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Re: “Town Business: Oakland Discovers Extra $7.13 Million Hidden in Police Department's Proposed Budget

"she projected a small deficit and relied on dipping into soda tax money as a balancing measure." Really I taught that money was supposed to go somewhere else not fill wasteful gaps created by the Mayor and City of Oakland. Once again tax payers have been duped.

Posted by Valentin Carrillo on 06/12/2017 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Where to Watch the Warriors NBA Finals Games in the East Bay

The Lodge is not in Piedmont. Piedmont Ave. is not in Piedmont.

Posted by David Madole on 06/12/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Discovers Extra $7.13 Million Hidden in Police Department's Proposed Budget

"The Public Bank of Oakland that the City Council so far has refused to sign off on...

"Based on the performance of the public bank in North Dakota, Oakland's bank should be able to generate...additional funds for the City of Oakland and its people."

The public bank idea may be a good one. Not for a city like Oakland I'm afraid.

A state like North Dakota has legal standing and other resources that a city like Oakland does not possess. Oakland has had a well-documented history of financial irresponsibility. A local public bank might work in another California city. Here it could be nothing other than another disaster.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/12/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Discovers Extra $7.13 Million Hidden in Police Department's Proposed Budget

Use of the word "Hidden" in the title, to imply that someone was trying to hide this. But - nobody was trying to hide this, and the error was found by the City of Oakland and disclosed to the public.

Another day at EBX, turning news into propaganda whenever possible.

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 06/12/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Town Business: Oakland Discovers Extra $7.13 Million Hidden in Police Department's Proposed Budget

1.4% of that money could fund the feasibility study for the Public Bank of Oakland that the City Council so far has refused to sign off on.

Once the bank was fully operational, based on the performance of the public bank in North Dakota, Oakland's bank should be able to generate $20,000,000 - $60,000,000 A YEAR in additional funds for the City of Oakland and its people.

The $100K is a no-brainer. It's an investment in Oakland's future, and there are none with such a potential ROI for so little up-front.

Posted by JP Massar on 06/12/2017 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

I took a friend there for a special dinner last year, inspired by a CheckPlease review on KQED... some items were good, but a tough and smallish piece of "signature" fried chicken was a disappointment with overpriced side dishes required to make a meal.
The coup de grace was my friend's request for some sparkling water being met with a fancy, imported bottle of something brought to the table without comment. It later showed up on the bill as a $19 charge. Really?! Never went back. End of story. Have a nice "hiatus" Pican. And au revoir.

Posted by Jack Vincent on 06/11/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council Fights Over How to Reduce Homicides, Violence

Hmm. if we take the argument for the creation of a DVP at face value, does that mean that OPD are ineffective at violence prevention? If so, why would spending more $$ on police be an effective solution? Consider that Oakland just paid out almost $1m to settle the Celeste Guap case. That's money which could have been spent on things which could have reduced violence.

Posted by Eric Arnold on 06/10/2017 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council Fights Over How to Reduce Homicides, Violence

Oakland has half the police, in ratio to population, that most major cities have. Oakland residents suffer two and three times more robberies, burglaries, and assaults than people in almost every other city in the U.S. The poverty rate for Oakland is average, and lower than the poverty rate in many safer cities. -- Three facts that all the councilmembers run away from.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 06/10/2017 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

Thanks for all the great food. Haters gonna hate, but I had great food, great drinks and great times there for years. Sure there were misses and a couple of bad service moments, but that's the industry. Thanks for making a great place for POC's and soulful White folks to get their grub on and socialize with style. You can always find a soul shack somewhere. Pican brought Black elegance and power to the center. The food wasn't cheap, but the cultural contribution was enoromous.

Posted by Ted Russell on 06/10/2017 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Oakland A's Minority Owners Purchase Downtown SRO After Previous Landlord Evicted Low-Income Tenants

I'm not sure why the relationship to the A's is so important here.

Posted by AndrewOakland on 06/10/2017 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

The food was overpriced and underwhelming.

Posted by Janey Shapiro on 06/10/2017 at 10:07 AM

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Posted by Mr Tiny on 06/10/2017 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Alameda County DA Targets Alleged Oakland Mortgage Fraud

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Posted by Mr Tiny on 06/10/2017 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

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Posted by Debra Sarver on 06/10/2017 at 8:42 AM

Re: “City of Alameda Votes For Protections Against 'Just Cause' Evictions — But Landlords Threaten Litigation

This is a historic problem. Read Dostoevsky crime and punishment. Are we on the verge of a revolution? I think not. Individual's with one rental property who have never abused the relationship of landlord and tenant should not have to pay four months rent, real estate fees, capital gains taxes to sell their property if it's their nest egg. It's another government grab for power. Renters have the same power owners have, the freedom to buy land in America. If they didn't exercise the discipline it takes they should not be able to reap the reward the owners sowed. This country voted for slavery, that Chinese could work the RR and not be considered American's and in Germany they voted to kill the jews. Just because the majority votes doesn't make it legal or right. Of course those without money will often vote to take from those who have if they can get away with it but it's not Constitutional or right it most case landlords are controlled by competition. Landlords need to challenge the rent control ordinances in court. That is also a part of America.

Posted by Marc Babin on 06/10/2017 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Picán Restaurant in Uptown Oakland Closing ... For Now

A google search for Playt in Hayward turns up zero hits.

Posted by Debra Sarver on 06/10/2017 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Buck Stops Nowhere: Oakland Unified School District Suffering From Multiple Vacancies in Key Finance Positions

Several months ago a top OUSD fiscal administrators was asked by a member of one of the oversight committees why a public agency of that size doesn't have even one internal auditor. His response was that OUSD doesn't need to waste money hiring even one internal auditor because it has an outside cpa firm audit their books.

At best, that demonstrates a scary ignorance of the function of external cpa audits, which can only be relied upon to detect massive fraud and never relied upon to detect waste and expense account fiddling which can be quite large in an environment without oversight.

Most of the elected board is still MIA about the absence of competent accounting management at OUSD. Not a peep from even the head of the OUSD volunteer audit committee, former City of Oakland City Administrator.

The organizations such as GO Oakland Public Schools surely knew the situation also.

OUSD HQ is a banana republic. People who knew that kept their mouths shut just tried to work with it as best they could.

Len Raphael, CPA

Posted by Len Raphael on 06/09/2017 at 10:24 PM

Re: “The Founder of 510 Hikers Shares His Most Challenging and Rewarding East Bay Outdoor Jaunts

Lemme know when the "NIGHT HIKE" adventures commence... then~ I'll have no excuse 4 absence anymore.

Posted by 5•T3N Pete on 06/09/2017 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Expert: You Don't Have to Be a State Resident to Get Medical Marijuana In California Right Now

So I thought I would share my experience. I am 20 years old, not an American and am not a resident of California, but I still managed to get a recommendation (in around 5 minutes) and was able to get a delivery on the same day. The ONLY THING you need, is a U.S. Government-issued identification with your picture and date of birth (I used my visa and it worked fine). There will be places that do not accept you and I doubt most walk-in dispensaries will let me in but I don't care as I can order from countless places.

Posted by Prospect Pro on 06/09/2017 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan Sponsoring Legislation to Cut Police Ties with Immigration Enforcement

While I think, as do many others, that there should not be coordination or secret agreements between ICE and OPD, going about establishing police policy in Oakland in a piecemeal way is a very bad idea.

Policing in general in Oakland is a terrible mess. Morale is low among cops, turnover is very high, costs to taxpayers are excessive and crime, especially violent crime is, at an intolerable level. This is not to mention a decade-and-a-half failure to meet Federal-court mandated reforms. A terrible mess.

Working our way out of this mess means developing a vision for what OPD can and must do, given all the existing challenges. A limitied, well-defined, positive vision for policing and public safety in Oakland is an absolute necessity. Specific policy follows but the vision is the critical element.

In terms of vision, Oakland is, essentially, nowhere. We need a holistic, reasonable and practical approach to what OPD must do for public safety.

What we have is a patchwork of many years' reactive efforts to deal with bits and pieces of public safety failure. This is not a useful way to proceed.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/09/2017 at 12:04 PM

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