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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Seven Days

Re: “Goodbye, Express Readers

Say it ain't so! Very sad to hear you're leaving the Express. It was great working with you back in the day. I hope you do continue reporting in the East Bay, we need you! Best of luck on your next move.

Posted by Stephen Loewinsohn on 03/23/2016 at 7:09 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Express Readers

The East Bay Express has become my #1 read overall. But particularly the source of most things Oakland. What really disturbs me though is the silence on review of the various programs by all municipal agencies. When I first moved to the Bay Area, I selected by Bank based on level of community investment. I would really like to see the East Bay Express do a deep analysis of all our Small Business Contracting programs. Not just how many dollars went to small business but which businesses have gained repeat business, which businesses have grown from small sub-contractor to prime. The other indepth article I would enjoy reading, City hiring practices. Not simply by ethnic group overall but rather a break-down by positions of authority and responsibility.

Posted by June A. Grant on 03/23/2016 at 6:26 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Express Readers

Robert I hate to see you go.I relished our common dislike of Don Perata,but our common alliegance ended there,Your progressive editorials and columns were wildly slanted and biased with a progressive Marxist Eco terrorist bent.I was hoping a conservative with the knowledge and willingness of the subjects called you on the carpet more then had been done.
Anyway Robert hate to see you go since I enjoyed your biased liberal reporting
James Zigenis Oakland resident and Oakland native

Posted by Jim Zigenis on 03/23/2016 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Express Readers

I agree with Mr. Ovalbach, I being a little moderate than the typical Express reader didn't always agree with what you wrote (or sometimes the tone). However, the stories WERE stories that NEEDED to be told whatever the point of view. Seven Days especially has become a MUST read as a digest of happenings. Thanks and onward and upward !

Posted by Anthony Moore on 03/23/2016 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Express Readers

Sorry to see you leave Robert Gammon! One of my favorite East Bay Express investigative stories came from you on the dark reality of Fenton's Ice Creamery which is in my neighborhood. This expose mad emany of us sad, and caused me to not buy their ice cream once they had re-opened after the fire. The Peralta story of course was hugely enlightening about a popular East Bay citizen who also had a shadow as it were. Looking forward to your new adeventure in journalism. You are a voice that needs to be heard.

Posted by Roberta Llewellyn on 03/23/2016 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Express Readers

Personally, I have disagreed with much of your opinions and find your writing style hyperbolic. With this said, I am sad to see you go. I hope whoever fills your shoes can tell a story and bring to light a situation that many of us would not normally be exposed to. Happy trails.

Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 03/23/2016 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Express Readers

Thank you thank you thank you for all of the incisive reporting over all the years. Your work has been extraordinary. I hope to pick your work up at the next stop...

Posted by Lee Lambert on 03/22/2016 at 9:32 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Express Readers

Bob, YOU'RE the best journalist I've ever worked with. Thanks for teaching me so much about how to be a reporter, editor, manager, and ethical human being. I'm glad the East Bay isn't losing you. HUGS

Posted by Kathleen Ok-soo Richards on 03/22/2016 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Journalists Refuse to Be Interviewed

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Posted by Editor on 02/20/2016 at 6:44 PM

Re: “The Return of Don Perata?

The JPA exemplifies poor leadership. The majority of the JPA voted for the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) to run the Coliseum complex and, during the 3 years since, the venues have generated less revenue according to Pollstar. Perhaps, it's because AEG has refused to hire qualified staff at the Oakland venues and instead uses its resources for it's other venues such as Staples and the Forum which both fared better.

The JPA voted AEG in after the company was sued for Michael Jackson's death which demonstrates political game playing or a real lack of business acumen.

It's unfortunate that Oakland has so many resources that continue to be abused through secrecy, political games and bums that refuse to get real jobs.

Posted by Mari jones on 02/09/2016 at 8:25 PM

Re: “The Case for Private Security Guards

Private security guards can be a really good way to keep what you can about safe. They are trained and know how to prevent bad situations from happening. I think the private firms always look a lot more menacing, and I wouldn't want to do anything bad when I was around them.

Posted by McCall Hazelson on 02/03/2016 at 1:35 PM

Re: “The Return of Don Perata?

Appreciate the initial report and comments here. I'm sick of Phil Tagami (bringing both coal and more billboards) to Oakland, with the corrupt and maddeningly "Father Knows Best" mentality of this move by Perata. When will the City of Oakland council members like Kaplan and Reid get real and see through this bs? Thanks to the Express for trying to keep the City and County to make good on transparency regulations. These fat cats are always good at obfuscation--note that the billboard deal that Tagami struck with City of Oakland will deliver him significant $ for 66 years unless we all pay attention in 15 years. It all stinks of cronyism and we end up footing the bill.

Posted by Karen Hester on 01/30/2016 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Schaaf's Stance on Raiders Is Spot On

Davis and I have one thing in common: We both have $400 million dollar shortfalls. I'm from Oakland and live in LA. I'm glad to see the Mayor standing up for the tax payers and not giving in to pressure. On a personal note, I hope the Raiders stay in Oakland where their loyal fans are and where they built their reputation.

Posted by Kalani Das on 01/15/2016 at 9:08 PM

Re: “The Return of Don Perata?

The fact that you have an election this year and seats that Don and his Machine Type Politics has controlled for over 20+ years makes this move a slam dunk!!! Voters should be very concerned cause Oakland is controlled by both Jerry Brown and Don Perata...Neither can rely on the voters to keep their hand picked candidates in office...If the voters who continue to complain do not wake up in this election year....Oakland will continue it's downward spiral!

Posted by Nancy Sidebotham 1 on 01/14/2016 at 7:57 PM

Re: “The Return of Don Perata?

With all the Raiders news, I just was thinking the other day about our City and County Raider tax, which is really the price of our local government letting the Don play at Sports Impresario. Plus in 1995, he was arrogant, dismissive of the interests of the A's and their fans; he told everyone to shut up and listen to him and he designed the worst season ticket seat license program ever. The crooked, so connected, so arrogant and so costly. A sharp 10 year old could figure out that this out-of-State law firm was so NOT hired for the legal expertise of its lawyers and was hired for the Don's being in the firm.......In the contest for worst agent for the City retained by our officials, the Don edges ahead of Phil 'bringing the coal' Tagami. And no surprise, this firm was hired an un-noticed meeting, as one of the Don's mo is, do it 'for he public, but do it in secret'. Mary Vail, Oakland, CA

Posted by Mary Vail on 01/14/2016 at 2:09 PM

Re: “The Return of Don Perata?

This same law firm has their name atop a new skyscraper in downtown Vegas (100 N City Parkway) in huge type, clearly visible from the freeways nearby. They are definitely seeking a high profile...

Posted by John R. Grout on 01/13/2016 at 5:09 PM

Re: “The Return of Don Perata?

I am glad we can find common ground at times Mr. Gammon. This stinks. Thanks for reporting.

Posted by Jeff Diver on 01/13/2016 at 2:59 PM

Re: “The Return of Don Perata?

The System is a dead mackerel stinking up the landscape before dawn.

Posted by Peter Byrne on 01/13/2016 at 1:38 PM

Re: “The Return of Don Perata?

Obviously, California is devoid of qualified attorneys. Why else would the Coliseum Authority hire a firm who's attorneys have no license to practice in California? This is just more of the same. One more example of a political corrupt, incompetent family tree of current and ex Oakland City Council members (Miley) being exposed. The legal requirement to post a public meeting agenda is a basic requirement that every public official should know. Be sure that Don Perata has his tentacles reaching far into this decision. Raising money for Miley's re election run seems to me to be a reasonable exchange for this firms services, in an alternate universe. The question is how long will the citizens of Oakland and Alameda County allow this shady political behavior to continue? As Dr. Phil would say, you teach people how to treat you.

Posted by Gary Patton on 01/13/2016 at 9:13 AM

Re: “The Return of Don Perata?

The tide must be out. The smell of fish is very strong. A stimulating and familiar sensation for an Oakland morning.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 01/13/2016 at 8:36 AM

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