Pamela Drake 
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Re: “Taking Sides in Oakland Council District 2

I was in some of those meetings with developers and the coalition fighting for community benefits. First of all, this city's Planning Dept under this administration has offered up valuable variances without asking for anything in return, which would still have been the case under the CMs from D2 Guillen and D3 McElhaney, except for the fact that these community groups put up their own money to file appeals and then pushed those CMs to demand some affordable housing and ground floor spaces at reasonable rents to local businesses. These CMs did not negotiate for the community but they did sit back and let others do it. Maybe they pressed for something privately but I did not see it.

What people are asking for is just basic advocacy. If developers are getting benefits they otherwise wouldn't get, CMs and the Planning Department need to make some policy provisions that the existing residents and business people also see some benefits.

So compare this current council to say, Mary Moore, who used to be the D2 CM. Even in the days when Oakland was not hot, she would've advocated for our needs, not just served as a referee. We have a right to expect more, especially under conditions that are so dire for many long term residents. Ultimately as one of the only cities' without inclusionary zoning in the area, measures must be put in place to require some level of community benefits. It's a form of democracy that seems to be completing lacking with this administration, including this city council.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 10/20/2018 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Oakland's Exclusive Deal to Sell City-Owned Land to Charter School Draws Opposition

The city allowed a rent controlled apartment forthis school? It seems we need a citizen'sclass action lawsuit to stop this. if the highest best use is affordable housing, don't we have to attemptthis first?

Posted by Pamela Drake on 05/09/2018 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Vote Kalb or Wicks for Assembly District 15

I support Dan Kalb for this seat. If this were IRV, Jovanka would get my number two. But as California is finally beginning to realize some of the deleterious effects of charter schools, Buffy would not be on my ballot. Here's my reasoning - https://draketalkoakland.com/2018/03/14/my…

Posted by Pamela Drake on 03/30/2018 at 7:56 AM

Re: “County Tax Measure Would Fund Child Care

It's a sales tax, not a property tax according to this article, and while that's regressive, it seems for a very small expenditure, it will return a large benefit. Preparing children for a productive life while helping their parents find work will expand our economy not contract it.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 03/23/2018 at 12:47 PM

Re: “DA O’Malley Took $10K From Fremont Police Union Before Clearing Fremont Cops in Killing of Pregnant Teen

Money well spent. 95% of prosecutors nationwide are white and 85% of them run unopposed. Could that be problematic?

Posted by Pamela Drake on 03/16/2018 at 6:00 PM

Re: “New Oakland Law Fails to Protect Low-Income Residents

Our council members often pass feel-good legislation but don't follow through to make it effective. I can't speak to whether they intend these measures to work or just to look like they've accomplished something but in the end, it doesn't matter. Business as usual continues on.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 11/16/2017 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Port of Oakland Jobs Deal Should Be a Model for Amazon and Other Warehousing Corporations

Thank you. Our city and it's Port should abide by these agreements in letter and spirit.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 11/02/2017 at 3:45 PM

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