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Re: “Upcoming Restaurant Zys_Oakland to Give Ex-Cons a Second Chance

i miss the old writers and old EBX ..what is this undercurrent of pro corporate world im smelling .. you stink new EBX . im out

Posted by Sh Sh Boba on 10/17/2017 at 4:46 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

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: “Oakland City Council to Hold Hearing on Controversial ICE Raid and Oakland Police Misinformation

ICE just announced that in response to the new state law, they will start the sweeps again without regard to any collateral damage.

Posted by Dan Waterhouse on 10/14/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Oakland Develops New Approach to Fixing Dangerous Intersections Faster

While there is no doubt that there is a citywide need for traffic calming and other traffic safety improvements, I suggest caution in this rush to some vision of a nationwide Scandinavian utopia. American cities are great at jumping on board nationwide trends, especially when they are federally funded, without considering the local context. In fact, Transportation money is flowing right now and local governments are taking as much as they can even when the need for the project is debatable.Here are a couple of cases in point., The Coliseum BART to Oakland Airport tram seems to me to be consistently underutilized. I am sure that the ridership is way below what the so called transit experts predicted. Not only does this system seem to be generally unused, the options that would have allowed local riders to stop at the Wal Mart center or Oakland Hilton were deleted from the project. I guess the special airport people do not want to mix with the neighborhood folks. Moreover, the construction of the infrastructure required demolition of millions of dollars of new improvements from the Hegenberger Road beautification project that was less than 5 years old. That was a huge waste of money. The bike lanes installed along Bancroft Ave have created a traffic gridlock during peak hour traffic.The local residents don't utilize the bike lanes and changing from two to one lane in each direction creates traffic jams and erratic dangerous movements by frustrated drivers. What seems especially problematic is that the right of way along Bancroft is generally wide with large medians that the city cannot properly maintain. Surely some other design option would have have worked better for the community. But that is not how it works, the money was for the bike lanes, so they were going to be installed no matter what. The AC Transit BRT project that is currently under construction will be an absolute deal breaker for local businesses along International Blvd. They will see a new bus line in the middle of the street, one lane of traffic in each direction and no parking to serve their struggling businesses. How are these people supposed to survive? If the physical pattern of development along this corridor provided parking behind commercial buildings or there were municipal lots mid block or at the edges of the district, BRT would make sense. But look around folks, that is not the existing development pattern in East Oakland.Yes, it would be great if nobody had cars and everybody walked and biked for lattes in quaint little urban villages. However, these young transit experts fresh out of grad school with visions of Amsterdam need to be tempered with reality so that the city and the community served can be transitioned and not force fed a vision for them just because there is money to make it happen now.

Posted by Gary Patton on 10/14/2017 at 4:41 AM

Re: “Oakland Develops New Approach to Fixing Dangerous Intersections Faster

Schaaf employee: "OakDOT has road safety projects in the works across the city, including the area of 8th and Fallon streets in West Oakland, Fruitvale Avenue in the Fruitvale district, the BRT project connecting East Oakland to the Lake Merritt area, and both 69th Avenue and 98th Avenue in East Oakland."

These are small, token projects at best. No more than PR to foster a developer-backed reelection campaign for a Mayor who needs abundant uninformed "progressive" support.

Oakland is, and will remain, outside the token PR-oriented low-cost "road safety" gestures in a few areas, an urban environment which could not be more hostile to people not in cars. On foot, on a bicycle or in a wheelchair.

The largest population of adults riding bicycles on an everyday basis because they cannot afford or do not have access to cars, is along E. 14th Street where there are absolutely no street-design protections for those not in cars. Many neighborhoods want traffic calming measures but OakDOT's ears and doors are closed and locked against them.

Oakland remains, as always, 50 years behind much of the rest of the country in supporting livable urban environments. In the 1970s the Berkeley instituted a low-cost, but effective, program for traffic calming in many neighborhoods. The political uproar was, expectedly, immense. City council members' seats were challenged by hordes of car potatoes.

In European and U.S. cities where more livable urban environments have been established, the political and economic cost has been significant. No low-cost, politically-driven gesture can make a city more livable or environmentally-sustainable.

Mayor Schaaf employee Maher should be ashamed of themselves.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/13/2017 at 6:58 PM

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

I hate the new economy. Of course, it's just a more ruthless version of the old economy, with the added bonus of destroying everything that is real.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 10/13/2017 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council to Hold Hearing on Controversial ICE Raid and Oakland Police Misinformation

Jonny, Yes to your first question. Regarding status, here's a bit more:

an illegal immigrant, illegal alien or undocumented alien is person who is residing on a non-temporary basis in a country where s/he has no legal right to reside. It is a non-citizen who has entered a country through irregular migration,[2] for example entered illegally, or an alien who entered a country legally but who has fallen "out of status",[3] or a descendant of one.
a legal alien is a non-citizen who is legally permitted to remain in a country. This is a very broad category which includes tourists, guest workers, legal permanent residents and student visa resident aliens.
a nonresident alien is a non-citizen who is visiting a country, for example as a tourist, on business, entertainers, sportspeople or in the country to receive medical treatment.
a resident alien is a non-citizen who has permanent resident status in a country.

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 10/13/2017 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Oakland City Council to Hold Hearing on Controversial ICE Raid and Oakland Police Misinformation

Your logic of rounding up "illegal aliens" I am assuming is due to the fact that they have done something illegal i.e. broken the law by entering the country. Will you apply that logic police not following a law that the city created in terms of protocol surrounding raids. The city created a law, the police broke it. Simple as that, right?
And btw, 'immigrant' is literally a synonym for 'alien.'

Posted by Jonny Vidal on 10/13/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Oakland City Council to Hold Hearing on Controversial ICE Raid and Oakland Police Misinformation

Just sick that some residents think it awful about rounding up illegal aliens. When there is a will (which there is) there is a way. And please quit calling illegal aliens as immigrants. They are not. Let's all pay more taxes and reduce this population in CA from close to 8% of the population by at least half....and defund all the activist orgs in Oakland and Berkeley for starters!!

Posted by Mike Mitchell on 10/13/2017 at 9:34 AM

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

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