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Re: “Oakland Schools Grapple with Another Financial Crisis

Yet another f*ck- up brought to you by the City of Oakland. Self-serving, corrupt, and myopic. No wonder Betsy Devos is licking her chops.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/29/2017 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Evictions After Ghost Ship

Very, very true the underground live music scene in Oakland has totally disappeared and artists are moving away. The cost of living is too high. Ironically Art Murmur made KONO a magnet for galleries, yet even those places are getting priced out and unaffordable condos are going up everywhere. Not everyone can or wants to be a techie, and any wage below $30/hr isn't enough to rent even an above-board apartment unless you've been able to take advantage of rent control in the last 6 years or want to spend 50% of your income on rent. Oakland's city govt doesn't support the arts or even artists; they are slow to move on everything and are too busy squirting "Schaaf's Special Sauce" into tech company and developer mouths that they can't can't keep up with the evictions, the homeless encampments (duh...caused in part by evictions and unaffordable housing), and the carpet-bagging millionaires set on turning Oakland into a mini-San Francisco at the massive detriment of current residents that aren't part of the 1% or the entitled nouveau riche.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/29/2017 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Why Derick Almena Deserves the Most Scorn


Jury-rigged and jerry-rigged mean essentially the same thing.…

But the origin of "jerry" is problematic.…


Posted by Robert Gammon on 11/29/2017 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Why Derick Almena Deserves the Most Scorn

Isn't that 'jerry-rigged'?
Jury rigging refers to judicial abuse, not building with inferior materials or workmanship.

Posted by Chris Roberts on 11/29/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Why Derick Almena Deserves the Most Scorn

To a certain extent, blaming the City for the fire, is akin to blaming the police for not arresting the drug dealer who sold heroin that caused people to OD. On a structural level, yes, the state apparatus is responsible for the suffering. But the thing is, most of these spaces and the people who run them, know that what they are doing isn't legal, and actively avoid getting caught. It's the game we've played for years.

And it isn't exactly true that city officials have turned a blind eye until now. It's an easier story to tell, but it's not accurate. Every few years, they'd make an example of some space, and OPD or the Fire Dept. would show up and kick people out. But this level of enforcement wasn't a priority for the City. I remember a cop once told me, when he was responding to a complaint about an illegal warehouse party, "Someone just got shot 5 blocks from here. I don't want to waste my time with your party. Just don't make me come back."

Posted by Sarah Lockhart on 11/29/2017 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Abalone Collapse with Kelp Forests

Abalone have been overfished for decades, this just adds to the problem. They once were so abundant in Big Sur that you could harvest at low tide in sneakers. They have been gone for many years from there.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/29/2017 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Why Derick Almena Deserves the Most Scorn

Finally the EBE publishes the truth instead of some nonsense about how the City is to blame ( and they do hold some culpability) for Almena's greed and ambition. The tenants were idiots, and Almena took advantage of them. Oakland should NEVER have turned a blind eye, and is still doing it.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/29/2017 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Oakland Schools Grapple with Another Financial Crisis

Who reviews all these outside contracts and approves them for payment, surely there is a name on the contract and that name bears responsibility.

Posted by alphie noakes on 11/29/2017 at 6:36 AM

Re: “Oakland Schools Grapple with Another Financial Crisis

Vernon Hal the Chief Business Officer's job description makes him responsible for keeping the District fiscally solvent. He didn't. So why is his job as the Chief Financial Officer not vacant?

There is a consultant filling in for the Interim Chief Financial Officer that just left.

And, the District webpage lists Office of Accountability Officer as vacant.

Not a pretty picture.

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 11/28/2017 at 11:17 PM

Re: “Evictions After Ghost Ship

"Hey left hand."

"Yeah right hand."

"I can't tell what you're doing."

"Hey, I can't tell what you're doing either. Why is that?"

"It's Oakland, pal. Mayor Libby. See you around someday I hope."

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/28/2017 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Evictions After Ghost Ship

The basic problem is that once again, in trying to appease the arts community, Mayor Schaaf wrote a check that she was never going to be able to cash. She has no technical expertise whatsoever to even make a statement like that.To focus on life safety upgrades to illegal residential uses of industrial buildings without displacing tenants, either by eviction or by rent increases by owners to pay for upgrades was never a realistic goal. First of all, at work here is a series of regulations that are not always consistent with each other. The zoning regulations are local and regulate use of the building.The Building and Fire codes are both State and local and many issues, especially in the area of life safety (corridors, sprinklers, exits), are not negotiable and cannot be waived by the local jurisdiction. To suggest that 50-100 year old warehouse buildings are "green" and therefore should be exempt from regulations is ridiculous. Many of those buildings can't even meet the minimum residential requirements like heat, fire safety and plumbing. The live work regulations adopted in the early 2000's were an attempt to meet artists half way by setting up some basic standards.However, the housing bubble that came later created an opportunity for an underground windfall by owners of these old buildings. The City's combined negligence and incompetence later translated into a defacto don't ask don't tell policy that led to the deaths in the Ghost Ship fire. The City will learn the cost of that incompetence and lack of leadership when the law suits and criminal claims are settled. At the end of the day, no matter how unpopular it is, the fact that there is a a housing shortage should not translate to any public policy that allows artists to live in spaces not intended for residential uses and dangerous to themselves and the community at large. The Mayors confusing and unrealistic goal is why the staff is all over the place both in their understanding of the rules and how to apply them. Of course, in Oakland, when you don't have an answer or the answer does not meet the political agenda you hire an expensive consultant to tell you what you already know so that you don't have to take the blame for telling the people what the truth is.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/28/2017 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Highland Hospital Surveillance Stirs Concerns

Got news for ya Tracy Rosenberg, Alta bates and Kaiser have 'em too... And a security officer too.

As I pointed out, these TEND to be standard "features" this type of facilities... But most especially in places owned/operated by bookies... Oops, "insurance companies".

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/28/2017 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Highland Hospital Surveillance Stirs Concerns

Oakland has a crime epidemic. A LPR at a hospital is great, now let's put them on the getaway routes around town and put a dent in crime in Oakland.

Posted by Jeff Diver on 11/28/2017 at 5:30 PM

Re: “JPA to Discuss Oakland Coliseum’s Future

And least I forget, out students are encouraged to think of a career in sports as a way out... Which has about the same odds as winning the lotto.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/28/2017 at 7:44 AM

Re: “JPA to Discuss Oakland Coliseum’s Future

Let's NOT let anymore drains on much needed resource back into Oakland.

As previous articles have pointed out, Oakland collects 7 million a year from the Raiders... And spends 8 million while roads go unrepaired, services critical to our most vulnerable citizens go unfunded and our streets are flooded by neo-tribal "activities" of "the dubs" and "Raider Nation".

Good riddance!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/28/2017 at 7:42 AM

Re: “JPA to Discuss Oakland Coliseum’s Future

The City of Oakland and it's pro sports history is coming to a sad end. The Raiders are done more so than when they moved to Los Angeles. I know that the teams history will always be Oakland Raiders. The Raiders in Las Vegas is a bad business decision allowed by a dying corrupt NFL. The Raiders are a replica not an original anymore! The AFL should have never merged with the NFL it did not need to and this is when the trouble was started. for the A's they are a minor league operation in the Major League Baseball scheme. They trade away their talent because they can't afford to win. New stadium is not the reason for this debacle of leadership. And last the Golden State Warriors great team now the identity crisis is the fact that the name Oakland Warriors for which they really are would never be accepted by San Francisco fans because its the only NBA team in the Bay Area. The disregard by the owners is purely financial and the fact that the Warriors have special jerseys celebrating other cultures foreign identities and finally decide to use the town name not very specific and not for the people and city they play in is truly unfortunate.

Posted by Ronald Rollins on 11/28/2017 at 4:33 AM

Re: “JPA to Discuss Oakland Coliseum’s Future

Let's lure the Green Bay Packers into a new stadium. Either that or keep the Raider name and force them to changer their name in LV so we can start a new team under same Raiders name. Also, lets lure the L.A. Clippers to Oakland, then hopefully we can get Curry, Thompson, and KD to join the Oakland Clippers! Yes, a pipe dream I know.

Posted by Jay78 on 11/27/2017 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Jerry Brown's Cap-and-Trade Program Isn't Working

Not only is Jerry Brown's Cap-and-Trade Program not Working.. If it trades third world REDD carbon credits; climate chaos, violence & land grabs are likely to increase

This article convincingly presents the ineffectiveness of California's Cap and Trade(AB398). But it only begins to present the global suffering, dislocation and acculturation that is likely to be caused by AB398's proposed trading of developing country carbon offset through REDD+ (REDD). REDD is an acronym for a program that stands for the reducing emissions due to deforestation & forest degradation. These destructive forest processes emit around 20% of the worlds green house gases, more than those emitted by all global transportation. One of the REDD program's main methods is to biologically sequester carbon in forests & create carbon credits for sale & trading. The REDD agreement text only requests that REDD participants "address" "tenure issues", "forest governance", "safeguards" and "participation" for marginalized and traditional forest people. Would REDD promoters or Governor Brown sign an agreement that only "addressed" their family's property rights or human rights without the legal requirement to enforce those rights? And what if those supporters also lived in a remote forest in the Amazon, without legal means to enforce those rights?

Jorge Furagaro Kuetgaje, climate coordinator for COICA, the Indigenous People of the Amazon Basin stated, For us to continue to conserve the tropical forests we need to have strong rights to those forests. Death should not be the price we pay for playing our part in preventing the emissions that fuel climate change. For more on REDD Rights abuses see:…

The human rights and land tenure (i.e. land ownership) enforcement record of tropical forested countries is alarming. Global Witness's November 30, 2015 Press release stated, At least 640 land and environmental activists have been killed since the 2009 climate negotiations in Copenhagen - some shot by police during protests, others gunned down by hired assassins."

REDD supporters have found a few communities confident enough in their land ownership and human rights to participate in and support REDD activities, but they are a minuscule minority of the worlds forest people. Those rights makes it practical for them to think long-term about their resources, which is a precondition for biologically sustainable resource management. More attention needs to be given to secure land tenure and human rights as a legal requirement for REDD or other programs promoting environmental resilience in third world forests. The vast majority of forest people need those rights now and will need them even more if exposed to the market forces that AB398's REDD carbon trading would unleash.

?REDD and AB398 supporters, what is the strategy and text that ensures that REDD requires the recognition and enforcement of customary resource ownership and human rights for forest people prior to REDD project funding or carbon offset creation?

Posted by Norman Lippman on 11/27/2017 at 3:13 PM

Re: “The Wrong Path?

I for one do not thinkk this is a nuanced update but a hit piece on a school that has made major strides in developing a sound, wonderful school culture. I think both the writer and editor missed the mark and failed to look into what has happened at Tech these past twenty years and how it became a go to school. Then again our Broad trained superintendents as well had done this.
To write about black kids who went to the school over twenty years ago in Mr. Hutcninson's case, and Ms. Apara who graduated in 2000, while down playing the young man Antonio Calbo Jackson who was the most real up to date quote you made. He kept it real. In 2000 when I became Assistant Principal we already had a problem where Mr. Wolfe was turning away kids, and Ms. Joe was taking the overflow teaching classes with over 40 kids. We had to establish an honors program under Elisabeth Haugen, and she stood tall. There was a problem in my five years there in the ethnic makeup of the classes, and their location. The classes were nearly all white, Asian a few black and Latin kids, but moreover they were in one part of the campus away from th emajority of the black and brown kids who were in the other wings. Abut ten years ago when Shelagh Andujar was principal some white kids , along with Latin and black kids demanded more AP options so they could be more a part of the school http://culture.So two more teachers learned and adopted the AP curriculum, and they too taught like MS. Wolfe in a Socratic style. Then too the Health Academy (with partnerships with three local hospitals) , the Computer, and other academies were growing and they needed AP options for their kid separate from Paidea. Mary Ann was given the opportunity on more then three occasions to make Paidea an academy, but she was not willing to do that as academies have take kids identified as academically needy in order to qualify for the extra money the state provides academies. She was not willing to do that, as it would have changed th demographic they have now..white, asian students with no academic issues , saying they would have to water down the curriculum. This is in a word bullshit. Mary Hamada proved at Bret Harte in the 90's that by splittng the GATE kids between two teachers and then giving the same two teachers the most at risk kids, that the latters learning increases dramtically as those kids know they are learning"what the smart kids learn". I was one of the two teachers. Yes it is not a call and response Socratic thing you do with the more advanced kids, but there is that and you have to roll up your sleeves and get in there and teach. The article did mention that everything done there is a collaboration between administration and staff, all staff. So Mary Ann's hurt feelings were not based on adminstrative problems but a faculty thing as the faculty voted on new models to push the whole school forward. The thing that changed TEch from "Killa High" and integrated the school was a program developed by Darrick Smith called T.R.Y. umf or (triumph) This stood for "trying to uplift my folks. Originally desinged for young black men soon it was enrolling young black women. In 2000 we were fortuitous that we had an influx of white kids from generational progressive families and these kids enrolled as well. Under Principal Ron Rosenbaum it became a Cal accredited class,as I was the credentialed sponsor. Darrick's curriculum was an adaption of Freire's thoughts on the "Pedagogy of The Oppressed. I mean kids in college have a hard time with Friere's book and here was Darrick not only teaching it but demonstrating how it worked in our society! These kids not only learned but served the school as well with servvice projects. They stood in the foyer every morning and did a salute and pledge about conduct and standards of behavior. Darrick taught as well about hompphobia, and misogny, and racism. It became a moral imperative and every public high school needs a version of it. I think Buld On kind of does this now.
At the same time we fromed a Parent Patrol. Parent volunteers who stood in our hallways at the staircases and observed, while wearing purple and gold do not want to mess up with other kids parents looking on.
Finally I have always admired Mary Ann as an instructor, but was dismayed by the way she quit. She did not resign she quit and deliberately left the program in the lurch, two weeks before school started. Totally unprofessional and was in my mind to cast aspersions toward the administration led by two gifted Co-Principals, Staci Ross-Morrison with a warm calming , vision of what the school should be. The other Co-Principall Josue Diaz is a visionary and public education needs way more like him then these TSA folks who wrok at teaching for two, three years and becme adminstrators and look to cash out. In Josue you have a young Chicano who can get down with the Cholos and who heart is in the sciences so he can talk that talk with the nerds. So this old Bulldog who first entered that front door in September of 1959, is proud of the school, proud of Paidea, Maureen Nixon-Holtan and David DeLeeuw, who built the Health Academy, Emmanuel Onyeador, the Computer Academy honored by th Obama Whitehouse for being one of the oldest, thinks Tech will be fine. Ms. Wolfe should enjoy her retirement, as she put i great work

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 11/27/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Jerry Brown's Cap-and-Trade Program Isn't Working

Whats with the negative, clickbait-y title of this article? Cap and Trade is something we all should support wholeheartedly. Its a tangible step in the right direction and an economicly-friendly solution at that.

The main issue is that corporations were able to lobby their way into exemption. Of which, Jerry Brown had little to nothing to do with.

As an civil engineer who was professionally tracking the development & implementation of AB32 as it affected California utilities & industries - the whole point of this program is to be a proof-of-concept for broader implementation nationally and globally.

California has led the way in environmental laws & regulations for decades and prospered for it - we should be proud!

What can you do to help: encourage CA to take a stronger stance on forcing ALL sectors to participate. These decisions were not made by elected officials and usually with very few folks at the table at the end of the day. We can make a difference!

Posted by Sarah Merrill on 11/25/2017 at 11:05 PM

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