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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.

Len Raphael, CPA

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

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

Uh "commissioned by the Oakland Chamber of Commerce" hmm a push poll?

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 11/09/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Tuesday’s Briefing: Air Force Failed to Block Shooter From Buying Guns; Almena Says Ghost Ship Owner Shares Blame

At the end of the day, there is no doubt that Almena shares in the blame for the tragedy that ocurred at the Ghost Ship warehouse. With that being said, there is also no doubt that both the property owner (Ng) and the City of Oakland are also liable. A property owner cannot claim ignorance of what physical conditions exist and what uses occur on a property that he or she owns. The owner has a duty to make sure that the property is in safe condition for the activities that occur there under the lease or rent. Similarly, the City of Oakland has a duty, once they have notice of building, zoning and public safety violations, to make sure that these are corrected. That is especially true when it comes to life safety issues like sprinklers and fire exits.
It is a matter of record that Code Enforcement, Building Inspection and Fire Department staff had all been to the site on numerous occasions prior to the fire. In fact, it has been reported that several firefighters had actually attended events hosted there by Almena. Without question, the City of Oakland is liable for civil penalties, which the families of those who perished will undoubtedly pursue.They are also liable for criminal penalties as their negligence and failure to either close down the warehouse or at least have in place an aggressive compliance plan is inexcusable. I don't know what kind of deal the District Attorney has with Mayor Schaaf, but she needs to do her job and charge ALL responsible parties, including the property owner (Ng) and the City.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/09/2017 at 8:51 AM

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

The Oak Knoll development is the biggest and most diverse mixed use development Oakland has seen in modern times. The project will include a small commercial component as well as multiple family development and a range of single family products. It makes sense to include a provision that some affordable housing be developed here. Oak Knoll was originally it's own Redevelopment district and had an obligation to generate affordable housing either on site or elsewhere in a Redevelopment district. The City now has an affordable housing in lieu fee option on the books and as I understand the article, future developers will have to comply with that ordinance. The fire safety issue seems dubious. There are existing fire stations on 98th ave below the site (above MacArthur blvd) and on Skyline blvd above the site. The development will have non combustible roofing materials, new infrastructure will include new fire hydrants. Additionally, there are no wild land open space interface issues as exists in the Ridgemont development just north of the site off Campus drive. If there is any issue that the City Council continues to miss, it is the widening and realignment of 73rd Ave between I-580 and MacArthur blvd. Development of townhouses at Leona Quarry and Oak Knoll should have resulted in construction of this much needed public improvement. The new residents purchasing these homes had the potential to stimulate economic development opportunities along MacArthur blvd and return it to it's former life as an important commercial service corridor for residents of this part of East Oakland. But once again, there is no vision or leadership in City Hall. The dollars from these new residents will now be spent in San Leandro and the MacArthur corridor will continue to be a wasteland.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/08/2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Tuesday’s Briefing: Air Force Failed to Block Shooter From Buying Guns; Almena Says Ghost Ship Owner Shares Blame

Almena created a fire trap there and rented it out to naive and deluded tenants who had no idea of personal safety. He is directly responsible for their deaths. I have no love for the owner, but he didn't rent the warehouse as living space. Almena did.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/08/2017 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Berkeley City Councilmember Ben Bartlett, a Political Newcomer, Enters State Assembly Race

I dont appreciate this person ^ impugning the reputation of my good friend, Ben Bartlett. I attended law school at UC Hastings with him and we became close. I got to know his parents and his wife. They are all good people.

If Ben is what you call him, he would take his law degree from a top-notch law school and go work at a blue-chip law firm. He has that choice. Instead, he chooses to serve the people of Berkeley. You see, he loves Berkeley and its people down to his core. He told me this. Thats why he fights for Berkeley residents and its most vulnerable community, the homeless community.

Im a high level consultant in the CA State Senate Rules Committee. Ive been in the legislature since 2007, right after undergrad at UC Davis. I have legislative experience before and after law school, close to 10 years. The legislature is like a family built upon a thousand relationships. Ive built those connections over the years. No one should doubt Bens ability to get things done in Sacramento because hell have me with him every step of the way.

- Harrison

(The software edits out my apostrophes)

Posted by RyanMikal on 11/07/2017 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Nextdoor Lead Silences Police Complaints

NextDoor Promotes Cyber Bullying and Hate Crimes

Next-door allowed my neighbors to cyber bully me online and use the site for public shaming. They allowed them to post my personal information leading to the endangerment of me and my children.
A neighbor posted false complaints on the site to publically shame a person they think they saw in a car on the road doing something they did not approve of and then posted the description with license plate number of the car.
Within a few days of hateful messages and public shaming. An original post was made by Mona Smothers, Christian Valley Park on Nov 2 in Crime & Safety to Christian Valley Park She listed a description of my car and listed my license plate to make false allegations of a dangerous hateful nature online.

This is considered public shaming and against the rules. After she posted my license plate number online and started false accusations creating a hateful conversations and public shaming about activities in a car.
I had people following my car and yelling at me and my kids in public for something I had NO IDEA about because this neighbor created such a hateful post it created a situation where people would see my car and stalk me or yell at me for things she accused someone in my car of doing online. These people have made me and my kids a target in the neighborhood with their claims and false accusations by posting my person information online. I did not know about the post until some stranger approached me and my children because he saw the post made with the false accusations and my license plate listed in her post. They identified me by the license plate number posted. They approached me and my kids about it inappropriately because they saw my license plate number posted online and now know where we live.
Creating now a dangerous situation for me and my family. I am now a target because my license plate is out there with someones angry post making false accusations and my kids are subjected hate or opinions.
This is not allowed according to the rules of Next-door but they did nothing to help my family and instead continue to allow the cyber bullying and hate crimes to continue online.
I am now a target of hate because of the posted license plate online with self-righteous opinions identifying me, my car and can be followed home or anywhere I go now. T

This is a dangerous world and a license plate or identifying factors in false accusations can be harmful to the safety of our families in our neighborhood. Public shaming on any social network is NOT allowed and the world outside of Next-door is a dangerous place.
Next door did nothing to correct this issue, and then froze my account for complaining about the abuse, public shaming and illegal posts made by the neighbor posting my personal information online. They allowed me and my children to be harmed and stalked and cyber bullied. They are bad people and should be shut down so nobody else gets hurt or is victimized by them. I take cyber bullying very seriously and NEXT DOOR did nothing to help my family.

Posted by Legal Angel on 11/07/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Complaint Filed Against Oakland Police Chief for False Statements

As we've seen for decades, OPD is above the law. Get used to it. Even the feds can't do anything about it.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/07/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Honey Butter Fried Chicken, 4505 Burgers & BBQ Hold Delivery Pop-ups in East Bay

More trendy food items for the New Oaklanders who apparently have so much excess cash they can frequent white foodie takes on soul food...yet African Americans are getting pushed out of Oakland and the real soul food places close. Yeah, let's celebrate gentrification.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/07/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Town Business: Housing, Homelessness, and Tenant Protections Dominate Oakland Council's Agenda

I think homeless lives matter too, but what's the point in featuring a crumpled Steel Reserve can in the lead photo? Is to highlight the need for substance abuse programs for the homeless or to demonize them as layabout winos?

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/07/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “New Report Seeks to Improve Racial Equity in Restaurants

Here's some shocking news which should shed some light on this profoundly unenlightened piece: poor folks, mostly black and brown, don't get their calories at upscale restaurants.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/07/2017 at 9:10 AM

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