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Re: “Billy Beane’s Last Fire Sale

Since the late 80's Bash Brothers era, the Oakland A's have defined success as competitiveness, not winning. That had much to do with the ownership having tight pockets and no commitment to Oakland. Beane served his purpose well by delivering a low budget competitive team that teased the fans with an occasional playoff berth, but never could advance to the World Series. Once Lew Wolff bought the team, it got worse as the A's became the farm team for the rest of baseball looking for young talent. The fire sale of Cespedes, Donaldson, Moss and the organizations best prospect (Addison Russell) to the Cubs for 2 average months of John Lester was unacceptable. What made it worse was that Lester ended up back with the Cubs the following year and both he and Russell shared in the Cubs World Series victory. At the same time Donaldson and Cespedes were both candidates for MVP awards in each league. This year again A's fans watched our players now on various teams participate in the playoffs. I am sorry, if it is time to make the commitment to turning the page and committing to success in Oakland, Beane has to go. The A's need a new ballpark, but they also need a new image and organizational theme. That has to be the drafting, development and retention of young talent that can identify with the fans. That is the only way that the fans will fill up the new park, no matter where it is built. Billy Beane is not the guy to make that happen.

Posted by Gary Patton on 10/23/2017 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Trial Begins for East Bay Landlord Accused of Rigging Foreclosure Auctions

Michael Marr and Javier Sanchez are the worst people ever! The Marr Family and the Sanchez family are ALL CORRUPT! They deserve everything that is happening to them. They evict people if they just don't like them, finally they are getting what they deserve! They should be in jail forever! I know how awful and corrupt they are I worked with them for many years.

Posted by Una Amiga on 10/23/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “State Senator Kevin de León Visits Oakland to 'Celebrate' New Sanctuary State Law

DeLeon should be arrested for sedition.

Posted by Danny Francel on 10/23/2017 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Second Line Vinyl to Bring Record Manufacturing to West Oakland

Great addition to The Town!

Posted by Grey Davies on 10/23/2017 at 4:07 AM

Re: “Are Co-ops the Future of a Sustainable Restaurant Industry?

James Jazz Jr. I think you don't really understand what a worker cooperative is. People in coops don't necessarily all make the same amount of money. You could set one up that way if you like, but it's not how most of them work.

Also, as any business they have to make payroll. Not paying people for the work they put in is illegal, coop or not coop. A coop job is just as stable as a non-coop one, if not more cause a boss won't be able to fire you for arbitrary reason, and the person next to you won't be able to talk their way into a raise that you would never dare ask for.

Posted by Tommaso Nicholas Boggia on 10/22/2017 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Ambitious Cafe, Restaurant, and Bar Oeste to Reflect Oakland in Its Food and Staff

Congratulations to my dear old friend Lea and all her partners in this fantastic new venture. Break a leg kid. Scott F.

Posted by Scott Feen on 10/22/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Inmates at Oakland's Glenn Dyer Jail Enter Day Six of Hunger Strike

There's an interesting Netflix movie that subtley portrays the harmful effects of solitary confinement and how human connection is a much better anecdote for reintegration. Obviously there are some severe criminals that need to be separated for the safety of others. But for the portion of prison population that's there just because of minor drug offenses or theft aka non-violent, solitary confinement is cruel and unnecessary IMO.

Posted by weareallbrothers on 10/22/2017 at 12:59 AM

Re: “Activists Hasten Oakland's Slow-Moving Plans to Permit Homeless Encampments

Clarification of my preceding comment:

I enthusiastically support the creation of sanctioned campgrounds ("safe havens") as an alternative to encampments on our streets for the (temporarily or permanently) nomadic local population -- in conjunction with a crash program to build permanent, low-income housing. The point is to remain focused on housing and land-use issues, and not become mired in other (dubious) agendas.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/21/2017 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Watching the Watchdog

You can judge a person's character by the way she treats her assistant.

Posted by Holly Harwood on 10/21/2017 at 2:48 PM

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

The OPD admit they lied to the public. Who will be held accountable? How can we be expected to trust the police after they lie? I was happy to hear the OPD helped stop human sex trafficking. I thought they did something good for once. Guess not.

Posted by Holly Harwood on 10/21/2017 at 2:14 PM

Re: “The Mother and the Officer

I don't understand why there was a cover up. There isn't a jury in the world that would convict a cop for shooting someone in a stolen car with a gun in it, who tried to flee the police. Now there is a cloud over the cops for the rest of their lives, due to the cover up. The victim's mom can't get closure, due to the cover up. And Oakland trusts the people who covered up with our children.

Posted by Holly Harwood on 10/21/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Activists Hasten Oakland's Slow-Moving Plans to Permit Homeless Encampments

40 campers? Are they kidding? The objective should be to get massive numbers of campers off the sidewalks -- where they don't belong (and where there should be Zero Tolerance enforcement of health and safety codes). Ultimately, the goal should be to build massive amounts of low-income housing.

So-called "services"? Lance Caruthers, himself a camper, speaking without the patronizing and politicized (and self-serving!) attitude of social workers, politicians, and "homeless advocates," hits the nail on the head: "'They wanna keep track of our whereabouts.' 24-hour management and controlled access, which will likely involve fences and sign-ins, though no curfews, is infantilizing."

It's also costly, which in turn, limits "safe refuge" to a tiny proportion of the huge population in need of a place to camp, and siphons off precious funds needed to build brick-and mortar housing.

The mentally ill and substance users have long been with us, but this is a HOUSING crisis! "Transition"? Build it, and those in need will come -- and at that point, let them build their OWN lives.

The "services" our citizens need -- housed and unhoused alike -- don't require a social work degree or a paid bureaucracy. On all sides, they're called common decency and mutual respect.

Posted by Mitchell Halberstadt on 10/21/2017 at 10:47 AM

Re: “The Snowman: Please Inform Frosty

Sounds like they significantly changed and wrecked the book.

Posted by Eileen Morentz on 10/21/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Second Line Vinyl to Bring Record Manufacturing to West Oakland

Been researching Vinyl Plants and trying to figure out that and the best spot for my EP release party. This may be it!
#AllOaktown YEZZZZ

Posted by LilMoLove on 10/21/2017 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Activists Hasten Oakland's Slow-Moving Plans to Permit Homeless Encampments

City Council members should each provide their front yards for homeless encampments. And, they should promote the use.

This will, of course, provide more space for the homeless to settle in. The encampments will be as geographically diverse as our council. Perhaps we can even accelerate the immigration from areas less friendly to homeless.

The council members will also be able to personally experience the impact these encampments have on safety, sanitation, and the ability of community merchants to conduct business. It sets an example of leadership to the rest of the community and demonstrates true commitment to "Love Life."

Posted by Michael Good on 10/21/2017 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Watching the Watchdog

Dear Fellow Oakland residents,

Ms Roberts has asked her campaign treasurer/assistant city auditor (yes, she appointed her campaign treasurer to be her right hand man) to post the statement below on behalf of her anonymous staff members and it really isnt helping her cause. If this letter was signed, I would be more inclined to believe its contents. As she mentions on her website, Anyone who has ever managed people knows that its not always the right fit and I am sorry they are struggling with the consequences of that. As voting residents of Oakland, we are her managers, and we will not be sorry that she deals with the consequences of her not being a good fit for the position of an elected, ethical City Auditor.

Ms. Roberts - please do us all a favor and dont run for another term.

Posted by Jim Chen on 10/21/2017 at 12:19 AM

Re: “Watching the Watchdog

Dear Fellow Oakland residents,

Ms. Roberts has asked her campaign treasurer/assistant city auditor (yes, she appointed her campaign treasurer to be her right hand man) to post the statement below on behalf of her anonymous staff members and it really isnt helping her cause. If this letter was signed, I would be more inclined to believe its contents. As she mentions on her website, Anyone who has ever managed people knows that its not always the right fit and I am sorry they are struggling with the consequences of that. As voting residents of Oakland, we are her managers, and we will not be sorry that she deals with the consequences of her not being a good fit for the position of an elected, ethical City Auditor.

Ms. Roberts - please do us all a favor and dont run for another term.

Posted by Jim Chen on 10/21/2017 at 12:16 AM

Re: “Thursday’s Briefing: Warriors Officially Refuse to Pay $40 Million Debt; Tubbs Firestorm Created Tornados

Let's see... The Raiders pay Oakland 7 million for events that cost Oakland 8 million. The Raider Nation see's nothing wrong with this and scream bloody murder when Oakland declines to give them more land and development money.

Why is this event surprising? Corporate sports think they have the electorate in their pockets as storm troops.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 10/20/2017 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Maker's Common Is a Restaurant Truly for the People

This chicken isn't KFC guys. And it takes a lot of labor to make the food. They aren't sourcing through SYSCO and using shit products. If ya'll ever worked in a kitchen you would understand how much it costs to buy quality, and prep/cook said quality items for a menu. I say this because im a cook at another Berkeley restaurant nearby and our prices are around the same. Food looks delicious. This article definitely has piqued my interest --will be checking it out in the future.

Posted by Nikki Marucut 1 on 10/20/2017 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Thursday’s Briefing: Warriors Officially Refuse to Pay $40 Million Debt; Tubbs Firestorm Created Tornados

Major league sports always hose Oakland. The City Council encourages them and lets them.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 10/19/2017 at 7:03 PM

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