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Re: “Town Business: Oakland Picks More Locations for 'Safe Haven' Homeless Camps, and City Mulls New Cannabis Rules

Kaplan needs to go. S/he is NOT pro business and what Oakland needs are people who can make this a friendly business environment. S/he is more concerned where to put people who choose not to work rather than people who can HIRE people who do.

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 10/24/2017 at 10:02 PM

Re: “Activists Hasten Oakland's Slow-Moving Plans to Permit Homeless Encampments

We need a tough approach to this problem- not allow any tents or encampments anywhere in Oakland. This is a complete hazard for all. Look at the mess near W Grand and MLK. Do you want to live near the "Walking Dead?"

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 10/24/2017 at 9:51 PM

Re: “A Towering Scam

"Quan, the first Chinese-American woman to be mayor of a major U.S. city" - why does the Express not check the facts before it reprints her self-inflating falsehoods? Quan began by claiming to be the first Asian mayor, man or woman. Then she backed off to first Asian woman mayor. Well, Japanese-American Eunice Sato became the mayor of Long Beach, California in 1980. Did Quan ever narrow her claim again? Cecelia Xie Birge became mayor of Montgomery, N.J. in 2007. Quan kept adding modifiers to be a first. Yeah, maybe the first U.S. mayor to get into an auto accident in a City car while driving and talking on the phone at the same time. She did that on June 8, 2014.

More important, the Express buries the basic shame of the EB-5 program: rich families in China with $500,000 get a U.S. green card. The federal government barely audits whether the required jobs are created. The money is really a purchase of a greased path to U.S. citizenship for their son or daughter or whomever.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 10/24/2017 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Watching the Watchdog

Before the 2014 election Daniel Bornstein of the EBT conducted the EBT's endorsement interview. When Mr. Bornstein asked us about our platforms, Ms. Roberts launched into her stump speech about applying the highest CPA professional standards to the Auditor Office. Mr. Bornstein presciently cut her off by saying that all those CPA professional standards and ethics didn't help in the Enron and other auditing scandals.

Those professional standards/ethics of independence and objectivity don't mean diddly without the threat of SEC enforcement actions and shareholder lawsuits against CPA's who fail to audit businesses aggressively and independently. In the government sphere, the only practical threat an elected City Auditor faces is from the voters at re-election time.

Consider removing the City Charter requirement that candidates for City Auditor must be either CPAs or Certified Internal Auditors. (anecdotally one of our prior Auditors got that requirement inserted in the Charter to eliminate potential opponents) Plenty of other city's and states have elected effective Auditors and Treasurers who don't have those professional licenses. Removing those requirements would give voters a wider choice and could generate more voter attention.

Section 403 of the City Charter gives the job description of the broad powers of the City Auditor. https://library.municode.com/ca/oakland/co…

A 2007 City Attorney opinion lays out the very broad investigative power of the CIty Auditor. http://www.oaklandcityattorney.org/PDFS/Op…

In the last twenty years, we've never elected a City Auditor who took full advantage of the powers of their office to scrutinize the operations of our city government.

Posted by Len Raphael on 10/24/2017 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Berkeley's Pacific Steel Casting Is Closing

Harassment and abuse of workers, purposely hiring illegal immigrants so they could abuse and cheat them, poisoning the community to the extent that years of cancer, brain tumors and birth defects were well documented. The site flagrantly ignored environmental regulations to the point of having open flame pits visible from outside the fencing. Hypocritical and corrupt city officials like Tom Bates and Linda Maio tried for years to placate the local public while taking funds for their elections from PSC. Maio, Bates, Aroner et al represent the worst of Berkeley, PSC is purely a symptom of their corruption. The fact that PSC was incapable of turning a profit without engaging in illegal activity is proof that this business should have failed decades ago.

Posted by speedyzedey on 10/24/2017 at 1:41 AM

Re: “Billy Beane’s Last Fire Sale

Since the late 80's Bash Brothers era, the Oakland A's have defined success as competitiveness, not winning. That had much to do with the ownership having tight pockets and no commitment to Oakland. Beane served his purpose well by delivering a low budget competitive team that teased the fans with an occasional playoff berth, but never could advance to the World Series. Once Lew Wolff bought the team, it got worse as the A's became the farm team for the rest of baseball looking for young talent. The fire sale of Cespedes, Donaldson, Moss and the organizations best prospect (Addison Russell) to the Cubs for 2 average months of John Lester was unacceptable. What made it worse was that Lester ended up back with the Cubs the following year and both he and Russell shared in the Cubs World Series victory. At the same time Donaldson and Cespedes were both candidates for MVP awards in each league. This year again A's fans watched our players now on various teams participate in the playoffs. I am sorry, if it is time to make the commitment to turning the page and committing to success in Oakland, Beane has to go. The A's need a new ballpark, but they also need a new image and organizational theme. That has to be the drafting, development and retention of young talent that can identify with the fans. That is the only way that the fans will fill up the new park, no matter where it is built. Billy Beane is not the guy to make that happen.

Posted by Gary Patton on 10/23/2017 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Trial Begins for East Bay Landlord Accused of Rigging Foreclosure Auctions

Michael Marr and Javier Sanchez are the worst people ever! The Marr Family and the Sanchez family are ALL CORRUPT! They deserve everything that is happening to them. They evict people if they just don't like them, finally they are getting what they deserve! They should be in jail forever! I know how awful and corrupt they are I worked with them for many years.

Posted by Una Amiga on 10/23/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “State Senator Kevin de León Visits Oakland to 'Celebrate' New Sanctuary State Law

DeLeon should be arrested for sedition.

Posted by Danny Francel on 10/23/2017 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Second Line Vinyl to Bring Record Manufacturing to West Oakland

Great addition to The Town!

Posted by Grey Davies on 10/23/2017 at 4:07 AM

Re: “Are Co-ops the Future of a Sustainable Restaurant Industry?

James Jazz Jr. I think you don't really understand what a worker cooperative is. People in coops don't necessarily all make the same amount of money. You could set one up that way if you like, but it's not how most of them work.

Also, as any business they have to make payroll. Not paying people for the work they put in is illegal, coop or not coop. A coop job is just as stable as a non-coop one, if not more cause a boss won't be able to fire you for arbitrary reason, and the person next to you won't be able to talk their way into a raise that you would never dare ask for.

Posted by Tommaso Nicholas Boggia on 10/22/2017 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Ambitious Cafe, Restaurant, and Bar Oeste to Reflect Oakland in Its Food and Staff

Congratulations to my dear old friend Lea and all her partners in this fantastic new venture. Break a leg kid. Scott F.

Posted by Scott Feen on 10/22/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Inmates at Oakland's Glenn Dyer Jail Enter Day Six of Hunger Strike

There's an interesting Netflix movie that subtley portrays the harmful effects of solitary confinement and how human connection is a much better anecdote for reintegration. Obviously there are some severe criminals that need to be separated for the safety of others. But for the portion of prison population that's there just because of minor drug offenses or theft aka non-violent, solitary confinement is cruel and unnecessary IMO.

Posted by weareallbrothers on 10/22/2017 at 12:59 AM

Re: “Activists Hasten Oakland's Slow-Moving Plans to Permit Homeless Encampments

Clarification of my preceding comment:

I enthusiastically support the creation of sanctioned campgrounds ("safe havens") as an alternative to encampments on our streets for the (temporarily or permanently) nomadic local population -- in conjunction with a crash program to build permanent, low-income housing. The point is to remain focused on housing and land-use issues, and not become mired in other (dubious) agendas.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/21/2017 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Watching the Watchdog

You can judge a person's character by the way she treats her assistant.

Posted by Holly Harwood on 10/21/2017 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Made False Statements About ICE Raid

The OPD admit they lied to the public. Who will be held accountable? How can we be expected to trust the police after they lie? I was happy to hear the OPD helped stop human sex trafficking. I thought they did something good for once. Guess not.

Posted by Holly Harwood on 10/21/2017 at 2:14 PM

Re: “The Mother and the Officer

I don't understand why there was a cover up. There isn't a jury in the world that would convict a cop for shooting someone in a stolen car with a gun in it, who tried to flee the police. Now there is a cloud over the cops for the rest of their lives, due to the cover up. The victim's mom can't get closure, due to the cover up. And Oakland trusts the people who covered up with our children.

Posted by Holly Harwood on 10/21/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Activists Hasten Oakland's Slow-Moving Plans to Permit Homeless Encampments

40 campers? Are they kidding? The objective should be to get massive numbers of campers off the sidewalks -- where they don't belong (and where there should be Zero Tolerance enforcement of health and safety codes). Ultimately, the goal should be to build massive amounts of low-income housing.

So-called "services"? Lance Caruthers, himself a camper, speaking without the patronizing and politicized (and self-serving!) attitude of social workers, politicians, and "homeless advocates," hits the nail on the head: "'They wanna keep track of our whereabouts.' 24-hour management and controlled access, which will likely involve fences and sign-ins, though no curfews, is infantilizing."

It's also costly, which in turn, limits "safe refuge" to a tiny proportion of the huge population in need of a place to camp, and siphons off precious funds needed to build brick-and mortar housing.

The mentally ill and substance users have long been with us, but this is a HOUSING crisis! "Transition"? Build it, and those in need will come -- and at that point, let them build their OWN lives.

The "services" our citizens need -- housed and unhoused alike -- don't require a social work degree or a paid bureaucracy. On all sides, they're called common decency and mutual respect.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/21/2017 at 10:47 AM

Re: “The Snowman: Please Inform Frosty

Sounds like they significantly changed and wrecked the book.

Posted by Eileen Morentz on 10/21/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Second Line Vinyl to Bring Record Manufacturing to West Oakland

Been researching Vinyl Plants and trying to figure out that and the best spot for my EP release party. This may be it!
#AllOaktown YEZZZZ

Posted by LilMoLove on 10/21/2017 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Activists Hasten Oakland's Slow-Moving Plans to Permit Homeless Encampments

City Council members should each provide their front yards for homeless encampments. And, they should promote the use.

This will, of course, provide more space for the homeless to settle in. The encampments will be as geographically diverse as our council. Perhaps we can even accelerate the immigration from areas less friendly to homeless.

The council members will also be able to personally experience the impact these encampments have on safety, sanitation, and the ability of community merchants to conduct business. It sets an example of leadership to the rest of the community and demonstrates true commitment to "Love Life."

Posted by Michael Good on 10/21/2017 at 8:02 AM

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