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Re: “Citing Possible School Closures and Fiscal Problems, Oakland School Board Denies New Charter School Petition

Same old same old. The people who profit from public schools want more funding. The best schools in Oakland are charter. And probably the worst. What Oakland needs to do is close another 1/3 of its schools, there simply is no need for them. They eat up too many resources to teach too few students.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 11/10/2017 at 9:38 AM

Re: “OPD’s Lost Officer Class

If you detain a firefighter AT a fire station, you are an idiot cop.

Posted by Nathan Hyatt on 11/10/2017 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

Naomi Schiff is spot on. There is a certified EIR at the Coliseum site. Beyond spending several hundred thousand dollars on the EIR and Area Plan, the now defunct Redevelopment Agency (City Council) spent millions of dollars over the last 20 years acquiring private properties adjacent to the Coliseum. The purpose for that major expenditure of public money was always to build at least one and maybe two new regional sports facilities. Now, the citizens are supposed to forget about those millions of dollars and support a new site (Laney) that requires starting all over. Not to mention the obvious traffic, environmental and economic impacts on sensitive wetlands and one of Oaklands economically challenged ethnic neighborhoods. To walk away from the Coliseum at this point is the ultimate example of fiscal irresponsibility by public officials.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/10/2017 at 9:00 AM

Re: “New Ballpark Could Devastate Lake Merritt's Birds

The As are no longer a community team. They are a sports entertainment corporation willing to destroy Oakland's downtown community and Lake Merritt for the almighty dollar. I'd rather say goodbye to them than to the wildlife at Lake Merritt, which is the crowning jewel for Oakland. The A's stadium if built nearby will definitely kill our Lake, its birds and the wildlife there. In addition, low income communities of color will be displaced again because of the changes the new construction will bring.

The As shipped in non Oakland fans from other cities to claim their stake for the stadium at the Peralta Board meeting this Fall. Then this week their propaganda team at the Oakland Chamber of Commerce claimed 62% of Oakland voters support the stadium. I wonder who they actually surveyed? Definitely not the residents who live in the area.

No,this stadium will be a big black eye for Oakland. I'd rather say bye to the A's than to the birds and Mother Nature in our City. All the billions of dollars the A's project will come in for Oakland in a decade is simply cold, hard cash without a soul for those wanting a piece of the pie. It won't even help those people who will get displaced, including the birds and lives inside the Lake. If Lake Merritt is destroyed in the process due to the A's stadium, Oakland will not be the winner here at all.

Posted by Kit Vaq on 11/10/2017 at 1:51 AM

Re: “Oakland Landlord Beefs with City, Calls for 'No More Homeless Camps,' with Halloween Decorations

These comments are unbelievable. Obviously they are coming from people that so not pay much in the way of taxes that most functioning people do,

Posted by Jerry Howe on 11/10/2017 at 1:23 AM

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

Good luck Emily. I ran a cottage food biz for a couple years in Santa Rosa, not just bagels but a variety of Jewish style breads, challah, rye (with sourdough), bialys, bagels, challah, babka. Its hard making a profit because the basic expenses of water and energy run high, so you need high volume, hard to accomplish if youre the sole baker. Youll have delivery expenses too, just gas alone. Finding clients who will pay the premium price if $3@ for a small bagel will be a challenge. All the best of luck to you!
Joy (formerly NJoybread!)

Posted by Joy Danzig on 11/09/2017 at 10:06 PM

Re: “The Mythical End of the Black-Market Farmer

The growers in my Richmond buildings are struggling to survive the recent collapse in wholesale pot prices. Last year $3,000 per pound, today $1,200 if they can sell at all. Three major illegal grows are being shut down this week. I lowered the rent for the last remaining grow we rent to. It is interesting to note that while wholesale prices have collapsed the retail price remains unchanged at $4,800 per lb. Licensed dispensary margins are now nearing 200% profit.

Posted by Mark Howe on 11/09/2017 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Citing Possible School Closures and Fiscal Problems, Oakland School Board Denies New Charter School Petition

Too little too late OUSD school board, time for a recall!

Posted by Susan Larion-Townsend on 11/09/2017 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Access Denied

I tried registering using a Spanish family name and had to verify using phone, credit card, or in the mail. When I used an Anglo family name, there was no such verification.. interesting...

Posted by nochillnu on 11/09/2017 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Wednesday’s Briefing: Democrats Score Big Victories; Majority of Oaklanders Like Laney Ballpark Site

So I am supposed to believe that a poll commissioned by the Chamber of Commerce concluded that 62% of Oakland residents support the ballpark at the Laney site. That statistic and it's conclusion are both ridiculous. However, there is no explanation of the statistical data underlying the poll or any idea what questions were asked and who was asked. The number was obviously extrapolated from a much smaller sample size and it would be instructive to know who those people are. My gut tells me that of course the folks in Temescal, Rockridge, North Hills and Montclair neighborhoods would love to run down to the Laney site to go to a ballgame. After all, they would then never need to drive through East Oakland, unless they are on their way to the Airport, to see how the rest of the City lives. Many of the folks in Central East Oakland do not care about the A's or where the ballpark is located.Many do not speak English and others are too focused on raising their kids and keeping the lights on. They don't have extra money to go to sporting events, no matter where the stadium is built. I find this article irresponsible and just an early sign of the public relations campaign that the A's have embarked on in order to politically crush the legitimate objections of folks in the East Lake neighborhood.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/09/2017 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Prosperity or Displacement?

East Lake residents and business owners should make sure that the media and the people in City Hall do not let Carl Chan, the so called unofficial Mayor of Chinatown, speak for them. Carl Chan has only one objective and that has always been to make money for the property owners and businesses in Chinatown. He is a long time political operative depended upon to bring Chinatown into the fold for generally whatever City Hall wants to push forward.The East Lake community is comprised of newer American immigrants from Laos, Vietnam, Burma and Cambodia. Their language, cultures and economic interests are not the same. The East Lake community was successful 2 years ago in fighting the Mayor and City Hall on the proposed high rise on E12th st. They need to mobilize some of the same leadership to represent them in this ballpark issue. Do not let the economic interests of Chinatown drive the discussion of what is best for East Lake.

Posted by Gary Patton on 11/09/2017 at 4:26 PM

Re: “OPD’s Lost Officer Class

In some respects, Mr. Morris does raise a valid point. The Oakland Police Department continues to face a number of serious allegations, many of which stem from the shameful actions of some of its newly hired officers who do not deserve to wear the uniform and serve the public. Police officers who engage in sexual conduct with prostitutes disgrace their honorable vocation. However, I think that it would benefit Mr. Morris and the East Bay Express to scrutinize one particular element of this story: "It also included Anthony Martinelli, who pulled a gun on an off-duty Oakland firefighter and his young son while the firefighter was checking the door at one of the stations." Firefighter Jones' claim was demonstrably false, and body camera footage released by the Oakland PD demonstrated that Officer Martinelli's actions were in compliance with police department policy. His actions were also deemed reasonable by a number of independent law enforcement experts. Here is a link that shows the body camera footage so the readers can draw their own conclusions:

http://naev.ortqg.club/Z9EYH72OMMI/Aug_15_OPD_detention_of_firefighter_Keith_Jones_body_camera_footage_Officer_Anthony_Martinelli/video.html

My point is this: There are a number of people who absolutely deserve to have their names dragged through the mud as the Oakland Police Department seeks to rid itself of officers who shame the uniform and vocation. However, let's stop dividing ourselves. Let's avoid inflammatory allegations and false narratives. Instead, let's commit ourselves to a relentless pursuit of truth which will pave the way towards meaningful dialogue that will find resolution to these serious issues. Our legislators and media professionals should lead this effort, and should be held responsible for sticking to the facts so that we can work together towards a solution. I would encourage the East Bay Express to do some fact checking and commit to holding those accountable who have done the public wrong while also avoiding the trap of finger pointing and shaming those who do not deserve it.

Posted by jack kellerman on 11/09/2017 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Prosperity or Displacement?

"It can make the city more clean, less homeless" REALLY? A baseball park will eliminate homelessness and miraculously make the city clean? Or maybe he means the city will hide the homeless away from all the suburbanites coming to the new ballpark.

Believe me, the billionaires and their corporations are ready to turn Eastlake and Chinatown into playgrounds for A's fans. Do you think the average baseball fan gives two shits about neighborhoods being emptied out for them and their dollars? No, as long as "their" team wins they don't care who suffers because of it.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/09/2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “OPD’s Lost Officer Class

At some point OPD should be given free reign to do whatever they want, lawful or not. Oh, wait...they already are!

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/09/2017 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Oakland Council Approves Giant Oak Knoll Project, But Without Affordable Housing or a Project Labor Agreement for Most Construction Workers

...Riiiight!!! Delay the vote and keep new housing off the inventory so the housing crisis worsens.

Got to love them!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/09/2017 at 2:40 PM

Re: “OPD’s Lost Officer Class

Yet another top-notch performance by Oakland's ever-competent electeds.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/09/2017 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Laney or Bust!

How is the site at 5th Ave and 8th Street 'near downtown'? Are fans really going to walk a half mile to Chinatown or a mile to Broadway, or ride AC Transit? Jack London Square is closer to Oakland's mythical 'downtown' (the Goodwill store) than the tiny lot next to the channel that connects Lake Merritt to the estuary. That the Athletics owners would prioritize pleasing investors over the quality of life of eastlake residents puts the lie to their claim to be 'rooted in Oakland.' They can stay rooted at the Coliseum and invest in helping deep east Oakland.

Posted by Paul Burton 1 on 11/09/2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Wednesday’s Briefing: Democrats Score Big Victories; Majority of Oaklanders Like Laney Ballpark Site

The sponsor of the poll does not in itself invalidate the poll. But, I agree that the language cited in the Chron does look a little push-poll-y. It would be helpful to see the actual script along with crosstabs and toplines.

Posted by robbsmithideas on 11/09/2017 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Prosperity or Displacement?

Great to here from the API community around issues concerning Oakland. There is a great deal of API history in CA, Bay Area, and particularly in Oakland. The fabric and richness of Oakland started on the backs of immigrants...let's preserve and cultivate new legacies bc it can be done.

Posted by Nenna Feelmore Joiner on 11/09/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Wednesday’s Briefing: Democrats Score Big Victories; Majority of Oaklanders Like Laney Ballpark Site

Uh "commissioned by the Oakland Chamber of Commerce" hmm a push poll?

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 11/09/2017 at 10:12 AM

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