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Re: “Opinion: Getting the Shaft From Schaaf

This woman is so brave! I live in downtown Oakland and I fully support these workers. Oakland is doing well $$ and the workers deserve a piece of that. Otherwise they will leave and go work for other cities that pay them 10% more! That doesnt help our community. We need a good city workforce who are talented and hard-working. Give them a fair raise so they can get back to work!

Posted by Emma Jane on 12/08/2017 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Opinion: Getting the Shaft From Schaaf

Libby Schaaf is a Republican in Democratic clothing. She doesnt care about Oakland just getting into higher office.

Posted by atonisson@yahoo.com on 12/08/2017 at 4:56 PM

Re: “California Attorney General: Oakland's Coal Ban Is Legal

Heck yah, screw you Kentucky! Take your coal elsewhere.

Posted by Jay78 on 12/08/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “California Attorney General: Oakland's Coal Ban Is Legal

State Planning law clearly grants local government specific police powers, including the regulation of land use. Additionally, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) doubles down on the responsibility of lead agencies to protect California citizens from significant environmental impacts generated by those land uses. Tagami never had a chance of winning in court and should be spending his time and money trying to find a use for the site that will actually work. In typical Tagami fashion, he used his political favors and friends to get in position to control the site. He then then tried to bully the City into accepting a coal related use that nobody in Oakland wants. I applaud the West Oakland neighborhood for holding the City Council accountable and stopping this project.

Posted by Gary Patton on 12/08/2017 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Oakland School Board Members Apologize for Mid-Year Budget Cuts at Packed Board Meeting

Most of the students that this money was earmarked for are truant --if their parents cant afford to go to to a dollar store to get them paper and pencils what more can I say --the tax payers should not be stuck with their negligent parenting -- let alone the preferential treatment which in itself is discrimination--

Posted by Ima Hemp on 12/08/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Activists Call for Audit of Sheriff Ahern

Alameda County Sheriff spent 4.1 million on arresting people they never filed on. During the 5 days on average defendants loose their job, home, and vehicle everything AND THEY HAVE NOT BEEN FOUND GUILTY OR DID THEY FILE CHARGES. 40% OF ALL ARRESTED DID THEY ACTUALLY FILE charges. Only 20% arrested bail. If they bail and charges are dropped or not filed the money is still owed to the bail bonds. Pretrial favors the wealthy. BAIL SCHEDULES ARE 5 TIMES THE NATIONAL AVERAGE IN ALAMEDA COUNTY. Due process? Innocent until proven guilty? They deny bail by violating probation (tell them I'm going to violate your probation) when only the judge that ordered them to be released can do so not an officer. Alameda County Sheriffs are going to be the first police to realize your job is to PROTECT AND SERVE THE PUBLIC! Instead you POLICE, KILL, BEAT, THREATEN THE PUBLIC ESPECIALLY IF YOU RUN. ITS MARTIAL LAW IN ALAMEDA COUNTY WE HAVE A CURFEW AND YOU WILL BE SHOT FOR BREAKING ANY RULE

Posted by RaZa Rena on 12/08/2017 at 4:41 AM

Re: “Watch Oakland Chefs Tanya Holland and Tu David Phu Compete on Top Chef

Wow. Pretty harsh. Way better ways to convey your thoughts I suspect. Ive had my gripes with BSK (all service related) since they took over the space from a Jamaican themed joint that never took off, but the food remains solid. Ive been in W. Oak Town for 35 years. This was and remains a breath of fresh air.

Posted by Blake Gilmore on 12/07/2017 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Town Business: City Workers Plan to Strike, and Oakland's Affordable Housing Fees Slow to Raise Money

Artiicle proves my point----the City conducts Marie Antoinette negotiations with all of it's union sbut for OPOA (as to Firefighters, see under-staffing issues reported in 2016-17 and comment from Firefighters Union rep that their 2017 negotiations also not going well)......As to the OPOA, it's roll over and give on demand, 90% of the time and OPD gobbling up 46% of the City's discretionary budget. As to the City workforce caste system, its like the cops are the upper crust, the firefighters are in the shrinking, under-siege middle class and everyone is a serf.....Naively, I thought the City's labor relations would get better with the departure of the Police Union cheerleader-City Administrator Deanna Santana, but I don't see much good change yet from her replacement. I stand with the striking and sympathy striking unions....and as to the 2018 elections, if you are endorsed by the OPOA or have received money from them, no support from me.....

Posted by Mary Vail on 12/07/2017 at 7:03 PM

Re: “A's Ballpark Proposal at Laney College Abruptly Scrapped

Great news. Why do cities need sportsball teams to validate them? Why do fans not care that billionaires and corporations would control public land just so they can watch some 'roid enraged guy throw a ball around?

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 12/07/2017 at 12:04 PM

Re: “A's Ballpark Proposal at Laney College Abruptly Scrapped

Another "victory" for progressively keeping Oakalnd in the glorious 70s.

Posted by D Ross on 12/07/2017 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Watch Oakland Chefs Tanya Holland and Tu David Phu Compete on Top Chef

Unfortunately, Tanya Holland has a terrible reputation as a tyrannical business owner, which was reported directly to me by a former assistant chef that worked in Brown Sugar Kitchen. While dining there I saw her interactions with staff, which were appalling, and she really seemed like she didn't want to be working in a kitchen at all. Given her rude behavior, I will never support her businesses in any way, and recommend EVERYONE do the same. I don't care how damn good your food is. When you lack basic respect for other human beings - whether they are your employees, or your paying customers (seen her disrepect them too) - then I'm sorry, but you do not deserve the accolades you receive. Good luck in your new space (the old Pican). I hope it goes the way of your BBQ restaurant (closed after a poor reception).

Posted by EB Pride on 12/07/2017 at 9:26 AM

Re: “A's Ballpark Proposal at Laney College Abruptly Scrapped

"Still, it's not exactly clear why the Peralta district board chose to end talks this week with the A's over the ballpark."

Evidently, two weeks ago, PCCD Board told the A's they wanted $6M to "study impact". The A's said "Whooof, okay, but we want audits and reports on how this money will be used."

Brakes suddenly slam to the floor, negotiations broken off?

PCCD Board tried to shakedown the A's for money under the table.

Posted by jq7925 on 12/07/2017 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Uptown Oakland High-Rise Project Moves Forward With Huge Excess of Parking

Let's be honest_ A person who can afford to purchase a unit wants and needs a parking space. What do you want them to do when not commuting to work? Rent a car or take uber when on a date? Or park their car around the corner? Get over yourself!

Posted by Craig mack on 12/06/2017 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Wednesday’s Briefing: Peralta Kills A’s Laney Ballpark Plans; Berkeley Council Votes to Make Affordable Housing a Right

"The boards decision indicates that it has no plans to move forward with the As ballpark proposal. "

Excellent news. The community has stood up to the billionaire land grab.
What city needs sports teams to validate it anyway?

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 12/06/2017 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Town Business: City Workers Plan to Strike, and Oakland's Affordable Housing Fees Slow to Raise Money

Oakland resident and new employee here. As someone coming from the private sector with a heart for public service, I hear you -- "Your salary should be commensurate with your performance and City of Oakland employees generally are far from the top in comparison with other cities." Yet, how can we attract high performers and retain the best "top" employees for Oakland if we're not even close to keeping up salary-wise with our neighboring cities? And how can we deliver quality services that our constituents want or need if we're consistently understaffed and working 2 jobs on top of what we've been hired to do? It's true there's inefficiencies, red tape, dead weight. But there's so many great employees of Oakland, who are dedicated to making their city work, who work more than 37.5 hours per week without overtime pay, and who deal with a lot of the BS because they care. A salary equity study showed that city staff is making 10-25% less than their neighboring city counterparts. A majority of Oakland's workers are Oakland residents, or once were residents who have since been displaced. Despite the immeasurable benefits of contributing to your city, there's only so much the best, most caring employee, can take...

Posted by Love for Oaktown on 12/05/2017 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Food Handlers Cafe Merges Restaurant with Classroom

Wonderful article Rauch. You and your wife keep doing what you're doing. God bless you all.

Posted by Robynn Holloway on 12/05/2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Peralta Faculty and Laney Students Vote to Oppose New A's Stadium Plan

This is going to make traffic so much worse in Oakland. Commute times and crowded bart trains are already bad enough.

Posted by princessvee on 12/05/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Town Business: City Workers Plan to Strike, and Oakland's Affordable Housing Fees Slow to Raise Money

Police and Fire uniformed employees are not allowed to strike by State law, but under a special Oakland charter provision unique to police and fire , all police and fire personnel issues including compensation are subject to binding arbitration. In practice, that means that OFD and OPD uniformed employees get paid the same as other Bay Area cities.

That same binding arbitration too often results in "split the baby" decisions on discipline matters with police officers, regardless of the source of the underlying complaint.

The arbitrator's decision overrules all police department and police review board discipline decisions.

Contract renewal time is the only chance the City will have until next contract time to negotiate clear, specific conduct standards for police officers so that the arbitrators have guidelines to either uphold discipline or overrule the discipline orders.

Posted by Len Raphael on 12/05/2017 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Meet Jerusalem’s Biggest Hipster: Victoria Hanna

Hipster? What's this have to do with being a hipster?

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 12/05/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Free Salame-Topped Cheesecake and More: Gallo Celebrates Its Centennial

My uncle George owned gallo till he died can i get some free salami my name is tom Ramsey i live in Oregon now at 100 E Carolina apt# B1 Lebanon Oregon 97355 it has been a long time since ive had some good salami anything would be appreciated thank you and happy holidays

Posted by Tommy Ramsey on 12/05/2017 at 10:08 AM

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