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Re: “Will Oakland Adopt a Mansion Tax?

The split isn't invariant... It's part of the contract. There shouldn't be an issue if two (or more entities) chose to split how a fee is paid as the author states.

That said, this is part an parcel of the mess made of state and local finances by prop 13.

While the proposal seems as at least a partial solution, I'm especially troubled by

"Although Kalb hasn't proposed a specific plan yet..."

The devil is ALWAYS in the details and suddenly this looks more like a grandstand statement from a politician, prematurely reported, than a real solution.

I'm of the opinion that far more could be done by devising better transfer rules for commercial property. I'd like to note that while San Francisco is being held up as a leader in this area, even they haven't solved the "creative" deal structuring that causes commercial property transfers to result in flat tax revenues and billions lost to the public coffers... while lawyers and corporations enrich themselves at the expense of the public.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/03/2017 at 10:57 PM

Re: “Project Censored

Apparently Random Length News is unaware of lengthy and in-depth articles and series on these very coverage of most of these topics by:

The New Republic

Mother Jones News

The Atlantic

and last but far from least,

The Prospect.

EBX is now going outside it's own ranks for poor journalism and research.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/03/2017 at 10:41 PM

Re: “Federal Judge: No More Officers to Face Discipline for Mishandling Oakland Police Sex Crimes Case

Racial profiling is a good test of ideology. If police stop Blacks more often than their proportion of the city population, is that evidence of racial profiling? No. Now watch this video of a double laptop theft at a Starbucks in Alameda. If you soon thought it was reasonable for employees and customers to be suspicious, was that racial profiling? No - suspicion is not conclusion.
https://www.facebook.com/AlamedaPD/videos/…

Posted by Charlie Pine on 10/03/2017 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Will Oakland Adopt a Mansion Tax?

Much depends on the details. For example how would this be applied to the sale of multi-unit rental, residential and commercial? There are different economic, equity, social policy effects from imposing a higher rate on a $100 Million sale of a residential building with 100 units that are valued at 1Mill each vs the sale of a mansion for $100 Million.

Not clear to me that raising the transfer tax won't raise rents and housing prices.

There is also the same equity that exists with any tax based on gross sales, whether it be our regular business tax or the transfer tax on real estate gross sales price: the selling price (gross business receipts) bears 0 correlation with the profit made by the seller. California cities are forbidden by state law to impose any kind of income tax, so they're stuck raising revenue with various kinds of sales taxes, fees, and parcel taxes.

Another problem is the extremely cyclical pattern of transfer taxes and the historically proven inability of Oakland elected officials to budget for more than a couple of years at a time. They basically do "checkbook balance" budgeting: if they have the money in the short term, they'll commit to long-term costs that could seriously harm paying for critical services when the real estate cycle turns down. A graduated transfer tax should be part of a charter measure mandating long-term budgeting and much higher rainy day reserves, backed up by an independent budget analyst such as SF has. and Councilmember Guillen proposed.

Posted by Len Raphael on 10/03/2017 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Local Baker Says Walmart Stole Her Work

This is ridiculous and unprofessional Walmart needs to be held responsible and start talking, there has been no response after a complaint was made and if this how Walmart thinks they can do business then maybe the public needs to know and start shopping elsewhere as they clearly do not care about patents and the lively hood that sole business owners go through, they care only about there money and not the effects it has on others. SMH

Posted by Tina Sahi on 10/03/2017 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Alameda's Boichik Bagels is a Game-Changer

Try Townie bagels in Palm Springs, best in so cal

Posted by Andrew W on 10/03/2017 at 7:15 PM

Re: “The East Bay's Longest-Running Brunch Spots

Oakland Grill?

Posted by Joe Zahner on 10/03/2017 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Alameda's Boichik Bagels is a Game-Changer

All bagels, like dogs, are good bagels, especially if we're talking everything. Yes, even the awful ones. But to claim there are actually good bagels in the Bay Area is false. Serviceable, yes. Will I eat the life out of them every weekend? You bet. But come on, now, let's not kid ourselves. Authentic and Beauty's are fine, no more, no less. Matt A, you need a bagel education.

I wholeheartedly welcome the prospect of a new bagel overlord into our midst. May you contribute to everyone's ultimate goal of a bagel a day, whether they know it or not.

Posted by O.W. on 10/03/2017 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Alameda's Boichik Bagels is a Game-Changer

Yay, Emily! Your hard work's paid off - and no surprise - people noticed! The boichick bagel is small but mighty, just like you. Chewy and malty and with that crust you only get from boiling them first, I'll sign up when the CSB gets off the ground.

Posted by Suzanne Schellenberg on 10/03/2017 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Alameda's Boichik Bagels is a Game-Changer

Beauty's is much better than H&H ever was. We're super lucky to have it.

Posted by Matt A on 10/03/2017 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Former Corso Chef Readies Juanita & Maude in Albany

That's right: Nizza la Bella. Please correct it.

Posted by Cannolo on 10/03/2017 at 6:51 AM

Re: “Federal Judge: No More Officers to Face Discipline for Mishandling Oakland Police Sex Crimes Case

Judge Orrick's decision shows how low are his low expectations for OPD.

Posted by Len Raphael on 10/03/2017 at 2:40 AM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

I think Kaval is being disingenuous. He said he has done neighborhood surveys. I know he had a meeting at La Estrellita, but that restarant is no longer representative of the neighborhood population. His whole mantra is private funding. Well that is appropriate as they are owned by a man fabulously wealthy who has drained the club of talent through his GM and just year after year received big money from MLB. You have the bond issue which we here in Oakland passed to improve water quality at the lake and the channel leading to it. For the first time in years folks are seeing striped bass in the lake and more fish from the bay. The walkway along the channel is lovely, and it has been money well spent. The Lake is the oldest bird sanctuary in the country and there is no study of noise implications for the wildlife that has returned to the area. I understood that there was money to be made available for the Coli site for infrastructure . Is that same money there for this project that was sprung on us?/ As the young man said, traffic around there is horrible in rush hour as we only have seventh street. No one entions that on the other side of Laney is OUSD headquarters scheduled for a rebuild. There are also three schools, Dewey , Met West and La Escualita. These schools plus Laney already have a trffic impact and when OUSD returns it promises to be greater still. 60 years ago the community was disrupted for the Nimitz and that is why the Buddhist Temple sits across from the park in front of Lake Merritt BART, as it was moved there. You now have a smaller temple a block from Laney as well. We all know that both East Lake and Chinatown will sufer massive disruption from this project. I am hoping Mr. Kaval is not totally wedded to this site and looks at Howard or the Coliseum, where he couldhave the advantage of being the sole tenant. The old Coli without Mt. Davis was a wonderful venue with it's veiw of the hilss an wonderful weather. The A's hav proven they can draw there, but most fans are like me. I will b glued to my tv set during the playoffs watching the ex A's play for contenders which this team has a possibility of being in the next year or so. Past practice tells us Beane will trade our budding talent as we are notably a farm team for other big league teams. I love the A's, but it hurts being one of their fans and this adds to the hurt.

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 10/02/2017 at 4:10 PM

Re: “When Good Intentions Go Horribly Wrong

As someone with significant dietary restrictions that frequents Mission Heirloom (once a week, for the past six months) my biggest issue is the portion sizes, specifically the ratio of animal protein to vegetables/carbs. They are very moderate/light on animal protein and I frequently have to spend $6 for an extra "scoop" of animal protein. The Shepard's Pie in particular has significantly declined in quality over the past couple of months, particularly in regards to the issue of substantial lamb in the dish. Often, when I pay for my "extra scoop", as a "team leader" phrased it, it seems that they take it out of the dish and put it on the side, rather than really filling the bowl with lamb under the vegetables and supplying the extra serving on the side. I have given my feedback directly to the restaurant, as I consider myself a part of the community (I spend about a $800 a month at Mission Heirloom between weekly meals and from what I buy in their "market"). "Leading with a protein" is a paleo concept that abundant in the books on the shelves in the restaurant,and I hope they continue to work on reflecting that key concept in their food so I not only feel well from the lack of toxins, but am also nourished and have had sufficient, which is of equal importance.

Posted by Jake Nilson on 10/02/2017 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

Mauricio, I think with the top-quality education you're getting from Laney, you can do better than a low-paying stadium/arena job.

Posted by Russell Mondy on 10/02/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

@Russell

I completely agree that there are legitimate concerns that will need to be answered by the Athletics. Most important, how will the A's look to lease/purchase the land, how will it benefit the college and how can we minimize the negative impact of neighborhood gentrification? Now that the MLB season's over for the A's, I fully expect the team to work with both the local community, the college and the city to develop an integrated plan.

The reality is gentrification has been going on in Oakland for quite awhile. When downtown Oakland is only a 15 min BART ride away from SF and you're located in one of the most expensive metro areas in the US, some people are going to get squeezed out of desirable neighborhoods with our without the stadium being built.

Tighter rent control seems like a sensible solution to protect those long-time residents that are most vulnerable. Again, with our without a new ballpark being built...

Posted by Damon M on 10/02/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

Corporate sports and their fans rule cities. They could care less about neighborhoods and schools being disrupted, or the businesses and people whose lives will be adversely effected. Nope. It's all about giving way to millionaires throwing a ball around.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 10/02/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Laney Students and Staff Express Concerns About the A’s Ballpark Plans

Concerns about the gentrifying affect of the ballpark, as well as the health of our community college system are legitimate.

The city will undoubtedly spend money on improving infrastructure and those improvements mean that working class renters will get squeezed out by the "invisible hand of the market." Parents will need to move further from their work, children will have to change schools, all displaced people will be uprooted from their community of friends and neighbors.

The city could ameliorate some of the stress this causes people, who are legitimately concerned, by tightening Oakland rent control.

I've read elsewhere that the Peralta Community College District would not be selling this public land but rather leasing it. If that were to provide a steady source of income, at a fair market rate, I would be inclined to support a land lease. That money could cetainly be used to improve the Colleges in the Peralta District.

Posted by Russell Ibrahim Blank on 10/01/2017 at 7:28 PM

Re: “The East Bay's Longest-Running Brunch Spots

How did you leave off the Rockridge Cafe?

Posted by Lisa Feldman on 10/01/2017 at 5:26 PM

Re: “The East Bay's Longest-Running Brunch Spots

Ole's is terrible! The food is much better at Jim's on Lincoln. BUT, the best brunch spot isn't even on this list and I'm not going to ruin it for myself by telling everyone. The lines are too long as it is.

Posted by Richard Haick on 10/01/2017 at 11:15 AM

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