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Re: “Town Business: Who's Responsible for Illegal Dumping in Oakland?

I live a half block from a homeless camp. The trash that is dumped nearby doesn't look like anything that comes from homeless people. It looks like it either comes from peoples homes or from businesses.

Posted by Ted Hexter on 09/12/2017 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Peralta College Trustees Considering Contract with Arms Industry Lobbyist Known for Anti-Immigration Stance

I'm surprised that the Perata colleges don't have a nuclear free zone policy that prohibits contracts with companies that are involved in the nuclear weapons industry, as oakland and most surrounding city governments do, though I would have no problem believing the current administrative staff has "forgotten" about it.

Posted by j! on 09/12/2017 at 12:14 PM

Re: “An Oakland Foundation Invests $3 million in Oakland Public Schools

Early childhood education is crucial. Thank you to the Rainin Foundation for this generous grant!

Posted by Charlie Stephen on 09/12/2017 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Town Business: Who's Responsible for Illegal Dumping in Oakland?

In the Foothill/Fruitvale area, I have found 3 locations of continuous illegal dumping. On 27th St. & 28th St. between Foothill & 17th and on Foothill between 28th and 29th Sts. The residents dump everything here! Actually, any sidewalk is a place for dumping. The residents DO NOT CARE how illegal or unsightly this is, they just want to dump their junk. The only way illegal dumping can be stopped is to catch each and every 'dumper' in the act and that, we all know, is impossible. Oakland PW just comes along and cleans it up.

Posted by Gerry Pong on 09/12/2017 at 8:36 AM
Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/11/2017 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Peralta College Trustees Considering Contract with Arms Industry Lobbyist Known for Anti-Immigration Stance

Business as usual at Peralta. When will we throw these crooks out!

Posted by Leroy on 09/11/2017 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Town Business: Who's Responsible for Illegal Dumping in Oakland?

Dumping properly is very expensive, and there is nearly no deterrent to dumping illegally, which is free and easy.

Until that equation shifts, the problem won't improve.

Posted by Jsborn on 09/11/2017 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Chick’n Rice Brings Americanized Thai Street Food to Downtown Berkeley

C'mon breau!!! Your concept comes from Portland (Nong's Khao Man Gai)...not from Thailand. Sack up boy. You respond full frontal in this thread, and I'll come pay and eat at your place. Your spread looks good. If not, I'll just be spreading that you're a fake...on Yelp. That girl in Portland who actually started this fad deserves the credit.

Posted by Shann Chu on 09/11/2017 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Bay Area Legislators Call for Prop 13 Tax Reform to Address Commercial Property 'Loophole'

Prop 13, in no small part, is what is strangling the state of California at all levels, starting with the schools. It's also what fuels the insane real estate prices in this state.

I seem to recall a series run in another publication several years ago detailing the tens of millions in lost tax revenue on a single building (yes, I said tens of millions) due to legal shell games.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/11/2017 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Town Business: Who's Responsible for Illegal Dumping in Oakland?

Illegal dumping in "The Vibrant and thriving community of Oakland" has been a problem far longer than it has had a problem with visible homeless people.

I seem to recall the refuse from the Ghost Ship fire was also found dumped a few months back (I suspect some sity agency did THAT).

Was THAT issue ever resolved or has EBX resumed blind finger pointing now that it's "award winning" writers have returned from vacation.

I think Ms McElhaney likes to spend money Oakland can ill afford, in this case to create a mass media bully pulpit and EBX stands ready to rubber stamp all she asks for.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 09/11/2017 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Town Business: Who's Responsible for Illegal Dumping in Oakland?

Just possibly searching for the identity of dumpers in the dumpage isn't an effective way to ID them and intervene in their dumping. Just possibly. So that's money down the drain.

I am guessing this is a first step in the anti-dumping legislation announced with some hoopla several years ago. Looks like, as usual, no progress but
money has been thrown.

Wondering whether there is a proven, cost-effective method for IDing dumpers and taking them to court and/or fining them so as to discourge further such activity. Actually there is: inexpensive license-plate-reading
cameras installed at regular dumping sites (all around my neighborhood). These cameras can be wirelessly linked to the internet and computer hard drives. They provide both identification of perpetrators and a clear record of the crime. Why don't we do this? Because it's too simple and straightfoward, because other cities have done it and because the idea was not invented in city hall but came from those verminous critters also known as citizens.

But that's all too straightfoward for Oakland. Appropriate to Oakland would be a psychosocial analysis of the dumping phenomenon: as a clear expression of disdain and contempt for community and government. As an indication of poverty. These kinds of motivations should be amenable to
community-building and educational efforts and to strong leadership from city hall. Mayor and Council members ringing doorbells and talking to the peeps. Not to mention the benefits of real economic development in parts of Oakland. I guess we know why leadership isn't going to do the job either.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 09/11/2017 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Bay Area Legislators Call for Prop 13 Tax Reform to Address Commercial Property 'Loophole'

We have to pass AB 249, California Dark Money Disclosure. We HAVE TO PASS IT. We need to educate the voters on who pays for adds, we need to bring back transparency. This is way overdue. Political Reform.

Posted by Carmel Foster on 09/11/2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Chick’n Rice Brings Americanized Thai Street Food to Downtown Berkeley

"Our goal was to create something American fitting," the food will be bland? Americans, especially in the Bay Area, can handle authentic ethnic foods. This isn't the 1950's anymore. C'mon...khao mun gai is not spicy.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 09/11/2017 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Bay Area Legislators Call for Prop 13 Tax Reform to Address Commercial Property 'Loophole'

Glad to see coverage of last Saturday's successful Make It Fair Town Hall in Oakland, although there are important inaccuracies in this article! Reformers are not opponents of Prop. 13 but want to stop certain corporations from weaseling out of paying their fair share of property taxes. And speaking of fairness, the anti-tax California Taxpayers Association saying that homeowners are the greatest beneficiaries of Prop. 13 can't be true since both homeowners and businesses are supposed to pay the same rate (1% of assessed value) in property taxes under current law. It's the homeowners who are burdened with paying for what businesses are not paying!

Posted by Ruby MacDonald on 09/10/2017 at 8:59 PM

Re: “'Revolutionary Love Is a Beautiful Thing'

FUCK THE POLICE all the way, but it's disgusting that Ramsey was abusing Bella & has continued to torment her since he's been locked up. Can't cover up the ways patriarchal violence & misogynoir are reproduced even in "anti-oppression" movements.

"Ramsey: I'm not guilty
People: we believe you
Bella: he tormented me
People: we don't care. He's a hero."

"Y'all hero, #RamseyOrta, just threatened to send gang members to my house to hurt me and my kid and my 80 year old aunt. He did it on a recorded line over the prison phone. #BeProud"

Posted by lettuce knot on 09/09/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Oakland Schools to Host Event on Saturday in Support of Immigrant Students

To be more accurate, the event is a convening for educators by educators. Of course, it is all in the service of students and families. And although Favianna will be the keynote speaker, other experts and educators from the field will be facilitating the workshops. Thanks.

Posted by vietly.g on 09/08/2017 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief and District Attorney Talk Public Safety at Town Hall

O'Malley has sat through testimony NUMEROUS times regarding cops having sex with minors in the sex trade. SHE IGNORES IT!!! This video is from a public safety meeting she was present for back in 2015! this is her talking during that same meeting: she doesn't seem to have ears for anything but her own agenda which isn't about protecting minors, it's about ARRESTING them! As well as protecting the image of police including those who are having sex with people in the sex trade apparently.

Posted by Domina Elle 1 on 09/08/2017 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief and District Attorney Talk Public Safety at Town Hall

Every single day we see law enforcement officers in small and large cities, cops that are White, Black and Hispanic, men and women, over step their legal boundaries in how they do their jobs. In just the last week we have seen Sheriffs at Santa Rita jail charged with prisoners abuse, a video of a cop handcuffing a nurse for doing her job, a football star thrown to the ground and detained illegally because he was Black. These two local law enforcement officials need to talk about what they are doing to change the culture of policing in Oakland. Don't tell me about covering tatoos or what words you are using to describe sex workers. Tell me why O'malley would make a statement at a public hearing in her home town of Alameda last year describing how those responsible for Alameda crimes live in Oakland? Tell me about the role of that attitude in the overcharging of minors of color for crimes and sentencing recommendations? How is Kirkpatrick changing the culture of the command staff in Oakland so that new officers are trained differently in the future? What new community policing concepts are being implemented? Those are the types of things people want and need to know. Hey Mayor Schaaf, these two gave the people a song and dance of distraction which only illustrates how much over your head you are when it comes to law enforcement issues. It only suggests that we will see more of the same moving forward.

Posted by Gary Patton on 09/07/2017 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Alice Waters Releases Long-Awaited Memoir

On page 254 Alice mistakenly listed me (Bob Waks) as one of the founders of the Cheeseboard Collective I was hired there by Elizabeth & Sahag Avedisian in 1968, 1 year after it opened, & in 1971 it was sold to the staff and officially became a worker owned collective with all members receiving equal pay & participating in the stores' management. I contacted Alice today (9/7/17) & she will be issuing a retraction to rectify this innocent memory lapse.

Posted by Bob Waks on 09/07/2017 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief and District Attorney Talk Public Safety at Town Hall

Why not ask sex workers what THEY want to be called, and those for whom they may work, including people who drive them to their clients... instead of exploiters when the sex worker hires someone to be their safety net, why not call them the same thing that we call other people in other professions who assist in helping them stay safe? Why the language of the prostitution abolitionist movement? Isn't that how we get cops who rape sex workers?

Posted by Norma Jean Almodovar on 09/07/2017 at 3:56 PM

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