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Re: “Chilli Padi, the East Bay's Only Malaysian Restaurant, Closes

Noooooooooooooooo : (

Posted by Lisa Emily on 10/12/2017 at 12:23 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

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

I'm LMAO at Oakland. As Chip Johnson said: "Everything in Oakland is a fight." (He said that from his new home far away.)

This Chief was appointed as the liberal dream chief. Female, sensitive, aware of diversity, open to social justice, and so on. The wolves have already circled her. Nobody in their right mind will ever run for this job.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 10/12/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Watching the Watchdog

Sadly, the City Manager and City Council will do nothing in this instance. They are afraid of another lawsuit, the second most popular sport of Oakland Employees.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 10/12/2017 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Watching the Watchdog

Now we know why the Ghost Ship warehouse wasn't on the auditor's list of buildings in the cities inventory...
The EB-5 visa program has been turned into a criminal enterprise and properties are being "land-banked". Kickbacks are being given and property assessments are fraudulent.
The owner of the Ghost Ship is about to get a $3 million payout from the insurance company, for a fire at a building that had never been inspected.
The City of Oakland is a criminal enterprise!
Sincerely,
Allen Sanford
https://www.facebook.com/RealEstateFraudOr…

Posted by Allen Sanford on 10/12/2017 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Some Oakland Landlords Are Using a Legal Loophole to Exempt Housing from Rent Control

One of the tenants asks where to go to get clarification about the law. That is exactly what a lawyer does. Also, the law says that the landlord must substantially rehabilitate the unit it wishes to exempt. Rehabilitate, gpby its definition, means a great deal more than doing maintenance. If a building needs expensive maintenance, it only means that the landlord has not been maintaining the building up to this point or that the building needs something expensive like a new roof or heating system. However, just because something is expensive does not mean that it is part of a rehabilitation of the building. Buildings need new roofs periodically. This is the cost of doing business. Similarly, appliances occasionally need to be replaced or updated. Just because the landlord did not plan ahead to bank money for a major necessary expenditure or did not do it's due diligence of foreseeable immediate costs when purchasing a building, the landlord should not be allowed to game the system to get the tenant to pay exhorbitant rents. While I agree that rent increases should keep in step with inflation and not be limited too artificially, a landlord should have to truly rehabilitate a property that is otherwise "broken" (if such an exemption is going to exist at all) before s/he is allowed to jettison rent control. So, if you want to fight a landlord who is wrongfully seeking exemption from rent control, go talk to a reputable lawyer.

Posted by priorattorney on 10/12/2017 at 2:32 AM

Re: “Watching the Watchdog

Call this sour grapes, since I was the other candidate whom Ms. Roberts trounced in the election. But the legions of well known public officials and the boards of the biggest Oakland municipal unions, got exactly the hear no evil, see no evil City Auditor they wanted.

In Ms. Roberts, they had someone unknown and unconnected to most of Oakland, who had lived all her time in Oakland in a gated hills community and commuted thru the flats to get to SF or Emeryville. They got someone completely dependent on their endorsements to get re-elected.

Background: Much more so than in the local district races or even citywide races such as Mayor which get decent media attention, the endorsement of the Alameda County Democratic Committee is essential to winning in low information race. That endorsement gets you on the relatively inexpensive mailing pieces Endorsed by the Democratic Party.

And most voters assume that if the Democratic Party endorses one candidate, then the other candidate must be a Republican, Green Party, or Peace and Freedom. In fact, the local branch of the Democratic Party had endorsed me over Ms. Roberts, but likely a few phone calls were made, and the full County Committee unanimously endorsed Ms. Roberts. In a prior interview, the politically influential Fire Fighters Association had flatly told me that did not want an Auditor on record calling for public discussion of city employee retirement benefits. The Police Officers Association board told me they would not accept an Auditor who both supported greater police accountability (Im still the Treasurer for the Coalition for Police Accountability, aka Measure LL) and questioned high police disability and overtime pay. Ms. Roberts, bless her, probably didnt even know what the issues were.

Most voters reasonably assumed that Ms. Roberts was the better candidate because she had years of experience as an auditor, where I was merely a CPA tax accountant with years of participation in Oakland civic and community activities. Hey, everything else being equal, theyd be correct.

The media never had the time to explain to voters that the City Auditor doesnt perform audits. The Auditor hires an Assistant Auditor who manages the staff of field auditors and others. The Auditor sets goals, selects some of the audit areas, and communicates findings to the public and Council.

I asked a TV reporter at a mayoral election event why no Auditor race coverage. She answered that her boss gave her 3 minutes of airtime to cover the Mayoral and all the Council races. 0 for Auditor race. The media did not bother even to verify the resumes of either candidate for Auditor. And the only checking that the City Clerk does is make sure the Auditor candidates have current CPA or management auditor certifications. People do more background checking on their dog walker.

But what made me laugh at one of the first forums were the words from Ms. Roberts surrogate, the Berkeley City Auditor. How Ms. Roberts must be the better candidate because even though she didnt know much about Ms. Roberts, she knew a lot about me. How I had been politically active for years. How that meant Ms. Roberts would be objective, not partisan like me.

Ms. Roberts took that cue and made her complete ignorance of Oakland into a strength, not a weakness. In the poorly attended, few public forums in which we both spoke, Ms. Roberts smoothly repeated the mantra how she would apply objective, scientific audit methods to determine which areas needed to be audited. That didnt work so well going to door to door, or face to face with voters when people asked for specifics, but the media swallowed it whole. It wasnt just the East Bay Express who endorsed Ms. Roberts; it was also the former Oakland Tribune.

Ironically, more than a few voters told me I was too combative and angry to be effective, while Ms. Roberts was so even-tempered and mild.

Posted by Len Raphael on 10/12/2017 at 2:08 AM

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