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Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

Doctor Perry "QUIT!" He wasn't pushed out! When given the opportunity to reapply for his job, he said "no!"
He also used Mimi Pham to get his message out to teachers and parents after he had QUIT.

Posted by ladnar on 05/24/2017 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

If superintendent and board collude in corrupt behavior, then change in one leadership position will not bring the sought-after change.

Also, have the parents and teachers articulated what different policies and procedures look like?

Are there individuals trusted enough by both parties to serve as arbitrators to achieve agreement on both short and long term goals?

Finally, let's remember that education is a noble pursuit. Our children depend on us to provide it; our society depends upon an educated citizenry.

David Barany

Posted by David Barany on 05/24/2017 at 3:28 PM

Re: “New Dating Site for Pot Users Has High Hopes

You all know that is not easy to leave a marriage of 6years and forget all the feelings that you both have for each other. That was my problem that i was having for the past 3month now i was really feeling sick and wanted to take my life but thanks be to drstanleyspelltemple@hotmail.com who help me with a reunion spell to get my ex husband back. My ex husband came back to me with the help of Dr. Stanley spell and now i feel so happy that we are both back again and living happily more than ever before.

Posted by Henderson Elizabeth on 05/24/2017 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee To Boycott Trump Inauguration

I respect the fact that you have challenged Trump. He is a despicable thing.

Posted by Gwen Steadman on 05/24/2017 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

This is about whether private management is corrupt as charters are publicly funded privately managed schools. The idea that private is better or less corrupt than public has not been the historic situation with the American Indian Schools. In fact the history of American Indian is associated with corruption.

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 05/24/2017 at 12:04 PM

Re: “How Nature Heals: Why East Bay Doctors Are Prescribing The Outdoors To People Of Color

Potent article! As a member of a Northern California Nonprofit, I get to see first-hand how kids with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) benefit from summer camp. Many of them have never been camping. The majority of them are Oakland residents. But most of them live in the concrete jungle and rarely get that feel of the outdoors. Gratefully, many of them are veterans now.

Secondly, I continue to work with an organization that was created to educate and encourage children of color to learn about the critical relationship between insects and human beings and about ecosystems and diversity of landscapes usually in parks. Sadly, the vast majority of the beneficiaries are not children of color because many of them have limited access for the reasons you mentioned.

Lastly, I send a monthly Wellness Flyer to churches on health matters that disproportionately affect the African-American community. In it, I usually find opportunities to mention sunshine, mountains, vista points... Yet I ask the question, when did so many African-Americans become Vitamin D deficient? BCHO

Posted by Julie Dunbar on 05/24/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Parents, Teachers, and Students at Oakland Charter School Accuse Leadership of Mismanagement

Aren't public schools supposed to be corrupt?

Posted by Beeb on 05/24/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Oakland Councilmembers Accuse Mayor Schaaf of 'Bait and Switch' With Soda Tax Revenue

SO... After carefully reading the post by Ms Kaplan on 5/1/2017 (well after the statutory time limit for the mayor to appoint), we should note the council MAY fill the vacancy.. And since they are so outraged there is no advisory board should have at a bare minimum submitted suggestions. Ultimately, the council had and does have final say over any appointment made to this board.

This would seem to indicate the the council bears substantial responsibility... Including the author of the measure (and vice mayor).

Self serving Tammany Hall methods as usual.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/24/2017 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Impeach Trump? Congresswoman Barbara Lee Held A Town Hall In Berkeley To Discuss.

No George, it's about anti-intellectualism, out of control corporations and dumbed down marketing.
From Wikipedia:

"The film tells the story of two people who take part in a top-secret military human hibernation experiment, only to awaken 500 years later in a dystopian society where advertising, commercialism, and cultural anti-intellectualism have run rampant, and which is devoid of intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, and coherent notions of justice and human rights."

Posted by Jack Moseley on 05/24/2017 at 9:44 AM

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Posted by PATRICIA CHANDLER on 05/24/2017 at 4:27 AM

Re: “For Colored Girls … at Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center

Thank you for spreading the word! - Sais

Posted by Mellea Hill on 05/23/2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Meet the Selection Panel that will Appoint the Members of Oakland's New Police Commission

Not mentioned:
Sarah Chavez-Yoell's cop husband has killed an unarmed man, hit a teenager with his car, and beat up a West Oakland Recreation Director. I'm sure she'll be impartial in this role.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-cop-accused-of-deliberately-hitting-teen-2568872.php

Posted by Pink Elephant on 05/23/2017 at 11:59 AM

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

Todd, assuming you're employed. Do you 1) ask to be paid lower than your skills worth? 2) if you can live off of $2,000 a month do you tell your employer to stop paying you more?

Somehow, I don't think you do.

Posted by Robert Hope on 05/23/2017 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Impeach Trump? Congresswoman Barbara Lee Held A Town Hall In Berkeley To Discuss.

I've only seen some of the film Idiocracy but isn't it a farce on "progressivism"?

Posted by George Rockwell on 05/23/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Impeach Trump? Congresswoman Barbara Lee Held A Town Hall In Berkeley To Discuss.

Jim Mzt, you ever see Idiocracy? It's about you.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 05/23/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Impeach Trump? Congresswoman Barbara Lee Held A Town Hall In Berkeley To Discuss.

thanks Jimmy, I believe I speak for most of Berkeley in saying we're looking forward to the fight of our life. your post is precisely the type of motivation needed. thanks!

Posted by Neil A. Cook on 05/23/2017 at 4:47 AM

Re: “How Nature Heals: Why East Bay Doctors Are Prescribing The Outdoors To People Of Color

Fiddleheads, a program of a local non-profit (Seeds of Awareness, Inc.) takes all children, including neuro-diverse inner city youth out into nature to provide therapeutic support and assist in enhancing social skills and developing friendships.

Posted by Mark Khmelnitskiy on 05/22/2017 at 10:56 PM

Re: “After Giving Oakland Schools Measure G1 Money, District Now Taking It Back — Leaving Principals With Yet Another Deficit

Wednesday night the Measure G1 Committee voted 3 to 1 to put back 50% of the Measure G1 money for the next School Year (2017-2018).

I agreed with the one "No" vote because the language of Measure G1 requires the allocation of the Measure G1 money, including the 35% portion after 1% is removed (about $2.7 million) to be allocated after the next school year ends.

But, I understand that after dropping the ball and withdrawing all the Measure G1 $2.7 million funding for next school year that at first was promised District Middle Schools, that providing half the funding for next year makes sense as providing full amount would also mean that there would be zero funding available in the second year.

Since the District has overspent its budget, it can't eat half of $2.7 million or $1.35 million next year.

But, it can, according to the CFO Hal, borrow 85% of the $1.35 million for next year and the same amount will be available the following year. In the third year the District Middle School would be getting the full amount of Measure G1 funding in Middle School grants.

I understand the rationale for borrowing but think that when the Measure G1 funding will be allocated at the "end" of the School Year prematurely allocating the funding by borrowing against the Measure G1 money is not what the Measure language allowed in my opinion.

Another thing about the Measure G1 money is placing it in schools site budgets prior to the Measure G1 Commission approving the grant money is a premature action that seems to have been forgotten in the rush to spend the money even before the tax revenues have been collected.

Also forgotten is that somewhere 15% of the $1.35 million or $202,500 will have to be found. Perhaps the $202,500 (15%) can be charged to the 1% in administrative overhead.

However, there will likely be a borrowing charge for both the 85% and the 15%. Since the County, I believe only lends up to 85% the District will have to eat the 15% or borrow from a different source than the County.

But, again, I think it is important not to short-change the Measure G1 money; taxpayers were told in the Measure G1 ballot language that with the exception of 1% overhead one-third entire amount of Measure G1 would go entirely to Middle School grants.

The method of allocation Measure G1 parcel tax money is complicated based on Middle School enrollment the previously school year grades 6,7, 8.

Yet, another added complication is that seven (7) County charters are demanding an equal share of the Measure G1 parcel tax money because the definition of who is entitled to measure G money in their interpretation of Measure G1 money the County authorized charters are within the "District" and thus entitled to a fair share of the funding for their enrolled Oakland students.

Here is how Measure G1 defines Middle School: "Middle School shall mean any district school or charter school within the District serving grades 6, 7, or 8, regardless of whether the school serves grades in addition to those grades."

The above language was written while the District Counsel Jacqueline Minor was still responsible for overseeing the legal aspect of the District's Measures. The above definition does not clearly stated that Middle School charters meant charters authorized by the Oakland School Board. This means for the next 12 years local property parcel tax money may be diverted from supporting not just District Middle Schools and Oakland School Board authorized charters but County authorized charters too. The seven County charters located in the District may take the District to court for the issue of whether Measure G1 language includes them in its definition of a Middle School. It has not been decided as to whether or not the District will fight the County charters in court and having more education dollars diverted away from education of children.

Because the 74 word summary of Measure G1, 12 year, $120 dollar parcel tax did not mention that Board charters, County charters or any type of charter schools would be getting parcel tax Measure G grant money, many of the over 80% of voters that passed Measure G1 voted thinking all the parcel tax was going for District school site personnel pay raises and Middle School grant money. The way the ballot Measure G1 was written kept the public in the dark as to the role the charters would play in getting parcel tax funding.

Posted by Jim Mordecai on 05/22/2017 at 10:21 PM

Re: “BART Police Accused of Illegally Collecting Private Cell Phone Data and Tracking Riders Through App

"...she wouldn't have originally installed the app if she knew it obtained information to identify and locate her phone. "?! WTF, the app clearly says it does that at install time. The fact that information CAN be correlated doesn't mean it is being correlated.

Something reeks here.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 05/22/2017 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Impeach Trump? Congresswoman Barbara Lee Held A Town Hall In Berkeley To Discuss.

Berkeley has been a shit hole for as long as I can remember. It is full of left wing anarcist fools. Keep it up dems and you will end up in the fight of your life. It will end up with the swamp cleaned out of the likes of barbara lee and maxine waters you know the one with the James Brown wig.

Posted by Jim Mzt on 05/22/2017 at 7:53 PM

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