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Re: “Grand Jury: Oakland’s ‘Backroom Dealing’ to Sell City-Owned Land Is Systemic Problem ‘Vulnerable to Undue Influence’

There should be a ballot to limit term of council members

Posted by concern _123 on 06/20/2017 at 8:01 AM

Re: “Grand Jury: Oakland’s ‘Backroom Dealing’ to Sell City-Owned Land Is Systemic Problem ‘Vulnerable to Undue Influence’

The problem is that the Public Ethics Commission has no hammer, other than public disclosure of misdeeds by public officials. There are no fines, no censures or any other punitive actions resulting from a continuous trend of back room deals. The politicians who do this know the law, they just don't care. They feel much like the orange idiot in Washington, "the rules don't apply to me". This pattern is not new and seems to only be getting worse despite recent battles with neighborhoods over disclosure and process. As shown in the E12th st debacle, even after the City Attorney advises the City Council of the law, they routinely ignore it and break the law anyway. There has to be consequences to these actions. Either personal, by way of fines or suspension. More importantly, the community should hold their feet to the fire by way of the ballot box.

Posted by Gary Patton on 06/20/2017 at 6:45 AM

Re: “The 'Green Rush' Went Next Level at Last Week's Cannabis Business Summit and Expo in Oakland

I want one of those machines for my bud!

Posted by Dave Mickinnon on 06/20/2017 at 6:24 AM

Re: “Are the Golden State Warriors a Dynasty? Obviously.

Did anyone else find the cover of this week's issue a bit... racist? You have two light-skinned African-Americans at the bottom, in the front, looking calm and civilized. Behind them, two dark-skinned men, waving their arms, with wide-open mouths showing white, kind of sharp-looking teeth. The one on the right looks just like King Kong. I don't happen to be African-American myself, so maybe it's not for me to complain, but it made me quite uncomfortable.

Posted by Michael Stoler on 06/19/2017 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Well-Engineered, Potent 'Dirty Bird' Cannabis Pre-Roll From 4&20 Blackbird At First Soothes — Then Puts You In A Daze

Sounds like Supersmoke knows a thing or two about it? Jared probably for a big fat check to write this article...

Posted by groundballzzzzzz on 06/19/2017 at 5:08 PM

Re: “Well-Engineered, Potent 'Dirty Bird' Cannabis Pre-Roll From 4&20 Blackbird At First Soothes — Then Puts You In A Daze

Does the stuff make you want to slam some Charcuterie?

Posted by groundballzzzzzz on 06/19/2017 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Well-Engineered, Potent 'Dirty Bird' Cannabis Pre-Roll From 4&20 Blackbird At First Soothes — Then Puts You In A Daze

Pine and citrus tones? Please? I smoked one and I got high. That's my review. Calming at first and then in a daze? Congrats on describing every joint I've ever smoked.

Posted by supersmoke on 06/19/2017 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Grand Jury: Oakland’s ‘Backroom Dealing’ to Sell City-Owned Land Is Systemic Problem ‘Vulnerable to Undue Influence’

Residents always lose when the City gives away our public lands which would be far more valuable if used for low income housing, recreation facilities or green areas. These deals are usually short-sighted cash grabs which are extremely profitable for developers, often only providing housing for affluent people who want to move here, regularly displacing existing residents who council members are supposed to represent. And once the land is gone, it's gone for good.

Posted by Andy Gillis on 06/19/2017 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Grand Jury: Oakland’s ‘Backroom Dealing’ to Sell City-Owned Land Is Systemic Problem ‘Vulnerable to Undue Influence’

"The city has 90 days to respond to the Grand Jurys findings and recommendations."

Or what? 10 lashes with a wet noodle?

Posted by JP Massar on 06/19/2017 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Oakland to Congress: Investigate Trump's Impeachable Offenses

Is this the same city council that was found by the Alameda grand jury to have routinely violated open meeting laws?

Pot, kettle. Kettle, pot.

And now about the community that has repeated re-elected these people, fed by stories like this.

BAH!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 06/19/2017 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Grand Jury: Oakland’s ‘Backroom Dealing’ to Sell City-Owned Land Is Systemic Problem ‘Vulnerable to Undue Influence’

In the past two years the city of Oakland has spent a great deal of time and money installing something called a Public Ethics Commission.

Designed according to its chief salesman, CM Dan Kalb, to improve confidence in city hall.

'Nuff said.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/19/2017 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Are the Golden State Warriors a Dynasty? Obviously.

. So, perhaps the more pressing dilemma is whether the teams Big Four will make the sacrifices to stick together in the coming years, as Oakland passes its legacy team off to that city on the other side of the bay.


Yes they will.

Posted by jo pac on 06/19/2017 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Oakland to Congress: Investigate Trump's Impeachable Offenses

I would have to say that if the City Council is serious about localizing Trump policy issues is to declare their disgust in currying favor to the NRA by his current stance of loosening rules on gun control that contribute to the senseless violence in our streets!

Posted by Shasa B Foster on 06/19/2017 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Oakland to Congress: Investigate Trump's Impeachable Offenses

My symbolic gesture towards CMs Kalb, Guillen and the rest: find out what is going on in Oakland's meanest streets. Think about it. Do something new to try to protect the most vulnerable among us, our children.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/19/2017 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Oakland to Congress: Investigate Trump's Impeachable Offenses

Well, glad to see. the Oakland City Council spending time on important things, lol.

They thrive on meaningless drivel that nobody cares about.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 06/18/2017 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Alameda Renter Advocates Say Landlords Engaging in ‘Disinformation Campaign’ to Repeal Just-Cause Protections

This article fails to mention that under the JCE section a tenant can sublet to anyone without owner approval and even credit checks. He can even arbitrage the rent for a profit. Also the way the language is written it is a costly endeavor for eviction by the owner that skews all the rights to the tenant. Trying to get someone out under the provisions listed means that another tenant would have to testify. Most tenants won't do that as fearing retribution. The facts about all that JCE entails is sorely lacking in the dialogue. Be fair EBE and show the full picture of what JCE really means and don't just cherry pick a word or phrase.

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 06/17/2017 at 12:02 PM

Re: “An Ideal Lunch Break at Emeryville's Paradita

Sorry, but are you certain Paradita offers beef heart anticuchos? We were there 6/16 and the ONLY anticuchos offered on the menu signboard were chicken, shrimp, and pork belly. We were very disappointed!

Posted by Jean Komatsu 1 on 06/17/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Crucial Legislation for New Oakland Police Commission Stalls in Committee as Activists and Councilmembers Fight Over Rules

If Council members believe that background checks are important, they should require checks of all candidates for elected office in Oakland.

The way it is now, the only "check" is the City Clerk checking that a candidate is registered to vote at their stated address. Candidates for City Attorney and Auditor must provide proof of current state license.

No official verification of resumes or candidate's statements.

Len Raphael, CPA
Temescal

Posted by Len Raphael on 06/17/2017 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Alameda Renter Advocates Say Landlords Engaging in ‘Disinformation Campaign’ to Repeal Just-Cause Protections

Fighting an illegal Alameda eviction now, from Jan, by Mary Ann McMillan, from 1606 Morton St, Apt D, Alameda CA 94501. She was aided unlawfully by Paul Rolleri, Chief of the Alameda Police Dept., and I am fighting them with the help of State Attorney General Xavier Becerra now, closing in on JUSTICE!

Posted by Kevin Storm on 06/17/2017 at 6:30 AM

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