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Re: “Letters of the Week: Our Readers Chime in on Last Week's Issue

Mr. Sagehorn, you're right. It's not a "conspiracy" -- but has it ever occurred to you that most people don't have something called a "portfolio," and can't afford to be players in the game you describe? People should be free to play the game, but survival shouldn't be dependent on it: when it is, that's its own form of totalitarianism (the hegemony of Ownership). For vast numbers of people, true economic freedom comes down to freedom FROM economic need -- not the privilege of gambling on property if they so choose.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/30/2017 at 11:56 PM

Re: “A Towering Scam

Michael, my point is that City would get higher tax revenues from many other types of businesses than the HQ of a transportation company. While I think the Oakland business tax structure should be an even playing that doesn't tax one type of business differently from another, that ain't gonna happen.

Posted by Len Raphael on 10/30/2017 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Bred in Abuse

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Posted by Theresa Munoz on 10/30/2017 at 8:27 PM

Re: “NFL Owners Are Failing Miserably — and Often

The attitude and behavior of the NFL owners reflects the general current state of American culture. Instead of letting Trumps divisive tweets change the whole conversation into being about the flag and a stupid song, the owner of the Houston Texas along with the other owners just showed everybody who they really are.They are a group of greedy, arrogant, racist old white men whose behavior and actions are usually just plain stupid. That combination pervades our politics, private businesses and public institutions. Despite the orange tinged national example of regressive social consciousness from the White House, the fact is that in the real world, it is 2017, not 1957. Women and people of color are not going back to a world where white males can do and say whatever they want without consequence. If the NFL owners do not change the way they do business, they will surely kill the golden goose. Attendance numbers and TV ratings are down this year. Families are starting to steer young kids away from playing football because of potential long term CTE impacts. High schools all over the country this year do not have enough participation to field varsity teams. Instead of being transparent about CTE and examining alternative methods of pain management for players, the owners like the cigarette industry in the past and global warming deniers, continue to claim ignorance as the best defense. Instead of providing a backstop for loyal fans in San Diego and Oakland to get stadiums built, they allow two storied franchises to leave town, in hopes of some fantasy windfall of dollars in the future. The attendance in Los Angeles for the Rams and Chargers is pathetic. The Raiders were supposed to be vaulting to the top of the league in time for the big move to Las Vegas. However, they now look like a long shot for the playoffs this year. If they do not win in Oakland before their departure, they will be playing to empty seats in Las Vegas. Just look at how they allowed Jed York and his greedy arrogance to screw up the 49er franchise. The same fate will befall the Raiders in Las Vegas.

Posted by Gary Patton on 10/30/2017 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Kaiser Still Violating Mental Health Laws, Clinicians Say

2017,My 15 year old child was deemed no longer needing treatment. Then 8 mnths later she begged me to get back in . When I asked why she only could get in every 3 weeks I was told ," I give her homework and she needs time to practice the new tools" . My child says no such thing ever happened. Recently my husband found her journal, the Entire time she's been under Kaiser's "care" her issues have been escalating, she's talked to her therapist with no different approach, worse no word to her parents of worsening depression OR notification of a diagnosis she gave her . I in the last 3 weeks have tried to utilize my Kaiser health care while my child is in full blown crisis spoken to 2 managers multiple times. Their response 5weeks out there is an appointment. I have already spent $800 on private therapy in 3 weeks that brought my child safely from the edge,no thanks to Kaiser. My attorney is my next call,to have them cover these necessary out of pocket expenses.

Posted by Kathy Bernice on 10/30/2017 at 11:11 AM

Re: “A Towering Scam

Len Raphael: Just curious... Are you deploring the fact that (under the current business tax) Oakland wouldn't be able to tax Uber for fares paid in Hong Kong or Helsinki? ;-)

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/30/2017 at 7:36 AM

Re: “A Towering Scam

Uber always hedged it bet on whether the Oakland building acquisition was just a real estate investment to be flipped or their new HQ. Uber's internal problems might have had something to do with final decision, but Oakland factors even less.

Uber would have brought jobs, some sales and business tax and property tax revenue, but because of Oakland's business tax on transportation businesses headquarters, it looked like Uber would have only paid business tax on the revenue directly from Oakland activity, a tiny fraction of it's total gross receipts.

Posted by Len Raphael on 10/29/2017 at 10:30 AM

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

Just bus them out of here. Take some public land out of the immediate area and set up a camp. It is the safest thing to do for those who are homeless and for those that have gainful employment etc etc etc

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 10/27/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Watching the Watchdog

This article reads like a political hit job

Posted by Jay Kim on 10/26/2017 at 9:55 PM

Re: “A Towering Scam

Great follow-through! The demise of the grocery project might be the worst aspect of this debacle -- a story that seems to have faded from view in the past couple of years.

Unlike other West Oakland grocery projects that would compete with the nearby Pak N Save in Emeryville, the Jack London Gateway site is truly in a food desert -- with no full-scale grocery south of Grand or (aside from specialty shops in Chinatown) west of Lake Merritt.

Here's hoping this story remains alive, and that the neighborhood gets the store it's so desperately needed for so long!

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/26/2017 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Our Readers Chime in on Last Week's Issue

Im ignorant? Hardly. Housing in the United States is a commodity- associated with real property which is valued and revalued in every economic cycle. Property in the Oakland Hills was once cheap and used primarily for ranching and logging. Now its valued much higher. Folks who cant/wont invest their incomes in home ownership will always struggle when the sale value of their rented homes/apartments exceeds the rental returns it generates to the owner. The crisis Ms. Calef speaks of is not a crisis but rather the simple economic lesson of supply and demand. Urban and suburban neighborhoods are always susceptible to change, but its not from any sinister plot by any group, color, or political party. Renting is not investing.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 10/26/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Living Dangerously

We control the fire in these developed areas. As a result, the vegetation grows more dense, and more flammable. A natural area would be burned out on a regular basis, making the area less flammable. The homes in these areas need to have a yearly tax that pays for regular brush, road, tree and other clearance. Then they would be paying for the cost which the fire ultimately imposes on other taxpayers.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 10/26/2017 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Living Dangerously

Story, while usefully informative especially for those who have never reflected on California ecology, fire science or land-use policy, omits making critical connections.

It's all about transportation. Suburbs, the WUI and even the denser urban areas of California are all designed for the automobile.

It's like building a highrise office building with a separate elevator for everyone who works in the building. That's as sensible as what we've done in developing land, building buildings and creating transportation infrastructure.

We would have to rethink how we get around in order to use land better.

No, the robocar is not the solution--it's still a car.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/26/2017 at 10:19 AM

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

It is ridiculous to think you can trust the police.

Posted by Laura Brusstar on 10/25/2017 at 10:16 PM

Re: “A Towering Scam

...ANd people complained about Uber. Yes, they suck, but they were bringing real jobs to Oakland

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/25/2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “A Towering Scam

Solid journalism

Posted by CrowdExpert on 10/25/2017 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Our Readers Chime in on Last Week's Issue

Mr. Sagehorn reveals his ignorance of the housing crisis and home ownership in general with his comments. Most renters would be home owners if they could afford to buy into their own home but they cannot. They don't have the funds and don't have the income.
There IS something sinister about our economic history which has consistently awarded tax breaks to the top 10% richest in the country and kept wages flat for the past four decades. Learn from that Mr. Sagehorn.
E. Calef

Posted by liza calef on 10/25/2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Going on the Offensive

Want the untold truth behind the City Managers motives?Well its easy!Her job was on the line, so she fabricated stories, making false accusations towards city councilmembers, thus shifting the attention from her to them.
This is not good government.(Remember Gallant vs Tam).Its a similar play out of the same old playbook.

Why could she not speak on facts, rather than rumors and hearsay?Is she that selfish and worried about her own job, that she is willing to tarnish the reputation of others?I believe so after reading this article.It opened my eyes to the other side of the story.A side that chronologically explains her evaluation process, to why it has been delayed, to why the evaluator resigned, and now to our current state of affairs.

The City councils dissatisfaction with Keimach began well before she decided not to hire Weaver, who actually withdrew himself from the horrendous process before any announcement was made.Keimach knew of her possible demise with the draft of her job performance, dated on August 20th, from her evaluator, Rob Gould.This occurred before the interviews for the new fire chief began.Then on September 28th, Gould suddenly quit, for unknown reasons.Finally, on October 2, the city manager decided to release her own opinion through her old friend Dan Borenstein.

Whats even more bullshit, is she knew what her preliminary evaluations already looked like back in August.The public should be perturbed at the fact that she had access to them, and formed prejudices on those councilmembers that rated her not so favorably.

There are lots of gaps to be filled, along with some untold truths.Only time will tell.

Posted by Richard Gozyna on 10/25/2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Going on the Offensive

This is certainly shaping up to be quite a matter here in my fair island city of Alameda. In the interest of trying to provide a look at this matter from a variety of perspectives, here's what a local, Alameda blog (… ) had to say about two specific issues mentioned by Mr. Tavares, on the animal shelter and Alameda Point water quality matter.

From Alameda Merry Go Round, by Robert Sullwold: "The strategy for the defense" (October 20, 2017)

Excerpt: Alameda Point water contamination incident: " 'The City Manager participated in conference calls and was in direct communication with me throughout the incident,' Ms. Ott, who was on the front lines with Interim Public Works Director Liam Garland, told us. (She added, 'I was also in direct and regular communication with the Acting City Manager, the Police Chief, Paul Rolleri.') Likewise, after reiterating his previous praise for the Citys response, Mr. Biggs confirmed to us that 'the absence of the City Manager, who I understand was at an out-of-town meeting, was not a deterrent or caused a delay in any way.' "

Excerpt: Alameda Animal Shelter negotiations: " The final example of Ms. Keimachs purported incompetence cited by Ms. Harris was one not previously mentioned by Mr. Tavares: the 'huge delay in the FAAS decisions,' presumably referring to the negotiations over the renewal of the lease between the City and the Friends of the Alameda Shelter. . . .We wont spend a lot of time on this one, since its not immediately clear what action by Ms. Keimach Ms. Harris was criticizing. We recall that Mayor Trish Spencer publicly complained about the length of time the talks were taking, and that there were some FAAS supporters who suspected staff was dragging its feet in order to get a better deal for the City. But if those suspicions are correct and we are in no position to know; neither is Ms. Harris Ms. Keimach is guilty of being a sharp bargainer not an inept manager."

Posted by Tony Daysog on 10/25/2017 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Our Readers Chime in on Last Week's Issue

Ms. Chen: The issue of what makes the folks of West Oakland vulnerable to housing displacement is neither their color nor creed, but rather their choice to be renters not owners. As demand for property in Oakland grows, rents and property prices will all rise. Theres nothing sinister about economics. Learn from it.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 10/25/2017 at 7:36 AM

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