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Re: “In Dissing Oakland, Dubs Owners Are Making a Big Mistake

Chris - Thanks for saying whats on the mind of all long-time Warrior supporters. Those of us that are not just fans, but support the team with our tax dollars and attendance through the long dark years. Home run.

Posted by David Peters on 10/18/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Warehouse Weed Farming in Richmond's Wild West

Richmond Mayor T. King Butt wants to right the wrongs that were done to African Americans during the war years when Blacks were not allowed to live in Richmond.
Consequently, they were forced to live in unincorporated North Richmond. Currently, King Butt wants to annex North Richmond to right those wrongs done to the Black population. However, this is a cover for what he really wants and that is the land for growing cannabis of which Noth Richmond has plenty of because there used to be nurseries there.

Posted by Charles T. Smith on 10/17/2017 at 9:33 PM

Re: “In Dissing Oakland, Dubs Owners Are Making a Big Mistake

Karma will teach them just like its teaching the niners and the Raiders....and the bandwagon fans that "love the warriors" will be just like the niners giving away they seat licences and tickets for the trick or treaters next week....great job Chris!!!!

Posted by Lil Bartholo on 10/17/2017 at 4:10 PM

Re: “In Dissing Oakland, Dubs Owners Are Making a Big Mistake

Unfortunately, the Warriors owners are once again showing that the owners of sports franchises in America are not only arrogant and greedy, but absolutely tone deaf in their relentless search for more and more money. Is it ever enough and will they ever realize that it is the fans that make the whole thing work? The NFL owners are well on their way to killing the golden goose with their greedy desire to add Thursday night football and ultimately expand the schedule. They approved the move of two franchises to an LA market that has shown over and over again that the football team they love is the USC Trojans. I can see the Rams returning, but the insanity of moving the Chargers to an LA market where they have no fans, are not a good team and are playing in a soccer stadium in Carson is mind boggling. At the end of the day, the team the LA fans wanted was the Raiders and they are moving to Las Vegas. Mark Davis has shown nothing but outright disrespect for the City of Oakland and one of the most loyal fan bases anywhere, ever. After appearing in a Super Bowl, Jed York and his ego screwed the 49ers for at least a decade by turning his back on San Francisco and moving into a concrete hot box Santa Clara. The fans of Oakland and the east bay supported the Warriors through at least 20 years of losing and the thanks they get is an announcement of a move to SF as soon as they got a championship team. Not only that, they are trying to screw the city on the way out. I don't know about you, but I believe in karma. It is a powerful energy in the universe that is pervasive in all aspects of the human existence. Yes, even more than money. After a 12-4 record last season and despite Davis trying to placate the fans with the signing of Marshawn Lynch, the departing Raiders all of a sudden can't seem to do anything right. I wonder how much mojo will follow the Warriors to SF? Fan loyalty lasts a lot longer than a maximum 3-5 year run of success any sports franchise can put together. After Curry and Durant decline or depart, will SF give them die hard fans that sell the place out? I seriously doubt it.

Posted by Gary Patton on 10/17/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “In Dissing Oakland, Dubs Owners Are Making a Big Mistake

chirs you sound like an asshole here , chill out . we love the warriors

Posted by Sh Sh Boba on 10/17/2017 at 3:08 PM

Re: “In Dissing Oakland, Dubs Owners Are Making a Big Mistake

FYI "Its not even a lot of money for someone like you" is never a persuasive argument, if that is what you are trying to do.

Posted by tonydyk on 10/17/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Another Unnecessary Sports Expense

Scott McKibben was sued along with the Anschutz Entertainment Group for rigging the sale of a newspaper in 2005.

It looks like Mr. McKibben's contract is intended to prevent another potential executive from having any opportunity to uncover what has been done including why O.Co sponsorship of the Coliseum ended in the months before the Raiders announced a move.

Posted by Mari jones on 10/17/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “East Bay Children's Book Project Is in Peril

I guess the Oakland city government could care less, just like they do with the public libraries. Literacy and attending to the more vulnerable members of our society isn't their concern. Why would it be when the tech and real estate industries are more important?

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 10/16/2017 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Will Oakland Adopt a Mansion Tax?

Another approach that would could more effectively address the issues of gentrification and displacement would be a speculative gains tax imposed at the time of sale on properties that have been acquired and resold within a one or two year period. Consider what effect this might have had on Deutsche Bank, which acquired and then resold about 1,000 foreclosed homes in Oakland. Many of them when to investors looking for a quick buck who then "flipped" the properties.

Posted by Vivian Kahn on 10/15/2017 at 9:54 PM

Re: “East Bay Children's Book Project Is in Peril

I get books for my middle school students from here. It's an invaluable resource for our public school teachers, this will be a huge loss if they dont get a space.

Posted by Haxan Festival on 10/14/2017 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Watching the Watchdog

Apart from the failings of our current City Auditor, it helps to consider that of the last 4 City Auditors, only one of the them, Courtney Ruby, even came close to scrutinizing the politically powerful. I see her report on pension funding problems the high point of her term in office. The report was issued, Ruby publicized it well, spoke before Council, and that was the end of it. She gave it a good try and then gave up in the face of an unreceptive City Council and an electorate that was more concerned with how to save for their own retirements than worry about how the city would pay for its retirement obligations.

Roland Smith's most controversial audit was questioning the car allowances given to city officials.

Before Smith we had Norma Lau. Ms. Lau was elected to 5 terms in office. People often talk of the "beloved" Norma Lau. A former staff member of hers explained that Norma Lau often told him that to survive as Auditor you have "to go along, to get along." I asked him about the OPD overtime audit I had heard her office performed. He said it was effectively a whitewash.

Interesting thing is that Ms Roberts did hire some very "heavy" internal auditors, such as the former head of Kaiser's internal audit dept. The mystery is why Ms. Roberts would hire someone like that but not give them free rein to do their job.

I'm not sure what the long-term solution is to give our City Auditors the backbone to audit the heck out of city operations and contracts. Making it an appointed position under the City Administrator or Mayor would make any Auditor, even more, risk averse. Making Auditor a civil service position is worth considering but also guarantees the Auditor won't be answerable to the voters. It doesn't guarantee that they'll aggressively audit and earn the trust of potential whistleblowers that their tips won't get sent to the round file. Raising the compensation of the Auditor to that of the City Attorney is part of the solution to attracting qualified candidates. It's a lot to expect a successful CPA or Internal Auditor upper manager from private industry to take a job that pays less than private industry and rewards aggressive auditing with 0 job security.

(MJ, if I got the facts wrong about the procedures of the County Democrat endorsement process, blame my ignorance of the opaque process. I naively thought both of us would go to the full group, and get grilled about issues and platforms. That didn't happen. When Ms. Roberts turn came first, out came something like "I'm proud and gratified to be endorsed by...." and she rattled off virtually every well known elected local Democratic official. Ms. Roberts ignored the questions and repeated something irrelevant about how she supported Women's Rights and Equal Opportunity. I watched the delegates nod their approval automatically. I was disappointed and knew I was a dead man walking, but I kept on campaigning and educating voters about the issues. Plus I enjoyed talking with voters and learning a lot about Oakland issues from them. A couple of years after my route, I went back and ran for a seat on the Dem Central Comm. as a Berniecrat with a platform of requiring endorsed candidates to support repeal of the police officers bill of rights. I had thought people were uninformed about the job of Auditor. I found they were even less informed about the role of the Dem Central Comm. )

Len Raphael, CPA
Temescal

Posted by Len Raphael on 10/13/2017 at 2:32 AM

Re: “Watching the Watchdog

Len -

I need to call you out on your statement that the full committee and Democratic Party endorsed Ms. Roberts. This is factually incorrect and you knew this. I pulled her from the consent calendar and this made sense to give you and her an opportunity to make your case. On that meeting I and other members made the case against Ms. Roberts. It just a fact. We are all entitled to our own opinion and you certainly are but not entitled to your own facts.

MJ

Posted by oaklandnow on 10/13/2017 at 12:44 AM

Re: “Watching the Watchdog

Interesting that no one comments that Roberts is doing a good job.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 10/12/2017 at 10:59 PM

Re: “How Peet's Starbucked Itself

The Thrill is Gone:
I have drunk Peet's for 41 years. I still remember THE most ethereal cup of coffee I ever drank: Jamaica Blue Mountain, 1981. But I have drunk my last. For years, I lived in Berkeley and made weekly coffee runs to the original Peet's store at Walnut & Vine. The staff was knowledgeable, and proud of where they worked. And no matter where I lived in the country over the past three decades, I ordered Peet's coffee & had it shipped to me. No more. The quality of the coffee has plummeted from the lofty standards of Mr. Peet. And the stores look like they've been McDonalized. I loved Peet's. But the thrill is gone. Mr. Peet would turn over in his grave. DMD

Posted by Dogzz on 10/12/2017 at 8:40 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Made False Statements About ICE Raid

Hi Bruce,

No, that's incorrect. Police Chief Kirkpatrick did state that she gave erroneous information to the OPD Public Information Officer and that information was disseminated by OPD and then later deleted. There were never any warrants or allegations of sexual trafficking, as OPD has confirmed.

Posted by Tracy Rosenberg on 10/12/2017 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

Linda Lonay was my landlord and deserves any negative press coming her way. When I lived in her place, it became infested by mice. When I complained, her and her husband simply dropped off mouse traps. After my roommate and I killed/disposed all of the mice, the master tenant moved out. She then proceeded to raise our rent by nearly $1,000/month, WAY above what that place was worth. This was actually highly illegal, as our communications would have legally qualified me as a tenant not a sub tenant. Still, the place was in such poor condition, infested by mold (which her and her husband just told me to "open the window to avoid" and didn't fix it), and in such a horrible neighborhood (crackheads EVERYWHERE) that I wanted to just avoid conflict and move out of there. All of the tenants who moved into the complex after me were white, Asian, Indian, or tech workers. Her and her husband are racist, greedy people. I was very happy to see this article, and hope they get what they deserve! Definitely rent from Linda Lonay and Muhammed Hooshmand if you want to pay $3300/month for a moldy 2 bedroom on 34th and Market in West Oakland!

Posted by Andrew Levin on 10/12/2017 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Watching the Watchdog

Len, the Alameda Party Democratic Party did not "unanimously" endorse Brendra Roberts. I, for one, voted for you because you had an actual plan of which agencies you were going to audit and why. Roberts had platitudes.

Ironically, it was Sharon Ball, a member of the Central Committee, who argued that we should endorse Roberts and convinced many committee members to do the same.

Posted by Margarita Lacabe on 10/12/2017 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Made False Statements About ICE Raid

Sorry Ms Rosenberg,

Per this statement:

Among the issues raised by Hofer:
On the day of the raid, the OPD issued a notification saying ICE was carrying out a "sex trafficking" operation involving "juveniles."

But there is no evidence that the raid was conducted pursuant to any sex trafficking allegations. OPD later deleted the notification and issued a different one stating it was a "human trafficking" investigation instead.

In this article:
https://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/a…

There was in fact said statement made. You have alleged it was OPDs imagination with no supporting information.

The rest of your statement is seems accurate. There was no sex trafficking, but that SEEMS to be what they were told and what they reported.

I did in fact read the much earlier article. It does seem that OPD was manipulated by ICE, at least from the perspective of an arm chair quarterback.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/12/2017 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Chief Made False Statements About ICE Raid

There wasn't any sex trafficking alleged. OPD has acknowledged providing false information to the TV stations. The sex trafficking was a figment of OPD's imagination. It's not possible to be held responsible for condoning something that never existed in the first place. With regard to non-sexual trafficking, there were no victims, the non-juvenile (age 20) taken from the house was returned to it BY ICE, and the young man (age 25) arrested has been charged with nothing but being undocumented seven weeks later. The only thing OPD could be seen as doing is not participating in a civil immigration arrest. Both Oakland's sanctuary policy and OPD's own internal policy stat that OPD does not and should not participate in civil immigration arrests. It doesn't require any armchair quarterbacking. Getting the facts is neither demagoguery nor divisiveness. It's how you ascertain what actually happened apart from various people's representations of what happened.

Posted by Tracy Rosenberg on 10/12/2017 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Watching the Watchdog

Ms. Roberts changed her registration from American Independent to Dem on the day she registered to run for Auditor.

That's the offshoot of the segregationist party formed by the bad old George Wallace before he recanted some of his racism.

The Alameda County Dem Council knew both of our registration histories ahead of their vote.

They also knew that several years before I was a registered Republican who switched to Democrat and that I had contributed money and time to Obamba campaign.

Before the County Dems unanimously endorsed Ms. Roberts, one of the ACDCC members told me how the ACCDC was sure Brenda thought that American Independent Party registration just meant "independent."

For that to be true, Ms. Roberts for years would have had to have tossed the election mailers from the AIP without glancing at them.

Reading how she treated her black staffer like a slave, puts that American Independent Party registration in a different light.

Posted by Len Raphael on 10/12/2017 at 12:07 PM

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