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Re: “A New Model for Paying Musicians a Living Wage?

Another, critical part of the problem of better pay for musicians is that most are freelancing, i.e., independent contractors (ICs), instead of employees. Being ICs has generally put freelancers of all kinds out of reach of unions, since it is generally harder to organize ICs, and labor law even forbids it for most purposes. However, there are ways to do it, nonetheless. A case in point is Local 1000, American Federation of Musicians (AFM), which was organized in 1993 to make AFM musicians working as ICs eligible for union benefits, which they were not previously. AFM is one of several unions inching towards full recognition of ICs.

Posted by Mike Bradley on 09/25/2017 at 12:56 PM

Re: “The East Bay Still Has Some Very Visible Reminders of Our History of Racism

Your articles are going to need footnotes and dated, identified photos. I looked forward to the scholarship.

Posted by Joan Soo on 09/24/2017 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Oakland Looks to Close Owner Move-In and Occupancy Loopholes, Reduce Evictions and Harmful Rent Increases

Why do small rental housing providers have to subsidize their tenants? Maybe the property owner in Karna Leggett's house has family issues also. For all we know, the owner might have health problems- some of which could even be from subsidizing Karna's rent for many years! We all hear about tenants suffering. Why is the suffering of the property not a concern? Don't tell me ALL property owners have it better than their tenants. I know property owners who have it worse off than their tenants- meaning they earn less per year, they drive older cars, they take staycations versus the trips around the world the tenants take.

Posted by Really! on 09/24/2017 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Living Downstairs, or Lying?: Advocates Say Oakland Landlords Pretending to Reside in Apartments so as to Evict Tenants

The article states- he and his wife clean houses for a living. Then the article states he is on disability. He appears to switch stories around. Of course the property owner wants to patch instead of replace the gutters when he is getting below market rent. Everyone wants affordable housing and who is going to pay for it?

Posted by Really! on 09/24/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Kirkpatrick Points Blame at Ex-Chief Whent for Mishandling of Celeste Guap Sex Crimes Case

Whatever the details of the OPD failures in the Guap case, it's very sad and disturbing that trying to clear the air regarding this mess is still a major focus of the new Chief.

It seems to me that what the Chief really needs to do, for the sake of all Oaklanders, is to articulate a vision of a new and evolved OPD which is
actually community-oriented and able to reduce the burden of violent crime on Oakland's poorest citizens. This means a comprehensive public safety plan as a minimum.

I don't think that any of us can be confident that OPD is going anywhere in the future that it hasn't been in the past.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/24/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Hidden Monuments to Racism

Unsurprisingly, many white Berkeleyites don't enjoy the open acknowledgement that the most recent zoning and building restriction are meant to keep the foothill neighborhoods white. And have succeeded in doing so adroitly.

These same people will view themselves as enlightened when the zoning and building restrictions are reduced now that primarily white genteifiers are the only ones who can afford new rentals or condos in the bay.

Same as it ever was.

Posted by Mercy Garetz on 09/23/2017 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Hidden Monuments to Racism

I think there is a typo in paragraph 6.

"the U.S. Supreme outlawed"

Did you mean the California State Supreme Court?

Posted by jbott on 09/23/2017 at 5:50 PM

Re: “A New Model for Paying Musicians a Living Wage?

We should extend this model to LA

Posted by Dyan Kane on 09/23/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “The Albany Cross Resurrects Memories of the KKK

People need to get a life. Eradicating things which make you uncomfortable is a weakness. Instead of attacking religion, try contributing to science.

Posted by Hoecheck on 09/23/2017 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Hidden Monuments to Racism

Gammon mixes a few facts with a bunch of unsupported assertions to weave a myth about a racist recent history of Berkeley and North Oakland. Yes, it's true that developers of middle-class areas in the teens and twenties routinely inserted racially restrictive covenants. It was a time period when the U.S. has a lot to be ashamed of, not the least the tremendously racist Johnson-Reed Immigration Act of 1924. There's also lots of evidence that redevelopment in the 1950s and 1960s was covertly, if not overtly, racist in destroying lower class and minority neighborhoods across the U.S. None of this bears on the current or recent past zoning of Lower Rockridge (below Broadway), which was a reaction to an attempt in the early 1970s by Oakland real estate interests to replace its homes and small apartment buildings with mid-rise office and apartment buildings. That had nothing to do with race, and everything to do with resisting big money and protecting a human-scale neighborhood.

Posted by stu in Oakland on 09/23/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Oakland to Host Forum on Public Bank Plan

"If every city had its own bank creating infinite money we would drive up prices for resources in limited supply"

This is exactly what private banks do today is it not? What a shame we have allowed a private cartel to control the US money supply and the subsequent costs we pay for granting them that privilege.

Posted by Chance DG on 09/22/2017 at 10:37 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Kirkpatrick Points Blame at Ex-Chief Whent for Mishandling of Celeste Guap Sex Crimes Case

I suggest that Darwin get his facts correct and perhaps actually reading the report might help. Also, Darwin as a "reporter" you may also want to ensure that either you or your editor proof your spewing for grammatical errors. Is there not something better that you can spend your time and energy on?

Posted by Bettygene Egan on 09/22/2017 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Oakland to Host Forum on Public Bank Plan

Once you have a plan for construction, you should figure out what core banking software you should use to run transaction accounts, loans, payments, etc. for the computers to hook themselves up to the financial infrastructure.
I would ask the BND what core banking service system they use and purchase from the same company.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Core_banking

Make sure you have the necessary banking equipment like this stuff:
http://www.seicosecurity.com/new-used-banking-equipment.html

Posted by JJ174 on 09/22/2017 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Hidden Monuments to Racism

Thanks, Kat! I found this brief history fascinating. Even though I lived in Berkeley for many years, I never knew about the deed restrictions. But I think it does the story, the history, and the pillars a disservice to call them "Monuments to racism." They are relics of racist events in the past, but were not built to praise or honor racism. If they are monuments to something, they are monuments to eliminating racism.

Posted by Geoff Alexander on 09/22/2017 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Oakland Port Board Expected to Approve Ban-The-Box and Living Wage Agreements for Massive New Warehouse Project

So basically, they're going to be given the chance to make minimum wage.

Posted by Jay78 on 09/22/2017 at 2:40 PM

Re: “The Albany Cross Resurrects Memories of the KKK

Different writers focus on different things, and I thought this article was very much on point regarding the issue of the varying meanings of the cross in the public park to various people. The suggested corrections on other matters (e.g. easements and eucalyptus) generally look right to me as well.

One point I would emphasize: Albany is actually a racially and religiously diverse place today, which is one of the things the city has pointed out to the Albany Lions Club in asking them to rethink their position. It is no longer a white enclave, although it is certainly true that Albany has an unusually small African American population for an East Bay 'flatlands' city. We know the size of that population is no accident - the century-ago Klan activity is just one element of a lengthy history of racial exclusion that included deed restriction, redlining, racist real estate sales practices, and communal rejection of potential neighbors.

On the other hand, many formerly excluded groups, in particular people of Asian origin, have gained a very substantial footing here in more recent years. Those of us who value diversity have reason to hope that we can look forward to having more African American neighbors too. To make that happen, our society will have to make progress against economic injustice, and our community will have to make progress against the negative history of race here as well as the social attitudes that sadly still recur - as each generation of young people needs to learn for itself the necessity of mutual respect and understanding.

Posted by Rochelle Nason on 09/22/2017 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Oakland to Host Forum on Public Bank Plan

Theoretically, a bank doesn't need depositors or deposits to create credit. The BND doesn't have depositors but it takes deposits from taxes to create credit.
A city bank could work like the BND and have few if any depositors or even deposits from taxes and work by creating credit to fund city development.
If the city bank will create credit but have no restriction on credit creation based on deposits, it must work with both the county and the state to determine a loan growth quota, meaning a yearly allotted amount that can be legally created to fund city development that year.
If there are no restrictions on credit creation, the bank could theoretically create a limitless amount of money when resources are limited and needed elsewhere. If every city had its own bank creating infinite money we would drive up prices for resources in limited supply, so those resources need to be allocated properly through a loan growth quota.

Posted by JJ174 on 09/22/2017 at 2:05 PM

Re: “One of Oakland's Most Historic Figures Was Also Horribly Racist

The comments here which are thoughtful and researched contrast greatly with the subject article which is shallow and obviously written to stir emotion and gain attention. There is no hard evidence that JK was a "diehard" racist. He was not a member of any racist organizations nor did he espouse any racist views during his run for mayor of Oakland. London commented "to Hell with the Constitution " quoting the abolitionist leader, William Lloyd Garrison, saying "To Hell with the Constitution " when that document was used to defend slavery. Neither should London be condemned because of his fictional writings just because some people figure authors only express their own views when writing fiction. By their standards we should condemn Alfred Hitchcock as a murderer. Finally and most importantly, we honor Jack London not as a sociologist or a politician, but as writer of adventure stories.

Posted by Andrew Stevenson on 09/22/2017 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Lieutenant Governor Hopeful Gayle McLaughlin Wants to Take the East Bay’s Progressive Revolution to Sacramento

The McLaughlin and the RPA represents what can be accomplished when politicians make policy based on values and sound judgment rather than just doing whatever will get them re-elected (e.g. Chevron money).

The quotes from Tom Butt are hilarious. This is a guy who openly opposed rent control because he represents landlords and developers. I'm sure he would've preferred "compromise," that way he and his landlord buddies can continue to enrich themselves on the backs of Richmond's renters, who make up a majority of residents and are seeing 20% increases in one month.

Myrick is just a spineless politician who blows with the wind. Other than making a backroom deal with Chevron (the only other person present was Butt), he's accomplished absolutely nothing. What he calls "compromise" is really just sacrificing the interests of constituents in order to cater to a powerful interest (Chevron). Richmond residents deserved and would have gotten much more from Chevron if he hadn't secretly made a deal with them.

Butt and Myrick can credibly say that they don't share RPA's viewpoints. But they cannot credibly say that RPA has not gotten results. In fact, if nothing else, RPA has shown that huge changes are possible if we disregard politics as usual.

Posted by Charles Jury on 09/22/2017 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Oakland to Host Forum on Public Bank Plan

One more thing that needs to be mentioned is governance of the bank. If it is a city public bank how much influence or control do the elected representatives of the city have over the management of the bank? If you are the CEO of the city public bank what is your relationship with the mayor of the city and its council? Can the mayor fire you and appoint someone else to run the bank if he/she feels that your decisions do not represent the will of the elected majority? Should their be more collective decision making between the mayor, the city council, and the person appointed as CEO of the bank?

Posted by JJ174 on 09/22/2017 at 12:32 PM

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