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Re: “Despite Canceled Hearing, Oakland Councilmembers Still Plan to Talk About Controversial ICE Raid

Oakland should roll out the red carpet for ICE and the DEA. Enough is enough!

Posted by Rennata Wilson on 11/13/2017 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Despite Canceled Hearing, Oakland Councilmembers Still Plan to Talk About Controversial ICE Raid

"Mayor Libby Schaaf has come out in support of Kirkpatrick, saying she's "met with Chief Kirkpatrick and has "not seen anything that calls into question the chiefs truthfulness or integrity."

Schaaf is the perfect person to rely upon regarding problems of "truthfulness or integrity."

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/13/2017 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Chinatown's New Tiki Bar The Kon-Tiki Nears Grand Opening

Like, I can't even fathom the small minded stupidity of the phrase, "$13 cocktails are the beginning of the end"

Is that a joke? Have you ever left the Bay area? You can still get a $5 jack and coke at Heart & Dagger my dude, don't worry.

Toss some of those gentrifying ass bike share bikes into the lake on your walk over there too like a proud Oaklander.

Posted by turnfresh on 11/13/2017 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Chinatown's New Tiki Bar The Kon-Tiki Nears Grand Opening

You fuckin townies are the dirt worst. $13 cocktails are killing Oakland, high rise housing is killing Oakland, techies are killing Oakland ect...ect...

Grow up, this town sucks and only new nightlife, new housing, new business will improve it. Or maybe if you're lucky the "hero arsonist" will bike in and burn down all these new places so the tent cities can thrive.

Posted by turnfresh on 11/13/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Chinatown's New Tiki Bar The Kon-Tiki Nears Grand Opening

This is for the "New Oakland," Steven.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/13/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Friday’s Briefing: OUSD Overspent by Millions on Admin and Consultants; Half of Bay Area Renters Are ‘Economically Burdened’

Screwed doesnt begin to describe it. Squeezed between a ravenous charter machine that just wants to cannibalize the district and turn it into a NOLA of the West, and a comically wasteful and aimless leadership group. Look at similar sized districts in CA and other large metro areas. Usually management layer is only 2 levels deep before you get to real work done. Here in Oakland you will see a top layer and a host of acolytes getting easy six figure salaries doing nothing but passing the buck to the grunts at the bottom. Then you have silos in each dept that just look to 'survive' the 2 year superintendent cycle. Nothing really gets done and money gets wasted in ethereal projects and relocations that overall have little impact on the teachers and students. Contractor management and ethics are a joke, with little oversight on funds being spent on dubious projects. Antwan Wilson exemplified this... He came to fertile soil for him and his cronies. But we blame the guy that left and not ourselves for exposing ourselves to such risk... Really the elected officials have been incompetent at best, negligent for sure and some of them may be compromised by political donors. The level of negligence at the union level is also worth noting. No one holds the ultimate fault in this situation, but in order to survive OUSD is going to need a new political pact with the whole city that focuses on long term (50-100 year plan) survivability and a more robust ethical bent on the district bylaws. For too long the board has been utilized as a political springboard and I think in the current political climate the system is ripe for hijacking and misuse. There is great talent in OUSD, and great impetus for serving all students, and bridging gaps for the underserved, it just hurts to see all that good energy negated and thrown away by longstanding inneficiencies and political stagnation.

Posted by oaklanders in exile on 11/13/2017 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Chinatown's New Tiki Bar The Kon-Tiki Nears Grand Opening

Tiki is great, but Oakland is dying. $13 cocktails are the beginning of the end.

Posted by Steven Clarke on 11/12/2017 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Updated: Oakland Pot Union Bribery Scandal Exposed

Dawg's a runner

Posted by moleman510cee0 on 11/12/2017 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Chilli Padi, the East Bay's Only Malaysian Restaurant, Closes

Taste of Sing Ma in Pleasanton is better.

Posted by Jean Komatsu 1 on 11/12/2017 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Friday’s Briefing: OUSD Overspent by Millions on Admin and Consultants; Half of Bay Area Renters Are ‘Economically Burdened’

There is way too many positions in the OAL athletic department. All you need is 1 good commissioner that knows what he is doing. That is how it has always been. Start cutting there first.

Posted by Savethemoney on 11/11/2017 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Friday’s Briefing: OUSD Overspent by Millions on Admin and Consultants; Half of Bay Area Renters Are ‘Economically Burdened’

Before making any cuts to the already stressed local schools, the OUSD Board should order the new Supt. to send out layoff notices to every HQ employee and notify consultants/constants of an economic emergency that will require re-negotiation if they want to do business with OUSD in the future.

OUSD should hurry up and fill the CFO and Internal Auditor positions that have been vacant for over a year.

Find your board member. Call AND email them before they've decided how they will vote in two weeks.

https://www.ousd.org/findyourdirector


Len Raphael, CPA
Temescal

Posted by Len Raphael on 11/11/2017 at 8:50 PM

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

I'm a landlord with just one small unit. Virtually all of my tenants have been richer than I am. The idea that I should pay the guy who makes 4x what I do every year "a substantial amount" to relocate so I can move my elderly mother in is preposterous!

The assistance should be based on need and shared equally by the whole community the way that "food stamps" are. I'm happy to pay my share but yu don't expect Safeway or the corner market to sell people food at the same price they did 20 years ago so why am I singled out?

Posted by GingerAnn Summers-Grant on 11/11/2017 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Former Chez Panisse Chef David Tanis Releases Cookbook Inspired by the Farmers' Market

This book is worth the price of the meal. Love this book!

Posted by Joe Zahner on 11/10/2017 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Citing Possible School Closures and Fiscal Problems, Oakland School Board Denies New Charter School Petition

Same old same old. The people who profit from public schools want more funding. The best schools in Oakland are charter. And probably the worst. What Oakland needs to do is close another 1/3 of its schools, there simply is no need for them. They eat up too many resources to teach too few students.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/10/2017 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Oakland Landlord Beefs with City, Calls for 'No More Homeless Camps,' with Halloween Decorations

These comments are unbelievable. Obviously they are coming from people that so not pay much in the way of taxes that most functioning people do,

Posted by Jerry Howe on 11/10/2017 at 1:23 AM

Re: “Alameda's Boichik Bagels is a Game-Changer

Good luck Emily. I ran a cottage food biz for a couple years in Santa Rosa, not just bagels but a variety of Jewish style breads, challah, rye (with sourdough), bialys, bagels, challah, babka. Its hard making a profit because the basic expenses of water and energy run high, so you need high volume, hard to accomplish if youre the sole baker. Youll have delivery expenses too, just gas alone. Finding clients who will pay the premium price if $3@ for a small bagel will be a challenge. All the best of luck to you!
Joy (formerly NJoybread!)

Posted by Joy Danzig on 11/09/2017 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Citing Possible School Closures and Fiscal Problems, Oakland School Board Denies New Charter School Petition

Too little too late OUSD school board, time for a recall!

Posted by Susan Larion-Townsend on 11/09/2017 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Wednesday’s Briefing: Democrats Score Big Victories; Majority of Oaklanders Like Laney Ballpark Site

So I am supposed to believe that a poll commissioned by the Chamber of Commerce concluded that 62% of Oakland residents support the ballpark at the Laney site. That statistic and it's conclusion are both ridiculous. However, there is no explanation of the statistical data underlying the poll or any idea what questions were asked and who was asked. The number was obviously extrapolated from a much smaller sample size and it would be instructive to know who those people are. My gut tells me that of course the folks in Temescal, Rockridge, North Hills and Montclair neighborhoods would love to run down to the Laney site to go to a ballgame. After all, they would then never need to drive through East Oakland, unless they are on their way to the Airport, to see how the rest of the City lives. Many of the folks in Central East Oakland do not care about the A's or where the ballpark is located.Many do not speak English and others are too focused on raising their kids and keeping the lights on. They don't have extra money to go to sporting events, no matter where the stadium is built. I find this article irresponsible and just an early sign of the public relations campaign that the A's have embarked on in order to politically crush the legitimate objections of folks in the East Lake neighborhood.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/09/2017 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Oakland Council Approves Giant Oak Knoll Project, But Without Affordable Housing or a Project Labor Agreement for Most Construction Workers

...Riiiight!!! Delay the vote and keep new housing off the inventory so the housing crisis worsens.

Got to love them!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/09/2017 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Wednesday’s Briefing: Democrats Score Big Victories; Majority of Oaklanders Like Laney Ballpark Site

The sponsor of the poll does not in itself invalidate the poll. But, I agree that the language cited in the Chron does look a little push-poll-y. It would be helpful to see the actual script along with crosstabs and toplines.

Posted by robbsmithideas on 11/09/2017 at 10:34 AM

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