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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

Re: “Monday's Briefing: Undocumented residents can now serve on state boards; Teenagers can sleep in on school days

Our civic leaders are supposed to have learned their lesson about funding extravagant sports monoliths, but here they are again, weakening environmental regulations, paying for transportation to the monolith, and weakening the state's rules for non-complying waterfront uses. On top of all that, the proposed design is friggin' ugly.

I'd like to see the As stay, but at what cost?

Posted by MikeE on 10/15/2019 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Monday's Briefing: Undocumented residents can now serve on state boards; Teenagers can sleep in on school days

Eligible, yes. Thanks to both of you for catching these typos.

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Re: “Homeless Crackdown by Caltrans Sparks Dialogue in Berkeley

RE: " White Supremacists
Charge ever more Racist Rents
And are here blaming their victims. "

Um, no.

I am not white.

I do not own property in Oakland.

The property I do own, I live on, I do not rent.

I have never been a landlord.

Sorry "commonterry", your stereotyping missed the mark. (As stereotyping so often does.)

Posted by LT2012 on 10/13/2019 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Homeless Crackdown by Caltrans Sparks Dialogue in Berkeley

White Supremacists
Charge ever more Racist Rents
And are here blaming their victims.

Posted by commonterry on 10/12/2019 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Unmasking The Art of Living

Dear Lance hunter,
Reading blindfolded is a trick and has been debunked. Search YouTube for third eye debunked or "mid brain activation scam " by Dr Narendra Nayak

Posted by Sagar98641191 on 10/12/2019 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Hayward is Eyeing Unincorporated Cherryland for Annexation

Why does Hayward want to annex Cherryland? So they can get their hands on our property taxes without giving us any improvement in services.

Posted by Mongo on 10/11/2019 at 6:57 PM

Re: “Homeless Crackdown by Caltrans Sparks Dialogue in Berkeley

What ever happened to the concept of flying under the radar when you are living in tension with the law or public opinion? Squatting discretely. ;)

Homelessness is a huge problem-on that we all agree. Solutions, if ever, won't come this week.

But here is what can, because this can be done on an individual level at any time:

L-E-S-S-E-N....T-H-E....N-E-G-A-T-I-V-E....I-M-P-A-C-T-S

If the encampment occupants would dispose of trash with their spare time (it absolutely can be done), minimized the presence of their own waste (ditto-poop on newspaper over plastic....pee into containers/chamber pots etc---and dispose reasonably), didn't block public access to roads and sidewalks, and didn't use their domiciles to harass pedestrians or launch raiding operations from (how many stolen amazon boxes fit into a tent?).....the entire character of the problem would change, and I dare say there might be a lot more compassion shown by the general population.

As it is, I see little effort made at flying under the radar....rather, I see a lot of push back attitude and sense of entitlement that sponsors "I will do whatever I want!" as the M.O. of each day. The latter is anarchy, and that doesn't fly well at all with the average citizen.

From on high-how about laying down some ground rules and getting some R-E-S-P-E-C-T into the mix, (in both directions of course). Something like an extension of the old "will work for food!".

EX: "you" keep the place picked up, and off the sidewalks and streets---and "we" (the other side-community, city, state, ngo-s, whoever), hand out porta-pottys.....pizza.....flu shots.....whatever the encampments can readily benefit from. A give and take win/win. Hire a couple locals to liaison with. Keep it simple, and keep it real.

Not a solution to the underlying problem, (those take decades and are needed in parallel). This just takes the edge off, to buy homeless campers some camping time and public patience while solutions are sought, (as they have to be). And it does so while engaging far more constructive dialog.

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Everyone on both sides of this problem can do a lot more than they are to mitigate the negative effects of homelessness.

That said, though I am sympathetic and want to help the homeless (I volunteer my time to do so consistently), if they are going to act like combative irritants-I support them being treated as same. Incentivise decent behavior-do the reverse to the reverse. And do both consistently.

I am guessing 1/3-1/2 the affected population will respond reasonably....and that right there is significant progress in a problem going nowhere positive at present. Take that fraction-and build upon it incrementally.

The thousand mile journey begins with the first step. :)

Posted by LT2012 on 10/11/2019 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Unease at Eaze

RE: "Altogether, this saga could serve as an object lesson: when companies (or media outlets) operate in good faith and with as much transparency as possible, things tend to go much more smoothly, even during rough times."

It could so serve-but it does not. This is a media outlet-and this story does not read like "good faith" and/or "transparency" to me.

Rather, it reads like the author needed to make his column inch quota-and picked this non newsworthy item to do it with. (B-o-r-i-n-g)

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Companies upsize and downsize all the time-it is the pulse of business on display. Cannabis is a new industry seeking to establish itself in the consumer marketplace. That it will go thru all sorts of dull fits and starts as that transpires, is hardly "newsworthy".....or interesting.

Honestly, I care that this author wanted to buy a vape pen and use a credit card to do it? Really? Well, I do not. Retail Cannabis is a cash business for a reason-and the industry itself is not the sponsor of that. (And no, I am in no way affiliated with any of it, just reading the local news here.)

How about cutting emerging businesses some slack as they work to become established.

How about leaving us readers with the sum of your consumer experience as successfully produced by Eaze? But nope-negative press is du jour and the article is a ding to Eaze's rep instead.

This piece makes Eaze ultimately sound nefarious, evasive, and well---broken!

No wonder people avoid the news and have developed such short attention spans....pieces like this are a solid waste of their time. And there are far too many of them.

Thank you Eaze for finally getting a vape pen into this article author's hand where it sounds as though it may be needed! :)

Posted by LT2012 on 10/11/2019 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Burning Man Fires Up the Oakland Museum

The organization of the exhibition omit the fact that John Law was one of the event's early organizers, the one who originally scouted the Black Rock desert as a site to relocate in 1990 (or '91.)

Posted by Mark Van Proyen on 10/11/2019 at 11:29 AM

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