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Re: “Town Business: Housing, Homelessness, and Tenant Protections Dominate Oakland Council's Agenda

I think homeless lives matter too, but what's the point in featuring a crumpled Steel Reserve can in the lead photo? Is to highlight the need for substance abuse programs for the homeless or to demonize them as layabout winos?

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/07/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “New Report Seeks to Improve Racial Equity in Restaurants

Here's some shocking news which should shed some light on this profoundly unenlightened piece: poor folks, mostly black and brown, don't get their calories at upscale restaurants.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/07/2017 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Complaint Filed Against Oakland Police Chief for False Statements

It appears to be a tricky way for the OPD officers association to attack their supperiors.

Posted by George Benton Grempczynski on 11/07/2017 at 6:20 AM

Re: “I Was Kicked Out of Federal Immigration Court — Because I'm a Journalist

Federal Court systems have changed so much. People have rights! As a former Immigration Inspector - the Federal Judges I observed went over the acknowledgement of rights: Form I-826. It appears Judges in the San Francisco District have their own set of standards vice What Is Written. My wife had the misfortune of being in front of Immigration Judge Anthony S. Murry. He denied my Waiver Form I-601. """ I'm a United States Citizen. Decorated U.S.Marine Corps First Sergeant", with 21 years Service. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend my wife's hearing, but an Attorney did. She informed me, that Judge Murry denied 9 out of 9 cases. I WILL STOP NOW, BECAUSE I DO NOT WANT TO GET MILITANT.

SEMPER FI

BNelmsUSMC@yahoo.com

Posted by BNelms2017 on 11/06/2017 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Complaint Filed Against Oakland Police Chief for False Statements

I saw a young woman in Oaxacan dress walking up Fruitvale with an ICE ankle monitor, broke my heart.

Shame on Chief Kirkpatrick for helping Trump and ICE to terrorize our friends and neighbors. Immigrants contribute more to this Oakland than Captain KIrkpatrick ever will. This is bullying, not policing.

Posted by Ann Nomura on 11/06/2017 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Entire Oakland City Council Declined to Cross Union Picket Line for Mayor Schaaf's State of the City Speech

SEIU 1021 members are Temporary Part time and permanent part time employees. The largest group (TPT) barely touching $24k. Its sickening

Posted by Leon DNas Sykes on 11/04/2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Entire Oakland City Council Declined to Cross Union Picket Line for Mayor Schaaf's State of the City Speech

Based on the City's response to my August 2017 public record request for a recent salary survey of all city employees, at least the SEIU 21 job categories covered by the survey are under-compensated. The survey did not cover compensation for fire and police.

https://oaklandwiki.org/City_govt_wage_sur…

Without a full copy of the survey, it's hard to evaluate the objectivity or accuracy of the survey. Several years ago the City posted a comprehensive survey that showed most City employees were at the top of the pay chart for the Bay Area. It no longer looks that way.

We need the City to post a full, comprehensive compensation survey. if they don't have one, the City should pay for one so we all know what the situation is.

Some of the city unions have staff that know the city's budget details better than many city staffers. If the city unions have figured out what costs we could cut without cutting important services, they should tell us. If they know that the city has to raise fees, sales tax, business tax, and parcel taxes, they should give us that info also.

If the city unions want to play the traditional union vs employer strategies of strikes, sickouts, and slow-downs, they're going to lose the support of city residents

Len Raphael, CPA
Temescal

Posted by Len Raphael on 11/03/2017 at 9:56 PM
Posted by Tobias Barton on 11/03/2017 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Entire Oakland City Council Declined to Cross Union Picket Line for Mayor Schaaf's State of the City Speech

Here's a list of Total Pay Package for all city of Oakland employees. If this doen't tick you off, then gosh. They are milking the city of money, while majority of Oaklanders are making half their salary package. https://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries…

Posted by Jay78 on 11/03/2017 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Entire Oakland City Council Declined to Cross Union Picket Line for Mayor Schaaf's State of the City Speech

Have you seen how much so many city employees are making, most are making over 100K per year, way above what majority of Oaklanders make, and here they are trying to shut down the city at the expense of tax payers who earn way less. Fire them all Libby and hire new ones.

Posted by Jay78 on 11/03/2017 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Entire Oakland City Council Declined to Cross Union Picket Line for Mayor Schaaf's State of the City Speech

> The unions say they're being offered pay and
> benefits packages that amount to cuts due to
> high rates of inflation and rapidly rising housing
> prices.

Welcome to the rest of the world...

Posted by John Michaels Grabowsky on 11/03/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Entire Oakland City Council Declined to Cross Union Picket Line for Mayor Schaaf's State of the City Speech

What is more overboard, shaming people for crossing a picket line or politicizing a place of worship in the first place?

Posted by Tony D 1 on 11/03/2017 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Copper Spoon and Paulista Brazilian Kitchen Now Open in Oakland

Wow, Paulista's Brazilian home cooking was worth the wait. Terrific food with some surprising dishes worth trying, after you have the feijoada, and 24...no more than that, beers on tap. While the dinners were terrific I think the remodeling makes this restaurant a great place for coffee and a pastry with guava and cheese in the pretty morning light. I love this place.

Posted by Raleigh McLemore on 11/03/2017 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Tuesday’s Briefing: Uber to Sell Oakland Sears Building for $220M; Dungeness Crab Season May Be in Peril Again

Before Uber gets attention, and Oakland gets more attention for rising real estate prices, it's important to ask how many millions that Uber has poured into the old building. It was gutted and huge construction and retrofit has been going on for close to two years.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/02/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Tuesday’s Briefing: Uber to Sell Oakland Sears Building for $220M; Dungeness Crab Season May Be in Peril Again

Obamacare sabotaged itself. Obama sabotaged healthcare. As the years progress the amount of subsidy required from the Federal Government has increased, with no end in sight. Obama could not get the funds from Congress. So he got the funds through executive order. Trump merely stopped the un-constitutional executive order. It would be great if the editors of this magazine could state things honestly and accurately.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 11/02/2017 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Berkeley Police Reforms Delayed After Mayor Arreguin Weakens Plan to Curb Racial Profiling and Police Misconduct

Most thought the BPD would never have jumbo pepper spray to use on protestors . . but now they do. Jesse Arrequin is a shameful disgrace. What he and Hahn did, gutting the police reform measures, is regressive, not at all progressive and disgraceful. Shame on them. Jesse seems to have gotten in bed with the police since getting elected and his actions as mayor suggest his pride and public image matter more to him than the people he claimed he wanted to work for. He seems so eager to tap dance for the police union and the Berkeley city manager, a conservative who cannot be trusted. Shame on Jesse, Hahn, dee the city manager and, most of all, our new chief pig/cop. Why on earth would Arreguin and Hahn gut fairly modest police oversight, why do they try to gut efforts to address racial discrimination by BPD? What is wrong with them?

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 11/01/2017 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Berkeley Police Reforms Delayed After Mayor Arreguin Weakens Plan to Curb Racial Profiling and Police Misconduct

Berkeley police do not (and hopefully will never) possess Tasers.

Posted by JP Massar on 11/01/2017 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Say Goodbye to Pacific Coast Brewing, One of Oakland's Oldest Breweries

Too bad, we enjoyed having our annual mixer there and I personally enjoyed going there. Sort of tucked away from the rush of the rest of Oakland. Wish they would just relocate and not close completely.

Posted by Allison Martin on 11/01/2017 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Oakland Landlord Beefs with City, Calls for 'No More Homeless Camps,' with Halloween Decorations

You know Gene, if you hate Oakland so much why not sell (at a handsome profit) and move to Danville or Pleasanton where people are more in line with your beliefs and politics? I'm sure you can have Trump parties while your wife blows up her credit cards at Stoneridge Mall.

Posted by Erickson on 10/31/2017 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Oakland Landlord Beefs with City, Calls for 'No More Homeless Camps,' with Halloween Decorations

Awesome! Finally an Oakland /pol/itican that I can support!

Posted by Adrian on 10/30/2017 at 3:06 PM

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