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Re: “Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft Wins Alameda Mayor's Race

Trish has been an absolute disaster. Good riddance!

Posted by RodJohnson on 11/12/2018 at 3:17 PM

Re: “East Bay Green Energy Program Launches Residential Service

@Charlie Pine, this is Dan Lieberman with EBCE. EBCE is analyzing PG&E's ERRA filing from late week regarding rates, and intends to adjust rates to accommodate the new fee when it goes into effect, to protect the value proposition for our customers. That will likely be discussed at the next EBCE Board meeting. You are welcome to attend.

Posted by Dan L on 11/11/2018 at 8:52 PM

Re: “Oakland’s Measure AA May Have Passed After All

The selling of AA to the voters was as deceptive as any ballot measure I've seen from the biggest corporate interests.

The only way voters could have understood the pro's and con's of AA was to have read the densely worded text of the measure. At least three times. That left voters relying on the endorsements and the summary written by the City Attorney, even if voters knew to look for the short rebuttals.

The City Attorney wasn't about to get into the long-term impact of a 30-year inflation adjusted parcel tax with ill-defined performance criteria and complex and confusing oversight provisions.

I would be surprised if many of the elected officials who endorsed AA realized that both the Oakland teachers union and most OUSD community activists opposed AA even though the same teachers and activists would support a rewritten version of AA crafted with broad community input.

Don't use the courts to ram AA down our throats. Go back to the community and listen to the criticisms. Dedicate the entire tax to pre K education run by OUSD, not by non-profits or even county agencies.

Fine to provide oversight over OUSD to make it's spent wisely. But ultimately the expenditures should be controlled by the OUSD elected school board, not by a panel appointed by any mayor or council.

If you don't trust OUSD to educate our kids, then fix OUSD instead of bypassing it.

When you rewrite AA eliminate the funding of Mayor Schaaf's unproven "Oakland Promise" program. That program was supposed to be funded by the private sector. It's $9 million a year for 30 years plus inflation adjustments for an unproven program which could be totally discredited five years from now, as so many other educational fads have been found to be ineffective. That comes out to more than a quarter of a billion dollars over the course of AA plus inflation increases. Spend that on what we know works: early childhood education.

Len Raphael, CPA

Posted by Len Raphael on 11/11/2018 at 7:44 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Commission Abruptly Fires Executive Director of Its Investigative Agency

It sounds like the commission thinks a lot about it's so called importance.

Posted by Jim Mzt on 11/11/2018 at 6:28 PM

Re: “East Bay Green Energy Program Launches Residential Service

@Dan L (Daniel Lempres?) : EBCE's Bright Choice was 1.5% less than PG&E when EBCE set the rate. However, the PUC raised the exit fee last month, wiping out the 1.5% savings effective Jan. 1. See a real news article by a reporter, not a publicity agent:…

Posted by Charlie Pine on 11/11/2018 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Updated: Buffy Wicks Defeats Jovanka Beckles in AD 15

Paul McKinney: Do we really want a Corey Booker in there? His history and treatment against Women is notorious. Much Worse then Kavanaugh the difference is Booker admits to it. He is worse than Al Franken, Or Weiner.

Posted by Richmond town on 11/11/2018 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Updated: Buffy Wicks Defeats Jovanka Beckles in AD 15

Paul M? Do you reall think Cory Booker is the way to go for the DNC? I mean his history and acknowledgement with Women is not what progressives stand for. He is Worse than Al franken in what he did.

Posted by Richmond town on 11/11/2018 at 11:26 AM

Re: “East Bay Green Energy Program Launches Residential Service

EBCE's Bright Choice rates are 1.5% below PG&E even after paying PG&E's fees. You can confirm that on PG&E's website:

Posted by Dan L on 11/11/2018 at 11:01 AM

Re: “East Bay Green Energy Program Launches Residential Service

The 1.5% savings provided by EBCE's Bright Choice service takes into account the fee. Even PG&E's website shows that:

Posted by Dan L on 11/11/2018 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Updated: Buffy Wicks Defeats Jovanka Beckles in AD 15

while the RPA makes a LOT of noise and obstructs what it find objectionable , no member of it has EVER taken ANY positive action... No proposals, no legislation... Not even a bill presented.

As the tea party was the right wing party of no, the RPA is an arm of left wing party of no. All the while calling themselves liberal and progressive.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/11/2018 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Updated: Buffy Wicks Defeats Jovanka Beckles in AD 15

The online smears against Beckles have been out of control. Not to mention the ridiclous amount of mailers from Wicks, in line with the amount of money spent to elect her. Well Wicks, it worked - you bought the election.

Meanwhile, the long-time residents who have been paying attention know that the Richmond Progressive Alliance actually fights for the people of Richmond with compassion and integrity. Among their achievements are increasing minimum wage, blocking a casino from building on public park land, increasing solar energy initiatives and green jobs, making Chevron pay their fair share of taxes, and spearheading an incredible reformation of our police force which dramatically reduced homicides and crime.

And, the RPA has done something else incredible - they proved that a poor, overlooked, forgotten community could use progressive values to literally transform itself.

Wicks ran a hateful campaign and I was shocked once I started fact-checking her smears against Beckles by actually watching the city council feeds (yes, they are all online, watch and decide for yourself). Outright lies were spread about the RPA and Beckles. The RPA are some of the sweetest, most idealistic, AND effective people in politics today (and yes, they were the ones there for Richmond before most of these affluent, white voters moved in).

The only thing their campaign didnt have was money.

Also, if you didnt support Prop 10 - please dont call yourself a progressive. That label is reserved for those of us who genuinely want to create a level playing field for all Californians.

Posted by Meredith R. on 11/11/2018 at 2:06 AM

Re: “Updated: Buffy Wicks Defeats Jovanka Beckles in AD 15

Paul McKinney you're calling Beckles a "popular incumbent"!?!!! You obviously don't know about Richmond, do you. Do you know that in 8 years on the Council Beckles NEVER authored ONE legislative measure. NOT ONE. She spent her time tying up the police department with the "space mind" episode that made national news. She is rude, unpredictable, a bully, and we Richmonders call her a "left wing Donald Trump". No way would we allow her to be promoted to the assembly so yes us Richmonders worked our butts off. I am proud of the Wicks campaign. Wicks is intelligent, a problem solver, and knows how to work with others and get things done. Jovanka has NONE of those qualities. It's great for the bay area and it is Fabulous for Richmond!

Posted by Sandra Davenport on 11/10/2018 at 10:29 PM

Re: “Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft Wins Alameda Mayor's Race

That is so great. Out with the party girl and in with someone who cares.

Posted by Joaquin on 11/10/2018 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Updated: November 2018 Election Results!


Posted by Shmannie Ali Babwah on 11/10/2018 at 2:11 PM

Re: “The Hideaway's Generic Bar Food

"...and it's same old same old whiteness. ..."

Way to stay obsessed with the color of people's skin in a completely unrelated and irrelevant context! Next time I see any non-white person eating a burger I will dutifully snatch it out of their hands and remind them of its colonial empire symbolism!

Posted by malcolmkettering on 11/10/2018 at 9:20 AM

Re: “OPD Cop Caught Making Apparent False Statements After Injury Crash

And now my final, and I DO mean final thoughts on this topic...

Incidents like this are why I stopped riding motorcycles over 55 years ago... I glanced down at the road going by at 50 miles an hour on a fine, bright summery day and realized a mistake on the part of anyone on the road with me, including me, and I got a part in a meat grinder impression with my meat starring between the steel of the bike and the asphalt. Since then, I've seen some bloody ones too. Bikers don't tend to get to walk away.

That was MY choice and I don't regret it.

Nor do I have any bad impressions of those who do ride now. I just say be safe about it.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/09/2018 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Debtor's Purgatory

I was unfortunate enough to have Judge Austin to preside over my case in 2017 in a business dispute. He completely ignored the law and the evidence. My attorney was useless. He said the judge could sanction him If he persisted too much on my evidence. He ruled in favor of the defendant who had defrauded me with clear convincing evidence.

My advice to everyone is to stop hiring attorneys because you'll be wasting your money. Recuse judge Austin if he presides over you case, unless your attorney has had previous success with him.

Posted by adamj on 11/09/2018 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Commission Abruptly Fires Executive Director of Its Investigative Agency

I sounds as if the commission has a problem with independent oversight.

This is my surprised face.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/09/2018 at 4:50 PM

Re: “East Bay Green Energy Program Launches Residential Service

Charlie Pine, exactly correct. All of the clean energy providers carry a surcharge as well... Even the clean energy provided via PG&E.

It's an emotional marketing scam.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/09/2018 at 4:43 PM

Re: “OPD Cop Caught Making Apparent False Statements After Injury Crash

Yes TS Edson, he lost his leg AND the city paid him $12 million. Justice? I don't claim to know. I know I wouldn't like to lose my leg. Now EBX/DBG are engaged in whipping up a mob for ends I can't claim to understand.

And If you think verifying things is cold and heartless... Well I call it just plain stupid and brainless to allow others to think for me. If I do, I deserve everything I get.

Someone here called me evil. If facts and truth are evil, so be it. If you'd like to pray for me, that's your choice. Be aware, hitting my knees and begging for what I need from an angry invisible entity that already knows I need what I'm begging for... That's a little too much like dealing with Harvey Weinstein or paying tribute to a mob boss for my tastes. But, who am I to judge.

What I do know is the facts AS PRESENTED jarred me enough for me to take 15 lousy minutes to check them, and they didn't match anything I could find and, in fact what, I did find exactly contradicted them. I couldn't make them match the narrative in any way shape or form. Once that saw that much, the differences stood out more and more.

Evil, as certain literature has to say, needs only the good to stand and do nothing in order to succeed.

I do NOT choose to do nothing.
You can do as you choose as well.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/09/2018 at 4:41 PM

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