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Re: “Town Business: Oakland Seeks $65 Million for Affordable Housing and the City Council Debates Relocation Assistance for Tenants

Annie Campbell Washington certainly stands out as compassionate--regarding landlords.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 12/18/2017 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Viral Conspiracy Theory of the Day: Dr. Dre Started Burning Man?

yeahhh baby damn right

Posted by ndb on 12/16/2017 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Developer Stiffs City on Permits for West Oakland Condo Project

Everyone should pay their fair share, even developers. How does one "mistakenly" attach a San Francisco permit? Really. In this case, developer is a four letter word.

Posted by C. Leonard on 12/16/2017 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Oakland Museum of California Explores Food System in New Exhibit Take Root

Way to go Oakland Museum and food justice Community. Cant wait to see it.

Posted by Marilyn Borchardt on 12/16/2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Oakland's Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop to Permanently Close

Sad, sad news. Best of luck to Jena and the crew!!!!!

Posted by Drew Padilla on 12/14/2017 at 11:02 AM

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

This is great news for the people of Oakland, the poor, Laney, and Lake Merritt. It's bad news for the A's and their wealthy supporters. Suck it up boys. Oakland doesn't need your noise, traffic and drunken behavior in downtown Oakland.

Keep it at the Coliseum.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 12/14/2017 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Opinion: Keep Cuts Away From Oakland Classrooms

Here's a list I came up with a few weeks ago:

Off the top of my head I can come with $20 million dollars of savings for the school district. Instead of taking $5.6 million from schools and firing over 150 workers to save $15 million, if I was on the school board this would be the plan I'd submit and push to improve our school district's finances. I'll call it plan B.

1. Cancel the lease at 1000 Broadway. $6 million/year.
Since the administration building was (intentionally) flooded in 2013, OUSD has leased office space downtown. It's a luxury we can't afford. All of the central staff can be housed at the schools that the district says are underutilized. This will have the added bonus of making school closures unnecessary. It will also leave less schools available to be turned into charters under prop 39 which will help our enrollment numbers and thus help us get more money from the state.

2. Have the state paid off the debt that they incurred but we are still paying on. $4 million/year.
During the 2003-2009 state takeover, OUSD borrowed money from the state and one condition of the loan was that the state appointed a state administrator who had sole control over our school district. When the state was in charge they ran up our debt (to the state), which are still paying off. That debt has now been sold to Goldman Sachs and other investors. The state no longer owns the debt so they can't just forgive it, but they could pay it off, especially since they're the ones who created it. We are still under partial state oversight so the district pays over $100,000/year to a state administrator has to approve every budget. The oversight also contains triggers to put us back under full state control, one trigger is not having at least a 2% reserve. We won't regain full control of our public school system until the debt is entirely paid off.

3. Stop bussing students from Glenview to Santa Fe. $1.2 million/year.
This school is the only school that gets buses. It's unfair that such an expensive service is only given to one school.

4. Stop paying for Oakland Promise. $2.5 million/year.
Oakland Promise pledges to support our kids yet they charge our school district millions of dollars a year. Oakland Promise should do the right thing and use the money they raise to provide all services to OUSD for free.

5. Stop paying the Oakland Public Education Fund for services. $4 million/year.
The school district pays the Ed Fund to provide a variety of services. The Ed Fund also runs Oakland Promise and they should do the right thing also and use the money they raise to provide all services to OUSD for free. The Ed Fund is also closely connected to GO, they were both started by the Rogers Foundation and the Ed Fund is funded by the same groups that funded most of our school board members' elections.

6. Cancel all contracts with companies connected to the same groups that funded school board members' elections. Start with 3 companies connected to New Schools Venture Fund, Amplify, Revolution Foods, and Education Resource Strategies. $1.5 million/year.
New schools venture fund and its offshoot educate78 are one of the biggest funders of GO and have been the lead investor in many of the companies that the school board now hire to provide services. Most of these services are unnecessary and were done through a no bid process. Companies and groups that funded the election of the school board should not be given millions of dollars worth of contracts. Is this even legal? The total cost of the questionable contracts is unknown.

7. Raise the oversight fee OUSD charges charter schools to the allowable maximum. $1 million/year.
We should be charging charter schools the maximum level that we're allowed, especially since they don't even help pay on our debt from the state. Currently we charge 1%, but we could charge 3%.

8. Put a moratorium on new charter schools. Unknown millions/year.
Charter schools are the main factor creating our budget problems. Oakland has the highest rate of charters in California. For every 100 students that go to a charter school our public schools lose over $1 millions in funding. Oakland needs a moratorium on new charters so we can have time to develop a plan to create a public education system that best serves our communities. Oakland needs to join a growing number of groups like Black Lives Matter, NAACP, Journey For Justice, #WeChoose, Florida Democratic Party, and now Richmond CA, in passing a charter school moratorium resolution.

These 8 actions could create well over $20 million of savings in OUSD's budget without taking any money from schools or firing staff. It's enough to cover the school board's proposed cuts plus put extra millions back into our schools. Many of these actions will produce multi year savings and could by themselves fix any structural deficit. Add an outside audit, a school board that takes their job seriously, strong internal controls, and an authentic and transparent 2017-18 budget process and we can fix a lot of the problems. The school board is choosing to cut the funding at all of our schools and fire 150-300 central office employees, even though there are other options. Please come to the school board meeting on November 27th to let the school board and superintendent know that their plan to take money from our schools is unacceptable.
#FailureByDesign
#WeChoose
#CharterSchoolsAreNotPublicSchools

Posted by Mike Hutchinson on 12/14/2017 at 3:34 AM

Re: “Oakland's Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop to Permanently Close

Don't miss Genova. Will miss Sacred Wheel.

Posted by Len Raphael on 12/13/2017 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Oakland's Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop to Permanently Close

It was a great little place. So sorry to see it go

Posted by Hansi Armentrout on 12/13/2017 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Opinion: Keep Cuts Away From Oakland Classrooms

Ms. Impellizerri, there is NO money and the cuts are going to happen. What part of that don't you understand? If you want books with no missing pages, then buy some $100 textbooks and donate them. If you think a life skills class is a vital investment, then organize a fund raiser and ask parents for at least $500. That's how the richer districts keep their arts and music classes. If you think there needs to be fewer administrators, that's fine but that's not enough. That's like saying Puerto Rico would not have declared bankruptcy if they had fired a few lawmakers. If pensions are underfunded, it's because CalSTRS and CalPERS use dishonest accounting to hide the real costs of pensions, and teachers' unions want it that way. It's a little late to focus on the kids, and the time for you to complain about busted budgets was three or four years ago and not now while the bridge is collapsing. So I suggest you and your fellow parents submit your thoughtful suggestions what to cut (in addition to administrators) unless you want those decisions to be made for you with a dartboard or a magic 8-ball toy.

Posted by waverly2468 on 12/13/2017 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Opinion: Getting the Shaft From Schaaf

I support their right to strike and use the full extent of their power to get a better working contract. But at the same time, when I see that many of the city workers complaining about their "unfair wages" are making literally twice my income, this whole affair starts to seem a little less noble and a little more selfish.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 12/13/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Opinion: Keep Cuts Away From Oakland Classrooms

Where is the BLM protest?

Posted by StashK on 12/13/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Oakland's Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop to Permanently Close

Bestest wishes to you and your family, Jena! This was hard to read but not nearly as hard as for you to act. Always a friendly spot, except when those jerks cut in line that one day. :]

Posted by ContessaSF on 12/12/2017 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Oakland's Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop to Permanently Close

This makes me so sad! My go to spot when I worked at the Temescal Library. Loved their mac and cheese and grilled cheese and tomato soup.

Posted by Ana Rosa Lara on 12/12/2017 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Oakland's Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop to Permanently Close

Wonderful place and wonderful people. Best Regards for your next phase of life.

Posted by Kathleen Gesley on 12/12/2017 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Opinion: Getting the Shaft From Schaaf

The original court case that forced CA state and local govts to open up their payroll info to the public was brought by the Contra Costa Times some years ago. Up until a couple of years ago their database maintenance was overseen by Pulitzer winning journalist Thomas Peele. It never was a perfect way to compare compensation because of differences in retirement plans and medical benefits but it was better than just listening to local govt and muni union posturing. But it looks like Transparent is the only game in town now. If anyone has proof that Transparent is manipulating the data, we need to know that.

Posted by Len Raphael on 12/11/2017 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Opinion: Getting the Shaft From Schaaf

@ atonisson@yahoo.com

Based on family members that work for the state the salary information in Transparent California is correct.

Posted by GK on 12/11/2017 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Town Business: City of Oakland and Its Employees Enter Mediation in Effort to Resolve Impasse

Riiiiight... We don' needs no po-licemen in Jokeland... We can just keep cleaning up gunshot people on the sidewalks. That's not a problem. No sir-ee bob!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/11/2017 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Town Business: City of Oakland and Its Employees Enter Mediation in Effort to Resolve Impasse

This can be fixed with a commitment to slash the OPD budget in May, so that we can pay the rest of our workers fair wages!

Posted by Jonah Strauss 1 on 12/11/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Opinion: Getting the Shaft From Schaaf

James McKenzie is dumb enough to believe "Transparent California" an out of state anti-union trump supporting organization. Their website even states: "Transparent California is provided by the Nevada Policy Research Institute(NPRI)"

NPRI's website states: "NPRI created National Employee Freedom Week to let union workers throughout the country know about their right to leave their unions."

So in terms of credibility on the strike in Oakland a bunch of anti-union people in Nevada really have none.

Posted by atonisson@yahoo.com on 12/11/2017 at 11:32 AM

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