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Re: “Jerry Brown's Amazing Powers of Hindsight

Yeah, we can all think of several very identifiable development projects he pushed, from the Uptown apartments (under construction) to the Whole Foods market. Also, don't forget that Jerry Brown tried THREE TIMES to pass a police tax increase. Only the third, an unhappy compromise with PUEBLO, passed (Measure Y). Brown went on police ride-alongs right up to the end of his administration.

Posted by dto510 on 08/14/2007 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Bye Bye, Ben

So, Flashman admits that the O29 referendum committee illegally paid out-of-town signature gatherers? Some grass-roots movement.

Posted by dto510 on 07/25/2007 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Is Hyphy Dead, or Isn't It?!

It's definitely too soon to mourn hyphy's passing (which is music, Realist), with many anticipated singles not even out yet! I tend to agree with Arnold's thesis, but the major labels will certainly "encourage creative development" if records go platinum this summer.

Posted by dto510 on 06/27/2007 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Anybody Seen Hizzoner?

Snap! Also, the police reorg was drawn up by a consultant Brown hired as a parting gift for Dellums. Great article, though - it's nice to read more than one perspective on local politics.

Posted by dto510 on 06/06/2007 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Food Policy Council Wants Oakland to go Micro-Local

Of course, mixed-use versus industrial zoning is a controversial issue in Oakland. The Chamber of Commerce is trying to add office and laboratory space to that discussion. Now we're going to zone for farming too? The City Council's got some big decisions to make.

Posted by dto510 on 05/03/2007 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Oak to Ninth Yin-Yang

Mr. Gammon, it is very inappropriate for you to insult your readers for questioning your one-sided portrayal of this lawsuit. Many Oaklanders are justifiably upset by the the anti-Oak-to-Ninth coalition, and for good reason: they are jeapordizing hard-fought community benefits and over a billion dollars of private investment, just because it'll create some traffic. There are many reasons for me to follow the blog habit of posting psuedonymously. For all you know, I'm Stuart Flashman's gardener. Why didn't you ask Steve above for his last name? I think it's very clear that I don't work for Signature or the City Attorney, but I still don't need people Googling me. It seems like you don't want engaged readers: why allow comments if you're going to insult them?

Posted by dto510 on 05/02/2007 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Oak to Ninth Yin-Yang

The idea that the City Council is forbidden to amend legislation before them is absurd. It happens at virtually every Council meeting! For example, the Blue Ribbon Housing Commission was a last-minute amendment to the Inclusionary Zoning proposal. Is the BRC illegitimate? There is no double-standard. Russo does not contradict me - Erica Harrold wrote a letter to the Montclarion saying that the Council is allowed to change things at the meeting. When the OHA gets up before the Council and begs them to amend the O29 agreement to preserve half of the terminal, and the Council agrees, that is called democracy and compromise. If you looked at the issue without the blinders of an ideologue, you would recognize how absurd your contention is. http://www.contracostatimes.com/oaklandberkeley/ci_5712397 The double-standard is that the petitioners believe that they could lie about substantive parts of the agreement (ie, the presence or absence of parkland), and still have their petition be accepted, while whining that there wasn't enough "public input." The spectacle of the League of Women Voters endorsing lying to the voters is entertaining. It is sad that a group of lying retirees is driving your unbelievably one-sided coverage of this important issue. Even the Berkeley Daily Planet, which is run by the anti-everything contingent, provides more balance than you do. Mr. Gammon, I'm sorry that you're not familiar with the Internet, but I do not intend to stop using my handle. You have my email address is you want to contact me.

Posted by dto510 on 04/26/2007 at 9:57 AM

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