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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: “California Traffic Tickets Amnesty Program Leaves Many Behind

DMV is a corporation and when getting your license you sign away your right granted by the constitution for a privilege , giving the police, DMV , & the court system the authority to take away your privilege . Pull you over , arrest and charge you w a crime ,turning into ridiculous tickets and fines, That end up unpaid cause they want more than you pay for rent in most cases. The people are clueless that they have giving their right away and DMV and our government has gotten away w it for so long and made so much money they want to keep the facade going and they will unless we stop them. People need to educate themselves on this matter so we can stop them from destroying peoples lives , I mean when you take a mans/womans vehicle you take their means of getting to and from where they need to go whether it be a doctor , a job , school , everything we do these days requires a vehicle pretty much unless u live , work , shop, and all ur bills and medical care is in the same vicinity, which just isn't the case for anyone. The police are bullies that intimidate , threaten and physically abuse sometimes kill people because our government trains them to do this to their fellow man! Unless you have money and by money I mean middle class upper middle or the elites of our society your screwed all the lower class folks and people struggling to make it by get railroaded and lose their ability to care for themselves let alone a family cause of a constituted right they trick us into signing away for a privilege !

Posted by Justine Simmons on 11/03/2017 at 1:18 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: “Going on the Offensive

Is the councilmember who got soundly rejected by the voters in the last election seriously using a blog post by one of his (few remaining) supporters as a rebuttal?

Posted by RodJohnson on 11/03/2017 at 11:44 AM

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: “The Woman Behind Oakland's Mobile Food Scene

La Placita is the cleanest commercial kitchen I've ever seen. Ms. Otero and her family have done a great service for Oakland.

Posted by HeavyTruth on 11/02/2017 at 11:45 PM

Re: “The West Coast Women's Darkwave Festival Stakes a Claim on the Night

Another demonstration of normalizing perversion.

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 11/02/2017 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Alameda Landlords Seek to Recapture City Hall From Progressives

Take a peek at Lindey's company Yelp page to see the litany of complaints from his tenants re pest infestations, rent gouging, deposits being taken w/no explanation....and try and square that with comment and fair, moderate people......good luck

Posted by ajadams99 on 11/02/2017 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Port of Oakland Jobs Deal Should Be a Model for Amazon and Other Warehousing Corporations

Thank you. Our city and it's Port should abide by these agreements in letter and spirit.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 11/02/2017 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Alameda Landlords Seek to Recapture City Hall From Progressives

This article keeps mentioning "Alameda landlords," but I'd like to point out that the organization "Alamedans In Charge" is heavily non-Alamedan. Of the 18 donors listed on their most recent FPPC Form 460, there are only four individuals who reside in Alameda and who might possibly be Alameda landlords. There are two Alameda-based organizations that manage rental property. The majority of the donors (numbering 12) are businesses or individuals that are not Alamedans. That money came from San Francisco, Hillsborough, Oro Valley, San Jose, Daly City, Union City, Los Gatos, and Palo Alto. Not my definition of "Alamedans."

Posted by Toni Grimm on 11/02/2017 at 1:36 PM

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: “West Oakland Finally Gets a Black Panther Mural

Long overdue! Great work! Great article!

Posted by Chinue X on 11/02/2017 at 8:27 AM

Re: “The Woman Behind Oakland's Mobile Food Scene

First... taco trucks and "roach coaches" owned by Latinos and Asians have been part of the east and west Oakland landscape DECADES before "2001" ( where I first tasted Sriracha back in the 80's as an accompaniment to the egg rolls and wings off the Asian owned roach coaches before it was "discovered" )
and Blacks to a lesser extend have also tried sell also- which brings up a sore point with me. I have no problem with ANYONE hustlin plates. Although I actually work in public health, I believe no one wants to kill their customers so MOST will take the needed precautions. A ServSafe certification goes over most food safety issues and is only $15 (if I recall- I have from last year). My sore point is the unequal enforcement. Most notably are the hot dog vendors who sale RIGHT under BART police noses on the Coliseum walkway and no one says a word as they sale in the open. The blacks who are selling bottled water out of a cooler have to go further down nearer to the Coliseum side of the foot bridge in order not to be hassled. I wonder if I were to set up a cart on the same bridge and sell BBQ plates, would I be hassled? I recall a few years ago, a black guy would sell BBQ on 98th and E.14th and felt the need to display on his truck window, blown up and exaggerated copies of his permits while down the street other brown folks sold everything from tamales, churros and pillows without the need. Again I welcome all the hustle and have even supported many of these carts with my $$. My only gripe, either enforce it equally across the board or leave everyone alone. These vendors offer a vital... yes vital service to the late night hutlas, shift workers, clubbers and anyone craving the munchies on the cheap in areas without many late night epicurean offerings. Let's just allow everyone to sell if this is the route we are going to go

Posted by Anthony Moore on 11/01/2017 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

A group of former and current tenants have been/are experiencing similar injustices by Linda Lonay and Mohammad Hooshmand. If you need to get in touch with other tenants that are having similar issues and need advice please email LonaysTenants @ gmail. com
This article has brought so much to light and allows for their tenants to connect and organize. Please reach out!

Posted by Lonays Tenants on 11/01/2017 at 10:29 PM

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

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