Charlie Pine 
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Re: “Coming Home: My Love-Hate Relationship With the Bay Area

"appreciate the break-dancers who enliven the BART commute." Maybe they enliven your commute. Presuming a right to take over a captive audience in a public space is just another form of disrespect.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/29/2020 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Kaplan Wants Clarification on Who Can Investigate Police Commission

Here is a news report of what commissioner Harris did. It seems she thinks she has the right to take criminal action, just like the criminals she helps:
Harris tried to pick up her son at about 3:40 p.m. and became upset when told she would have to wait until school let out at 4 p.m. The school has a policy of no pickups in the final half hour of the school day to account for the students. “We ask families to call 24 hours in advance” if a student needs to leave early, said school Executive Director Kristine MacDonald. “If there is an emergency, we can always bring the student down.”
When Harris was told to come back at 4 p.m., she jammed the door open with her foot and made her way into the school. When MacDonald tried to explain the policy, Harris got within a couple of inches of MacDonald’s face and called her a “devil” and a “slave owner.” Harris then yelled and began banging on the glass within the lobby with her fists.
Someone called 911, and a half-dozen officers converged on the public charter school.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 12/18/2019 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Stirrings of an Oakland Tax Revolt Could Hamper Parks Maintenance

The City tried to raise the LLAD tax in 2012 with a rigged vote. The votes of homeowners, apartments, and other properties were weighted by the proposed increase in their LLAD assessments but the Port of Oakland's vote was given three times as much weight using its total proposed assessment -- Port votes were manufactured out of thin air.
Home and business owners voted against the tax, but with the fake Port votes, the City declared the increase had passed -- until this newspaper among others exposed the scam. Rather than face legal and political pushback, the city council decided not to collect the tax increase.

Larry Reid was on the council then. The City should listen to his soundings of opposition to a tax increase.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 10/16/2019 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Kaplan Calls for Audit of Schaaf's Education Initiative

How can a news item on Oakland Promise be written without mentioning the parcel tax that Schaaf pushed to give O.P. public funds, one of the biggest and longest-run parcel taxes in Oakland history? It is no excuse that Kaplan, with an amazing ability to think small, ducks this issue while making a fuss about some office space. The tax is also tied up in litigation over the city council's decision to declare the measure approved despite its failure to get the required number of votes to pass.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 09/03/2019 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Oakland Police and the Great Fruitvale Cannabis Giveaway

Six thousand plants and none of the adjacent tenants nor the building manager smelled them day after day? Ha. We had a neighbor who grew 300 plants in his fairly well sealed garage, harvesting in the wee hours and selling into a wholesale network. You couldn't miss it, and after awhile you couldn't mistake it for occasional or frequent use. OPD, County Sheriffs, and ATF showed up with rifles drawn one day, seized his plants and his rifle.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 08/14/2019 at 10:51 AM

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What arrogance by these businessmen! The City needs more money, not less, to fund enforcement. We have illegal grow houses all over the flatlands; violent burglary attempts on them; more, not less, street dealing that makes corners off-limits to peaceful neighbors; and open smoking of weed as though there were no controversy over the psycho-physical damage that today's high-powered THC products inflict on teenagers. We were promised that City legalization would come with strict enforcement of the necessary laws and regulations. Keep that tax at 10 percent, and if you must move to another stupid city, good bye!

Posted by Charlie Pine on 05/20/2019 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Staffing Versus Services in Oakland

"There is a drive to push kids into college at tax payer expense... Whether it is appropriate or not; Whether the measure passed or not." The purpose of Measure AA and the whole Promise show is not to prepare youth for work; it is to give Schaaf a stage to run for State office. It is the duty of Oakland households to give her $198 a year so she can run for one of those offices. When you get up in the morning, you naturally ask yourself, what I can do for Al Franken today -- oops, what can I do for Libby Schaaf today?

Posted by Charlie Pine on 05/01/2019 at 9:23 PM

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