mayor -- just as I asked all the other women whose essays appear in this week's paper -- to write about this issue. It was not her idea.

Posted by Kathleen Richards on 12/08/2017 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Says: The Remedy is More Women in Power Now

What is deeply disgusting and upsetting about Schaafs opinion piece ought to be made perfectly clear.

Schaaf is referring for her own political purposes to a very important socioeconomic problem having to do with power differentials between men and women and between adults and children.

Its not just about women--its about sexual (and economic) exploitation of those in less powerful positions (children as well as women) being exploited by those in more powerful positions.

Schaafs work in elected political office has been at best mediocre and in the main has been less-than-competent. Thus she jumps upon the current media bandwagon regarding sexual exploitation of women. Nothing could be more cynical than this politicized PR effort.

I happen to agree with what Schaaf says about putting more women in positions of power. I am talking about real action, not posturing.

In one particular place, in Oakland, there could be enormous social benefit: greatly increasing the number of female cops. It is well-recognized in contemporary policing that qualified women are likely to make superior police officers. I do know about this from personal experience.

Have we seen a program from Schaaf for working towards 50% of Oakland cops being female? A female Police Chief is not at all the same thing.

Wonder why not? Its the difference between real understanding, real leadership and leadership and managerial incompetence and political exploitation.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 12/08/2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Oakland School Board Members Apologize for Mid-Year Budget Cuts at Packed Board Meeting

Most of the students that this money was earmarked for are truant --if their parents cant afford to go to to a dollar store to get them paper and pencils what more can I say --the tax payers should not be stuck with their negligent parenting -- let alone the preferential treatment which in itself is discrimination--

Posted by Ima Hemp on 12/08/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Activists Call for Audit of Sheriff Ahern

Alameda County Sheriff spent 4.1 million on arresting people they never filed on. During the 5 days on average defendants loose their job, home, and vehicle everything AND THEY HAVE NOT BEEN FOUND GUILTY OR DID THEY FILE CHARGES. 40% OF ALL ARRESTED DID THEY ACTUALLY FILE charges. Only 20% arrested bail. If they bail and charges are dropped or not filed the money is still owed to the bail bonds. Pretrial favors the wealthy. BAIL SCHEDULES ARE 5 TIMES THE NATIONAL AVERAGE IN ALAMEDA COUNTY. Due process? Innocent until proven guilty? They deny bail by violating probation (tell them I'm going to violate your probation) when only the judge that ordered them to be released can do so not an officer. Alameda County Sheriffs are going to be the first police to realize your job is to PROTECT AND SERVE THE PUBLIC! Instead you POLICE, KILL, BEAT, THREATEN THE PUBLIC ESPECIALLY IF YOU RUN. ITS MARTIAL LAW IN ALAMEDA COUNTY WE HAVE A CURFEW AND YOU WILL BE SHOT FOR BREAKING ANY RULE

Posted by RaZa Rena on 12/08/2017 at 4:41 AM

Re: “Watch Oakland Chefs Tanya Holland and Tu David Phu Compete on Top Chef

Wow. Pretty harsh. Way better ways to convey your thoughts I suspect. Ive had my gripes with BSK (all service related) since they took over the space from a Jamaican themed joint that never took off, but the food remains solid. Ive been in W. Oak Town for 35 years. This was and remains a breath of fresh air.

Posted by Blake Gilmore on 12/07/2017 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Says: The Remedy is More Women in Power Now

Wow. Comments like the ones below make me proud to stand with the mayor.

Posted by Esteban Camilo on 12/07/2017 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Town Business: City Workers Plan to Strike, and Oakland's Affordable Housing Fees Slow to Raise Money

Artiicle proves my point----the City conducts Marie Antoinette negotiations with all of it's union sbut for OPOA (as to Firefighters, see under-staffing issues reported in 2016-17 and comment from Firefighters Union rep that their 2017 negotiations also not going well)......As to the OPOA, it's roll over and give on demand, 90% of the time and OPD gobbling up 46% of the City's discretionary budget. As to the City workforce caste system, its like the cops are the upper crust, the firefighters are in the shrinking, under-siege middle class and everyone is a serf.....Naively, I thought the City's labor relations would get better with the departure of the Police Union cheerleader-City Administrator Deanna Santana, but I don't see much good change yet from her replacement. I stand with the striking and sympathy striking unions....and as to the 2018 elections, if you are endorsed by the OPOA or have received money from them, no support from me.....

Posted by Mary Vail on 12/07/2017 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Says: The Remedy is More Women in Power Now

I hate to have to put it this way, but, as a feminist myself, Schaaf simply makes me want to puke.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 12/07/2017 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Berkeley Progressives Have a Chance to Prove They're Not NIMBYs

Let's be real. WE NEED HOUSING. Caring about design is nice and all and should be considered when we have extra housing stock (like in the case of Detroit which can choose to be more picky because they have too many homes). In the bay area we do not have this luxury. When we have houses jam packed with more people than should be allowed and, even worse, people living in the streets because the prices or rents are too high, for reasons of human decency, we need to hang up our want to have nice and pretty city blocks and build more to help people out.

Posted by JOHN DESFOSSES on 12/07/2017 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Says: The Remedy is More Women in Power Now

Talk about tone deaf.

Wah wah wah wah

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 12/07/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “A's Ballpark Proposal at Laney College Abruptly Scrapped

Great news. Why do cities need sportsball teams to validate them? Why do fans not care that billionaires and corporations would control public land just so they can watch some 'roid enraged guy throw a ball around?

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 12/07/2017 at 12:04 PM

Re: “A's Ballpark Proposal at Laney College Abruptly Scrapped

Another "victory" for progressively keeping Oakalnd in the glorious 70s.

Posted by D Ross on 12/07/2017 at 10:46 AM

Re: “The Wrong Path?

I find it urgent to respond to the 11/27 post by Earl Marty Price, whose text is overwhelmingly filled with mistruths and ad feminem attacks that are designed to eviscerate a substantial corpus of excellent teaching and my efforts to promote the best for Oakland Tech and its students. The plan of Mr. Prices letter is to represent me as a teacher who turned away talented students because of race; he signaled falsely my unwillingness to go the extra mile in order to accept more than the 32 maximum per class (some years I had between 43-45); and he devalued the seriousness of Socratic classroom teaching as a scenario in which conversation among students and teacher is seen by Price as the easy route that takes the place of lesson preparation and clear instruction; finally Price put in circulation that I was unwilling to cooperate with school initiatives to make Paideia an academy as per OUSD plans. The host of slurs that insinuates my so-called racist approach to students at Tech, along with Mr. Prices provocative attempt to undermine the unity among women faculty (by which he tries to claim that I was the uncooperative teacher while the other women in Paideia were splendid examples of hard-working instructors) are quite frankly scandalous. In the age of Trump and Harvey Weinstein, now we have Price who can attempt publicly to sow divisiveness among women who have taught together for over twenty-five years.
Mr. Price's brief tenure at Tech prevents him from knowing the details. First, from 1986-2000 (before Price worked at Tech), most Tech and Paideia students were African American; in fact, Tech only recently became a school of 29% African American and from 22-25% of each of the following groups: Caucasian, Asian-American, and Latino. In the last few years, the racial makeup of each year's Paideia senior classes varied, so some years Paideias makeup was 10%, sometimes 20% and at other times 30% African American. In addition, and contrary to the profile of me that suggests practices of racial exclusion, I led efforts through summer bridge programs to increase the participation rates of African-American students (these efforts later proved unsustainable because district money was pulled). Last spring, efforts to have former Paideia minority graduates recruit students of color among 9th graders were forbidden by the administration. I have never turned down students who approached me with the request to enroll in my senior Paideia classes! Our goal was never to make Paideia a white program; if we wanted to do that, we wouldnt have committed ourselves to teaching in Oakland in the first place.
Second, Paideia was never given the opportunity to become an academy. By California and Oakland guidelines for academies or pathways, a "school to work" concept prevails; since Paideia doesn't fit this paradigm (with its program in history, English, government, and political theory), Paideia teachers were never given any real chances let alone "three opportunities," as Price suggests, to become an academy. Last school year, we were, however, invited by Co-principal Diaz to restructure our program; we decided to focus on public policy and law in order to meet the pathway model. We submitted a plan to this effect, which was subsequently rejected without any opportunity for discussion.
Third, in response to the idea that Socratic method was the sine qua non for keeping the teaching faculty to a limited group, let me remind Price of our teacher training efforts. In addition to preparing student teachers, I also gave my entire government curriculum to two Tech teachers so that they could teach AP Government. I coached one teacher (of color) on a daily basis, giving up my conference period every day for a semester and spending another year meeting weekly with that teacher to assist in pedagogy and curriculum development. Other Paideia teachers trained several current teachers now on staff and shared curriculum with U.S. and World history teachers, as well.
Fourth, let me return to a gender issue here. In Prices letter, there is not only an unsubtle attempt to insinuate divisiveness among the women colleagues, but also a way to diminish my observations of the failings of Tech by ascribing them to the sphere of a damaged ego or hurt feelings as he describes it. This is not about sentimentality of the weak and feeble, but about the urgency to identify the collapse of reason in a once better organized school and to name the ways in which the system has failed to meet its obligations to students across racial and ethnic lines.
Fifth, as for Prices phony attacks on former students who were interviewed by The Oakland Magazine, how dare he minimize their experiences? More recent grads have expressed immense gratitude for the Paideia Program and chimed in with Daniel Hutchinson and Kulwa Apara though The Oakland Magazine, which could not include more of their interviewees, so Price is way off base here.
Sixth, regarding my resignation, my announcement to the co-principals came in early July, not two weeks before school started as Price claims in his letter. And this, as captured in the Express article as well as The Oakland Magazine, was difficult to formulate (again, please cast aside questions of hurt feelings); this was about the realities of continuing in a program that was being dismantled on a regular basis. Price can continue with the name-calling in this venue and in social media, but the hundreds of minority students who went on to successful careers will and have supplied another narrative about my professionalism, my work in the classroom, and my unhesitant donation of time and labor to the good interests of the school.
Finally, Paideia teachers have always wanted to give students, no matter what race or sexual identification, a rigorous academic program in the social sciences and humanities because we wanted them to be critical thinkers, thoughtful writers, and civically engaged Americans. We wanted to graduate students who would be prepared to succeed in college and pursue whatever career interests they chose. We chose a path, but we insisted upon more than school-to-work. We also remained steadfast in demanding high standards; why should students of color be given lower standards, as Price suggested?
Maryann Wolfe

Posted by Maryann Wolfe on 12/07/2017 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Says: The Remedy is More Women in Power Now

If, and when, Libby Schaff takes her experiences of unwanted sexual attention (and the complexities of such), and can undertake an intersectional analysis, and see that what she is doing to the poor, the homeless, the people of color in the city of Oakland is much akin (but magnified greatly toward other oppressed groups) to what's been done to her, there is not much hope in hearing her say, "me too," and her ability to really understand others (who have not only lost their jobs, or been raped, are homeless, or who are killed/incarcerated/abused by racist police practices, etc) her statement is becomes a hollow joining in to "me too."

Interesectionality is the gift of 3rd wave feminism. Intersectionality is the common thread that links all of disability/ies.

AND, having said the above makes true my statement (in regards to HRC's run for president) that, yes, we need more women in power, but it must be the right woman/women, just as it must be the right men. This is not the right woman. Not the right woman to chose other women, either.

Libby Schaff has not listened to the multiple Oakland communities who packed City Hall over and over re the development of the City. Instead, she's held "back door" meetings, rescheduled meeting times or dates, and did everything in her power to eliminate public comment. Schaff has closed the downtown recycling lot where many homeless or other poor took carts filled with Oakland's discards (cleaner city complaints? Duh!), and helped developers in obtaining said lot, who is building even more expensive housing, etc.

When Libby Schaff plans to hold a meeting about the future of Oakland next week, with developers, and there are no other communities present who are homeless, seniors, artists, the disabled, etc. and are fearful of the rising costs of living in this city, and who has been given in the past (ie, the 12th street parcel), a "people's" design that would accommodate the needs of all, including the developers ... well, there is little that comes from this office, from her mouth, that I can any longer believe in. Like Trump, who won because he made promises to desperate people, and told them that he "understand(s)," we've been had because she has claimed progressive politics, and now because of her gender. We cannot universalize gender any more than we should universalize race. We must seek to improve representation of each oppressed class, but not assume all of any one class is appropriate.

Posted by deGrace on 12/07/2017 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Watch Oakland Chefs Tanya Holland and Tu David Phu Compete on Top Chef

Unfortunately, Tanya Holland has a terrible reputation as a tyrannical business owner, which was reported directly to me by a former assistant chef that worked in Brown Sugar Kitchen. While dining there I saw her interactions with staff, which were appalling, and she really seemed like she didn't want to be working in a kitchen at all. Given her rude behavior, I will never support her businesses in any way, and recommend EVERYONE do the same. I don't care how damn good your food is. When you lack basic respect for other human beings - whether they are your employees, or your paying customers (seen her disrepect them too) - then I'm sorry, but you do not deserve the accolades you receive. Good luck in your new space (the old Pican). I hope it goes the way of your BBQ restaurant (closed after a poor reception).

Posted by EB Pride on 12/07/2017 at 9:26 AM

Re: “A's Ballpark Proposal at Laney College Abruptly Scrapped

"Still, it's not exactly clear why the Peralta district board chose to end talks this week with the A's over the ballpark."

Evidently, two weeks ago, PCCD Board told the A's they wanted $6M to "study impact". The A's said "Whooof, okay, but we want audits and reports on how this money will be used."

Brakes suddenly slam to the floor, negotiations broken off?

PCCD Board tried to shakedown the A's for money under the table.

Posted by jq7925 on 12/07/2017 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Says: The Remedy is More Women in Power Now

It's a little disingenuous for Schaff to talk about "radical inclusion," when she was hand-picked by the Brown/Perata machine to further the gentrification agenda, which is anything but inclusive. I would challenge Schaffr to concentrate not on being powerful, but being equitable, i.e., upholding equity as a guiding principle.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 12/06/2017 at 8:22 PM

Re: “Oakland Has Yet to Spend Soda Tax Funds

Some of my low information customers blamed this tax on Trump instead of blaming their fellow citizens for voting it in.
As for Oakland screwing up its implementation, who is surprised by that?

Posted by Kevin Seay on 12/06/2017 at 7:39 PM

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