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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: “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

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

50yrs ago? What does that have to do with today? It costs $2 for a bus ticket. And parks in slums will not bring in business, so how do you expect a city to survive? Welfare checks?

Institutional racism? Awww... Pretty bird. Yes, can you say pretty bird? Pretty bird, yeah pretty bird...Hobart want a cracker?

Posted by George Rockwell on 05/21/2017 at 8:34 PM

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

As I recall the Bay Area chapter of an environmental organization instituted a program to get minority children to local natural areas. This was 50 years ago in San Francisco where it was established that many impoverished kids in S.F. had never seen the Pacific Ocean.

The redlining and institutional racism continues in "diverse" and oh-so-sensitive Oakland. Instead of devoting bayside parcels to parks and other open spaces for the children who live in poor neighborhoods nearby, Oakland is fostering fancy high-rise developments for the affluent.

The outlook of the privileged class doesn't change so the living conditions of the poorest never get better.

The Nazi George Rockwell has plenty of allies in Oakland's city hall, whether they are conscious of it or not.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/21/2017 at 5:51 PM

Re: “From Growing Marijuana Outdoors to Maximum THC

i have a? i have 2 Mothers 4 foot tall ( for cloning before they went outside ) they look good and they flowering like crazy! i cannot do light deprevation is that may be harvest in july? yor opinion appriciated thank you

Posted by Eugene Shlugleit on 05/21/2017 at 5:12 PM

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

Yes, lack of green spaces and not laziness and sodium rich diets is the contributing factor to health problems for non-whites.

I know of a couple large land masses where there is plenty of green spaces. I hear the cost of living is quite cheap too!

Posted by George Rockwell on 05/21/2017 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

The article mentions hogs apothecary as good for the neighborhood but neglected the fact that the owner of hogs steals from his employees by forbidding them from taking legally mandated breaks. This is actually extremely bad for the neighborhood and the workers.

Posted by Brendan McMahon on 05/21/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

Who's relatives/friends of Reid/McElhaney will be appointed to this board? Nothing like having government creating more government for non-performing tasks.

Posted by Robert Hope on 05/19/2017 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

What troubles me most is the way our elected officials speak to each other. I am weary of the antics and disgusted by the trash talking of some on our city council, Reid, Brooks.... while complaining about the the ways our city doesn't work. Perhaps more civility and etiquette training would be a better investment of city funds.

Posted by TBGunther on 05/19/2017 at 7:52 AM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

They are still set on using, disgusting, dirty, dingy, SHIPPING CONTAINERS for this project. No way, let them spend some money on a nice looking building! They have it, lots of it! Get an architect, sister! And they MUST provide parking in this area, no waivers for parking. Their need to stay open till 2 AM will not work for the neighbors whose homes back up to the Brewery. We are saturated with alcohol establishments in this area and do not need another, especially one connected to Anheuser-Busch InBev. YUK! We will continue to flyer and let people know about this wolf in granny's disguise enterprise in the Temescal!

Posted by Ellen Gierson on 05/18/2017 at 6:10 PM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

Why do people pretend parking is the issue? I think the issue is an already gentrified neighborhood whining about anyone else being able to enjoy it.

Posted by Dave Potes on 05/18/2017 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

I love her calling the criticism abusive. She sold out and doesn't want to be called on it, so we are the aggressor. Nice defense.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 05/18/2017 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

What this article does not say is that Richmond reduced its homicide rate by more than 70%. If they can do it, Oakland can also. Since there is absolutely no credible evidence that any community in the country has reduced homicides or crime by increasing the size of its police department, why continue to fall for this fallacy. People, even the Federal Justice Department in reports recognizes that our broken, biased, unaccountable criminal justice system, including cops, CONTRIBUTES to sustain and increase crime. Unlike the Mayor and her administration, Reid and McElhaney are trying.

Posted by Wilson Riles on 05/18/2017 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

'Many view Golden Road as yet another gentrifying force out-of-towners parachuting into town simply to cash in on Oakland's trendiness and tech-worker, market-rate-condo clientele"

Says the author (and editor), who just recently moved into town himself, and figures he will establish his bonafides with the "development is bad" audience. I cant stand InBev (and wont drink any of their products) but there are bigger fish to fry in Oakland.

If the author cared more about Oakland maybe he would be less concerned with trying to establish his own credibility with the activist crowd and more time encouraging his writers to tackle real issues affecting Oaklanders.

An entire complex was burned down in Emeryville/Oakland border (for the second time), under suspicious circumstances. Guess you wont be reporting on that at all. Luckily there's the East Bay Times that still takes reporting seriously.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 05/18/2017 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

GR is a tool in InBev's Disneyfication of craft beer -- that's the truth about the matter: http://wearebrewstuds.com/features/craft-beer-dear-oakland-just-say-no-golden-road-brewing/

Posted by Jeremy Fultz on 05/18/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

Sounds like Plan B. Problem is we never got a Plan A.

One major longterm police issue has been staffing. Many Oakland public safety critics think that having about 25% more cops could make a difference. Yet, as far as I know, we lose nearly 10% of our cops each year--a very high attrition rate. Hard to maintain staffing levels at that rate. Expensive. Inefficient.

Reducing attrition no doubt has to do with police morale. Would that be handled under Plan A or Plan B?

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 05/18/2017 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Oakland Fire Department Hits Hills Homeowners With Erroneous Inspection Bills

I am just gonna drop a line saying that if you wish to get detailed data about Oakland and support it with numbers then you should take a peek here:
http://www.city-data.com/city/Oakland-California.html
although I am not sure they have fire safety statistics but maybe I didn't dig deep enough. Anyways I second Mr Hall in that matter.

Posted by Margaret Jefferson on 05/18/2017 at 12:32 AM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

Ms. Gill, you can't claim to be independent if you aren't. Calling you out isn't "fake news." You sound like an Orange Cheeto follower. And pleeeease, no one is criticizing you because you're a businesswoman (really??). No one wants Bud Lite disguised as an IPA. No one wants drunken, overgrown frat boys pissing in a residential neighborhood. No one wants the increase in traffic and the loss of street parking. No one wants your corporate controlled beer. We like and support LOCAL craft brewers.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 05/17/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Golden Road Brewing's Meg Gill Visits Oakland To Defend Controversial Plan To Open Beer Garden

This is rich. A neighborhood full of gentrification doesn't like another entity coming in and gentrifying them.

Posted by dluffydog1801 on 05/17/2017 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Oakland Officials Are Divided Over a Proposal to Create a New Department of Violence Prevention

Make Oakland Now! actually suspended its support for this measure before it went to the Finance & Management and Public Safety Committees, so advising both Public Safety and Council before its meeting last night. http://tiny.cc/oq77ky

Posted by Bruce Nye on 05/17/2017 at 8:58 AM

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