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Re: “Federal Judge Blocks Oakland from Removing Homeless Camp

Charlie - we did not establish the encampment at e12 &23rd ave. we were offered the land by the administration after city council unanimously voted to do so. but rather than move forward with us in good faith, the administration (without talking to us) herded 6 encampments from five neighborhoods. members of these encampments were in deep crisis and had life long and even intergenerational tensions between each other. and rather than stop the herding, OPD has continued to pick up individual homeless folks and dump them on the land with the threat that id they leave they will be arrested. the land is over crowded and we were never allowed the opportunity to have control of the site nor the opportunity to build up our program there. but what we have done over the past year was attempt to stop people from killing each other, advocate fro the residents of that encampment for basic sanitation services (with the mayor herself has refused), provide food & water, be first responders to murders and fires, get people to their doctors appointments and court dates. none of us get the six digit salaries of the city officials who's job it actually is to serve or as they like to say "manage" the encampment. we are all volunteers and man of us are homeless ourselves. your angers correct, but please direct it to the people responsible for the horrific and inhumane conditions the unhoused residents at east12 have been forced to endure and the impact it has had on the surrounding community. due to their ill faith and ill fated actions the administration has been pushed by city council to grant us a new parcel of land on miller ave where we will be actually be manifesting out vision of an emergency shelter village with services.if you are interested in getting involved with our volunteer efforts at e12 or any of the services and advocacy we provide at 40 encampments thorough Oakland feel free to contact me 510-355-7010. in fact there will be a all volunteer and all community paid trash clean up at the e 12th site tomorrow starting at 9 am and again on Saturday at 10am as the city does not take care of the massive encampment it created

Posted by Maowunyo de Asis on 11/14/2018 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Pro-Tenant and Pro-Housing

Sour grapes. Buffy trounced Jovanka because she was the far superior candidate on many levels. The money angle is the only thing Beckles supporters could come up with because their candidate lacked the ability to grasp and address complex policy issues, and was deeply flawed personally, as shown by the comments of her fellow councilmembers and the fact that her own mayor wouldnt endorse her. We in Richmond are SO GLAD to be rid of Beckles and her mean spirited divisiveness. Thank you, voters in AD15.

Posted by John Henderson on 11/14/2018 at 3:01 PM

Re: “New Year’s Eve Guide 2017

New Year's Eve at the San Ramon Marriott is back for 12/31/18. Tickets available at the Professionals Guild Website.

Posted by Phil Seyer on 11/14/2018 at 2:56 PM

Re: “The East Bay's Tow Hustle

The actions of PPI sound both legally wrongful and mean spirited.

We should also note that if you park in a stores private lot and then go shopping elsewhere, you are being abusive. This is not ok. If someone parked in my driveway to visit someone else, I would have them towed in a heartbeat.

It takes a lot of nerve to park in someones driveway or block it. So, why is it ok to park in someone elses private lot out of your personal convenience and Ill founded assumption that the behavior is ok?

They had no excuse including it was only going to be for 30 minutes. Sounds like discount city has been abused by freeloaders and chose to do something about it. That is not victimizing of the freeloaders - Discount City is not allowing itself to be victimized.

Posted by Michael Good on 11/14/2018 at 1:30 PM

Re: “At One Zo, Boba Is Made Before Your Eyes

I love when the boba is sesame flavored. If they use an abundance of fresh fruit for their drinks Im all in.

Posted by Chewy1 on 11/14/2018 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Federal Judge Blocks Oakland from Removing Homeless Camp

Before taking over Brookfield Village, we are told, "many of the same activists established the camp on a vacant city-owned lot in Fruitvale" - specifically, 12th St. at 23rd Ave. That huge mess was the site of two serious fires and a homicide within eight weeks. Instead, we are asked to focus on the exception, poster-child litigants who describe themselves as clean and sober women and children. Is it a constitutional right to run hazardous electricity and conduct hazardous cooking operations and to shoot 'em up?

Posted by Charlie Pine on 11/14/2018 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Pro-Tenant and Pro-Housing

The suggestion that Buffy Wicks is pro-tenant, and the repeating of the lie about Jovanka Beckles, might be funny under different circumstances. Unfortunately, AD-15 was purchased by a feckless corporate lackey who is going to use us as her springboard to higher office. Hopefully someone is getting ready to primary her in the next electoral cycle.

Posted by TheRealJohnSeal on 11/14/2018 at 11:18 AM

Re: “The East Bay's Tow Hustle

Ive been towed out of the Kentucky Fried Chicken lot illegally.

Posted by Pam Strayer on 11/14/2018 at 4:46 AM

Re: “Federal Judge Blocks Oakland from Removing Homeless Camp

The Village has consistently provided better temporary shelter for the unhoused than the city has at a fraction of the cost; Libby's Tuff Shed camps lack humanity and autonomy. The truth is impacted communities hold the solutions, not out of touch bureaucrats.

My understanding is the current location is sheltering women and children on public land that has been neglected for decades. Shame on Libby Schaaf for serving an eviction notice the day after the election.

Posted by Amber Lee Ackerman on 11/13/2018 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Federal Judge Blocks Oakland from Removing Homeless Camp


Posted by Cynthia Cornelius MA Ed II on 11/13/2018 at 6:58 PM

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

Bottom line. Can't refute facts, so call names.

So middle school

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/13/2018 at 4:23 PM

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

Bruce Ferrell, you're a bad person and you should feel bad. You are contributing nothing to this discussion. Simple fact of the matter is that the city settled with this victim for a reason. OPD has a very very very notorious current and past reputation for lies, lies and more lies and this video VERY CLEARLY shows that OPD has not changed. I'm sorry to this victim and I'm sorry that we have to put up with OPD. We all deserve better.

Posted by Andrew Jackson on 11/13/2018 at 2:51 PM

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

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