Bruce Ferrell 
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Re: “Wednesday's Briefing: Oakland's next chief of police must be progressive, police commission chair said; Trump can withhold funding to sanctuary cities

Based on the comments that the former chief has made after her firing, it sounds like "must be progressive" is code for compliant with Oakland's business as usual Tammany Hall operations.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/27/2020 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Tuesday's Briefing: Tenants at Oakland apartment building go on rent strike; More flaring at Richmond refinery

So... If I read the rent strike article correctly, the rest has gone up and they simply refuse to pay rent? It's not an issue that the units aren't getting needed repairs or are unhealthy in some way... Just we're here and not gonna pay.

I find myself wondering what the tenants would do if someone owed them for a service they provided and simply refused to pay.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/11/2020 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Friday's Briefing: Bas proposes legislation to help renters buy their homes; Peralta colleges placed on probation

Considering "moms 4 housing" weren't tennenents in the house they attempted to steal, I fail to see HOW exactly the council persons proposed rules help... Not to mention the house owner is not selling to "moms 4 homes" but to the city/county land trust. It look like a lot of BS.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 02/01/2020 at 9:51 AM

Re: “What Should the Pot Industry Look Like?

Why did "we" just legalized it? Because the revenue from the taxes was seen as a savior for the cities gutted b prop 13.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 01/22/2020 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Berkeley Greenlights BART Housing in Principle, But the Devil Is In the Details.

"community-driven, nonprofit development,"

Funded exactly how? God knows students and "activists" pay almost no taxes on the kind of scale needed to fund the boondoggles and "bread and circuses" "the community" wants and the politicians haven't the will to make corporation pay their fair share.

I know! let's just print money!

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 01/22/2020 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Wednesday's Briefing: Oakland bans criminal background checks for tenants; Howard Terminal ballpark inches forward

Until 6 years ago, of a 60+ year life, I was a renter. Not ONCE in all that time was a criminal background check performed... And I DO have a serious record with multiple felonies!

As a result I find myself wondering about this ordinance... Is this a "feel good" so that politicians can signal how "woke" they are? How much impact will this really have?

...And on to Piedmont: "Local Control" - The rally cry that is how "we" keep "greedy developers" out of our communities...

And keep them from building the much needed housing for our communities... All in the name of keeping the "character" (1940s/50s architecture and densities) of the town/city... The dung heaps they become due to people living on the streets.


Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 01/22/2020 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Alameda County Approves $85 Million Sale of Coliseum Site to A's

How about if we force Ms Kaplan to sell her home to someone who can't afford it?

Given that Ms Kaplan holds a license from the California BAR, is an officer of the court and an elected official and is advocating violation of the law, how about if her license is revoked and she be impeached for violation of her oath of office?

It's time for dippy politicians be held accountable beyond "they might not be re-elected"

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 01/07/2020 at 7:36 PM

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