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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Election 2012

Re: “Who'll Replace Jane Brunner?

david- len only says 3 of the 7 d1 contestants are 'on the take' from powerful cjty employee unions - which is entirely true. not 'all others.'

cops n firefighters here earn 200k per year. no wonder we can't afford enough police, librarians, teachers, park staff, pothole repair, and FFs get a free ride.

an oakland cjty union endorsement these days is more like a 'local 1%' seal of approval.

anyone can read up on len's forward program at as well as click to all competing candidates' sites.

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Posted by ken.linott on 10/19/2012 at 7:22 AM

Re: “Who'll Replace Jane Brunner?

A good place to start making it affordable to hire more cops is to repeal the city charter's binding arbitration provision. Palo Alto and other cities have recently done so. But here Lemley, Raya, and Kalb all defend binding arbitration which makes sense because they're all supported by the public service unions. Need to confirm this, but my understanding is that not long after Palo Alto repealed binding arbitration, that city cut police and fire compensation by 10 percent. Haven't heard of any cops or firefighters doing a sick-in or quitting that city en masse, have you?

Repealing binding arbitration will also make it easier for OPD to fire the really bad cops on the force who give all cops a bad name.…

Len Raphael, CPA.
Candidate for Oakland City Council.
4521 Telegraph Avenue @ Original Kasper's Building.

There is a FREE lunch this Sunday 11am to 3pm at Original Kasper's Hot Dogs.

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Posted by Leonard Raphael on 10/18/2012 at 11:45 PM

Re: “Redefining Sex Work

I love this article. Ellen Cushing is such a brilliant writer.

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Posted by julixdoc on 10/18/2012 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Endorsements Part II: Vote Bates, Capitelli, and Moore and Yes on Measures R and T

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Posted by Editor on 10/18/2012 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Redefining Sex Work

The debate as it stands now is polarized and prop 35 has added another level of extreme because they didn't even come and ask us or talk to us before they proposed this piece of crap before the voters. They can say we're 'privileged' all day long but the fact remains many workers and our families cannot gain access to equal protection under the law for fear of being criminalized and further stigmatized and discriminated against. When these extremist care to come down from their high horse and deal with equal protection for all instead of pitting people's children against each other, only then will be see the reasonable way forward.

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Posted by mistressmax3db9 on 10/18/2012 at 7:43 PM

Re: “BART Board Races Look Competitive

It appears the editor removed my comment about Lynette Sweet, who I feel should remain on the BART Board. Lynette is for the public and demands the professionalism and service you expect from your transportation system. In short, If you remove Lynette Sweet form the Board expect your fares to increase to pay for under-performing union workers.

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Posted by Stan James on 10/18/2012 at 6:18 PM

Re: “BART Board Races Look Competitive

You guys got it all wrong...First of all, Rebecca Saltzman is a public servant wanna be. I question anybodys' agenda that runs for every public position from school board to city council. Secondly, the majority of BARTs expansion money comes from Federal Transportation funds. However, BART does have to match usually on a 20/80 basis to obtain those funds. In those cases, the money does come out of the operating budget. When you hear about BART not being reliable this is a result of the lack of a quality manangement system within the organization, not mis-appropriating funds for expansion over maintainebility. We need the expansion to San Jose. If anybody has ever driven down 880 to San Jose in the morning you know what I mean. Personnally, I suffer from "road rage" and if it wasn't for BART I would be in an institution! Elect the right person folks...and it isn't Rebecca Saltzman!

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Posted by Stan James on 10/18/2012 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Endorsements Part II: Vote Bates, Capitelli, and Moore and Yes on Measures R and T

Bates?? No thanks. I'd vote for Kriss or Khalil over Bates

Are you aware of the situation with Synthetic Biology? Berkeley is set to become the world center for "synthetic biology".

Berkeley Scholar Raises Alarm on Synthetic Biology…

T – Berkeley West Berkeley Project – No , No , No!…

Faced with massive community opposition and the certainty of a successful referendum, the Mayor and Council majority placed this developer’s dream that up-zones and builds-out large chunks of West Berkeley directly on the ballot. The proposal benefits a few big property owners with no up-front community benefits. It creates significant environmental impacts that can’t be mitigated, including on traffic, air quality, and views to the hills. The measure does not include protections for Aquatic Park, despite the efforts of the Sierra Club, Audubon Society, Citizens for an East Shore State Park (CESP) and Aquatic Park EGRET.

West Berkeley is a thriving community of residents, artisans, light industry and small business. It was protected as such when the West Berkeley Plan was passed through a genuinely participatory community process. Recent changes to the West Berkeley zoning laws provide additional flexibility, and there is ample room to build and develop within the existing laws. Large parcels can be developed under the existing Development Agreement process by which Bayer was developed. That process includes significant community input and participation.

Claims that development under this measure will be limited are false. While only ten parcels qualify at this time, and only six can be developed in the first ten years, the City Council is empowered to change the terms of this measure once it is passed, and nothing prevents a future Council from altering the terms of parcel eligibility to allow an unlimited number of parcels to be developed in a new and intensive manner.

There are great many things West Berkeley does need, and this measure won’t provide any of them. Protect what we do have. Vote No on Measure T!

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Posted by Victoria Ashley on 10/18/2012 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Big Oil Targets Little Richmond, Again

Bates and Booze have been nothing but a disruptive force on the council. They continue to throw terms such as, Plantation Mentality, Wear your White Sheets, Klan Activists, and Racist around, driving, and often creating, a wedge between the people of this community. They are bullies, plain and simple. It is old school politics, which we have been getting away from, but they, and companies like Chevron, are determined to bring it back. Bates has been on and off the council for years, mayor twice, and what has he accomplished? He does nothing until election time. If you watch the previous two years council meetings you will really see him in action. It is only recently that he has settled down (and allowed Booze to pick up the baton) because he is up for election. I have no doubt in two years that Booze will all of a sudden find respect and politeness and then Bates will be the wild card because he is safe....actually if he is re-elected, I have no doubt he will resort to his true colors immediately.

These people are not on the side of the working class in Richmond. They have big $$ backing them and it would not surprise me if they are being mentored by spin doctors and big time politicos.
Sadly, there are people who appear to be buying their spin, and hate speeches.
Shades of Dick Cheney and Karl Rove. The truth however, never goes away.

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Posted by Bellah Zee on 10/18/2012 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Redefining Sex Work

The only way to help stop abuse is to legalize sex work like Canada did. How can people come out and proud when they fear being arrested, and how can those being abused get help when they too fear being punished by the law.

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Posted by Leila Love Swan on 10/18/2012 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Liberal v. Liberal

In general, I feel that Bonta and Guillen are both very capable individuals with substance; who would both represent us well in the State Assembly. As far as which one is the most liberal; i would say that there are times in which certain issues in our society are not liberal/moderate or conservative issues; but issues that one way or the other affects everyone. In such instances, one should not adhere to liberal or conservative concepts in order to develop solutions. Both men have core principles and will do what is best for the people that they represent; regardless of educational or socio-economic status. In sum, i have followed the 18th Assembly race since the beginning, and always felt that Bonta and Guillen were the most qualified candidates, and most capable of getting things done in Sacramento.

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Posted by tyron jordan on 10/18/2012 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Liberal v. Liberal

What a strange comment. Bonta's supported by just about every Democratic and Labor organization in the region. Vague comments about him voting conservative are clearly meant to misguide, his record in Alameda is anything but.

Bonta successfully worked to ensure that Measure B1, which is on the ballot, better met the needs of Oakland and Alameda, and supported housing for all peole, even in the face of entrenched NIMBY minority. There's no recall happening in Alameda, it's a silly smoke screen to allow people like the commenter to try and make it seem real.

Bonta has shown himself adept at building broad coalitions that get things done and if elected, he'll be a strong voice for the 18th Assembly District and represent Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro well.

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Posted by John Knox White on 10/18/2012 at 12:27 PM

Re: “BART Board Races Look Competitive

BART's financial problems, they have a surplus because they are offering less service, are a direct result of the expand at all cost mentality of past boards. The $7.5 Billion funding shortfall that Rebecca Saltzman discusses is not "her" number, it's MTC's number. MTC is the regional transportation funding agency for the Bay Area. BART's system is beginning to crumble, hundreds of thousands of riders are affected. Saltzman is the only candidate running who has a clear understanding of where BART is currently, and what is needed just to keep the system operating.

Saltzman's position on extensions is that BART needs to stop stealing from the existing system in order to expand service that is unable to cover its own costs. She is not anti-extension, she is anti-wasteful projects like the Oakland Airport connector that is costing us half-a-billion dollars for a system that will be less convenient than the current bus. She was pro-improving service to the airport, anti-goofy pet-projects. Saltzman has stated she'll support expanding service when it makes sense, but not at the continuing expense of the core, existing system.

Saltzman's experience working on transportation issues in the East Bay will make her a perfect BART Board member. Vote Saltzman for a strong BART.

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Posted by John Knox White on 10/18/2012 at 12:05 PM

Re: “BART Board Races Look Competitive

Rebecca Saltzman has by far the best understanding of BART's operations. Mr. Pegram thinks we can keep expanding to smaller and smaller cities farther and farther away while the core system crumbles. Rebecca Saltzman is the only candidate who is prepared to grapple with the deficit and make the system work as it needs to do to get people to and from work, rather than putting costly expansions that mostly benefit private contractors before the needs of the riders.

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Posted by dto510 aka Jonathan Bair on 10/18/2012 at 11:53 AM

Re: “BART Board Races Look Competitive

I fully support Rebecca Saltzman as D3 BART rep, and I think her priorities are aligned with those of D3 residents. Instead of spending BART's scarce resources on unnecessary boondoggles like the Oakland Airport Connector, she is committed to investing in the integrity and upkeep of core functions and systems. All the expansion in the world won't do us any good if the system keeps breaking down because we won't keep it in working order. Extra lines to San Jose will only compound the problem of overcrowding unless we invest in a new fleet of modern traincars.
What's more, station improvements within District 3 could do more to boost ridership than the dubious Livermore extension. We need to do a better job of serving the riders within the current system before reaching out to exurbia.

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Posted by Chris Kidd on 10/18/2012 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Endorsements Part II: Vote Bates, Capitelli, and Moore and Yes on Measures R and T

Clearly, according to the Express, the only criterion worth considering is whether the candidate is prodevelopment. Nothing else matters, right?

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Posted by Fran Haselsteiner on 10/18/2012 at 12:02 AM

Re: “Big Oil Targets Little Richmond, Again

As a 12-year resident of Richmond, I've watched the recent renaissance of our city with pride and astonishment. We can thank the grassroots organizing to support enlightened policies and city planning (championed by the Richmond Progressive Alliance and others) for the wonderful turnaround. Why anyone would want to return to the disgraceful medieval days of a Chevron-dominated city government is beyond me. But that's exactly what the oil giant is spending over $1 million to achieve. I urge all Richmond voters to reject the politics of the past that kept us mired in pollution, corruption, and violence. Let's earn our emerging reputation for credibility and integrity by telling Chevron and their candidates Bates, Bell and Roberson -- this election is not for sale.

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Posted by Ginger Grant on 10/17/2012 at 8:10 PM

Re: “AC Transit Director Faces Tough Fight

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Posted by Editor on 10/17/2012 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Redefining Sex Work

How do we have an honest conversation about sex work if we don't talk about male privilege and the idea that men somehow deserve access to the bodies of others, even if they have to pay for it or take it? Why do the johns always seem to get a free pass?

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Posted by armyofwon on 10/17/2012 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Big Oil Targets Little Richmond, Again

John thanks for reminding us again about how it used to be and why Big Oil and Big Soda are spending obscene amounts of money to re-corrupt Richmond.

Make Chevron accountable to the PEOPLE of Richmond Elect Eduardo Martinez and Marilyn Langlois!!!

Stop Chevron's Killer Bs - Dump Mr. Chevron, Nat Bates and forget about Mr. Chevron II Gary Bell. Fortunately we don't have to worry about Bea Roberson, she is her own worst enemy. And young Jael is a feeble attempt by the Bates/Hancock/Skinner axis to thwart Progressive Democrats in Richmond like they are in Berkeley.

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Posted by Andrés Soto on 10/17/2012 at 4:53 PM

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