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Re: “Newsom Signs Two Bills That Move Along Ballpark Proposal

Enforcement, enforcement, enforcement.

Posted by MikeE on 10/22/2019 at 9:18 AM

Re: “BART's Big Gift to Wealthy Corporations

If anyone wants to challenge my post bring it on, I am armed with certified documents which will show the bay area exactly what I claim is the truth.

Posted by Kiersten Andrews on 10/22/2019 at 1:26 AM

Re: “BART's Big Gift to Wealthy Corporations

This is a fact about SFBART This special district was the subject of an undercover FBI investigation where 10 plus people in the real estate department were found to be committing forgery, taking bribes, and other crimes in 1985 through 1991. SFBART has not changed they took private property by actual theft and continue to act like it is their property. One lot they stole is the Gallegos Wine Cellar Ruins at Washington and Osgood in Fremont. After 8 years of investigating this issue I have the evidence which proves SFBART actually stole the property by using forgery and fraud. They were given the power to develop 1/2 mile radius around every bart station. They should not be trusted with any such power. But just look at Warm Springs an area of historic importance they have over 15 huge buildings which they lease to the builders/buyers escape Property Tax and the cheapest unit is $850k which go right up to the freeway i680. If BART did not make it impossible for an on and off ramp on Grimmer Fremont streets like Auto Mall and Washington Blvd. would not be so congested. Bart has way too much to lose if they cannot make traffic worse to show they are the necessary answer to our traffic issues. Order out of Chaos.
Additionally BART has never stopped asking for money BILLIONS, it will never stop. They are mismanaged and have a huge conflict of interest in developing our communities. They are not supposed to have power of the cities but they do now!

Posted by Kiersten Andrews on 10/22/2019 at 1:24 AM

Re: “Newsom Signs Two Bills That Move Along Ballpark Proposal

Sorry about that jeffsyrop; we had to cut a column from the piece at the last minute and it was edited out. You can find Steven's original article here:…

Posted by Stephen Buel 1 on 10/21/2019 at 4:36 PM

Re: “AB5 is Bad For Journalism

Reasonable questions, George Warner. The administrative hassle of adding someone to your payroll is simply not worth the effort if that employee typically just writes a single 125-word item per week.

I am not yet sure how many of our contributors write more than 35 piece for us per year, but because we publish five different titles, there are several dozen such people.

As for cutting all such writers down to fewer than 35 contributions per year, that would be fine for us (though probably not the freelancers) if talented freelance writers grew on trees. But they do not. Even here in the Bay Area, journalistic expertise is valuable and scarce. And in small towns and cities across the state, publishers will have no choice but to dumb down the quality of their publications.

Posted by Stephen Buel 1 on 10/21/2019 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Town Business: Landlords Defeat Bill to Preserve Oakland's SROs and Mayor Schaaf Will 'Set Aside' Soda Tax Revenue

I live in an old apartment building in Oakland, the landlords are a married couple who bought it in the 1950's. After 12 years my rent has gone from $1100 to $1350. They could have raised it much higher. I asked them one day why not and they basically said they didn't need any more money. Shame on the greed-heads who have no problem kicking out poor people, the people who clean their toilets and wash their car and nanny to their kids. Heartless.


Posted by Google on 10/21/2019 at 3:25 AM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

Most of these people are NOT from Oakland and San Francisco Oakland and San Francisco
are remagnets for them because the people are too tolerant of their lifestyle, the weather is temperate, and you can sleep outside in a tent year round. It is like a paradise for them
The solution is to set boundaries with them and tell them that they cannot live in a cardboard shack like people at the Tijuana border with San Ysidro. It is also not acceptable to live inmass with others in a dilapidated RV at the big box store parking lot, or for that fact, anywhere in the city limits
All of the surroundeing communities of San Francisco and Oakland do not tolerate homeless people or ramschackled RV uncampments. THey have run them out of town. It is about time for Oakland and San Francsico to do
I have absolutely no sympathy for them , in any way shape or form.

Posted by Jerry Howe on 10/20/2019 at 12:34 PM

Re: “AB5 is Bad For Journalism

Also, I would love to know exactly how many of your freelancers contribute more than 35 articles a year. And it seems that one thing you could do under AB5 to comply while hiring freelancers is hire more freelancers to make sure nobody goes above to 35 article threshold.

Posted by George Warner on 10/20/2019 at 10:36 AM

Re: “AB5 is Bad For Journalism

You dont explain why hiring a worker on an hourly basis to write a 125 word piece would be ridiculous or cost-prohibitive. Why would it be?

Posted by George Warner on 10/20/2019 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Stirrings of an Oakland Tax Revolt Could Hamper Parks Maintenance

I'll go for a homeless tax if ... it's relocate them out of Oakland!!! They've taken over parks etc. ENOUGH!!!

Posted by Paul Merr on 10/18/2019 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Stirrings of an Oakland Tax Revolt Could Hamper Parks Maintenance

The well was really poisoned by the whole AA debacle. City just lost in Court on the majority vs.2/3's for passage issue. The Mayor wants to appeal the loss. That perpetrates the divisions and loss of trust. And the litigation did not reach the poisonous AA language issues---forced donations to Oakland Promise and the 30 year term. If the City/Mayor won't fold the persist on AA campaign, I fear renewal of Measure Z will be in jeopardy.

Posted by Mary Vail on 10/18/2019 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Is Going Sublingual the Best Alternative to Vaping?

Seems like Hi-Fidelity, next door and related to the awesome Amoeba Records on Telegraph in Berkeley, is the place to find these. I'm going to try them, too!

Posted by nb on 10/18/2019 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Stirrings of an Oakland Tax Revolt Could Hamper Parks Maintenance

Count me among those who do not trust Oakland City Government and won't agree to tax increases. We pay taxes and you don't provide safe and clean streets. Measure AA is an absolute insult to taxpayers/voters and shows the disdain of the city towards its citizens.

Posted by Jeff Diver on 10/17/2019 at 6:10 PM

Re: “Vegan Mob Is an Overnight Hit in the Former Kwik-Way Building

Good for you!!!. I wish you GREAT SUCCESS in your culinary journey!! I was born and raised in East Oakland, and enjoyed Kwik Way hamburgers when they first opened. Price was very cheap. Do not remember, but they were dirt cheap. I live in Walnut Creek now, but come to Oakland on occasion. Must try you!!!

Posted by Myrna Ward on 10/17/2019 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Newsom Signs Two Bills That Move Along Ballpark Proposal

Where is the part about Homelessness in Castro Valley?

Posted by jeffsyrop on 10/17/2019 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Let's Hear It for the ... Boy?

I saw the play. Twice. I was astonished by how any ideas fing expression and in expression, peraps more devastatingly. The characters, all individuals, become friends. If not with each other, with me. I have not laughed as ofte, as often through tears, as well as being terrified, deeply moved, challenged and rewarded. What this plat seems not to be as well-regarded as Angels In America rather stuns me. It bursts traditional theatrical story-tearing, constantly surprising in form as well as content.

Posted by KeithCurran on 10/16/2019 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Stirrings of an Oakland Tax Revolt Could Hamper Parks Maintenance

The City tried to raise the LLAD tax in 2012 with a rigged vote. The votes of homeowners, apartments, and other properties were weighted by the proposed increase in their LLAD assessments but the Port of Oakland's vote was given three times as much weight using its total proposed assessment -- Port votes were manufactured out of thin air.
Home and business owners voted against the tax, but with the fake Port votes, the City declared the increase had passed -- until this newspaper among others exposed the scam. Rather than face legal and political pushback, the city council decided not to collect the tax increase.

Larry Reid was on the council then. The City should listen to his soundings of opposition to a tax increase.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 10/16/2019 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Peter Webster of Guitar O Rama Dies in Bike Accident

I was a customer of Petes and also a friend he did a lot of work for me, and I bought a few of his guitars, I used to stop by his shop,after my truck route, and talk guitars and amps, I was shocked to find out what happened to him. you will always be a friend to me , rest in peace.

Posted by Gary Brown on 10/16/2019 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Is Going Sublingual the Best Alternative to Vaping?

Used to love strips back in medical only days. Then they disappeared. Where can one purchase these? I'm totally in.

Posted by marty bauer on 10/16/2019 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Stirrings of an Oakland Tax Revolt Could Hamper Parks Maintenance

To the Editor:

We were taken aback by the statements around Holly Mini Park that appeared in the photo caption of the East Bay Express article, "Stirrings of an Oakland Tax Revolt Could Hamper Parks Maintenance". The renovation work at Holly Mini Park has not yet begun. And while the park has not yet been closed, there has also not been a re-opening event. The reference to such an event in the photo caption is categorically false.

Holly Mini Park, is a small pocket park located on Holly Street, by 98th Avenue. The Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation in partnership with the Youth Ventures Joint Powers Authority, the City of Oakland's Public Works Agency and the Oakland, Parks, Recreation and Youth Development department has been working for the better part of two years to work with the local community on planning the rebuilding of Holly Mini. The new park is being funded with privately raised money and measure KK infrastructure bonds. The design plans for the park were developed with the full participation of local residents during a yearlong series of events and community meetings. At the last such meeting, in late September some 30+ residents, ranging in age from 10-70, turned out to review four proposed plans for the park. Their opinions were vocal and strong --- and they were heard. The final plan for Holly Mini features only elements (such as a gate) that the community asked for. Holly Mini is truly a community powered park.

The larger point to be made is that no community can be fully activated and safe without a place to gather. Oakland parks should offer such a place. That not all of them do, is not a reason to disinvest and turn away from. Rather we should all strive to make our all of parks safe, inclusive of all, equitable, and well maintained.

Ken Lupoff
Executive Director
Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation

Supporting Parks and Recreation Programs for Everyone in Oakland.

Posted by klupoff on 10/16/2019 at 12:58 PM

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