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Re: “Tuesday’s Briefing: San Leandro Cop Charged With Statutory Rape; 333-Unit Housing Project in Downtown Oakland Gets Financial Boost

OK, don't get me wrong here. 333 new housing units is a good thing in my book... But there is no cry of "gentrification"... No howling about damaging chinatown for this? No screams for "more affordable units"?

Why is this OK and others not? Inquiring minds want to know why DBG/EBX is NOT howling for blood?

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/28/2017 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Highland Hospital Surveillance Stirs Concerns

Got news for ya Tracy Rosenberg, Alta bates and Kaiser have 'em too... And a security officer too.

As I pointed out, these TEND to be standard "features" this type of facilities... But most especially in places owned/operated by bookies... Oops, "insurance companies".

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/28/2017 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Sideshows Spin Donuts Around Police Over Thanksgiving Weekend in Oakland

The difference between Survival Research Laboratories and street sideshows is that SRL events while spectacular and potentially dangerous are/were conducted under carefully controlled circumstances/venues... NOT on public streets with zero attempt at public safety.

Sideshows aren't art nor are they culture. And no, we don't need to facilitate any of it in the parking lot(s) of the Coliseum.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/28/2017 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Oakland School Board Members Apologize for Mid-Year Budget Cuts at Packed Board Meeting

10 Facts about OUSD's Budget:
#1- In 2013/14, the OUSD board depleted the reserve by 1% to pay its bills, taking the reserve to 2%- the state required amount and giving the district no room for spending error. Those funds were never replaced.
#2- Special Education Services in OUSD have been almost $14 million over budget for the last three years in a row.
#3- OUSD Food services have been over budget by about 4 million over the same time period.
#4- The board, nor the state trustee, or the Alameda county office prioritized or authorized replenishing the reserve when increased funding came in through LCFF.
#5 - New programs created to support underresourced schools during lcff cannot be supported in their current form and have suffered severe cuts.
#6 - Retirement benefits have increased about $25 million over the last three years and will increase 15 to 20 million over the next four years.
#7 - The State charges OUSD $6 million/ year to pay back a state loan taken out during state receivership. This loan still has about a 30 million dollar balance.
#8 - The board must cut expenditures and close the books with a positive fund balance. If the board does not, it will be taken over by the state.
#9 - Charter schools do not have to cut any money from their budgets to support these reductions.
#10 - In Oakland we are fighting over crumbs to educate our children. California is funded at about half the per student rate of some of the high performing states in the US.

Posted by john howard on 11/28/2017 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Mama's Royal Cafe Reopens Under New Ownership

They best have made some SERIOUS improvements. I hated the grunge vibe the staff had there, many of whom didn't appear to have bathed, and my observation of dirty fingernails of wait staff on multiple occasions was such a turn-off, I stopped going there YEARS ago. For the hipsters of Oakland, I'm sure they just LOVE a spot like this. Like I said - there better be some serious improvements in CLEANLINESS!

Posted by EB Pride on 11/28/2017 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Cheeseboard Alumni Launch Dimond Slice Pizza

Cheeseboard offers alternatives to the traditional pizza spots. There used to be a ROUND TABLE down the street (might still be there) but that is low-grade pizza for the masses. Dimond Slice will be a huge hit, as people love the artisan pizza, and for many of us with sensitivity to the acid in tomatoes - it's great to have a sauce-less alternative. All hail the Cheeseboard Clones!

Posted by EB Pride on 11/28/2017 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Highland Hospital Surveillance Stirs Concerns

Oakland has a crime epidemic. A LPR at a hospital is great, now let's put them on the getaway routes around town and put a dent in crime in Oakland.

Posted by Jeff Diver on 11/28/2017 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Oakland School Board Members Apologize for Mid-Year Budget Cuts at Packed Board Meeting

Thanks for this coverage. Harris is exposing himself when he talks about structural deficits. I would like to point out that their fiscal guy is Vernon Hal..He was there when I retired in 2005. Ok that is part of the problem but still even under Mr. Hal they were making progress in terms of paying the state debt. That all stopped with Wilson. There is no defending him , nor Harris

Posted by Earl Marty Price on 11/28/2017 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Peralta Faculty and Laney Students Vote to Oppose New A's Stadium Plan

We Oaklanders choose sports over college any day. And we choose money above all. That's exactly why we have our act totally together.

Thank you for the greed! It's Oaklandish and All-American.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/28/2017 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Oakland School Board Members Apologize for Mid-Year Budget Cuts at Packed Board Meeting

Thanks to Darwin & the East Bay Express for covering this issue. Up until a couple weeks ago it looked like the cuts to schools were a done deal. The No Cuts to Schools petition helped change the momentum.

Until the Board votes to change plans to cut schools they're still at great risk. Please sign the No Cuts to Schools petition here:

https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petition…

Please share with your friends & neighbors.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 11/28/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Cheeseboard Alumni Launch Dimond Slice Pizza

I like Cheeseboard and their spin -offs... but I see no threat to Oakland Staple Cybelle's across the street :)

Posted by Anthony Moore on 11/28/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Peralta Faculty and Laney Students Vote to Oppose New A's Stadium Plan

YES! Don't bow to billionaire corporate land grabs!

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/28/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Peralta Faculty and Laney Students Vote to Oppose New A's Stadium Plan

Build it now!!! Not sure what the union's fuzz is all about. It's not even up to them to decide. The Peralta board is pro stadium.

Posted by Jay78 on 11/28/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Monday’s Briefing: At Least Seven Dead in East Bay Freeway Crashes; Number of Starving UC Berkeley Students Soars

With seven killed in crashes, someone's drivers license may be suspended for a month or two.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/28/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Sideshows Spin Donuts Around Police Over Thanksgiving Weekend in Oakland

Hmmm...the sideshows are both spontaneous and organized via social media. I guess, in Clintonian lingo, it all depends on a particular word.

There are related problems in Oakland having to do with crazy driving all around town, shooting from cars (look for well-ventilated road signs on
Oakland freeway ramps). This kind of stuff happens every day.

From what I hear, the geniuses in city hall have decided that it is unnecessary to have a functional traffic division in the Police Dept. More good thinking downtown, as ever. Priorities.

My prediction: Mayor Schaaf will run for office again on a "home of the sideshow" platform. She can't lose.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 11/28/2017 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Sideshows Spin Donuts Around Police Over Thanksgiving Weekend in Oakland

THE COPS DESERVE IT, THEY USE THESE TACTICS ON CRIMINALS EXTRAJUDICIAL SCARE TACTICS. IRONY OPD IS UNABLE TO PUNISH ANYONE TO THE PUNITIVE IMPOTENCE OF COPS BUSY HARASSING PEEPS.

Posted by mischivias I on 11/28/2017 at 7:44 AM

Re: “JPA to Discuss Oakland Coliseum’s Future

And least I forget, out students are encouraged to think of a career in sports as a way out... Which has about the same odds as winning the lotto.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/28/2017 at 7:44 AM

Re: “JPA to Discuss Oakland Coliseum’s Future

Let's NOT let anymore drains on much needed resource back into Oakland.

As previous articles have pointed out, Oakland collects 7 million a year from the Raiders... And spends 8 million while roads go unrepaired, services critical to our most vulnerable citizens go unfunded and our streets are flooded by neo-tribal "activities" of "the dubs" and "Raider Nation".

Good riddance!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/28/2017 at 7:42 AM

Re: “Sideshows Spin Donuts Around Police Over Thanksgiving Weekend in Oakland

One has to keep in mind that DBG and EBX thrive on the chaos this type of activity represents.

" spontaneously organized festivities "... Isn't that an oxymoron, not unlike " military intelligence "? Especially in the light of this statement:

"But these days, many attendees drive in from the Central Valley, and even as far away as Southern California"

These aren't spontaneous. They well organized and, if in fact attended from as far away as Southern California, well publicized.

All of this shows, yet again, DBG/EBX's poor reporting and selective fact checking in pursuit of supporting the wild west hell hole we know as Oakland...

All the while screaming that OPD and governance is out of control.

Make up your mind. Do you want a rule of law, or the opportunistic anarchy as it exists at all levels in Oakland today?

Rule of law means fair and equal enforcement of all those consumer/renters rights laws you want.

Anarchy means the street mobs and corporate/monied bullies continue to hold sway and rule with an iron fist... flying the finger at us all and saying in effect, catch me if you can... With EBX and DBG cheering them on.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 11/28/2017 at 7:34 AM

Re: “JPA to Discuss Oakland Coliseum’s Future

The City of Oakland and it's pro sports history is coming to a sad end. The Raiders are done more so than when they moved to Los Angeles. I know that the teams history will always be Oakland Raiders. The Raiders in Las Vegas is a bad business decision allowed by a dying corrupt NFL. The Raiders are a replica not an original anymore! The AFL should have never merged with the NFL it did not need to and this is when the trouble was started. for the A's they are a minor league operation in the Major League Baseball scheme. They trade away their talent because they can't afford to win. New stadium is not the reason for this debacle of leadership. And last the Golden State Warriors great team now the identity crisis is the fact that the name Oakland Warriors for which they really are would never be accepted by San Francisco fans because its the only NBA team in the Bay Area. The disregard by the owners is purely financial and the fact that the Warriors have special jerseys celebrating other cultures foreign identities and finally decide to use the town name not very specific and not for the people and city they play in is truly unfortunate.

Posted by Ronald Rollins on 11/28/2017 at 4:33 AM

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