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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

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

At the end of the day, you can't squeeze orange juice from a rock. The bottom line is that the City of Oakland is broke. For workers to expect to be among the highest paid public employees in the bay area is delusional. A 4 % initial and retroactive salary increase seems to me to be fair. To connect future raises to revenue projections seems to be a fiscally responsible approach.My question is where was the fiscal responsibility when the budget adopted in June of this year included no money for employee raises? Why would you do that unless you wanted to use that omission as a future bargaining tool to limit the scope of upcoming labor agreements. In my view, both city management and the union employees need a dose of reality. First of all, every time there is a budget problem in Oakland, the cuts seem to always be made at the lower staff levels. The city always seem to have money for high paid unnecessary managers in the Mayor and City Administrators offices. If times are tough Mayor Schaaf, you and Ms Landreth need start by looking around your tables and making some cuts. I read that the Asst City Administrator is retiring. There is one unnecessary position that does not need to be filled. That alone would save over 200 K a year. I am sure there are other high paid unnecessary managers organization wide who could disappear and nobody would know the difference.The bottom line would get much more bang for the buck if some of that level of staff came off the payroll. Secondly, as a group, City of Oakland employees are far from being the best motivated efficient and competent group in the bay area. There are some good employees, but the lack of leadership and proper training over time has left many who do the minimum and expect to get paid like top performers. Beyond the past and continuing inept bungling of the Ghost Ship fire issues, ask anybody you know who resides in Oakland. Whenever you contact the City about a problem, you can generally expect that your experience will not be good. What you get are bad attitudes, people who do not return calls, can't explain or don't know the policies and usually there is no follow up. Your salary should be commensurate with your performance and City of Oakland employees generally are far from the top in comparison with other cities. These folks need take the 4% retroactive for 2 years, negotiate the language of future adjustments now or later and get back to work..

Posted by Gary Patton on 12/05/2017 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Cheeseboard Alumni Launch Dimond Slice Pizza

Don't use the CB name to promote other businesses that are trying to copy CB. Do your journalism.

Posted by zetetic on 12/04/2017 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Monday Must Reads: Brown to Endorse Schaaf for Mayor of Oakland; Governor Rakes in Millions for Ballot Measures

This lady is tough, consistent, stands up for Oakland and really works hard on crime and homeless problems. She gets my vote and I don't live in Oakland. Best thing that has happened for Oakland in a very long time.

Posted by RLT on 12/04/2017 at 9:40 PM

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

Oakland is a tough City to work in. There are too few staff to meet City Council/Mayor demands. We are paid less than our counterpoints in other Bay Area cities and have been for years. "Wait until next contract" is what we hear every time. Well, no more.

Posted by Veritegrity on 12/04/2017 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Alameda Health Systems Removes License Plate Reader Surveillance Camera from Highland Hospital in Oakland

Kudos and thanks to Privacy advocate and researcher Mike Katz-Lacabe !!!

Posted by Amelie Love on 12/04/2017 at 6:21 PM

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

The City of Oakland affordable housing ordinance adopted last year was as much of a joke as the budget the Republicans are trying to ram through Congress. The City of Oakland politicians knew as far back as 2006 that they could never collect enough fees to even begin to address the affordable housing needs. The only way to make sure that affordable units are built is to require them to be built alongside and at the same time as market rate projects. As one reader noted, the creation of zones did absolutely nothing. s A 2006 study concluded that the only places where land values can support new construction of affordable units is in the downtown, Broadway corridor, Montclair, Temescal and Rockridge neighborhoods. The City Council did not have the balls to take on those neighborhoods in 2006 and 10 years later the current ordinance again fails to deal with the issues for what they really are. The development community does not want to build in affordability into their projects, white neighbors in those neighborhoods don't want it and there is nobody in City Hall, including the Mayor who will fight for it. Look at what happned at E12th st last year. The Mayor and City Council actually broke the law in order to circumvent the affordability issues for a project there. It was only after the neighborhood outrage became too loud and EBX surfaced a cautionary letter from the City Attorney that the project was modified to include affordable housing. The City of Oakland cannot even coordinate building and fire inspections to keep people from dying in unsafe warehouses. Do you really think they will collect 7 million dollars from developers who have units in the ground already completed? What kind of a scam ordinance allows developers to proceed with construction and promise to pay later? This has as much chance for success as trickle down economics.

Posted by Gary Patton on 12/04/2017 at 3:43 PM

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

I live in East Oakaland and truth be told, I don't see much in the way of building going on. Why is it significant that the fees don't kick in for another 8 months or so?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 12/04/2017 at 3:14 PM

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